What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-7-22)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. The more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Click here to read the most recent comments (from all

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Poison Ivy Itch Relief Remedy That Works Fast!

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Poison Ivy itch is the worst! Do you want to know one of the best temporary itch relief home remedies for poison ivy rash? Believe it or not, this works. I have done it myself (multiple times) and can say with certainty that this will help with poison ivy itch. (UPDATED)   Use HOT Water for Poison Ivy Itch Relief Run HOT water over the affected rash area, as HOT as you can tolerate without burning yourself… the HOTTER the water (don’t burn yourself) the more effective it will be to eliminate the itch! Here are more details on how

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Toilet Paper – Everything You Wanted To Know

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Toilet paper is one of NRP’s favorite subjects to discuss and joke about here on MSB. I have been waiting for this day when he finally submitted a guest article about this topic. He is the resident expert on this. So, buckle in, here we go… But first, a note about the image shown above, which is perhaps The Best Toilet Paper Holder ever. At least it is at NRP’s house! Hilarious! Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Ok; you all knew this Article was coming so stop rolling your eyes!   Toilet Paper Statistics A few facts before we get into

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Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It

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In every major disaster, in most of recorded history, and all of prehistory, these animals (rats, mice, insects) may have been the number one most common cause of death. You must be adequately prepared for them, or they can very easily be the major problem that kills you, your family, neighbors, or your group.   Guest post -by Papa Smurf Unfortunately, guns simply are not adequate to deal with the problem. These animals can be fun to hunt, but that simply will not be enough. What am I talking about? Just rats, mice and insects. These can destroy far more

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Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It

In every major disaster, in most of recorded history, and all of prehistory, these animals (rats, mice, insects) may have been the number one most common cause of death. You must be adequately prepared for them, or they can very easily be the major problem that kills you, your family, neighbors, or your group.   Guest post -by Papa Smurf Unfortunately, guns simply are not adequate to deal with the problem. These animals can be fun to hunt, but that simply will not be enough. What am I talking about? Just rats, mice and insects. These can destroy far more

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Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods

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The ORAC values of the following spices-herbs-foods are rated very high (healthier?) and are worth considering for your overall health and well-being. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. ORAC units measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher, the better…   UPDATED for your further comment and opinion…   It is widely believed that high antioxidant foods help greatly to lower the risks of cancer, degeneration, and disease. The following list consists of high ORAC value food and spices. Consider making an effort to obtain and

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – New Madrid Seismic Zone – Yellowstone

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During August 21, 2017, a large swath across the United States will experience a rare total solar eclipse. Here’s the thing: The New-Madrid seismic zone is on the direct path of the eclipse. And if that wasn’t enough to get you thinking: The Yellowstone super volcano is also on path!   I began to wonder whether or not the increased gravitational pull of the sun and moon alignment will have any effects on the planet Earth. Think about how the moon itself has tremendous gravitational pull: The tides! It’s amazing when you think about the enormous power of the moon’s

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-7-15)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments during the week. For any off-topic comments use the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Read the most recent (100) comments (from all articles) on the ‘Discussion’ page. ———————————–   Highlighted Sponsors

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-7-15)

  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments during the week. For any off-topic comments use the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Read the most recent (100) comments (from all articles) on the ‘Discussion’ page. ———————————–   Highlighted Sponsors

MSB Will Be Under Renovation – Be Patient…

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Hello MSB readers and regulars, For the next several days you will notice changes on our website as we transition to a new code base and theme. The existing code has become old and outdated, and is now affecting us in underlying ways that we need to fix in order to stay competitive and up to date. Especially at first, you will see some visual disruptions and major changes that will not necessarily reflect the final product – however as we work our way through the backend settings it will begin to take shape into its new form. So please

10+ Personal Security Tips For Hotel Stays

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Here is a practical list of personal security tips for those who stay in hotels while traveling for business or pleasure…   1. Consider selecting a hotel room on the second floor which will generally keep you out of reach of criminal activity from the street but still within reach of fire truck ladders. 2. […]

Five Benefits of Paracord

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Paracord is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord with nearly unlimited uses, applications and benefits, and is pretty much a “must have” for preppers (or anyone!). It’s like the duct-tape of cord! Here are more details about this amazing cord and a good supplier here in the United States of U.S. Made Military 550 Paracord: […]

Characteristic Traits Of The Survivalist – Prepper

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Traits – Characteristics – Attributes The survivalist is not your average ‘Joe’ (sorry Joe). There are many characteristic traits of the preparedness-minded survivalist / prepper which work together to embody the overall package of who they (we) are. It seems to me that some traits are learned while others come natural. The following list of […]

When Strawberries Are In Season, Get Out The Food Dehydrator

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When strawberries are in season, take advantage of it! Buy on sale when the market is flooded with fresh strawberries and use a food dehydrator to preserve them for later! Strawberries are a great ‘sweet’ addition to your preparedness food storage supply. Here’s how we dehydrate strawberries:   We use the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. It’s […]

When Strawberries Are In Season, Get Out The Food Dehydrator

When strawberries are in season, take advantage of it! Buy on sale when the market is flooded with fresh strawberries and use a food dehydrator to preserve them for later! Strawberries are a great ‘sweet’ addition to your preparedness food storage supply. Here’s how we dehydrate strawberries:   We use the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. It’s […]

When Homes And Buildings Burn During The Next Solar SuperStorm

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One thing is for certain, there will be another solar flare “SuperStorm” similar or worse than the Carrington Event of 1859. One day again there will be an exceptionally mammoth explosion on the sun – a solar flare producing a colossal cloud of charged electromagnetic particles headed directly towards the Earth. Also known as a […]

How Long Will Our Democracy Last?

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How long will our Democracy Last? Although the United States is not a true democracy where simple majority rules, we are a republic with a strong lean towards democracy. From a historical perspective the average lifespan of a democracy is about 200 years. Some say between 200 and 250. Since the Declaration of Independence 1776, […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-7-1)

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Still looking for that pot of gold…   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too! […]

Tactical Vest For The Prepper

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The tactical vest is not only for the military operator, public safety professionals, or general enthusiasts, but they are for the serious prepper who is planning and training for level-3,4 SHTF preparedness. What is a tactical vest for? It primarily enables the operator to carry their gear in a secure and comfortable way. What gear […]

The Advantages Of AGM Sealed Batteries For Your RV Or Off-Grid

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Sealed batteries, particularly the AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery, is becoming increasingly popular for off-grid applications and have always been preferred in RV or trailer applications due to their safety attributes. The AGM battery is a lead acid battery, but unlike its traditional counterpart it is sealed tight and offers a number of advantages that […]

The Reasons Why You Should Not Be Prepping From Fear Alone…

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Is fear a motivator for your prepping and preparedness? Fear can certainly be a powerful motivator and is used often (too often?) in the realm of prepping and preparedness. How many prepper and other websites are constantly filling their article titles with apparent fear (mongering?) day after day… Over the many years of our own […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-6-24)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that you […]

Transforming Your Home Into A Fortified Castle

As we increasingly move into an uncertain and dangerous world, for many of us our homes will be our last refuge of safety and security. While the ordinary home at a minimum provides shelter from the elements, the fortification of the home will become (and is becoming) an important and even crucial aspect to deter […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-6-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that you […]

Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

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4 Factors That Affect Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life Temperature Moisture Oxygen Light UPDATED:   Nesco Food Dehydrator   Temperature affects shelf life Storage temperature has a significant affect on shelf-life. The cooler the better! For every reduction in storage temperature of 10-degrees-C (18 F) the expected shelf life will double! That is pretty significant. […]

The Stark Political Party Affiliation Contrasted With Population Density

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Population Density Map United States Red = 5,000 or greater -people per square mile!   It is generally well known that population density is directly related, associated and proportional to political party affiliation. When tightly packed humans live shoulder-to-shoulder in a geographically small area, their political outlook and ideals are often very different from other […]

Republican Congress Member Shot

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MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOT (House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise) GUNMAN: ‘KILL AS MANY REPUBLICANS AS POSSIBLE’ Gunman opens fire at congressional baseball practice… Left-Wing TWITTER Celebrates… SHOOTER NAMED… Identified As Never-Trumper James Hodgkinson: “Mr. President You Are Biggest A$$hole Ever” Belongs to Anti-GOP Groups… ‘It’s Time To Destroy Trump & Co’…   These are some […]

Level-1 Prepping and Preparedness -Kids and Pets

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While we concern ourselves with the basics of prepping and preparedness, it is likewise important to consider our kids and pets! They have unique needs too and your life will be a whole lot easier if you plan your preparedness around them as well. During an “event” which requires the implementation of your preparedness plan, […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-6-10)

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-Lakes of the Clouds Hut -Mount Washington’s eastern slope -Dad took this picture back in 1971   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from […]

Batteries That Will Not Leak Or Corrode

How many of you have experienced batteries that eventually leak or corrode while inserted in your various consumer devices? When this happens it may even ruin the device itself! How important are some of your electronic devices? While no one wants to experience battery leak damage to any of their gadgets, some of those gadgets […]

DIY Raised Garden Bed Planters -Cold Weather Short Growing Season

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Ideas for do-it-yourself raised garden bed planters while dealing with cold weather climates and a shorter growing season. Some of us live in northern regions and climates where the growing season is shorter and cold weather from winter takes its time releasing its stubborn grip on the land. This can create a challenge, especially when […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-6-3)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too 😉   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that […]

Level-1 Prepping and Preparedness -72 Hour Kit For Your Car

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Although it might be nice to pull your emergency kit behind you as pictured above pulling my cargo trailer, lets downsize it a bit to level-1…   Basic level-1 prepping and preparedness includes the following topics, of which today’s topic will cover the 72-hour kit for your car. –Water and Food -72 hour kit for […]

The Benefits Of A Chest Holster For Firearms Carry Outdoors

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image: GunfightersINC A Chest Holster is the ultimate way to carry a firearm when outdoor activities make it inconvenient (or impossible) to hip carry. Activities including hiking, back country travel, hunting, fishing, riding an ATV, backpacking, etc.. may be more comfortable while wearing a chest holster if you choose to carry a firearm. Depending on […]

Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

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What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Borax Uses and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

What is borax? It is a natural occurring mineral (a compound of the element, Boron). Borax has lots of practical uses (some listed below) and is often purposed as an affordable, natural cleaning, odor eliminating, eco-friendly cleaner used around the home. Where does borax come from? One of the largest deposits is located in Boron, […]

Memorial Day Thoughts

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I am giving some thought to the purpose of this Memorial Day, remembering those who have died while serving in this country’s armed forces. Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. Regardless of the reasons for war, the politics of war, […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-27)

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Mrs.J feeding the 5-little-piggies at the neighbors down the road   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear […]

What Are Your Hobbies?

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A bit off subject for prepping and preparedness, but it might be fun… Many of us have a hobby (or more than one) that we enjoy as a personal interest, for enjoyment, maybe to get our mind off the crazy world that we live in. Sometimes we need our “down time” to step outside the […]

Prepping For 1 Week -Water and Food

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Storing an amount of extra water and food to be prepared for 1-week is smart and cheap preparedness insurance for many of the “most likely to happen” disruptions that you may encounter one day. You may be surprised that the majority of Americans apparently do not have a solid 1-week supply of food at home, […]

Prepping and Preparedness 2 -Overview

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“Prepping and Preparedness 2” is a level of being prepared for 1-month. Level-2 builds upon the topics discussed in Level-1 and I will not be repeating those details with the exception of expanding the topics where necessary. “Prepping and Preparedness 1” That said, there are a few additional preparedness topics that I will include here […]

Green Coffee Beans for Long Term Storage

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Green coffee beans are best for long-term storage whereas roasted coffee beans have a limited shelf-life — they comparatively won’t retain their fresh flavor for too long. The shelf life of ground coffee is even less – making both roasted coffee beans and ground coffee poor choices for long term storage. For those who are […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-20)

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photo taken during a hike earlier this week   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you […]

How Do I Get Prepared?

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The following is a comment from our very own ‘NRP’ here on the blog who was responding to an article that I wrote awhile ago entitled, “Getting Started With Survival Preparedness” I felt that his comment was perfect for a subsequent article, especially geared towards those who may be just starting out in prepping / […]

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Grow As A Human Being

All too many of us are nice and comfy in our “comfort zone”, remaining there whenever possible. You might ask “What’s wrong with that?” Well, here’s what I think…   “Wrong” is not the right word. There’s nothing wrong with that in the sense of right and wrong. However here’s what I know as a […]

Retirement May Be Your Own SHTF If You Are Not Prepared For It

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  Guest article, by ‘NRP’ Do you believe that someday TS-will-HTF ? Well then you are absolutely correct. We sometimes talk of how an EMP, economic-crash, WW III, Cyber Attack, Pandemic, so-on, will change the world (your life) forever, and/or bring it crashing down. Retirement IS an event that will totally disrupt your current life […]

Home Canning Tips And Lessons Learned

Looking for home canning tips? I thought one of the best ways to discover some of the lessons learned would be to hear it straight from others who have some experience with home canning and their own trial-and-error discoveries. Recently someone on the blog wrote the following comment, “Literally, everything we’ve ever canned is in […]

Home Canning Tips And Lessons Learned

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Looking for home canning tips? I thought one of the best ways to discover some of the lessons learned would be to hear it straight from others who have some experience with home canning and their own trial-and-error discoveries. Recently someone on the blog wrote the following comment, “Literally, everything we’ve ever canned is in […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-13)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too 😉   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that […]

List The Most Important Preps That You Own

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I was sitting here thinking about my preps – something that I do from time to time while reassessing my readiness. You might ask, “Readiness for what?”, and I would answer, “Just about anything”. One’s readiness and preparedness might be as small or as large as you make it to be. Sometimes there are limiting […]

Without Electricity Most Of The Population Will Not Survive

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It really is incredible when you start to think deeply about our reliance upon electricity and the terrible disastrous consequences of being without it for a long period of time. Heck, even a relatively short period of time without electricity will likely result in people “losing it”… How long will it take without electricity until […]

Will A Triggering Event In North Korea Change What You Are Doing?

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I recently received an email from someone who expressed the following conern: “I’m getting a bit antsy about a potential triggering event in North Korea that might lead to a wider situation, for which we as a nation are not yet ready.” And here’s the topic launch, a hypothetical: “What if you came upon evidence […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-5-6)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness. The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion… First timer? Lets hear from you too 😉   ———————————– Note: We appreciate that […]

Birch Bark Fire Tinder

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Birch Bark is one of the best tree barks for fire tinder and it will light even when it’s damp. Why? Because the natural oils in birch bark is very flammable. For a successful “survival” fire, preparation is critical. Most all of the work is done prior to sparking or lighting the fire. Other than […]

Tornado Alley, Tornado Facts, And How They Form

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Full Size image   Tornadoes occur mostly in the United States. On average, 1,200 tornadoes cause 1,500 injuries and 65 fatalities per year in the U.S. (source: spc.noaa.gov) Here’s more about “tornado alley”, tornado facts, and how they form:   Where is Tornado Alley? Tornado Alley is an area of the United States where tornadoes […]

Does Your Spouse Or Partner Agree With Your Prepping?

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Lets face it, not everyone is on the same page with regards to all things. When it comes to a spouse or partner at home, certainly there are disagreements between each-other having to do with various issues and life’s activities (this is normal!). The specific question though, “Is your spouse or partner on-board with it? […]

A Survivalist’s Motto

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“If you don’t prepare, you could lose everything. If you prepare for the worst and nothing happens, you’ve lost nothing.” Given the dangers and risks in the world today, it just makes sense to prepare. The prepper / preparedness movement has gained a-lot of traction over the years, and it has been happening for a […]

When Is It Safe To Plant?

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image: FarmersAlmanac   When is it safe to plant garden vegetables? Is it simply after the last frost date for your area? And if that’s correct, then how do you find out when is that last Spring frost date? Can you plant some vegetable crops before the last frost date?   The Farmers Almanac defines […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-4-29)

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What’s wrong with this picture? 😉 Saw this during our road-trip – a tanker truck filled with coffee?! And a flammable sign posted on the back?! That’s some potent blend! Actually it was just an advertisement, pretty funny though at first glance.   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, […]