Spring Foraging: DIY Guide to Using Dandelions for Everyday Purposes

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Foraging Preparation for Spring Dandelion“For people who wish to harvest, process and use their own herbal medicine, I can think of no better introduction than the dandelion.”  Gregory L. Tilford, herbalist There are already signs of spring. Tuesday March 20th, 2:16 p.m. is fast approaching. What can we do today while we’re waiting for the spring plants to burst. . . Read More

The Best Pepper Spray to Keep With You

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best pepper spray to keep on hand girl holdingEvery level of prep needs a pepper spray. It can provide simple protection from everyday assailants, or it can even be an effective and non-lethal option to defend yourself without rule of law. The immediate burning pepper spray inflicts leaves most attackers temporarily blinded and struggling in pain. However, the more someone is exposed to. . . Read More

Guide to Edible Bark: Using Trees for Medicine & Food

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edible bark tree medicine foodWhen people think of edible plants, trees and bark are probably not very high on the list of what comes to mind. Sure, using bark as a major food source is only something you’d do in the most desperate imaginable survival situations. However, regardless of whether you’re in a survival situation or not, bark and. . . Read More

The Prepper’s Guide to Aquaponics: Urban and Soil-less Food for When SHTF

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Aquaponics is the combination of two food growing methods to make a more sustainable and independent system that has many benefits for a prepper. Hydroponics, or growing plants without soil and aquaculture, or farming aquatic animals, are combined so that the animal waste feeds the plants. It’s a little more complicated, but first let’s talk. . . Read More

The Best Gas Masks for Preppers and What to Look For

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A gas mask is technically a kind of respirator which focuses on filtering out chemicals and gases. They are a very specific tool, that won’t protect you from everything, and is definitely overkill for some hazards. Still, you can find relatively cheap and modern gas masks to protect your body and your respiratory system from. . . Read More

Acute Mountain Sickness: Signs, Prevention and Treatment

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The journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reports that 33.5% of the population lives below an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. That means that, in any major disaster, getting out of Dodge often means heading for the hills. There’s a possibility that we might have to abruptly relocate from a. . . Read More

Augason Farms Review: Black Bean Burgers and Black Beans & Rice

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Augason Farms has grown into one of the most popular choices in the US for survival food and ingredients that can be stored long-term. They’re based in Utah, which is home to many Mormons and survivalists – two categories of people that are huge buyers of food for long-term storage. The Mormon Church requires all. . . Read More

What We Can Expect from the 2018 Flu Season & the Best Ways We Can Protect Ourselves

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Every year there are predictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the severity or the mildness of worldwide influenza. This year is no different. From many reliable sources comes this prediction: “It’s going to be BAD.” This assessment is due to the severity of the Australian influenza during their recent winter. . . Read More

August Farms vs Legacy Food Storage: Long-Term Food Storage Comparison

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Beans and rice is a food combination long known for being a low-cost and nutritionally potent. For both of those reasons, it’s a combo you see very often in long-term food storage products marketed toward preppers, campers, and survivalists. Augason Farms and Legacy Food Storage are two of today’s leading brans for long-term food storage. . . Read More

Top 4 Medicinal Mushroom Powerhouses

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For thousands of years, people around the world have relied on mushrooms for nutritious food and powerful medicine. Thankfully, they figured out which mushrooms are beneficial to humans and which are likely to get you killed—a process of trial and error that we, as modern humans, ought to be deeply grateful for! However, much of. . . Read More

A Prepper’s Guide to Bleach

There is some debate surrounding bleach in the prepping community. Bleach is a powerful cleaning agent, which can even be used to purify water, but it has a short shelf life and many storage restrictions. Those who are planning for long-term SHTF scenarios don’t like to rely on bleach as their disinfectant. Yet, to disinfect. . . Read More

Best Pressure Canners for Preppers

Pressure canners are important for any prepper that wants to preserve their own foods. For meats they are wonderful because you can have very tender meat from tough cuts and a long shelf life without refrigeration. Anyone can pressure can! Pressure canners are important for any prepper that wants to preserve their own foods. For. . . Read More

Best Pressure Canners for Preppers

Pressure canners are important for any prepper that wants to preserve their own foods. For meats they are wonderful because you can have very tender meat from tough cuts and a long shelf life without refrigeration. Anyone can pressure can! Pressure canners are important for any prepper that wants to preserve their own foods. For. . . Read More

Are You Pandemic Prepared? How to Prepare for Pandemic and Survive, Too

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It seems like every time we turn around there is some deadly disease in the news. In recent years, there has been Ebola and the Avian influence A (H7N9) virus. There has also been MERS-CoV and many more. While these are epidemics of serious proportion, they are not yet pandemics, but they could be. The. . . Read More

Learn How to Shelter in Place

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Just a little of 10 years ago, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Seattle area. I was at work and SurvivalHusband was at our house in Bellevue. Right before the earthquake hit, my little dog ran up to him and jumped in his arms. Then it hit.
Following that event, I learned-up about post earthquake safety and of course, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about being prepared for an earthquake. One of the lessons I learned after the 2001 quake was that if you are safe, stay put. Your very best chance of survival is to remain in your home or your office or even the shopping mall if that is where you happen to be.

FEMA defines Shelter-in-Place as the process of staying where you are and taking shelter, rather than trying to evacuate. Here are some guidelines from FEMA’s Ready America website.

Best Herb Dehydrators for Drying Herbs at Home

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Part of great cooking is using herbs to accentuate flavors in meats, pastas, vegetables and soups. Many home chefs have a gardens filled with a variety of fresh herbs. Dehydrating herbs preserves the harvest. Whether you have grown too much to use right now or need to collect everything before winter’s frost takes control, dehydrating. . . Read More

VPNs for Survival: When It Comes to Prepping, Don’t Neglect the Digital

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VPN Overview VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network,” and while different VPN services have different features, they drastically increase your anonymity and, perhaps more importantly, security while you use the web. Here’s the gist of how they work: A network is just a bunch of computers that are able to communicate with each other. VPNs. . . Read More

Alternative Infection Prevention and Treatment

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Before we get into the subject of prevention and alternative treatments of infections, I think it is necessary to say that I have no formal medical training. This information is meant to help you see what options are there during an extreme situation or for minor infections that do not require major antibiotics. This is. . . Read More

A Review of the Hydro Blu Go Flow 10L Water Gravity Bag with Versa Filter

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Water filters are plentiful. Hydro Blu is one of the newer players in the market. The company was founded and based in Utah. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts that wanted to make filters that were affordable and practical. If you want to buy a Hydro Blu you can do so directly through their website here.. . . Read More

Is Prepping Really Useless? A Response to the Guardian

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Many people misconceive preppers and it’s hard to blame most of them, considering shows like Doomsday Preppers are so popular. But, when a writer misconceives preppers, and, worse, uses a single prepper convention to attempt to diagnose a whole country, well, it’s harder to excuse. Stephen Marche, novelist and writer for Esquire, attended this year’s. . . Read More

The Pros & Cons Of Residential Wind Power

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Wind power works best in areas with steady directional winds. You see the most use of wind turbines in flatter landscapes with few obstructions such as large open rangeland, coastlines, etc. These spaces are large enough to put multiple turbines and increase the chance of profitability. A smaller space doesn’t mean some wind energy cannot. . . Read More

3 More Late Fall Foraging Plants You Don’t Want to Miss

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Just because the weather is turning chilly doesn’t mean all foraging opportunities are over and you must wait for spring to be out on gathering foray’s again…. not by a long shot! Editor’s Note: This article by Donna is a great complement to Eric’s recent piece on Fall Foraging here. Wonderful to have two resources. . . Read More

How to Choose a Food Dehydrator: Top Dehydrator Types for Food Preservation

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There are a lot of good reasons to invest in a food dehydrator. Those include: Increasing the shelf life of garden-grown foods Easy way to dry meat and make jerky Having better control food quality Overcoming dependency on local food distribution systems Etc. While the list of why a food dehydrator is a good addition. . . Read More

How to Grow Sprouts: How To Store 182 Servings of Raw Green Vegetables in a Quart Canning Jar

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It is not dehydrated, freeze-dried or cooked in any way. It will provide 182 generous servings. It is inexpensive and easy to store. It will all fit nicely into a quart canning jar. It is a power packed green food source. It will provide fresh greens daily for one person for six months. It is. . . Read More

Best Off Grid Laundry Options

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Keeping your clothing something resembling clean is something that is easy to take for granted in today’s world. Doing your laundry off the grid is a lot easier if you have some basics. During a SHTF situation, cleanliness is one of the defensive measures you can take against health hazards. While changing your pants every. . . Read More

What Makes the Best Hurricane Food? – Hurricane Ready Food Supply and Considerations

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Hurricane and natural disaster planning should be part of your overall food storage plan. That plan should address food concerns over the period of a year or longer. Also, you should have a long-term, section to your food security plan that addresses food supply over a five- or ten-year or longer period. As it is. . . Read More

Hurricane Harvey vs Hurricane Katrina: History Repeated?

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These two massive storms might be the most expensive to recover from in American history. Hurricane Katrina saw damage worth roughly $100 billion and she holds the top spot of all Atlantic hurricanes in cost– at least until Hurricane Harvey is tabulated. Some estimates suggest Hurricane Harvey “could require up to $180 billion.” But, thankfully,. . . Read More