10 Tips On Using Your Food Dehydrator

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A food dehydrator is a great piece of preparedness equipment. It gives you another option besides canning when the bounty of your garden (or a great supermarket special) happens. But like any appliance, there are some tips that make it perform much better. Before going into the tips, there is one overriding tip you must…

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How To Create a Vital Records To Go File

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One essential task to anyone preparing for any sort of emergency that may require leaving the home is the creation of a binder containing all the family vital records. Vital records include your important financial documents, medical documents, legal documents, etc. Here is a pretty comprehensive list of what documents you should be gathering for…

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11 Health Benefits Of Hiking For Both The Body and Mind

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Going on a hike, getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful scenery and sights along the way is a reward in itself. However, there are so many other health benefits of hiking that you will gain as well.  Next time you put on your hiking shoes, strap your backpack on and set…

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Portable Generator Safety Tips For Preppers

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If you live in an area that is subject to intermittent but long duration power outages, a portable generator is a good way to get though the event in relative comfort. Depending on the size of your portable generator, it can keep your freezer cold, give you light, let you run TV/radio and maybe even…

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5 Methods of Cooking Without Electricity

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When the power goes down and things are chaotic, there is nothing as comforting as a hot meal. Here are a few cooking methods that you can practice without using electricity. Gas Stove:  If you are fortunate enough to have gas appliances, you can still use your gas stovetop to cook with. Since most cooktops…

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How To Find The Best Knife Sharpener

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The single tool in a cook’s arsenal that will have the biggest effect on their performance is their chef’s knife.  A good knife is required for consistent top level cooking, but this doesn’t mean that only professional chefs need a good knife.  The difference between a dull and sharp knife is absolutely massive and cannot…

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How To Choose The Right Fire Safety System For Your Commercial Building

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A disaster could occur anywhere, and at any time. The disaster could range from a natural disaster, to a man-made one. The best way to counter such an occurrence is by preventing it in the first place. A commercial building, with its large working populace and equipment, poses a challenge for safety personnel. Safety personnel…

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Avoiding Home Burglary: When Do Burglars Strike?

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Most people would consider themselves to be pretty street savvy. They feel like they know what things they need to do to protect themselves as well as what things they should avoid. However, when you actually have a conversation with someone about home burglaries, for example, it becomes clear that most people know a lot…

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10 Must Have Items For Prepping For The Elderly

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Depending on our age, when prepping, most of us usually only consider what the average healthy person needs in times of a crisis. A healthy person in their prime happens to also be the easiest type of person to prepare for the worst. What about those that are not in their prime? Life situations are…

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Aquaponics System

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Aquaponics is an efficient integration of aquaculture and hydroponics in an automatic system that fuels growing plants and breeding edible fish altogether. In aquaculture, fishes are bred in tanks where they are fed and the disposal of their waste from the tanks is often a major problem in the aquaculture system. Different filters are used…

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How To Build A Simple Rucksack

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Being able to carry loads in a wilderness situation is a vital element of survival in such a situation. If frees up your hands and allows you to carry a good quantity of goods that will be useful in the near and longer term future. When your wilderness adventure is planned, it is easy to…

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The ABCs of Fire Extinguishers

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An essential in any prepper’s home is several fire extinguishers – each placed where they are easy to reach for the type of fire that may occur at that location. Different types of fires require different fire retarding agents to extinguish them safely. For instance, using water works great on paper based fires but is…

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How To Prepare Dialysis Patients For Emergencies: Five Easy Steps

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If you are on dialysis, emergency situations are especially worrisome. Perhaps even life threatening. Although dialysis technology has progressed dramatically from when my grandfather was on it and afraid to lose his spot, we are still not at that point where portable/travel dialysis units are common. That time is coming but it is not quite…

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How To Make Compost Tea

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Just like us, our vegetable gardens grow best when they have access to quality nutrients. Adding the right types fertilizer to the soil helps. And mixing in compost to soften and feed the soil helps even more. But if you are looking for a garden superfood, look no further than compost tea. It can be…

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How To Build A Raised Bed Garden

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Raised bed gardening has become a very popular method of gardening in recent years. Their design offers many advantages that make them attractive for gardeners of all ages. These include: Raised bed gardens offer an effective way to raise vegetables intensively in a small space. Raised beds are designed to minimize foot traffic on the…

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How Iodine Supplements Protect You From Radiation Exposure

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It seems like there is a radiation scare at least once a year. The Japanese Fukushima disaster of 2011 spewed radiation across large portions of the world. And it’s problems are still periodically in the news. And we have North Korea actively testing and sabre rattling about nuclear weapons. Plus, the Iran may still be…

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Top 15 Free Survival Items Available Today

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Several companies offer really interesting survival gadgets for free + a few dollars shipping. All of them are interesting single purpose or multi function tools. Many of them are quite useful. I’ve ordered several myself and have been pleased with the quality and the cleverness of the design. Take a look. You will probably find…

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How To Create And Maintain An Indoor Worm Composting Bin

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Worm composting (aka vermicomposting) is a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps into a powerful nutrient mix for your garden. Many people create indoor worm composting systems either for convenience or to protect the worms from the cold. Some people even keep the bins right under the kitchen sink for the ultimate in convenience.…

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Rodent Prevention: Seal Up, Trap Up and Clean Up

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Rodents are responsible for the spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected…

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Tickborne Diseases – A Comprehensive Guide

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A simple fact of an outdoor life is that you will get bit by bugs. Most of the time the bites are harmless, resulting in nothing more than some itching near the site of the bite. But sometimes they can lead to something more. Many bugs are carriers for a variety of mild to serious…

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How To Deal With Common Worm Farm Pests

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Worm farming is a great family activity. It gets  your family engaged with nature and it produces some of the best vegetable fertilizer you will ever find. But if done improperly, it can be a magnet for a variety of pests – both big and small. The best pest control method you can take for…

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10 Reasons Preppers Love Libraries

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Your local public library system is a great resource. In fact, if  you take advantage of the offerings at your library, it is one of the best returns you will ever get on your tax dollars. And the price of admission? Just the few minutes it takes to sign up for a library card. Once …

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The New Range in Cross Bows

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“Modern crossbows offer comfort and performance far beyond that of their predecessors. Here’s now manufacturers have changed the game.” Every time I hear how crossbows provide an advantage in the woods, I roll my eyes and shake my head. Chances are, folks who claim and preach such fallacies have never hunted with a crossbow or…

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Solar Cooker Types Compared

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Solar cookers come in all shapes and sizes – from portable units to permanently mounted units. While they come in different designs, they all work the same way. They concentrate the sun’s energy into a small space at temperatures sufficiently hot to cook food. You can literally cook anything you want in one of these…

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Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

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Diabetes is a serious disease that affects millions.diabetes disaster preparedness For some, it can be managed by following a strict diet and monitoring blood levels. For many others, it requires insulin injections to keep it in check.

People with diabetes need to follow a pretty strict schedule of tests, diet and injections if required to keep their body under control. And disasters – big and small – can seriously compromise this schedule.

For this reason, it is very important for a diabetic and his […]

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Is Carbon Monoxide In Your Home Killing You?

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Is Carbon Monoxide In Your Home Killing You?One of the wonders of modern construction techniques is the energy efficient house. In times past, houses used to be poorly insulated and quite drafty.

In fact, people used to say that their house “breathed”.

Nowadays, many houses are built with super insulated walls and ceilings. And energy audits are performed to seal up any remaining cracks.

All these improvements mean smaller heating and cooling bills. They also mean that the air in the house is not […]

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How To Make Compost With Worms

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Vermicomposting (aka worm composting) is a great way to rapidly compost your food waste. They are hugely efficient at breaking this waste down into high quality compost.

A worm composting system is easy to build from scratch or you can choose an excellent commercial vermicomposting system.

The heart of the system is the worm bin. […]

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Fertilizer Basics

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Proper nutrition is essential for proper plant growth. Unfortunately, most soils are imbalanced in some ways. This means that your garden vegetables, grasses, trees and flowers are not growing optimally. Worse, they may get sick if the soil is poor enough.

Fortunately even poor soil can be balanced with the proper mix of fertilizers. These […]

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How To Drill Your Own Well: A Step By Step Guide

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While many of us get our water from municipal water supplies, others rely on wells. In some instances, people have both. For instance, where I live, it is common for people to have municipal water for their house and a well for watering the grass or taking care of their livestock.

If you are in […]

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7 Effective Compost Bin Designs

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Composting is a proven method of generating rich nutrients for your garden from waste products. By definition, it is the controlled breakdown or degradation of organic material into a product known as humus.

To successfully compost, you must feed it the right materials and let nature do its work by letting the materials rot.

This […]

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10 Steps To Plan And Install A Solar Well

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In spite of their limitations, well planned solar systems can partially or completely remove you from the grid.

One such system is a dedicated solar well. A solar well can be used to supply water for your home or for your livestock. In fact, solar wells are a great choice for providing water to livestock […]

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Solar Power Photovoltaic Components Explained

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Photovoltaic system convert sunlight into usable electricity. The system that does this has just a few basic parts: the solar panels, a mounting structure to hold the panels in place and aligned for maximum solar radiation exposure, an inverter the convert the power into a format usable in your home and a storage system. There […]

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How To Choose The Right Grain Mill For Your Needs

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A grain mill is a very useful kitchen appliance.It is a necessary tool if you have whole grains as part of your food storage program. And it is an essential kitchen appliance for those who wish to cook the freshest, most nutritionally complete foods.

There are many types of grain mills available today. You can […]

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How To Choose The Right Grain Mill For Your Needs

A grain mill is a very useful kitchen appliance.It is a necessary tool if you have whole grains as part of your food storage program. And it is an essential kitchen appliance for those who wish to cook the freshest, most nutritionally complete foods.

There are many types of grain mills available today. You can […]

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10 Steps To Delete Yourself From The Internet

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Browsing and doing business on the internet is a two edged sword.

On the one hand, it has made amazing things possible. You can collaborate with other people all over the world. You have millions of products that you can buy for convenient home delivery at the touch of a button. And you have […]

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Refrigerator Foods You Can & Can’t Save After A Power Outage: A List

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Most of us experience occasional intermittent power outages that last just a few minutes.

But sometimes power outages stretch for hours or even longer.

Occasionally, the cause is a weather event. Other times it is due to construction or a car accident or other totally unexpected event.

However it happens, the moment the power goes […]

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Building Your Survivalist BOB

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There are some things you absolutely must have to survive. Most of today’s modern junk won’t withstand the apocalypse, and you can’t take everything with you.

It might seem like a big task, but building your first bug out bag (BOB) doesn’t have to be hard.

Think about what you need to get you out […]

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Food Safety During And After Weather Emergencies

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Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. can disrupt all your plans in an instance causing great damage to property and infrastructure.

And also to your food supply.

While there is no 100% foolproof way to protect your food storage from mother nature, there are steps you can take both before and after a disaster to prevent […]

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How To Salvage Metal Can And Retort Food Storage After A Flood

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When you store food – especially food in metal cans and retort pouches, it is essential that you store them where they will stay cool and dry.

That works out great if you have lots and lots of space.

But for many people, storage often finds its way into the basement – which generally meets […]

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How To Remove Odors From Your Refrigerator After A Power Outage

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Have you ever opened your refrigerator and been assaulted by an item that has spoiled?

The smell is so strong, it makes you step back.

Now imagine how much worse this smell would be if you lost power for a few days during a storm… or worse, when you were on a vacation and didn’t […]

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8 Simple Homemade Mosquito Repellents

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Summertime is fast approaching and that means mosquito season.

And this year may be worst than usual.

Floods and early tropical storms create the wet, moist environment that mosquitoes love. They leave behind lots and lots of puddles and hidden water spots that are perfect for mosquito eggs to develop in safety.

Plus, this seems […]

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Parasites And Foodborne Illness

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Safe food handling is an essential aspect of good health.

And improper food handling can lead to a variety of sicknesses, even deaths. This is illustrated in the news frequently as restaurants and manufacturers sell unsafe food.

And as preppers, we need to be concerned.

During emergency situations, one of the first things to go […]

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Why You Should Own A Faraday Cage

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Do you keep any electronic records?

I do.

I have backups of the most important things on paper but there are lots of research materials, pdf books and documents, etc. that are not printed out.

I do have several backups of my important reference materials… including offsite backups to protect from extreme weather events.

But […]

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Why Every Home Should Have A WaterBOB

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What could you do with an extra 100 gallons of clean water during an emergency?

Think about it for a minute.

Instead of running around like crazy to find supermarket shelves that aren’t stripped of water before a violent storm blows in, you could be sitting in the comfort of your home with a ready […]

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How Much Food Is Really In Your One Month Survival Food Bucket?

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Many of us build a portion of our survival food supply by buying prepacked, super long life foods from the various survival food companies.

They come in a variety of sizes… from a three day emergency package to one year packages for your entire family.

But how much food is really in these packages?

Does […]

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Giveaway: Print Copies of The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security

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To commemorate the release of the print version of The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security, we are running a giveaway at goodreads.com.

The contest is open to everyone and three copies of the book will be given away so you have three changes to win, Just go to the book contest description page: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/188700-the-prepper-s-guide-to-disaster-water-security […]

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The Facts About TASERs

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TASERs are a great nonlethal weapon popular with police departments everywhere.

And they are a weapon you may want to own for your own self defense.

They offer the versatility of a distance weapon as well as a close contact weapon.

TASERs are marketed to both law enforcement and to consumers -with different model features […]

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Free This Weeekend: The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security

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The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security by Steven Chabotte is free in the Kindle Store on 5/21 and 5/22/2016.

This comprehensive guide will educate you on all aspects of water safety and security. Here is what you will learn by reading this book.

Disasters That Can Trigger Your Water Plan is a frank look […]

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20 Places To Hide Your Gun In Your Home

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So you decided to get a gun for home defense.

But now you need to decide where to stash it when not in use.

While the top drawer of your bedroom dresser may seem a great place, it really isn’t.

It is a place your children can easily get into and find the gun. And […]

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Stack Silver Get Gold Book Review

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Do you invest in gold and silver?

If not, are you thinking about it?

Then you need to read Stack Silver Get Gold: How To Buy Gold And Silver Bullion Without Getting Ripped Off! By Hunter Riley III.

This short, easy to read and understand book about precious metals investing can be read and absorbed […]

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How Chickens Serve as a Pest Exterminator in Addition to Food

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Chickens eat bugs.

People don’t like bugs in their home.

Put a chicken in your yard and in house bug sighting will be less common.

The environmental movement has inspired a lot of go green ideas in a number of us. If you strive to help the environment, and are an animal lover like myself, […]

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How Stun Guns Work

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Police routinely use stun guns to subdue suspects because they are a non lethal means of bring about a successful arrest with minimal harm to everyone involved.

But did you ever wonder how the stun guns work?

What they do when that electrical charge runs through someone’s body?

And most importantly, is a stun gun […]

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How to Make Your Own DIY First Aid Kit

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Emergencies happen every day all around the world. Natural disasters, terrorism, freak accidents, man-caused or natural fires, extreme weather such as droughts or floods and many more such incidents cause the injury and death of thousands every year.

Unfortunately, most people are totally unprepared when emergency strikes. You can change that – starting today – […]

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10 Effective Ways To Sharpen Your Knife

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As a prepper, it is good to have backup plans for everything.

In the case of building skills, this means learning more than one way to accomplish the same thing.

This means that you will probably be able to accomplish your goal…

even under less than optimal conditions…

even when you don’t have a proper […]

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10 Unusual Self Defense Weapons In Your Home

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Can you reach your primary self defense weapon when you need it?

Will that gun, stun gun or pepper spray help you when it is in your dresser drawer and you are in the kitchen?

Chances are if you are subject to a home invasion, you will not have your primary self defense weapon at […]

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10 Home Water Safety Test Kits To Keep Your Family Safe

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Is your water safe to drink?

Do you really know?

The people in Flint Michigan trusted their municipal water company to give them safe water and they failed… causing potential damage to untold numbers of children due to the high lead levels in the water.

This failure should really shake anyone who is trusting their […]

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How Safe Is Your Homemade Jerky?

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Homemade jerky is delicious.

But is it safe?

Or can it make you sick…

Whether you make beef, chicken, pork, wild game or fish jerky, there are risks in making it yourself that do not exist in store bought jerky products.

But with a few simple steps, you can be making delicious, safe jerky with […]

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Potassium Iodide VS Radiation: What’s The Scoop?

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Like it or not, we live in a world that has had nuclear explosions – both in testing and in war. And in the case of North Korea (and perhaps others in the future), we are guaranteed to have bursts of highly radioactive materials added to our planet.

And this doesn’t even count the fact […]

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10 Reasons You Should Carry A Pocket Knife

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Pocket knives are one of those essential tools that everyone should carry. Whether it be something as simple as a high quality single blade knife or something more fancy like a multi-function Swiss Army knife, you can find tons of common and not so common uses of your knife in everyday activities and in emergency […]

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How to Grow Fruit Trees All Throughout the Year

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Eating fruits help provide nutrients that our body needs but growing them at home is another story. Having fruit trees right in our backyard adds physical activity to our daily routine and also gives us more control over the chemicals that get into the fruits.

However, not a lot […]

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The Top 5 Swiss Army Knives For Preppers

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Anyone who has ever been knife shopping as probably looked longingly at the wide array of Swiss Army knives manufactured by Victorinox AG (and up to 2005 also by Wenger SA). Interesting the term Swiss Army knife” was coined by American soldiers after World War II due to the difficulty they had in pronouncing “Offiziersmesser”, […]

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More Web Resources Preppers Need To Know

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There are many great sources of information available on the web designed to help preppers (and everyone else) learn about a variety of issues that can help them overcome adversity.

This collection of useful links includes a variety of government and other organizations provided to us by the US Health Corps – a great organization […]

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Prepping For Diabetics

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According to the CDC, in 2012 there were 29.1 million people in the United States with diabetes. Chances are good that you know someone with it or have a family member with this dangerous disease. Or perhaps you have it yourself.

If you are diabetic or have someone close to you with it, preparing for […]

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Is Your Home Drinking Water Safe To Drink?

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With all the news coverage recently about lead contamination in Flint Michigan’s municipal water supply, it made me wonder about the safety of my own water supply.

In Flint’s case, the problem was old pipes in the system being dissolved because they removed a specific chemical in the water treatment process that was preventing the […]

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How To Prepare Your Pet Emergency Plan

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One thing news agencies do in every disaster to pull your heart strings is to show a stranded pet… the dog on the roof during a flood, a litter of kittens found abandoned and living in a box on the street, etc.

Don’t let your animal be one of these poor, left behind creatures.

A […]

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Sharpen Your Knife With These 5 Common Household Items

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So you’re in a survival situation and you have a knife.

Awesome.

Whatever knife you have in hand is better than no knife at all. But, what if your knife isn’t sharp enough to get the job done? Because we all know that a dull knife is pretty much useless for cutting tasks and the […]

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Urban Survival Lock Picking Infographic

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It’s tough to become a master at every skill that it takes to be the best prepared for an urban survival situation. That’s why small tidbits can help you on your way to being ready. One of the most important skills that an urban prepper can have is knowing how to pick a lock. After […]

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The Goal Zero 250 Lantern: A Flexible Lighting/Phone Charging Solution

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The Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern is a true multi tasking workhorse. Fully charged, it can give up to 48 hours of continuous light and/or charge your USB devices. It has a hand crank so you can use human power to recharge it and you can plug it into a portable solar panel system (a […]

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The Speed Of Silence

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[Guest article by Mike Simpson of https://theendisnighblog.wordpress.com/. Be sure to check out the link at the end to play a fascinating free pandemic simulator right in your browser.]

Just how fast will society fall?

So the end days are here. We all knew it was coming. Civilization across the globe will be returned to the […]

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Step-by-Step Survival Strategy If You Are Stranded In The Wilderness

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Guest Post by John Lewis:

Hi, I am John, an avid outdoorsmen. I would love to share with you my tips and experience over at Epic Wilderness.

Have you ever think about what to do if you are stranded in the wilderness? If you think that it will never happen, think again. There have been […]

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Should You Barter When The SHTF?

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Barter has been existence for millennia. It is the oldest form of commerce and the development of the concept of barter represented the birth of division of labor which makes society so productive.

But like most version 1 concepts, it has its flaws.

Barter works really good when two people have complimentary goods. For instance, […]

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How To Clean Your Car Headlights For 10 Cents

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Being a prepper means more than just stockpiling some food and water.

It is a state of mind that emphasizes independence – the do it yourself attitude of our ancestors – and frugality. An attitude where you wouldn’t run out to the store to buy the latest gee whiz product when you can do it […]

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11 Unpleasant Things That May Happen in a Disaster

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Prepping is a lot of fun. You learn cool new things, you get to buy stuff and meet new people. However, what most people don’t realize is that, when disaster finally hits, things will be anything but peachy.

Lots of bad things can and will happen, possibly to your or your loved ones so let’s […]

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Should You Preshrink Your Paracord?

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Paracord is one of those must have supplies in your prepper arsenal. It is super strong and very versatile.

You can use paracord for so many things. In addition to making your own jewelry (bracelets, belts, etc.), it can benefit you in any survival situation.

Due to its great strength, you can actually use it […]

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5 Water Plants For Your Survival Garden

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Clean water is one of the most critical things you must have on hand if you expect to survive disaster situations.

If you have been prepping for any length of time, you probably have at least a few weeks worth of drinking water set aside that you use and rotate on a reasonable basis. And […]

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How And Why To Rodent Proof Your Food Storage

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Rats, mice and other vermin are one of your greatest enemies when you embark on a long term food storage program. They live just about everywhere and they will find even the smallest bits of food – especially in the winter and early spring when natural food sources are limited.

Whether you live in an […]

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