North Korea: What The Media Isn’t Telling You

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North Korea has been one of America’s enemies for years, but in recent weeks things have escalated to a new, dangerous level. The North Koreans are threatening to strike the United States, and the U.S. is reportedly considering a preemptive attack.

What should the United States do?

That’s the topic on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Peter Vincent Pry, who is chief of staff of the EMP Commission and who formerly served in the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pry – who has co-written articles on the subject for The Wall Street Journal, The Hill and the Washington Times – says that what we’re hearing in the mainstream media isn’t the full picture. In fact, Pry says, North Korea is even more dangerous than we may realize.

Pry tells us:

  • Why we can’t necessarily believe what the experts tell us about North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability.
  • Why North Korea could use an unconventional method to strike the U.S. with an EMP or traditional nuclear attack.
  • Why every American citizen should be concerned that North Korea has two satellites that regularly fly over the U.S.
  • Why we can’t trust the Chinese, who are responsible for more than 80 percent of North Korea’s imports and exports.

Finally, Pry gives us his thoughts on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

If you want to separate fact from fiction, then don’t miss this week’s show. You won’t hear any of it from the mainstream media!


Quick And Easy Home Security Tips

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It’s common for homeowners to worry about home security, but for those who live off-grid – miles and miles from police and even neighbors – it’s of paramount importance.

After all, for off-gridders, there may be no one to call if things “go bump in the night.”

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine home security tips that can keep you safe no matter where you live. Our guest is preparedness authority and author Jim Cobb, who has written several books on preparedness, including “Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies To Protect Your Family By Any Means Necessary.”

Jim tells us:

  • What you can do to deter criminals from even stepping foot on your property.
  • Why he believes dogs are an often-misunderstood form of security.
  • What simple action he recommends be done to all doors.
  • Which firearms he prefers for home defense. (It’s not the answer we expected!)

Finally, Jim gives us his thoughts on safe rooms and whether they’re worth the effort to construct.

If you want to sleep better at night with peace of mind, then this show is for you!


What You Didn’t Learn About Easter In Sunday School

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Easter is nearly here, which means Christians and even non-Christians are focusing once again on the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

But as we’ll discover on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, there’s more to the biblical narrative than we may have realized.

Joining us is Solutions from Science and Heirloom Audio founder Bill Heid, who tells us about a new Easter video he produced that goes far beyond the typical Easter video seen in churches.

He made it for his family and friends, but then decided to release it to the public following a ton of positive feedback. (Quite a few people even cried while watching it.)

Bill also tells us:

  • Why he calls Easter the most important event in human history.
  • What many Christians simply miss when they’re reading the Easter story.
  • Why it is essential to have the right “philosophy” of Easter.
  • What churches must do if they are to retain teens as they grow older.

Finally, Bill gives us tips on talking to children about Easter.

We were inspired not only by the video but by our conversation with Bill – and we think you will be, too!


Why ‘Prepping’ Is A Bad Idea

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A century ago, most Americans were self-sufficient, or at least had the skills to know how to survive. Today, though, most Americans rely on McDonald’s and Walmart for their survival – and wouldn’t know how to grow a garden if their lives depended on it.

But for the few people who are willing to learn, there’s hope.

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio tells us not only why we need to recapture the skills of self-sufficiency but also what we should learn. His name is Caleb Warnock, the author of several books on the subject, including “The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency” and “More Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency.”

Caleb gives us a brief history of the self-reliant movement and even explains why he thinks prepping – as it is typically defined – is a bad thing.

He also tells us:

  • Which skills our society needs to recapture first.
  • What gardeners can do to get the most yield and become even more self-sufficient.
  • Which vegetables he recommends for long-term storage.
  • Why a study of World War II will dramatically change our outlook on self-reliance.

Finally, we hear the incredible story of dandelions and how the Pilgrims – yes, the Pilgrims – brought this “weed” over to the New World to eat.

We learned quite a lot during our discussion with Caleb, and we think you will, too!


How To Make A Living On A 5-Acre Farm

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Many homesteaders wrongly believe they must have a big farm – and hundreds or thousands of acres – to make a living off their land.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says that with only five acres and a little bit of patience and work, any homesteader can transform their land into a compact farm and a career.

His name is Josh Volk, and his book — “Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less — profiles people who have made a career out of their small farms.

Josh give us an overview on what he discovered, including:

  • How a five-acre “compact farm” provides benefits that a larger farm does not.
  • What you can grow on your compact farm to make the most money.
  • Why organic methods often work best and keep costs down.
  • What someone who wants to start a “compact farm” should do first.

Finally, Josh gives us ideas on where the produce from a compact farm can be sold. (Hint: It’s not simply at a farmers’ market.)

We learned a lot from talking to Josh … and you will, too!


12 Edible & Beneficial Weeds Hiding In Your Yard

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Spring is here, which means homeowners and homesteaders across the country are checking the blades and changing the oil on their mowers.

But before you cut the grass for the first time, make sure you aren’t mowing over beneficial weeds – that is, plants you can eat and even use for medicine.

That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, a foraging expert and the author of Idiot’s Guide: Foraging.

He shares with us 12 weeds we never should kill.

He also tells us:

  • The nine most common weeds that are edible.
  • The three well-known weeds that can be used as medicine.
  • The one non-edible weed you always want to destroy.

Finally, Merriwether gives us tips on how to find the weeds, and he shares precautions to ensure we don’t eat the wrong plant. He even tells us a few recipes! If you’re a resourceful homesteader or off-gridder who is ready for spring, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!


She Went An Entire Year Without The Internet. Here’s What She Learned.

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Imagine going an entire year without using the Internet – no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, no email. Not even Google or Amazon.

Sound impossible?

Perhaps it is for some, but this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio did just that – and she learned a lot from the experiment. Her name is Esther Emery, a modern-day homesteader who spent 365 ways away from the World Wide Web. She even got rid of her smartphone!

Emery discovered things that nearly all of us – those who spend regular time on the Internet — miss each day of the week.

Emery, whose book What Falls From The Sky details those 12 months, tells us:

  • Why she decided to spend a year away from the Internet.
  • How long it took before she no longer craved it.
  • What traditional old-time activities she learned to love during those months.
  • How the experiment dramatically changed how she views the Internet.

Finally, Emery shares with us what she discovered – lessons that can’t be learned while staring at a bright screen.

We were inspired by her story … and we think you will be, too!

The Companion Plant You ALWAYS Should Grow Around Tomatoes

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small farmWinter is nearly gone and gardening season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to consider what you might do similar and different from last year.

Author and expert gardener Sally Jean Cunningham has a suggestion: Try companion planting.

By planting unique combinations of vegetables, herbs and flowers, you can minimize pests and diseases – while boosting your garden’s yield!

Cunningham, author of “Great Garden Companions,” is the guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio.

She says the Native Americans’ “three sisters” method is just scratching the surface in companion planting.

Cunningham also tells us:

  • What always should be planted around tomatoes, potatoes and beans.
  • Why she doesn’t use traditional gardening methods when companion planting.
  • Which vegetables, flowers and herbs should not be planted close to one another.
  • Why she believes most bugs in the garden are actually good for vegetables.

Finally, Cunningham tells us about her favorite types of mulch — and most of them are dirt-cheap.

If you’re a gardener who can’t wait to get your hands dirty this spring, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How To Make $10,000 On One-Fourth An Acre

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small farmFor many wannabe homesteaders, the lack of resources – that is, the lack of land and time – is the biggest stumbling block to self-sufficiency.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says you can be self-sufficient on just a quarter of an acre and earn $10,000 in cash annually, while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job requires.

His name is Brett Markham, and his book, “Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre,” has become a go-to for homesteaders and small farms who want to get the most out of a tiny plot of land.

Brett tells us:

  • How mini farming differs from traditional gardening and farming.
  • Why mini farming works best with an organic approach.
  • How he plants seeds closer than recommended, without any problems.
  • Why raised beds can produce a higher yield than traditional gardening.
  • How $10,000 can be made on such a small plot of land.

Finally, Brett tells us which crops work best on a mini farm.

Don’t miss this incredible show if you’re wanting to learn how to be self-sufficient on a small plot – or if you’re just wanting to make some extra cash!

He Quit A High-Paying Fortune 500 Job To Homestead

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tim young pic for emailMany people in the U.S. are chasing the American dream, trying to make more money so they can – supposedly – be happier.

But a handful of Americans are going the opposite route, leaving the American dream because it didn’t fulfill their desires.

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio was president of a Fortune 500 division and ran one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. before he quit his corporate job and sold his house on a golf course … to homestead.

His name is Tim Young, and he tells us:

  • What caused him to leave his job and try something different.
  • Why the homesteading life is more enjoyable than a high-paying corporate job.
  • How he learned the skills needed to homestead, prior to YouTube.
  • Why the self-sufficient life fulfills a need that money does not.
  • How he makes extra cash living on the homestead – and how you can, too.

Young, who has written several books about self-sufficiency, also shares with us his thoughts on the American dream – and why so many people have it all wrong. If you’re looking for an inspirational story this week, then don’t miss this amazing show!

Why Homesteaders SHOULDN’T Own Livestock

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steven gregerson pic for emailAs homesteading continues growing in popularity, many wannabe homesteaders face sticker shock – surprised by the costs of a self-sufficient life.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says that homesteading doesn’t have to be expensive. Homesteader Steven Gregersen, who lives on 20 acres in Montana, says too many homesteaders begin with the wrong outlook and goals, thus dooming their endeavor.

Gregersen wrote a book, Creating the Low-Budget Homestead, that explains how he homesteads on the cheap.

Gregersen explains to us why he urges first-time homesteaders not to buy livestock – and how they still can get free meat. He also tells us:

  • How to find inexpensive land that, with a little work, can be perfect for homesteading.
  • How the proper view of budgeting can place a homesteader on the path to success.
  • How he “gets by” without having a lot of things Americans take for granted.
  • How he earns money off-grid, and how you can, too.

If you’ve ever wanted to homestead but didn’t think you could afford it, or if you simply want to learn new ways to save money, then this week’s show is for you!

The Island Where Electricity Is Banned & Everyone Has 10 Acres

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The Island Where Electricity Is Banned & Everyone Has 10 Acres

The off-grid life is growing in popularity across North America, but it certainly doesn’t always take the same form.

That’s what filmmaker and professor Phillip Vannini discovered when he spent two years travelling to every province and territory in Canada, interviewing dozens of people who have chosen to live off-grid – whether near the arctic circle in the Yukon or on a temperate island in British Columbia.

The result is a 90-minute documentary – Life Off Grid — where he learned the challenges and rewards of the off-grid life. He even visited an island that prohibits utility electricity and requires everyone to own 10 acres of land.

Vannini, the Canada research chair at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

Vannini tells us:

  • Why it’s actually more practical to live off-grid than on-grid in many parts of Canada.
  • How he found so many off-gridders – more than 200 — who were willing to share their stories.
  • Why people are choosing to throw away their “comfortable” lives and rough it off the grid.
  • Which couple lives in what he calls the “most remote home in all of North America.”

We also discuss a man who built an earth berm home for $1,000 and who constructed an air compressor out of a lawnmower motor.

Don’t miss this amazing show that will inspire you about the off-grid life!

The 10 Most Important Indoor Herbs For Health

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Herbal remedies are growing in popularity, but many off-gridders and homesteaders remain confused, not knowing how – or what — to grow.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at 10 indoor herbs our expert considers essential for good health.

Her name is Tammi Hartung, an organic farmer, herbalist and author whose book – “Homegrown Herbs” – tells you just about everything you need to know to grow medicinal herbs … right in your home.

Tammi tells us all about:

  • The herb that can lower fever and get rid of a headache … and also boost your immune system.
  • The herb that some consider an alternative to penicillin.
  • The herb that battles nausea, morning sickness and other flu-like symptoms. (It even fights motion sickness!)
  • The herb you need when you are anxious or stressed.
  • The herb that can ease symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

Tammi also shares with us her very best indoor growing secrets, including light and soil requirements. If you’ve been wanting to discover alternative health remedies but didn’t know where to start, then this week’s show is for you!

Homesteading In Alaska’s Wilderness, With No Cell Phones

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Homesteading In Alaska’s Wilderness, With No Cell Phones

Alaska is often called the “Last Frontier,” with an untamed wilderness that is the envy of off-gridders everywhere.

And while most homesteaders only dream of moving to Alaska and “roughing it,” one couple actually did something about it – and they accomplished it prior to cell phones and the Internet.  Back in the early 1980s Bonnie Rose Ward and her husband Samuel moved to a remote location in Alaska where they built a cabin, temporarily lived off of a huge bag of dried beans, and even drank unfiltered lake water.

She wrote a book about her experience, Winds of Skilak, and is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

Bonnie tells us:

  • How they found a large piece of land in a state where the government owns most of the property.
  • How she used library books to teach herself essential off-grid skills.
  • How they battled isolation in a location where they didn’t see other people for months.
  • How they learned to survive off of the land despite facing total darkness for much of the year.

Finally, Bonnie tells us all about a harrowing run-in with a huge bear that could have killed both of them.

Don’t miss this amazing show if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to try and tame Alaska’s rugged landscape!


SurvivalRing Radio Podcast – Show 103 – Jan. 20th, 2017

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Friday night’s  show is done…news of the day, homesteading tips, frugality, home security, and brain science…understanding how your brain responds to danger…and how to make it better. SurvivalRing Radio…we’re gonna make it out alive….catch the podcast here… As always, you are invited to be part of the show every week, either calling in, emailing […]

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How To Homestead When You Can’t Afford It

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Each year more and more Americans are choosing to homestead, but along the way some discover that it is far more expensive than they envisioned.

That was the case with homesteader Teri Page, who along with her husband discovered they couldn’t afford to own a large piece of land in their state – and so they moved cross-country. Once at their new location, they employed a series of cost-cutting measures that would surprise even seasoned homesteaders.

Page is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, and she tells us:

  • What type of inexpensive house they chose to build.
  • Why they decided not to set up a running water system.
  • How they chose the state where they now live.
  • Why living near the Amish has benefited their off-grid life.
  • How they make money, off-grid, using the Internet.

Finally, Page shares with us her tips for anyone who is looking to move to another state for an off-grid life. If you are wanting to homestead, or you simply enjoy listening to stories from adventurous people, then don’t miss this week’s show!

Is Trump Too Cozy With Russia?

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For weeks now, the mainstream media has been in an uproar over Russia’s role in the U.S. election, alleging that President-elect Trump is far too friendly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So, is Trump too cozy with Russia – to the danger of the United States?

That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Peter Vincent Pry, who is chief of staff of the EMP Commission and formerly served in the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pry, an expert on the power grid and threats to the U.S., tells us:

  • Why Russia is still a major threat to the United States
  • What he believes Trump is really doing in befriending Russia.
  • How the mainstream media has been ignoring the real threat that Russia poses.
  • Why he believes the Russians may have the power to take out the U.S. power grid.

No matter which political candidate you supported in November, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Personal Radio Communications

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Personal Radio Communications Bob Hopkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! I bet some folks got a handheld radio in their Christmas Stocking this year. I bet also, some may be having a hard time figuring out how it works too. This Saturdays show is about personal communications, to help those poor souls who may … Continue reading Personal Radio Communications

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Dave Canterbury’s Winter Survival Hacks

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Survival in the wilderness is never easy, but survival in the wilderness when it’s frigid cold and snowing? That’s even harder. But if you’re prepared and know what you’re doing, you can live to tell about it.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss winter survival with Dave Canterbury, a survival expert and the author of several books, including The New York Times bestseller “Bushcraft 101.” Dave also teaches classes on survival and has a prominent YouTube survival channel.

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Dave begins by giving us tips on everyday carry (EDC) during winter, and he then tells us:

  • How to start a fire during winter, even if it’s damp.
  • Why Vaseline-soaked cotton balls, popular in the survival community, may not be the best option.
  • Where you can find objects in the woods to burn – even if it’s been raining.
  • How a simple road flare can provide multiple survival uses.
  • Why he urges many people not to eat during survival situations.
  • How to “drink snow” without catching hypothermia.
  • Which lightweight items he carries that can provide immediate shelter.

Dave also tells us the items he believes everyone should carry in their automobile during winter. Finally, he shares with us stories from his past when he – get this – captured reptiles for a living.

If you live in frigid temps and want to be better prepared, then this week’s show is for you!

SurvivalRing Radio – 1st Live 3 hour call-in Talk show this Friday

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My good friend and radio show cohost James “Doctor Prepper” Stevens has retired from the Critical Preparedness Resources Talk Radio show as of last Friday. He is moving on to other consulting ventures, but will occasionally drop in to the new show taking moving into his time slot, when he has the time. The last […]

How Will You Communicate in an Emergency?

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How Will You Communicate in an Emergency? Are you planning on using your cell phone to send texts? While that may be more reliable than making calls, the communication grid is not especially reliable. You have certainly experienced small outages not just on landlines and internet connection, but cell phone connection as well. History will …

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Winter Survival Lessons From Alaska’s Denali

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In the summer of 1967, 12 young men climbed Alaska’s Denali — the 20,000-foot mountain that outsiders call Mt. McKinley. There, they encountered a deadly storm that killed seven of them in what remains one of the most heartbreaking mountain climbs in U.S. history.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss that well-known tragedy with Andy Hall, who wrote a book (Denali’s Howl) about the event and who was the son of the park superintendent at the time. Andy spent years tracking down rescuers, survivors, lost documents and recordings of radio communications for his book — and he says the winter survival lessons learned from ‘67 can apply to anyone who lives in areas where it gets cold and snows.

Andy tells us:

  • What the five fortunate men who did make it down the mountain did to survive.
  • How a simple, free modern-day invention could have saved the seven men who died.
  • Why Denali, “physically,” is even bigger than Mt. Everest.
  • What homesteaders and those in the preparedness community can learn from the disaster.

Andy also shares with us the incredible story of the 13th man who was scheduled to make the climb but couldn’t do so because of a car accident. Finally, Andy tells us what he learned about life itself while writing the book.

Don’t miss this amazing, unforgettable interview that will change how you view winter survival!

Radio Communications

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Radio Communications Ever feel overwhelmed with trying to understand how to communicate off-grid. Ok you got CB’s, hams, high and low frequency, pricey and cheap antenna’s? Well on this episode of “Preparing For Life’s Storms” we talk about setting up our communications and communications network. Old Geezer Prepper from YouTube helped us to understand the … Continue reading Radio Communications

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The Amazing History Behind Your Favorite Christmas Songs

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Singer Andy Williams once told us that Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” – in part because we’re remembering Christmases of “long, long ago.”

As it turns out, Williams’ nostalgic words also are true about the songs themselves. The Christmas songs you sing today most likely are the same ones you learned as a child – and for many of them, there’s a story dating back centuries.

Then there’s the recent bizarre hit – “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” What’s the story behind that … and how did it become so popular?

Our guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio is Ace Collins, the author of several Christmas books, including “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christ” (2001) and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2016).

Ace tells us the fascinating history behind some of our favorite holiday tunes, including:

  • “Gloria,” which has text dating back to 130 A.D.
  • “Silent Night,” the 1818 song which may not have ever been sung had a church organ not broken.
  • “White Christmas,” which became a hit in 1941 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
  • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” which Judy Garland refused to perform unless certain lyrics were changed.

Collins also shares with us the history behind a popular Christmas song that broke a racial barrier. And, yes, he tells us about “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”

Don’t miss this incredible show that will change how you view your favorite holiday tunes!

Stockpiling Water: How To Ensure You Never Run Out

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Not long ago in America, the conventional wisdom was that fresh drinking water always would be available. But with recent water crises in West Virginia and then Flint, Mich. – as well as droughts throughout the country – that no longer is the case.

And what if there is a long-term blackout or a terrorist attack that impacts the water supply?

Now, more than ever, it’s essential to stockpile water for your survival. That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Daisy Luther, a survival expert and the author of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.

She tells us everything we need to know about storing water long-term, including:

  • How much water the average person should store.
  • What she considers the best way to store water.
  • Which type of plastic she recommends to stockpile water.
  • How long water will last in storage and remain potable.

Finally, Daisy tells us the cheapest ways to store water. We also discuss water filters.

This week’s show could change the way you stockpile – for the better. Don’t miss it!

How To Grow Tomatoes, Outdoors, During Winter

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Winter weather is here, which means it’s time to put away your garden tools and daydream about spring and warmer weather … right? Well, not really. Winter is a great time to continue gardening, as you can grow and harvest dozens of types of vegetables – including certain varieties of tomatoes – outdoors. But you have to know what you’re doing.

Winter gardening is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Caleb Warnock, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the subject and whose Backyard Winter Gardening book is among the best resources on the subject.

After listening to him for five minutes, you’ll understand why people pay to hear him teach.

Caleb shares with us his three favorite wintering gardening methods, and he also tells us:

  • How any homesteader, no matter the location, can grow vegetables during winter.
  • Which vegetable varieties can deliver a harvest within one month.
  • How to grow tomatoes outside during winter – without a greenhouse — and which varieties work best.
  • Which popular winter gardening method he doesn’t

Caleb lives in the foothills of Utah’s mountains; when we spoke with him he had a foot of snow on the ground. In other words, if he can grow food within his frigid climate, then pretty much anyone can … anywhere.

If you have a green thumb and want to try something new this winter, then this week’s show is for you!

Trump & Obamacare: What Should Replace It?

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President-elect Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare, and his recent nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services – Obamacare critic Tom Price — shows he is serious about overturning the law.

But what should replace Obamacare? And why does American health care cost so much more than it does in other countries?

Health care is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we learn how the problems with health care stretch back decades, to World War II.

Our guest is documentarian Colin Gunn, who interviewed experts throughout the health care field for his recent documentary Wait Til It’s Free.

Gunn learned a lot, and he tells us:

  • What he thinks should replace Obamacare.
  • Why the employee-based health care model has been disastrous.
  • How competition across state lines might lower costs.
  • Why even the CEO of Whole Foods believes health care needs an overhaul.
  • How government regulation, implemented under both parties, has caused problems.

Finally, Gunn tells us why he labels President Obama a “crony capitalist” – and why that term is just as bad as being called a “socialist.” If you want to learn what the mainstream media isn’t telling you about health care, then don’t miss this week’s fascinating show!

The Pilgrims: What The History Books Get Wrong

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In 1607 English settlers founded Jamestown – a full 13 years prior to the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth. Why, then, do the Pilgrims dominate history lessons?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at that question and other facts about America’s European forefathers you probably didn’t learn in school. Historian and award-winning author Rod Gragg tells us there’s a very good reason the Pilgrims often get more attention than do the founders of Jamestown.

Gragg is the author of more than 20 books, including The Pilgrim Chronicles: An Eyewitness History of the Pilgrims and the Founding of Plymouth Colony.

Gragg – who also is the director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University — also tells us:

  • What the Pilgrims knew about America’s land and climate before they set sail.
  • Why the Mayflower nearly sank before it made it to shore.
  • How the Pilgrims’ form of government set the tone for the Declaration of Independence and American law.
  • What our history books sometimes get wrong about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.
  • Why the peace between the Pilgrims and Native Americas did not last.

Finally, Gragg tells us what we can learn from the Pilgrims’ story – lessons that could have a positive impact on our modern-day society. He also tells us the real reason the Pilgrims wanted to find a new home. Don’t miss this entertaining and educational show that will change how you view Thanksgiving!

7 Dangerous Canning Mistakes That Even Smart People Make

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Autumn is filled with tons of chores for homesteaders: raking leaves, preparing the livestock for winter, and, of course, canning.

Canning is the time-tested method used by our great-grandparents and grandparents to extend the shelf life of food, and – if done properly – can form the core of an emergency stockpile. But if the right steps aren’t followed, the results can be disastrous … even deadly.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine seven common canning mistakes that nearly everyone makes. Our guest is Kendra Lynne, a homesteader and canning expert whose DVD, “At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond,” is one of the more popular tutorials for beginning canners.

Kendra, who also leads classes on canning, tells us:

  • Which mistake is the most common – and also perhaps the most dangerous.
  • Which types of foods should never, ever be canned.
  • Which vegetables should be used with a water bath canner, and which ones with a pressure canner.
  • Which mistakes can be easily corrected without buying any new equipment.

Finally, Kendra answers a much-debated question: How long will canned food really last? She also shares her best tips for storing canned foods.

If you’re a homesteader or just someone who enjoys canning, then this is one show you need to hear!

The Hidden Cash Source On Your Property

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Homesteaders often spend most of their time devoted to their gardens and livestock, all the while ignoring a hidden gem just beyond their lawn: the woods.

Those thick brambles and gnarled trees are a homesteading goldmine and overlooked source of cash – but only if we know what to do.

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio tells us how homesteaders and off-gridders can use their wooded areas for everything from feeding livestock to making extra money. His name is Brett McLeod, and he is the author of The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods. He also is a homesteader and a professor of forestry and natural resources at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York.

Brett tells us:

  • How homesteaders can turn their woods into a cash source.
  • How wooded areas can be used as a low-cost way to feed livestock.
  • How downed trees can transform the way you grow vegetables.
  • How your woods can be used to grow foods you can’t grow in a traditional plot of land.

The good news, McLeod says, is that a woodland homestead can be as small as one acre. If you’ve always wanted to make use of your woods and didn’t know what to do, then this week’s show is for you!

The $30,000 Underground Shipping Container Home

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Imagine living in a home where it never gets above 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer – without using air conditioning. And during winter, even without heat, it’s always in the 60s.

Sound impossible? It’s not if you live in an underground shipping container home, as this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio does. His name is Steve Rees, and for $30,000 he built his dream underground home, giving him benefits that a traditional house simply does not bring.

His home is so sturdy that it easily could survive a wildfire, tornado or even hurricane.

Steve shares with us the good and the bad of living underground, and he also tells us:

  • How he uses the sun to light his home, despite being underground.
  • What he uses for electricity and water.
  • Where he bought his shipping container.
  • How he strengthened the container to withstand the pressure of dirt on top of it.

Steve’s house is so hidden that FedEx trucks have trouble finding it!

Finally, Steve tells us what he would do differently if he could start all over. If you love stories about amazing people or you ever have had thoughts of living underground, then you don’t want to miss this amazing show!

10 Rare Survival Skills You’ll Probably Need Someday

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Homesteading and living off-grid is all about knowing the right skills – but few among us have enough skills to survive a societal collapse … much less a few days in the woods.

On this week’s episode of Off the Grid Radio, we discuss 10 rare skills that most people, including most off-gridders, don’t have. Our guest is Ana Maria Spagna, the author of 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It).

Spagna learned survival skills while living in a remote location in the rugged Pacific Northwest, and she tells us skills that most people know little about, such as:

  • The rare skill, practiced in biblical times, that helped people find food when they were desperate.
  • The overlooked skill that allows people to move 2,000-pound items without any help.
  • The ancient life-saving skill that adults and children practiced millennia ago but that largely has been lost to history.
  • The one skill that, if practiced regularly, can literally prevent your home from catching fire.

Spagna also shares with us two gardening skills that even expert horticulturists have not mastered. If you’re wanting to expand your survival and homesteading knowledge, then don’t miss this week’s show!

Opinion: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a healthy future…plus, PODCAST!

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14046128_10153637470286268_6038572892736391891_nUpdate: In case you don’t know, I’m going under the knife next week. T minus 2 workdays until *New Knee Day*… As before, the pain level escalates. Had to use the cane today at work, and had to explain to most coworkers why the cane…because my meds are not helping with pain management, since I’m […]

10 Versatile Plants Every Homesteader Should Grow

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Our ancestors were experts at living off the land, and that meant knowing everything about the plants around them – plants that they used for food, medicine and shelter.

Sadly, most people today no longer have those skills, but the author of a new book is trying to help us regain all of this valuable knowledge.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at 10 of the most versatile, multi-use plants you can grow – many of which likely are on your property. Our guest is Tammi Hartung, an organic farmer and the author of Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants.

All of them can be planted right now, during the fall, and all of them have tons of uses.

Tammi tells us:

  • Which forgotten plant provides one of the best anti-viral berries for winter colds.
  • Which plant is high in Vitamin C and is so healthy it’s used in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Which easy-to-grow plant is useful for making pillows and blankets.
  • Which common tree produces not only food but a strong dye for staining furniture and even clothes.

If you are a homesteader who likes to find multiple uses for plants – or you simply want to know how our ancestors once lived – then this week’s show is for you!

The Easy Way To Stockpile Antibiotics, Legally

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Temperatures are plunging and winter is only a few weeks away, which means that for homesteaders who live in the coldest parts of the country, it’s time to stockpile necessities for frigid weather.

Wood and food are always on that list, but what about medicine?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Dr. Joe Alton, the co-author of the popular book “The Survival Medicine Handbook” who is perhaps best known as “Dr. Bones” from the survival “Doom and Bloom” website.

Dr. Alton tells us how to stockpile medicine and even antibiotics for winter – the legal way – and he also reveals:

  • Which over-the-counter and alternative medicines are best to stockpile for the common cold.
  • Why he believes many people are fighting fevers the wrong way.
  • What he thinks about Zicam, vitamin C and other supplements that supposedly prevent colds.
  • How Neti pots are often used incorrectly – a mistake that can cause major health problems.

Finally, Dr. Alton gives us his best advice on staying healthy this winter – including whether that regiment should include hand sanitizer.

If you want to stay healthy all winter long, then don’t miss this week’s show!



TPP: Everything You Need To Know

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If you have followed the presidential election this year, then you’ve likely heard one or both candidates mention the Trans Pacific Partnership – better known as TPP. But if you’re like most Americans, then you’re probably still confused about exactly what it is.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership, explaining not only what it is but why you (and every other American) should be concerned about this trade deal. Our guest is Judith McGeary, the executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, which is working to defeat TPP and educate the public on their concerns.

McGeary tells us:

  • How TPP will lower food safety standards, allowing food that does not meet America’s minimal requirements to make it to our store shelves.
  • How it will impact American sovereignty, placing our government in international tribunals to defend lawsuits brought by foreign companies.
  • How it will affect “buy American” rules, preventing the enforcement of laws that require U.S. bidders on projects be given preference.

Finally, McGeary tells us how TPP could be passed in a lame duck Congress following the Nov. 8 election – and what you can do to stop it! If you want to be better informed about one of the biggest economic issues facing the world today, then don’t miss this week’s show!

Update, Content, News, and months of podcasts.

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Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted here on the blog of SurvivalRing, and I do apologize. Life has been rather full outside the front door, and the moments in front of my computer (normally plural…the laptop is still down with a *Windows 10* infection) have been focused on research, online radio work, and […]

How To Feed Your Chickens For $1 (Or So) A Day

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Millions of Americans own backyard chicken flocks, and with the economy still struggling to recover, more and more families add them to their property each year.

Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone is doing things right.

Backyard chickens are the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to poultry expert Justin Rhodes, who shares with us money-saving tips and priceless advice he has learned during his years on the homestead.

Rhodes, who gives poultry tips each week through his popular YouTube channel, tells us:

  • How he fed a flock of 30 chickens on merely $1.25 a day.
  • What he doesn’t feed his chickens (the list is short!)
  • Why he is a big fan of electric poultry nets.
  • Which breeds he prefers for eggs and meat.
  • How he gets his flock ready for winter.

Finally, Rhodes tells us how he kills the chickens he processes for meat – using a method your great-grandparents may not have recognized. Don’t miss this amazing show if you own chickens or are considering purchasing a flock!

CIA Spy Secrets That Will Keep You Safe

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Fifty years ago, parents let their children roam free throughout the neighborhood and ride bikes miles down the road, with little concern about their safety. Times, though, have changed, and the world is a much different place. Today, even parents grow weary of going out of the house during certain times of the day.

Violent crime, kidnappings, robberies and carjackings are rampant.

Fear not, though: If you know the tricks to stay ahead of the bad guys, then you and your family can stay safe in a dangerous world.

This week on Off The Grid Radio we talk to former CIA officer Jason Hanson, who reveals secrets and skills he used during his time within the agency to stay alive. In fact, he still uses many of those skills today.

Hanson tells us:

  • The one mistake Americans regularly make in public that can get them robbed.
  • The overlooked self-defense item he carries everywhere – even on airplanes.
  • Easy tips homeowners can follow to keep robbers away.
  • His favorite pistols and rifles for self-defense.
  • The big blunder that men (and even women) make when they’re in a high-tense situation.
  • How to know if you’re being followed.

Finally, Hanson – the author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life — also shares with us his everyday carry (EDC) items … items that you may want to consider purchasing.

Don’t miss this information-packed show that could mean the difference between life and death!

How To Build An Off-Grid Home Without ANY Construction Skills

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Each year, millions of Americans flee the cities — and the traffic and stress — for a more enjoyable rural life.

This week’s guests on Off The Grid Radio did that, too, and then went a step further by building their own homestead — even though they had no experience in construction. They have no electricity or refrigerator and they even ride a horse and buggy … but they’re not Amish.

They go simply by “Doug and Stacy,” and they have gained quite a large following on their YouTube channel, where they explain how they do everything they do.

Doug and Stacy tell us:

  • How they get water despite not having a well.
  • Why they abandoned a city life with well-paying jobs for an off-grid life.
  • How they built an 800-square-foot house without construction skills.
  • Why Doug chose to ride a horse and buggy, even though he formerly had ridden a Harley.
  • How they keep their food cold without the modern convenience of a fridge.
  • How they get Internet and charge up their computer and cell phones even though they don’t have electricity.

If you have always wanted to escape city life, of you are simply someone who enjoys stories about fascinating people, then this week’s show is for you!

How To Raise A Family Of 6 In A $1,000 School Bus

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Off-grid living has many shapes and forms, but living on a 1970 converted school bus generally isn’t one of them.

Yet one American family is doing exactly that, and on this week’s encore presentation of Off The Grid Radio, we talk to a member of the family, Sarah Springfield, who tells us about the joys and challenges of off-grid bus living.

She, her husband and their four children have lived on the double-decker International school bus for a year and have lessons that every American – on and off the gird – could learn.

Sarah tells us:

  • How much money they’ve saved living on the bus – and why they’re doing it.
  • What she doesn’t miss about living in a house – and what she does miss.
  • How they’re obtaining electricity and water.
  • What life on a bus is like with three small kids and an infant (yes, child No. 4 is a baby).
  • Where they purchased the bus – and where you can get one, too.

The bus has an electric kitchen and a bathroom and other modern-day luxuries we take for granted. But it doesn’t have all the “junk” and “stuff” that piles up in every American room. Why? They don’t have room for it.

Do you think you may be interested in living on a bus? Sarah gives advice on that, too. But even if you’re fine staying in your house, you’ll learn something you can use in your everyday life.

Listen as the mother from one of America’s most unique and inspiring off-grid families shares her story!



4 ‘Survival Nuts’ Your Great-Grandparents Foraged For Each Fall

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Off-Grid Life In a $4,500 Converted School BusNot that long ago, foraging for nuts was a staple of homesteaders and survivalists – a skill that nearly everyone, no matter their background, practiced. Today, though, few people forage for nuts … even though the food is plentiful and free.

But plenty of modern-day homesteaders are re-discovering this lost art, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to one of the nation’s top foraging experts — Mark “Merriweather” Vorderbruggen, the author of Foraging.

Merriweather learned about foraging at a young age, and he tells us about four nuts that every homesteader and survivalist should know.

Merriweather shares with us:

  • How to know if a wild nut is ready to eat.
  • Which nuts are most prominent and easy to find.
  • How to easily get rid of the bitter taste in the most popular wild nuts.
  • Which popular nut is poisonous and should never be eaten.
  • How to crack and process even the toughest of nuts.

Finally, Merriweather tells us the simple trick you can use to discover if a nut is ripe or ruined – without even cracking it! Don’t miss this educational-but-practical show that will transform how you view fall foraging!



Fall & Winter Gardening: What You Should Be Doing NOW

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Summer gardening season is quickly coming to an end, with fall approaching and winter just around the corner.

Although some gardeners put their tools away for the season during August or September, others keep planting throughout autumn – preparing for a winter harvest.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss everything you’ve always wanted to know about fall and winter gardening … but perhaps were too embarrassed to ask.

Our guest is Brad Halm, the co-founder of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and the co-author of two gardening books: High-Yield Vegetable Gardening and Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard.

Brad tells us:

  • What you should plant during the fall — and when.
  • How you can plant carrots and overwinter them for an early spring harvest.
  • Which frost-tolerant vegetables can survive cold temperatures, uncovered, down into the 20s.
  • What you can do now to keep harvesting vegetables outdoors, well into January and February.
  • Why fall and winter gardening sometimes producers better-tasting vegetables.

Finally, Brad tells us four unique ways you can garden outside throughout winter – allowing you to enjoy fresh spring vegetables when snow is still on the ground. If you’ve never tried fall and winter gardening, but have always wanted to give it a try, then this week’s show is for you!


Extreme Off-Grid Life, 60 Miles From The Nearest Road

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Homesteading is becoming more and more popular, but few off-gridders choose a location deep into the wilderness, far removed from roads and accessible only by seaplane.

But that is what Ron and Johanna Melchiore did 16 years ago when they built a home in northern Saskatchewan, 60 miles from the nearest road and 100 miles from the closest town. Twice each year they get supplies from a seaplane — and they rarely see another person.

Their style of life is not for everyone, but Ron – this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio – says he can’t imagine living any other way. In fact, he’s been living off the grid for 36 years.

Ron tells us:

  • How they communicate with the outside world, and what they do if their primary form of communication fails.
  • What they did when a black bear tried breaking into their home.
  • Why they chose to live in such a remote location – and the many benefits it provides.
  • How they built the home, despite not having a construction background.
  • What it’s like to live in a location that often reaches -40 degrees Fahrenheit — and that gets few hours of sunshine during the winter.
  • How they survived several scares with wildfires, including one that got within 50 yards of their house.
  • What they grow and eat – an answer that surprised even us.

Finally, Ron – the author of the new book Off Grid And Free – tells us about the majestic beauty he witnesses each day, including wildlife that most Americans see only at zoos. (He witnesses the Northern Lights regularly.)

Don’t miss this interview with one of the most fascinating off-gridders we’ve ever met!

The Off-Grid Benefits Of Offshore Banking

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Most financial advice tells you how to make money, but it’s rare to hear expert advice on how to protect and keep your money safe.

For example, what if someone sued you following an automobile accident – and cleaned out all of your assets?

It doesn’t have to be that way, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, we learn how placing your money in an account outside of the United States can protect you from financial ruin.

Our guest is Joel Nagel, the founder of the international law firm Nagel & Associates, who also serves as Belize’s ambassador to Austria and Belize’s permanent representative to its United Nations offices in Vienna.

Nagel tells hosts Bill Heid and Brian Brawdy how things like offshore banking, asset protection and international trusts aren’t simply for the wealthy – but for the middle class, too.

Nagel also tells us:

  • Why he believes that more financial regulation – and not less – is in America’s future.
  • How you can minimize your taxes by moving money outside the U.S.
  • What he believes about investing in gold and other precious metals.
  • Which countries, worldwide, are the best to move to for U.S. citizens.

Further, Nagel – who is hosting a September conference on global asset protection and investment — gives us the pros and cons of dual citizenship and the renouncing of American citizenship.

If you’re concerned about the future of the economy and your family’s finances, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How Screen Time Is Ruining Today’s Kids

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The average child spends 6.5 hours each day looking at screens – cell phones, tablets, computers and televisions. Meanwhile, boys play an average of 11.3 hours of video games a week.

If you think all of this screen time is detrimental to kids, you’re right, and a new documentary – Screenagers – takes an in-depth look at how screen time impacts children and teenagers.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, we talk to Delaney Ruston, who edited, directed and co-produced Screenagers, which is receiving wide praise for tackling an issue that so often is ignored.

The film tells the stories of children and families who have experienced the negative effect of screen time – and who are doing something about it.

Delaney tells us:

  • How screen time impacts the brain in a similar way that drugs do.
  • Why children and teens are more likely to become addicted to technology than are adults.
  • How video games actually change the appearance of the brain, as seen on brain scans.
  • Why social media is having a damaging effect on girls’ body image.
  • How screen-time addiction can ruin a child’s creativity.

Finally, Delaney shares with us a path forward – a solution that she and the teens in her family tried. Don’t miss this timely show if you’re concerned about how technology is affecting today’s generation … and society’s future!

The New Government Crackdown On Raw Milk

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Imagine living in a state where it’s legal to purchase raw milk – and then being prohibited by police from doing so.

It may sound crazy, but “raw milk busts” — not much different from drug busts — are becoming commonplace in Texas, as health department officials crack down on the sale of what many off-gridders and homesteaders consider the healthiest drink on the planet.

That is our topic on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as Judith McGeary, an attorney and the executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, tells us everything we need to know about the Texas crackdown.

McGeary shares with us:

  • What, specifically, is getting people in trouble with the law.
  • How state officials are learning who is buying and selling raw milk.
  • Why she believes raw milk sales should be legal.
  • What everyone gets wrong about the safety of raw milk.

Finally, McGeary tells us the unbelievable details of how police prevented the sale of raw milk in the driveway of a private residence! If you drink raw milk, or you simply care about freedom, then this is one show you need to hear!

The $70,000 Solar-Heated ‘Earthship’ Home That’s Completely Off Grid

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Imagine living in an off-grid home and not ever receiving a utility bill – no electric bill, no water bill, no sewer bill. Even better, you don’t have to stockpile firewood, because your home is heated by the sun.

Sound impossible? It’s not. It is called an earthship home, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at these unique houses that are revolutionizing what it means to live off-grid. Our guest is Craig Cook, who lives in an earthship home with his wife Connie in Canada – where temperatures in the winter often hover around 0 degree Fahrenheit.

Incredibly, their home cost only $70,000.

Craig tells us:

  • How his house stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, without a stove or AC.
  • What is different between an earthship home and a typical homestead house.
  • How he and his wife have all the water they need – without a well or utility hook-up.
  • Why his home incorporates hundreds of used tires … that he got for free.

Craig also shares with us the pros and cons of an earthship home for those considering making the transition. If you’re a homesteader, off-gridder or simply someone who enjoys fascinating people, then don’t miss this week’s show!

Aquaponics: The Secret To Growing More Food Than You Can Eat

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Each spring and summer, gardeners and homesteaders plan their gardens with the goal of growing the most vegetables possible.

But few of them consider aquaponics, a growing method that involves fish and allows gardeners to grow far more vegetables than they can grow in the ground – without dirt and mostly without weeds.

Aquaponics is the topic on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to off-gridder and blogger Zachary Bauer, who has one of the largest solar-powered aquaponics systems in America.

Bauer says aquaponics doesn’t have to be complicated and that anyone can do it – no matter the size of the homestead or plot of land.

Bauer also tells us:

  • What vegetables can (and cannot) be grown through aquaponics.
  • Why vegetables grow faster in aquaponics.
  • What types of fish work best in an aquaponics system.
  • How often the fish from such a system can be harvested.
  • What you need to get started.

Bauer gives us the pros and cons of aquaponics, and he tells us how he set his own system up – and how you can, too. Don’t miss this amazing show if you’re an homesteader or off-gridder looking to grow more food!

6 Things Our Great-Grandparents Did Better Than Us

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Homesteaders and off-gridders often look to the past for wisdom, studying how those who came before us – that is, our ancestors — survived tough times without modern conveniences.

Many of them had no cars, computers, electricity or even running water, and yet they seemed to thrive when life got hard.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we look to the past as we discuss six things our great-grandparents simply did better than us – six things that could make our modern-day lives better. Our guest is homesteading expert and writer Melissa K. Norris, the author of The Made From Scratch Life (Harvest House).

Melissa tells us:

  • Where people during the Great Depression shopped – and why we need to rediscover this lost art.
  • How our ancestors obtained material for clothes when they ran out of cloth.
  • What our great-grandparents ate when times got tough – a lesson that our society desperately needs to learn.
  • How the idea of “neighbor helping neighbor” kept people alive at the very moment they wanted to give up and quit.

Melissa also shares with us a few stories from her book, including the one about an heirloom seed strand that has lasted more than 100 years in her family! Don’t miss this week’s episode if you want to learn from our ancestors how to survive hard times!



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When you choose to live a preparedness lifestyle and building resilience you have to constantly challenge yourself, test and reset boundaries and change the game. Your willingness to do so could prove to be the difference in making your life all it can be or even in your survival some day.

In 2012, we created Practical Tactical. In 2014 I published two books, the Practical Tactical Quick Start Guide and then co-wrote Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. In 2015, my daughter Riley arrived and our world changed forever. What can possibly top that? Well, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Now it’s 2016 and it is time to get back in the ring, keep creating, thinking, growing and prospering. It’s time to change the game…again.



I am thrilled to announce that we are taking our vision of personal preparedness world wide as proud members of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network as I launch my new show, Practical Prepping. Period.

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Practical Prepping. Period. is where preparedness theory meets the real world. We hope to bring you a variety of unique and wide ranging voices in the world of preparedness that will not only help you strengthen your preparedness when it comes to the basics, but also present a broader view to expand your ideas of what personal preparedness can be as we discuss some of the larger concepts, as well as the factors in today’s world that will make you realize why having a family disaster plan and a high level of individual resilience is a good idea. For example, the “three Es” (Environment, Energy, Economy) and how they work together will underpin our view of the world and our discussions. I feel this is important because regardless of where you are on the road to preparedness, the “three Es” will ultimately have an impact on your path. Other topics certain to be discussed on P3 are homesteading, gardening, first aid, firearms and self defense, climate, philosophy, water and food storage, not to mention spiritual preparedness.

I hope you will come along for the ride and make it a point to join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 9pm for our live shows where you will have the chance to call in and speak with our amazing guest. If that doesn’t work out for some reason have no fear, you can always download the podcast from the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network or ITunes and listen in whenever you get the chance.


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Separation Of Church And State: Everything You Were Taught In School Is Wrong

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With the Fourth of July only days away, Americans soon will be looking to the past – to the country’s founding – for words of wisdom and inspiration.

But as is often the case, what we hear on TV and read online about the Founding Fathers isn’t always factual. In fact, if the subject is religion and the so-called separation of church and state, then seemingly everything the mainstream tells us is skewed.

On this special holiday edition of Off The Grid Radio, we separate fact from fiction in the First Amendment as we talk to Stephen Mansfield, the author of some 20 books, including Ten Tortured Words: How the Founding Fathers Tried to Protect Religion in America . . . and What’s Happened.

Those 10 words – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” – have been used to take down memorial crosses and Ten Commandment displays, and even to prevent schoolchildren from singing Christmas carols.

Mansfield tells us:

  • How the words of the Founding Fathers have been twisted.
  • The real reason the Founders wanted a religious liberty clause.
  • What Thomas Jefferson and others truly believed about government and religion.
  • How a forgotten Supreme Court case from 1947 wrongly changed how we view church and state.

Mansfield, who also has written books about Lincoln and Churchill, concludes by telling us how we can lead American back to the original intent of the Founders. If you’re a patriot or a lover of history, then you don’t want to miss this week’s program!


2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

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2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however […]

4 Clever Ways To Garden In A Drought

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Summer weather is officially here, and for many gardeners that means one thing: a lack of rain. For others, it may mean a drought.

Gardening during summer is never easy, but how do you grow your favorite vegetables when nature simply doesn’t cooperate?

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio tells us what to do. His name is David A. Bainbridge, and he is the author of “Gardening With Less Water,” a book that describes low-cost, low-tech methods for using up to 90 percent less water in your garden.

David has several decades of experience in the subject, and his work even has involved growing plants in the Sonoran Desert – an area that gets only three inches of rain a year.

Get ready to junk the sprinkler system as David tells us:

  • How a 2,000-year-old gardening method can help your garden thrive during summer heat.
  • Why the methods he promotes can be used to irrigate any plants – and not simply drought-tolerant ones.
  • How PVC pipe can be used in your garden to save bundles on your water bill.
  • Why he’s not a big fan of drip irrigation systems, and what can go wrong.

All total, David gives us four methods you can use in your garden this year to water your vegetables – no matter how much rain you get. If you’re ready to watch your garden thrive during the scorching heat, then this show is for you!

Repelling Summer Bugs, The All-Natural Way

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We all enjoy summer, but not everything about warmer weather is great.

For starters, wouldn’t it be nice if there were fewer flying insects – and if you didn’t have to grab a can of chemical-laced “OFF!” just to make them go away?

Well, you can, and that’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio. As herbalist and author Stephanie L. Tourles tells us, you don’t have to drench you and your family with DEET or other chemicals this summer. In fact, you may be able to use the all-natural ingredients already in your home to put together a few bug-repelling recipes – and they work!

Tourles is the author of “Naturally Bug-Free: 75 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths & Other Pesky Insects.”

She tells us:

  • Which all-natural products you can use to repel mosquitoes.
  • Why she never uses DEET – and urges others to do the same.
  • How you can ward off ticks.
  • What you should do if ants are crawling in your home.

Some of the recipes she shares with us work against almost any flying insect, so even if you don’t have mosquitoes, you should listen. Don’t miss this amazing episode if you hate pesky summer bugs!

Survival Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

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Each week during throughout the year, you can turn on the television and watch reporters interview families who were unprepared for a natural disaster – and who lost everything.

Summer, in fact, is prime season for a host of natural disasters, whether it’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or simply major storms. And then there’s earthquakes … and the threat of terrorism.

Would you and your family be able to leave the house, on a moment’s notice, and survive? That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to Lisa Bedford, a survival expert who is the author of two books on the subject: Emergency Evacuations and Survival Mom.

Getting your family ready for a potential natural or man-made disaster isn’t complicated, although plenty of mistakes can be made along the way, Bedford says.

She also tells us:

  • Which survival supplies are the most important — and where families should store them.
  • Why it might be wrong, during a disaster, to first grab “what matters most.”
  • How long families should be prepared to survive following a crisis.
  • What survivalists often get wrong about “bug-out locations.”
  • Where you can live, for free or at least cheap, after a disaster.

If you want to be better prepared for a disaster, or you simply want to make sure you haven’t made any big mistakes, then this week’s show is for you!





Off-Grid Life In A $4,500 Converted School Bus

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Off-Grid Life In a $4,500 Converted School Bus

The off-the-grid life can take many forms – a traditional home, an earthbag house and even an underground abode.

But what about a converted school bus? That’s the route that off-gridder Patrick Schmidt took when he bought a used school bus and then converted it into his own home on wheels – complete with a bed, a kitchen area, a restroom and solar panels.

Schmidt is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, as he shares with us how he converted the bus into a home and also provides details of his journey across the country.

It’s an off-grid life like no other. Schmidt tells us:

  • Where he found his used bus, which cost $4,500.
  • Why he chose a bus instead of other forms of off-grid homes.
  • How he makes money off-grid while living on the road.
  • Which parts of America he enjoyed most on a recent 15,000-mile voyage.
  • How he repaired the bus when it died, simply by posting a picture of the engine on social media.
  • Why he chose not to put a television in the bus.

Schmidt left his job to buy the bus, and he shares with us all of the priceless benefits of escaping the rat race. If you’ve ever wanted to travel the country or live in a portable home, then you don’t want to miss this week’s show!

How to Maximize the Range of your FRS/GMRS Radios

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 How to Maximize the Range of your FRS/GMRS Radios If you asked anyone who owns a radio what they would most like to improve on their radios, the chances are most of them would emphatically say ‘more range’. I have to agree with this too. Now, when we talk about greater range, it is important to …

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Bees: The Easy Off-Grid Money Maker

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Bees: The Easy Off-Grid Money Maker  The subject of homesteading often focuses on various methods of gardening, different types of livestock, or even the multiple ways to generate electricity.

But one area that is often overlooked is bees. As a growing number of homesteaders and off-gridders are discovering, honeybees are a great way not only to grow your own all-natural sweetener, but also to deliver another steady source of income.

Beekeeping is this week’s subject on Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to beekeeper and homesteader Derek Abello, who runs a prominent bee removal and relocation service in Arizona and who is an expert on getting started in beekeeping.

Abello tells us:

  • Why homesteaders and off-gridders should consider beekeeping.
  • How beekeeping can provide extra cash beyond simply the selling of honey.
  • Why beekeeping is far easier than most people realize.
  • Which equipment is needed – and not needed – to get started.
  • How bees can be obtained for free, saving you lots of money.

Finally, Abello tells us how bees helped him and his family get off processed sugar. He also shares advice for those homesteaders who might be squeamish about working around bees.

If you are looking to live a healthier life and wanting to make some extra cash, then this week’s show is for you!


The Day Civilization Nearly Ended

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Four years ago this summer, the sun experienced a solar storm so severe that it nearly wiped out the entire power grid for not only the United States but the entire world.

In fact, the only thing that saved Earth was a stroke of fortune: The storm, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), missed our plant by a mere seven days. If it had hit Earth – as one did in 1859 – the entire power grid would have been taken down for months, and our day-to-day lives would have been plunged back into the 1800s. As NASA itself acknowledged, the storm would have disabled everything that plugs into a wall outlet.

A new government report says that America is overdue to be hit by a storm, and that’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio. Our guest is Peter Vincent Pry, one of the nation’s foremost experts on threats to the power grid who tells us what we need to know about a massive solar storm that could hit Earth any day.

Pry tells us:
ν How a solar storm that took out Quebec’s grid in 1989 was only a fraction as strong as the 2012 or 1859 storms.
ν Why a solar storm would impact the power grid so dramatically that – unlike what happens during an ice storm – it would not be easily repaired.
ν What life without electricity or gasoline would look like, and whether the U.S. government is prepared for such a civilization-changing event.

In this second of a two-part interview, Pry also shares with us details about how Americans can prepare for a downed-grid – and what they should do to pressure their state and local legislators to do the same.

Don’t miss this week’s show if you care about the future of your family and nation!

DHS Not Prepared For A Power Grid Attack?

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A recent government report claimed that the Department of Homeland Security has made major strides to protect the power grid from a crippling attack, but that report runs counter to sworn testimony in front of Congress and to what experts say is really the case.

In fact, DHS appears ill-prepared to protect the United States from an attack on the power grid that could leave Americans without electricity for weeks, if not months. So says this week’s guest, Peter Vincent Pry, one of the nation’s foremost experts on threats to the grid. He is the author of the new book, Blackout Wars, the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and he also served on the EMP Commission.

Pry tells us:

ν Why any steps DHS has taken to protect America pale in comparison to what needs to be done.
ν What the Obama administration has done, and not done, to address the country’s grid vulnerabilities.
ν How the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), part of the Department of Energy, has made America more susceptible to a power grid attack.
ν Which state might be the safest to live in during an EMP attack on America or even during a solar storm.

In the interview – which is part 1 of a two-part series – Pry also explains how the power grid can be protected on a local level, without help from Washington, D.C.

Don’t miss this week’s show if you’re concerned about America’s future and the threat to the electric grid!

Foraging For Survival: Wild Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

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Every week, homeowners across North America spray their lawns with chemicals, killing plants that their grandparents and great-grandparents would have picked and eaten.

In fact, most homeowners likely don’t even realize that those “pesky weeds” are actually edible – and far healthier for you than many items already in the refrigerator.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at some of the most common plants you can forage and eat – whether in your yard or in the wilderness. Our guest is Mark “Merriweather” Vorderbruggen, a foraging expert and the author of the new book Foraging, part of the Idiot’s Guide series by DK.

Merriweather tells us:

ν Why it’s essential that every homeowner and off-gridder learn how to forage, even if food is readily available at the local store or in the garden.

ν How foraging played a critical role in feeding his family years ago, essentially keeping them from starving.

ν Why foraged plants are healthier than many common foods we eat every week.

ν Which wild plants you can eat that are growing in your yard right now.

Merriweather also tells us the easiest-to-find wild plants you can eat in the forest, and he closes by listing the biggest foraging mistakes people often make.

If you’re an off-gridder or simply have a love for nature and self-reliance, then this week’s show is for you!

Climate Change: What They’re Not Telling You

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Ten years after Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, a new film is set to be released that tells the other side of the story.

The movie is called Climate Hustle, and in the words of its promoters, it will “tear the cover off of global warming hype and expose the myths and exaggerations of this multi-billion dollar issue.”

Climate Hustle and climate change are the topics of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to Dr. Bonner Cohen, a senior policy analyst with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which produced the movie.

Climate Hustle will appear in theaters on Monday, May 2, for one night only.

Cohen tell us:

  • Why man-made global warming, as the media sells it, is a myth.
  • How science that would discredit climate change is being hidden.
  • What he believes motivates scientists who claim climate change is fact.
  • Why the “media mantra” about polar bears and ice caps isn’t the full story.

If you’ve ever wondered about the real facts behind the climate change debate, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

$3 Emergency Solar-Powered Radio Made With an Altoids Tin

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$3 Emergency Solar-Powered Radio Made With an Altoids Tin Joshua Zimmerman has a great project up on Instructables for turning an Altoids tin into a compact solar radio. All said, the entire project cost a whole $3. It seems like a project coming at a time when everyone is ultra aware of emergency situations, so …

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7 Not-So-Obvious Gardening Mistakes

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garden mistakesGardening is one of those fun hobbies that is never perfected – and that always includes a few annual mistakes.

So before you get too involved in your garden this year, why not ensure you’re not making the most obvious blunders?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, we take a look at seven of the biggest gardening gaffes that people make every year – mistakes that are easy to overlook. Our guest is garden expert Brad Halm, co-founder of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and the co-author of High-Yield Vegetable Gardening and Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard.

Brad tells us:

  • What people often get wrong about mulch and soil.
  • Why watering is one of the most misunderstood garden chores.
  • How a vegetable’s location in the garden can impact whether it grows strong – or dies.
  • Which two mistakes gardeners often make before the season even starts.

If you have a garden and want to see it thrive this year, then this show is for you!

A Tower Of Babel-Chinese Connection?

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godawa april 2016For several years, author and screenwriter Brian Godawa has awakened the imagination of Christians with his biblical fantasy novels that examined everything from the overlooked giants of the Old Testament to the “spirits in prison” of the New Testament.

Godawa concluded that series last year but just released the first book in a new series that stays within the biblical worldview framework while examining significant events in other ancient cultures.

His latest one is “The Dragon King,” a novel about the first emperor of China that is set in 220 B.C. and tells the story of a Greek king who sends his son to the foreign land to hunt for a mythical creature, the dragon. Godawa is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

This latest book, like all of Godawa’s novels, is based on real leaders in history. “The Dragon King” even includes a tie to the Tower of Babel.

Godawa tells us:

  • How biblical and historical fiction can actually assist in our knowledge of Scripture and other true events.
  • Why he chose to write about China – and how his novel can help us better understand our modern-day world.
  • How his newest series continues the paradigm of his first popular series, the Chronicles of the Nephilim.

Godawa co-wrote his newest book with the help of Charlie Wen, a friend from church who also is the head or co-head of visual development for such recent Marvel superhero films as Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor.

If you love a good story and learning about fascinating moments in history, then this week’s show is definitely for you!

Why An Off-Grid, TV-Free Life Is Simply Better

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Escaping the “rat race” and enjoying life to the fullest is at the heart of an off-the-grid lifestyle, but there are countless Americans and Canadians who simply don’t see a way to make it work.

That was the case for Suzanne Crocker and her husband and children, who wanted a new perspective on life and to draw closer to one another and to nature. But instead of procrastinating, this family of five dove right in and moved off-grid for nine months, and came back with a new paradigm on life they want the rest of the world to hear.

The Crockers’ tale is the focus of a new documentary, “All The Time In The World,” that recounts the lessons they learned about life while living off the grid in the Yukon – lessons they say simply cannot be learned during the daily grind of life. As one of her daughters put it, “Inside is our storage place, but outside actually is our home.”

The documentary – not a typical reality program – is receiving positive reviews for its realistic portrayal of a slow-paced, off-grid life in the wilderness.

Crocker tells us:

  • Why her young children looked forward to a life without electricity, and why they want to go back.
  • How her family survived for nine months without a phone, television or computer, and how they now are far better for it.
  • Why she intentionally chose not to take a watch or a clock, and how that helped her family enjoy life even more.

Crocker says her life off-grid helped her learn to live “in the moment” and to stop saying to her family “not now” and “maybe later.” In fact, Crocker says that not once during those nine months did she want to leave.

If you live off grid or have ever wanted to do so – or, if you simply enjoy inspiring stories – then this this week’s show is one you don’t want to miss!

How To Build A Massive Food Stockpile For Only $5 A Week

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Stockpiling food for the long-term can be expensive, especially if your goal is a stockpile that lasts not weeks, but months.

Building a stockpile, though, doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. In fact, you can build a large stockpile for only $5 a week, if you simply know which foods to buy.

That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to author and homesteader Merissa Alink, who has put together a popular list on how to build a food stockpile for merely $5 a week.

A homesteader in South Dakota, Alink says a food stockpile is critical, especially when you live in a rural area susceptible to crippling storms.

Alink tells us:

  • How families can easily decide which foods they want to stockpile.
  • Which 10 or so foods she believes should be in every food stockpile.
  • Why so-called “comfort foods” should be part of any stockpile.
  • Which non-food items she recommends homesteaders stockpile.

Alink, the author of “Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Simple, Frugal, and Self Sufficient Life,” also tells us the unique challenges she faces homesteading in the unique climate of South Dakota. If you’re wanting to build a food stockpile but don’t know where to start – or you’re simply wanting new ideas – then this week’s episode is for you!

6 Ways To Double Your Garden’s Yield This Year, With Barbara Damrosch

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Spring is finally here in North America, and for most homesteaders and off-gridders, that means it’s time to plant another garden.

But before you pull out the shovel and hoe this year, why not do something different – something that even can double your garden’s production?

That’s the topic of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to gardening expert Barbara Damrosch, who tells us six ways you can double your garden’s yield this year – six simple ways that that are easy to implement.

Damrosch is the author or co-author of “The Garden Primer” and the “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook, as well as a weekly gardening column for The Washington Post. She also is co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine.

Damrosch tells us:

  • Which vegetables she considers most productive.
  • How succession planting can bump up the yield – if it’s used correctly.
  • Why she likes “interplanting” but isn’t a fan of companion planting.
  • How she grows more vegetables in the space she has, without adding rows.

Finally, Damrosch shares with us details about Four Season Farm, which has proven that vegetables can be grown in a cold climate, all-year long. If you’re wanting new ideas for your garden this year, then this show is for you!

Survival Wisdom From The Great Depression

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Survival and preparedness is on the rise today, and for many Americans, that means looking to the past for guidance. For example, how did our ancestors survive, with next to nothing, during tough times?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine survival during the Great Depression with survival expert, blogger and author Lisa Bedford, who has studied how our grandparents and great-grandparents not only endured the 1920s and 30s but actually thrived.

Lisa, the author of “Survival Mom” and “Worst Case Scenarios and Emergency Evacuations,” tells us:

  • How people during the Great Depression made money when there seemingly were no jobs available.
  • What unique foods they ate – foods that many Americans would never try.
  • How they found food in their yards and the forest, and why we should do the same.
  • What they used to sew their own clothes when they couldn’t afford fabric.
  • How they repaired shoes, using an overlooked item that all of us own.

Finally, Lisa tells us why people who survived the Great Depression look back on that era so fondly – as if it were the best time of their lives. If you need some survival wisdom and inspiration this week, then this show is for you!

How To Homestead On Just 1/4 An Acre

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When we think about homesteading, we often picture a large piece of land – 10, 20 or even 50 acres. But a large number of off-gridders and homesteaders are discovering it’s possible to homestead on a much, much smaller plot … even on one-fourth an acre.

That is the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Carleen Madigan, the editor of The Backyard Homestead, a bestselling book that tells readers how to “produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre.”

Madigan dispels myths about homesteading and land size, and then tells us:

  • How to get the most yield out of a small plot of land.
  • Which vegetables she would plant first on a small homestead.
  • What animals she would buy if she was just starting out.
  • How gardening and livestock aren’t the only sources of food for homesteaders.

Finally, Madigan shares with us why homesteading isn’t limited to rural areas, and how even people who live in the city can take part in a self-reliant life. Don’t miss this show that will broaden your view of what “homesteading” is all about!

Off-Grid Life In An Underground House

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Living underground may sound like the realm of Hobbits and Hollywood movies, but for many off-gridders, it is day-to-day reality.

These homesteaders and off-gridders have chosen to ignore the conventional path and instead live in earth-sheltered or earth-berm homes, which are covered in dirt, with only one side of the home typically exposed to the elements.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Helen Ettlin, a resident of Missouri who lives in an earth-sheltered home and who tells us all of the benefits and drawbacks of a life “underground.”

Helen shares with us:

  • How an earth-sheltered home saves her family money, not only on energy costs but also on home insurance.
  • Why an earth-sheltered home may be the perfect residence for families who often face threats from tornadoes and other major storms.
  • How her home’s unique construction provides enough indoor sunlight, despite being surrounded by dirt.
  • Why earth-sheltered homes may be the perfect residence for off-gridders who want a house that is not so easily found.

Helen closes the show by telling us why her family chose to live in an earth-berm home, and what advice she would give people who are looking for such a house. Don’t miss this amazing episode that will give you a glimpse of a self-sufficient life underground!

The WWII Winter Survival Story You’ve Never Heard

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World War II is full of survival stories, but there is one particularly harrowing one – set in winter – that wasn’t fully told until recently.

It involves an American pilot named Leon Crane who crashed during the middle of frigid temperatures in the Yukon wilderness, and then survived alone for 81 days in snowy, icy, dark conditions even though all he had was his parachute, matches and a Boy Scout knife. His incredible story is now the subject of a book, “81 Days Below Zero,” and the author, Brian Murphy, joins us on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio.

Crane’s inspiring tale is one that anyone who loves history or stories of survival can learn from. In fact, it’s a story that would be unbelievable if it weren’t actually true; Crane, after all, was a “city boy” with very few skills, but had enough instincts to make it through the 11-plus weeks.

Murphy tells us:

  • How Crane survived the first week in the wilderness without finding any food.
  • How he determined which direction to walk, even though he had no compass or map.
  • How his parachute played a critical role in his survival.
  • How he stayed alive after falling into frigid waters.
  • How he survived in an area that was receiving only about four hours of light each day.
  • How he kept his spirits up, despite not seeing anyone for nearly three months.

Finally, Murphy shares with us how Crane’s survival story – and others like it – changed the way the military trains its personnel. Don’t miss this episode if you’re a lover of history or amazing stories, or simply someone who wants to learn new skills!

Winter Survival Secrets, With Expert Tim MacWelch

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Winter is nature’s most dangerous season. A wind chill of -20 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to frostbite in only 30 minutes, and if you stay out much longer, it can kill you.

But if you’re prepared and know what you’re doing, you can survive.

Winter survival is this week’s topic on Off The Grid Radio as we talk to outdoors expert Tim MacWelch, the author of the new book “The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook” as well as three bestselling survival books, including “How to Survive Anything.”

Tim shares with us everything we need to know in order to survive being stranded during winter – whether that’s in the wilderness or on the side of a deserted road.

Tim tells us the first thing we should do in such an instance, and then he gives us advice on:

  • What you should wear for winter survival – and why nearly everyone gets it wrong.
  • How snow itself can be used to help you survive, and not just for melting and drinking it.
  • What you can forage for during winter, no matter how much snow is on the ground.
  • How you can build a durable shelter, even in a snow-covered forest.
  • Which winter-specific items deserve a space in your survival kit or bug-out bag, and how you can use each one of them.
  • How you can stay warm using only what is on your body and what is in the wilderness.

Tim also tells us how to survive in the wilderness if our clothes get wet – and how it involves doing something that seems counterintuitive. If you’re a survivalist or just someone who wants to build your winter survival skills, then this show is for you!

Off-Grid Alaska Life At 45 Below

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Winter is the most challenging season for many off-gridders, especially if you live in the interior of Alaska near Fairbanks, where temperatures in recent years have dipped as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit – and the record is -66.

But that’s the life of off-gridders Danny Whittle and SueJean Heinz, a married couple who have learned how to survive in a frigid environment that can quickly kill if the right precautions aren’t taken. In fact, they once had to survive on stockpiled water when their pipes froze.

They are this week’s guests on Off The Grid Radio, and they share with us amazing stories of survival that you’ve got to hear to believe.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

Danny and SueJean tell us:

  • What it’s like to live in an area that sometimes gets 20 hours of daylight – and 20 hours of darkness.
  • How they survived 15 days without running water when their pipes froze, drinking bottled water and melting piles of snow.
  • What they stockpile for food in a location that is one hour from the nearest grocery store and is inhospitable to plants.
  • How they use bales of hay and snow to add much-needed insulation during winter.
  • What their survival plan is in case their primary source of heat fails.

Danny and SueJean also tell us how they survived a treacherous winter trip through the Yukon Territory when their transmission froze. Finally, they share with us the joys of living in Alaska, and what it’s like to see bear, moose, wolves and the Northern Lights right outside their door. If you’re a homesteader, off-gridder or simply someone who enjoys stories of surviving in the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” then this show is for you!

Monsanto’s Big Loss In Federal Court

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Quietly across the nation, organic farmers are making progress in their battle to raise organic, GMO-free crops without the threat of cross-contamination from genetically modified fields.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, a federal court has sided with the farmers.

That’s the subject of today’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as organic farmer Elise Higley tells us the latest news out of Jackson County, Oregon, where voters approved and a federal judge recently upheld a new law that prohibits the growing of GMO crops – handing biotech companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta a big loss.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

Higley, who also is executive director of the Our Family Farms Coalition, an advocacy group for family farms and traditional seeds crops, tells us:

  • How cross-contamination could ruin a family’s entire organic crop – and result in it literally being owned by biotech companies.
  • What will happen to GMO crops in Jackson County now that such plants are banned.
  • Why she believes organic farmers could lose millions of dollars in domestic and international markets if a solution isn’t found to prevent cross-contamination.
  • How the livelihoods of even non-organic family farmers are being threatened by Monsanto and GMO crops.

Finally, Higley tells us how supporters of organic and traditional farmers can join the fight to protect the rights of small farms. If you like inspiring stories of modern-day Davids defeating Goliath, then this show is for you!

Off-Grid Life In A $31,000 Portable ‘House On Wheels’

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When the average American family moves from one town to another town, it often involves weeks and weeks of packing up their stuff, not to mention finding another house in which to live. But for off-gridder Fred Schultz, it takes only about one day – but instead of buying a new house, he simply hitches his house-on-wheels to the back of a vehicle … and moves it.

Fred, his wife and their young daughter live in Australia in what is often called a “tiny house,” and he is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

The tiny house movement, we learn, has benefits for all homesteaders and survivalists, even if a particular family doesn’t want to make it their primary residence. There are, after all, benefits of being portable.

Fred also tells us:

  • How he designed and built his house for merely $31,000.
  • Why he believes life in a small house is far less stressful than life in a big house.
  • How he gets power and water off-grid, miles and miles from the city.
  • Why he uses an alcohol-powered stove for cooking.
  • What his plans are if his family continues expanding.
  • How he built a tiny wood-burning stove that also heats his water.

Fred also shares with us the biggest mistakes he made when building his tiny house. If you’re an off-gridder looking to be more portable or wanting to downsize — or you simply enjoy amazing, unique stories – then this is one show you will want to hear!

SurvivalRing News … Updates and Trends. New Year, New Everything

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Carla Emery’s Daughter Goes Off-Grid

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Forty years after Carla Emery wrote her bestseller homesteading resource “Encyclopedia of Country Living” and a decade after she passed away, her daughter, Esther, is continuing her mom’s off-grid tradition while developing new skills that past generations probably wouldn’t recognize.

Esther Emery is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, as she tells us what it was like to grow up under such a famous off-grid expert. But more significantly, she shares with us skills you won’t find in her mom’s landmark book, which sold some 750,000 copies.

Esther and her husband Nick Fouch have been living off-grid for only a few years, but they have taken homestead education into the digital age with a YouTube channel that has thousands of subscribers. And they’ve done it all with three children.

Esther tells us:

  • Why she ran away from the self-sufficient lifestyle after childhood, only to return to it as an adult.
  • Why she and Nick live in a yurt, and how they ensure it is durable and storm-safe.
  • What it’s like to live in the woods, nearly an hour from the nearest store or gas station.
  • How they made a bicycle-powered washing machine that works just as well as a grid-powered one.
  • How they built a composting outhouse that doesn’t stink, no matter the weather.

Finally, Esther gives us a preview of a book she is writing that is scheduled to be published in 2017.

If you own Carla Emery’s “Encyclopedia of Country Living” or you’re just wanting to learn more off-grid skills, then this show is one you don’t want to miss!

Is A Power Grid Attack Imminent?

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Late last year a cyberattack took down a large segment of the Ukrainian power grid, marking the first time that hackers anywhere in the world accomplished such a feat. Days later, in early January, North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, an action that could put it one step closer to launching an EMP.

Is a cyberattack or EMP attack on the American power grid next? That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to grid expert Peter Pry, the author of the new book Blackout Wars and the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

Pry, who also served on the EMP Commission and the House Armed Services Committee, says a cyberattack or EMP attack could take down the grid for weeks or months. He also tells us:

  • Why he believes North Korea may be telling the truth – and why American intelligence may be wrong.
  • How a hydrogen bomb would make an EMP even more dangerous – and how North Korea already has the capability to deliver it.
  • Why the attack on the Ukrainian grid should worry Americans, and how hackers half the world away could take down the U.S. grid, with no notice.
  • What we can do to prepare for an attack on the grid.

If the grid were down for one year, Pry says, upwards of 90 percent of the population would die from starvation, lack of medical supplies and unrest.

Pry also shares his thoughts on the White House’s Space Weather Action Plan, and he tells us how we can pressure Congress to protect the grid. If you’re concerned about America’s future and the power grid, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How To Live Off-Grid With A Full-Time Job

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Living off-grid on a 40-acre homestead is difficult enough, but doing so while juggling farm chores and a full-time, off-site job? That seems nearly impossible.

But that’s exactly what this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio does. His name is Joseph Trumpey, and he and his wife Shelly manage an off-grid farm with a large garden and about 100 animals. Each of them also teaches – Joseph at the University of Michigan and Shelly at a local school.

It’s a challenging schedule, Joseph says, but it’s well worth it.

Joseph also tells us:

  • How he finds time to do farm chores while also leaving time for his day job.
  • Why he chose a straw bale home — and what unique benefits it provides.
  • What he uses to power his off-grid, 2,200-square-foot house.
  • Why he built his home by himself rather than having someone do the work.
  • How he makes extra cash from the farm, and why he is a big supporter of grass-fed meat.

Joseph also offers tips to anyone who is wanting to balance an off-grid life with a full-time job. Don’t miss this amazing episode featuring an off-grid family that will encourage and inspire you!

6 Simple Survival Skills You Should Learn In 2016

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New Year’s Resolutions often last only a few days or weeks before they’re broken, but it doesn’t have to be that way, especially if your resolution is to learn a skill that can last a lifetime.

This week on Off The Grid Radio, we present six homesteading and survival skills you can easily learn this year – skills that even may save your life during a crisis. Expert and author Lisa Bedford, better known as the “Survival Mom,” tells us how each skill can take your “prepping” to the next level and help set you apart from other survivalists.

Bedford tells us homesteading and survival skills that can:

  • help you find edible food in case your stockpile is low.
  • allow you to communicate with friends and family members miles and miles away during a disaster.
  • extend the shelf life of your vegetables and meats for months and even years.

Bedford also shares with us an overlooked skill that few survivalists have but that nearly all survivalists need. And she tells us an easy “expert method” to cook food when the power is out.

If you’re wanting to learn a few new skills this year but aren’t sure what to try, then this week’s show is for you!

Living On $400 A Year

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The average American family this year spent nearly $900 on Christmas gifts, an incredible statistic when we consider that adults in some countries make less than that in an entire year.

In Haiti, for example, the average yearly income is about $400 – less than half of what the average U.S. family spends on merely toys and other gifts in one month.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Dave Young, executive director of Heart of God Haiti, a ministry that is friends of OTGR and one that meets the spiritual and physical needs of Haitians – teaching them skills that help them become self-sufficient.

Heart of God Haiti runs an orphanage, school, feeding program, adult training program, and English language program, helping lift hundreds of Haitians out of a cycle of poverty.

Young says such a ministry is desperately needed in a country in which:

  • 40 percent of the country cannot read or write
  • 67 percent of adults do not have a formal job.
  • 59 percent of the country lives on less than $2 per day.
  • Children often go entire days without any food, frequently digging in dumpsters for scraps.

Haiti has been reeling ever since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people and orphaned thousands of children.

But there is hope, Young says, and children and families are being saved each week not only from possible starvation from from a life dependent on handouts. And you can help. Listen as Young shares stories that will motivate and inspire you this holiday season.

The Incredible Stories Behind Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

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Have you ever wondered why we put up Christmas trees? Why we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25? How the tradition of Santa Claus really got started?

If so, then this week’s special Christmas edition of Off The Grid Radio is for you. Our guest is Ace Collins, the author of the book Stories Behind The Great Traditions of Christmas, which explores the fascinating background of more than 20 Christmas traditions – traditions in which we all participate, even if we don’t know exactly why.

Collins tells us:

  • How Christmas landed on Dec. 25, even if it likely isn’t the real date for Christ’s birth.
  • Why many Christians around the world didn’t even celebrate Jesus’ birth for 1,800 years.
  • How World War II transformed Christmas into a month-long shopping extravaganza.
  • Why Christmas, at one point in history, was bemoaned as a “Mardi Gras on steroids.”
  • How the tradition of Santa helped spark a renewed interest in celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Collins also explains how a 19th-century poem turned Christmas into the holiday we celebrate today, and why the practice of giving gifts grew exponentially in the past 150 years. And, he gives us the background for why we put lights on the trees.

If you enjoy Christmas, history and – as Paul Harvey would say – the “rest of the story,” then you won’t want to miss this week’s show!

9 Items You’ll Need To Survive The First 72 Hours Of A Crisis

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9 Items You’ll Need To Survive The First 72 Hours Of A Crisis

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It finally happens … the crisis you’ve been preparing for. All that training and stockpiling you’ve been doing is going to start paying off. What you do during the next few days might decide whether you and your family make it through this crisis unscathed. Having the right tools and supplies on hand is going to make a huge difference, but so is using them in the right way.

Depending on the crisis, you may not know it is coming. Some natural disasters, such as hurricanes, give us lots of warning. But other things, such as an earthquake, sneak up on us with no more than a second’s notice. Then there are the situations which aren’t supposed to be a crisis but become one when the storm ends up being bigger than forecasted. Of course, there’s also the chance of a man-made disaster or terrorist attack. At times, our first warning that there’s a problem is when the power goes out.

There’s often a time of confusion at the beginning of any crisis. Rarely do we have all the information at our fingertips about what is happening, nor do we know if it will be a short-term or long-term crisis.

So, what do you do? How do you react? What are the first things you need to use and the first actions you must take to ensure your survival? Obviously, some of these items will be in your survival kit or bug-out bag.

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Let’s take a look at what you should have:

1. Radio

Your very first need is going to be information. Without it, you may not even be able to tell what is happening around you. You definitely won’t be able to make a judgment call as to how serious it is. That’s necessary for making decisions about bugging out or bugging in, recalling your family to the home and whether you need to put your disaster plan into effect.

While there are many sources you could use for information, radio is the most reliable. While information also is on television, there aren’t all that many battery-powered TVs around. Plus, such TVs drain batteries.

2. Cell phone

Chances are the crisis will hit when your family is scattered all over town. The modern American family has a busy schedule, with kids scattered around at different activities and both parents working. Once you know what’s going on and make a decision to go into survival mode, you’ve got to get your family together. That means contacting them, letting them know what’s happening and explaining your plan. The cell phone is the most efficient means of doing this, assuming that cell phone systems are still up and running.

As a secondary consideration, you might want to contact your extended family to check up on them and let them know that you’re all right. This can wait until you have your immediate family gathered up, but it might give you something to do while you are driving.

3. Vehicles

If the family is scattered around, you’re going to need vehicles to gather them up. Keep in mind that schools may not be all that willing to let kids go in a crisis situation. As part of your plan, let your kids know that you expect them to leave their classrooms and meet you at the school’s entrance (or possibly an alternate exit point), regardless of what the teacher says. Short of physically restraining them, your kids should be able to get away.

4. Clothing

Once you have everyone at home, you need to immediately go into survival mode. If your electricity is out, you probably don’t have lights, and the refrigerator and heat will be off as well. Since your number one survival need is to keep your body heat in, have everyone change their clothing to something that is more appropriate for keeping them warm. Of course, if the crisis happens in the summer, you’ll need to put on cool clothing to prevent overheating.

5. First-aid kit

first aid emergencyHopefully none of your family gets hurt in the crisis, but that’s not something you can count on. Chances of injury increase during these times and someone in your family could be hurt. You’re going to have to be ready to switch hats at any time, grabbing the first-aid kit and taking care of their needs.

Medical facilities tend to get overloaded in crisis situations, due to the high number of accidents. So try to take care of the small stuff at home and only go if there’s a serious enough injury to warrant the care of a doctor.

Of course, that means having a first-aid kit that can handle the rough stuff. If you don’t have a good trauma kit that’s big enough for dealing with large injuries, you’re missing out on an important part of your survival preps. At a minimum, your first-aid kit should provide enough to treat gunshot wounds and broken bones. If it can’t do that, it’s time to add to it.

6. Water and food

Once a crisis hits, you won’t have any idea how long your utilities will last. Therefore, you have to assume that everything will go out and go out soon. While some may last a while, you can’t count on it.

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Water is going to be one of your biggest needs and one which you will constantly need to be seeking. While you probably have a bunch of water on hand, it’s not going to be enough. Therefore, you should have portable water filters, such as a Paratrooper Filter.

Food with a long shelf life that doesn’t require refrigeration is essential.

7. Alternate heating

What if the disaster takes place during winter? Before your house gets cold, you’ll want to start using your alternate heating. For most of us, that means wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. Start burning some wood, just to get it going. It’s easier to keep your home warm than it is to warm it up once it’s gotten cold.

Your stove or fireplace is only going to be able to keep one room warm, probably your living room or family room. So you want to isolate the heated room from the rest of your house. If you don’t have doors to close it off, hang extra blankets over doorways, blocking out the cold air and holding in the warm.

8. Flashlights/candles

Christmas_candlesBy now it’s probably getting close to nightfall, so you’ll want to break out the flashlights, candles or oil-burning lamps. Our modern society is not used to stopping our work at sunset and you’ll probably find you have a long list of things you need to do once the sun goes down.

Be sparing with your use of your light sources. You don’t know how long they are going to have to last you. Don’t just keep a flashlight on so that you’re not sitting in the dark. Use the light when you need it and then turn it off. Your eyes will adjust to the dark, allowing you to see well enough to walk around your home and do some simple tasks.9. Guns

9. Guns

It is unlikely that many major acts of violence will happen within the first 72 hours after the start of a crisis. Most people will be in shock, trying to deal with the situation and just survive. It won’t be until they run out of supplies that the serious fear will set in and they will start acting irrationally. However, there is always the possibility that someone will snap early, either because they are a bit unstable or because they are already criminally minded and think that stealing is the way to survive.

You’ll want to be ready to defend yourself from the beginning. Hopefully, that won’t be necessary. But in a time of crisis, some people won’t be all that picky about other people’s lives. Your family’s survival may depend on how quickly you react to an attack.

And One More To Consider

When the power goes out, you can count on your refrigerator/freezer keeping things cold for about two days, but that’s it. After that, you either have to consume the food or let it spoil. Of course, there’s another option too: finding some alternate means to preserve it.

A solar dehydrator will allow you to turn any meat you have into jerky, which is probably the best and easiest way to preserve meat. Properly prepared jerky, with enough salt, will last a long time, even without refrigeration. Meat also can be canned if you have a pressure canner. For that matter, just about everything in your refrigerator and freezer can be canned. Better to do that, than to see it go to waste.

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