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I’m Gaye, just an ordinary gal trying to make sense of our changing world.  I am addicted to prepping, DIY projects, adult coloring books, and ballroom dancing.  I live what I call a strategic life and believe you should too.  Everyone needs to prepare for the worst and live for the best.  Won’t you join me?
Remember: Buy what you eat and you’ll eat what you buy. You have to rotate through your stock or be faced with bad food. Some use by dates on packages are nothing more than a number to move it off the shelves or dupe the gullible into trashing it (that box of salt with a use by date of June 2015? The cardboard will disintegrate before the salt goes bad). Other items are very literal with the use by dates. Do your research.
Jim is the originator of the American Redoubt movement and a frequent talk show guest on shows such as Alex Jones. He is also a retreat consultant specializing in off-grid living, rural relocation, and survival preparedness.
The uses for duct tape seem to be endless and can be applied, literally, across all types of people, jobs, and cultures. It would take volumes of space to put all of the ideas and uses for this incredibly versatile product! When it comes to using it around the house or for preparedness and survival …
I live in Florida with lots of Hurricane season, Tornado, Flood, Ice Storm, Blizzard, Tsunami, Earthquake, Zombie Apocalypse. here is one people arent familiar with, a trucker strike. if they dont run the trucks, there will be no food delivered and the grocery store shelves will go bare. how serious is this? hubby bought me a greenhouse so we could start growing our own food. when the Obamacare deal goes through, many people will be looking for food when they lose many hours and pay. With a truckers strike and empty grocery store shelves, thats not a good combination. when the shelves sent bare during the hurricanes, there were riots at Walmart over water and baby formula.
As predicted, the violence in South Africa is ratcheting up. A police station was torched in Zwelihle and the police are struggling to maintain order. President Cyril Ramaphosa is holding firm on his drive to expropriate land from whites without compensation. It should be noted that it is not the disafected whites that are driving the violence, but the blacks who are attempting to engage in a violent land invasion. President Ramaphosa promised this wouldn’t happen, but like usual, libtards are out of touch with reality. Thanks to S.M for the links.
I would rather have my trusty shotgun as opposed to a baseball bat and harsh language if there were a bunch of people trying to knock down my door any day. So, with that in mind, below are my list of the top 5 firearms you need to get your hands on now.
So what do you really need to carry every day? How do you figure out what should go on your EDC gear list? Here’s what Graywolf from Graywolf Survival carries and why, as well as some suggestions on how to plan your EDC kit.
What it takes to raise and harvest chickens following a societal collapse. Tasty healthy, SURVIVAL eggs and chicken. Baby chicks to barter with. Included: How to raise chickens without catching the attention of local thieves…
Water tanks, tarps, and a few pieces of PVC pipe can go along way in a disaster. Simple rainwater harvesting systems are inexpensive and easy to build. Advanced systems cost more yet do a lot more. How to keep your family alive in the months following a catastrophic disaster.
Surviving in a post apocalypse? Lost in the backwoods? Survivalists, poor families, native tribes, and mountain men from past decades experienced the ease of bagging critters that you can sometimes catch right in your own backyard and have over a fire in no time. Here are 10 tasty critters in no particular order …
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I totally agree: Do NOT overwhelm yourself. Go one day (or paycheck) at a time. I do all of the food buying in our family and, I have to agree, it is extremely easy to get overwhelmed worrying over all the numbers.
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You’ll hear some cultists talking from the edge of the collapsed bridge above you – you can take them out now or wait until you get closer. Use the grapple point on the broken bridge to climb up and swing your way to the other side.
The ATF recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on bumpfire stocks, redefining them as “machineguns.”  This NPRM is worse than I had anticipated  This is in part because the new rule has no Grandfather Clause. By the ATF’s own estimates there are more than 350,000 American bumpfire stocks (worth about $96 million) already in circulation. The proposed rule would declare these all contraband unregistered machineguns, with no compensation to their owners, and no method provided to pay the $200 tax to register them. (Because of the FOPA Hughes Amendment machinegun freeze of 1986.) Therefore, owners would be required to: a.) destroy them, or b.) permanently disable them, or c.) surrender them for destruction. If put into force, this would clearly be either an “illegal exaction” or an unconstitutional “taking”. This ex post facto law would fly in the face of many decades of Federal rulemaking and Federal jurisprudence, which until now  has almost uniformly included grandfather clauses whenever there are bans enacted.
Keep in mind sanitary napkins, as they have multiple uses other than intended, ie: wound dressings, wet and use as a heat relief head dressing, etc etc. When shopping for your survival items always ask yourself “What ELSE could I use this for in a SHTF scenario.” There are numerous sites that are just loaded with info, but I LIKE Back Door Survival. Be careful of so called Survival sites/blogs that demand a joining fee. Many of them are nothing but rip offs. For example there is one site that continually advertises FREE stuff. All you have to pay for is the shipping cost. But with a little research you can find the exact same items for sale at a cost (including shipping, if any) for a lot less. Example: One site was advertising handcuff keys for free, just pay shipping of $4.95. I found the exact same keys for sale on Amazon for 0.97 with NO shipping costs. Money is hard to come by so spend it wisely! 😉

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Much has been written on how to start Prepping.  This article is meant to be a guide for you, not an all encompassing list.  We are well aware though that it can be very daunting and seem an insurmountable task to “Become Prepared”.  We want to help you weed through the plethora of information out there and help you to get started right away.
Russ, there’s something rotting up there on the roof, I saw one of ‘them’eagles perched on the nearby radio tower with something in its claws the other day. Pretty sure it glided over and dropped that sucker and now it’s baking up there in the sun. You’re going to have to find some way up there and clean it up. – Ben
Open the hatch next to the shed and climb down the ladder into the water below. Swim into the bunker and collect the keycard off the desk at the far end, then return to the surface and open the door to the shed.
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How do you stock up on high calorie foods while on a budget? Calorie count, nutrition, bulk pricing, and finally shelf-life are each factors to consider. Here’s a tactical look at survival foods and 5 bonus survival “superfoods”.

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This thing is insane. Came to me sharp enough to hack through small trees in one stroke.It’s a perfect weight, cleaves clean and is nice and thick. Easily the best machete I’ve ever had. The survival tips that come with it are worth knowing too. I’ve seen the few reviews that have a problem with the sheath, but I find it of good quality, it’s tough, and holds the parang well. HIGHLY recommend.
Keep in mind sanitary napkins, as they have multiple uses other than intended, ie: wound dressings, wet and use as a heat relief head dressing, etc etc. When shopping for your survival items always ask yourself “What ELSE could I use this for in a SHTF scenario.” There are numerous sites that are just loaded with info, but I LIKE Back Door Survival. Be careful of so called Survival sites/blogs that demand a joining fee. Many of them are nothing but rip offs. For example there is one site that continually advertises FREE stuff. All you have to pay for is the shipping cost. But with a little research you can find the exact same items for sale at a cost (including shipping, if any) for a lot less. Example: One site was advertising handcuff keys for free, just pay shipping of $4.95. I found the exact same keys for sale on Amazon for 0.97 with NO shipping costs. Money is hard to come by so spend it wisely! 😉
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Timothy 4:3, the Bible, New International Version
Join Costco if there is one near you. They have their own brand, Kirkland, all of which has been very good in quality and cost. And national brands of TP. Which reminds me, we only have 2 36 roll bundles left, so it’s time to get 3 more.
Wow! What a great site! Lots of great info for a newbie and none of the snarky comments I’ve seen at other sites! Everyone please keep contributing – it so helps a lot and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed!
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This is the birthday of Émile François Zola, a novelist and essayist. He is most often remembered as the author of “J’accuse” (I Accuse!), his lengthy open letter to president Félix Faure, which accused the French government of anti-semitism.
Skills don’t weigh nuthin. Get it into your head right now that it would be better to know how to make something out of scrap you find than it would to carry it. with enough knowlege, you could get dropped off into the middle of the woods naked and still be able to survive. Sounds kind of fun, actually. Maybe a little painful. Drill, drill, drill. A big part of preparation is rehearsal. Special Forces units practice for months for operations; you should too.

Estate, garage, and yard sales are good places to check. Used electronics, tools, chainsaws, etc. – try before you buy. From experience, that used lawnmower may look great and sound great, but when it sputters out and dies going across not-so-high grass or on a hill.. that’s a waste of money.
So far the closest we’ve come to an emergency situation since being married was the ice storm that ravaged the southeast last year. We were vehicle-less for 3 days due to ice, but we did have power most of the time and our home is gas heat and gas stove for cooking. There was a lot less stress and anxiety knowing that we had enough supplies to go more than a month comfortably.
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Nice info on after EMP survival. Didn’t notice any mention of portable generators. How about putting one in your Faraday Cage with extra plugs same with chain saws. Also how well are our vehicles protected. I think if a person wanted transportation basic diesel engine vehicle is the way to go, with manual tranny. One other thing when storing water don’t put your containers on cement, use wood pallets.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
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Can’t say I didn’t warn you. Cult’s gone nuts, but I’ve been ready with a bug out plan for ages. I put my best gear in my best car and I’m gettin’ the fuck outta here. Nobody can call me selfish though – left y’all’some stuff to fight the cult with, and my second-best car: The Midnight Ride. Damned if I remember where I left the key. It’s in the garage somewhere Good luck, chumps! – Steve
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To: Shep / Damn thief got into my cabin, nearly got my stash. I’m off to track that bastard down. ‘Meanwhile’see what you can do with the lock. I’ll be damned if this is going to happen again. – Hardcastle
For fuck’s sake, Russ, you broke the damn generator again/ How the hell am I supposed to open the door and get the plane out now? I’m off to get Shep to come and fix it. And I swear to god if you left the skylight open again I’m going to fire your ass. – Ben
When I have the budget, time, and resources to deal with repackaging, I buy larger items at Sam’s. As of this posting, a 50lb bag of rice is less than $8, same with a 25lb bag of flour. 4lb boxes of salt are >$1. 10lb bags of sugar >$4. A 4lb bucket of ground chicken bouillon is >$10. Various boxes with 6ct -1 lb bags of pasta >$6. 25lb bag of Pinto beans are about $15. Canned meats run $10-15/per package of cans – chicken, tuna, salmon, SPAM. Again, since most of the canned packs (excluding chicken) are even numbers, split them up if you don’t have the space or budget. While $20 may seem like a lot to spend on just canned meats, splitting that 6 pack of SPAM and 10 cans of tuna with someone else means you each have 8 meats to pair with pasta, rice, etc.. without breaking the bank. In the grand scheme of things, that equals 1 week + a day of dinner meals providing you don’t have to tighten the belt ration wise. For my family of four, that breaks down to >$1.00/serving each night figuring I also have cans & jars of sauces (Alfredo, spaghetti, four cheese, etc.) stocked in the pantry.
A Prepper is a person who takes Personal Responsibility and Self Reliance seriously.  Preparedness is an important part of life for a serious Prepper.  They follow the Five Principles of Preparedness while they Walk the Path of the Prepper.
Pay attention, survivors — Hydroponics allows for up to ten times as much output than traditional soil farming. Bigger plants and more food for the table. For a family living during uncertain times, that means being able to produce more food, faster, and not being dependent on traditional farming methods.
Remember: Buy what you eat and you’ll eat what you buy. You have to rotate through your stock or be faced with bad food. Some use by dates on packages are nothing more than a number to move it off the shelves or dupe the gullible into trashing it (that box of salt with a use by date of June 2015? The cardboard will disintegrate before the salt goes bad). Other items are very literal with the use by dates. Do your research.
As we move forward to year two, you will find a greater focus on singular skills such as building a shelter, learning how to start and maintain a campfire and cooking with the merest of basics.  These things and more are topics found at Backdoor Survival, In addition, you will find insight, tips, and strategies to help with food preservation, gardening and the gear you will need if you are required to bug out (hopefully not) or shelter in place.
You can eat out of your stockpile BUT every time you do, buy 3 to 5 items to replace each item and so continue to build your stockpile. Coupons are good, but not for much when you need the TP and there ain’t any!? Don’t get too hung on coupons-they are good for things you will use. Costco doesn’t take coupons. But the prices are low enough that they make coupons unnecessary.
For the first time in over a century, London’s murder rate has overtaken New York City’s. The rise in murders is mostly due to an upswing in knife attacks. While both cities have severe gun control (and have had it for a very long time), it is interesting to note that New York’s is a local ban while London’s is a nation-wide ban. You can still obtain a firearm by driving a short distance in New York (legal issues aside). Also of note is that while firearms are considered the great equalizer when it comes to size and power of opponents, knifes favor the larger more powerful opponent. In essence, gun control has failed miserably in both locations, but London is now considering severe knife controls. Since we all know that only law abiding citizens, by definition, obey the law, criminals will now have a further advantage over their victims in London. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Students and parents need to know that if they start as early as possible, prepping lightly and consistently over time using my proven approach, that students can achieve their goals and maximize their performance on these seemingly insurmountable exams.
I live in Florida with lots of Hurricane season, Tornado, Flood, Ice Storm, Blizzard, Tsunami, Earthquake, Zombie Apocalypse. here is one people arent familiar with, a trucker strike. if they dont run the trucks, there will be no food delivered and the grocery store shelves will go bare. how serious is this? hubby bought me a greenhouse so we could start growing our own food. when the Obamacare deal goes through, many people will be looking for food when they lose many hours and pay. With a truckers strike and empty grocery store shelves, thats not a good combination. when the shelves sent bare during the hurricanes, there were riots at Walmart over water and baby formula.
You have to check your budgeting. Know your prices. I keep a shorthand list in my phone of prices from Sam’s on commonly bought items. The Price per Unit is coded on the price label. $8 for 10 cans of Starkist tuna is a good deal when the same cans run $1/per at the grocery store, but not so much if you can get a better price with BOGO, coupons, or the store brand for $0.50/per.
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‘’Stan: We found a bunch of dynamite in the old mine under the house. If you’re reading this then we’ve already gone down to get it. We’re gonna see about setting up a weapons cache or something down there.’’
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Judging from the fact that the NPC who pinged this marker mentioned a plane crash, I think it’s safe to say things didn’t go too well for old Kyle. Cross the bridge and follow the trail up and around the next corner, then use the grapple point to climb up to the ledge above.
This knife is by far one of the best products on this site! It is unbelievably sturdy, and holds an edge once you put it on. The blade is wicked, and the saw blade does its job. ( I built a shelter in 15 minutes with all the saplings I sawed with it). The sheath is heavy duty plastic, and will surpass your expectations. There is not a time when I do not have this thing on me when I’m outdoors. A trusty companion, at truly a remarkable price. If you are reading this review, I urge you to take out your credit card, and add this fine piece of steel to your bugout bag, camping pack, or collection!!

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But the more I research about preppers and prepping (I had to cause I have a school project about it), I realize I am actually not so different from them (in terms of mindset, not so much action. Because I can’t do anything except learn skills and mentally prepare). Even my most open minded classmates regard to them as nutters, and that was the focus of the project for most of my peers, focus on how crazy preppers are, how delusional or mental, but the fact is… as how I see it… preppers aren’t delusional, they are REALISTIC and PRACTICAL!
When catastrophe strikes – you really do NOT want to end up in a FEMA refugee camp!  Preppers do what they do so they do not have to rely on the government or anyone else to take care of them – no matter what happens.
I am looking to relocate with the desire for isolation. I would like a region lacking temperature extremes and with more conservative political ideology. I’m currently in Texas and wish a cooler climate but not the other end of the spectrum like Alaska. Married with 8 kids, so a place that can sustain. Fertile soil a must! Do you have any areas in mind, that I can research?
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A recreational day hike could easily turn into a survival situation causing you to camp overnight in the wilderness. Take the wrong turn on the trail or forget to orient your map to the terrain and you might be walking the opposite direction in which you thought. It is important to always carry a shelter, fire striker or matches and something to carry water in, no matter how short a trip you have planned. BUDK has a large selection of everything you need for camping and survival needs!
Does your health rely on prescription medication? What are you going to do if a catastrophic disaster strikes and infrastructure collapses, pharmacies close down or are simply robbed and looted of everything? What if you have no access to medication refills? Steps you can take today to survive and adapt in a time of collapse.
Head down the pier to the small shed – you’ll find another note from a cultist explaining that he’s trying to shoot the lock from across the reservoir. Head up onto the roof of the shack and use whatever your preferred long-range weapon is to take him out.

Following An EMP, telephones, cell phones, and the internet will be a thing of the past. Two way radios will be a valuable too and can keep you in communication with family and friends. Learn how to protect your two way radios from the effects of an EMP as well as a communications “system” for re-connecting with loved ones.
BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this – $29.55 as of this writing!  The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.  Here is the antenna I ordered:  NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R (thanks to a recommendation from my pal, George Ure).
Crackers are not typically viewed as a long term storage item unless purchased in tins. For a shorter period, you might try using mason jars with an O2 absorber. Mason jars can be sealed with the jar attachment to a FoodSaver although I have also had good luck with the jar sealing on its own with just the O2 absorber.
I would suggest reflecting on where you think you should be and if you think your level of preparedness is in comparison.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to hear from people on how we left out something critical to doomsday prepping.  There is always more to do in someone’s mind but I believe that doomsday prepping is an art, not a science.
How do you stock up on high calorie foods while on a budget? Calorie count, nutrition, bulk pricing, and finally shelf-life are each factors to consider. Here’s a tactical look at survival foods and 5 bonus survival “superfoods”.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Could large parts of the U.S. become uninhabited following apocalyptic nuclear war? Yes. If you’re not cut out for a major bug out, take a serious look at international relocation beforehand. Here are ten countries to consider relocating to and why…
Continue up the cliff face and pass by what looks like a raided campsite, then jump and grapple up to the next ledge ahead of you. Continue along the given path and you’ll pass under an overhang that’s clearly been used as a feeding spot.
I bought this knife just because I was placing an order for some other items with BUDK and figured another $3, can’t go wrong. Well, it turned out to be one of my favorite knives. It came razor sharp out of the box. The sheath is worth more than $3 alone. The blade fits very nicely in the sheath. I have seen similar products to this one for many times the cost. But, there is no need to spend more than $3. This knife is perfect for hiking, backpacking etc. I have had this knife for 3 years, and have been very rough on it just because I know I can replace it for $3 if I need to. But, I haven’t done any damage to the knife or the sheath during all of the heavy usage. With this knife you have only $3 to loose and solid utility/survival knife to gain. Just buy one.
Thanks! You are very welcome, Bruce. If you would like to read a basic list which I wrote up shortly after Hurricane Sandy zapped the East Coast, please check it out here: //wudndux.blogspot.com/2012/11/disaster-preparation-basics.html
Pick yourself up off the floor and climb onto the crate ahead of you with the blue paracord on it – there is a safe ahead of where you land, if you have explosives or either the Locksmith or Repair Torch perks, though you’ll need to bash the hive blocking your path to get it.
When you reach the final buoy you’ll find the sunken fuselage of the plane along with its unfortunate pilot – the key to the lockbox sits nearby. Grab it, swim back to shore and open your treasure chest.
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From a modern Preppers perspective, Y2K was a marketing gaffe which led to millions of people piquing an interest in Preparedness but then throwing everything out when nothing happened.  These people were concerned about a single event and not truly converted to a life of Self Reliance and Preparedness.  This same concern holds for 2012 scare marketing.
Use the grapple to swing and jump to the next grapple point, then leap to the platform on the far edge. Follow the ridge along the cliffside until you find the corpse of a deer and a rappelling point.
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In an effort to make sure that you have all of your bases covered for the next time you head out into the field, we have provided many smaller miscellaneous items to ensure your next trip is a successful one.
DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
12 Months of Prepping provides enough of the basics to get you by for a short period with the end result being that you will be more prepared than 90% of your neighbors. It is not designed to prepare you for XX number of days since there are way too many variables involved to do that in a short article such as this one.

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In an effort to make sure that you have all of your bases covered for the next time you head out into the field, we have provided many smaller miscellaneous items to ensure your next trip is a successful one.
Any situation for which a year’s worth of food is insufficient would be an apocalypse, and that requires a whole different level of prep which very few are interested in taking on. It’s just too low on the probability scale. Knowing you can get by comfortably, with good, familiar food for two to six weeks is very reassuring, though.
The ATF recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on bumpfire stocks, redefining them as “machineguns.”  This NPRM is worse than I had anticipated  This is in part because the new rule has no Grandfather Clause. By the ATF’s own estimates there are more than 350,000 American bumpfire stocks (worth about $96 million) already in circulation. The proposed rule would declare these all contraband unregistered machineguns, with no compensation to their owners, and no method provided to pay the $200 tax to register them. (Because of the FOPA Hughes Amendment machinegun freeze of 1986.) Therefore, owners would be required to: a.) destroy them, or b.) permanently disable them, or c.) surrender them for destruction. If put into force, this would clearly be either an “illegal exaction” or an unconstitutional “taking”. This ex post facto law would fly in the face of many decades of Federal rulemaking and Federal jurisprudence, which until now  has almost uniformly included grandfather clauses whenever there are bans enacted.
@Tom – Thanks for sharing some detailed information about machetes. We still have not purchased one for our own use I but am leaning toward the shorter Ontario. They seem to be well priced and universally loved. I will look up the Ka Bar Cutlass too – but we may have to “grow” in to that one.
Surviving in a post apocalypse? Lost in the backwoods? Survivalists, poor families, native tribes, and mountain men from past decades experienced the ease of bagging critters that you can sometimes catch right in your own backyard and have over a fire in no time. Here are 10 tasty critters in no particular order …
I totally agree that you should re-purpose those jugs. Before using them, I would use a generous swish of bleach to clean them and then store water for cleaning purposes and also, how about using them for your DIY cleaners and laundry soap?
One of the basic prepping tenants is stockpiling easy-to-store foods that are readily accessible in case of an emergency or crisis. Yet, it goes without saying that while a fresh deli sandwich might sound great, some foods store easier and for longer than others. Today, let’s take a look at some foods that make excellent hoarding basics and can fill you up in a hurry.
As we mentioned, first and foremost to being a Prepper is a mental attitude.  That of “I am responsible for me”.  If you are relying on the government or others to take care of you then you are a dependent of them, not an independent citizen capable of supporting themselves.  And that is exactly what a Prepper is or strives to be – an Independent Citizen capable of supporting themselves.  Through out the attitudes and beliefs that if something happens you’ll let others take care of you.  In fact, through out the notion that nothing bad will ever happen to you – chances are extremely high that it will!  Whether it’s a personal, family, neighborhood, city, state, national or world event – bad things happen every single day – dodging them all is pretty near impossible.
Eli has tasked me with finding a way to get the ‘mesage’out. The cult controls all communications, not to mention all the bridges in and out. Our only hope is to fly out before they are able to control the skies as well. I’ve got my gear with me, I plan on leaving ‘tonigh’tunder’cover of darkness. Wish me luck. – Kyle
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And I have to admit SOME people take it a bit TOO far, but there’s nothing wrong with being rational and preparing oneself for possible disaster rather than ignoring the looming danger and sticking one’s head into the ground like an ostrich.
I got word a water powered Flashlight was heading my way for a product review & immediately pictured a contraption with a propeller to dip in a running stream, or some penlight hooked up to a water bottle. Instead, I got the Hydra Light, a foot long, rubber-coated, yellow & black plastic cylinder, looking every inch […]
My book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage will provide you with everything you need to create an affordable food storage plan, including what to buy and how to store it. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming – you really can do this!  Now available at Amazon.
Don’t waste your money on emergency bags, buy the individual components and make a BETTER kit yourself. These kits are made to be 1 use only and throw away, and throw it away you will… your money…
the thing about diva cup, there is a water factor. it creates more of a mess that needs water to cleanup, there is no applicator. Tampons can also be used for a variety of emergency use, not just for female use. i find them at Dollar General, a large multi pack for $3 on Clearance. they are also good for First Aid, a water filter, and other uses. Though the compost toilet is an excellent idea.
Prior to Y2K, Preppers were highly focused on Cold War concerns and how to survive a Nuclear War.  They used the term Survivalist to describe themselves.  Some of their thought leaders included Howard Ruff, Kurt Saxon, Mel Tappan, Jeff Cooper and Ragnar Benson.  There was a lot of discussion of underground bunkers, food storage and water purification.
If SHTF or you have a house fire or whatever, your family members may need to reach someone. Does everyone in your family have the phone numbers, full names, addresses and directions to the home and office of all your other family members and people you trust? Do you have all the police, fire and hospital numbers and addresses listed? Make a very thorough list and make sure everyone has a copy of it. This list should go into your overall emergency plan.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Occasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. It’s a great indication that what you’re buying is a good value, and you can always read the reviews to see if you should buy it. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each.
Modern Preppers have strong concerns about natural and man-made disasters as well as a major concern about the economic stability of the United States.  Preppers also have a large concern about other countries attacking the United States through means such as an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) and Nuclear attacks in general are still a concern.
Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on currency scams.  (See the Forex section.)
A survival kit is stocked with the basic necessities you’ll require to stay alive and keep your family safe while you await or prepare a more permanent living situation. While each person’s idea of “necessities” might vary, these tools are universal in nature and can prove immeasurably useful in an extreme situation where your survival depends on your preparedness and resourcefulness.
You’ll find the note on a crate, down the hill from the mouth of the cave. It reads: There’s always a squad of cultists taking wolves from Howling Cave. They’ve got a lot of good gear in there. I think someone oughtta get the jump on ‘em and steal it.
A Prepper takes steps to mitigate the long lasting effect of a severe impact on their world.  They do this through stocking items that are critical for their continued well-being – called Standard of Living Insurance.  The most notable and important of these items are Food, Water, and Shelter.  An established Prepper will have large amounts of food stored, will have water filters and access to water established and will have taken steps to create or maintain the livability of their shelter, or home.
You have to check your budgeting. Know your prices. I keep a shorthand list in my phone of prices from Sam’s on commonly bought items. The Price per Unit is coded on the price label. $8 for 10 cans of Starkist tuna is a good deal when the same cans run $1/per at the grocery store, but not so much if you can get a better price with BOGO, coupons, or the store brand for $0.50/per.
Another possibility is a major medical disaster, natural or man-made, such as a pandemic so serious that the supply lines for food and other necessities are interrupted for a meaningful time. Your hurricane supplies would go a long way towards getting you though that, though you would need a lot more than three days food.
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Skills don’t weigh nuthin. Get it into your head right now that it would be better to know how to make something out of scrap you find than it would to carry it. with enough knowlege, you could get dropped off into the middle of the woods naked and still be able to survive. Sounds kind of fun, actually. Maybe a little painful. Drill, drill, drill. A big part of preparation is rehearsal. Special Forces units practice for months for operations; you should too.
A wound deep enough to pack is a terrifying thought. I don’t like the idea of that in today’s world. Now let’s think about dealing with this degree of bleeding in a SHTF scenario where people are dirty and wounds could mean much more than stitches. If you don’t have access to sanitation and medicine …
In some areas something so prosaic as a wildfire can be a serious issue, although it may not be one in Louisiana. One of my wife’s extended family had less than ten minutes to evacuate her house in Pocatello, Idaho, last summer when a wild fire swept the mountainside suburb where she lived. The road in front of the house acted as a fire break, but all the houses across the road were destroyed: there was nothing left but chimneys and some stumps. That sort of disaster requires instant evacuation, and that is very different from a disaster in which one shelters in place.
JWR is a journalist, technical writer, and novelist. His survivalist novel Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse, is a modern classic that reached #3 on the New York Times bestsellers list. Two of his other novels have also been best New York Times bestsellers.

Oops…spoke too soon. I used the “search” field on their website, and it said there were no results. But after looking at various categories of knives on their site I found the SP10 Marine Raider. Thanks for your website Gaye. I really enjoy and learn from it.
Watch for sales and items of the day. Compare prices on large item purchases. The beauty of being a prepper today is that almost every store will price match to remain competitive. REI, Walmart, Target, Bass Pro, Amazon and any other stores that sells outdoor equipment are good places to watch for deals and clearance, especially during winter when they need to get rid of seasonal camping merchandise. I picked up a $100, 3 room family tent on clearance at Target for >$40 a few years back. REI in our area does a yearly clean out on leftover merchandise, returns, and slightly damaged gear. A good example: I picked up a pair of toddler kivas for my youngest for >$10 and only one of the shoes was damaged -broken tightening clasp. Easily fixed – cut the strap, tied a knot, and saved over $40.
Preppers typically plan to “Shelter in Place” or “Bug-In” which indicates they expect to ride out any bad situation while living in their home.  Other Preppers find themselves in situations where they recognize that they may need to “Bug-Out” or leave their home for another location, commonly referred to as their “Bug Out Location” or BOL.  A BOL may be a mountain retreat, a home in the country or simply a good place in the woods where they feel they can be safe if things collapse or get really bad.
We all know our basic cost of living is increasing. Despite the increase and the knowledge that at some point, we are going to be stuck at home with no way to get to the grocery store, we keep spending. We just assume tomorrow will take care of itself, right?
Inside, you’ll likely be tempted to pet every dog you run into – follow that instinct, they’re good boys. Once you’ve had your fill of that, the real work begins: on the floor you’ll find pile after pile of leavings – the key’s location is selected randomly, so you’ll have to sift through scat until you find it.
More than just a reinterpretation, the new rule redefines, amplifies, and expands the wording of the National Firearms Act of 1934, essentially making a new law. This is a blatant bureaucratic overreach of the Executive Branch. Per the Constitution, only congress can make laws. The executive branch and its agencies can only enforce already legislated and duly enacted laws. Their new law would turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into un-prosecuted felons, overnight.
When it comes to preparing for a pandemic, it’s not something that is high on our preparedness list, although it’s nowhere near the bottom either. I think this is because in the United States we … [Continue…]
Using the ledges and climbable platforms, carefully make your way up the tower to find the stash at the top. You can burn the hives to avoid taking damage if you want to destroy them, but this runs the risk of setting the building – and yourself – on fire.
SurvivalBlog readers may not be aware that the same family that owns Naturally Cozy (one of our long time writing contest prize donors) also operates North Idaho Heat, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They are now the exclusive dealer for the 509 Optimum stove in north Idaho. This model looks a lot like a like a wood stove, but it has more in common with a pellet stove. What makes it truly different is that it only burns compressed logs – which are also made in northern Idaho.
It’s something that many people probably don’t think about. But for me, especially considering the epidemic flu season we are currently in the middle of right now, illnesses that could increase after … [Read More…]

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I’d have a small one for each. They should at least have water and some contact info, whistle, and a flashlight with a couple spare batteries. Can’t make it too heavy but that stuff would be nice and you can’t carry everyone’s water. As they get a little older and learn how to use it, they can get more gear but they should learn skills more than have stuff.
Once you reach the other side, move around the side of the pool and jump to the fallen column that rises out of the center, then swing across to the platform on the other side and zipline across the remainder of the pool to reach (relative) safety.
Wow! What a great site! Lots of great info for a newbie and none of the snarky comments I’ve seen at other sites! Everyone please keep contributing – it so helps a lot and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed!
I would suggest reflecting on where you think you should be and if you think your level of preparedness is in comparison.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to hear from people on how we left out something critical to doomsday prepping.  There is always more to do in someone’s mind but I believe that doomsday prepping is an art, not a science.
Just to drop you a line and let you know how wonderful Backdoor Survival is. I log in ALL the time to read, learn and just feel like part of a growing community. It’s a comfort to know that there are other like minded individuals. Thanks again for this website/blog!!
Whether you are a professional deer Hunter or someone who is just starting out as a deer Hunter one thing you would crave for is to become successful. And as you know, success is not something you can achieve in a day. It is a gradual process. It means for you to be a successful […]
Thank you for writing this. We have been preppers for over 13 years. Some people made fun of us when we first moved out to the country home we have when they found out. Then we all got snowed in for 2 weeks. No power, no nuthing. After only 2 days people started to flock to our door. I will NEVER tell another soul that I have saplies ever again. It turned into a mad house. Thankfuly, most of them have started to prep now to. They learned from us that it is better to have your own.
Concerns during this time were primarily about food, power and fuel because computers controlled all the ordering, shipping and delivery of food and gas across the country as well as the power grid.  The time leading up to the turn of the century saw a huge amount of “mainstream” people rushing out to purchase a years supply of food, fuel and generators.
The title reads like some sort of terrible infomercial but it seems these homesteaders are onto something. They have found an incredible veggie that you most likely never heard of that really produces. Its one of those rare breeds that doesn’t have issues with pests, doesn’t have issues with disease or mold and produces at …
This week I am joined by Kevin Reiter from The Wilderness Safety Institute to talk about water safety and filtration for preppers. Kevin has been on a couple times in the past talking about trauma … [Read More…]
Prepperwebsite is a great place to get an overall view of current articles in the prepping world. It has some of the best articles, hand-picked by the owner. I’m lucky enough to already have articles that have been chosen on their list.
Ten Must-Have Items to Pack in Your Survival Kit A survival kit is stocked with the basic necessities you’ll require to stay alive and keep your family safe while you await or prepare a more permanent living situation. While each person’s idea of “necessities” might vary, these tools are universal in nature and can prove immeasurably useful in an extreme situation where your survival depends on your preparedness and resourcefulness. Feb 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Once you’ve considered what you’re at risk for, we’re going to shelve that information for a bit.  The federal government provides some good starting points for considering how to protect yourself (you’ll want to do a lot of research later about how to be safe and survive that scenario).  We’re going to move on to a personal assessment of what you currently have.
Prior to Y2K, Preppers were highly focused on Cold War concerns and how to survive a Nuclear War.  They used the term Survivalist to describe themselves.  Some of their thought leaders included Howard Ruff, Kurt Saxon, Mel Tappan, Jeff Cooper and Ragnar Benson.  There was a lot of discussion of underground bunkers, food storage and water purification.
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Take a look at the news and newspapers and you will likely find a case of robbery and home invasion. In our minds, our homes are where we ought to feel the safest. Where we can relax from a tiring day with family. However, the reality of things is that you are not safe even […]
Continue up the cliff face and pass by what looks like a raided campsite, then jump and grapple up to the next ledge ahead of you. Continue along the given path and you’ll pass under an overhang that’s clearly been used as a feeding spot.
Once they’ve been dispatched, head into the cabin to where the third cultist was (the one kneeling down in the corner). Standing on or attacking the boards over the floor will reveal a ladder leading down into the mine – climb down and acclimate yourself to the dark and the Bliss.
Use the grapple to swing and jump to the next grapple point, then leap to the platform on the far edge. Follow the ridge along the cliffside until you find the corpse of a deer and a rappelling point.
After clearing the hall, head down the passage that was on your left when you entered but do not destroy the barrier at the end – instead follow the tunnel where it turns right and break down ‘’that’’ rubble instead. You’ll find yourself standing on a ledge above a pool with a waterfall flowing into it.
Wow. I found this (totally by ACCIDENT) yesterday…and this is exactly what I needed to alleviate some of the stress chest pains I’ve been having over my prepping. I tend to just look at the “mess” and see a gigantic jumble that has no end. I’ve got so much going on in my head that I couldn’t even BEGIN to break it down. So I just wanted to say Thank You! Thank you for taking the time to break this down…not with lists of things that you’re trying to sell me or that you’re getting kick-backs from or come from a complete newbie stand-point. I don’t need handholding (per se)…but I definitely needed a good firm plan to examine what I’ve got and where I need to head.
After clearing this first chamber and passing through a low tunnel, you’ll come out the other side and need to mantle up onto the ledge immediately to your left, then use your grapple to swing and jump to the other side of the pool.
Surviving in a post apocalypse? Lost in the backwoods? Survivalists, poor families, native tribes, and mountain men from past decades experienced the ease of bagging critters that you can sometimes catch right in your own backyard and have over a fire in no time. Here are 10 tasty critters in no particular order …
Open the hatch next to the shed and climb down the ladder into the water below. Swim into the bunker and collect the keycard off the desk at the far end, then return to the surface and open the door to the shed.
Imagine a line of pickets that can pick up the approach of anything heading your way. That’s exactly what you have with the Guardline GL-5000 Motion Detecting Alarm System. This is a security system that is well worth it. This product review was a walk in the park… actually a walk around the yard, testing […]
This thing is insane. Came to me sharp enough to hack through small trees in one stroke.It’s a perfect weight, cleaves clean and is nice and thick. Easily the best machete I’ve ever had. The survival tips that come with it are worth knowing too. I’ve seen the few reviews that have a problem with the sheath, but I find it of good quality, it’s tough, and holds the parang well. HIGHLY recommend.
I’m Gaye, just an ordinary gal trying to make sense of our changing world.  I am addicted to prepping, DIY projects, adult coloring books, and ballroom dancing.  I live what I call a strategic life and believe you should too.  Everyone needs to prepare for the worst and live for the best.  Won’t you join me?
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Timothy 4:3, the Bible, New International Version
Students and parents need to know that if they start as early as possible, prepping lightly and consistently over time using my proven approach, that students can achieve their goals and maximize their performance on these seemingly insurmountable exams.
If you’re unsure if you or your family will eat something, buy a smaller quantity first. Try it once or twice. (Not that I’m trying to persuade anyone, but SPAM is a good example of a food that more people go “ewww” at than any other I know, except maybe tofu.. Yuck!) Fried spam with scrambled eggs is an alternative to bacon if the power’s been out for awhile. SPAM in stews, gumbo, even red beans and rice tastes like the stew. It can even be eaten straight out of the can, but even I find that hard to digest. Individual cans of SPAM range from $3.50 – 5, depending on ‘flavor,’ coupons, sales, etc. (hence why $15ish dollars is a good price on a 6 pack of regular or low sodium). Get a pantry cookbook – “100 Day Pantry” is a good one and has some great tips on building up your supplies. Some of the recipes have even fooled our “I hate SPAM” visitors.
There’s no way to get in on the ground level, so we’ll have to try to find a way in through that skylight Ben mentioned. Thankfully, another note on the side door gives us a hint at how we can accomplish that.
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Turn one lavender plant into many by taking cuttings and replanting- it’s so easy! Lavender has many uses not only in the prepping world but in everyday life, for me I use lavender as a sleep aid and make natural air fresheners to freshen my house and car. I found a great article that shows …
Someone may have mentioned this, so forgive me if it’s redundant. Might want to consider a ham radio license and having a couple of charged handhelds in working order. I know when Colorado flooded a couple of months ago, radio operators were a lifeline for rescuers when roads were washed out. Just a suggestion!

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A recreational day hike could easily turn into a survival situation causing you to camp overnight in the wilderness. Take the wrong turn on the trail or forget to orient your map to the terrain and you might be walking the opposite direction in which you thought. It is important to always carry a shelter, fire striker or matches and something to carry water in, no matter how short a trip you have planned. BUDK has a large selection of everything you need for camping and survival needs!
Following An EMP, telephones, cell phones, and the internet will be a thing of the past. Two way radios will be a valuable too and can keep you in communication with family and friends. Learn how to protect your two way radios from the effects of an EMP as well as a communications “system” for re-connecting with loved ones.
There are plenty of reasons why you need a bug out bag (BOB). Terrorism, civil unrest, tsunami, extended power interruption, and earthquakes are just a few of those reasons. A well-equipped bug out bag will help you sail through at least 72 hours amidst the uncertainty. For beginners, the confusion is in what to include […]
There are lots of possible scenarios for disaster, but many are low probability events. It is easy to get caught up in all of them and let the possibilities take over one’s life. Prepping for a fairly generic disaster is actually pretty straightforward, involving providing water, food, the means to cook it, cash, first aid supplies, means of getting out of town if sheltering in place doesn’t work, defense, and so forth. if you enjoy camping a couple times a year (what I refer to as heavy camping I.e. driving to a prepared site with your tent and cooking gear etc. rather than backpacking) you will already have a lot of the gear needed and know how to use it. Add the canned and dried food you usually eat, sufficient for a week or a couple months or whatever period you think appropriate, and you will be in better shape than 95% of your neighbors.
Stasi (2016).  “This definitive documentary reveals the calculated cruelty and brutal repression by the notorious East German secret police, the Stasi. Headed by the sinister Erich Mielke, the Stasi kept the population under constant surveillance. Tapping phones, reading mail, and installing informers, they created a culture of fear and suspicion.”   This documentary is available for free download to Amazon Prime members. Also available on DVD.

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The title reads like some sort of terrible infomercial but it seems these homesteaders are onto something. They have found an incredible veggie that you most likely never heard of that really produces. Its one of those rare breeds that doesn’t have issues with pests, doesn’t have issues with disease or mold and produces at …
The uses for duct tape seem to be endless and can be applied, literally, across all types of people, jobs, and cultures. It would take volumes of space to put all of the ideas and uses for this incredibly versatile product! When it comes to using it around the house or for preparedness and survival …
The title reads like some sort of terrible infomercial but it seems these homesteaders are onto something. They have found an incredible veggie that you most likely never heard of that really produces. Its one …
It would likely be a very short-sighted plan for just getting through a few days.  While this is not doomsday prepping as defined by most preppers, it is a start.  Hopefully, these folks will read up on what is truly need for surviving disaster.
Hi Ari, Prepping for hurricanes is a really good start. That’s what my wife and I do in Hawaii. It may well be a bigger issue here than New Orleans because no one will be trucking in relief supplies from the next state a couple days after the storm passes. Out here we should be prepared for at minimum a couple weeks on our own, and a month is better still.
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Have you taken the time to consider just what makes the best survival foods for an emergency? If you only had two survival foods on hand to last you two weeks in the event of a major emergency, what would they be?
When catastrophe strikes – you really do NOT want to end up in a FEMA refugee camp!  Preppers do what they do so they do not have to rely on the government or anyone else to take care of them – no matter what happens.
Once you’ve considered what you’re at risk for, we’re going to shelve that information for a bit.  The federal government provides some good starting points for considering how to protect yourself (you’ll want to do a lot of research later about how to be safe and survive that scenario).  We’re going to move on to a personal assessment of what you currently have.
They have a plan for any SHTF scenario and believe they will be able to adapt to the unexpected.  While the previous group prepares for a disaster with one plan, these folks have multiple plans and backups to those to assure their survival.
Knowing how to use fermentation to preserve foods can help you survive a long term disaster. Here’s A modern look at an ancient method of survival, and a list of the top 10 healthiest fermentation survival foods.
The next group we have are those preppers that have convinced themselves that they need to have a plan for survival when the SHTF.  They are certain that we will see a major disaster whether it be natural, economic or otherwise
Modern Preppers have strong concerns about natural and man-made disasters as well as a major concern about the economic stability of the United States.  Preppers also have a large concern about other countries attacking the United States through means such as an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) and Nuclear attacks in general are still a concern.
Any situation for which a year’s worth of food is insufficient would be an apocalypse, and that requires a whole different level of prep which very few are interested in taking on. It’s just too low on the probability scale. Knowing you can get by comfortably, with good, familiar food for two to six weeks is very reassuring, though.
Why didn’t I put this at the beginning of the list? What are you going to say when they start asking you questions? You need to start your research and get into things a bit before you start trying to get buy-in from your family. It’s extremely important, but not the first thing you should be doing. There’s no particular order to this list, BTW but I was just making a point. Make sure you read this article before you talk to any senior citizens in your family. You’ll be surprised at the background and experience that your older family members actually have.
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Taking doomsday prepping to a completely new level, these folks are prepared to survive the most disastrous of scenarios.  Some call them extreme preppers but they certainly think of themselves as just preparing for the inevitable.
Stasi (2016).  “This definitive documentary reveals the calculated cruelty and brutal repression by the notorious East German secret police, the Stasi. Headed by the sinister Erich Mielke, the Stasi kept the population under constant surveillance. Tapping phones, reading mail, and installing informers, they created a culture of fear and suspicion.”   This documentary is available for free download to Amazon Prime members. Also available on DVD.
Imagine a line of pickets that can pick up the approach of anything heading your way. That’s exactly what you have with the Guardline GL-5000 Motion Detecting Alarm System. This is a security system that is well worth it. This product review was a walk in the park… actually a walk around the yard, testing […]
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” – The Second Coming, William Yeats
And for the experienced prepper?  Please take this time to review your supplies, gear and skills and fill in any blanks just as I have done.  We have twelve new months of prepping starting soon and for sure, you will want to be ready.

Hello, I’m curious as to what you think about adding hard liquor (rum, vodka, whiskey) to the 12 month guide. It does have its uses, but just wondering if it is feasible to add during the first 12 months. Thank you for your time.
Essentially, get the basics such as medical and survival equipment, some backup communications, spare cash, change of clothes, and copies of documents. Put them into an easy-to-reach place, ready to go. Inventory this bag and put the list into your overall emergency plan. If you don’t know exactly what you want to pack, you can get kits such as this 4 Person Survival Kit, already made up for you to start.
Recently I asked a friend if he thought he was prepared for a disaster scenario, something like a severe weather event or a human-caused catastrophe. He said: “Sure I am. I have a week or so worth of non-perishable food in the pantry and my AR-15 in case things get nasty.” His response got me …
After clearing this first chamber and passing through a low tunnel, you’ll come out the other side and need to mantle up onto the ledge immediately to your left, then use your grapple to swing and jump to the other side of the pool.
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I’ve started to read up on prepping, but I’m curious as to what we are prepping for? What are some scenarios? I see some stuff is “only enough for 3 days”, so I wasn’t sure what the situation would be. The only prepping I’ve done was for hurricanes since I live in New Orleans. Thank you 🙂
Turn one lavender plant into many by taking cuttings and replanting- it’s so easy! Lavender has many uses not only in the prepping world but in everyday life, for me I use lavender as a sleep aid and make natural air fresheners to freshen my house and car. I found a great article that shows …
Making friends is VERY important. Keeping your OPSEC is also very important. Just make sure you balance that with what’s best overall. Keeping too many secrets can limit you but so can telling everyone everything.
Drop down to the floor below this platform, then make your way into the flooded basement. The power is off, so you’ll need to turn it back on before you can open the door to the stash – you’ll find the control switch on the north wall next to the large green tanks.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.  I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one.  It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
Concerns during this time were primarily about food, power and fuel because computers controlled all the ordering, shipping and delivery of food and gas across the country as well as the power grid.  The time leading up to the turn of the century saw a huge amount of “mainstream” people rushing out to purchase a years supply of food, fuel and generators.
Inside, you’ll likely be tempted to pet every dog you run into – follow that instinct, they’re good boys. Once you’ve had your fill of that, the real work begins: on the floor you’ll find pile after pile of leavings – the key’s location is selected randomly, so you’ll have to sift through scat until you find it.
In this video I go on a 3 day winter camp out with my dog in a hot tent. I also made many mistakes this trip, forgot essential gear, lost expensive equipment, but it was still a learning experience…
Much has been written on how to start Prepping.  This article is meant to be a guide for you, not an all encompassing list.  We are well aware though that it can be very daunting and seem an insurmountable task to “Become Prepared”.  We want to help you weed through the plethora of information out there and help you to get started right away.
People who are in shape statistically survive emergency situations more often. There are many reasons for this but think about it; if you’re in shape, you won’t require as many medicines, you’ll be able to walk farther with more weight, and you’ll better be able to defend yourself. Start working out, eating right and getting enough sleep. It’s a change that you should be doing even if you’re not new to prepping but could end up being the one thing that saves your life. The INSANITY workout is one that a lot of Soldiers I know are using and they love it. It’s not an easy workout plan, but if losing weight and getting in shape were easy, everyone would be doing it.
Preppers know there’s often a calm before the big storm… it’s during that “calm” that there’s still time to add to important stores of food, purchase essential supplies, and continually gather survival information for making it through the next major disaster, or worse, an apocalyptic event…
Hi leal, never thought about Noah that way. I started learning this in my 20s after awakening from a dream about Joseph’s interpretation for the Pharaoh. Having come from country folk, it didn’t seem that much of a stretch to begin my storage. Now, like you, I’m single again, so most of my store are for singles. AND cocoa powder and cacao beans are part of my stores. 😉
More than just a reinterpretation, the new rule redefines, amplifies, and expands the wording of the National Firearms Act of 1934, essentially making a new law. This is a blatant bureaucratic overreach of the Executive Branch. Per the Constitution, only congress can make laws. The executive branch and its agencies can only enforce already legislated and duly enacted laws. Their new law would turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into un-prosecuted felons, overnight.
Just what I expected, small for small hands, not intended for big jobs. Have not used them, and hope I never have to they are for BOBs. Skinning, and butchering jobs on small game and fish. Not intended to fell trees for a cabin, or split firewood, just for in camp use on small jobs, and my grandson thinks they are cool, that’s a good enough reason for me. John Kretzer
Teaching Kids to Be Prepared With Their First Emergency Kit As adults, it is easy to worry about what may or may not happen. As kids however, the thoughts never even cross their minds. All they want to do is eat, sleep and play. In this article I will show you how I started teaching kids the importance of being prepared. So, when is the […] Feb 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
At Dave’s Homestead you will find articles on how do do things. This site is your home for DIY prepper projects. Because I am a regular guy with a 40+ hour job, I have to be smarter, more efficient, and work harder than a rich man who buys preparedness
Dr. Bones, an M.D. and Nurse Amy, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. They’re Medical Preparedness Professionals, and REAL Preppers, bringing you conventional and alternative medical strategies to stay healthy in any disaster/grid-down situation.
There is nothing “crazy” or “mentally deficient” in conceding that bad things are likely to happen no matter what we do and that we should be ready to deal with them.  At the purest level, this is all Preppers are doing.
A survival kit is stocked with the basic necessities you’ll require to stay alive and keep your family safe while you await or prepare a more permanent living situation. While each person’s idea of “necessities” might vary, these tools are universal in nature and can prove immeasurably useful in an extreme situation where your survival depends on your preparedness and resourcefulness.
Choosing a weapon, and accessories is always going to be dependent on what they are being used for. For instance, you might be looking for an easy to use pistol for home protection, or the best red dot sight, to help make hunting trips more successful. It’s no different with survivalism; you need to make […]

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I’m Gaye, just an ordinary gal trying to make sense of our changing world.  I am addicted to prepping, DIY projects, adult coloring books, and ballroom dancing.  I live what I call a strategic life and believe you should too.  Everyone needs to prepare for the worst and live for the best.  Won’t you join me?
Hi Gaye, I’ve recently found your site and am really enjoying the knowledge that you are sharing. I am starting the 12 months of prepping and look forward to your posts. Even though our emergencies here in Australia are often different to your own our prepping is for the same reason. No matter what life throws at us we will survive. thank you for sharing Jan
Finally, as you reach the entrance, there are three waiting in this hallway/room. Once they’ve been dealt with, return to the top of the tunnel and head through the now-open door to claim your stash prizes.
The much-awaited new book by Claire Wolfe and Kit Perez titled Basics of Resistance will be released (appropriately) on April 19th. As of April 4th, 2018, the print-on-demand paperback edition is now available for ordering on Amazon.com. There will also be a Kindle book, now available at a special pre-order price of just 99 cents. The Kindle release day will be April 19th. I predict that this book will be in Amazon’s Top 20, even before its release day. Get a copy! Better yet, also order an extra paperback so that you’ll have one to lend out.
In this video I go on a 3 day winter camp out with my dog in a hot tent. I also made many mistakes this trip, forgot essential gear, lost expensive equipment, but it was still a learning experience…
We have learned that governments from the local and state level all the way up to the federal government had multiple chances to stop the shooting but instead choose to do nothing. Now they want to take away your right to legally defend yourself in the face of this type of attack. […]
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Massive disasters can contaminate the water supply, making your tap water immediately dangerous. Emergency water distillation can treat contaminated water, making it safe to drink — and also desalinates ocean salt water for coastal or maritime survival.
Our mission involves developing individual, families & teams in Mississippi and outside the state whom are self reliant. We not only teach in the classroom, but we get our members into the field and teach by example.
Thanks! I will definitely clean them out first and then add some colloidal silver to the water. I don’t use laundry soap or fabric softner… I use 2 really strong magnets and it cleans my clothes really well. And they are just as soft as ever without any residue from soap or softners. And for cleaning, I simply use vinegar & water for most everything.

I predict that bumpfire stocks will not be the sole sacrificial lambs in this whole media-driven charade. This will be a proverbial Slippery Slope. There will be more–many more–types of firearms and firearms parts they’ll come after. The socialist-statist-collectivists will not stop. They won’t slow down their campaign against the Second Amendment until they feel they have thoroughly disarmed us. That is how they operate: They talk “compromise” and “common sense legislation”, but what they really want is a docile, neutered populace that has no means to resist their plans for womb-to-tomb domination under total government.
When Katrina hit, little did this man realize that this friend would invite his friends to come too. Since his friend wasn’t as prepared AND had to bug out, the stores had to be shared. With all that came with the friend, this man’s stores that might have lasted his family and his friends’ families for 6 months…with all who came, it barely lasted 30 days. Not only that but he said the human waste became a potential hazard which they weren’t prepared for. He said he WAS glad he had extra tents etc as well. So now, I’m rethinking, yes I can accept some friends but plain speaking and clear communication as to expectations with friends will have a higher priority now. AND too, I’ll be looking around how to set up for the human waste of those ‘extras’ we know will flow into the area. This is not a matter of what someone else MAY have, but just another issue about where to put it all w/o contaminating our ground water. Just another thing for discussion here perhaps?
In recent months I’ve had several SurvivalBlog readers contact me to mention “investing” in Iraqi Dinars (IQD).  Spurred on by the Internet rumor mill, they are hoping for a huge return on investment, in the event of a revaluation. But I must warn you, folks: Don’t fall for the “insider knowledge” scams that are out there, with scammers selling paper Dinars at inflated rates.  And most of all, don’t confuse revaluation with redenomination. A formal revaluation is highly unlikely. Although a redenomination is indeed likely, it won’t mean that you’ll get any overnight windfall. Quite the contrary! If they drop one, two, or three zeros from the currency, you could lose everything if you miss the recall window to exchange your old bills for the new bills. That window of opportunity could be as short as 30 days. And that exchange will mostly take place inside Iraq. If you miss the window, then all you’ll have is pretty wallpaper. And even if you do successfully trade your old IQD bills for new IQD bills, it will be at best little more than a break-even proposition.
There are lots of possible scenarios for disaster, but many are low probability events. It is easy to get caught up in all of them and let the possibilities take over one’s life. Prepping for a fairly generic disaster is actually pretty straightforward, involving providing water, food, the means to cook it, cash, first aid supplies, means of getting out of town if sheltering in place doesn’t work, defense, and so forth. if you enjoy camping a couple times a year (what I refer to as heavy camping I.e. driving to a prepared site with your tent and cooking gear etc. rather than backpacking) you will already have a lot of the gear needed and know how to use it. Add the canned and dried food you usually eat, sufficient for a week or a couple months or whatever period you think appropriate, and you will be in better shape than 95% of your neighbors.
You’ll find next to the lock box and campsite a form with the information of the salvage contract – it seems there’s a small Cessna aircraft sunk in the bay, the key to a lock box still inside or nearby the wreckage.
Thank you for writing this. We have been preppers for over 13 years. Some people made fun of us when we first moved out to the country home we have when they found out. Then we all got snowed in for 2 weeks. No power, no nuthing. After only 2 days people started to flock to our door. I will NEVER tell another soul that I have saplies ever again. It turned into a mad house. Thankfuly, most of them have started to prep now to. They learned from us that it is better to have your own.
Head through the door behind the chain link fence ahead of you. You can find a note on the wall to your left that warns you there are several of Faith’s Angels within – they’re all passed out and docile, though… for now.
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For these folks, doomsday prepping is a passion and necessity and not a hobby.  They differ from the first group of preppers in that they truly believe we will see a SHTF event whereas the “Just Enough” folks think it’s a rarity.
A Prepper takes steps to mitigate the long lasting effect of a severe impact on their world.  They do this through stocking items that are critical for their continued well-being – called Standard of Living Insurance.  The most notable and important of these items are Food, Water, and Shelter.  An established Prepper will have large amounts of food stored, will have water filters and access to water established and will have taken steps to create or maintain the livability of their shelter, or home.
Use bullets or dynamite (you can find some nearby if you don’t have any) to destroy the rubble blocking the flow of water. This will fill the basin below you and allow you to swim across to the other side. If you haven’t done so already, kill the cultist on the opposite ledge, then proceed through the tunnel to locate the stash.
Hi leal, never thought about Noah that way. I started learning this in my 20s after awakening from a dream about Joseph’s interpretation for the Pharaoh. Having come from country folk, it didn’t seem that much of a stretch to begin my storage. Now, like you, I’m single again, so most of my store are for singles. AND cocoa powder and cacao beans are part of my stores. 😉
BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this – $29.55 as of this writing!  The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.  Here is the antenna I ordered:  NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R (thanks to a recommendation from my pal, George Ure).
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Sam Coffman operates a survival and herbalism school in Texas. He is a former U.S. Special Forces Green Beret Medic with over 20 years experience working with medicinal plants. Here he instructs on the many uses of medicinal plants in a disaster or post-apocalypse scenario with several examples.
My rough estimate was that, food aside, you could do it all for around $400, get nearly everything from Amazon.com, and would not have to do it all at once. Food would be nearly free because for anything up to a year one could easily (and in my opinion ideally) simply store more of one’s normal canned goods, pasta, etc. MREs and freeze dried food are not normally necessary for short term disasters, and they are both expensive and, because they are a change in diet, stressful.
There are few things you need to be concerned with when selecting a camping tent. First, you’ll need to know how many people you plan on sleeping in it. Second, you’ll need to know how far you plan on packing it in so you can pick the correct weight. You’ll also need to find out whether the tent has a rain fly or not if you plan on camping during the rainy or snowy season.

This is the birthday of Émile François Zola, a novelist and essayist. He is most often remembered as the author of “J’accuse” (I Accuse!), his lengthy open letter to president Félix Faure, which accused the French government of anti-semitism.
Skills don’t weigh nuthin. Get it into your head right now that it would be better to know how to make something out of scrap you find than it would to carry it. with enough knowlege, you could get dropped off into the middle of the woods naked and still be able to survive. Sounds kind of fun, actually. Maybe a little painful. Drill, drill, drill. A big part of preparation is rehearsal. Special Forces units practice for months for operations; you should too.
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Leading up to the 12 months article, I had done a lot of reading and a lot of research.  It was overwhelming to learn and to recognize just how much I did not know.  I tried not to become alarmed and applied my typical pragmatic approach to moving forward, not only for the readers of Backdoor Survival, but also for myself.  Most assuredly, I had some gaping holes in my own preps and what better way to fill the gaps then to break things down into manageable chunks?
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Inside, you’ll likely be tempted to pet every dog you run into – follow that instinct, they’re good boys. Once you’ve had your fill of that, the real work begins: on the floor you’ll find pile after pile of leavings – the key’s location is selected randomly, so you’ll have to sift through scat until you find it.
How do you stock up on high calorie foods while on a budget? Calorie count, nutrition, bulk pricing, and finally shelf-life are each factors to consider. Here’s a tactical look at survival foods and 5 bonus survival “superfoods”.
While we worried a lot in the 1950s through the collapse of the Soviet Union about all out nuclear war, the chances of one or a very few nuclear devices detonating in a US city are actually greater today than during the Cold War. The governments of the world are doing a great deal to prevent that from happening, so far with success. Will that success continue? Probably, but maybe not. Each of us can think about what we think the probabilities are for our location, what the likely consequences would be, and then decide whether and to what extent to prepare.
Occasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. It’s a great indication that what you’re buying is a good value, and you can always read the reviews to see if you should buy it. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each.
There are a lot of websites and a lot of books and movies that you can start with – kind of like homework. By studying the prepper world, you’ll see things from a different perspective. At first, you don’t know what you don’t know so you don’t even know what to ask (did that even make sense?).
Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet.  I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit.  I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.
I just found your site and love the info in this post. I did notice you do not mention storing any baking supplies. Do you have recommendations on the amounts per person needed on these…sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, etc. Also I was wondering how you recommend storing things like crackers. Would they need mylar bags? I was also wondering how long the preps you have listed above are meant to be for? Thank you….Nan
At Dave’s Homestead you will find articles on how do do things. This site is your home for DIY prepper projects. Because I am a regular guy with a 40+ hour job, I have to be smarter, more efficient, and work harder than a rich man who buys preparedness
When I have the budget, time, and resources to deal with repackaging, I buy larger items at Sam’s. As of this posting, a 50lb bag of rice is less than $8, same with a 25lb bag of flour. 4lb boxes of salt are >$1. 10lb bags of sugar >$4. A 4lb bucket of ground chicken bouillon is >$10. Various boxes with 6ct -1 lb bags of pasta >$6. 25lb bag of Pinto beans are about $15. Canned meats run $10-15/per package of cans – chicken, tuna, salmon, SPAM. Again, since most of the canned packs (excluding chicken) are even numbers, split them up if you don’t have the space or budget. While $20 may seem like a lot to spend on just canned meats, splitting that 6 pack of SPAM and 10 cans of tuna with someone else means you each have 8 meats to pair with pasta, rice, etc.. without breaking the bank. In the grand scheme of things, that equals 1 week + a day of dinner meals providing you don’t have to tighten the belt ration wise. For my family of four, that breaks down to >$1.00/serving each night figuring I also have cans & jars of sauces (Alfredo, spaghetti, four cheese, etc.) stocked in the pantry.
My book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage will provide you with everything you need to create an affordable food storage plan, including what to buy and how to store it. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming – you really can do this!  Now available at Amazon.
When you reach the final buoy you’ll find the sunken fuselage of the plane along with its unfortunate pilot – the key to the lockbox sits nearby. Grab it, swim back to shore and open your treasure chest.
BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this – $29.55 as of this writing!  The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.  Here is the antenna I ordered:  NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R (thanks to a recommendation from my pal, George Ure).
There is A LOT more!  But this will get you off the ground on your adventure in getting prepared!  We suggest you read about The Path of the Prepper and follow it.  Join the APN and become an active member of the community. You can safely ask questions there and very quickly get 30 different opinions on what you’re trying to figure out!  You’ll be able to make new friends who are just as interested in your new lifestyle.  Find out about your state networks and get active in them.  If you’re so inclined, start making a bit of money by writing about your experience!  Everyone loves to read articles written by people who are just getting started.
A Prepper is not the same as a Survivalist.  A Survivalist typically focuses on learning primitive and other woodsmen skills and have very little focus on actually stocking up supplies and building an extensive repository of every needful thing.  Whereas Survivalists prepare and learn to live off the land, Preppers prepare to maintain their current lifestyle as much as possible.  While they are not synonymous, many Preppers are also Survivalists and are very adept at living off the land.  Likewise, many Survivalists are Preppers and store resources to be able to sustain their Standard of Living.
For fuck’s sake, Russ, you broke the damn generator again/ How the hell am I supposed to open the door and get the plane out now? I’m off to get Shep to come and fix it. And I swear to god if you left the skylight open again I’m going to fire your ass. – Ben
The overwhelming popularity of the 12 Months of Prepping series took me by surprise.  I was astounded.   What started as a basic roadmap for a modest number of readers, expanded and grew to where in each month, I was receiving hundreds of emails asking me questions, offering tips and lending support for my monthly prepping articles.
The much-awaited new book by Claire Wolfe and Kit Perez titled Basics of Resistance will be released (appropriately) on April 19th. As of April 4th, 2018, the print-on-demand paperback edition is now available for ordering on Amazon.com. There will also be a Kindle book, now available at a special pre-order price of just 99 cents. The Kindle release day will be April 19th. I predict that this book will be in Amazon’s Top 20, even before its release day. Get a copy! Better yet, also order an extra paperback so that you’ll have one to lend out.
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A correctly built root cellar is the ‘secret’ to refrigeration for food without electricity. It is an excellent way to help ensure surviving an EMP, loss of the power grid, world war, or other catastrophic disaster in the modern age. If you do it right.
After clearing the hall, head down the passage that was on your left when you entered but do not destroy the barrier at the end – instead follow the tunnel where it turns right and break down ‘’that’’ rubble instead. You’ll find yourself standing on a ledge above a pool with a waterfall flowing into it.
Wifey: We’re not gonna drain the bunker in time. I packed up the car with supplies, we’ll have to run before the cult gets here. We’ll have to leave whatever’s down there. Doubt the Peggies can hold their breath long enough to get their hands on the key to the shed – Hubby
I consider myself to be an ordinary citizen, who again like you, is just trying to get by in these uncertain and chaotic times.  And as trite as it sounds, I hope that what I learn, what I do and what I share will make the road to self-reliance just a bit easier for the next person.
The point is, have one overall plan that you can grab that will reference everything. This emergency plan should also list not only what you’ve prepared but what you still need to look into or  get. Then you need to find the discipline to train and practice your plans until they’re drilled into your family’s heads. Repetition is the key. Rehearse anything that relates to your plan, even if you can’t always do the whole thing. Give assignments to each member in your party to study and teach to the rest.
Watch for sales and items of the day. Compare prices on large item purchases. The beauty of being a prepper today is that almost every store will price match to remain competitive. REI, Walmart, Target, Bass Pro, Amazon and any other stores that sells outdoor equipment are good places to watch for deals and clearance, especially during winter when they need to get rid of seasonal camping merchandise. I picked up a $100, 3 room family tent on clearance at Target for >$40 a few years back. REI in our area does a yearly clean out on leftover merchandise, returns, and slightly damaged gear. A good example: I picked up a pair of toddler kivas for my youngest for >$10 and only one of the shoes was damaged -broken tightening clasp. Easily fixed – cut the strap, tied a knot, and saved over $40.
And for the experienced prepper?  Please take this time to review your supplies, gear and skills and fill in any blanks just as I have done.  We have twelve new months of prepping starting soon and for sure, you will want to be ready.
Vikki – To be honest, I did start a year 2 (months 13 and 14) but they generated very little in the way of views so I abandoned the project. I am going to ramp things up again with new material for year 1 so be sure to watch for the new articles.
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Stasi (2016).  “This definitive documentary reveals the calculated cruelty and brutal repression by the notorious East German secret police, the Stasi. Headed by the sinister Erich Mielke, the Stasi kept the population under constant surveillance. Tapping phones, reading mail, and installing informers, they created a culture of fear and suspicion.”   This documentary is available for free download to Amazon Prime members. Also available on DVD.
Once you’ve gotten some idea of what you need to do and how to do it, you really need to sit down and make an overall plan. This is kind of like making an outline for a book or story. This is where you’ll list any plans you have or things you still need to do in general terms. You should be continually updating this overall emergency plan. It should be in one place (or exact copies) that anyone in the family will know where it is to grab. I’d keep it in a binder at the house and some kind of copy in your bug out bag. Digital backups are always a good idea but don’t make it your only method.
Recommending hatchets is usually recommended by those who have never had to use one in the field. A machette is a much more useful tool. Anything you can do with a hatchet you can do with a machette. Get a good one. Only buy Ontario brand machettes. Mine is now 40 years old. Served me in 21 years of the military. Through a tour of duty with the Peace Corps in Africa. Twenty years of work as a civil engineering technician. Still used weekly on my 5 acres of rural land. The machette has a much longer reach for use as a personal weapon. Because it is an extension of the arm the end of a moving machette has much more force to it than a hatchet. Easier to sharpen.
DH, that is how we got started on building our pantry! Started meal planning and deciding what ingredients we would need to make those favorite meals. Then every time I went to go buy ingredients to cook one meal, I would buy enough to make two more. Than as I continued on, I started picking one ingredient or item each month and every time I went to the store that entire month, I would pick up 1 or more of that particular item. Adding a few dollars to every trip is not nearly as intimidating and really helps add to your pantry quickly! My word of advise about bulk food stores is to really know your prices! Not every item sold in bulk is the better deal… But there are many that are. Happy Prepping everyone!

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The Gold-Silver Ratio Is Not ‘Subject To Any Kind Of Cap’ — ICBC.   JWR’s Comment:  Spot silver is now almost laughably low versus other tangibles. I’m actively buying silver.  Selling Bitcoin on days when it is over $8,000 USD, and then buying physical silver when it is under $16.50 per Troy ounce is just common sense.  And if you can get a coin dealer to sell you silver directly for Bitcoin, then all the better. Three precious metals companies that accept Bitcoin are: APMEX (a long-time SurvivalBlog advertiser), JMBullion, and SilverGoldBull.com. Buy low and sell high, folks.
From “Fear Factor” to the Frying Pan: Insect Harvesting and the Common House Fly. Is the developing world setting an example of what our diets could look like in future generations as more of the world turns to insect harvesting to combat food shortages?
It’s become clear that there are 3 camps for doomsday prepping: Just Enough, Ready For Almost Anything and See You When the Dust Settles.  We’ll cover each of these doomsday prepping scenarios here and try to think which one most applies to your prepping plan.
If you’re reading this and you’re a Peggie, I’ve got you in my sights 🙂 If you’re Resistance, come on up and see me in the grain elevator. I got some goodies you can use against the cult. Just watch your step as you come up, I got a lot of little friends who don’t wanna be disturbed.
Recently I asked a friend if he thought he was prepared for a disaster scenario, something like a severe weather event or a human-caused catastrophe. He said: “Sure I am. I have a week or so worth of non-perishable food in the pantry and my AR-15 in case things get nasty.” His response got me …
Terrorist attacks including the 911 plane attacks, bombings in London, Madrid, Bali and many other places, led to a strong online interest in discussing personal readiness and self reliance.  Fueled by United States disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Ike and international disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia, Chile, Japan and elsewhere, the Prepper Movement gained a lot of momentum without having a particular date in mind (unlike Y2K) which led to many people recognizing a need to change their lives to be more prepared and self reliant.
Reading the comments reminded me of Y2K. I was a part of a small group (6) of women who got together every other week to discuss our prepping status and share hints and tips. One of the ladies was so into it that even 13 years later, she is still working through a good portion of her storage. This is when I really explored food dehydration as well as keeping at least 2 weeks of food on the shelf. I have always been a camper so have shelter, fire/warmth. Since I am single, all of my camping gear is with that in mind. I have only a 1 burner camp stove but have the means to cook over an open fire as well as bake in a Dutch oven. I have been actively prepping for the last year with long term storage. i did break into the brownies – needed some chocolate really bad. It is wonderful.
It’s something that many people probably don’t think about. But for me, especially considering the epidemic flu season we are currently in the middle of right now, illnesses that could increase after … [Read More…]
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Thanks for all the advice. I have been a haphazard kind of prepper, just having extras for “just in case” but you gave me the push I needed to go to the cellar and organize. The one thing that I do have that it not mentioned, is a solar oven. Basically a heavy cardboard box lined with heavy duty foil. We used it during Sandy. I kept jars of water in there all the time, hot water! I also used it for slow baking. And honey, lots of honey to mix with oatmeal and nuts. I keep everything in 5 gallon buckets so they don’t get wet. Sandy taught me a thing or two. I guess I am more of a prepper than I realized. This spring my big project is a root cellar (yurt?) dug into the side of the hillside, big enough to live in, if need be. I think I need to be an engineer to get it figured out though.
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There are two kinds of preppers: those who plan to run for the hills and those who hope to stay put for as long as possible. If you are the latter kind, you’ve undoubtedly outfitted your home with every conceivable advantage, from security windows and doors to months-worth of shelf-safe foods. However, if you haven’t […]
Recommending hatchets is usually recommended by those who have never had to use one in the field. A machette is a much more useful tool. Anything you can do with a hatchet you can do with a machette. Get a good one. Only buy Ontario brand machettes. Mine is now 40 years old. Served me in 21 years of the military. Through a tour of duty with the Peace Corps in Africa. Twenty years of work as a civil engineering technician. Still used weekly on my 5 acres of rural land. The machette has a much longer reach for use as a personal weapon. Because it is an extension of the arm the end of a moving machette has much more force to it than a hatchet. Easier to sharpen.
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When I have the budget, time, and resources to deal with repackaging, I buy larger items at Sam’s. As of this posting, a 50lb bag of rice is less than $8, same with a 25lb bag of flour. 4lb boxes of salt are >$1. 10lb bags of sugar >$4. A 4lb bucket of ground chicken bouillon is >$10. Various boxes with 6ct -1 lb bags of pasta >$6. 25lb bag of Pinto beans are about $15. Canned meats run $10-15/per package of cans – chicken, tuna, salmon, SPAM. Again, since most of the canned packs (excluding chicken) are even numbers, split them up if you don’t have the space or budget. While $20 may seem like a lot to spend on just canned meats, splitting that 6 pack of SPAM and 10 cans of tuna with someone else means you each have 8 meats to pair with pasta, rice, etc.. without breaking the bank. In the grand scheme of things, that equals 1 week + a day of dinner meals providing you don’t have to tighten the belt ration wise. For my family of four, that breaks down to >$1.00/serving each night figuring I also have cans & jars of sauces (Alfredo, spaghetti, four cheese, etc.) stocked in the pantry.
All that said, Gaye, I was recently reading some emails written by someone who was experiencing Katrina and some from post Katrina. It got me to thinking. He had a mutual pact with some friends so whoever had a disaster situation could bug out to the other’s place and be welcome.
You’ll hear some cultists talking from the edge of the collapsed bridge above you – you can take them out now or wait until you get closer. Use the grapple point on the broken bridge to climb up and swing your way to the other side.
Most of you know that preparing for an economic collapse is one of my top priorities. The main reason an economic collapse is a big priority is because it could happen at any time, and it seems like … [Continue…]
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For fuck’s sake, Russ, you broke the damn generator again/ How the hell am I supposed to open the door and get the plane out now? I’m off to get Shep to come and fix it. And I swear to god if you left the skylight open again I’m going to fire your ass. – Ben
How To Test Your Bug Out Bag For SHTF Testing Your Bug Out Bag Gear Is Vital To Ensuring You Are Prepared To Sustain Your Own Survival Should A Disaster Strike. Here’s How To Plan It Now. Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
Did you know that most people in the United States have less than 2 weeks of food stored in their home?!  If this includes you, it’s time to make a change!  Take a look at your food supplies and estimate how long you could survive on it – for most beginners it’s pretty scary!   Your first goal with food should be to have 1 month worth of meals stored, immediately after that you’re going to get 3 months worth as quickly as possible.  Here is a great place to learn about storing your own food.  Some additional fantastic resources for Food Storage are Everyday Food Storage and Food Storage Made Easy.
What really doesn’t make any sense to Preppers is people who refuse to do anything about their personal well-being and safety.  Preppers do not understand Fathers who are unwilling to take extra steps to make sure they are able to take care of their children when something bad happens.  In fact, we consider it down-right irresponsible to be completely unprepared to feed your children and provide them with water and shelter.

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I am not an expert gardener by any means and I don’t claim to be either. I have only really been growing my food for a little over 3 years and for two of those years I failed miserably. The first year I planted my seeds way too early. They grew like they should but …
One of the nice things about prepping well for the most likely events is that one is usually thereby well prepared for the less likely or less severe ones as well. If Floridians are well prepared for a hurricane, they should be in good shape during a truckers’ strike.
A Prepper takes steps to mitigate the long lasting effect of a severe impact on their world.  They do this through stocking items that are critical for their continued well-being – called Standard of Living Insurance.  The most notable and important of these items are Food, Water, and Shelter.  An established Prepper will have large amounts of food stored, will have water filters and access to water established and will have taken steps to create or maintain the livability of their shelter, or home.
There’s no way to get in on the ground level, so we’ll have to try to find a way in through that skylight Ben mentioned. Thankfully, another note on the side door gives us a hint at how we can accomplish that.
Use bullets or dynamite (you can find some nearby if you don’t have any) to destroy the rubble blocking the flow of water. This will fill the basin below you and allow you to swim across to the other side. If you haven’t done so already, kill the cultist on the opposite ledge, then proceed through the tunnel to locate the stash.
I wish I could pat all your commenters on the back too. Some of their suggestions and ideas are just incredible! I find I learn just as much from the comments on some survival blogs than I do from the actual articles sometimes….and this is no exception.
Urban Survival & Wilderness Survival are two very different things. When looking for Survival Kits for Rural or Urban Environments, make sure you don’t get caught up in the wilderness survival marketing gimmicks… […]
It would likely be a very short-sighted plan for just getting through a few days.  While this is not doomsday prepping as defined by most preppers, it is a start.  Hopefully, these folks will read up on what is truly need for surviving disaster.
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I coupon so I already have a lot of items stockpiled. Im starting on Month 1 and got to thinking, should I put these items in a special spot or tote instead of just looking on the shelves and saying , Yeah there is more than 3 rolls of TP per person on there? I do run out of TP occasionally when there are no good deals to be had, so maybe I should be collecting things and putting them somewhere separate?
For someone who is on the fence about prepping, wouldn’t you rather have storage and not need it than no storage and need it? I think of this as another insurance policy. I keep in mind the risks I face if I don’t have this prepping storage.
Can’t say I didn’t warn you. Cult’s gone nuts, but I’ve been ready with a bug out plan for ages. I put my best gear in my best car and I’m gettin’ the fuck outta here. Nobody can call me selfish though – left y’all’some stuff to fight the cult with, and my second-best car: The Midnight Ride. Damned if I remember where I left the key. It’s in the garage somewhere Good luck, chumps! – Steve
We have seen regional disasters strike repeatedly in recent years and the near future looks like more are heading are way and may get worse. Don’t make this common mistake with your insurance policy and lose everything when catastrophic disaster strikes!

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My rough estimate was that, food aside, you could do it all for around $400, get nearly everything from Amazon.com, and would not have to do it all at once. Food would be nearly free because for anything up to a year one could easily (and in my opinion ideally) simply store more of one’s normal canned goods, pasta, etc. MREs and freeze dried food are not normally necessary for short term disasters, and they are both expensive and, because they are a change in diet, stressful.
Using the ledges and climbable platforms, carefully make your way up the tower to find the stash at the top. You can burn the hives to avoid taking damage if you want to destroy them, but this runs the risk of setting the building – and yourself – on fire.
Knowing how to use fermentation to preserve foods can help you survive a long term disaster. Here’s A modern look at an ancient method of survival, and a list of the top 10 healthiest fermentation survival foods.
I live in Florida with lots of Hurricane season, Tornado, Flood, Ice Storm, Blizzard, Tsunami, Earthquake, Zombie Apocalypse. here is one people arent familiar with, a trucker strike. if they dont run the trucks, there will be no food delivered and the grocery store shelves will go bare. how serious is this? hubby bought me a greenhouse so we could start growing our own food. when the Obamacare deal goes through, many people will be looking for food when they lose many hours and pay. With a truckers strike and empty grocery store shelves, thats not a good combination. when the shelves sent bare during the hurricanes, there were riots at Walmart over water and baby formula.
Don’t forget that Ready Made Resources is having a great sale on PVS-14 Autogated 3rd gen white phosphor night vision monocular/wepon sights with a 10 year warranty. It you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick one up, this is an excellent opportunity.
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Occasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. It’s a great indication that what you’re buying is a good value, and you can always read the reviews to see if you should buy it. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each.
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Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet.  I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit.  I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.
A Prepper takes steps to mitigate the long lasting effect of a severe impact on their world.  They do this through stocking items that are critical for their continued well-being – called Standard of Living Insurance.  The most notable and important of these items are Food, Water, and Shelter.  An established Prepper will have large amounts of food stored, will have water filters and access to water established and will have taken steps to create or maintain the livability of their shelter, or home.
My bunker’s compromised, some asshat drove a fucking dredge into it. I tried to get it loose, but every time I touch the controls it just digs a deeper hole. ‘Last’thing I need is a bunch of veggies swimming in to steal my shit.
Preppers typically plan to “Shelter in Place” or “Bug-In” which indicates they expect to ride out any bad situation while living in their home.  Other Preppers find themselves in situations where they recognize that they may need to “Bug-Out” or leave their home for another location, commonly referred to as their “Bug Out Location” or BOL.  A BOL may be a mountain retreat, a home in the country or simply a good place in the woods where they feel they can be safe if things collapse or get really bad.

Students and parents need to know that if they start as early as possible, prepping lightly and consistently over time using my proven approach, that students can achieve their goals and maximize their performance on these seemingly insurmountable exams.
I just found your site and love the info in this post. I did notice you do not mention storing any baking supplies. Do you have recommendations on the amounts per person needed on these…sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, etc. Also I was wondering how you recommend storing things like crackers. Would they need mylar bags? I was also wondering how long the preps you have listed above are meant to be for? Thank you….Nan
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A bug out bag is critical but what do you put in it? When considering disaster preparedness, keep in mind that what survival gear and emergency supplies you add to your bug out bag and then pack for your survival kit can mean the difference between life and death, or at least affect your level of comfort if SHTF and you had to get outta dodge. Read this article to find out what you should consider putting in your bug out bag.
Following the pipe, there’ll be a short tunnel leading off to your right with a bloodstain on the wall. This is where the stash lies, but don’t follow it just yet – unless you have the ‘locksmith perk.
Fishing has been a huge part of my life since as long as I can remember. I spent most of my life playing catch and release. That is just how it went. I learned a valuable skill that I enjoy till this day. This article offers some ways to catch fish without a rod and reel. …
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Les, baby, I don’t know what those idiots from Hilgard Electric were so uptight about. you don’t need a “degree” in “electrical engineering” or anything else. You an’ me built this bunker with our bare hands. Safety hazard my entire ass. Didn’t I get a smoke detector and a sprinkler system from Red’s place last month? We’re gonna be fine down here.
Another possibility is a major medical disaster, natural or man-made, such as a pandemic so serious that the supply lines for food and other necessities are interrupted for a meaningful time. Your hurricane supplies would go a long way towards getting you though that, though you would need a lot more than three days food.
A friend referred me to your site. It’s great. Especially the comments and that you don’t delete old ones. A comment 3 years ago is just as relevant as one posted yesterday. I especially enjoyed the discussion about machetes, which names were good etc. I going to enjoy you site.