Preparedness 

Preparing for tornado season

How to Prepare for tornado season? It’s once again that time of year when the tornado activity is most prevalent. Here’s a reminder and to have your basic preps in order. We’ve come up with a basic preparedness checklist below. Tornados are the most common disaster in our area. We fall under tornado warnings most often between March and May but have had tornado conditions well into December. Even though we’ve never been directly in the path of one, we’ve been hit with damaging winds and hail as well as…

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Food and Water Preparedness 

A Frugal Guide to Freeze Dried Food Storage

As an advanced prepper, you know that freeze-dried foods can play an important role in providing high quality shelf-stable meals to sustain you and your family in an emergency. Fortunately, the quality and selection of commercially available freeze-dried products for food storage has dramatically improved over the last few years. However, some of these products can be pricey, and given that you’re looking at purchasing food items designed to last for decades, you need to shop wisely to make sure that you meet your needs—without breaking your budget. Here are…

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Food and Water 

Preserving Summer Squash and Saving Seeds

During Summer of the year the summer squash is starting to produce. We usually get more squash than we need with just a handful of plants in our garden. In real good years we often find squash sitting by our back door when we come home, dropped off there by our friends and neighbors that end up with too much to handle from their gardens. I really hate to waste the food that we’ve been blessed with so preserving the excess has been an interest of ours since the first…

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Food and Water How to 

Potable Water During a Power Outage

“Honey, the lights won’t turn on.” That’s how it starts, or rather, that’s the first time the reality of the event hits home. The lack of power is an annoyance; and then the veracity of its permanence sets in. The first day, you habitually hit the light switch and curse, because it’s the fifth time that hour you’ve tried to turn on the lights, even though you know the power’s off. After two days, your freezer melts; your meat begins to thaw. One week in, you begin to think that…

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Emergency Sanitation & How to Treat Water

All information in this post obtained from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) More often than not, water supplies are contaminated during a disaster. This poses a problem for not only drinking purposes, but also for safe and adequate hygiene and sanitation purposes as well. Water must be sanitized to be safe and free from contaminants that could cause illness and even death. To treat water, follow these steps: 1. Filter the water using a piece of cloth or coffee filter to remove solid particles. 2. Bring it to a rolling…

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Basic preparedness

Are You Prepared? Natural Disasters, Aging Infrastructure, Terrorism, Pandemic…. all this and more are making the news headlines today. Any one of these events could disrupt your current way of life for several days, or potentially longer. Local, State and Federal agencies do a great job of  responding to and cleaning up after localized, small disasters like tornados, chemical spills, fires, etc. but…… What happens when the officials are overwhelmed with the size and scale of an event? Answer:  You and the others involved are on your own until help…

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Gear 

Survival Knives: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Someone once said that the best survival knife is the one you remembered to bring with you. Some will also argue that a knife is a knife, whether you call it a survival knife or a paring knife. I personally think that a knife is a tool, and there are different tools for different jobs. After all, you wouldn’t use a rubber mallet to hammer a nail even though they are both a type of hammer. So What Makes a Knife a Survival Knife? First things first. A survival knife is a…

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Gear 

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

When it comes to camping or hiking there is no shortage of gear to choose from. It’s almost comical at the wide selection of products that all do the same thing yet claim to be different or superior than others. One area I find this happening in is headlamps. Pretty much they are just small powerful flashlights with a strap for your head. The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp One of the highest rated LED head lamps one the market today is the Storm from Black Diamond. It has a price…

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Preparedness 

20 Survival/Preparedness Tips From The Pros

In case you can’t tell by the limited number of posts on this site, this is a new blog. As a way to get to know some of the great bloggers in the survival and preparedness world, I decided to ask the experts for their best tip. See if you can spot the same trend that I see. There are some great tips in this list whether you are a survivalist, a prepper, or both. Whether you are new to this stuff, or are a seasoned pro there is something…

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