Category: Prepping and Survivalism

Prepper food essentials

Stocking up on Prepper Food Essentials

by Kristy L For a while now, I’ve been stocking up on food and drug store items. For me, it started after hurricane Ike. I got a taste of what it’s like to live without electricity and have all the grocery stores and restaurants around me shut down for several days. Eventually, it became about much more than hurricane prep. I started watching the news and thinking someday I could lose my job, someday there...

How Much Food Should a Prepper Have?

Preppers How Much Food is Enough? (Estimates Based on Historical Events)

M. Roberts A question that is commonly asked among preppers is “How much food should I store?”  There is no single answer which can fit the needs of all, for each prepper has different income levels and storage space.  Some may be responsible for feeding more than one person while others live in the midst of an abundant natural food supply.  How well one intends to eat during a crisis is another indiscernible factor which...

budget prepping tips

Prepping on a Budget: A Survival Guide for The Minimalist Prepper

by Frank V While I have been interested since high school in survival and what we now call prepping, I have never been able to initiate and create an ideal situation or even close to it. For me, like most people, one of the major obstacles has and still continues to be lack of finances or a reserve of funds that I can use to purchase an adequate supply of food, firearms, ammunition, hygiene products,...

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How to Protect Yourself from Natural Disasters (science-backed)

by Roger Gallager Have you been seeing tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, devastating hurricanes and other natural disasters in the news more often? Have natural calamities become more frequent? According to a report released by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), there had been 385 disasters recorded during the 2000 – 2009 period. This figure marks an increase of 233% from 1980 to 1989 and a 67% increase from 1990 to 1999. This...

Methods of Purifying Water That Are simple, Effective, and Inexpensive

Methods of Purifying Water That Are Simple, Effective, and Inexpensive

by Donald Thompson – Emergency Management Specialist What I would like to touch on here today is Water Treatment. I know that for some, it would be hard for me to teach you something new on this subject. But this particular aspect I have not seen addressed anywhere else. First, let’s just say it’s been a bad day in Muddville, and whatever nasty situation you are planning for has unfortunately happened. Now you find yourself and...

Prepper Food Storage Ideas… Wheat and Gluten Sensitivity

by Michele O Wheat is the backbone of most long-term storage and bread made from wheat the “staff of life”.  After all, 3000 – 4000-year-old wheat found in pyramids was able to sprout, and it’s not exactly frigid in Egypt.  Now that is some long-term storage. But what happens to you or a family member who discovers they have either a wheat or gluten allergy, or intolerance?  Most people think that an allergic reaction is the...

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Can I Use My FoodSaver® to Vacuum-Seal Mylar Bags?

by KW Some time ago, I was having a problem vac-sealing grains such as oat groats and hulled barley in plastic bags. It seems they have sharp points that puncture even heavy duty bags. So I posed the question in the comments: “Can I use my Food Saver to vac-seal in Mylar bags?” The fine folks in here provided answers, suggestions, links to YouTube videos and the like. Thank you for all your help! I...

Two Way Radio Communication Training

Two Way Radio Communication Training (The Basics)

by Hunter_Prepper There are no handheld radios that will ever cover any kind of range (beyond LOS (Line of Sight)) without some kind of special circumstances or a repeater. The laws of physics, solid matter and the curvature of the Earth simply get in the way. So, here are your realistic options for achieving long (er) range. Amateur Radio (Ham) can offer coverage from a few miles to thousands of miles, depending on the band and...

Building Charity Packs

Helping Those In Need After SHTF

by Mama J This is one of the hardest parts of prepping for me. I do not have many neighbors that would be dependant on us, though there are a few. Our rural neighborhood will come together to help them. Not just one family. I don’t believe I would be able to turn away homeless hungry children. Not without great emotional cost. Actually, my family plans on keeping me away from stray children. We have adopted...

How to build a prepper bunker

How to Build an Underground Bunker on a Budget

by Doc Wacholz In April 2011, we saw one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in the Southeast. On April 27th alone, there were 208 tornadoes with four being EF5’s tearing across hundreds of miles of the countryside, killing hundreds of people and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property across six states. This was the catalyst (amongst other things) to build a storm/ shelter/root cellar/bunker. This is not the easiest way or maybe...

Food storage checklist

What Foods Should A Prepper Store?

When it comes to storing enough food to survive, unassisted and on your own for three to six months or a full year or maybe even longer is the point where most new preppers get overwhelmed and some give up altogether. And while I agree that storing and rotating such a large amount of food on a continuing basis can be a lot of work and takes dedication, it is by no means impossible, and...

heating your home during a power outage

How To Stay Warm During a Power Outage

Let’s face it, heating your home during a long-term power outage is probably one of the biggest challenges that a homeowner facing the cold winter has to overcome. You have to keep your body temperature in the normal range i.e. above 95 F (35 C) or hypothermia will start to set in. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete...

cook in a Thermos bottle

Cooking With A Thermos Bottle (Can It Really Be Done?)

I first learned of Thermos cooking while reading Kurt Saxon’s The Survivor newsletter back in the late 1980s and have been using this thermal cooking method to save propane ever since. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I would estimate a savings of $40 to $50 per year from my doing this. In a grid-down situation, using less fuel will be a top priority, and cooking with a Thermos (or other insulated...

How To Make A Homemade Water Filter

When asked where they should start their survival preparations, most people answer food storage. Wrong. In fact, food isn’t even in the top three survival priorities. The most important elements of survival are oxygen, shelter from extreme weather, and water. Depending on health, physical activity, and environment, and with limited activity, most humans can survive:  Five minutes or less without oxygen  10 days or fewer without water at 50°F (and even fewer as...

zombie apocalypse survival guide

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

by Marc White All hell has broken loose. Society has crumbled. Your front lawn is filled with zombies. You might be wondering how this happened. That’s not the point. The zombie apocalypse is here and unless you plan on getting eaten alive, you are going to need to know how to survive. Don’t panic.  I’m going to teach you everything that you need to know. I’m Marc White, the founder of Zombie Gear Dude where...

How to Prepare Your Dog for Survival

by Millie in K In the rush of prepping for your family, don’t forget the canine members (and other pets) of your family! I will be writing about dogs, much of this same information will apply to cats and other pets. I have owned and cared for dogs all my life, owned a boarding kennel, taught obedience classes and trained service dogs, I was a retail sales clerk in a pet department and was a groomer. I...