An Accolade to Preppers with a Purpose

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As part of the journey toward self-sufficiency, we continue to evaluate life not only in terms of the here and now, but also in terms of tomorrow and beyond.  After all, the goal is to be independent of entitlements, of government intervention and of course, the influences of the PTB.

This is not an easy task.

And so we look beyond our own sphere of influence and reality, in search of others who may have done it better.  Others who have achieved that which we strive for.  Others who appear to have it all.  But appearances can be deceiving.  For every person we perceive as having it all, there is another looking to us with their own eyes, perhaps envious because “we” have it all. . . . Read More

How Will You Deal with the Unprepared?

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During my recent vacation, I made a pest of myself by asking strangers whether they were prepared.  This was done in a very polite manner after engaging in small talk and learning where they lived and asking  about the likelihood of a natural disaster in their home town.

Responses such as “Oh yes, of course.  We have five gallons of water, some canned goods, and a basement” were common.   And so it goes.  Just this weekend I learned of a local establishment that will serve as a Red Cross shelter if the big one (earthquake) comes along.   . . . Read More

Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World

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Back in the 60’s there was a tune recorded by Barry McGuire titled “The Eve of Destruction”.  Yes, that was a long time ago but yet today, I can still feel the power of its lyrics:

“Don’t you understand what I’m tryin’ to say
Can’t you feel the fears I’m feelin’ today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no runnin’ away
There’ll be no one to save, with the world in a grave.”

Almost fifty years later, the context is different but the feeling is back: we live in a world gone crazy mad.  . . . Read More

Survival Friday: A Preparedness Gift That Costs You Nothing

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One of the challenges we all face is dealing with what is going to happen to our preps and our families when we are gone.  This is not something that is pleasant to think about but we are all mortal and well, when our time is up, it is up.  Add to that the risks inherit in a disaster, war or collapse and most certainly, we have to prepare not only for ourselves for for those that will be left behind.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Todd Sepulveda shared something exclusively with his newsletter subscribers that I feel is worth sharing with you.  . . . Read More

Will Your Friends and Neighbors Attack You if the SHTF?

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Last night I took a journey back to the Twilight Zone and re-watched a few episodes that first aired in the 1960s when I was just a little girl.  Those days, we had tiny black and white TV.  Okay, perhaps not teeny-tiny but small by todays standards.

The episode titled “The Shelter” was bit prophetic.  It told a tale of tale of humanity gone berserk during a time of crisis and portrayed a scenario we all suspect will play out if the stuff ever hits the fan.

 A Prepper’s Journey to The Twilight Zone

To be honest, in my reality, mobs of thugs and looters are more likely to come banging on the door and attacking if things spiral downward from bad to worse.  . . . Read More

Coping With Uncertainty In Today’s World

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Every afternoon as I sit down with an extra large cup of espresso, I ponder something to write about next on Backdoor Survival.  It is difficult, but not for the reason you might think.  The difficult part is coming up with something new and fresh that has not been written here before.

I say that because in that last three years, I have written over 570 articles.  A lot the articles have been about prepping and self sufficiency but a large number have also been about more touchy-feely topics as I talk about life and getting by during hard – and soon-to-be harder – times. . . . Read More

7 Tips to Help You Prepare for Hard Times

Once you have been blogging for awhile, you begin to realize that bad news – and by bad news I mean the unthinkable – sells. Funny how that works but following a natural disaster or major world event, site visits go up – way up.  When my friend George at Urban Survival first told me this I was incredulous.  But sure enough, it is true.

On the other hand, there is no reason why we should not prepare for the unthinkable even during those times when things are status quo.  (And did you notice I did not say normal although the new normal is the status quo – as tough as it may be to stomach.)

Today I would like to share a list of tips for preparing for unthinkable hard times.  . . . Read More

The 10 Commandments of Survival

These days, it is easy to go about our business of survival and preparedness without stopping to think about the rules of engagement. For most of us, these rules are not written and are not spoken, but are just something that has evolved over a period of time.

As I have expressed many times in the past, the burden of knowledge – or perhaps I should say the burden of truth – can be a huge weight to bear. That, coupled with the crazy busy task of life during these hard times, can be overwhelming. . . . Read More

Are you mentally prepared for a world where the SHTF?

The recent shooting at a Clackamas, Oregon shopping mall was a reminder that the crazies are out there.  Officials have yet to come up with a motive for the shooting but have indicated that this was not a terrorist event.  They are however, quick to point out that the weapon was a AR-15 semi-automatic rifle stolen from an acquaintance.  And we all know where that is headed.

Having another random shooting occur in my home state was alarming and most assuredly a wake-up call that these are hard times and that we can expect the unexpected to happen as we see the global economy collapse even further. . . . Read More

When It is All Too Much – 8 Tips for Coping During Stressful Times

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Has it ever happened to you?  You put your hands to your head, press hard, and think “it is all too much!”

I mention this today because truly, right now most of the people I know are cramming their already busy days with more chores and more tasks in a never-ending effort to stay ahead of the game.  Add prepping and the pursuit of survival skills to our busy lives and, well, there is not much time left for eating and sleeping let alone leisure activities.

Work, household chores, family responsibilities, preparedness tasks, walking the dog, paying the bills, shopping for groceries . . . . Read More

Taking Baby Steps to Reach Your Preparedness Goals

Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are other, more entertaining distractions to fill up the time.  Whatever the reason, procrastination is problem with a lot of preppers:  the research is done, the budget is set, the checklists are printed out and ready to go and then what?  Nothing.

My goal today is to examine the insidious roadblocks to getting things done and also steps that I personally to take to overcome what I call “prepping procrastination”.  . . . Read More

Coping With Emotional Distress After a Disaster

Most people are programmed to handle stress fairly well.  After all, a lesson we learn early on in life is that life is not always fair.  So we go about our day, doing our best to cope and to stay focused on the bigger picture of life.

Alas, all of the normal coping rules and mechanisms fly out the window following a disaster.  At times like this, there can be a massive physical impact to the landscape and to everything considered normal.  Homes may be damaged, the workplace may be destroyed and common services such as water, power and sanitation may not be functional.  . . . Read More

12 Ways to Learn to Roll with the Punches

The past four or five years have been difficult on many fronts.  The lousy economy and the wonky weather patterns have put most people on edge.  And not just a temporary edge but and edge that seems to get steeper over time with no end in sight.

In this type of environment, it is easy to become stressed,  frustrated and immune to taking steps to effect change.  Instead, many go about their day, fearful of rocking the boat and too fearful to even think about the consequences of a major crisis or natural disaster.  And even though you have stockpiled food and water and have learned survival skills such as fire building, sheltering and emergency medicine, when push comes to shove, there is still an underlying fear that things will be bad – so bad – that we will not make it through. . . . Read More