Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use. Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther. . . . Read More
As someone who spent over twenty years boating in the waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. I understand the importance of tying good, strong knots. I also know from experience that knot craft goes way beyond the actual process of tying a knot. Choosing the best cordage for the job (natural or synthetic), and taking care of your ropes is as important as knot-tying technique. In Scott Finazzo's Prepper's Guide to Knots, you will not only learn techniques for tying knots in a survival situation but also how to keep your rope in good repair so it does not let you down when you need it. . . . Read More
Learning from survival fiction is one of my passions although I do recognize and accept that many of the scenarios are quite extreme. Still, as a prepper that is continually challenged by the pursuit of knowledge, I keep reading and keep playing the "what if" game in my own mind. One of the best series of books for doing so is Deborah D. Moore's The Journal Series.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because you were introduced to Deborah a couple of months back when her cookbook was featured In Prepper Book Festival 12. Many of you came out in droves telling me about her Journal Series and how wonderful these books were.. . . Read More
The acquisition of solar energy can take many forms. There is everything from modestly priced solar panels to charge small electronics, to full-blown roof-panel systems that can power an entire home. Most of us aspire to something in-between that will see us through a major power outage or grid-down situation.
The concept of solar energy can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. How much sun do you need? What are charge controllers, inverters, and inverter generators. What does PV stand for? Hint: Photovoltaic power systems.
When it comes to survival medicine, I wish I had a photographic memory. With the range of things that can happen following a disaster or disruptive event being so diverse, it is difficult to remember it all. Everything from broken bones, hypothermia, deadly spider bites, and gunshot or knife wounds must be prepped for, and those woes are just the tip of the iceberg.
For that reason I like to surround myself with a variety of different medical and first aid books. That said, after awhile, a lot of them seem the same, only differing in the presentation and voice. Today's book, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals, is a bit different. This book represents a . . . Read More
From day one in my preparedness journey, I have been enamored with paracord. I carry it with me at all times, in the form of a key ring, bracelet, lanyard for my emergency whistle, and as a leash for my dog. This stuff is really strong and has so many uses that I stopped counting long ago. Most of my paracord do-dads have been purchased, but a couple of years ago I learned paracord braiding myself, and even with my not-so-nimble-anymore fingers, did a darn fine job creating paracord bracelets. A 100 foot hank of paracord will cost you less than $10, so why not learn to craft paracord items yourself? . . . Read More
With the US Presidential election coming up soon, foremost in the minds of most preppers is how the outcome will affect the lives of generations to come. Many are preparing for a time when our basic freedoms are eroded. Some fear that the government will take over control of property as well as monetary assets. I do not have a crystal ball and will be long gone by 2077, but still, I am concerned.
Imagine the year is 2077 and our world and our country has gone to heck. It is a dystopian world wrongly described by the Powers That Be as utopian. Welcome to the new America as portrayed in A Simple Man.. . . Read More
Without question, the number one concern for preppers after setting aside water is health,wellness, and medical preparedness. Not only are there concerns about wound control and injuries, but also the availability of antibiotics and life-sustaining medications for individuals with a chronic illness. This is just the tip of the medical iceberg, however. Survival medicine encompasses such a wide range of topics that my head hurts just thinking about it.
This is a subject I have addressed many times on this website and still, it is not enough. That is why I am proud today to showcase the newly released Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition by Joseph and Amy Alton. You may already know Joe for his many articles here Backdoor Survival. He . . . Read More
When it gets right down to it, both personal and home defense are high on the list of priorities for most preppers. Yet, for the vast majority of us, this is an area where we lack sufficient knowledge, skill, and practical experience to be effective.
That said, when I was first approached about featuring another book on firearms, I rolled my eyes and thought "Here we go again". My reasoning was simple: most books on firearms are pretty darn dry and boring. Imagine my surprise when the book arrived and I found myself reading it word for word, chapter by chapter.
I was hooked.. . . Read More
If there is one thing we have little control of, it is the ravages of Mother Nature. Whether a catastrophic winter storm, a massive flood, or the greatest earthquake in modern times, we stand at risk and there is not a heck of a lot we can do about it other than prepare.
So imagine an earthquake so big, and so deadly, that there are few survivors. Those that do survive, are faced with unimaginable challenges simply to live from day to day. Thus sets the stage of the Changing Earth Series.. . . Read More
Something happened in the fifties and it was not good. With the advent of mainstream television, homemakers learned about ready to eat foods and convenience products designed to make their lives easier. It made no matter that many of these products, ranging from TV dinners to laundry and cleaning products, were toxic brews of preservatives and chemicals. Although I have always been inclined to cook from scratch, make my own cleaning supplies, and embrace the proverbial do-it-yourself mentality, it wasn't until one year ago, almost to the date, that I stopped supporting the big corporations and Madison avenue that were pushing unhealthy products my way. I became a made-from-scratch advocate and my home became a chemical-free zone. . . . Read More
As recently as last week, someone mentioned he hated the term "prepping". To him, "prepper" was a fancy word for survivalist. Prepper or survivalist is not an argument I want to engage in. By my own definition, prepping is simply short for preparing, and a prepper is someone who prepares.
The real question is this: What are you preparing for? This is something you should be asking yourself and revisiting from time to time as circumstances change. Simply put, the specifics of why you prepare are highly individualized and can depend upon on where you live, your family situation, economic and political factors, and your view of the world.
This may seem to be an odd introduction to the newest Prepper Book Festival but I deem it appropriate as we turn the corner in . . . Read More