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Jodie considers herself to be an 'optimistic prepper'. Though she is a strong believer in preparing for the worst, Jodie wants nothing more than to help her neighbors, near and far to avoid these scenarios.

Prepping came about to Jodie through permaculture farming and embracing a simple, frugal lifestyle. Though she cannot claim the title of living from the land entirely, she thoroughly enjoys eating the fruits of her labor, when they come from her back yard!
Guide to Prepping for Your Pets

Guide to Prepping for Your Pets

Pet owners have to make special considerations for their animals during a disaster. Frequently, animals are abandoned during natural disasters, left behind to be rescued, or not. If you’re bugging…

7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times

7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times

Today I would like to share a list of 7 tips to prepare for hard times. It is a quick and dirty list – things that come to mind here and now in the present moment. I am sure there are others.

Getting a Bead on Setting Up a Simple Solar Panel Kit

Getting a Bead on Setting Up a Simple Solar Panel Kit

When it comes to understanding electricity, my mind tends to blank out when it gets to the point where I have to determine volts, amps, amp-hours, voltage under load and…

16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort

16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort

Anyone who lives in hurricane country knows that hunkering down is a way of life when a big storm is predicted.  As a matter of fact, in the southern United…

The Best Safe Room Ideas for Inclement Weather

The Best Safe Room Ideas for Inclement Weather

Editor’s Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2021. Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods are rampant around the world right now. While experts work to decipher the reasoning behind…

Survival Basics: Water and Water Storage

Survival Basics: Water and Water Storage

Need a basic understanding of the concepts behind water and water storage? Find answers to where to find, store, purify, and filter water for storage.

Finding the Best Neck Knives for Survival and Defense

Finding the Best Neck Knives for Survival and Defense

Almost all the big knife makers have at least one version of the neck knife. Some might ask why would you want to carry a knife around your neck when…

How To Choose The Right Fermenting Crock: Best Fermenting Crocks

How To Choose The Right Fermenting Crock: Best Fermenting Crocks

Fermentation is an ancient way to preserve food that fits squarely into the modern prepper world. The process is by far less complicated than canning food, and it provides an…

How to Make Your Own DIY MREs – Homemade MRE Tips

How to Make Your Own DIY MREs – Homemade MRE Tips

Upon request from our readers, I was asked to make a follow-up to the MRE article. In there, I had mentioned that creating your own MRE is more efficient and…

Babydoll Sheep Vs Shetland Sheep For Homesteading

Babydoll Sheep Vs Shetland Sheep For Homesteading

Over the past few years, I have mentioned our sheep a lot and have written a few posts. Well, the day has finally come where we are switching breeds. The…

12 Survival Skills to Learn and Master for SHTF

12 Survival Skills to Learn and Master for SHTF

When it comes to survival, having a stockpile of stuff is not enough. You need to have skills, too. And yet, when it comes to preparedness skills, there is no hard and fast set of rules. There are simply too many variables for a one size fits all list of things you must know and things you must learn if living conditions and economic realities become dire. All that being said, here are 12 skills that anyone can learn and master.

Exploring Non-Metallic Knives: From Ceramic to Plastic

Exploring Non-Metallic Knives: From Ceramic to Plastic

When I first heard of non-metallic knives I will admit that I pictured a knife shattering with very little effort, not holding an edge, and being inferior all around. However,…

The 13 Best Staples to Consider for a Survival Garden this Spring

The 13 Best Staples to Consider for a Survival Garden this Spring

Editor’s Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2019. Survival gardens are difficult to define. In this blog, the focus is on garden foods that offer extra benefit as…

Top 12 Best Foraging Books [Worth To Read]

Top 12 Best Foraging Books [Worth To Read]

Editor’s Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2022. Foraging has been growing more popular over the last few years, so there have been plenty of foraging books published….

Tips for Natural DIY Cleaning Products

Tips for Natural DIY Cleaning Products

Editor’s Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2019. We can have budget-friendly, naturally safe household products by preparing them ourselves with items we already have around the house….

Best Multi Tools for the Equipped Prepper

Best Multi Tools for the Equipped Prepper

Editor’s Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2021. There is a whole world of multi tools out there to choose from. Before you go shopping there are some…