In January 2011, I did a walk-around-the-house inventory to assess my state of my preparedness. At the time, I was living offshore on San Juan Island in Washington State. Terrorism was an escalating threat, the economy was in shambles, and I was living in earthquake country. On that day, I officially became a prepper. There has been no looking back. I have made it my mission to educate myself and the world as I put into place long-term survival tactics to ensure both safety and comfort in the event a major incident or disaster. Eventually, I began using the term "disruptive event" to describe such events, be they acts of Mother Nature or man-made. . . . Read More
Prepping and Survival Basics
Need learn the basics of Prepping and Survival? These articles are a great way to familiarize yourself the basics. When you are new or an experienced prepper, these are the articles you will want to keep in your survival library.
They are listed with the newest on top. There are lots here with many more to come.
One of the basics of survival is having the ability to cut and chop wood. It is wood that will fuel the fires that keep us warm, boil our water, and cook our food. It seems simple enough, right? Grab your tool of choice, head outdoors and chop away. Alas, if it were only that easy. How many times have you gone to the garage or outdoors to the shed, only to be perplexed when it comes to choosing the best tool for cutting or chopping wood? Been there done that. For this article I have reached out to experienced outdoorsman, Cody Assmann, to share his knowledge with those of us that have yet to select the perfect tool to meet our needs. . . . Read More
Every once in a while, it is important to take a back seat to the process of prepping and do a little planning. I say this because things change and life evolves, requiring a re-examination of the who, what, and why of prepping. Let's face it. You probably remember why you started to set food, water, and supplies aside, and why you began to bone up on off-grid skills. But in the flurry of preparedness activities, have you ever taken a look at your original plan and made circumstantial changes?
If you are saying "what plan", join the crowd!
Today I am going to challenge all preppers, new or experienced, to take and hour or so to think about "the plan". I will do this by asking a few questions.. . . Read More
Coming to terms with a realistic food storage strategy can be tough. Everyone seems to have an opinion whether it is to focus primarily on store-bought canned goods, commercially packaged freeze-dried products, or food that is preserved at home using a pressure canner. Each has advantages and disadvantage in terms of space, cost, portability, and convenience. Regardless of your stand on food storage, there is a common thread among all preppers. We want our food storage to remain viable and nutritious for the longest period possible. The very last thing we want is to be in a situation where our stored food is no longer palatable or worse, spoiled. . . . Read More
A couple of weeks ago one of my blogging colleagues lost everything she owned in a house fire. Fortunately, the entire family, including the family pets, got out safely but everything they owned was gone.
Can you imagine this happening to you? In a flash, you could potentially be homeless and have to deal with temporary shelter in a hotel or with family members as you sort through the rubble of your burnt out belongings.
And what about your preps? Food storage, survival gear, and your precious print library of survival books would be gone.. . . Read More
In 2013 when I first wrote about desiccants, the context surrounding the use of desiccants was a mystery to me. I knew that little pillows of gel were frequently packaged with with electronic gizmos, new shoes, pill bottles and even clothing purchased over the internet. I also knew that many articles, books and websites with information about long term food storage also talked about desiccants.
As far as my knowledge of desiccants went, I was clueless. What are they? How are they used? And were they really necessary? It seemed that depending upon who you consult, they were absolutely 100% necessary or a total waste of time and money. Talk about being confused.. . . Read More
Once upon a time I was new to prepping. Although I had a few emergency supplies on hand, it was not until I did a personal risk assessment that I realized how exposed I was in the event of a true emergency.
Being located offshore the mainland US, and being subject to the whims of the Washington State ferry system, I knew that our island community would be stranded if there was a major disruptive event in the Pacific Northwest. The type of event would not matter. We would be cut off if there was an earthquake, terrorist attack, or nuclear event. And that was only the beginning.. . . Read More
In a show of hands, how many of you have at least two dozen lighters set aside for survival use? My guess is at least 50% of you have a a couple of dozen and most likely 10% have 100 or more. Along with water and food, adding tools for making fire is one of the first preps most newbies acquire. Whether the tool of choice is matches, lighters, a fire steel, Fresnel lens, or all of the above, it makes sense to have multiple ways to start a fire. That makes sense, since after all, fire can be used to boil and purify water, heat food, and generate heat. Add some tinder to the mix and you are all set. . . . Read More
No one really knows how many preppers exist in the world, but it is safe to say that there are more than three million in the United States alone. Even though this sounds like a huge segment of the population, this is still only slightly more than 1% of the total US populace.
So, the bigger question is this: who is going to take care of the remaining 99% percent of the population when a major disruptive event occurs?. . . Read More
How much do your really know about matches? Chances are you know more about a magnesium fire starter or BIC lighter than you do about matches. It is just that they are so ubiquitous. Everyone knows about wooden kitchen matches, right? And heck, back in the day folks used to collect books of matches from fancy dining establishments and keep them displayed in decorative jars.
I know I am dating myself with that last statement but seriously, how much to you really know about matches? One thing for sure is that I can not purchase strike anywhere matches locally. Our grocery store refuses to stock them for fear that they will spontaneously combust. That is a true statement; they actually told me that.. . . Read More
For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event. My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting. It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of. How did this happen? Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years. It started six years ago with my first B.O.B. That first effort included mostly the basics: fire making supplies, water purification tabs, a couple of knives, TP, a first aid kit, personal items, documents, and cash. At the time, I thought I was set. Of course, I was wrong. . . . Read More
You don't have to be a prepper to realize that power outages can happen anytime, to anybody, and anywhere. Some outages are planned, some are the result of Mother Nature kicking up a storm, and some are the unexpected result of a natural or man-made crisis. More recently, the threat of a cyber-attack or terrorist invoked EMP has been added to the mix, and most assuredly, if that were to happen, we will be without power for an extended time.
The bottom line is this: the delicacy of our grid is such that nearly any disruption can cause a sudden and unexpected power outage.. . . Read More