Bug In or Bug Out – How Can You Know for Sure? (Part 2)

Bug in or bug out? Everybody who’s written a book or has a Web site on prepping has an opinion. There are lists galore. How do you decide what to do, and when? Bill Cirmo says if you’re prepared to bug out, you’re prepared to bug in. Think about that a minute. Bill has devised […]

What About Water for Your Homestead?

Making sure you have adequate water for your homestead is different than in the city. You’ll need to provide good clean water for your garden, farm crops and livestock as well as for your home. Do you have a good well, nearby pond, spring or river? The November/December 2013, (Issue #144), “Backwoods Home Magazine” features […]

Living in a Dumpster for survival?

Ever thought of living in a dumpster for survival? I hadn’t either. But here’s an amazing thing to ponder. The short video below features one man’s efforts to make a dumpster into a mini home. He’s even figured out a way to have electricity. But talk about a tiny house!    

Emergency Planning for Pets

Pets are like members of the family. We include them in so much of our lives. Certainly we should factor them into our preparedness plans, too. With that in mind, consider the following tips from Wise Food Storage.     If you live with furry friends it’s important to plan for their well being and […]

Could a Ferrocement Dome be a Survival Shelter for You?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about domes, but any time I have, the post has been well received. One of the most popular is A Few Tips for Building Domes for Survival Shelter. I refer interested readers to it often. When I found out about David Nash’s interest in building ferrocement domes […]

How to Build Your Own Solar Power System

Editor’s note: If you’re thinking of building your own solar power system, here’s info from Ben Tanner to get you started. – John   Building your own solar power system is a great way to save money. Those who are looking for ways to get off the grid opt for creating their own energy this […]

Three Common Emergency Situations and How to Handle Them

Lee Flynn submits the following for your consideration.   Not every emergency situation is life threatening. For every city-shaking earthquake and coast-sweeping tsunami, there are thousands of smaller common annoyances that disrupt power, create messes, and just generally inconvenience those of us who would like to be able to stick to our daily routine without […]

Which Solar Power System is Right for You?

If you want to power your home by the sun and even sell some of that power to the local utility company, you might be in for a rude awakening if electricity is out for an extended period of time. You’ll want to be sure you choose the right option for your needs. So how […]

A Little House for Survival?

Here’s a short video of one woman’s deliberate down sizing. Could this be a model for some of us to survive?     Find out about “right sizing” your possessions here.  

Flood Preparation and Safety Tips

Editor’s Note: Warmer weather isn’t far away. Late winter and spring often bring floods. Be ready. According to a recent long range weather forecast I heard a few days ago, Missouri (where I live) won’t have flooding like in 2011 because there’s not nearly as much snow pack to the North. We’re still in drought […]

What About Getting Home?

As preppers we usually think in terms of sheltering in place or bugging out. But what if you’re caught at work, school or somewhere else away from home when disaster strikes? What about getting home? What should you have with you to survive? Alex Smith (no relation) has written a book about that called Getting […]

The Kimberly Stove Isn’t Your Ordinary Wood Heat Stove

The smell of wood smoke brings back memories of crowded family reunions at my great grandmother’s tiny house with its wood stove in the kitchen. If you’ve got a wood heat stove, you know the everyday ins and outs of what it takes to keep one going. If you’re living off the grid–or depending on […]

5 Things You Need to Survive Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

The following information about winter survival comes courtesy of the Information and Advice Center at www.1800prepare.com.   Winter storms and extreme cold could be the cause of your death, no matter how much water and food you store for emergencies. It’s important to prepare to stay warm so that you don’t succumb to hypothermia in […]

A First Responder Gives Advice on Prepping for Those with Special Needs

Basic preparedness guidelines apply to all of us. But what about prepping for those with special needs, such as the disabled or elderly? What about medications, wheelchairs, a service dog, etc.? Since it’s hard to get specific for each and every situation, I sought out some guiding principles from a First Responder who has recently […]

Living in a Van – And Liking It?

Most of us aren’t thinking of living in a van for survival. With our families securely at home and plans to shelter in place, it’s the last thing on our minds. But isn’t it the way of catastrophes and turmoil to force us into that which seems abnormal to us now? And aren’t we preparing […]

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