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Are Preppers Normal? Blending Prepping Into Your “Normal” Lifestyle…

By: Matt in the Midwest I enjoy prepping. I value independence, self-sufficiency, and taking responsibility for myself. I consider it a hobby with perks. I like growing my own food, canning, hunting, shooting, reusing or repurposing materials. I love reading apocalyptic fiction as well as survival nonfiction; homesteading (free homesteading guide), organic gardening, Mother Earth News, Outdoor Life, Guns and …

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How Can I Contact My Family After The Grid Goes Down?

The family disaster communications plan… by Moira M You are at home waiting on the cable guy on a drizzly Monday morning. You relax in the quiet house since your spouse is at work, older kid away at college and younger kid in school. You settle in with a nice cup of coffee and the paper when suddenly the TV show …

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Foods That Last Forever (and Preserving Others for Almost Forever Too)

by Mary in GA I’m sure that most of the readers here are already aware of the foods that are called “Forever Foods”.  You can find the list many places, but for anyone who isn’t aware of them, they are: Sugar, pure vanilla extract, white rice, corn starch, honey, hard liquor, salt, corn syrup, maple syrup, and distilled white vinegar. …

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What to Look for in a Survival Retreat Property

by Biff Brannon There is some good literature out there regarding setting up a survival retreat location.  In fact, if you were not aware, MD Creekmore, the owner of this blog site has a book out called “Dirt-cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” (click here to find out more about this awesome guide) that goes into some detail regarding setting up …

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Hand Tools vs. Power Tools Which are Best for Preppers?

by John Herzig I have read so many excellent and relevant articles on this site about prepping and survival that I am a little sheepish about submitting my own for your consideration.  I just would like to contribute some knowledge that might enhance someone’s life or help them develop a skill that they can barter or make life easier in the …

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17 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Prepping

by Dan W Following is a mixture of philosophical comment and several practical tips that I hope will help you to fill in some of the blanks in your prepping.  It’s a bit long but I hope you find it all informative. No matter what advice you may be offered, the key to being prepared is diligent planning and follow-through.  …

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Long-Term Food Storage Tips for New Preppers

by Grayfox114 In today’s economic climate, finances are a major concern for everyone, but doubly so for the prepper or survivalist. Not only are we trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our everyday lives, but we are also attempting to put together a “kit” for another lifestyle altogether, a kit that will keep us alive when everything falls apart. …

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Is the .22 Rimfire The Best Firearm For Preppers?

by Joe I Lately, I’ve seen quite a bit of information on using the .22 rimfire as a primary self-defense weapon, an option when hunting large game, and even a primary offensive weapon. This reasoning has surfaced in recent years due to several factors, including better bullets, higher velocity bullets, better quality rifles and pistols, and inexpensive weapons when compared to the …

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Water Purification Options for Long-Term Survival

by D. Holden Introduction Water: the source of life. One can live weeks without food, but only days without water. Water makes up approximately 60-70% of a human’s body weight. It is and should be, one of the most important considerations in planning for a long-term disaster scenario. Given that the average human will need one gallon per person per …

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What Would an EMP Do?

The U.S. Government created a commission to study EMP and what it could do to the safety and security of the United States. The bottom line in the report is that it is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ we will be hit. One of the committee members likened EMP to a time machine, transporting our society from ‘today’ to ‘1870’ in about one second.  We become, once again, an agrarian society, capable of supporting the level of population that we had in 1870. 

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Convincing Others to Prepare – It Can Be a Challenge.

by Scott in the Midwest Do the following simple things with those you care about, and I firmly believe it will bring you more happiness and more benefit than any single “prep” activity you can do on your own: Be open with them about your feelings on being independent and prepared for any future events. Find activities to do with them …