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Let’s pretend that a disaster just happened; an earthquake near your home that has leveled buildings and killed hundreds. Thankfully, you’ve survived, but what’s going to happen now? You probably have a good idea of what life will be like after a disaster. But you might be wrong! A lot of research has been done about the human condition during and after a disaster and the findings might surprise you. Panic One of the biggest myths about a disaster is that there will be mass panic. We’ve seen countless movies and TV shows where people forget the needs of others and adopt an “every man for himself” mentality. This self-interested survival behavior is typically referred to as panic. While we think that panic is a very common occurrence in a  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: July 31, 2014, 10:18 pm
This is a very simple design for a batch-type solar water heater that uses a thermosiphon loop to move water between a solar thermal collector and a storage barrel. While it’s not the most efficient method for solar water heating and works rather slowly, it effectively demonstrates the operation of a thermosiphon and its connection to hot water storage. The system can provide useful amounts of hot water for an outdoor shower, washing garden produce, keeping a biogas generator warm, or any number of other uses you can think of. Because it uses water, the system must be drained when the weather turns cold. The parts list includes recommended materials and temperature ratings. Use materials that can withstand temperatures up to 180°F, such as metal, CPVC, or polypropylene fittings, as  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: July 29, 2014, 6:43 pm
Many people wonder what the difference is between Mountain House freeze-dried foods and Saratoga Farms freeze-dried foods. We want to show you some of the differences and similarities. Serving Size The first thing that most people look at is the nutritional label to see how big the serving size is on each can. For Mountain House, most of their freeze-dried entrees have a serving size of 1-cup prepared. Some of the cans will vary slightly. For example, some of the breakfast dishes will have a ½ cup serving or ¾ cup serving. Saratoga Farms also has a 1-cup prepared serving size. You’ll notice that many times the dry serving size will be a little different on the two brands. Saratoga Farms will usually have ½ cup dry – 1 cup  ...
Author: The Ready Store
Posted: July 14, 2014, 5:52 pm
Surviving for any period of time when you are in open water is one of the most difficult survival challenges you could face. Open water is extremely dangerous on many levels: extreme weather is far more perilous on the ocean; there are no sources of fresh water available; risk of sun exposure is extremely high; and there are countless predators that are nearly impossible to see before they are too close to react. Yet there are many accounts of people surviving in open water for days, weeks, or even months. The ocean is survivable. You simply need to have the right skills and tools to do it. The most dangerous scenario is floating in open water with just a life preserver. You are completely exposed to the sun and elements,  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: June 26, 2014, 3:32 pm
Whether you are a homesteader or looking to be better prepared for any natural disaster, economic downturn or personal loss, keeping horses is an excellent strategy. Horses are one of the most useful domesticated animals known to man. In the event of an oil crisis or breakdown, the homesteader with horses will be much better prepared to keep their daily routine as normal as possible than the one who only relies on diesel-powered farm equipment and transportation. Horses were the main source of motive energy before the industrial revolution. If you own one or more horses – as well as a wagon or buggy, horse-drawn plow and other farm equipment – you will be better prepared for whatever may happen. You may also be in a unique position to barter  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: June 25, 2014, 7:55 pm
In an emergency, a properly stocked first-aid kit can often mean the difference between stopping a situation from escalating before it gets out of control and winding up with a life-threatening incident on your hands. Whether you are using your first-aid kit as a homesteader, taking it with you for backwoods camping or other activities that could result in a survival situation, or simply packing one to have on hand in the event of an extreme weather event or accident, there are certain items that it should absolutely have. The Basics A first-aid kit should have plenty of items necessary for injuries that are not life threatening or serious enough to require additional care. These include the kinds of items you would need for dealing with minor cuts, scrapes, and  ...
Author: Clayton Krebs
Posted: June 20, 2014, 5:24 pm
In many survival situations, you will find yourself dealing with high sun exposure. This is not a problem that is only limited to desert survival. In most open country, such as plains, savannahs, and even mountains, during the summer months the sun will be beating down on you, and this can quickly become problematic. Even on days or in environments where the temperature is not particularly high can result in problems due to sun exposure, and on cooler days you’re actually more at risk because you won’t recognize the dangers of sun exposure as quickly. You’ll need to protect yourself from problems associated with sun exposure in order to increase your overall chances of survival. Under most circumstances, a sunburn is a painful but ultimately not life-threatening annoyance. But in  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: June 18, 2014, 3:36 pm
I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.” However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. And raising your own meat is sustainable in the event of economic hard times – the source is right there on your own land. In fact,  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: June 13, 2014, 8:16 pm
The desert may be one of the most challenging terrestrial environments to survive in for any period of time. Temperatures in the desert can fluctuate from midday to night by more than forty degrees Fahrenheit. Water is extremely scarce, as are natural sources of shelter and food sources. The single best way to ensure your survival in a desert environment is to be properly prepared before you find yourself in one. This includes learning the ins and outs of desert survival as well as making sure you have a fully outfitted pack of survival gear. With or without this kind of gear, however, there are a number of things you will have to do to increase your chances of survival in the desert. As in any survival situation, remaining calm  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: June 4, 2014, 6:09 pm
When an extreme weather event or civil unrest emergency that overwhelms communication infrastructure – or else knocks it out entirely – it’s best to have a backup plan in place. Being able to communicate with loved ones in an emergency situation is crucial to finding them and getting everyone to safety quickly. In urban areas, cell phone towers can quickly be overloaded, preventing the use of cell phones as an effective means of communication. And in remote areas, cellular service can often be patchy and unpredictable even under normal circumstances. For these reasons, you’ll want to make sure you have walkie-talkies on hand in case of an emergency. Here are the most important features you should look for when shopping for the best walkie-talkies in an emergency: Range is an  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: May 30, 2014, 4:17 pm




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