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Imagine an emergency occurs and you have to open your food storage only to discover that it’s not good anymore. That would be horrible. How and where you store your food can have a huge impact on the life of your food storage. Cool temperatures Make sure that your food is in a consistently cool place. Many times your garage is cool during the winter but without air conditioning in the summer it can get pretty hot in there. Make sure that the location of your food storage is consistently cooler. Canned goods will store for longer periods of time when they’re stored below 70 degrees compared to those that store at 90 degrees. Remember that being in the shade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cool. Also be sure to not  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 24, 2015, 10:00 pm
There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to start homesteading. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there. Books such as Homesteading: A Backyard Guide and Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills are both great places to start. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the first things you should consider when you want to find and buy a homestead. Finding the Perfect Location It’s important to look at many different areas when you are searching for a location for your future homestead. Laws and Regulations. Different areas offer many different amenities depending on the country, region and specific location. Consider the state and local laws regarding homesteading, hunting, collecting rainwater, raising livestock and owning firearms. It’s important to make sure your homestead is  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 23, 2015, 9:30 pm
Before we get to priority #4 here is the summary of your top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness. They are: 1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put. 2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage. 3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage. 4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage. 5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items. Priority 4 – Clean water Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 12, 2015, 11:02 am
This article is an excerpt from Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness by Richard Graves. We would encourage you to continue learning through his book and purchasing it here. Used by permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Food and water are essential to living. Under normal conditions a person cannot live longer than three days without water, but one can live ten days or longer without food. Food, apart from its vitamins, minerals salts and other minute elements, must contain Proteins and Carbohydrates. Proteins are the flesh builders. Carbohydrates are the energy makers- the fuels for your body’s furnace. Every action calls for work from some of your body’s cells, and, although new cells are continually being made in your body tissue, old cells are dying. These body  ...
Author: Richard Graves
Posted: February 9, 2015, 10:26 pm
These days, USB-powered devices are everywhere, and many of them are vital to communications and information. If you are on a long road trip or hiking in a remote area, a reliable, portable solar cell phone charger will be a convenient way to keep phones, speakers, and other devices running – but it may also be the difference between being able to call for help or not being able to in an emergency. Additionally, in the event of a power failure, you’ll want to have an alternative means of keeping your devices running and available so you can continue to communicate with friends and family members. This is especially true when you’re dealing with a power failure that was caused by a natural disaster, storm or local power issue. In  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: February 4, 2015, 4:42 pm
Being able to tie a variety of knots may not be something that comes to mind when you are preparing to survive in the wilderness (or in an urban environment after an economic collapse) but knowing a few advanced knots can save your life. Knots are useful for building shelters, constructing traps, securing a fishing line, and climbing steep terrain. If you use the wrong knot for any of these situations, you may have to cut the knot when you can’t untie it, or have it slip out and come undone. Here are five advanced knots that amateurs can master – and they each have unique applications in survival situations. 1. Square Knot The square knot is the one that you’re most likely familiar with already. It’s a very basic  ...
Author: Clayton Krebs
Posted: January 30, 2015, 9:21 pm
It seems that all too often, preppers can be overly concerned about the supplies and tools they have in their 72-hour kit, and forget that everyday items like clothing are just as important in a survival situation. Making sure you’ve packed the proper clothes in your bug out bag is very crucial – and can often mean the difference between surviving and emergency just as much as any other item. A survival situation can strike when you least expect it – when you’re on vacation, when you’re on your way home from work, or even when you’re in bed for the night. You don’t want to be caught with just your Bermuda shorts, your business casual office wear, or your sleepwear for the next 72 hours. But if you’re not  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: January 28, 2015, 8:13 pm
The process of covering cheese in wax in order to pro-long the life of the cheese is not a new idea nor is it a complicated process. Many people wax cheese in order to protect it from airborne bacteria, mold and from drying out too much. There are two main methods to waxing cheese. One – you can dip it in wax. Two – you can brush the wax on the cheese. Depending on how much wax you have and how big your cheese is will greatly determine which method you will use to wax your cheese. If you dip, make sure you are using a deep enough pot and that it is full enough with melted wax so you can cover the cheese entirely. Do what is easiest and  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: January 23, 2015, 4:16 pm
HAM radio is a popular hobby that allows amateur operators to communicate with one another on multiple frequencies. It is also a useful skill to develop in the event of an emergency or disaster. During a disaster, cell phones and internet might be out of service so having an alternative way to communicate with your family, friends or network is going to be crucial to obtaining information and ensuring you thrive during the emergency. Having a working HAM radio and knowing how to operate it will prove invaluable in a survival situation. Here’s what you need to know: Licensing To operate a HAM radio, you must obtain a license, but this is not particularly difficult. HAM operators call this “getting your ticket.” To get a license, you will have to  ...
Author: Clayton Krebs
Posted: January 20, 2015, 10:32 pm
2015 is fast approaching and that means New Year’s Resolutions! So, what are your preparedness goals going to be? The beginning of the new year is a great time to analyze your needs and wants as a family. That’s why we’ve prepared this easy-to-use preparedness checklist. Many people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin. Gather Information The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat. If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: December 23, 2014, 2:09 pm




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