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This article is intended to be a fun project for you, your family or any fishing outing. We will demonstrate how you can make your own fishing lure out of common household/office supplies. Just some basic background on what exactly a fishing lure is: A fishing lure is a type of artificial bait with the sole purpose of enticing a fish to bite. There are many different types of fish and each one has its particular likes and dislikes. If you know what type of fish you are going to be going for, do a little research and find out what types of food that particular fish eats. Knowing this information beforehand will save you time otherwise spent trying different lures and baits that don’t work. Since you are trying  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: October 1, 2014, 8:23 pm
As a newlywed college student, financial stress is no secret to me. At first, I couldn’t believe how much money was spent on a weekly and then monthly basis on things that I really didn’t want to spend money on! All of the expenses are quite important and sometimes necessary, but this can make preparing food storage and emergency gear rather difficult. With all the money I was already spending, getting started with preparedness was a daunting task. But then I realized something I hadn’t been doing; budgeting! Budgeting is an amazing skill that can help you to make the best of your paychecks. And it is one of those skills that will make your life better today and tomorrow! Can it help you with your preparing though? I can  ...
Author: Spencer Schwendiman
Posted: September 23, 2014, 4:43 pm
I feel like if you ask anyone about emergency preparedness they will know one of two things: Food storage and/or 72-hour kits. And, if you ask anyone who is prepared, and they will have both! My wife and I started building our 72-hour kits earlier this year soon after we were married, and we were getting to the point where I was very happy with the bags we had, but then I went to CERT training last night they dropped a bombshell on me … Turns out, FEMA has decided that a 72-hour kit is now obsolete for most disasters and are now recommending a 96-hour kit. During a large-scale emergency the government and emergency personnel will be focused on a lot of things, but it is up to you  ...
Author: Spencer Schwendiman
Posted: September 15, 2014, 4:41 pm
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




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