General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • Data Survival for Windows XP Users

    We talk all the time about prepping and what you need to survive TEOTWAWKI. By now there is a lot of information out there that you should be soaking up like a sponge. Survival, however, can mean a lot more than stockpiling food and ammunition. It goes beyond having shelter and transportation. Even if we are sent back in time with a worldwide catastrophic event, there is something more that we will need, and that something is data. Think about all of the things you use your personal...
  • Utilizing the Marine Special Operations PT Guide

    No one knows preparedness like the Marines. They face things in combat that other mere mortals cannot imagine or comprehend. Because of this, they are the authority on preparedness for when (not if) the SHTF. There shared wisdom is available for download via their website, and you should consider printing yourself a copy of The Marine Special Operatons Training Guide for when (not if) the lights go out. Certain things are priceless in a survival situation, and this guide is very much one of...
  • Prepping for Comfort

    It is discussed all the time what we need and must have for survival. Between stock piling life or death type items, however, it is a good idea to incorporate something you want once in a while. When the SHTF you are going to need to have a level of comfort. Giving up some of the things you enjoy will surely be necessary, but not everything has to be discarded as you prep for an uncertain tomorrow. Here are a few things you might want to consider incorporating or that might inspire you to...
  • Are You and Your PC Ready for 2015's Leap Second?

    Have you ever thought about the difference a second makes? We've all told someone to 'wait a second' or declared that certain tasks will take 'just a second' but have you ever really thought about the significance of a second in your day, or even your life? Sure, it takes a many seconds to make up more important units of time such as minutes, hours, days, and weeks, but the second itself is still pretty important, especially if that second is a leap second. In the year 2015, a leap second...
  • Bugging In

    Frequently discussed are the items you need to bug out. You have your BOB and contents fully thought out, planning to utilize every square inch of space in your bag, figuring how to make the least amount of items go the furthest survival distance. You've considered how to keep your load as light as possible to make carrying easier when it comes time to move fast and practice the art of evasion. But what if you don't have to move fast or evade? What if the problem at hand does not require...
  1. The End of the Toilet Paper as We Know It

    There are many basic comforts what we may take for granted once the SHTF. Simple pleasures like walking into the house and flipping on the lights or grabbing an ice cold drink from the refrigerator will all be things of the past, leaving us longing for the days when they existed at our fingertips. Losing these things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creature comforts that will no longer exist after TEOTWAWKI, and though foraging on without them will be unpleasant, it is...
  2. Tin Cans into Survival Gold: 20 Uses for Used Cans

    Stockpiling food is an important part of every survival plan. While dry goods will make up some of your food supply, also included are canned goods. After dining on a meal of pork and beans, you may be tempted to dispose of the tin can in which they came, but it might prove more beneficial to keep it. Once opened, these cans cannot be resealed, but they can definitely still be used for many tasks. Photo: Costco At some point it becomes wise to consider dual purposes that can be served by...
  3. Survival Prepping for Your Car: Supplies You Should Have Inside

    Some might say that a man's car is his castle and in a lot of cases that has been proven true. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it is only natural that they become a sort of extension of our homes and are stocked accordingly with survival supplies. Having useful items in your vehicle makes perfect sense when you consider travelling through unfamiliar and often sparsely populated areas. On every road trip, be it across the country or across town, exists the possibility for something...
  4. How Does the Worm Fit into Your Survival Plan?

    Kids everywhere are fascinated by the earthworm. Whether it is watching them writhe across the ground or wriggle in their fingers, there is something intriguing about worms. What we known today as the modern day earthworm was likely imported from Europe. Due to freezing temperatures brought on by glaciers, the native earthworm population died out. The worms that arrived here to take their place did so due to their own attempt to avoid freezing, which included holing up in cocoons to survive...
  5. Are You and Your PC Ready for 2015's Leap Second?

    Have you ever thought about the difference a second makes? We've all told someone to 'wait a second' or declared that certain tasks will take 'just a second' but have you ever really thought about the significance of a second in your day, or even your life? Sure, it takes a many seconds to make up more important units of time such as minutes, hours, days, and weeks, but the second itself is still pretty important, especially if that second is a leap second. In the year 2015, a leap second...
  6. 5 Scenarios to Inspire Survival Prepping

    The act of prepping is universally understood as planning for the survival of yourself and your loved ones. It is implied that some sort of failure will occur that in turn creates a need for prepping. Since the government has in the past proven its inability to mitigate disaster, self-reliance has become the only choice. As you go about the act of prepping, what type of scenarios should you have in mind? There are many reasons to stockpile supplies and plan for your own survival and...
  7. The Original Survival Lighter: The Zippo

    Preppers everywhere are no stranger to the need to plan for fire when the SHTF. We talk about it all the time along with the various ways to make fire happen. No matter what fire starting method you choose, there is one thing that will come in extremely handy in a survival situation. That item is a good old fashioned lighter, but not just any lighter will do. Photo: GSanders It may be tempting to pick up a cheap multipack of disposable lighters to split up, throwing some in your BOB, car,...
  8. Need Fire? Try Matches!

    To many of us, life includes the luxuries associated with having a roof over our heads. Beneath this roof we enjoy such creature comforts as a place to cook hot meals and stay warm when cold weather arrives. While enjoying such an existence is paramount for much of the population, it may not always be possible to partake in such a lifestyle. The time may come when TEOTWAWKI forces a change and a dependence upon new means to survive. Part of life after the SHTF is likely to include leaving...
  9. Survival Uses for Pool Noodles

    Every now and then you come across an item or object that makes a light bulb come on above your head. Usually this is when something you are using seems as though it could be useful for another task, making it dual-purpose. Better yet, it is sometimes possible to find even more uses for an object, making it become a practical tool for survival. While going for a swim recently, I noticed a pool noodle that was left behind. Admittedly, I have never really seen what the appeal of a pool noodle...
  10. 20 Reasons to Consider Apple Cider Vinegar

    Since storing items requires space and for many of us space is limited, it is important to make the most of what room we do have. Because of this need to use every inch in our favor, it is key to buy and store items with multiple uses. The more you can get out of one particular item, the more valuable it will be to you, especially in cases where a little bit goes a long way. Photo: Bragg Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is not just a salad dressing anymore. Organic, raw, unfiltered, and...
  11. Survival Uses for Glass Bottles

    There is not much more disheartening than to see the natural world littered with trash such as glass bottles. The upside to this is that there are many uses for such bottles that we are so easily able to find laying around, which is a bright side of sorts. The many uses of glass bottles in particular bodes well for us as these seem to be rather plentiful out in the world. Repurposing someone's discarded glass bottle could be just what it takes to make your life and survival easier. Photo:...
  12. The Original Home Defense System: The Dog

    When you think of home security, alarm systems, deadbolts, and surveillance cameras might come to mind. If you mull over protection, firearms and other types of weaponry may be the main choices you contemplate. All of these choices aside, there is a security and protective measure that has been used successfully for years. That is the dog. Photo: Gina Sanders It is common for people to think of a guard dog as a vicious, snarling beast, but that is not necessarily true. Sure, dogs like that...
  13. 5 Reasons to Stock Salt

    As we grew up, our parents exposed us to tips and tricks to get us through different things we encountered. One such example in my case involved salt and mosquito bites. Since mosquitoes may as well have been the state bird where we lived, bites from them were a regular occurrence. Being a little kid, impulse control was not a skill I had yet developed, so I would scratch those bites until they bled and finally scabbed over. To stop this behavior, mom and dad called upon salt. At the first...
  14. Creating Good Conservation Habits

    When TEOTWAWKI occurs, conservation will be part of our new way of life. What better way to adapt to a need for conservation than to live it every day of your life? Why wait until your back is against a wall to begin the practice of saving instead of wasting? Photo: Wisdom in Water Creating good habits now will aid you in surviving when the tides of change are upon us. If your norm is a long, hot shower and you use your toilet as a trash bin for items that need not be flushed, a rude...
  15. Conserve Cash by Developing Skills and Using The Stuff You Already Have

    When you near the end of the line and are almost out of a product to the point it becomes hard to get out of a bottle, what do you do? Give up and throw it away, moving onto the next one? I remember being a kid and trying to get the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle, then giving up and moving on to a fresh one. My aunt was horrified by my actions, and immediately chastised me for them. She took my ketchup bottle and added water to it before giving it back to me good as new with ketchup...
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