General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • We are destroying our culture and country by our vote

    I don’t consider myself anyone special or exceptional. I’m simply an old guy who has managed to get by in a world full of vipers, thieves and liars successfully. I am much like you in that I consider myself lucky, because, I managed to make it through the thick of it one more day. I’ve been lucky; I’ve been around the world a couple of times, largely without any serious mishaps. During those travels it has been my fortune to have met a lot of different people. Most of them were just like...
  • Knowing the Phonetic Alphabet

    Have you ever had to give an address or other significant information that required spelling over the phone to another person? This is something that can go off without a hitch if the information you are sharing is all spoken clearly and easily spelled, but we are not always so lucky. As creative street names pop up all around us, spelling them is not always the easiest thing, whether or not you are on the giving or receiving end. This is equally difficult if you live in an area settled by...
  • 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 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Prepper Camouflage: Smile, Nod, and Maintain Your Facade

    Have you ever met someone so drastically different from you that they immediately drove you away? In life, it is natural to meet people who are different. While some of those we may meet will seem odd to us, it is also possible that we may seem odd to them. As a prepper, you are going to at some point encounter people who do not agree with your belief system. They might even think you are crazy. Others, however, may be intrigued and wish for you to be their mentor. How you handle each of...
  7. Taking Advice from Senior Preppers

    Preppers come in all types, from clueless beginners to those who have decades of experience under their belts. They also come from a wide array of locations and life styles. Variances in age are also present, from young adults to senior citizens. When you consider all of these variables, the logical conclusion is that there is no 'typical' prepper because for all we have in common, there are many things about us that are vastly different as well. An unfortunate trend amongst younger...
  8. 5 Locations for Starting Seeds

    Starting seeds indoors before the actual outdoor planting season begins is a great way to get your vegetables growing early. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will have sprouts, and the sooner food will be on the table. Even if it is still a little on the inhospitable side outdoors, there is no reason to put things off when the ability to get started indoors exists! The first thing you will need to do to get your seeds started is to come up with containers. This is a task that can...
  9. Essential VS Expendable: Survival Budgeting

    One of the most common phrases you hear these days is something along the lines of either, "I'm broke," or, "I can't afford it." This holds true for a lot of us; money simply does not grow on trees and is harder to come by in present times than it was in the past. A few years back, if you didn't like your job, another was right around the corner, which is simply not the case anymore. Those of us who have work and get paid regularly are now amongst the lucky, and while we hold onto those jobs...
  10. Which Compass Type is Best for You?

    In a situation where you are forced to find your way across unknown terrain, a compass can be beyond useful. With its directional capabilities, the guesswork of which way you are going can be eliminated, giving you more precise directional clarity. While cardinal points are useful as well, being in a situation where you cannot find them may force you to rely on a compass. The alternative is to stay lost or get even more off course than you may have already been, neither of which is conducive...
  11. Survival Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    One of the many items that can be and has been proven useful in survival situations time and time again is petroleum jelly (also known as Vaseline). With its medicinal, hygienic, and emergency uses, tossing a container of petroleum jelly in your pack may prove useful many times over. Here's why: Petroleum jelly is flammable. It makes for an easy fire starter; all you have to do is dip a cotton ball or some paper in it and ignite. If the only thing standing between you and getting soaked is...
  12. A Tree with Many Uses: The Slippery Elm

    Although not a common food item in modern times, the inner bark of the slippery elm tree was once dined upon by pioneers and early settlers. Typically enjoyed in the form of porridge, the pinkish-white bark of the slippery elm tree was dried and ground, then boiled before being enjoyed as a meal similar in nutrition and consistency to oatmeal. In fact, this meal is so effective that Revolutionary War soldiers at Valley Forge sustained themselves for 12 long days on slippery elm porridge...
  13. Geocaching: So, What did you learn?

    After being cooped up all winter, I decided I would venture out and go on a little excursion with the prepper mindset scenario of bugging home from work. The Plan: AKA, setting up the cache I thought I was being smart. I was doing my research. I mapped my routes meticulously. I checked on my 2 caches along the routes home, making certain I wasn't seen. If the need ever arose, by God, I was ready to make the trek home if I had to do so from work. I was thoroughly prepared I thought. I did a...
  14. 50 Survival Skills You Should Have...Just For Starters

    In order to survive whatever life throws at you, there is one universal thing that can help: knowledge. What you know how to do and what you have practiced are skills that will contribute to your success or, in the event that you lack knowledge, failure. Knowledge is easy to carry with you because it is weightless, taking up only space in your brain. It is also unbreakable and does not expire, so the more you have, the better off you will be. In life, and in survival, there are basic things...
  15. 10 Tips for Spring Break Survival

    It is that time of year again: spring break. People everywhere are soon to be hitting the road in search of a vacation destination if they have not done so already. This can mean copious quantities of fun if you are able to kick back and relax during spring break at the location of your choice. It can also mean a lot of stress if things such as large numbers of people and mass quantities of alcohol being consumed happen to worry you. Spring break, for many people, is all about a good time....
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