General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • Predicting Sunset in the Event of Timepiece Failure

    It is vital in many circumstances to know the time of day. Sunset brings with it things we might prefer to avoid if we find ourselves out too late, such as nocturnal predators. These predators can be both of the animal and human variety but what matters is that you probably do not want to encounter something which might want to eat you. This is why losing track of time can amount to a real problem if you find yourself not making it back to camp at the time you should. You can always take a...
  • Preparedness For Pets

    According to the 2013/2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, there are 83.3 million owned dogs in the United States and 95.6 million owned cats. That is 178.9 million animals that need shelter, food, and medicine. That number does not even include other varieties of animals, such as rodents, reptiles, birds, and livestock, all of which will have the same needs, some of them even more specialized. Responsible pet ownership is very important, and reaches far beyond feeding Fido and letting him...
  • 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...
  • Always Be Prepared; Even if You Don't See It Coming, Things Can Change Instantly

    Well, I got lost in the woods this weekend. It was the most stupid, preventable thing and I would like you to learn from it if possible. I say 'if possible' because I broke every common sense rule there is and hopefully none of you can quite say the same. It started off being the first nice day I've seen in ages, so I wanted to spend it outside. By 'outside' I mean in unfamiliar terrain a few hours from where I live. What I wanted to do was hike to a bald eagle's nest and take some...
  • 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...
  1. What is on your Survival Key Chain?

    Key chains are not just for keys anymore, at least not for those of us with survival in mind. Since you have your keys with you during pretty much all of your travels that include leaving the house, it makes sense to outfit your key ring with some handy tools to help get you through whatever you might face in the course of a normal, or abnormal, day. Adopting your own do-it-yourself survival key chain to include life-saving items can prove very useful and is something to consider doing if...
  2. Potential Survival Needs Fulfilled by Bamboo

    Depending on where you live, it is possible that you will have a good bit of bamboo at your disposal. Bamboo is a fast growing plant that is adaptable to many climates. It is also invasive and can spread quickly, making the planting of some varieties actually illegal in places due to their potential for takeover. In recent years, bamboo has been discovered to be useful in even more ways than previously thought, such as in flooring, which has led to overharvesting. If bamboo is still...
  3. Survival Uses for Pine Resin

    Depending on the part of the country you call home, chances are that there is some variation of pine tree in your neck of the woods. Different species of pine trees are plentiful in many areas, making them accessible to much of the population. In addition to being plentiful, they offer survival benefits, such as being a source of pine resin. There are several uses for pine resin that make keeping it in mind for use in a survival scenario worthwhile. Since the purpose of pine resin is to...
  4. 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...
  5. Know Your Interstates

    Suppose a time comes when you need to make your way across the country without luxuries such as a GPS. Those convenient little devices have spoiled a lot of people over the years. I have always kept a road atlas in my vehicle and always will. It is a very thick and detailed one that covers the entire country. Without it, however, I am still confident that I can eventually get to where I need to be. It is all a matter of knowing the interstate system and selecting roads that correspond with...
  6. Always Be Prepared; Even if You Don't See It Coming, Things Can Change Instantly

    Well, I got lost in the woods this weekend. It was the most stupid, preventable thing and I would like you to learn from it if possible. I say 'if possible' because I broke every common sense rule there is and hopefully none of you can quite say the same. It started off being the first nice day I've seen in ages, so I wanted to spend it outside. By 'outside' I mean in unfamiliar terrain a few hours from where I live. What I wanted to do was hike to a bald eagle's nest and take some...
  7. Like It or Not, Survival Skills Need Nurturing

    In survival, much as in all areas of life, there are going to be things you are better at doing or that you like doing more. Say, for example, that you enjoy going to the shooting range and as a result a lot of your survival preparedness centers around using firearms. That is an excellent skill set to have and can benefit you in many ways. However, since you enjoy this particular aspect of survival so much and throw a lot of energy into it, have you ever paused to contemplate whether other...
  8. Don't Let Survival Stress You Out

    On the best of days, it is still possible to experience stress. Regular, everyday occurrences can be stressful with things like kids, work, bills, and so much more weighing on our minds. Coping with stress is easier said than done but is something we should all make an effort to do. Learning to manage your stress, and stress triggers, will go a long way towards keeping you sane and grounded. Making survival plans just one more thing that can stress you out. What to buy and where to store...
  9. 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...
  10. Safeguard Your Stuff with Help from Grandma

    We talk all the time about bug out bags, but have you ever considered the obviousness of those bags? Say, perhaps, someone breaks into your house or car and that person (or people!) has even the vaguest survival knowledge. They may be easily able to recognize that bag for what it is and, upon snagging it, be taking some items of great value to you. Think about the items you keep in that bag. We all know credit cards would be useless in a SHTF scenario, so you will need cash. Is that cash in...
  11. Is Diatomaceous Earth for You?

    Is /npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html"">Diatomaceous Earth part of your survival plan? After TEOTWAWKI, it will be necessary to re-establish many things, including a sustainable food source. Hunting and scavenging for food will be part of this process, but gardening will also play a very large role. With gardens, however, come garden pests, and diatomaceous earth is rumored to be a solution to pest problems of all kinds. It is not without its own set of drawbacks, however. What is...
  12. Identifying Venomous Snakes

    When the time comes for you to bug out, you never know where you might ultimately wind up. You might plan to be in a certain place, but the nature of the SHTF is that unexpected things happen and force us to take drastic action. This might translate to living in an abandoned Laundromat for all we know. It could also mean moving into a failed restaurant venture that closed and is boarded up tight. Or you may find yourself wandering about in the great outdoors, becoming in tune with the...
  13. Survival Sleeping

    Have you ever watched the behavior of horses in a herd? Horses are flight animals and their herd hierarchy is based on assignment of tasks, specifically the task of standing guard. When a group of horses is napping or sleeping, there is always a man (or mare!) on guard. The job of that horse is to watch for danger and alert the rest of the herd when that danger is present so they can get up and flee as is their nature to do. That guard horse will remain standing while the others lay down and...
  14. Predicting Sunset in the Event of Timepiece Failure

    It is vital in many circumstances to know the time of day. Sunset brings with it things we might prefer to avoid if we find ourselves out too late, such as nocturnal predators. These predators can be both of the animal and human variety but what matters is that you probably do not want to encounter something which might want to eat you. This is why losing track of time can amount to a real problem if you find yourself not making it back to camp at the time you should. You can always take a...
  15. 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...
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