General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • How do you think others see Americans?

    I don’t know if any of you know I used to go to archaeological digs in South and Central America as a hobby and as an author. Back in those days I would find myself away from the beaten path most tourist go to. As it turned out a few years ago, I was visiting Nicaragua. and while seated at a table in an outside restaurant having breakfast, I heard two young women talking about the states. I didn't say anything, I just listened. Granada is an amazing place. Most of the buildings are over...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Creating a Flat Cooking Surface

    When out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because the SHTF and the grid collapsed, at some point you are going to long for a nice, warm meal. Ideally you will have food items on hand that you socked away or foraged to acquire. Having access to an iron skillet is extremely useful as iron skillets are very versatile when it comes to preparing food. If you have food to cook and something in which to cook it, all that remains is a heat source. Building a camp fire is effective for cooking,...
  1. Preparedness Lessons from Chicken Little

    If Chicken Little were real, he would be working overtime running around yelling that the sky is falling. Perhaps he would be right, perhaps the sky is falling. What Chicken Little did not say was a single word about preparedness; all he did was run in circles freaking out. There are two things you can learn from Chicken Little. 1. Do not waste time running around like a chicken without a head. While it is natural to panic, it is not productive to go into full meltdown mode when the SHTF....
  2. Lessons in Survival from the Pioneers

    Survival of the fittest is a theory that has been around for a long time. It embodies the concept of those who were hearty and strong being able to survive while the weak died off. Part of being strong was an ability to adapt and overcome, exhibiting ingenuity and being prepared for unexpected situations to arise. This entails having good ideas of your own, but also includes having the sense to utilize other resources as needed. In other words, don\'t be afraid to ask for help when your...
  3. Creating a Flat Cooking Surface

    When out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because the SHTF and the grid collapsed, at some point you are going to long for a nice, warm meal. Ideally you will have food items on hand that you socked away or foraged to acquire. Having access to an iron skillet is extremely useful as iron skillets are very versatile when it comes to preparing food. If you have food to cook and something in which to cook it, all that remains is a heat source. Building a camp fire is effective for cooking,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
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