The Top 10 Survival Supplies


The Top 10 Survival Supplies

The right survival supplies on hand can save your life in an emergency, offer protection from the elements, as well as protection from dangerous animals or other people. What are the top 10 survival supplies to always have on hand for a disaster or wilderness emergency?

Survival in any situation — whether you find yourself in the mountains, low-land wilderness, desert, river, or even an urban environment after a natural disaster has taken place —

— usually comes down to how much experience a person has in surviving, as well as what kind of survival supplies are on hand.

Basic knowledge on how to use each piece of equipment is advised. Follow the links at the bottom of the article for additional tips and more in depth information. [Read more…]

154 Bug Out Bag Essentials (Open Checkist!)

Bug Out Bag

154 Bug Out Bag Essentials (Open Checkist!)

By Dan F. Sullivan

Lightweight, durable, water-resistant, and ready to fulfill all your survival needs. That’s what your bug out bag should be like. But we all know packing a BOB is a balancing act, don’t we? There are items that are crucial and there are others that are more or less important, depending on your location, climate, your medical condition, and on and on.

I initially wanted to write an article that covered just the essentials but then I quickly changed my mind. EVERY item in your BOB is essential. If it isn’t (for you), then don’t pack it in the first place! [Read more…]

5 Years of TEOTWAWKI


5 Years of TEOTWAWKI

I have often thought about what 5 years of TEOTWAWKI would look like.   It is not pretty.

The most likely causes of a long-term TEOTWAWKI at this time include:

  • Magnetic Pole Switch
  • Super Volcano leading to Nuclear Winter
  • EMP Attack or Nuclear War
  • Global Flu Pandemic
  • Global Economic Meltdown and Multi-year Economic Depression
  • Global Drought and Famine caused by climate change
  • Global Oil Shortages due to lessening production or interruption due to war

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Inflation The Key Prior Indicator Towards The Next Great Depression — How to prepare

The-Great-Depression-300x300Inflation The Key Prior Indicator Towards The Next Great Depression — How to prepare

What keeps me awake at night is the prospect of a financial collapse.  Unless something dramatically changes in the world economies, I believe the next great economic depression is coming soon.  If you life in Argentina, Greece or Spain, the depression has already arrived and millions are suffering from it.  With 50% youth unemployment in Spain, cancer patients in Greece with no access to chemo drugs, or the malnutrition of Argentina’s underclass children, economic depression is real, painful, and reduces life expectancy. [Read more…]

How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

How to Bug

How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.

As the East Coast of the United States recovers from Hurricane Sandy, aka “Frankenstorm,” the rest of us watch the unfolding aftermath from a distance – thankful Mother Nature hasn’t unleashed her fury on our doorstep today. Hurricane Sandy is yet another sober reminder that none of us are exempt from disaster. Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate. She doesn’t care where we live, what we drive, how much we make, or what we do for a living. Her antics are diverse and far-reaching. She has a recipe of devastation for all parts of the world: hurricanes, tornados, floods, wildfires, winter storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, heat waves, volcanoes, land-slides, and sometimes even a combo pack.

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How to live off grid. It’s simple really. Move to the woods, build a cabin, throw on some solar panels and wind turbine for power, drill a well, raise chickens, cows, and pigs, and sit on your front porch while sipping coffee and staring out at the beautiful natural wilderness around you. Easy right? Not really.

It takes a lot of planning and prepping  and work to make the move off grid. And once you’re off grid, the maintenance and upkeep of your homestead takes a lot of work. Let make this as simple as possible by breaking it down into a step by step process which explain the most important things you need. It all goes back to the basics and living a sustainable life while being self-sufficient is key.

First you’ll need a good location. How do you find that? Well we wrote a good article detailing How To Find Land For Living Off Grid. It goes into detail about how to find and pick the perfect property.

Here’s how to live off the grid.

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If The SHTF, RIGHT NOW, What Would You Do?


If The SHTF, RIGHT NOW, What Would You Do?

Whether you think you’re prepared or not, if it hit the fan – right now – what would you do?

I’m mostly curious to hear what you have to say, but here are a few of my thoughts —
If ‘it’ happened right at this moment, the things that I would do next are relative to where I am at the moment, coupled with whatever ‘it’ is.

For this hypothetical question, lets just presume that ‘it’ is pretty bad, and will probably be long lasting while the effects will be variable – some regions worse than others – but much worse in the cities and MSA’s (Metropolitan Statistical Areas).
Even for those who have diligently prepared for disaster, sometimes there is a feeling that there just isn’t enough in one’s food and supply inventory yet… There also may be the feeling that there is still a lack of adequate self-sufficiency / self-reliance skills to assist in the endeavor to ‘stay alive’ long term without the systemic infrastructure which brings us our modern life-sustaining food and supplies.

That said, if the SHTF right now, it will probably mostly be too late to accomplish fulfilling much of any deficit.

I ask you to seriously contemplate this question (of what would you do ‘right now’) because the answers to that question (and there will be many) will probably identify some areas where you are still lacking.

These are the things that you should take care of today, so that ‘if’ the SHTF for real, you won’t be too late.


If All Hell Breaks Loose

If ‘all hell breaks loose’, there are two basic categories to consider.

1. Existing tangibles
2. Your skills


Existing Tangibles For Survival

The category of existing tangible assets could be (will be) quite large. Not only will it include the abundance of basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, and protection, but it will also include all of the tools and supplies to compliment category #2 (your skills).

If while contemplating ‘what would you do’ and if some of the answers identify areas where you are lacking in certain tangible supplies which you believe will be important (or even life-sustaining) while surviving a long-term SHTF, then that’s good – you’ve identified something – now go out and get it.

Your Survival Skills

Acquiring the tangible assets to get you through a period of time on your own – is easy if you have the money to do it. The problem lies more with ‘your skills’ which will be necessary to continue your self-sufficiency beyond that of your immediate supply storage. Fortunately, we’ve not had to rely much on this in modern times since most ‘typical’ disastrous circumstances are brought under control within a relatively short period of time. But this might not always be the case…

We live in a very dangerous world (although most sheeple don’t realize it). There are quite a number of things which could vault us into utter collapse – beyond which an ordinary supply of storage will help. Those of us who see it – need to take responsibility and prepare for it. If it never happens, you will still be better for it. Responsible, strong, self-reliant men and women.

Other Concerns

If the SHTF in a big way, most of those living in suburbia will probably have a number of days before security concerns come into play. The security problem will become a big one when the public at large realizes that this particular SHTF is going to be real bad, and there’s little hope that dot-gov will save them this time. Once that threshold is crossed (realization) then panic will set in for many. Things become dangerous. Obviously the cities and densely populated MSA’s will be at greatest risk.

My Immediate Thoughts

So, back to the question – What would you do if the SHTF right now?

For me, as I type this, my immediate reaction and concern would be the security of myself and Mrs.J. Even though danger would not have set in yet (and hopefully not for awhile given my rural location and self-reliant community), my first ‘action item’ would be to go to ‘condition orange’ (even though there is no specific threat at the moment).

Once that is in order (security), I would proceed to ‘hunker down’ mode. I would fairly quickly ascertain the need to top off any supplies while most sheeple are still ‘in the dark’ and then proceed to acquire them locally with cash from the safe. At this moment I am well supplied though – but it never hurts to top off one’s gas tank (if there’s still electricity for the pumps) and top off other consumables if it is safe to do so.

Next, I would fire up my portable radios. Even without electricity I am still able to receive information by way of my battery operated radios (with solar recharging capabilities) and Ham radios. Information is crucial to making better decisions!

Following that, for me, given that I cannot see any other house from where I live and no-one will ever see mine without driving 1/3 mile down a dirt road, I would still establish communications with my closest neighbors whom I know and trust — and then it becomes a matter of getting into a routine of heightened security, conservation of existing food and supplies, and implementing a security and survival plan which will hopefully be self-sustaining as time proceeds.

For the prepared who live in neighborhoods with lots of other people, I believe that stealth and security will be a major issue (assuming you already have adequate supplies). If I lived there, one plan would be to lay low, to ‘fit in’ with those who have nothing (have run out of supplies) while also being on high alert for anyone who may challenge that. There is lots to consider in this situation…

If neighborhoods or parts of neighborhoods banded together, there would be much more hope for long-term survival – so long as there is a will and skills to do so. Having said that, I’m not so sure how successful this would be given today’s lack of individual self-reliance attributes. Instead we are largely a society of dependence, and there is a great lack of knowledge and skills that our grand parents and great grand parents had ‘back in the day’ which enabled them to survive and thrive on their own – with little or no help from dot-gov.


Other useful resources:emp_2701_18-c58d6cd

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)



Survival Gear List: The Top 50 Things You Need to Stock



Survival Gear List: The Top 50 Things You Need to Stock

A hundred posts could be written about each and every item you need to stock (and we’re working hard to do just that!) but sometimes you just need to know what you need to get and have it on hand without a lengthy explanation. This post is for just that situation, as we list the top 50 survival items that you need to have stockpiled for a future SHTF situation.

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