Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle-Vehicle Survival Kit

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Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle-Vehicle Survival Kit

I travel a lot.   Too much for my wife’s preference.  But that is what pays my bills.  My job has me flying and driving around the country, which makes me vulnerable to travel delays and potential disasters.   With any business trip within 200 miles, I prefer to drive.  Any extended business trip (4 days or longer on site) within 300 miles will result in driving as well.  When you add up the time it takes to drive to the airport, park at the airport, navigate the airport, go through security, waiting at the gate, on boarding the plane, waiting for takeoff, flying, deplaning, getting your bags, getting a rental car or taxi, and then finally making a local trip to my destination, it is prudent to measure the costs of time and money in order to justify flying.   Flight was fun many years ago.  Today, flying is just a bus in the air.  Due to typical distances of my trips, I fly more often than drive by a ratio of 5 flights to 1 drive.   Flying results in a greater degree of vulnerability, since fly inherently limits what can be transported on a plane.   But I prefer to drive, whenever I can.  Driving is much more comfortable and pleasant.   I can play my favorite tunes, listen to YouTube, listen to audio books, and talk on the phone while driving. [Read more…]

12 Potentially Life-Threatening Errors You’re Making in Food Preparedness and Survival Strategies

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Although armed with good intentions, most preppers and survivalists are making critical errors — perhaps fatal errors — in their food preparedness strategies.

This article is designed to help you identify and correct those errors as quickly as possible so that you’re in good shape before the food collapse arrives. When will that be, exactly? It depends on whom you believe: geologists say the world’s primary irrigation aquifers have maybe 20 – 30 years of water remaining, after which the global food supply collapses. Some environmentalists say radical weather, droughts, floods and heat waves have already started wreaking havoc on the food supply (just look at California right now). People concerned about GMOs and genetic pollution point out that runaway crop diseases could strike at any time and devastate global crop production. Finally, those who are more concerned about government tyranny correctly point out that the federal government has already asserted executive order control over all food, farms and livestock.

Only the wildly ignorant don’t store extra food for emergency preparedness. Even the federal government’s Ready.gov program urges people to “have a plan” and make a disaster supplies kit which contains, “at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food” — just enough to keep you alive until FEMA arrives and screws everything up.

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5 Plants from the Kitchen for Your Health

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It’s been known since ancient times that vegetables and herbs are crucial in maintaining health and improving your well

being. But some of those common plants and herbs have medical properties and can turn into natural medicine when living-off-the-grid. What else would you use these items for? Let’s take a short look at some of the common vegetables preppers should have in their stockpiles. [Read more…]

DIY Survival Food

Make your own survival food for the trail or the bugout bag

Commercial survival food — like MREs and freeze-dried food – is a nice option, but it can be expensive. Today we’ll take a quick look at a fast, easy, cheap and delicious recipe for do-it-yourselfers. This recipe resembles a shortbread, so it’s delicious even to the kids, but with more fiber, protein, and complex carbs, it’s much more nutritionally balanced.

Qualities of good survival food

  • Dense – you want to carry lots of calories in a small package
  • Tasty – if you’re going to eat the same thing every meal, it had better be good
  • Durable – you need something that stores well. This recipe contains no preservatives, but you can give it a long shelf life by dehydrating it completely, like hard tack. That will make it hard to eat, but at least you won’t starve. Note: The high fat content of this food makes it harder to store. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Easily reproduced – sure, you can buy survival food now, but what if you have no choice but to make it someday? This recipe is cheap and easy. Just watch the video. [Read more…]

Food Prep That Kids & Adults Will Love

Who needs flavor and vIMG_4143ariety when they’re living off of food storage? I DO! You do TOO!

That’s the whole point of this series of articles: don’t just survive, enjoy it. Sure, the “S” just hit the “F”, and it’s TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it), but that doesn’t mean I want to only eat beans. Most “survivors” are going to work up an appetite by manually grinding hard winter red wheat berries with their hand mills. You can’t bear the thought of that, so let’stalk about getting back to your normal way of life. [Read more…]

Save Your Own “Survival Seeds” [Part 2]

 

Seed Saving: The Seed

Seed saving techniques vary from crop to crop, but typically start with having a good gene pool from the start.Most crops that cross pollinate will need a number of parent plants of the same variety to prevent inbreeding.  Inbreeding is when related plants (i.e. siblings or relatives) mate or cross.  This causes the offspring to have limited genes, which means that they may not grow well or survive stress.  This is important for seed savers to remember if they want productive gardens year after year. [Read more…]