Hi! Welcome to The Survival Mom blog. It’s hard to believe my blog is already 6 years old. When I first started it in 2009, I knew nothing of blogging. Nothing. I just knew that I wanted to help other moms and families who were worried about the economy and the general direction our country was headed.
Not a whole lot has changed since then…other than I’m a real live blogger now who has loads and loads of information to share.
Here on The Survival Mom blog you’ll find over 1600 articles to help you become a proactive mother hen who’s determined to keep her family healthy, safe, and ready for life’s challenges. I call those challenges “every day emergencies and worst case scenarios” — that covers just about every base, doesn’t it?
Who this site is for
This site is for anyone who understands the importance of being ready for anything. Your motto is, “Be Prepared!”, even if you were never a Boy Scout. This site is for anyone who is willing to throw themselves in front of the ones they love most, if that’s what it takes to keep them safe. The ones who want to embrace life, live joyfully each day, and keep a supply of hand sanitizer and maybe some pepper spray in their back pocket. The ones who want to live in peace, knowing they’re prepared.
This site is for you. We’re two peas in a pod.
Your all-in-one resource
Over the years, I’ve written hundreds of articles on preparedness and survival. My book, Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family For Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios, was the culmination of five years of writing as The Survival Mom and the result of hundreds of hours of research, interviewing experts, and putting into practice what I learned.
(I’m pretty darn proud of all those 5-star reviews!)
Let’s stick together, starting today!
If you’re as busy and distracted as I am, you probably will forget to drop by The Survival Mom every now and then. What I can offer you are regular updates, that are simple lists and links of all the articles that have been posted on my blog.
You decide how often you’d like to hear from me. With each of these options, you’ll occasionally get articles that I’ve written exclusively for my newsletter friends, including my popular Special Reports.
What is a prepper?
You may have heard the term “prepper” and perhaps you’ve watched an episode or two of “Doomsday Preppers”. If so, you may be very surprised to learn that I, Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom, am a prepper! You’d never know that to look at me, my house, or my kids, and this article on Vice.com explains a little more about my prepping perspective.
We’re so normal it’s boring.
When I first realized how unprepared I was for any emergency, I started working on a few baby steps, and here they are:
- Plan for a short-term emergency — Just 2 or 3 weeks. No zombies allowed!
- Prepare your vehicle — We moms spent a lot of time behind the wheel!
- Get smart about potential disasters — There’s no use worrying about a tsunami if you live in Des Moines.
- Get home, no matter what — Your home is your castle, or maybe a make-shift bunker!
Maybe you’ve heard rumors that preppers store food? Well, we do and it’s easier and less expensive than you might think. Check out these articles:
- Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times
- Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up
- The 6 Enemies of Food Storage
Along with articles, I also realized that I needed checklists to help me stay organized. The ones most helpful to me are these:
- The Everyday Emergency Kit — Customize to your own needs.
- Make a Grab-n-Go Binder — Keep all your vital documents in one place.
- Quick Start Guide to Getting Prepared
- Vehicle Emergency Checklist
You’ll find a lot more on the blog to help you along your prepper journey, including recorded webinars (online classes), podcasts, and videos. Just go to my Homepage to access those and browse to your heart’s content.
20 Random things about me
- I once lived on a kibbutz in Israel and learned how to clean the guts out of chickens. (Dead ones.)
- I speak a smattering of several languages — sometimes in the same sentence.
- When I graduated from college I moved to a tiny town that bordered the Navajo reservation. That’s where I learned a few (naughty) words in Navajo.
- I used to live in a home that used only a wood burning stove for warmth.
- I really, really don’t like to cook.
- I’ve held more jobs than anyone I know.
- I’m the least domestic woman I’ve ever met. I have to hire someone to tell me how to arrange my furniture or pick out a paint color for my walls. Lame.
- In 2012, I published my first book. I was so proud that I was able to write 120,000 words.
- I used to own an all-women podcasting network. Maybe someday I’ll resurrect it.
- I used to be a classroom teacher and taught grades 4, 7, and 8.
- More than anything, I love to travel.
- I’ve been to nearly every country in Europe.
- I’m a 100% Christ follower. He has changed my life completely.
- I’m always second guessing myself. Maybe it’s the oldest child syndrome.
- I’m a starter, not a finisher.
- My kids are the best thing that ever happened to me.
- I rarely wear makeup. Not because I’m anti-makeup. I’m just lazy.
- I have a bad habit of binge-watching series on Netflix.
- I’m a news junkie.
- I live in Texas but couldn’t dance the two-step to save my life. Waltz across Texas? Nah.
Latest posts by The Survival Mom (see all)
- Why Your Family Needs To Go Camping This Summer - June 22, 2017
- My Story: Surviving a Powerful Summer Storm - June 20, 2017
- A Four-Seasons Emergency Plan: Summer Survival - June 17, 2017
- Summer PREP School: 48 Survival Skills for Kids to Learn This Summer! - June 14, 2017
- Sometimes You Just Need a Great Prepper Gift! - May 26, 2017