Basic Prepping

Cover all the areas of basic prepping, from evacuation planning, assembling emergency kits, prepping for your pets, and equipping your kids to handle emergencies.

Baby Step #3: Get smart about potential disasters

Guest post by Janet Liebsch, co-author of It’s a Disaster Planning is a fact of every day life. We plan and make lists for our chores, the kids’ activities, shopping trips and vacations. But when it comes to planning for a disaster, many of us don’t do it. According to Lynne Eicher with the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, “Research shows that fewer than 15% of the population in this country is prepared for any disaster.” Unfortunately disaster …

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Book Review: A Kid’s Herb Book

I’ll admit that I haven’t exactly combed through every gardening and alternative medicine book out there. Who has that kind of time? But Amazon recommended this book to me: A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages. As a total newbie to the field, I’m very favorably impressed by it. Since an elderly gardener I know who grew up using herbal remedies in China also really likes it, I think it’s safe to say it’s good for a wide …

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Make a Common Sense Urban/Wilderness Survival Kit

One aspect of  the “prepper” philosophy is  “Common Sense.”  After all, it is just common sense to plan for the future, regardless of what may or may not happen. That’s why we have retirement funds, car, home and health insurance and regular well-checks with the doctor. Planning ahead is also why you may stick an umbrella in your brief case or carry a light jacket on a sunny day. And it would be stupid to not carry a spare tire …

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The Baby Steps, #2: Prepare your vehicle

Baby Step #1 was all about being ready for a one-week emergency at home.  Most emergencies are short-term, and getting ready for just one week is being more prepared than most of your neighbors.  If all emergencies occurred while we were safe and snug in our cozy homes, then we would always be prepared.  It’s just as likely, though, that an emergency or crisis will occur when we’re out running errands, at work, or traveling.  It’s important to have your …

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The Baby Steps, #1: Plan for a short-term emergency

“It’s an emergency!”  How many times have I heard one of my kids yell during any given week?  Sometimes it really is an emergency, but just as often, they only want me to see a new toy advertised on TV or listen to a newly discovered knock-knock joke. Knock-knock! Who’s there? Don’t you recognize me?   (groan) In real life, emergencies and emergency planning are no joke, but too often we get caught up  in the day to day busyness of our …

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28 Survival Spices & Oils, or How to Avoid Tastebud Fatigue

Whenever one of the kids is sick, I prepare the blandest possible food for them — something like unflavored oatmeal. They eat it because they’re hungry but they certainly don’t enjoy it! What would it be like to eat bland food every day? It wouldn’t be fun, and it sure wouldn’t be enjoyable! But eating bland food for a while could happen to those ill-prepared for a disaster, especially if supplies were difficult to find. And, because naturally bland foods …

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Rice and Beans With a Bam!

I have discovered a recipe that takes simple black beans and rice so far beyond boring that you might actually look forward to the day when it’s all you have left in the pantry!

Make a Garbage Bag Shelter Part of Your Survival Kit

I’m not sure how the early settlers along the Oregon Trail or the western frontier got along without duct tape, WD-40 or trash bags, but life surely would have been easier with them! Trash  bags, in particular, are included in all my survival kits. They have a multitude of uses, including being containers for picking up trash! But in an emergency, when correctly used, trash bags can prove a quick, temporary shelter from the elements. I first noticed this trash bag shelter …

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10 Forever Lasting Foods for your Food Storage Pantry

They say nothing lasts forever, but I beg to differ. These foods are commonly listed as being necessary components of a balanced food storage pantry, and they all have one thing in common. They last virtually forever — truly, forever foods! This list was originally compiled by Laura Moss in this article, but I’ve added my own commentary for application to long-term food storage. Sugar “Regardless of whether your sugar is white, brown or powdered, it will never spoil because …

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The Dutch Oven Survival Kit

If you’re one of those folks without power, heat, or warmth because of the recent snowstorms, you probably know that you need a cooking tool that can bake, boil, fry, and saute. And it should be able to function with a variety of heat sources since you don’t know when the electricity might come back on. My nomination for this wonder implement has been around for hundreds of years. It’s easy to find, cheap, and effective.  Go get a cast …

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