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(1/30/12) Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy share Over The Counter Medicines When You’re The Doctor.

(1/30/12) Here’s a website that shows current medicine shortages.

(1/30/12) Dan S writes an award winning article about surviving a zombie attack.

(1/23/12) Blake Miller, of Survival Common Sense, shows us how to use celestial bodies in the night sky to navigate.

(1/23/12) How you can make simple solar lights using plastic bottles and water.

(1/23/12) The following article provides A Practical Guide to Antibiotics and Their Usage for Survival.

(1/23/12) This website lists free books on homesteading

(1/16/12) Here is some information on 42 substances that can kill you.

(1/16/12)  If you can knit or crochet, you can make your own home made ace-type bandages.  The Prepared Homemaker explains how, here.

(1/16/12) As the situation in Greece continues, pharmacists plead for medicine.

(1/16/12) We talked about it last week.  Selco’s Survival Course has started.

(1/9/12) Selco is starting a Survival Course.  Looks like there will be a fee to take the course, but it could provide beneficial survival skills.

(1/9/12) It could happen here.  Read how civilians in Syria are facing a fight for supplies.

(1/9/12) Are you limited on space?  We thought this was a clever way to store food.

(1/2/12) The ITS Crew brings us 40 Unique Places To Stash Your Firearms. Check it out here.

(1/2/12) HP of explains how they made it their business to be prepared.  Can you find ways in 2012 to be prepared and earn extra money as well?

(1/2/12) Cloud Technology is “the” thing right now. Do you know the dangers in the Cloud?  Those over at Survival Cache did a good job explaining it to us.

(1/2/12) Liberty University issues concealed weapons permits.

(12/26/11) Backwoods Home Magazine is now available for the Kindle.

(12/26/11) Rudy Kearny from Preparing Your Family tells how to make your own Stevia extract.  You can read about it here.

(12/26/11) Ever wonder how Mary and Joseph completed their journey with enough supplies? David Morris gives us something to think about in his article Ancient Christmas Bugout Wisdom.

(12/26/11) Self Reliance Illustrated is currently offering their magazine past issues available for a free download.  Get your copies while they last.

(10/11/11)  One more reason to grow your own garden.  It seems that when it comes to broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, only the real thing will do.  Read this.

(10/8/11)  I get a lot of questions about survival and preparedness apps for the iPhone and Droid.  Here’s a really good one from Willow Haven Outdoor.  I really like their daily survival tips!

(10/8/11) Leon Pantenburg also likes the Ecozoom stove. Here is his review.

(10/7/11) For those of us nervy enough to want to be more self-reliant comes this rather shocking judicial decision that, “Americans Don’t Have Right to Drink Cow Milk.”  That’s going against thousands of years of history.  Insane!

(10/5/11)  If you haven’t yet seen the TV series ‘Jericho’, you can catch it on Netflix via their streaming option.  It is a vivid picture of life after nuclear attacks and how a town copes with the results of an EMP.  Highly recommended with lots of food for thought for preppers.

(10/5/11)  Speaking of EMP, Survival Cache has a great article about surviving when the grid goes down.

9/12/11)  Okay, the world really is coming to an end.  Now it looks like there’s going to be a shortage of peanut butter!

(9/12/11)  The ever-cheerful Mac Slavo thinks that preppers will inherit the earth!

(9/12/11)  Water storage is a first step, even though it’s boring as all get out!

(8/19/11)  Are you a gun nut?  Know someone who is?  This article, “The ‘Center Mass’ Myth and Ending a Gunfight’, may save your life someday.

(8/19/11)  Often, a well-equipped first aid kit is overlooked or perhaps just thrown together with a few bandaids.  This article provides an excellent list of supplies for a family medical kit.

(8/19/11)  Are you a gardener, or at least a wannabe?  Composting is a good place to start.  Here are some great instructions.

(8/19/11)  So where in the world is safe if America should ever explode in chaos and collapse?  Well, Simon Black has some suggestions here.

(8/19/11) Ever wonder if that food in the fridge or pantry is still good?  Here’s a great site you should bookmark, StillTasty.

(8/1/11)  Fernando, “Ferfal”, Aguirre has lived through Argentina’s economic collapses and writes about survival on his blog.  You might be interested in his response to, “Let’s say the U.S. economy crashes in a day.  What kind of specific things should we expect in the first 72 hours?”  Read his response here.

(8/1/11)  Zombie invasions and how to deal with them is a popular topic on survival forums.  Read Mac Slavo’s observations in “How will you protect yourself from heavily armed gangs?”  And then get to the shooting range, for heaven’s sake!

(7/20/11)  Are you seeing any of these 10 Signs That the American People Are Starting to Freak Out About the Condition of the Economy?

(7/20/11) Do you suspect, deep down, that we never did actually get out of that Great Recession?  Here’s what Mac Slavo of has to say about it.

(7/7/11)  Global Sun Oven has just launched a free monthly newsletter, “Every Needful Thing.”  You can sign up and read the newsletters online.  Their first issue has some pretty interesting topics: the anatomy of a first aid kid, vehicle safety during summer travels, and “half full should be the next half empty”.

(7/5/11)  The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors I couldn’t have said it better myself.

(7/5/11)  Raising kids to not only be self-reliant but with a confident, can-do attitude takes a lot of dedication and hard work.  This guest post on Survival Blog gives some outstanding advice.

(7/5/11)  The EcoZoom stove in in its launch phase.  The new company is headed up by two creative and energetic young guys with a vision for making the most eco-friendly and energy efficient stove possible.  Our own Rightwingmom will be using the EcoZoom stove on camping trips and reporting back to us her experiences.  It’s similar in design to the Stove-Tec Rocket Stove, a longtime favorite around here.

(7/5/11)  Of course you could always make your own, “Cheap, Lightweight Alcohol Stove.”  This blog shows you how.

(5/11/11)  One of my new affiliates is Shirley J food products.  I’ll write a few reviews about individual items myself, but I’ve been loving their double strength chicken bouillon.  Their foods are designed to be versatile so that dozens of different recipes can be made using a single Shirley J product.  I signed up to become one of their Executive Chefs and will be able to answer product questions.

(5/11/11)  There is now a page of book and product reviews you can find at the Resources tab at the top of my homepage.  You can also link to it here.  I would LOVE to add reader reviews, so if you’ve read a book or tried a product that’s related to preparedness, write something up and email it to me!

(5/6/11)  This site is really wordy and needs a re-do, but The Disaster Center tracks all types of disasters in real time.

(5/6/11)  Not to feed your paranoia, but you might want to bookmark the official Homeland Security National Terror Alert website.  Just in case.

(4/5/11)  Bookmark this website with 101 downloadable free books, Hard Core Preppers.  (Thanks for the link, Rick!)

(4/5/11)  Spare parts for vehicles, electronics, and pretty much anything with parts may one day become very hard to find.  An example of this is the closure of Toyota plants in Japan.  When the supply chain runs smoothly, everyone is happy, but it takes just one major glitch somewhere enroute for serious problems to arise.

(4/5/11)  Whenever I’m feeling optimistic about life, I rush right over to Mac Slavo’s blog or The Economic Collapse.  Here, they detail in full color What’s Wrong With the U.S. Economy.

(3/9/11)  I had no idea there were schools that offer certification in homeland security, but one of my contacts in DHS sent me this: “I know Penn State has a (homeland security) program that sounded pretty good when I heard about it from a good friend of mine who is with the police department there.  The other school that I am aware of is the American Military University, which is open to anybody I believe.  There are a few more offering this type of course work, but I’m not that familiar with them.  Both of these are a good place to start at minimum.”

(3/1/11)  Whenever I smell coconut oil, I could close my eyes and imagine myself surrounded by a Mounds candy bar.  When I learned of the health benefits of the oil, well, that was even better.  Here’s an article from the New York Times you’ll enjoy, Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World.

(2/27/11)  Honeyville Grains has not had their powdered eggs for sale since November.  As of today, they still do not have them in stock.  Here is an explanation for the shortage.

“As many of you know we have been out of stock on our #10 cans of Powdered Whole Eggs and Egg Whites for about 3 months. This has been as a result of working with the USDA on plant and label approval with new stricter requirements with respect to eggs. We’ve endured numerous delays and setbacks throughout the process. From an email received from Honeyville foods:

“About a week ago we had received approval to begin Production. We did so and even had product on UPS trailers ready to be picked up. We got a call from the USDA stating that they had put us through the wrong process and we would have to start over again. We had to pull all of the outbound orders and go back into a holding pattern. At this point we are moving through the process but have no idea when we’ll be back in business with the canned eggs. It is a frustrating situation with one of our best sellers and we apologize for the delay. Just as soon as we have product ready to ship we will send out an email to all of our great Honeyville Customers. We appreciateyour patience.”

(2/20/11)  If silver and gold are too rich for your budget, how about nickels?  Read more in, ‘Why You Need to Own America’s Last Honest Currency, Now‘.  One 90% silver quarter is worth a little more than $5.  Maybe someday we’ll all be glad to have a barrel full of nickels.

(2/17/11)  This news is fresh from a friend who owns three restaurants in the Phoenix area.  The cases of bell peppers they’ve been buying have increased in price from $10.50 to over $40, and the corn-fed beef they get from the midwest is, in her words, skyrocketing.  Look at the price of corn lately and you’ll see why.  If you’re already well stocked with food, aren’t you glad?  If you’re new to the idea, aren’t you glad you’re now aware?  So many aren’t and will be left wondering, “What happened?”

(2/17/11) I never knew writing a book could be all consuming.  Not just with my time but my attention, too.  If I don’t stay up to date here on the blog, I hope you’ll be understanding.  I’m almost halfway finished with the book and hope to meet my deadline of mid-April.

(1/31/11)  What’s not to like about a blog called ‘The Economic Collapse’? I guess you know what to expect, huh?  If you’ve been researching gold and silver, you may be interested in their article, “Precious Metals: 10 Things to Know Before Jumping into Gold and Silver.

(1/27/11) Here’s a great article about why freshly milled flour is the best.  If you’ve never ground wheat to make your own flour, really, once you do it once, the mystery is over.  It’s way easier than you would ever think — of course you’re not doing it by hand with a flat rock and a metate.

(1/27/11)  During my research for my book, I’ve been nosing around the web looking for a definitive answer to, “How long do canned foods last?”  Well, I came across a very interesting article put out by the FDA some years ago. It contains a bit of history of canned foods and tips for knowing when they aren’t safe.

(1/27/11)  I know a lot of you are stocking up on cases of water bottles. I found a site that rates dozens of brands according to, “where their water comes from, how or if it’s treated, and how pure it is.”  You have to put up with an annoying pop up ad in the beginning, but the test results are surprising.

(1/25/11)  Here’s an update from Mountain House regarding shortages of their products.  This is from one of the dealers who had a direct conversation with them.  They have cut off supplying 90% of their former dealers simply because of consumer demand.  There’s been a bit of buzz about federal government purchases causing the shortage, but according to this rep, it’s been everyday consumers buying more than they can keep up with.

(1/24/11)  No, it’s not your imagination.  The size of food containers at the grocery store are shrinking.  I noticed it a few months ago when I stocked up on peanut butter.  This blog has a chart of the decreased sizes of some products and some tips for shoppers.

(1/21/11)  If you like podcasts, you really should be listening to Jason Hartman’s Holistic Survival Show.  He interviewed me a few months ago, and his shows are consistently timely and fascinating.  Follow him on Facebook, and you’ll be alerted each time there’s a new podcast.

(1/20/11)  Dried whole milk prices rise in New Zealand due to a drought in their largest milk-producing areas.  This is a good example of how weather in one place can affect food supply hundreds and thousands of miles away.

(1/15/11)  I added two new blogs to my blogroll: Rural Revolution and Frugal Dad.  Right now I’m reading Frugal Dad’s survivalist articles.

(1/13/11)  There are some pretty good downloads available from for family preparedness.  You can order the materials for free, if you wish.

(1/13/11)  “One poor harvest away from chaos’, documents the looming food shortages that will, first, affect the world’s poorest people.  According to the article, the world’s poor already spend some 80% of their income on food.  What will they do when prices go even higher?  It’s a very sobering article and should urge us to continue with our own food storage and growing our own.

Sooner or later, we’re going to start seeing food shortages here in America.  Record high food prices stoke fears for economy reminds me that stocking up is a good thing!

Have you heard of Zaycon Foods?  It’s a privately owned company out of Washington that sells fresh beef and chicken by the case.  They currently deliver their food to six states but are open to other locations depending on demand.  I placed an order for their chicken breasts.  I’ll let you know how I like them in a few weeks.

I spotted this on another website, Top 10 Survival Downloads You Should Have.

The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood is a bestseller and has been featured on numerous TV shows.  I just found the official Survivors Club website and thought you might enjoy it, too.  From that website, you may enjoy reading about a 14 year-old boy who managed to survive 9 hours alone in the snowy Oregon wilderness with tips he learned from Man vs. Wild.

Here’s an interesting article, “FEMA ‘Resolve to be Ready’ Gets Support From Pastors and Preppers.”

Robert Kiyosaki always has sage, financial advice.  You need to read his article, “The Eye of the Recession’s Storm”.

Have you heard of Box Oven Cooking?  If you were truly desperate and only had on hand a cardboard box, aluminum foil, some wire hangers, and a stapler, you could cook a meal in a box!

Wow!  Check out all the great resources provided by King Arthur Flour!  You’ll find recipes, advice about bread making, self-guided online classes, and tons more!  I’m so glad I found this website!


You have probably been hearing a lot about the possibility of hyper-inflation here in America.  Chris Slife of the Howling Coyote Silver Company posted an article on the subject that may be of interest to you.

Some of you have asked about buying coconut oil in bulk.  Tropical Traditions has been recommended to me by a couple of my students.

Now we hear of a possible coffee shortage!  If coffee’s your thing, or you see it as a potentially valuable item for barter, now is a good time to buy a few extra cans.  You might be able to track down coupons at, Smart Source, or Cool Savings.  There are tons of coupon sites online.  Just Google, ‘coupons’.

My friend Harold at SurfCafe has written about how to be better prepared for emergencies in your workplace.  You can read his blog post here.

Tips from readers…

(1/16/12) Rick let us know about the 52 Weeks to Preparedness website.

(1/16/12) Sandra told us about the holiday gifts she received this year.  One that really stuck out with us was her new wok.  It’s so versatile and as Sandra puts it, “I could use this baby on an electric or gas stove, on a charcoal grill, over a fire with a grate to hold it. I also got a large wooden spatula type spoon to use with it. It is fun to use, quick to cook, and easy to clean.”

(1/9/12) Andrea sent us the following, “We researched various substances, both common and rare, to determine what amount would be necessary to kill an adult human being. We’ve noticed that many people talk about toxic substances online, but there wasn’t any kind of visual reference that provided a comparison. Here is a link to the infographic:”

(1/2/12) Britt told us about the article explaining how to construct a safe room.  “It serves as a resource for people looking to build a safe room to protect themselves from natural disasters or burglaries.  From the location, to the types of walls and doors, the infographic gives tips on how to ensure that your safe room will keep you protected.  You can check it out here:”

(1/2/12) Rick sent us the following information about Fiber Optic Phone Service. “Have you had an offer to switch over to a fiber optic phone service.  If so here is the low down on this one. When you do you are giving up power over the phone line which is what powers your phone.  Now they will install a ups with a back up battery power supply that will work for 8-9 hours with the phone on the hook, with phone in use it will only work for 3-4 hours this is with new battery.  As the battery ages this will decrease exponentially with time.  And guess what else you get to pay for, the charging of their battery and running their power supply to provide your phone service.  And that is not all when the system goes down in an emergency and your battery is out of power you can no longer call 911 services, or local police or fire services because you don’t have the power to make that phone call because they no longer power the phone over the line.  There complaint is it is expensive to run that power over the phone wire like it is cheap to run fiber optics one of the most expensive systems to run unless they pass the cost’s over to us sounds good for their pocket book, but not ours. In a major disaster and the power is off for more then the time our battery lasts we (LOSE) our phone system and any possible communications with the outside world.”

(12/26/11) Katzien sent us the following about the Big Dipper 55 Gallon Portable Potable Water Generator, “Basically, it’s a dehumidifier that pulls water from the air, distills it and filters it, and creates super clean drinkable water – about 9 gallons in 24 hours. That’s enough drinkable water for a family for a day (one gallon per person), plus some extra for cooking and light cleaning.”

(12/26/11) David sent in a video link for Open Source Hydroponics.

(12/26/11) Rick sent us a link warning that flu shots may be coming to your church.

(10/8/11) Master Po passed along a great article for the use of Quickclot and the Israeli trauma dressing. A lot of preppers have Quickclot in their first aid kits, and this article is a great how-to.

(10/8/11) From Cindy: “I’m not sure if you’ve heard about these solar bottle lights, but they sound like a possible off-grid source of light for places like sheds and shelters.  Each bottle is capable of putting out 50 watts of light.  They’re only effective on thin roofs, like corrugated.  This video shows a guy installing them in his plastic chicken coop.  There is a mention that the plastic caps do not withstand UV rays, so the chicken coop guy painted the caps.  In this next video, they put film canisters over the caps to protect them.

(10/8/11)  Rick Hall sends this link to keep track of earthquakes around the world.

(10/8/11)  Again from Po, this BBC reporter made worldwide headlines when he predicted a worldwide collapse in this video.

(10/5/11)  My site was hacked into a couple of weeks ago, causing all kinds of stress and hassle.  Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland Security for keeping your site safe.  Thanks, Master Po, for the link.

(10/1/11)  From reader Georgia, “REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.REMINDER…..  all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls….. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS.  To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.  No prefix No. 1 is required. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds. Please forward to family and friends.”  I wondered why I was suddenly getting robot calls from mortgage companies wanting to sell me a new mortgage.

(10/1/11)  From Bob Griswold, this scary video, “There’s no way in hell we’re making it to November, 2012.”  Yikes!

(8/21/11)  Reader H reminded me of the importance of having a couple bottles of super glue on hand for first aid kids.  My husband keeps a bottle in his work truck for the times he snags a finger, or an entire limb!, on a nail.

(7/29/11)  From RightWingMom:  According to her husband, “A co-worker who sells honey on the side said he normally has a harvest of 38 55-gallon barrels per year.  Bees use the first blooms (of the season) to build their wax honeycombs.  Due to the drought and lack of further blooming, very little honey was produced.  (His) harvest was reduced to 1 55-gallon barrel this year!”  Maybe stocking up on a couple of gallons of honey would be a very good idea.

(7/20/11) From Pati: My husband made a very useful discovery and I just had to share it with you, just in case you would like to pass it along…

We purchased a vacuum sealer last Christmas and we’ve been sealing fiends. With the handy accessories to vacuum seal both wide mouth and regular canning jars, we’ve put up quite the nice home store of sugar, cat food, spices and whatnot that we regularly use and restock.

The problem is that we ran into jars that wouldn’t seal. After closely examining the ones that did with the ones that did not, we realized the ones that didn’t had a larger “shoulder” which prevented the attachment from creating a seal. This was a disappointment to me as the gift of several half gallon jars were of this exact same model.

My husband solved the seal problem by first placing a wide mouth reusable rubber canning ring around the bottle’s neck so it rested on the shoulder. Then, with the warmed canning lid in place he was able to get the lid to seal. Whalla! Problem solved!

Some might think that this is a little success, and perhaps a bit silly to get all excited over, but I am ecstatic! A roadblock has been overcome and we can now vacuum seal product in the wonderful jars I was gifted with.

(7/11/11) From Cindy in TX:  Just in case of an EMP, she wants to make sure she has calendars to keep her family aware of seasons, holidays, and other special dates.  She printed out several years worth of calendars from .  Once printed, she stored them in plastic page protectors in her Survival Mom Binder.

(7/11/11)  From Earl in NC:

I have found that stores like Dollar Tree offer some great survival items for $1.00/ea. While some things are not the greatest of quality, one can find some rather handy items here. I have found items such as:

  • Glow Sticks (2 Pack for 1 Dollar)
  • Individually wrapped antibacterial wipes

·         Travel size hand sanitizer

(7/11/11)  From Maureen:  Have you thought about stocking up on miso?  Here is a page of info about its health benefits.

(7/11/11) From Holly:  A comparison chart between Honeyville’s meat products and those from Shelf Reliance.  The longer shelf life of Shelf Reliance/Thrive is just one of the reasons I’ve switched from Honeyville.

(6/9/11) From Chris Slife: “U.S. Hurtles toward System Failure” NEW!  (6/9/11)  From Butch H.:  Some preppers have considered using a BB gun for hunting small game.  How far does one shoot, anyway?  Here’s some info.


(6/9/11) From Butch:  Everything you ever wanted to know about chiggers!(5/6/11)  From Kat:  Check out a website called Safety Maps.  It’s a site that lets you print out maps to safe meeting  places in case of an emergency.  It’s free!

(5/6/11) From Ken: You can take a number of Red Cross classes online at the website at this link.

(5/6/11) From Dave:  Open Source Ecology has an amazing plan to create 40 open source plans for machinery that uses interchangeable parts.  The video on the site is fascinating.

(4/5/11)  From Pam:  FEMA has online courses that are free.  You can download the materials to study and even take the exams.

(4/5/11)  From Master Po:  Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon expects inflation.

(3/13/11)  From Maddie:  My husband and I have come up with a solution for a refrigerator replacement.  He has a mini fridge from his bachelor days, and we are researching (and will probably be purchasing soon) solar generators.  A hardware store near me in Phoenix advertised a 45 watt generator for $160.00, and I am currently doing further research.  As for a blender, there are hand crank camping ones available.  I am also looking to purchas one of these shortly, as blending can help greatly with making home herbal remedies.

(1/31/11)  A couple of readers, Chris and Renee, sent me a link to “An era of cheap food may be drawing to a close.”  Remember, all any of us can do is store a finite amount of food.  Even a year’s worth will run out at some point.  The key is to store AND produce.  Livestock and gardening will help prolong your food storage.

(1/28/11)  Chris Slife of the Howling Coyote Silver Company sent a link to an article that explains why all 100 ounce silver bars may be gone in a matter of days.  For the typical small investor/buyer, like me, there’s not much to worry about, but still, this demonstrates the high level of interest in silver.

(1/25/11) Darren provides these tips for fire starters.  “When I was a kid for a fire starter I’d go to a pharmacy and buy a jar of potassium permanganate which looks like dark flakes.  If you mix it with white sugar on a flammable substance and sipt into it and wait, then a chemical reaction will start fire.  You can also use it as a snow marker…it turns deep red on snow, and I remember you could use it as a disinfectant.  I’m not sure if you can buy it over the counter still but it still might be worth your while looking into.

Also, a zippo lighter in a survival situation can be worth it’s weight in gold as they run on just about any flammable liquid and they hardly ever go out in the wind.  I have one I’ve used with lighter fluid, gasoline, paint stripper and metholated spirit in it and it still runs fine.”

(1/11/11) Reader Kelly P. sent me links to two appliances that do not require power.  If you’re in search of a hand-cranked blender, try this link.  (Boating supply stores also carry a 12V blender.)  And here’s a hand-powered “food processor” from Emergency Essentials.

(1/11/11) Fred reports that Wal-Mart has camouflage netting on sale, which can be draped over anything you might want to hide from prying eyes.

(1/11/11) Reader Darren sent me a list of what his young-adult daughters carry in their emergency bags.  I thought it was good info for all of us.  Both his daughters have their Concealed Carry permits.  He says, “This gives them all they need to either defend themselves and wait until either myself or mom comes for them or they can reach home.”

  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • walkie-talkie
  • weather radio
  • knife
  • water bottle with built-in filter
  • First Aid kit
  • respirator
  • extra ammo and magazines

(1/11/11) Reader Kelly P. sent me links to two appliances that do not require power.  If you’re in search of a hand-cranked blender, try this link.  (Boating supply stores also carry a 12V blender.)  And here’s a hand-powered “food processor” from Emergency Essentials.

(1/11/11) Fred reports that Wal-Mart has camouflage netting on sale, which can be draped over anything you might want to hide from prying eyes.

(1/11/11) Reader Darren sent me a list of what his young-adult daughters carry in their emergency bags.  I thought it was good info for all of us.  Both his daughters have their Concealed Carry permits.  He says, “This gives them all they need to either defend themselves and wait until either myself or mom comes for them or they can reach home.”

  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • walkie-talkie
  • weather radio
  • knife
  • water bottle with built-in filter
  • First Aid kit
  • respirator
  • extra ammo and magazines

Bob Griswold sent me this article link, “The Psychology of a Survivalist.”  How do you measure up?

From Lori B., “Emergency Essentials will ship in an unlabeled box. We placed our first order with them and thought their service was grrreat … but we were quite horrified to see “BE PREPARED” and their business name all over the box! So I contacted them, they replied quickly and said …when ordering you can place in the comment section that you’d like an unlabeled box. It’s good to know they can respect our privacy on prepping matters.”

Michelle sent me this info via email, “I came across a site today that might prove helpful to the other Survival Moms.  I’ve never purchased from Sorbent Systems but their FAQ page was loaded with information & I thought I’d share with you.

Have you heard how easy it is for an electronic thief to steal your credit card numbers?  Reader Frank H. sent me a link to this video.

Steve H. passes along a link to a great Survival Blog post, Assembling a Survival Library.

From reader Sandra T.  “I realize most people don’t sew anymore-a pity. However, kids tend to outgrow and use up clothing double time-especially if there is some sort of an emergency; ie a collapsed government or both parents becoming unemployed. I do sew and today, I got fleece for $2 a yard-unlimited amount. There were also sales on summer cottons which could be sewn later, out-of-Holiday-fabric that will need another 4-11 months to become in-Holiday-fabric, etc. I buy my fabric on sale-always-and store it in the big Rubbermaid containers until I need it. There is a huge financial savings, and if we get in too much trouble in this country-it’s nice to know that you can whip up something to cover a bare behind!!”

Reader J.O. sent me some handy information about the shelf life of various nut butters.  Here’s the info.  (Thanks, J!)

Peanut butter – Peanut butter typically does not support bacteria and/or mold growth because of its low moisture content (less than 1%) and high oil content. However, the oils can become rancid over time. When peanut butter become rancid, it develops an odd, oily flavor and odor. There are several factors that contribute to the time it takes for peanut butter to become rancid (i.e temperature, additives, oxygen availability). Basically, if it still tastes and smells okay, its probably still safe to consume, but most peanut butters start to turn rancid after 9 to 12 months under normal conditions. As long as it’s not opened, it should last nearly forever because the oil has to be exposed to air in order to go rancid.
Almond butter – if stored properly 1-2 years (though it stated that the biggest issue was oil separation not that it went rancid at that time, so if you are willing to stir the oil back into it, it’s shelf life should be a bit longer).
Cashew butter – All the sites I found stated very much the same as the almond butter info.
Macadamia butter – If stored in the fridge 18 months – 2 years outside the fridge recommended was only 1 year.
Nutella (or hazelnut spread) – 18 months – 2 years unless unopened, if it is unopened their site stated it should have a shelf life similar to that of peanut butter.

If you’re in the mood for a somewhat depressing read, MW sent this link to me, The New Politics of Starvation and Weaponized Food. The Senate was set to vote on S. 510 today.

Julia writes, “This morning my husband showed me a 1.2 minute infomercial (online) on the Nokero N200 Introduction Solar Light Bulb. It costs $15 / $20, is completely solar powered, and then puts out light for up to 6 hours.  Pretty amazing!  You can check it out (and order them) on”

From D.T.: Did you know that lint from your dryer makes a great fire starter?  It would be a great addition to your bug out bag.  It is light weight to carry and if you put it into a heavy duty ziplock bag you can put a huge wad in there and mash all the air out of it. It stays dry and takes up very little space.  A tiny quarter sized piece makes a good size flame when you light it.  I learned this from my son who’s a Cub Scout.

From Harold, a recommendation to check out this article, “How to Find Anything Online: Become an Internet Research Expert.”  I’ve actually heard there’s money to be made doing this.  Maybe this is the side business you’ve been looking for!  Thanks, Harold!

From Mindy A., “Hi I love your site- was just cruising around and found where you used honey for sore throat- here is a better gargle- cayenne pepper!!!  I just heard about it and used it last month- total CURE- now I have large bottle of cayenne in my spice stash.”


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