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lessons from the walking dead

Beyond Zombies: Survival Lessons From The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is one of those rare TV shows that, like prepping, captures the zeitgeist of its time. No, not that the dead are actually rising, but rather that we cannot rely on the government to save us and the modern infrastructure we rely on so heavily is all too easily disrupted, broken, or even destroyed. For those who haven’t watched the shows, TWD focuses more on living humans and their actions and interactions than with zombies, per se. Zombies are …

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prepper mistakes

What I Wish I Had Done Differently

After 7 years of being The Survival Mom, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now. Maybe my prepper mistakes will help you avoid a few pitfalls. I wish I would have: 1) Read less Survival Blog and watched more how-to videos on YouTube Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked me into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair. …

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38 Principles of Self-Sufficiency

Change the way you look at everything.  Rethink your entire lifestyle. Develop discernment about people. When you invest, invest first in the right people. Look at yourself honestly. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Seek the counsel of others you trust. Find like-minded people who can be part of a mutual support group and who you can cooperate with. Find alternate methods for doing everything. Develop an instinct for what doesn’t feel right. No matter how good something looks or …

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OpSec lessons from a military wife (and brat)

It only takes putting a few pieces of a puzzle together to start seeing a clear picture when it comes to OpSec and keeping quiet about certain bits of information. Lessons learned from Wartime I was 10 and living overseas on a military base when the Gulf War happened. Suddenly, OpSec (Operational Security) became the name of the game and more important than ever. All the building signs that could be seen from outside the fence were covered in black …

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