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28 Inconvenient Truths About TEOTWAWKI

In the early days of the prepping craze, 2009-2014 or so, TEOTWAWKI was on every prepper’s mind — The End Of The World As We Know It. Wherever it originated, it struck a chord with Americans, in particular, who looked at the steep decline of their home’s value, the loss of their jobs, devastation to their hopes of retirement and any savings, and wondered if the end of the world as they knew had become a reality. A new surge …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Hobby Lobby

Everything is falling apart. Costco and the grocery stores are gridlocked. Gas station lines are down the block. Where can you go shopping without getting stuck in crazy lines? Hobby Lobby! Seriously. If that’s the only nearby store not already flooded by zombies, you have no choice! It may seem like the seasonal section can’t possibly have anything useful for the apocalypse, but that’s not so. While no one will need a Thanksgiving Scarecrow in the apocalypse, a pile of …

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18 Tips For Buying an Affordable & Usable Property for Getting Out of Dodge

An affordable bug out location or Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) property is a wish and a dream for many a prepper. Unfortunately, though, few of us can afford those multi-hundred-thousand dollar properties we see on TV with orchards, solar power, stocked ponds, and all the bells and whistles. Even a moderate property out in the country is an additional expense, not only for survival or preparedness but as a place to go while the kids and grandkids are little. …

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Learning to Ride a Motorcycle: A Valuable Skill During SHTF

I’m probably the last person who should be trying to get a license to ride a motorcycle, but I did anyways. I’m a small woman in my fifties, a nurse, a wife, a mother of four adult kids, and grandmother to two grandsons. Why on earth did I want to do this? I decided I need to pick up an unusual skill, one that people would not expect of me… It’s good to let folks underestimate you; it may come in handy …

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Down and Dirty With Cloth Diapers

In discussions of infant-centered emergency preparedness, the topic of cloth diapers inevitably gets brought up. “They’re good for 72 hour kits because you can reuse them,” is what I hear most often. “So good for when the SHTF,” is another one. There’s just one problem – I’ve noticed that the people gushing about the emergency preparedness applications of cloth diapers don’t actually use them, themselves. This creates the false impression that one could simply go out, buy some diapers to …

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How to get your Ham Radio license

What is Ham radio? Ham radio is another name for amateur radio. Hams are required to take training and become licensed before they are full-fledged ham operators. Like many things, it can be difficult to pin an exact start date on when amateur (ham) radio started but it was in the general vicinity of 1910. By 1912, it was a popular enough that Congress approved the Radio Act of 1912 to regulate it. Ham radios were limited to the bandwidth …

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Survival Mom DIY: Create Your Own Altoids Tin Seed Vaults!

You gotta love Altoids. The mints settle a queasy stomach and freshen even the most Dragonesque breath. They can make any beverage minty, help clear a stuffy head, and even defeat the munchies. And then there are the tins. What junk drawer would be complete without an Altoids tin (or two) full of whatnot, so why not use one or more for your own seed vaults? Long a favorite of Scouts, hikers, and others needing to travel very lightly, the …

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When Things Go South or What to Expect When SHTF

First off, let me explain my reasons for writing this and tell you a bit about my experiences. That way you will know what I say is truth. I served for 15 years in the British Army, serving during the 1990’s in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Kosovo and saw firsthand what happens to human nature and society when everything goes to hell. As for my reasons, I’m somewhat tired of people painting a rosy picture of what they expect might happen …

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10 Tips For Bugging Out to the Country

When many urban or suburban people think about Prepping or Survivalism, they think about bugging out to a more rural location.  This has to be one of the most frequently-expressed fantasies in the Prepping world, and reams have been written about where to go and how to get there. But very little has been written from the perspective of the rural dwellers.  How does your average farmer or homesteader feel about urban folks bugging out to the country? We live on …

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Should You Consider a Tetanus Shot as Part of Your SHTF Preparedness?

Have you ever thought of certain vaccines as a way to prepare for an uncertain future? One reader asked if a tetanus shot might be a good choice for such a scenario. I asked Dr. Joe Alton, known to many as Dr. Bones, and here is some information he provided, originally posted on his website DoomandBloom.net Most of us have dutifully gone to get a Tetanus shot when we stepped on a rusty nail, but few have any real concept …

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