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13 Survival Must-Haves You May Not Have Thought Of

I’ve read dozens, and I mean dozens, of lists telling me everything I need to have with me to survive.  Usually there are no surprises. This list of 13 survival must-haves has some genius suggestions for items your emergency kit might be missing. I know a flashlight, pocket knife, and water are essential for my survival or emergency kit, but every now and then I come across some unusual piece of equipment that are brilliant but that I never would …

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Last Minute Gifts for the Prepper Dad

Men! They can be so hard to buy for. My own husband is possibly the worst. This year I bought him a beautiful menorah and, wouldn’t you know, he just happened to open that particular Amazon box — after I had spent weeks wondering what I should get him. Bah, humbug!! If you, too, are at a loss as to what to get the men in your life, this list may prove to be a lifesaver, especially since so many …

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Top 10 Food Storage Myths & What To Do Instead

The internet is full of websites that give information on survival topics, including food storage. There are dozens and dozens of books that will teach you “the right way” to store food and YouTube videos galore. Most contain valid, trustworthy information, but mixed in with that are a number of food storage myths that many people accept without question. Here are 10 that I take issue with, and I explain why. Myth #1:  You should stock up on lots of …

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How to Use the LDS Food Storage Calculator

If you haven’t discovered the online LDS Food Storage Calculator, you might want to check it out here.  Plug in the number of people in your family, and you’ll find out how much dried milk, oats, brown sugar, and other staples you’ll need for a one year supply. When you add your family’s data, you end up with some pretty serious numbers. Let’s be honest.  You’re probably thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with 600 pounds of …

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Make Your Own Yeast

If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, you undoubtedly have several pounds of wheat berries stored away.  You may also have experimented with making your own wonderfully delicious bread.  The downside of long-term prepping and bread making is keeping active yeast on hand.  The average “best by” date on yeast is 2 years.  Once opened, it must be kept cool and dry. In a refrigerator, yeast can remain good for up to 4 months; in the freezer for …

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A Four-Seasons Emergency Plan: Summer Survival

Not long ago I was feeling pretty good about my food storage and other preps, perhaps even a bit smug, until someone asked, “Are you stocked up on potassium iodide tablets?” “What??” was my incredulous response. After some research, I discovered a significant gap in all my survival preparation. I had not considered how my family would survive a nuclear blast. How foolish of me to overlook that contingency! The truth is that it’s impossible to prepare for every possible scenario. …

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Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

For an entire week leading up to the April 2011 storms and tornados that devastated parts of my town and Northern Alabama in general, the local weather forecasters gave us warnings. Suddenly, tornado survival became a hot topic in our household and we discussed the safest place to be during a tornado if you don’t have a basement. We were told to be ready for tornado survival because they saw the emerging weather pattern as it traveled across the country …

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Planning an Edible Landscape

  Make the most out of your yard by creating an edible landscape. Every March, I am consumed with spring fever and can barely wait to get outdoors and turn my winter laden yard into a fairy tale garden. This year, I decided to start the long but productive process of turning my small yard into a food producing, perennial palace. Annuals are great, but by choosing perennials, I can build my edible yard little by little each year instead …

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37 Hygiene Items to Add to Your Survival Supplies

If you’ve ever been camping for more than 2 or 3 days, you know what it’s like to start feeling icky and grimy and in desperate need of a hot shower and clean clothes. Well, imagine yourself living through an extreme crisis like a Hurricane Harvey sized flood or a long-term power outage and facing a future with dirty clothes, grubby children, and fuzzy-feeling teeth. That’s when you’ll be eternally grateful that you stocked up on basic hygiene products like …

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Last-Chance Apocalypse Shopping: Tractor Supply Company

Is it possible that one store could have everything you might need in a last-ditch effort to get prepped? This article is the second in a series that tackles prepper/survival shopping at oddball stores you might overlook in a panic to get prepped, and Tractor Supply Company is certainly a top candidate for that last-chance apocalypse shopping spree. Located in 49 states, Tractor Supply Company stores are a great option to find a huge variety of supplies and gear for …

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