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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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summer survival

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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10 Non-Edibles for Your Emergency Stash

While not exactly edible, stocking up on these ten items will make everyday life more comfortable, whatever your emergency. Deodorant/anti-perspirant Picture this.  You’ve been in your bunker for three weeks.  Sponge baths are a rare treat.  Then you remember your stash of Secret anti-perspirant.  Ahhhh….. instant morale booster, especially if shared. Feminine products   Periods don’t stop for something trivial like a nuclear war.  A six month’s stash of tampons, especially o.b., won’t take up much room, and will greatly …

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72 hour kits

Three Layers of 72 Hour Preparedness

The first 72 hours following any disaster are the most critical, but it’s also during those intial hours that emergency services and personnel are stretched to the limit. With a system of carefully planned 72 Hour Kits, your family can be self-sufficient until help arrives. A 72 Hour Kit is one of those handy-dandy, all-in-one grab bags that, theoretically, could keep you and your family in good shape during a three day emergency.  How well they do their job depends on …

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Food Storage Smarts: Stock Up On Meal Stretchers

For many of us, buying food specifically for food storage is an additional expense that can, sometimes, become too burdensome. When money is tight, it’s hard enough to cover the groceries for our main meals, much less add another few day’s worth of food to the grocery cart. One solution to this dilemma is to stock up on meal stretchers. Foods like rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, and other grains have always formed the core of most food storage plans. First, …

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Why Preppers Should Consider Homeschooling

I don’t remember when I first became convinced that homeschooling was the only type of education I wanted for our children. I do know it was long before I ever became pregnant. Now that we’ve finished our eleventh year of homeschooling, I’m more glad than ever of our choice. Homeschooling has been the perfect fit for our prepping family. The foremost benefit for preppers like us is that homeschooling provides a continuous flow of education in spite of changing circumstances. …

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5 Reasons Why Normal People Shy Away From the Prepper World

I don’t believe I’ve ever started an article with an apology, but before I go any further, my apologies to preppers for this headline! I’ve met hundreds of you over the past few years at expos and other events, and you are all so normal! I hope my apology is accepted! Now on to my story. Quite some time ago I recorded an episode of my podcast and included 6 lessons kids should learn from the Trayvon Martin case.  Lesson #6 was, “Be …

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You Might Be a Survivalist If…

You Might Be a Survivalist (or Prepper) If… You have a cookbook all about Spam. You consider your extra large ham radio antenna as “broadband”. You know how to cook leather. You’ve ever been on a Soviet “Potential Threat” list. SWAT has ever asked to borrow a few of your guns. Your new girlfriend comes over for the first time, and when she walks into the living room, the first thing she sees is your CHL regulation Man sized target …

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A Scary Scenario: The One-Hour Meltdown

Every once in a while I read something that stops me in my tracks and slaps me up the side of my head, as my dad would say. Years ago it was the book Patriots by James Wesley Rawles. The picture he paints of a possible TEOTWAWKI* scenario was just ghastly. For weeks afterward I had visions of our family foraging for edible roots and berries in the forest and collecting water in a solar still, all the while ducking bands of …

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5 Dollar Preps – You CAN Afford to Prepare

“I can’t afford to” is definitely the number one excuse people use for not prepping. They believe this because they read about someone who has a $20,000 dollar gun collection and a basement filled with a 10 year supply of freeze dried food. That is just as unrealistic as saying that you want to buy your first house, so you attempt to get a multi-million dollar mansion. It’s just not going to happen. By following the Survival Food Pyramid and …

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