Tag Archives: preparedness

12 Months Of Prepping: Month Six

One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right? When faced with too much to do in too little time, it is ...

Survival Basics: 12 Tips For Families With Children

As someone who is well past child-bearing age, I often tend to overlook the importance of addressing survival and preparedness strategies for families with young children. That being said, when it comes to children, three words come to mind:  safety, security, and comfort. As adults, I believe it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness ...

Prepping As A Form Of Personal Activism

There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live a ...

It Takes A Village: 33 Awesome Projects For Preppers

It is an old classic and we all know the words: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high.” Without a doubt, summer is the time that most of us break out of our cocoons and embark upon all manner of projects, both large and small.  I know that I ...

How To Build A Mud Oven

About a year ago, I featured an article on mud ovens.  I had first seen one at the Mother Earth News Fair and was fascinated by its simplicity as well as its efficiency. I was later contacted by a Backdoor Survival reader who had built his own mud oven and was willing to share some ...

Prepper Preparedness: Personal Fitness And Health

The older I get, the more I value the importance of good health and good physical fitness as it relates to long term survival.  After huffing and puffing during a recent hike up 800 feet, I realized that the time had come to reassess my personal health and fitness goals and to bone up on ...

Six Tips For Becoming Street Smart Using Urban Survival Skills

The term “Urban Survival” is bantered around a lot these days and can mean different things depending on the context in which it is written.  To my pal George at UrbanSurvival.com, it represents surviving the replay of the Great Depression of 1929 in current times.  And in a sense, that is the foundation upon which ...

30 Signs That You’re One Of Those “Crazy Preppers”

With all the recent talk in the news about “Doomsday Preppers” and the demonization in the media, you have to be aware that you’re considered a little….different. The fact that you are self-reliant is such an oddity to most that, frankly, they find you to be either nuts, a little bit scary, or both. According ...

Gosh Darn It, Prepping Is Hard Work!

In a show of hands, I want to know who thinks prepping as easy?  Okay, I can’t see you for real but my guess is that only a few of your raised your hand.  The truth is that prepping can be hard work. First there is learning what to do, what to buy, and what skills ...

Why A Community Fails: The Missing Piece To A Prepared Community

According to a 2009 Citizen Corps national survey, it found that 29 percent of Americans have not prepared because they think that emergency responders will help them, and that over 60 percent expect to rely on emergency responders in the first 72 hours following a disaster. The nonchalance of a community is part of the normalcy ...

12 Months Of Prepping: Month Five

For those that are new to prepping, time may appear to be your enemy.  You know the old cliché “I have so much to do and so little time”?  Well let me dispel the myth that prepping needs to be done all at once.  It doesn’t. When it comes to preparedness, there is no reason to ...

50 Questions To Ask The Non-Prepper

I have become a bit discouraged by the number of other-wise intelligent people I meet that do not have a clue about preparedness.  Given that a natural disaster can happen to anyone at any time, and the fact that the MSM has been promoting 3 day kits for the past several years, I have to ...

5 Reasons You Should Be Preparing

Most people prepare based on their understanding of the emergencies that are most likely to affect them. Unfortunately, most of society feels that natural disasters are the only type of scenario they should prepare for. This misconception sets many up for the possibility of falling victim to a completely different type of disaster they have ...

How To Recharge Alkaline Batteries For The Long Term

A little over a year ago, I shared my experience recharging alkaline batteries.  What a game changer that became! In the ensuing year I have learned a lot about the practical side of recharging alkalines; mostly that after a few recharge cycles, they tend to leak.  This is especially true of those cheap Kirkland brand batteries ...

Fast Track Tip #8: Make Dating Your Preps A Habit

Something we all do is consult lists.  There are lists of things to do and things to buy as well as lists of important numbers and lists of friends and relatives.  There is a problem with pre-existing lists, however.  If we adopt a list as our own, we are also adopting some other persons view ...

Eight Uncommon Lessons: Preparing For An Apocalypse

Four years ago, mentioning that you were a “Prepper” evoked quizzical looks of confusion.  What the heck was that?  As you tried to explain, you could see eyes start to glaze over and an invisible tin foil hat being placed upon you head.  The lesson learned?  Keep your mouth shut less you be forever classified ...

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

For the last few years, many readers have asked for a downloadable version of the 52 Weeks to Preparedness series. As much as I wanted to turn this into a pdf, I wanted it to be more – much more. With the assistance of Daisy Luther, editor of The Organic Prepper, we set out  to ...