Tag Archives: preparedness

Propane For Preppers – Part Two

How much do you really know about storing and using propane?  If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel.  In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unravel the mysteries of propane so that you will know ...

12 Months Of Prepping: Month Eight

You may be familiar with the saying “behind the eight ball”.  This idiom implies that you are in a tough, difficult or losing position from which it is unlikely to escape. Now surely that is not someplace that any of us wants to be and for that reason alone, we find justification to prepare.  Prepare for ...

“Grid Jihad”: What If You Had A Week To Prep For The End Of The World?

With September 11 fast approaching, so too does the risk of another terrorist attack on US soil. They say this every year as the date approaches, but in 2014, it seems to carry a bit more weight than it has during other years. I’m referring specifically to all of those beheadings and the crazy video threat that warned, “We ...

National Preparedness Month: Put Your Preps To The Test with 24 Hours Unplugged

It’s National Preparedness Month, and the Professional Prepared Bloggers Association is celebrating by providing you with tons of information from some of the best writers in the niche in our 30 Days of Preparedness round-up! It’s Day 28!!!! It’s time to take your game up a notch with 24 hours unplugged! No fair doing this on a day when ...

National Preparedness Month: Planning Your Pantry

It’s National Preparedness Month, and the Professional Prepared Bloggers Association is celebrating by providing you with tons of information from some of the best writers in the niche in our 30 Days of Preparedness round-up! One of the most important things you can do to celebrate this is to take some time to plan your pantry, so today, on Day ...

Every Prepper Needs Coconut Oil In Their Pantry

Let me start out by saying that I discovered coconut oil about a year ago.  At the time, I was semi-knowledgeable about its qualities the most notable of which were that it was a heart healthy fat and that if stored properly, it had long shelf life.  On the other hand, I also knew it smelled ...

70 Common Things That Go Wrong During A Disaster

As recent as four years ago, when someone mentioned disaster preparedness, the nature and scope of the disaster was typically something caused by Mother Nature.  Sure, some consideration was given to man-made disasters and terrorism, but for the most part, it was a freak of nature that worried us the most. These days, we worry about ...

Propane For Preppers – Part One

Having sufficient fuel for cooking and heat following an emergency is always an concern for preppers.  If you are lucky, you live in a wooded area and have access to a wood burning stove as well as plenty of wood to feed the fire.  Most of us, though, turn to propane as our primary source ...

How To Sharpen Razor Blades For The Long Term

These days I have been doing a lot of thinking about my daily hygiene and beauty routine as it relates to a long term survival situation.  I don’t want to appear frivolous but for me, feeling clean and looking nice are an important part of feeling good about myself in general.  I do not think ...

Survival Skills: How To Find Water In The Wild

Our life depends on having clean water to drink. Knowing ways to find water in the wild will especially be helpful if you are in a bug out situation, or if you happen to lose your way in the woods. The first thing you should do if you are in the wilderness is find a water source. ...

Lessons From Ferguson: Prepping For Civil Unrest And Martial Law

Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event. If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, ...

Eleven Point Plan To Bust The Myth Of Retirement

Four years ago I was both a newbie blogger and a newbie prepper.  To be honest, I had a lot of angst about a lot of things.  Unemployment was rampant, the housing market was in shambles, and people around me were suffering.  As a woman of a certain age, I was upset and wanted to ...

It’s Time For A Prepper Reality Check

You may have enough weapons and ammo stashed away to fight the next World War all by yourself… You may have fortified your home and have 3 different routes mapped out to get to your bug-out retreat… You may have a food stockpile that will see you, your family, heck, the whole darned neighborhood, through until the ...

Prepping: Are You Hardcore Enough?

The thoughts that we have can create a chain reaction of events that can either further us down a path or hinder us all along the way. These thought processes can also make a big impact on our prepping endeavors. Regardless of what part of the prepping spectrum you are on, we have certain thoughts on the kind ...

Build The Ultimate School Bug Out Kit For Your Kids

Is your child prepared to bug out from school?  Mine is. Last year, I posed the question, “Should Your Kids Know How to Bug Out…from School?” and the answers to that question were incredibly varied. Some parents said that the kids shouldn’t be in public schools in the first place. Others said that they absolutely had a ...

Living Life The Old Fashioned Way

There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old to the new.  This is especially true in the preparedness community where in anticipation of hard times ahead, we look to our parents and grandparents for ideas for living a self-reliant and sustainable life. I have been thinking about that a lot lately; even ...

Seven Important Elements In The Survival Kit Of Living

Regardless of our coping mechanisms, this business of being prepared is hard work and stressful because no matter how much time and money we throw at prepping, it is impossible to anticipate every possible thing that could potentially happen.  Sure, we can and should do a risk analysis but as recent years have proven, there ...