10 Jan 2017

Lessons from the Storm of 2016

In December of 2016, a rash of winter weather swept across Oregon, bringing thick bouts of freezing rain and snow to Lane County. The ice piled onto roads, trees and power lines causing massive power outages and hazardous road conditions. Tens of thousands of people were without lights or heating

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Are You Ready for Chemical Warfare?
12 Dec 2016

Are You Ready for Chemical Warfare?

I’m not ready for chemical warfare. I read something recently that scared me straight. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the biggest issue, and the one that everyone’s been focused on since this New Yorker Magazine article came out, is earthquakes. When “the big one” hits our area, according

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Money When There Is No More Money
25 Nov 2016

Money When There Is No More Money

What does that mean, money when there is no money? What we’re talking about is when the day comes when paper money or coin money is meaningless. After a large natural or social disaster, it probably won’t matter how much your house was worth or how much money you had

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Search and Rescue Notes: Volume 1
21 Nov 2016

Search & Rescue Notes: Volume 1

I was recently involved in the search for a missing hunter in Curry, County, Oregon. The man had gone missing on October 14, and at the time of this post is still missing. The man’s son tried to find him and also became lost, but was rescued several days later.

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Another Reason Why Seeds Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit
30 Oct 2016

Another Reason Why Seeds Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit

A lot of preppers have seed kits, which is a smart investment because if there really is a natural disaster or a societal breakdown, being able to grow your own food is going to be a key to survival. Gathering wild plants can work but if you don’t find enough

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Why Your Survival Seeds Should Be Heirlooms
25 Oct 2016

Why Your Survival Seeds Should Be Heirlooms

Let’s face it, we’re not all gardeners. Some of us have green thumbs and some of us don’t. I personally am in the camp of the person who wants to have a green thumb but it doesn’t come naturally. I didn’t grow up in a household that gardened, unfortunately, and my

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Make a Better Rainwater Collection System
21 Oct 2016

Build A Better Rainwater Harvest System

Have you seen the many rainwater collection systems that stores and catalogs are selling? Firstly, not only are they expensive and more designed for looks, they’re not very efficient. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we live were it happens to rain a lot from October through to May. It rarely

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Wasteland-A Mad Max-themed festival
17 Oct 2016

Wasteland is an Awesome Mad Max Festival That Puts Burning Man to Shame

Festivals are no new thing nowadays. Burning Man and Coachella, two art and music festivals that take place in the desert, have become household names. There’s one though, that’s new but makes these other festivals look like picnics in the park by comparison. We’re talking about Wasteland, a Mad Max-themed

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Get Tactical About Protecting Your Home in an Emergency
02 Oct 2016

Get Tactical About Protecting Your Home in an Emergency

You may think you have a gun or two at home and you know how to use it. That makes you feel pretty good about protecting your home in an emergency. Not that we don’t think having a gun and being prepared to use it is a good idea. But

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Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers
26 Sep 2016

Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

I’ve talked to people who aren’t preppers who feel that in the event of an environmental or social disaster, the city is the best place to be. There are differing opinions on this, of course, and it is likely that any city is where resources will be concentrated to get

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