Are You Ready sign against a stormy background with lightning and copy space. Dirty and angled sign adds to the drama.
06 Jul 2018

Why Are There So Many False Emergency Warnings?

Where we live in the Pacific Northwest our state was just one of several states over the past few months that issued a false warning emergency. On May 31, 2018, at 8:30 pm, an emergency notice went across televisions in multiple counties warning people of a “civil emergency.” There was

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29 Jun 2018

The One Plant That Grows Almost Anywhere That You Should Know

There’s one plant that grows almost everywhere that you definitely should know about for your herbal medicine cabinet. It’s one of the first plants most people consider weeds that I learned to identify. I became interested in it because it was literally growing right outside my door in the lawn,

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apocalyptic landscape
15 Jun 2018

What’s Your State’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Plan

Have you ever looked into your state’s disaster recovery plan? Or even checked to see if they have one? I don’t know about all states, but my state does have one. And if you look into it, it has some pretty scary stuff. I first encountered my state’s Resilience Plan

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Mustang Survival fluorescent green Vest
08 Jun 2018

Most Visible Color to Wear in Water

A water rescue is one of my nightmares…maybe a plane crashes, a cruise ship is damaged, or there’s a flood. I just don’t think about that sort of thing very much, unless I happen to be flying over the ocean to Hawaii! Admittedly, that has only happened twice (there and

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Hunting shotguns on haystack while halt during sunrise, soft focus on shutgun butt. Main focus is on breech block
18 May 2018

Ammunition for your Home Defense / Survival Shotgun

Many preppers who aren’t “gun people” have a gun or two for home protection or for the inevitable time when the SHTF.

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a small crescent moon in a starry night sky
11 May 2018

How to Navigate Without a Map, Compass or GPS

I’m not the greatest navigator. I learned a long time ago that I have a poor sense of direction. Put it this way…I can become turned around in a culdesac! I CAN read a map, but knowing north from south when walking or navigating is something I’m pretty miserable at.

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How do you cross a river in an emergency?
04 May 2018

How Do You Cross a River?

In my area of the Pacific Northwest there are a lot of bodies of water. Depending on which way I drive home, I cross either two or three rivers via bridge. I’m always worried about what will happen if one or more of the rivers are damaged due to an

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Reseason Your Cast Iron
27 Apr 2018

Reseason your Cast Iron Pans

I got lucky enough to acquire a full set of different size cast iron cookware from an ex-roommate nearly 25 years ago. He didn’t want to take them with him and I couldn’t bear to see anyone else get them. Even though I’ve moved multiple times since then, I’ve never

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Should You Shelter Inside Your Vehicle?
06 Apr 2018

Should You Shelter Inside Your Vehicle?

Let’s say you’re stuck somewhere for the night. Is it better to stay inside your vehicle or take your in-care gear bag and hustle out of there? Much of this choice depends on your own level of training, the gear you have, and the particular situation you’re in. Being in

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23 Mar 2018

Survival Bag Realities

Like many of you out there, I have a variety of survival gear. I have duplicates of some things. I have multiples of other things. I have it organized fairly well…it’s in a couple of bags and some boxes in a storage area. I feel well prepared for a basic

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