Buried, Earth-Cooled Shipping Container Home – $30k Total Cost! (video)

This guy doesn’t consider himself a prepper he says but the idea is still neat to see in action. Yes, he buried the container but his purpose was to also utilize the earth to passively cool and heat the shipping container home (there are two containers buried side by side to make the home bigger). Perhaps the biggest reason to consider this is that he paid a 30K total to make it happen.

He’s made all sorts of improvements, including adding sliding doors, solar tube lighting, cabinets and a pantry, an air exchange to reduce humidity, septic, well water, and more. He actually did a great job with the space he has, in my opinion.

Throughout the video you’ll occasionally see video snippets of the build process including the “secret” to keeping the roof from caving in at about the 8:30 mark. He’s also written a book titled if you’re interested in his build process…

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Check Your First Aid Supplies Lately? I Just Did And I Was Shocked At My Failure…

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The other day my kid was feeling sick with sinus pressure so I went looking for some Children’s Mucinex and, while I had two bottles, they had apparently “expired” about three years ago.

Now, normally I wouldn’t pay too much attention to expiration dates but since it was a liquid medication (they tend to go bad faster than tablets, for example) and since it was my kid I was giving this to, I decided to toss the Mucinex and go get some more.

The point, however, was that I started to look at the various first aid supplies and medications I keep in my basic first aid kit and it must have been a while since I’d looked at this stuff because I was quite surprised when I found that the vast majority of the supplies I’d had on hand were technically expired.

Here, take a look…

There are dozens of different medications here, as well as some duplicates, all of which are technically expired. Granted, some are only recently expired (dates from early this year

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Survival Tabs 15 Day Food Supply, Really Only 3600 Calories for $40 – Worth It? (video)

Sometimes my math gets all wonky and I get things wrong but I don’t think so this time. While I definitely like the idea of these survival tabs for a variety of reasons–including their longevity and assorted vitamin and protein yield–I do question some claims, specifically the “15 day food supply” claim from their website.

For instance, glancing at the back of the package when he shows it to you in the video below at about the 1:00 mark (this info can also be found here) states that 12 survival tabs provides 240 calories. When I go to their website I can buy a bottle of 180 tabs for $40. Doing the math, therefore, suggests that there are 3600 calories in the entire bottle which equates to roughly 1.5 days of food for the average adult male (assumed 2500 calories per day).

I do find it interesting that he briefly mentions a study (at the 2:10 mark) of people living off of these survival tabs but I don’t see this being viable either for the calories

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Water / Food

Are Hard Times Really Coming?

How often do you see posts for “living in hard times” or the “coming hard times” or something like that? I might see a new post like that once a week or so. But, are these folks right? Are hard times REALLY coming?

After all, one might suggest that things are great for most of us here in America. Sure there are exceptions but, for the vast majority of Americans, maybe you shouldn’t complain…

Water and Food

Think about how easy it is to get water. You just turn on the tap and, voila, out it comes! Despite the occasional problems such as with Flint’s water crisis or the the Ohio algae bloom a year or two back, you probably never think twice about your water. Water is simply at our fingertips 24/7.

Food is about the same. We’re living in an unprecedented age of food production, one never before seen in history. How much longer can we keep this up? I don’t know but for the time being…

We can buy a boat-load of food at our local grocery stores

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A Review Checklist for the Long-Term Prepper (link)

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There’s probably a hundred more checks one can add to a list like this but the referenced checklist certainly has the basics covered. That said, to me this post is more about the idea rather than the actual list provided as your needs and preps may vary substantially. If you’ve yet to make a similar list then by all means, get on it!

Personally, I would also add dates to your checklist, specifically when the action was last performed as well as when it should be done again; you can write it out or just type it up in a spreadsheet. Now, use the following as a thought-starter and make your own checklist…

“Many of us have been prepping for quite a while. We started getting some more food, a few cases of water, and some gear. Then prepping took over our lives and we now have a lot of prepping things and a good size food and water storage.

I have been prepping for longer than five years, but I know that I have areas of my prepping I need to revisit. I bet you do too

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Cassareep Preseves Meat Indefinitely? (link)

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This sounds almost too good to be true and, to some extent, it is. The good news is that you can purchase Cassareep, it seems, in the U.S. which means you can then use this idea to preserve meat but it appears that it’s a continual process of adding more Cassareep (and more meat) to the mix time and time again.

Doing so does make this an “indefinite” preservation process but I am calling FOUL here because my feeling is that this should be something which you can do once and you’re good, not something you have to do over and over again. Buy a good and you’ll find better ideas, in my opinion.

That said, it may still be worthwhile to understand how another culture preserves meat and maybe you’ll even find a new recipe to try:

“Native Indians of South America used this root to make a black juice called Cassareep that preserves meat for long periods of time.

What is sure is that the PepperPot was their freezer. The PepperPot was was the pot where

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Posted in Skills / Knowledge, Water / Food

What to Know About Brown Recluse Spider Bites (video)

I used to live in the Midwest where brown recluse spiders were fairly common. The thing was that I rarely saw them BECAUSE they’re reclusive! The following video discusses how to know if you’ve been bitten, what to expect, and how to treat if necessary using home remedies and even what not to do and use (such as venom extraction kits)…

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Trash Piles Up After Only Two Days In A Disaster!

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Bernie from ApartmentPrepper.com recently had an eye-opening experience where trash service didn’t pick up his apartment complex trash for two days because of a storm and, as a result, things started to turn ugly quickly… the garbage situation, that is.

Sanitation is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked areas of emergency preparedness and how you (and your neighbors) deal with trash is a big part of that.

Trash WILL pile up quickly if not properly disposed of. This will bring a variety of unwanted pests and insects in no time and, sadly, many diseases too. Living in an apartment as Bernie does only compounds the problem because they’re more reliant on trash pickup than even a typical homeowner is.

You simply must have an idea of what to do with your trash if/when disaster strikes. As such, the following article offers several suggestions for how to deal with trash and more…

“A couple of weeks ago, trash pickup in our apartment complex was suspended for

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Why I Stopped Using Gamma Seal Lids And Food Storage Buckets

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I’ve used these and for years now without trouble. We’ve used them to store rice, beans, oats, and wheat.

In fact, they’re rather easy to use and make accessing my food storage buckets convenient. But, alas, I’m not going to be using them any longer.

Why?

Well, remember when I had the trouble with bugs in my oats? I had it happen yet again, this time with my brown rice.

I know this is just the way it is when it comes to using bulk foods but since it’s not SHTF and my family wouldn’t think of eating bugs unless they have to, the last bit of rice I had in my bucket got tossed… which brings me to the problem:

It’s all about usage.

You simply can’t let food sit opened (even though it’s in a “sealed” bucket) for years and that’s by and large what we’ve been doing.

Sure, we get into these foods on occasion but I don’t think I’ve had to add any rice or oats or beans to any of these buckets in years

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Posted in Water / Food

Schrade Collapsible Batons: Tough As ASP And 1/3 The Cost? (video)

Good to know Schrade is making a quality collapsible baton these days. Here’s a link to buy it at KnifeCenter.com for about $29 (1/3 the cost of similar ASP batons) and if you want to skip all the initial commentary you can see his comparison tests at about the 8:00 mark. Last, he points out that the friction locks on the Schrade start to give after a dozen or more hits which, IMO, isn’t a huge deal especially for the price compared to ASP…

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