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8 Reasons Why Upgrading to an iPhone is a Good Idea for Emergency Preparedness

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Try as I might NOT to do so, about a month ago I finally succumbed to peer pressure and upgraded from my ancient slide-to-open cell phone to a fancy new iPhone 4. Yes, I was purposely avoiding doing so for years.

Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered now if we weren’t looking to change …

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Thoughts on Maximizing Your Prepping Efforts

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One of my more favorite prepping “solutions” is to utilize an inverter connected to a car battery to power the refrigerator/freezer. So long as you have gasoline to run your vehicle this idea can work for a long time. After all, a vehicle’s engine is a rather efficient generator. (note: I didn’t think of this …

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I’ve Been Scoping Out My Neighbors Lately and Found Some Good Stuff…

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Yeah, I’m not ashamed of it: I’ve been scoping my neighbors stuff lately. Not to steal it, mind you, but to get an idea of who might be useful post-SHTF, who might have stuff to barter with if I absolutely had to, and otherwise just to be a bit of a nosy neighbor.

Obviously, I …

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Create Energy Independence With Your Own DIY Solar Power, Wind Power!

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Note that this is a review: if you’re looking for the Earth 4 Energy website then please click here.

Why am I writing this? Well, when I was thinking about buying Earth 4 Energy, there weren’t many real reviews around so I thought I’d write one quickly to help any of you who are in …

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Why You Should Have a CO Alarm, Even if None of Your Appliances Produce Carbon Monoxide

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I can’t stress enough how important it is for you remain vigilant about your family’s safety. After all, it only takes a few seconds for a house fire to rage out of control or just a split-second for an innocent “mistake” to change a life.

Similarly, carbon monoxide poisoning is one of those things you …

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“But You Just Bathed Last Month!” Adjusting to a New SHTF Normal…

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I’m sure there will be plenty of potential adjustments in a SHTF society. One of those adjustments, I feel, will be getting comfortable with a new normal, especially your routines and expectations.

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For example, one of the actions I suspect you do is to bathe each day, right? Well, post-SHTF I would imagine …

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My 99 Cent Blunder That Nearly Ruined $100 Worth of Supplies!

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I admit it: sometimes I do dumb things. Stuff I should know better. Stuff I would tell you NOT to do if you’d only asked! What is that I did wrong? We’ll get to that in a moment…

Let me first state that one of the actions I suggest you do–and that I do–is to …

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Can Your Spouse and Kids Locate Your Preps if You’re Down and Out or MIA?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled Survival Crap You Should Never Buy, Use, or Bet Your Life On! and a commenter got me to thinking about one problem with purchasing a pre-packaged kit (be it an emergency bag or first aid kit) that I didn’t touch upon and that’s the simple fact …

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Remember to Bolster Your Shortcomings as well as Your Strengths and Interests

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We all have our strengths and weaknesses as well as interests and even things we don’t much care about. I know I do. With respect to preparedness, however, neglecting your shortcomings can be disastrous. We all know this, perhaps instinctively, but I wonder if we subconsciously foster our strengths and interests and willfully neglect that …

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Bartering Post-SHTF is Unrealistic, Don’t Set Yourself up for Disappointment

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A few days ago I posted a YouTube video by The Lord Humungus titled Think you are going to barter when SHTF? Think again! that I generally agreed with, though, some of his specific examples as to why bartering wouldn’t work probably won’t apply in a SHTF situation, in my opinion. Regardless, I have many …

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