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Disaster Planning Food / Water

How to Organize Your Emergency Food Storage

Food is usually one of the first things people think about during an emergency. When a disaster starts to unfold, you’ll often find long lines at the grocery store as people make a frantic effort to stockpile food on short notice. Building a long-term food supply in advance is an easy way to avoid this […]

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Disaster Planning Food / Water

More Food Shortages Coming?

Just my humble opinion, but I thought the grocery stores and food manufacturers did a great job this year keeping the store shelves stocked with most of our necessities, all things considered. Granted, there were occasionally times when some items were missing from my local grocery stores–fresh eggs, milk, and the like come to mind–but […]

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Food / Water Homesteading / Gardening

5 Best Off-Grid Water Sources for Preppers

When deciding to go off the grid, most homesteaders face two major challenges — power and water. While you can get by without power and the modern creature comforts we’ve become accustomed to, water is a necessity. We can only survive for a few days without a source of clean and drinkable water, but if […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Food / Water Gear Reviews

First Strike Rations, Better Than MREs?

Almost a year ago now, I purchased an MRE-style meal for our bug out bags called First Strike Rations. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of such a thing before, but apparently they’re intended for military special ops-type-folks who want a full meal plan but without unnecessary extras like MRE heaters. And, even though I tend not […]

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Food / Water Skills / Knowledge

Will My Water Filter Remove THAT?

When we first moved to the Seattle area more than six years ago now, one of the first items I purchased was a Royal Berkey Water Filter and I’m so glad that I did. Although I’ve had other filters that I kept for survival purposes, I never bothered to get a really good gravity filter […]

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DIY Projects Food / Water Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

DIY Solar Water Heater

Last week I posted this solar water heater using glow plugs video and, while an interesting idea, it’s not very useful when it comes to making the best use of a precious resource: off-grid electricity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to show a different idea of how to heat water […]

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Disaster Planning Food / Water Skills / Knowledge Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

How to Prepare by Geographical Region

This was not the apocalypse we were expecting, but all things considered, it could be worse. While it might still be hard to get your hands on toilet paper and Lysol these days, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your survival prep, no matter where you live or how you’re impacted by the current crisis.  […]

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Disaster Planning Equipment / Supplies Food / Water Hygiene / Sanitation Medical / First Aid

Looking Back, How Prepared Were You?

Now that it seems some of the coronavirus restrictions are going to be lifted soon, I figured it would be a good time to look back and think about how prepared you and I were for what happened as I suspect this is just round one, but let’s hope and pray we’re done for a […]

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Food / Water

Are Backyard Chickens Worth It?

One of these days I’m going to get myself some chickens, if for nothing else than being more prepared for shortages at the grocery store. But, what if you’re only in it for the money? Are you really saving anything by raising your own chickens or would you simply be better off continuing to purchase […]

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Food / Water Homesteading / Gardening

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Family Farm

Starting a family farm takes passion and hard work. Before you begin, establish what you hope to gain from this endeavor. Some people want to provide fresh food for their families, some want to engage in the lifestyle that farming offers and others want to build a meaningful business that provides for their livelihood.  In […]