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Disaster Planning

What if The Shoe Were on The Other Foot and You Were The Safe Haven?

With a ton of family in town this past week (especially over the weekend) I got to thinking what if the shoe were on the other foot? That is, what if we had to be the safe haven for family and friends who had to evacuate? Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy are prime examples. In this case, […]

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Lighting / Communications

COMMUNICATIONS: A Different Side Of The Story by MorrisB

We all recognize the importance of communications in an emergency and hopefully most of us have taken steps to address that need. Many articles, in fact have been written stressing the importance of being able to communicate for families trying to locate whereabouts of family members when a disaster hits; group link-ups, caravan coordination and […]

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Food / Water

Egg Storage Experiment – Week 5 Results

Real quick, here are the results from week 5 of the experiment… This is the mineral oil egg. It didn’t float, smelled fine, looked good: This is the control egg. It floated (just like last week), the yolk is broken down, and I thought it might have smelled a bit funny but I was in […]

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Food / Water

List of No-Cook, Ready to Eat Foods

As much as we like to live well as preppers and maybe even cook the occasional gourmet food storage meal, there’s also plenty of room for making your life as easy as possible when times are tough. In this case, it’s about food that can be eaten without much–if any–work whatsoever. This list of no-cook […]

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Disaster Planning

5 Skills Every Prepper Should Learn

I happened upon a link to a post at SurvivalPreparednessBlog.com with a very similar title (I “borrowed heavily” for this post) and began reading because, after all, who doesn’t like lists? To summarize, the list included 10 skills: stick welding, small engine repair, how to fish, how to butcher animals, learn to trap, gunsmithing, basic […]

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Gear Reviews

Review of Tenergy T-2299 Universal Smart Battery Charger With AC/DC Plugs

A while back I purchased this Tenergy Universal Smart Battery Charger as my primary battery charger. I did so for two main reasons: it has the capability to plug directly into a car’s auxiliary outlet using a provided DC plug and it can charge all manner of rechargeable batteries, from the common AAA- and AA-cells […]

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Food / Water

How to Make Bread in 30 Seconds

I thought I would try my hand at making “bread in 30 seconds” which is something that Steven Harris says can be done (I ran across a link to his video about it).  I figured that was easy enough so I quickly retrieved my small propane burner and gathered the ingredients to make it, which include: […]

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Notes About RTS

Notes About reThinkSurvival This Coming Week (and in the future)

If you read my recent post about “bad things happen” then you know the past handful of days have been rough and besides we’re going to have a lot of family in town too. As a result, I’m not sure how much writing I will get done so if the coming week is sparse that’s […]

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Food / Water

Egg Storage Experiment – Week 4 Results

Here’s where we’re at in week 4… This is the mineral oil egg (doesn’t float and didn’t smell funny): This is the control egg: Notice anything different? Yes, it’s floating. So, I cracked it open on a plate: I know the plate is red so it’s not really easy to see but everything looks perfectly […]

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Interesting Stuff

Bad Things Happen, Life is Short, Prep Hard Anyway

Bad Things Happen Things have been rough around my house the past few days since we found out that my brother-in-law passed away in a freak fishing accident. Long story short, two of my brothers-in-law were fishing off a cliff edge in Hawaii (they live there) when the one fell off the edge and drowned. […]