7 Ways Preppers Can Cut Through Seed Catalog Confusion

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In most of the country, fall gardens have been put to sleep… there’s frost on the windows… the ground is too hard to work… and just when you’d almost forgotten about growing… a lightning bolt of color strikes your mailbox and ends up in your hands.

A seed catalog.

In it you find page after page of amazing vegetables from wild and exotic locations like Persia, France, Siberia and Idaho. The possibilities of gardening thaw your read more

The Many Survival Uses of Coffee Filters

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By – Jeff Mann

 

 

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There are many things you can do with Coffee Filters and it requires very little money. I like the big once available at Sam’s, and any dollar store. Every Survival Kit & Bug-Out-Bag should have these added. I have listed some of my uses below. There are many other uses that did not come to mind as I wrote this.

  • Pre-Filter any water needed for drinking, cooking, or cleaning when in the woods or trails. This will help save your water filter.
  • Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain used frying oil through a coffee filter. It will be ready for it’s next use. read more

5 Signs You Might Be A Prepper

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It is a pretty common stereotype to picture preppers as 50-year-old men hiding out in bunkers with a bunch of guns and ammo. Shows on tv that focus on these types of extremists as well as news reports about people labeled as preppers who have committed crimes haven’t helped to negate this stereotype either. The truth of the matter is, however, that you don’t have to be preparing for doomsday or the destruction of mankind to be a prepper. In fact, if any of these traits number 5(1)sound like you, you may be a prepper too.

 

 

 

 

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Survival Nutrition

Staying healthy in a survival situation should be at the top of your preparation to-do list.  By maintaining health in an extreme circumstance you can better insure your own survival and that of your families.

Along with attention to proper hygiene, the key to staying healthy when you are relying on your own resources is eating proper nutrition.  The absolute best way to get good nutrition is by providing sources of fresh fruits and vegetables to you and your dependents in every situation. An MRE is not going to get the job done and neither is a conventional vitamin. read more

Survival for Omnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans

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In the comments of an earlier article we were asked to consider the Vegan survivalist.  I have beenSurvival Gardening doing some study into the special problems faced by Vegans; this is the result.  First, I am not a practicing Vegetarian or Vegan so if I have made any mistakes or presented an insult it is from ignorance, not animosity.  Second, I also have not addressed firearms.  That topic is adequately covered elsewhere and does not need repeating here.  Please feel free to correct any errors that you may discover. read more

The 7 Types of Gear you must have in your Bug Out Bag

For someone new to being a Survivalist building your first Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task. Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people. read more

100 ITEMS TO DISAPPEAR FIRST

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100-items-to-disappear-300x185The following list of 100 Items to Disappear First has been floating around the internet for quite some time. While I am not certain of its original source and although some of you may have already seen this particular list, it may be thought provoking for others. read more

Survival Blankets – 7 Ways They Can Save Your Life or Your Sanity

It’s 45 degrees and raining. Your last backpacking trip of the season has run into a snag – the weather was supposed to be fine and mild, but instead is dripping and cold.

The boots you wore for the weather you expected have sprung a leak and your right foot is shriveled and contributing to an overall feeling of soggy malaise. You make camp and start a smokey, barely-there fire, but you quickly realize that you did not pack the rain fly for your tent. And it’s already leaking. read more

5 Affordable Steps You Can Take to be More Prepared

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PennyPincher-708x404Oh, if I only had a million dollars I could purchase everything I think I could need if the grid went down for good. I tell myself that sometimes when I am driving around thinking about everything still to be done and I guess that I use that as an excuse for any shortcomings in my plan. Taking steps to be more prepared when you start to plan for a lot of contingencies can quickly start hitting the wallet and if you aren’t careful your new found hobby of urgent acquisition of survival gear and supplies can hurt your finances and possibly your relationship with your spouse. read more

How To Survive A Panic Attack

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-don-t-panic-image25611837“I’m losing control…..”

“I feel like I’m going crazy…..”

“I must be having a heart attack…..”

“I’m choking and I can’t catch my breath…..”

“It came upon me by surprise. I  heard my heart pounding so loudly that I thought it burst  out of my chest like in that movie ALIENS…”

“I began shaking like a junkie in withdrawal…”

If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone.

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Survival Dogs – Lifesavers or Burdens?

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Dogs-Regan-2-010A friend of mine got a dog and started training it for survival. He searched the Internet for specialized dog training books and articles, and found quite a lot of useful information. He also posted on a couple of survival forums, asking for help from preppers who`ve gone through the whole process and can give him some good advice. read more

Firecraft: 6 Survival Fire Starters

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fire-300x225Life without fire is largely very hard, so procuring fire naturally becomes a number one survival priority in most situations. Fire not only allows you to sterilize water, cook food, keep warm, and drives bugs away, but it also lets you wash your clothes in hot water, dry your clothes, and it tends to keep predators at bay. To this end, when it comes to preparing for the worst there is really no such thing as too many ways to start a fire. read more

Improvised Vegetable Oil Lamp for Emergencies (VIDEO)

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Picture-4-300x219Instead of throwing away your used frying oil, save it for an oil lamp, the old fashioned kind that doesn’t use kerosene or petroleum-based lamp oil. I improvised a simple lamp from materials I had around the house. It took about 15 minutes and cost nothing. read more

Superknot – The Easy Way to Tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

A uniquely simple way to tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

The Zeppelin Bend (Rosendahl Bend) might be the only knot you ever need again for joining two ropes. It is easy to tie, jam resistant, jerk resistant, and easy to untie even after being under heavy load. And don’t be fooled by the seemingly complex method for tying this knot — it’s actually very, very easy and quick.

There is a rather complex way to tie this knot, and people learn it because it’s easier to teach by this method, not because it’s easier to learn. In fact, the common way of doing this is a bit ridiculous, as it requires you to lay out the two ends of the ropes on the ground and contort them into shape. But when you’re tying two ropes together, you need to be able to hold both ends and whip them together right quick. This video will show you how.

 

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Growing Food in Different Climate Zones

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2Starting a new fruit or vegetable garden can be an exciting time, and it can be difficult to know where exactly to begin. Even experienced gardeners can find themselves overwhelmed when trying to grow food in a completely new climate. Which crops grow best? How long is the growing season? When is the last average frost date (assuming you aren’t living in a tropical zone)? These are the sorts of questions to start with. Fortunately, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a nationwide standard of splitting the country up into 11 basic hardiness zones based on the area’s coldest average temperatures in winter. Their interactive USDA Hardiness Zone Map is therefore an excellent place to start. read more

10 Awesome Survival Knives

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I love a good folding knife, in fact, I carry one every day—even when I wear a suit. (Yes, I have a day job.) But anytime I’m in the field, I carry a fixed-blade survival knife. You can’t beat the convenience of a folding knife, and you can’t beat the utility of a fixed-blade knife. read more

Cold Weather Survival Tips

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While working on the next installment of emergency shelter articles (Intro and Basics), I decided to bring you these cold weather survival tips. In cold weather you face the danger of hypothermia, which is when your core temperature drops too low for normal metabolic function. But one way to freeze is to get too hot, break into a sweat, and then freeze later. Some of these tips seem contradictory, but they’re not — they just apply in different situations. Study them, and be wise in their application. So here are some tips for regulating your temperature in very cold conditions: read more

Blizzard Survival Tips

Surviving Blizzards and Winter Storms

If you live in the Northeast, you should pretty well be used to winter storms, and much of this advice will be familiar. That said, we live in a day when advance planning is becoming rare. Nemo is bearing down, so in case you haven’t thought of this before, here are some winter storm and blizzard survival tips. read more

Store Veggies for Long Term Survival

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veggies-300x200You cannot imagine how comforting it is to have fresh produce in hard times. But sometimes your garden just isn’t ready when you need it, or your availability to fresh produce isn’t ideal.  The thing is this though: fresh produce isn’t meant to stay fresh for very long. You’re usuallyleft holding the bag if you want some good produce during a food shortage, societal breakdown or a major event. It’s not that difficult though, to get a good mix of veggies in your diet. read more