Survival Balcony Gardening (VIDEO)

Someone pointed out that I haven’t made many posts about gardening, so I want to share a few videos from TuxsRams that cover some of the most common vegetables you can grow on a patio or balcony and what types of containers to put them in. The second and third videos show the results of his work. This a great introduction for anyone interested in balcony gardening.

Five Powdered Foods Worth Storing

Powdered foods are a great option for people who want to store a lot of food but don’t have much space. As long as you have a reliable source of drinking water or a way to purify rain or river water, you’ll be in good shape. Below are what I consider some essential foods that are available in powdered form.

How To Bug Out From Mother Nature

Bug_Out_Plan_Survival_Knife_Bug_Out_BagAre you prepared for an emergency evacuation due to Mother Nature?  Between forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural and/or man-made disasters, none of us are completely immune to the threat of having to bug out from our homes.

FDA Confirms All Routine Food Safety Inspections Suspended During The Shutdown

Senate Holds Hearing On Food Safety SystemThe Food and Drug Administration has been forced to suspend all routine food safety inspections for the duration of the government shutdown, FDA spokesman Steven Immergut confirmed to The Huffington Post on Friday afternoon. Until funding is restored, the FDA will be inspecting only those facilities that it has cause to believe “present an immediate threat to public health.”

‘The Tipping Points,’ New Weather Channel Series, Showcases Regions Altered By Warming Climate

Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global WarmingThere’s a lot of scary Halloween programming this month, but a new Weather Channel series might be the most frightening of all. “The Tipping Points: 6 Places on Earth Where Climate’s Changed” is scary because it’s real, showing what global warming will do to the planet if it proceeds at the current rate — starting with the Amazon rain forest, where drought, fires, changes in carbon dioxide, and loss of biodiversity due to climate change are converging with disastrous consequences.

A Survival Guide To The Debt Ceiling Default Apocalypse

n-DEBT-CEILING-DEFAULT-SURVIVAL-GUIDE-large570America may be on the verge of a catastrophic default on its national debt. There would be no real reason for this default — it can easily be avoided, and is only being considered because our politicians, particularly Republicans in Washington, have gone insane. So what should you do, in the meantime, to prepare yourself?

3 Natural Recipes for Household and Beauty Products

Have you ever read the labels on your household and beauty products? Even the “natural” stuff often contains a long list of ingredients that are nearly impossible to pronounce, let alone identify. In addition, many of these products can get expensive. Whether you are concerned about the expense, the ingredients or what you will do in the event that stuff hits the fan, there’s never been a better time to get back to basics. Rather than succumbing to the status quo and buying these products off the shelf every month, many people are choosing to make their own products. These homemade soaps, lotions and detergents are cheap and easy to make at home and require only simple, healthy ingredients that are easy to tailor to your own needs.

FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES: LEARN HOW TO PICKLE

PreservingFood-708x404-300x171I am not an enthusiastic cucumber pickle eater. I pretty much like two kinds: bread-and-butter pickles made into a relish to eat with hamburgers and hot dogs and little sour cornichons to eat with pâté. However, there are many dishes I eat that call for vinegar, as in sausages with cauliflower, and so there was a certain logic in preparing pickled cauliflower: Having it on hand meant that instead of adding vinegar when cooking the sausages and then blanching the cauliflower and adding it as well, I could simply dump the contents of my jar over the browned sausage and be done. 

FIRST AID TRAINING – AN ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL SKILL

Survival_First_Aid_Kit_SHTF_TEOTWAWKI-150x140Based on what happened at the Boston Marathon and Texas Fertilizer Plant, you never know when you may be called upon to administer first aid.  Both are rare occurrences but illustrate the need to know urgent emergency care and how it saves lives.

This article intends to educate you on the value to taking first aid classes.  To do that I will be reviewing the fundamentals of first aid, review a couple first aid treatment modalities you will learn, and direct you toward resources to take first classes and review the levels of training available to you.

The Survival Food Pyramid

From personal experience I know, when you first get into surviving/prepping the information thrown at you can be overwhelming. The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way.

Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started.

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.