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Urgent! Why You Need a Food Supply Now!

Your Food Supply

This is what a Walmart looked like after the Ferguson, MO. riots!

This is what a Walmart looked like after the Ferguson, MO. riots!

A thoughtful comment from one of our readers about not having a food supply ready in light of what’s happening got me thinking. We couldn’t make up this breaking news if we tried. It’s way too bizarre! Less then two weeks before a presidential election and one of the candidates is facing renewed charges for treason! What’s going on? Is this a set-up so the current president can pardon her and then she’s off the hook? Or is it even more sinister?

Whatever the reality is about what’s happening, we know it’s not good. We know it’s a reminder that we need to be prepared for it. That’s what bothered me that one of my most faithful readers admits that he’s not prepared.

I know, you’ve been reading about needing to have a food supply for a long time now. It’s on your “to-do list” and you have bought a few sacks of beans and rice but it’s never become something you’ve tackled completely. Instead, it’s more like a nagging warning at the back of your head that you wish would just go away. … Continue reading

Tiny Houses and Prepping-A Good Fit? – Part 2

The Fun Part Begins

This is what you'll start with. Much bigger than a pre-built tiny house on a trailer!

This is what you’ll start with. Much bigger than a pre-built tiny house on a trailer!

Your new wooden shed just got delivered and is ready for you to decide what you want to be inside your tiny house. You had it placed on that perfect spot on your land, sunny, high elevation, with some pretty views. Or you just put the finishing touches on that kit you got and you’re proudly showing off your new creation.

Now what?

I’m assuming that you, like me, have land in an unincorporated area with no zoning requirement. If that’s not the case, you need to have already done your homework and found out the zoning laws and if any permits are required before your shed was delivered or your kit-built shed is finished and put into place. A shed permit is probably the most that is needed, unless you’re building a home in the $100,000 range and I don’t think that’s us. To be super safe, just leave the exterior in an un/partially finished state. Go with weatherproofing and skip the aesthetics such as paneling, etc. If some sort of disaster (natural or manmade) does… Continue reading

Tiny Houses and Prepping-A Good Fit?

Is a Tiny House in your Future?

Built On A Trailer

Built On A Trailer

My wife loves watching all kinds of  home improvement shows. Lately that seems to be all she watches on TV. At least there’s no politicians on those shows. Every day I’m inundated with flips, flops, renovation rescues and of course,  a tiny house. When I hear the “oohs and aahs” I know she’s found a particularly appealing one. My mother even calls and asks me what I think of tiny houses. I never cease to be amazed by people buying storage sheds with a few amenities added for absolutely outrageous prices. I’m reminded of P. T. Barnum’s statement “there’s a sucker born every minute” which doesn’t make me very popular with the women in my life.

I don’t know about you, but I need a lot more than 200 square feet to live in! (that wouldn’t be enough for even 1/10 of the wife’s stuff).  However, they are extremely popular, so let’s look at them from the viewpoint of their usefulness for a country/ survival residence.

Getting Out of Cities

As most of you know, a lot of  my articles are aimed at… Continue reading

Is a Civil War Brewing in America?

Are Cracks in the Fabric of our Society Pointing to a Civil War?Never Destroy

Listening to the daily news it sounds like a civil war is brewing in this country. We may be blaming it on this election circus but there’s more to it than that. For a number of years people have been dividing along lines based on their core beliefs. There was a time when most Americans shared these basic standards but the split is deep-seated now. Compromise seems unlikely.

Historians say it is increasingly becoming like it was just before the Civil War when citizens divided into extreme camps and each had distrust and dislike for the other.

Will everything settle down after this election? It’s unlikely. Whoever moves into the White House will be facing a large percentage of our fellow Americans who launch fierce attacks at them. This will make it almost impossible for the winner to accomplish much. They will literally be under siege and facing the prospect of a civil war.

What do you Stand for?

Now this blog is not intended to take sides politically. We will not name who we think you should vote for or discuss who we are voting for.… Continue reading

Building Confidence in the Age of Terror and Crime

Guest post by Granny O., Michigan

How to Build Confidence in the Age of Terror and Crime

How confident are you that your family is ready to survive in this Age of Terror and Crime? As my previous posts have emphasized Kid-Size Situational Awareness and Granny’s Games for Prepper Kids, our children need to be taught alertness skills so they notice when something unusual is going down. Think about that recent stabbing attack in a Minnesota mall. If your teen had been there with friends, would they have noticed and taken evasive action or would they have been a victim?

How about you? What would you have done if you heard a shout that a man was stabbing people? Would you run? Would you try to hide? If you had been alert you would have noticed the exits when you came in and even seen some hiding places. You don’t have to be obsessive about it. If you’re alert it becomes second nature to always check our your environment.

Or what if you were out walking and caught in a mob protest that was becoming violent? Bottles being thrown, police in riot gear, crowds pushing you… Continue reading

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