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When SHTF, there might come a time when you run out of food, or when you need to relocate from one area to another on foot where the amount of food you can carry is limited.  But there is a lot of food available in the wilderness, aside from the common ones most people think of. Wild berries While most people think of just blackberries, there are actually...
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Question: What items should I try and have extras of for trading. It is kind of a tough call, because ideally you will want to keep everything you have, but even the best preppers will end up running low on something important.  In a survival situation, there will always be supplies you can trade in an emergency if there is something you absolutely...
I thought this video was a pretty interesting look at how the President of the United States will be able to bug out in a national attack/catastrophe.  Talks in quite a bit of detail about the president’s “doomsday plane” (a hardened airplane), including how the flight deck has a lot of analog equipment (less suspectable to EMP). ...
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Most of us have a nice supply of emergency candles stocked up for emergencies where power could be out for hours, days or even longer.  But if an emergency happened at 3am that plunged your house into darkness during a new moon, would you be able to quickly locate not just your candles, but candle holders? I personally prefer to use votive or tea lights...
Everyone needs water to survive, and if we can’t get it easily out of a tap or have another clean water source, the issue of water becomes critical.  There are many methods of collecting and finding water, but you must make it safe for drinking.  Once you boil water, it is always best to run it through a water filter first.  Many people become...
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The last thing you want when an emergency hits is to discover you have a large quantity of expired food.  I keep a careful tally of what I have, both on my computer and in a handwritten version, because my computer might not always be accessible in an emergency. I keep a log of all my food stores using this worksheet: http://www.momsbudget.com/printables/pantryinventory.html I...
Do you have a backup plan for transportation if vehicles weren’t on the road either because roads are impassible because of a natural disaster, or if vehicles are disabled from an EMP attack?  If you had to travel 10 miles today without using motorized transportation, could you do it? Many people’s long term emergency plan don’t...
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When you look at all the food you have stashed away for an emergency, most of us have the staples – flour, beans, freeze dried or dehydrated veggies, pasta, rice – but what do you have in the way of comfort foods?  While six months of the above will keep you surviving, it does get very monotonous.  Especially if you have kids, it does...
This is a handy tip if you need to forage for berries for food in the wilderness and don’t have a handy guide with you to identify specific berries.  Most berries that are blue or black are edible.  Most berries that are white or yellow are not edible.  Berries that are red should always be treated with caution, as many of them are poisonous,...
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