Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started.
The top of the pyramid is for stocking the smallest amount of food for the shortest amount of time. This pyramid will keep you from spending time and money on preps that, while they may be useful overall, are pointless to you right now.  How much of a 50 pound bag of flour or rice will you use in a 3 day long power outage?
If you are new to prepping, or you are experienced but find your supplies jump all over the map, start by stocking enough food and supplies for a 3 Day Emergency. If you have a typical local situation, such as a major snow storm or power outage, you won’t be one of the people raiding the grocery store. Be sure to include at least 1 gallon of water per day, per family member, and something to cook on, Forge Survival Supply has several types of survival stoves.
Remember that the extended survival food supply is going to need regular cooking supplies to be stocked, such as oil, flour, sugar, spices, etc.
You will have to have stocked bulk supplies of staple foods for cooking, like flour, wheat, sugar, and canned goods.
The perpetual food supply is for total collapse from which there is no coming back or voluntary off grid living indefinitely. If you have a question, comment, there’s a problem with the site, or you just want to say Hi, Send Us an Email. Subscribe to the FREE Survival Cache Newsletter and we'll send you a monthly email with new gear reviews, site news, survival tips, and more. Now, getting back to the bigger picture, Robin is still being screwed by the system in Florida.  Please visit her sites and support her however you can. I tried to persuade you to prepare for what’s coming and, in the process, revealed that to you that I’m preparing. A warming layer:  Even in the middle of the summer or in the desert, always have a warming layer to offset cool nights and rainy chills. Additional items: Depending on your budget and ability to carry additional items you may decide to carry include a solar rechargeable multi-ban weather radio, hand warmers, night vision devices, a firearm, ammunition, and cleaning kit, bolt cutters, copies of vital personal documents, and gear specific to your bug out plan such as climbing equipment and rope, and river dry bags.
Rocket stoves are of particular interest to any outdoor enthusiast and survivor for the same reasons they appeal to many across the world.  For starters, they can be built cheaply from everyday materials widely available such as soda or soup cans, sand, and nails.
Committed to providing you and your family with the best survival knowledge, skills and equipment. We saw it with Sandy, and now you are seeing it with the severe winter storms this year, the un-prepared hoards of people buying anything and everything off of the store shelves. Tagged 37 Critical Items, Armageddon Doomsday Survival Mayan prophecy 2012 World war 3 Freeze dried MRE Dehydrated Omega Man Nuclear war Preppers Bomb shelter Nitro-pak Potassium iodide, China gold report, coverup123. When the success or failure of your families survival hinge upon your readiness, a head-in-the-sand approach will surely backfire. Be ready, Be prepared. If you’re looking to start building your survival stockpile, below are a few hints to help you gather everything you need without breaking the budget. Surplus stores, stores that sell dented cans or half lots of boxed items, can also be good places to find non-perishable food items.  Learn how to create a price binder. Being prepared for any emergency or situation doesn’t have to be expensive or all consuming. At Survival Life our mission is to provide vast array of knowledge, tactics, and skills in the survival and preparedness fields, to any and all who wish to become more prepared for whatever may come. Pasta: Pasta is a good light-weight storable food that is also a great source of carbohydrates. A really basic way to store the rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar and pastas is to buy several 5-gallon seal-able paint buckets or food-grade buckets from your local hardware store. Unless you have deep pockets, and most people don’t, you are going to have to purchase and store your prepping supplies a little at a time. With all this in mind, here is a list of items that you can start buying when your out and about to add to your prepping supplies that will cost you right around 5 bucks. Whether it’s $5 or $500 you have to spend per month, just start prepping a little bit at a time and it will add up.
The spindle is the stick you’ll use to spin in order to create the friction between it and the fireboard. The hand drill method is the most primitive, the most primal, and the most difficult to do All you need is wood, tireless hands, and some gritty determination.
Make your notch. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board and make a small depression adjacent to it. Place bark underneath the notch. The bark will be used to catch an ember from the friction between the spindle and fireboard.
Start a fire! Once you see a glowing ember, tap the fire board to drop you ember onto the piece of bark. Start a fire. Have your tinder nest at the end of the fireboard, so that you’ll plow embers into as you’re rubbing.
The bow drill is probably the most effective friction based method to use because it’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure you need to create enough friction to start a fire. Get a socket The socket is used to put pressure on the other end of the spindle as you’re rotating it with the bow. Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch and create a depression adjacent to it in the fireboard. If you’re caught without a flint and steel set, you can always improvise by using quartzite and the steel blade of your pocket knife (You are carrying your pocket knife, aren’t you?). Grip the rock and char cloth. Take hold of the piece of rock between your thumb and forefinger. Start a fire. Fold up your char cloth into the tinder nest and gently blow on it to start a flame. To create a fire, all you need is some sort of lens in order to focus sunlight on a specific spot. If you use the smaller jar, measure a level tablespoon of sprout seeds and dump them into the jar (use two tablespoons of seeds if you use a 32 ounce jar).
Survival blog topics for a life of preparedness and risk awareness; emergency and disaster or threats thereof. This week I share some items from the mail bag.A  But first, let me share my thoughts of the moment.
As I like to say:A Always have an eyes wide open approach to prepping and expect the unexpected when a disaster or disruptive event occurs. Have you ever wondered how much water you can recover while harvesting rainwater?A  Reader a€?Shootita€? came up with the following.A  Note his bit of advice at the end. We installed a 300 gallon tank this summer to harvest rainwater from one of our horse sheds (metal roof) to use for gardening or emergencies. How many times have I suggested that you perform a drill with a grid-down weekend?A  I dona€™t think I have that many fingers.A  Anyhow, this came in last month from a€?Noeliaa€?. I’m from Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean, born and raised and still living here, and let me tell you, I feel sorry for you when natural disasters happen over there or just a simple power outage.
The other day we (me and my husband) had an outage in our neighborhood due to a storm and the power was out for like two days or so and our inverter ran out of juice. Can you believe it is two years since I first shared the DIY Miracle Healing Salve?A  As of this moment, there are 174 comments to that article and I have received hundreds of emails citing customized uses of the slave.A  Me thinks it is time for an update and I was planning to do so this month but I have been procrastinating. If anyone has unique uses for these dish washing and detergent pods I’d appreciate it. I am getting off to a slow start with this feature so bear with me.A  Here are a couple, however, to get you started.
This week I have been playing around with a new, battery operated, collapsible lantern from BYB.A  I have another, similar lantern that Shelly has swiped for his own use so having a second one seemed like a good idea. Priced at under $14, I think it is a good value.A  The fact that it works with rechargeable batteries is, for me, a bonus.
Ron has set aside five copies of his book for this giveaway and even if you think Kerosene Pressure Lanterns is something you already know about, be sure to read the interview.A  It is exceptional.
Since I am in a newsy mood today, I thought you might be interested in what I am currently reading.A  Two things. First is the audiobook version of The Gemini Virus.A  You might recall that reading a a€?survival fictiona€? book was on my list of short term goals for the month.


The other book I am reading is Growing Up in the Great Depression by Delores Mixer.A  This book is her personal account of growing up during hard times. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. Always, no matter where you are, have multiple routes to make your way back home.A  Just sayina€™.
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The Survivalist BlogA - MD Creekmore is the keeper of The Survivalist Blog and rolls out some outstanding new content on a regular basis as well as maintaining an archive of over 3,000 survival and self-reliance related articles. Modern Survival OnlineA - Run by Rourke, MSO is focused on survival, self-reliance, preparedness, firearms, and thoughts on the world of today.
Hopefully you are already benefitting from some, if not all, of these resources but if you are not I would encourage you to take a look at them. The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way.
The idea being that someone who is completely new to prepping can start with a cheap and easy goal and build (downward) from there.
On further trips to the store, add a few food items to your 3 day cache each time and you will soon have enough to survive for several weeks.
You will also need larger water containers to support not only drinking and cooking, but hygiene. A large fuel supply, or alternative cooking method will have to be used, and hunting if it is available.
You must have a self sustaining food supply, like a garden with heirloom seeds and large hunting area. Don’t be the person that refuses to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it, PREPARE for it.
However, if you’re just starting out, it can be a little overwhelming thinking of all of the supplies you need to be ready for three days, a week, a month or even more living on your own. Combining coupons with store specials can net you regular savings of 30 percent or more on non-perishable food items and toiletries. Off-season sales are another good place to find seasonal gear like camping equipment and gardening supplies at prices that are 50 percent or even 75 percent off of their original price.
Like other aspects of life, it’s all about smart shopping and always keeping an eye out for a bargain.
We strive to maintain a truthful and unbiased compendium of knowledge, both in original content, product reviews and survival tips, as well as curated articles from other top survival websites. However, for those just beginning to recognize how perilous these times are and are new to prepping, you can find many great survival foods at your local grocery store. Cornmeal is packed with dense carbohydrates and contains oils that helps extend its shelf life. Animal lard or vegetable shortening both offer much-needed calories during times of crisis, cooking oil for multiple uses, and it will keep longer than cooking oils because of the hydrogenation. Pasta will not keep as long as rice, but it can stay for around 5 years in good conditions. Be sure to bookmark our site and follow us on Facebook for future articles, and if you have some time check out some of our past survival blog articles. If you create enough friction between the spindle and the fireboard, you can create an ember that can be used to create a fire. Your tinder nest will be used to create the flame you get from the spark you’re about to create. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.
It’s always a good idea to carry around a good flint and steel set with you on a camping trip. Any boy who has melted green plastic army men with a magnifying glass will know how to do this. Choose your poison: super high inflation, a derivatives fiasco, a too big to fail failure, 1859-esque solar flares, terrorist attack, a huge quake in California or SE Missouri (New Madrid). With 2 months of non-stop kitchen mini-farming experience, I have declared myself to be an expert and want to explain exactly how you can grow and harvest fresh vegetables every few days year round.You can either use pint or quart wide mouth mason jars for your countertop mini-farm. Rinse (shake) this seed-filled fresh water for three or four seconds before emptying the water (I set the jars upside down on our toaster oven’s broiling rack to catch any excess water drainage).
I have a glass container that I shake my crop of fresh veggies into for storage in the refrigerator. Feeling that economic collapse is inevitable, he and his better half have been prepping for 6 years.
I personally omit the beeswax altogether and keep it as a liquid oil in a glass bottle in my bathroom. I use it on everything from mosquito bites to sunburn, and I even find it helps with period cramps when I rub it into my lower abdomen.
Some people have had issues with them dissolving properly in their machines but I don’t want to throw them out–always looking to repurpose things you know! There is always a question (which I call the giveaway question) that is equal to 5 entries. The book was just published so she must be in her nineties; I believe she said she was born in 1922. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are a€?wishinga€? for and in this way you know what the top products are.A  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.
Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount. As a side note, since there are so many survival and prepping websites, thank you for taking some of your valuable time to spend it here at The Prepared Ninja. Jack is also the king of guest interviews and will have just about every subject matter expert on just about every subject in his archives. The Survival Mom also offers free online classes and webinars on a regular basis which are a great value that can be enjoyed by anyone without cost.
Rourke has a fairly extensive database of downloadable resources ranging from gardening to terrorism and everything in between. While there is some great information about survival, what I rely on this site for is information about the economy and government operations that you can’t find anywhere else.
One or more of these websites may prove to be a valuable asset in assisting you in preparing for difficult times. Buy a 3 day supply of food for you household (be sure to get things with a long shelf life) and place it somewhere other than your pantry. You will also have to have an alternative water source such as water collection, filtration, and recycling. Do you think you could last a few days, weeks, or even months without the basics of food, water, gas and electricity? Take it a step further and join the grocery and drug store reward programs and you can find things like hand sanitizer, toothpaste and a host of other items for free that you can use in your survival kit. Estate sales are especially good hunting grounds, since they feature an entire house full of goods. Additionally, if the power grid is down during a mega disaster, it is much easier to make good corn breads and tortillas with cornmeal in a simple skillet or solar oven, where refined flour will need yeast and oil to make decent bread or biscuits.


Buy a 6-lb can ($12) and store in a cool, dry, and dark place and it will stay good for 2-3 years or longer. Additionally, acidic fruits and any cans with tomatoes will not keep as long as most people think. However, if the grid is down for a long time (apocalyptic), hunting and fishing will likely provide most meats.
Then fill it with food stuffs and add a couple of ounces of dried ice (found at large grocery stores) which will remove the oxygen from the bucket after it’s sealed.
There are different techniques you can use to make a fire with friction, but the most important aspect is the type of wood you use for the fire board and spindle. Cottonwood, juniper, aspen, willow, cedar, cypress, and walnut make the best fire board and spindle sets.
Make a tinder nest out of anything that catches fire easily, like dry grass, leaves, and bark. Maintain pressure on the board and start rolling the spindle between your hands, running them quickly down the spindle.
If you use another piece of wood, try to find a harder piece than what you’re using for the spindle. Matches can get wet and be become pretty much useless, but you can still get a spark from putting steel to a good piece of flint.
When it comes to storing food, most of those concerned about the future usually have 50 pound sacks of various dried beans and white rice and maybe an assortment of dried something or other.
For a one day ration for 2 people of these yummy and extremely healthy little plants, I have found that the pint-size jar is just perfect (broccoli sprouts, for example, are more than 10 times more nutritious than the full-grown broccoli plant).
You’ll find that when you think all the water has been shaken out, if you will rotate the jar about forty-five degrees even more water will drip out. Having had little success to date in growing a garden that would sustain them, they discovered that growing sprouts year round is a simple way to provide their loved ones with fresh and healthy veggies.
First off, they fertilize with raw human sewage, and secondly, the garlic has been soaked in bleach.
There are many sites that I have spent time and found some useful information but when considering the time spent to useful information found ratio, it leaves something to be desired. If for some reason you don’t find the interview you are looking for, let Jack know and he will most likely make every reasonable effort to make the interview happen. If you enjoy writing, make sure to check out Modern Survival Online’s guest writing contest while you are on the site. The SHTF community is also very interactive which allows for its readers to not only benefit from the published content but also from the opportunity to converse with each other in the comments section.
In fact, re-using items and finding alternative (and affordable) sources for food, clothing and other essentials goes hand-in-hand with being a prepper. Some sales may require that you dig around in the attic a little bit, but there are often treasures to be found at cents on the dollar.
It offers high carbohydrates which is especially important if you are exerting a lot of physical energy during a crisis. Wood with sap and oil are good as it creates a lubricant between the spindle and the socket. That bland combo of beans and rice, rice and beans might work for a follower of the Dave Ramsey Show while they’re working their way out of being in debt but what about fresh produce a month or two after the collapse?
My wife and I have tried to grow a garden now for three seasons and will continue to sharpen our green thumb skills next year and the year after. In the past I have grown some alfalfa sprouts in those plastic layered trays but somehow my plastic gismo had disappeared. Repeat this rinsing regimen every 12 hours placing the jars upside down on the broiler rack so air can circulate a little bit. Other sites where I have spent time yield a gold mine of information in short periods of time which is what I would like to share with you all today. As an added bonus, I love the fact that TSP is a podcast which allows me to listen to it while I am in the car. Another great opportunity that exists on MSO is the list of every post that has ever been published on the site which without having tried, I would have to guess would take just about an entire day to completely digest it all.
Good things to look for at such sales are water containers, camping equipment and kitchen items.
You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a fire, but you don’t have matches. But after three seasons of trying, all we have succeeded in doing is lowering our price per tomato from $48.98 each to under $9 (our tomatoes really tasted good!). I went online and did some google searches looking for the lowest prices on seeds and suggested methods for growing these little veggies. This article tells you how to spot the higher quality American-grown garlic and avoid the junk from China. Since I travel a fair amount for work, I can listen to a good amount of modern survival info while I drive. It makes no sense to demonize people that want to be responsible for not only themselves but their family and community.Lets just take a minute to exam what prepping is and where the mindset came from.
Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, like the kid in Hatchet. Many people wrongly label preppers as Doomsday preppers, but the real fact of the matter is that they just want to be self reliant.
It has nothing to do with preparing for the end of the world, but the constant barrage of disparaging news has only fueled many normal everyday people to return to the ways of our ancestors and regain that sense of security by providing for their family.
It need not be something as dramatic at these situations-even extremely windy or wet conditions can render matches virtually uselessly. Most preppers don’t have years worth of food stockpiled but they do have the skills necessary to preserve the food they have access to for long periods should they need them. And whether or not you ever need to call upon these skills, it’s just damn cool to know you can start a fire, whenever and wherever you are.
It is common knowledge that the media has mainly consisted of city dwellers that live on the east or west coast and they have no real common connection with backwoods people who still carry on these self reliant traditions today. This is one of the many reason prepping is now considered something radical, when in the past it was just good ol self reliant living. People fear what they don’t understand and since our media is largely run by un-prepared idiots with no understanding of a self reliant lifestyle, they choose to demonize what they don’t understand by labeling it fear mongering.
Will you be the one mocking people for others attitudes of preparing and then ask them to come in their home when the metaphorical winter arrives? Or will you be the ant and make preparations for your households future?Plain and simple, you are a fool to not have some kind of preparations and some type of training in survival should you ever need these skills. It should be the foundation of all other training types, and a person should have the training to be able to survive before anything else because it takes precedent to all other skill sets in my humble opinion. Many people have the mindset that they will learn these skills when the need arises, but what they don’t realize is when that day comes it will be too late.
Your neighbors and the ones you thought you might depend on if the stuff ever did hit the proverbial fan will take care of themselves and say the hell with you. Regardless of whether you ever have a true need for these skills they are essential to have because they help us to understand where our resources come from and the hard work involved in leading the American lifestyle we live. Connection with the foundations of our society is essential to its unity and prosperity, if we ever have hopes as succeeding as a fruitful nation.Even if you feel no need whatsoever to be prepared for hard times, you should realize that this type of mindset isn’t about being prepared for the doomsday.
It’s about cultivating a mindset of independence and self reliance that will foster feelings of joy that can’t truly be matched by other endeavors. There is no greater feeling than to know you can grow, cultivate, harvest, hunt and gather all the things you need. It’s a sense of accomplishment that will inspire feelings of great joy to know that you are independent and have no needs from anyone or anything.
Regardless of whether the world crashes down or not, it’s just good to know that you have created something great with nothing more than the work of your hands and the use of God’s great bounty that he has left here on earth for us to be good stewards over!Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!



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