Category Archives: Back To Basics

How To Prepare Your Apartment For A Disaster

Guest post by Natasha Ramirez. If 2020 hasn’t made you take a long, hard look at your disaster preparedness plan, you probably haven’t been watching the news. There are some events like the “murder hornets”, for example, that took over the internet that shouldn’t worry you too much. But wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters have become a reality for people across the country, and if there was ever a time to fine-tune your preparedness plan, that time is now.  When you rent an apartment, most repairs are the landlord’s responsibility. But when natural disasters strike, those rules go out the … Continue reading

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A Quick Checklist for New Preppers

Guest post by Bryan Borris The pandemic has changed the mindset of people as it has shown that you can never be too prepared for an unexpected disaster. Even the ones who weren’t enthusiastic about prepping a year ago are now ardent preppers by choice. While you prepare to face a situation like the current one, you will have an added advantage. Prepping gets you one step ahead of a crisis, whether it comes in the form of a car accident, a sudden layoff, a riot or violent incident or a long-term economic downturn. However, contemporary prepping needs to have … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Family Safe and Prepared

If there is one lesson to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of preparedness. Think back to when the virus first struck. Many people flocked to stores to hoard masks, disinfectants, and for some reason, massive amounts of toilet paper. Those in need of the same precious supplies ultimately had to pay a hefty price or go without.  When it comes to keeping your family safe and well-equipped to handle life’s curveballs, it’s important to discuss current and future steps you can take to protect yourselves, especially in cases of emergencies. This can look like taking the … Continue reading

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Storing Bulk Food Basics

There are a number of reasons to start storing food in bulk. Whether you’re storing for the current (or the next) pandemic or experimenting with a canning hobby, food storage is a great way to bulk up your preparedness.  When getting started there are some key basics worth keeping in mind as you begin your food storage adventure. Here are some useful tips to help get you started: Pick Nutritional Foods to Store   When it comes to which specific foods to store in bulk, evaluating your relationship with food can and should impact your food storage project. It can be … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for Home Emergencies

Guest Post by Kyle Shaw For most, home is synonymous with comfort and security. It’s where one goes to relax, not ponder all the things that could possibly go wrong. And yet, there’s something to be said about home emergency preparedness. From forest fires to devastating earthquakes, disasters—both natural and man-made—can strike anywhere at any time. There’s a good chance that you’ll be at home when a potential disaster unfolds, but are you ready for it? Here’s how you can start preparing yourself for home emergencies. Know the Risks Knowing which types of emergencies to prepare for is key to … Continue reading

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Build Off-the-Grid Now

Guest post by Maggie Potter The coronavirus has made one thing clear — people in society don’t keep a safe enough distance from each other. The fast spread of the virus has governments ordering people to stay home and avoid contact with groups and others. The hardest-hit areas are large metropolitan cities such as New York City and Seattle. Social distancing and quarantining at home may be an impossible concept to follow for some, but for others, an ideal way of life. It’s hard to say what will happen in the future, but it’s likely we’ll see more issues from this pandemic, … Continue reading

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How to be a Prepper Parent for Every Aspect of Life

Guest post by Maggie Potter Parenting while you’re a prepper adds more responsibilities to your plate and new risks and concerns. You have to worry about the survival needs of your kids (which can be different than your own) while trying to balance your role as a parent. If you’re a soon-to-be or new parent, how do you prepare your kids for the future in a way they can understand for their age without causing undue stress and fear? It’s the biggest challenge of parenting as a prepper mom or dad. Fortunately, the task is right up your alley — … Continue reading

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Basic Techniques for Rifle Shooting

Guest post by Jay Chambers If you’re in a long-term survival situation, a hunting rifle is a handy tool. This is doubly true if you happen to be holed up in an area where foraging and fishing are sparse. But, you won’t be getting game with your rifle if you can’t hit anything with it. And, you likely won’t have a ton of ammo. So, there’s no room for misses. Fortunately, most hunting situations require just a few basic shooting skills, which are easy to learn. Here’s a rundown of the fundamental shooting skills and a few tips for applying … Continue reading

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4 Trade Skills That Will Increase Your Self-Sufficiency

Guest Post by Jori Hamilton In the modern age of rapidly evolving technology and the digitization of practically every industry, trade skills are getting lost in the shuffle. As more young people pursue an academic education, employers within technical fields are scrambling to fill jobs from a decreasing worker pool. But a decrease in those seeking out a trade education isn’t just bad news for employers — without at least a rudimentary background in a skilled trade, you become less self-sufficient and more reliant on outside help for what might be minor fixes. That reliance on others can greatly impact … Continue reading

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How to Navigate by the Stars

A guest post from Jenn over at myopencountry.com Long before iPhones and GPS existed, even before the invention of the compass, ancient peoples across the world had to rely on other methods to successfully navigate and explore. One of the primary methods, particularly amongst seafaring adventurers was celestial navigation. With the advancement of technology, this ancient art has gradually faded, however, it is still a good skill to have. Batteries die, compasses can be dropped, you never know when you may need to rely on your natural navigation instincts. Navigation by the stars isn’t difficult, but it does require some knowledge … Continue reading

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