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Bug Out Bag Basics

We hear all of the time about having a readily available, pre-packed and pre-positioned bag to be used in the event of an evacuation.  The common term is Bug Out Bag (BOB).  Generally speaking, we’re talking about having enough “stuff” to sustain a person for at least 72 hours. As the saying goes, Stuff Happens.  […]

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Prepping For The “Big Picture”

One of the great things about being a Baby Boomer is that we’ve seen a lot of history – at least a half century worth.  Most of us have read a fair bit as well.  We see too many similarities in current events happening in our country with things that have happened in the past. […]

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Eggs and Coffee, Prepper Style

One of the “rules” of being a prepper is to eat what you’ve stored on a regular basis.  You always want to eat FIFO – first in, first out – and then replace what you ate. I know I don’t follow that rule very often.  I tend to store it away, and forget about it. […]

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Prepper Candy

One of the great ways to boost your psyche is during emergency situations is with comfort foods. This can be even more important for kids and grandkids, as they need an anchor to hold while things are swirling about them.  Comfort foods like mashed potatoes and gravy. Mac and cheese. Fresh baked bread. Beef stew. […]

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TVP – The New White Meat?

When searching for dehydrated or freeze-dried foods for our preps, I kept running into Textured Vegetable Protein, or TVP. It is a dried soy product designed to act as a vegetarian meat substitute. Most of us have eaten TVP and not realized it. Many “bacon bits” are actually flavored TVP. The stuff I saw was […]

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DIY Power Sources

One of the most overlooked emergency preparedness items is alternate power sources.  People always assume that when they flick the switch, the lights will come on. That’s a bad assumption. For Baby Boomers – and others that may have medications or other items that require refrigeration – being without power can turn an otherwise inconvenient […]

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Bean Flour Soups

I’m really a big fan of Just Add Water foods.  These are meals that are made entirely of freeze dried or dehydrated foods that become edible with just the addition of water. Think of them as homemade Mountain House or Wise Foods meals – for a whole lot less money! At home, we nuke foods […]

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A Shelter For Every Emergency

Most people who understand the need for preparedness have at least heard about the, “Rule of 3’s” – You can live for 3 minutes without air You can live for 3 hours without shelter You can live 3 days without water You can live 3 weeks without food The first time reading the list, many […]

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You’re A Termite In Their Eyes

One of the key tenants of preparedness-minded individuals is independence.  Without it, you’re obviously dependent upon someone or something for a given task or item.  Food is one of those key items for which we want to be independent. For me, producing as much of what I eat is more about knowing what’s inside it.  […]

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First Aid Protocols

Whatcha gonna do? A child playing on a swing set is suddenly on the ground, and not moving. A fellow Baby Boomer walking in the park suddenly drops to the ground in front of you. While driving down a back road, you come upon an automobile accident and you see the driver – not moving […]

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Field Expedient Rocket Stoves

I’ve been researching different way of cooking in an emergency situation. I carry a homemade Penny Stove in my Get Home Bag (GHB). They are excellent for this purpose – small, heat up quickly, are pretty powerful, and don’t use a lot of fuel. They have their downsides, though. You need to carry fuel with […]

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Medication Shortages

It is pretty amazing how dependent we’ve become on EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors.  More disturbing, is how dependent we’ve become on prescription medications.  Instead of fixing the cause of the problem, we’ve been trained to take a pill, and the problem magically goes away. We Baby Boomers, as we age, become more and more […]

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Canning Burger At Home

Part of being prepared – and independent – is assuming a number of different negative events will happen, and being prepared for each of them.  One of the great ways to prepare for an extended power outage is to home can food.  Whatever gets canned gets fully cooked and can be consumed without further preparation. […]

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Water: After A Power Outage

A question:  What is the first thing you do when you have a power outage?  Our plan, like most, is to find some sort of light source – be it a flashlight or candle.  We then grab one of our dynamo-powered radios to try and figure out what is happening. I’m guessing the next item […]

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