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What Happens to Your Pets After TEOTWAWKI?


You don’t want you dog to end up looking like this.

This post today is on a subject that is hard for many people to face.  We are a nation that loves our pets mostly, cats and dogs.  Huge amounts of money are spent on them and the vast majority of them are not working animals.  By working I mean cats that hunt for their food, hunting dogs, herd dogs, guard dogs etc.  The rest are merely companions, and I know this is very important to some people.  So what arrangements have you made for your pets?

I suspect that a good many people will just turn them loose, when food is short.  …

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How to Get Children or Grandchildren to Carry Emergency Gear?

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Sometimes it is amazing what they have in their car trunks.

The other morning one of my grandchildren came by and visited with us.  While she was here, we got to talking about what emergency gear she had in her car.  Now she has a good get home and bugout bag.  So I asked her what she had in her car right now.  She had extra clothes, tennis shoes, a blanket and water.  So I asked her where her bag was, she admitted that her emergency gear was sitting in her closet at home.  Being young and in good shape they have a tendency to think they can do anything.…

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Baking Wheat Bread Without Modern Stoves

baking wheat breadMost people have been exposed to baking wheat bread at some point in their lives.  Normally it is done with the use of a modern cook stove or a bread maker.  The bread probably came out great.  But what happens when those modern conveniences are no longer available.

Suppose you want a nice soft, warm, loaf of good wheat homemade bread and you have the ingredients.  You don’t want bannock, hardtack, Johnnycake, cornbread or any of the other breads our ancestors ate. So how do you go about baking wheat bread without a stove?

There are several methods that you can use and most of them are fairly easy. …

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12 Reasons Why Well Trained and Equipped People Fail to Survive

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These men had the will and courage to survive

When confronted with survival situation human beings have the potential to overcome challenges, beat incredible odds, and come out a survivor.  However, in survival situations, many people fail to survive not for lack of physical ability or resources, but because of lack of will.  Survival is taking any situation, accepting it, and trying to improve it, while sustaining your life until you can get out of the situation.  Survival is a state of mind.

Here is a list of 12 reason why you can fail to survive

  1. Failure to plan – you need to take the time to survey the situation and make a plan and then follow it.
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Weather Prediction for Preppers Using Nature Signs

weather prediction Most of us depend on the news for weather predictions. We have easy access to the weather service. So what happens when it is no longer available and we have to depend on our own knowledge?  In reality, there are some simple skills that our ancestors used to predict the weather.

Suppose you are starting to cook breakfast over your open fire and you notice that the smoke is not rising but spreading out at a low altitude.  This tells you that you have a temperature inversion.  This creates a sandwich effect.  Sound, light and radio waves bounce between the top of the cool lower layer of air and the ground. …

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Some Tips on Opening Long-term Stored Foods

long-term stored foodsEvery now and then, we hear of people who have had problems with long-term stored foods.  The other day one of my friends opened an old five-gallon bucket of wheat, upon opening it; the wheat looked good on the surface.  But as he got deeper in the bucket, he found a black mold in the bottom half of the bucket.  Fortunately, he had not consumed any at this point since these molds can be toxic.

These types of molds are the result of wheat, grains or legumes being packed with too high a moisture content.  Here is a link to a post that shows the correct percentage of moisture for packing grains and a way to rough test the moisture content at home. …

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Cooking with Your Long-term Stored Foods

Cooking with your stored foods is different from your everyday cooking.  It will take more time and effort.  You will probably be handicapped by not having your normal cooking stove.  Your available ingredients will probably be limited.

We all have favorite recipes many of which will be hard to use when you are cooking with your stored foods.  But with a bit of preplanning you may be able to modify some of these recipes so that they still work.  Here is a chart that was published by Brigham Young University showing some possible substitutions.

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All dried fruits and vegetables are generally hydrated in double the amount of water.…

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So You Have to Bugout, How Do you Load Out?

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Abandoned cars

We have all seen the recent fire in Canada and other situations in which people have had to bug out suddenly.  Now in the recent wildfires in Canada people had little notice and were often short of fuel.  As a result, many of them had to abandon cars that were loaded with their personal effects.  In addition many of them had no idea which of their belongs they needed to take when and no time to decide.  So how do you avoid this problem plan your load out ahead of time

First get in the habit of keeping the fuel tank of your vehicles at least ½ full. …

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A Huge wildfire like the One at Fort McMurray can Affect You.

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Could you stop this? No but the cleared land may

For the last week or so, I have been watching the huge wildfire that has been occurring in Canada and has destroyed portions of the town of Fort McMurray.  For the last two or three years I have posted articles on the dangers of wildfires and on the whole feel that most people do not pay them any mind.  But I decided to do it this last time in the hopes that it may save someone’s life or home.

From the last news reports that I saw, this huge wildfire has forced the evacuation of over 80,000 people and destroyed by the latest count over 2400 homes. …

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Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

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Food lines, they sometimes last from 5 am until well into the evening

There are always lessons to be learned from watching what goes on in other areas during crises.  For the last several years Venezuela has been having food shortages, infrastructure problems and inflation.  While this is an oil rich country, their socialistic economic policies have pushed them into a major food crisis.

Yesterday I received some information on the current food crisis in Venezuela.  Food is in short supply and very expensive when you can get it.  Supermarkets are locked into a system that controls their sales.  They are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. …

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