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8 Exit Plans Every Serious Prepper Should Have In Place

exit plans preppersMatt Drudge created a bit of a stir a couple of years ago with this Tweet:

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I’ve been a Drudge Report reader for over 20 years and have often said a prayer of thanks for Matt’s consistent dedication to exposing corruption. That Tweet, though, that has been stuck in my head ever since I saw it. “Have an exit plan…”

As a prepper, I suppose I have a number of exit plans. Some are quite thorough and have become reality with marked up maps and a few bug out bags. However, Matt’s warning has recently caused me to think twice about my preparedness.…

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Foods Carried on the Oregon Trail

Food on the Oregon TrailThe Oregon Trail was an exhausting, sometimes treacherous, 2,000-mile journey that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and locations in between. Over half a million stalwart souls were brave enough to leave the relative comfort of civilization at that time and venture off into strange and unknown lands.

We know a surprising amount of the Oregon Trail experience because so many travelers wrote journals, sent letters home, and even wrote books and newspaper articles. True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon and Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail are vivid, first-person accounts of this harrowing journey.

Most of these pioneers traveled by covered wagons, which were pulled by oxen and horses.…

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9 Uses for Rancid Cooking Oil

9 Uses for Rancid Cooking OilNow, I won’t say that I am cheap, but I never like to see waste. I use everything that I can. As many of you know, the shelf life of cooking oils is not indefinite, so the other day I found some olive oil that was out of date. I got to thinking about alternate uses for rancid cooking oils. Here is the list of uses for old oil.

Lubricant and rust preventative.  It can be used for everything from squeaky hinges to oiling your tools. In a pinch, it would work to protect your firearms.

Lamp oil.  Oil lamps are a good alternate use for rancid oils.…

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How do you take care of your food when the grid goes down?

foodOk, the grid is down and you have turned off the utilities and taken care of your water, what do you do next?  Check on your food situation.  Take a look at the refrigerator and see what needs to be used right away, don’t mess with the freezer yet.  Use up the foods that require refrigeration first.  Many of the foods that we normally refrigerate will keep for several days without refrigeration, such as produce and condiments.

Now the freezer, most freezers depending on the ambient temperature will stay cold for about three days if you leave them alone  and don’t open the door a lot. …

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1898 Recommendations for the Klondike

This is a section from the Official Guide to the Klondike put out in 1898.  It was well respected at the time and this section covers mainly food and clothing.  The food ration was purposely made about 50% high to allow for cold, hard work and some loss to conditions.  I thought it is an interesting piece and gives some insight to the problems one can face in a cold climate.

HowardGuide to the Klondike 1998

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Unethical Suppliers of Preparedness Gear and Foods

I spend a fair amount of time reviewing websites that deal in preparedness products and foods.  Because of this, I have become convinced that some very unethical dealers are trying to take advantage of the movement.

Because of possible legal problems, I am not going to name names.  However, I will tell you some things to watch for.

Just the other day I saw a kit selling for $995.00 that included a bug out bag and 90 days food.  Sound like it may be ok.  Then you start reading the fine print.  The 90 days food consists of 20 3600-calorie lifeboat rations and one 60 Serving Food Kit of Wise food. …

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Stock Up Now

This post will be a bit different.  For the past week, I have been visiting family members in Utah.  While there, I got the chance to do some shopping.  Among the places I visited were Emergency Essentials and Walmart.  You are probably wondering about Walmart.  In Utah Walmart has stocked large amounts of freeze dry food for some years.  Mainly products manufactured by Augason Farms and Morning Moo.  They only had half the stock that I have seen in the past.  They did have large stocks of food grade five-gallon buckets, water containers and Gamma Lids.  The prices were reasonable.

Emergency Essentials seemed well stocked with their house brand Provident Pantry. …

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The Long Journey Home

The Long Journey Home, by Lew B.  is a contest entry, don’t forget to submit yours.

August 18, 2009 – My wife and I leave Southern California for a nice 5 day drive through the beautiful (but desolate) state of Nevada.

As we are about 50 miles into our trip, with the Starbucks in the cup-holders of the Suburban, I asked my wife what we would do if the economy were to collapse?

We spent the next 5 days talking about all the things we would need to live a life even remotely similar to the one we have now.  It was quite overwhelming.…

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Variety in Your Food Storage

What do you have in your food storage?  In the last few years, I have encountered people that have all kinds of different food storage plans.  These include some of the following.

Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods

I have met people who have a long-term food storage consisting almost entirely of #10 cans of freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.  Many of them have purchased these foods as a unit. The first thing to check is the calories per day.  Many of these units are low in calories.  If you have to work hard, you will require a higher number of calories than you do today. …

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Storing Food and Water in a Small Home or Apartment

I recently received a request for information on how to store food and water if you live in a small house or apartment.  For a lot of people this is a real problem.  Here are a few suggestions I can make.

Bedside table

Let’s start with the bedroom, Remove the bed frame, place #10 cans on the floor a thin sheet of plywood and then your box spring and mattress.  My bed side table is a stack of food boxes covered by a cloth.   How about your closet, can you put a layer of cans on the floor and place your shoes on top of them

Boxes of food stored behind couch

The living room, side tables made from boxes of food covered with a pretty cloth and a little imagination can look quite nice. …

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