Category Archives: Self sufficiency

What is Your Most Important Prep?

important prepThis is something that I given a lot of thought too.  My stock answer in the past has always been knowledge.  While knowledge is a good answer and quite important, I think, there is a better answer.  Your most important prep is the one that makes the difference between life and death.

Knowledge can be good, but if it is all book knowledge, you can die while you are trying to apply it.  Book knowledge has to be converted from theory to a working knowledge or skill.  A good example would be fire starting, it is great to have the knowledge that birch bark will make good tinder, but until you have tried it and made it work, you don’t have a skill.…

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How Dependent are You on Electricity?

electricityNow I like to think that I can get by without electricity.  So this week, I took the time to do a survey of our home to see how much we depended on electricity.  The idea being how much would a long-term loss of electricity affect us.  This study revealed some interesting results.

  • Clocks – I realized that all our clocks were electric with the exception of one older wristwatch.
  • Lights – here we had plenty of backup. We have a couple of small solar systems and kerosene that would supply adequate lighting if the power is out.
  • Heat – here we are a bit weak, but it doesn’t get very cold here for extended periods of time.
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Cottonwood Trees are Useful for Preppers

I have some cottonwood trees growing on my property, including one that is almost dead.  This got me to wondering whether or not they had any good uses for preparedness.  I have always considered them kind of worthless trees, but after a bit of research I have changed my mind.

While they are not good firewood, they burn poorly because they are so fibrous.  But for many woodsmen, the cottonwood tree is a revered tree.

It is a good indicator of water.  Their roots seek out water and you will normally be able to find water near where they grow.  The dry fibrous inner bark of Cottonwood trees is great for tinder.  …

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Bartering After TEOTWAWKI, Is It a Good Idea?

barteringPersonally, I intend to do some bartering, if things fall apart.  Now what you trade and how you go about it is a bit complicated.  First there is two things that I would be very careful about who I bartered with, ammunition and alcohol.  Now I know that many people have stored extra ammo with the idea that it will be good trading stock.  I believe that there will be a demand for many different types of rounds, particularly 22 and 12 gauge birdshot for hunting.

When you trade ammo, you want to be sure that it is not going to be used on you. …

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Winterize your Home and Preps

winterizeIt is November and we haven’t had much snow in the Sierra’s, all least for now the drought seems to be continuing.  However, the weather has been quite cold the last few days.  Some things indicate that the El Nino that is occurring in the Pacific could bring heavier than normal rains to Southern California. In other parts of the country, I see  strange weather patterns occurring.  I really don’t know what is going to happen, but get ready for the worst and hope for the best.  If you live in the northern hemisphere now is a good time to winterize your home and preps.…

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Why You May Need a Typewriter in Your Preps

typewritersIn recent days, I have been thinking about how we would share knowledge, communicate with each other and keep records of births, deaths, marriages and other important events.  Today we are spoiled by computers; they solve all of the above problems.  What about if the power is out?  I guess we could go back to time-consuming handwriting.  I don’t know about you but I have gotten out of the habit of writing by hand, it would take some getting used too.  In school today they are talking about no longer teach cursive.  So then I thought about manual typewriters.

Now to some of you this may seem like a waste of effort. …

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Follow Your Plan During an Earthquake or Other Emergencies

earthquakeYou are getting a good night sleep and are happily dreaming, when all of a sudden you are thrown out of bed.  You feel disoriented and confused.  Your wife is screaming and the kids are crying.  You get to your feet and try to find a flashlight.  Now this is easy because you kept one in the dresser next to your bed.  The batteries are in good shape and you look around and realize you have been hit with an earthquake.

What do you do next?  You check on your wife and kids.  After you have calmed them down and treated them for minor injuries, you start to look around. …

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Shoe Goo a Useful Product for Preppers

shoe gooA while back I wore a hole in the rubber mat in my car.  Now these things are expensive and I was not looking forward to buying a new one.  This is when one of my sons spoke up and said why don’t you repair it with shoe goo.  I thought what do I have to lose and tried it.  It worked beautifully and has been holding up for over a year with no change.

Shoe Goo is one of these products like duct tape that seems to have a million uses.  Shoe Goo is sold to use to repair tennis shoes. …

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Guidelines For, and Questions from beginning Preppers

beginning preppersI receive quite a few questions from people in all stages of prepping.  Many of these are from beginning preppers.  These questions are valuable to me; they help me to understand what you need.  The whole reason I write this blog is to share information and help people prepare.  Everytime I receive a question, I figure that for everyone that writes there are many others who have the same question.  So keep sending your questions and ideas and I will keep trying to answer them.  Understand that sometimes your answer may be delayed while I do research or check with others who are more knowledgeable than I am.  …

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Free Five-gallon Buckets are Yours for the Asking

free five-gallon bucketsI have recently received several email inquires about how to get hold of inexpensive or free five-gallon buckets.  Now I have a lot of five gallon buckets, some I have paid for, but many that I have gotten for free.

Let’s talk about good sources for purchasing five-gallon buckets first.  Both Home Depot and Lowes have good quality buckets on sale for a reasonable price.  But they are not all food grade.  Unless they are specifically labeled as food grade, assume that they are not.  If they are food grade they will normally have a sticker that says food grade.  Home Depots orange buckets are not food grade.  …

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