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When the Economy Collapses, What is “Money”?

It seems like every year there is talk of an imminent economic collapse. 2017 is no different. With the economic deck stacked against Trump, I don’t have much confidence that he, alone, can turn things around. After all, the national debt is completely out of control and has doubled in the past 8 years. Sooner or later, the piper must be paid and preppers who breathed a sigh of relief when Trump was elected, may want to think again, as I wrote about in this article.

So, with continued predictions of economic collapse, I asked Mac Slavo over at SHTFplan blog to share with my readers his insights into how a family might survive following a collapse of our money system. …

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Waterless Hygiene and How to Keep Yourself Clean

Waterless Hygiene and How to Keep Yourself Clean via Preparedness Advice

Now, there are numerous situations in which disaster could leave us short of water. They could be just for a couple of hours or situations that lasted for months or even years. Besides the lack of drinking water, how would you stay clean in a world short on water?

A clean body with no need for water.

This brings us to the topic of waterless hygiene, and believe it or not, there are actually products on the market that provide you with quite a good cleansing using no water at all. A bottle or two in every bug out bag would be a wise investment.…

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14 Things to Consider If You Choose to Bug In When SHTF

Bug In When SHTF (1)I believe that for many of us sheltering in place, or bugging, in will be the best choice if everything hits the fan, such as a major pandemic as depicted in this book. The only way I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than to leave. Becoming a refugee isn’t an attractive option.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B for leaving, but if possible, I plan on bugging in. I know this area well, I have family and friends close by that will help, and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.…

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Camelbaks for Hydration to Prevent Heat Related Illnesses


Here is a Camelbak with several pockets for carrying extra gear. These are good for day hikes.

I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and been hiking in them for many years.  Now in the summer you have to be careful because of heat.  In many of the canyons, it can exceed 100 degrees.  Every year people have problems because they do not carry enough water and become dehydrated.  To prevent dehydration, we carry Camelbaks or one of their knockoffs.

Now dehydration occurs when the body loses water faster than it takes it in.  The human body loses water for many reasons.…

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Beware of These 5 Prepper Scams

prepper scamsThe other day I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, warning me that the IRS was about to file a lawsuit against me for back taxes, and of course, they wanted money.  Two things immediately clicked in my head. First, I knew that the IRS would not contact anyone in this manner. They always contact by mail or they show up at your door. Second, I knew that my taxes were paid. So I laughed at the caller, hung up, and reported their phone number to the authorities. This got me to thinking about various scams that I see being spread around the internet aimed at preppers.…

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4 Ways to Get Water From Your Well When the Power Fails


An Windmill

Recently I have run across several people who are concerned about how to get water out of their water well in an emergency.  Without electricity, most of today’s water wells would become useless.  But remember people had functioning wells prior to electricity.

Old-fashioned hand operated water pumps can still be purchased and are quite effective on wells less than 200 feet deep.  Some brands say that theirs will work to 300 feet in an emergency, but that the number of strokes required is less than desirable.


A Simple pump


A well bucket

If the water level in your well is over 300 feet, solar powered pumps will go as deep as 800 feet and wind powered pumps will go down to 1500 feet.  …

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Water Assurance: An Inexpensive Device


The Oatey Rain Diverter

Here is another article from a friend on a plan to backup your water.


Water is a concern for us as a family. In the area where we live, we do not often face droughts but they do occur. During one of the dry spells, some of the shallower wells in the area began to run dry and that can really get you thinking. What would happen if. . .

No doubt people living in areas served by public water could have similar concerns but for other reasons.  We need look back only as far as last summer when a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie led officials in Ohio and Michigan to ban tap water for over half a million people.…

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Water can be Your Most Important Prep


Here is another entry in the contest, this one is about water.


You have posted several articles about water, which I think is THE most important prep of all preps.  Being a former water operator I know how important it is to have water that is safe to drink.  I’ve seen the shows on TV where people have thousands of rounds of ammo but, maybe, only a few hundred gallons of water at most – for several people!

The average American uses roughly 75 gallons per day.  A family of four will use over 2000 gallons in a week!  Even just using water for drinking, food preparation and basic sanitation (to promote normalcy), they will still use over 100 gallons a week. …

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A Review of the Sawyer Mini Filter

Sawyer Mini Filter

Here is the complete kit

A while back, I picked up a four pack of Sawyer Mini Filters.  Since then I have been playing with them and have grown to like them for use in a bug out or get home bag.  They are also good for use in your everyday carry.  With a weight of only 2 ounces and being very compact, they can easily fit in your pocket.

The Sawyer Mini Filter is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons.  Now personally I can’t see anyone ever running that much water through one, but it is nice to know that the capacity is there.…

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Your Water has Failed What to Do Next?

purifying waterThe grid has just failed for one of many reasons, running from earthquakes to economic collapse.  You are without power and don’t know when it will come back on, but it appears that it will be at least several days.  So one of the first things you need to think about is protecting and using the water you have on hand.

If you have any warning, fill your bathtub and other containers.  Then shut your water off at the street if you are on a municipal water system.  This will protect the water in your piping and water heater from becoming contaminated from outside sources.  …

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