Category Archives: Preparedness

How to Build a Smokehouse In Your Backyard (with Pictures)

One of the best and tastiest ways to conserve meat is to smoke it. The meat is delicious, and if you keep it in a cool, dry place, it can last up to a year and sometimes even longer. The system used is pretty simple. You make a fire, and the smoke goes through a long tube or pipe. The smoke will then cool down and reach the meat at the appropriate temperature (85 degrees to 125 degrees Fahrenheit). Here is a step-b

How to make a Storm Glass pendant

Toward the end of last year, being in possession of two novelties – a girlfriend and a steady job – I decided to spend my free evenings crafting a very special piece of jewellery. I was inspired by a visit to Barometer World in the late summer, where I discovered the curious material known as storm glass (tragic backstory recounted here). In short, a storm glass is a weather divination tool so old that nobody

15 Ways To Cook Without Electricity

When it comes to preparing for disaster, one of the first things that we need to do as preppers is determine how we’re going to cook food if SHTF. Nearly all stoves nowadays are electric so if the power goes out, you’re forced to find alternative cooking methods. For many, this will be a challenge, but not if you’re properly prepared. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a warm climate or experience a disa

14 Dog Breeds for Preppers

Tens of thousands of years ago, early humans established an unlikely alliance with another animal—the grey wolf. Over the last 15,000 years, our fates have intertwined, and we have managed to domesticate them into what we now call man’s best friend. Given the fact that dogs were the first domesticated animals—long before cows, sheep, pigs, or goats; before we even learned how to plant rice or corn; and before

4 Hidden Off-Grid Dangers That Could Kill You

Many of us living off the grid have a homestead where we strive for some level of self-reliance. This can be accomplished by using an alternative energy source, having a thriving garden or raising livestock for meat. Regardless of exactly how we strive for self-reliance, often our homestead is remote and private. However, living on a remote homestead comes with some hidden dangers that could kill you if you’re no

The 5 Greatest Threats To Off-Grid Living

It’s nothing short of ironic that this nation, which was founded, explored, and made great by adventurous and self-reliant people, has now become a haven for those who insist on being cradled and sheltered by convenience. Responding to the demand that this has created, the government has increasingly made it more difficult to be self-reliant and now seems thoroughly dedicated to preventing anyone from taking care

Underground Houses: The Ultimate In Off-Grid Living?

There seems to be some misconceptions about underground homes. Some people instantly think of dark, dingy places akin to some kind of emergency shelter. Others immediately think of the cozy Hobbit holes in the Tolkien books and films. Underground or earth-sheltered houses are really no different than any other home except that they are built into the earth. Using the earth as a shelter for a house has numerous adva

How to Survive Extreme Winter

How to Survive Extreme Cold The states of Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts make up what is commonly referred to as the New England area of the United States. Located in the northeastern section of the country, New Englanders are quite used to surviving cold spells.Heck, the area is known for it. But in 1816, something drastic happened on that front. The winter of 1815-16 had been unusu

3 Emergency Heat Sources When The Power’s Out

  Today’s homes are all heated as a requirement of the Universal Building Code. While air conditioning isn’t a regulatory requirement, heating is. The heating must be adequate to maintain the home in the “comfort zone” even in the most-extreme temperatures for that part of the country. There’s only one problem, though: Nearly all home heating systems depend upon electricity to function. When the g

How To Turn Old, Useless Clothes Into Homemade Rugs

  Although it is simple to create a functional rug with purchased fabrics, it can be more resourceful and economical, and even more rewarding, if done with recycled materials. Recycling worn clothing and other home fabrics may seem like a no-brainer, but in fact there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Just as proper preparation and storage of your canned goods ensures a larder stuffed with what you nee

15 Natural Remedies for the Winter Season

  Guide to Winter Wellness The herbs here can ease coughs, congestion, and sore throats, and some may help prevent illness altogether, says Vermont-based herbalist Betzy Bancroft. Seek out teas and herbal extracts at natural-foods stores, and dried herbs from sources such as or (As always, talk to your doctor before trying new remedies, particularly if your symptoms are

Tools The Early Pioneers Used on A Daily Basis

Setting out for the frontier in the 19th century was nothing like moving to a new city today. You weren’t moving to a place with a fully developed infrastructure, where you could easily get your hands on all the essentials of day to day life from a choice of stores and service providers. The hardy pioneers who built the West had to be self-reliant, and that meant taking everything they needed with them. We often

Top 5 Awesome Bug Out Vehicles You Can Actually Afford

When you need to get out of town as quickly as possible in an emergency, not all vehicles are created equal. What’s ideal in one situation probably won’t be ideal in a different set of circumstances. Therefore, this article will look at several affordable – totally different – vehicle options. This is what an evacuation looks like. Option 1: Fuel Efficiency and Mobility (Starting at $4500/ Used But In G