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18 Jul 2012 by filed in Clothing & Shelter Preparedness
As is often the case, I received an e-mail question from a reader which required more than just a simple yes or no answer. Now that I'm receiving 500+ of e-mails a day, I'm trying to be smart in managing my time better, as such I thought it best to begin a new procedure when responding to reader's e-mails. I'm frequently asked questions which require detailed answers and yet, when I get the questions posed to me via e-mail, none of our other readers benefit from the information and I'm spending...
12 Jul 2012 by filed in Spiritual Preparedness
    There are great deal of headlines making the news lately which all point towards the realistic possibility of a terrible drought. Drought, famine, pestilence—it’s not exactly something that we spend much of our days thinking about. However, in my desire to fortify my Spiritual and Mental Preparedness (the first 2 priorities of the 10 Principles of Preparedness) I indulged in some major research into the history of famines in world history and the human response to these scenarios. What I...
17 May 2012 by filed in Food Preparedness
  Frequently when the term “emergency” is used, it is usually connected to a visit to the hospital.  In the event of an earthquake, terrorist attack, or pandemic one can expect the hospitals to be taxed greater than 600% of what they are equipped to handle. Ironically, any time you have a situation in which there are more patients than a hospital is equipped to handle, you’re faced with a sub-crisis within your crisis. Today I wanted to give you some real numbers and some real facets to...
29 Feb 2012 by filed in Water Preparedness
Some of you may be completely  unaware of what is meant when the phrase "dust bowl" is used. As a quick tutorial, the dust bowl was a devastating time in the history of our nation in which we had burdensome drought conditions coupled by extreme high temperatures, destructive winds, and harsh erosion in the 1930's. This onslaught of dust affected the majority of the nation in one way or another because this dust bowl weather pattern sorely taxed already struggling farmers as a result of economic...
20 Jan 2012 by filed in Water Preparedness
This article is a continuation of Part I of the Water Filtration Facts and Fiction that I had posted last week in which I reviewed several different aspects for which consumers should be on the lookout when determining which water filtration system to purchase. Today I’m going to delve into greater detail with just ONE of those aspects.  Sorry, but contrary to my thinking that I could do this all in a Part II version I was SO wrong and totally underestimated last week just how much material I...
07 Dec 2011 by filed in Preparedness
I don't know how it is in the rest of world, but where I live it's pretty a given that neighbors will be exchanging gifts. I learned that my very first year here as a newlywed, so excited to share my cooking prowess with my neighbors. In this area, if you forget someone, you are going to hear about it, especially if you make and distribute something great! I have to admit, over the years I've gotten a bit spoiled. I actually look forward to Carl's homemade salsa, Carol's cheese roll, and the...
05 Nov 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
BETTER GET YOUR PEANUT BUTTER THIS WEEKEND. IT WILL BE UP 40% ON MONDAY DUE TO CROP DAMAGE. THAT EXPLAINS WHY SAMS CLUB WAS OUT OF MY FAVORED JIF PEANUT BUTTER ALL WEEK LONG. PASS IT ON. OK. So now it's Monday and you're wondering what's all the hoopla?  First of all, I've got to apologize for not giving you a heads up sooner. I noticed some unusually low stashes of peanut butter in the stores this week, but had no idea why? In two of the big warehouses here, the mainstream peanut butter was...
25 Oct 2011 by filed in Clothing & Shelter Preparedness
I am NOT a fan of underground bunkers in the name of preparing against a nuclear fall-out scenario.  In my opinion, it’s just plain overkill in light of what I believe to be practical. I recently watched a cast member of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” show who spent at least six figures just to install an empty underground bunker, located an hour and a half away from his home—which also means that he had to drop a pretty penny for the land as well.  Then he went on to purchase all...
23 Aug 2011 by filed in Medical Preparedness
Generally speaking, insects, mice, and other pests and vermin are enemies of our self-reliance. While there are many gidgets and gadgets today to help rid our lives of these nuisances, we really do need to look at addressing such problems without the presumption that we’ll have the luxury of such comfortable tools in the future. I would suggest specifically being capable of handling mice, rats, spiders, ants, excess flies, bed bugs, crickets, and mosquitoes, etc. as these intruders can...
29 Oct 2010 by filed in Financial Preparedness
I suppose I have to address this issue sooner or later. What do I think about buying gold and silver to hedge against a financial collapse? Personally, I’d pass. Among the 10 Principles of Preparedness, the Principle of Financial Preparedness is Number Nine in order of prioritization. If times get so tough that one feels like they have to rely on gold and silver, there are a heck of a lot worse problems that will come to the forefront which will have nothing to do with traditional currency....
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