One of the upsides of the ongoing economic crisis in this country is that more and more Americans are recognizing the importance of being prepared for emergencies. However, most of this preparation seems to be centered on surviving for extended periods of time within the confines of the home. While prolonged home survival is a necessary first step in any emergency preparedness plan, the fact remains that disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires may require home evacuation at a moment’s notice. And those families that are unprepared will be forced to fend for themselves, leaving bulky supplies of food for long term storage behind. In an effort to keep that scenario from happening, here’s a look at the 5 essentials each family member will need in order to survive outdoors for at least 72 hours. These items should be stored in individual backpacks or “bug out bags” which can be (Read More....)
When I was in college, I read Henry David Thoreau's classic book Walden for the first time, and I experienced nothing short of a complete self-transformation. In Walden, Thoreau stresses time and again the importance of mastering self-reliance as he describes his time spent alone in the woods. Although I've since become an outdoor enthusiast, and I'd like to think I can survive alone relying only on the skills I've learned over the years, I think it's just as important to develop a mindset that's truly focused on self-reliance. Here's how I developed this attitude—and, if you haven't yet—how you can, too:
1. Learn to let go of your material desires.
This is perhaps the most important obstacle to overcome in your quest for self-reliance. Even though you may think you are not a materialistic person, all of us participate in a consumerist society in which the implied goal is to amass as much (Read More....)
The threat of a natural disaster, a horrible accident, or even a war always looms overhead as a possibility--and with that in mind, many people are polishing up on their survival skills, stocking up on supplies, and preparing for any worst case scenario that might be on the horizon. Known as prepping, this type of survivalist training is something that an increasing number of people are finding value in--life-saving skills, supplies, and readiness that no individual should really be without. If you're new to prepping and could use some direction, here are 5 survival tips to help get you started.
Stock an Emergency Food Supply
One of the first things you should do if you're a new prepper is to stock an emergency food supply, one that would last for at least one to two months. When selecting foods for your emergency supply, look for items that are high in protein and carbohydrates such as energy bars, trail mix, peanut butter, and granola. Other foods you should have on hand include rice, pasta, canned goods like beans and a variety of meats, and anything else that has a long shelf life. Just because (Read More....)
You may not realize the significance of having an emergency food supply, but you should. An emergency food supply can help you and your family survive should there ever be a natural disaster, power outage, or worse. If you would like to know how to build an emergency food supply, the following tips can help.
Determine Your Needs
The first step in building an emergency food supply is determining your needs. The government recommends having at least a 3-day food supply for every person in your household, but you can stock your supply for longer periods if you wish. Once you determine how long you want your emergency food supply to last, you can begin making a list of items you will need for it.
What to Include
Water is the most important thing to include in your emergency food supply, as it keeps you and your family hydrated. You should stock enough so each person has at least one gallon of water per day. This amount is for both drinking and sanitation purposes. If you have an infant that drinks powdered formula, remember to keep water on hand for mixing as well. Make sure your water supply is kept fresh, as (Read More....)
Urban Rabbit Farming Primer By David M Park
Several years ago, my wife and I decided to become as self-reliant as possible. Part of that goal was to raise small livestock on our small urban homestead. Rabbits are perfect for urban husbandry, as their size, self-feeding, and feed-to-meat ratio is very good. They provide inexpensive meat, furs, leather, manure and great entertainment and learning opportunities for children. And for those who have the ability, they also indirectly provide biogas, glue, saltpeter, and more.
Historically, rabbit meat was something the farmer gained when he fought them for his crops. In spring, farmers in rural counties would form hunting parties and harvest hundreds of pounds of rabbit meat to supplement their diets and protect their farms. During the depression, many families wouldn't have survived as well as they did without raising rabbits. In World War II , Britain and America urged their citizens to keep rabbits for food until the zoning laws were adjusted to allow goats and chickens.
1 buck and 3 does are recommended as breeding stock; this is the maximum allowed by most zoning laws. The best medium meat varieties for (Read More....)
Now you can grow all the survival food you will ever need anywhere in the country with a kit that contains a special seed bank of hard to find, open pollinated... super seeds, grown by small, fiercely independent farmers. Let's face it. If the stories coming out on the world's food supply are even half right, we've got real problems and they aren't going to go away quickly. There is plenty of evidence that indicates private citizens, government agencies and businesses to name a few that are stockpiling food.
As the meltdown progresses, one of the first things to be affected will be our nation's food supply. Expect soaring prices along with moderate to severe shortages by spring.
Could you and your family get off the grid and survive in a panic? Do you have enough seeds to plant a survival garden and feed your family?
Here's What You Should Do Right Now...
First, you need to have the peace of mind knowing that if things were to get scary, that you and your family could still eat. Listen: having enough non-hybrid seeds to plant an acre or two could be the difference between life and death. With our new "Survival Seed Bank™," (Read More....)