The Personal and Community Value in Having First Responder and/or Red Cross Training

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Everyone should consider doing their local First Responder Training and/or the Red Cross Certification Training, but why? First of all, “First Responder Training” comes in several forms. In some areas, it is called just that: First Responder Training. In other areas, it goes by other names. In my area, it is called Community Emergency Response… Read more »

The Importance of Finding Like-Minded People

Posted by & filed under Basic Survival Skills, Emergency Preparedness, From the Desk of Jax Finn, Preparedness, Safety.


In a terrible scenario of an economic collapse or some type of natural or man-made disaster, will we wish we had a bug out location, food storage, weapons to protect ourselves, garden seeds, and access to water. But that’s not all. You may think you’ll be self-sufficient. But that won’t work. FEMA is not the… Read more »

Understanding Terms for Seeds and Gardens

Posted by & filed under Basic Survival Skills, Emergency Preparedness, Food Education, Seeds and Gardening.


When it comes to seeds and gardening, you’ve probably heard the terms “heirloom”, “organic”, “GMO”, “non-gmo”, “hybrid”, and more. Here are the basics of what those terms mean and what you should have to be able to feed yourself and your family. Heirloom – it means the original seeds our great, great, great, grandparents used to… Read more »

Secret Gardens: A Lifesaver?

Posted by & filed under Basic Survival Skills, Emergency Preparedness, Food as Insurance, Food Storage Planning, Preparedness, Seeds and Gardening.


A secret garden? What does that mean? Why start one? A secret garden in today’s terms means a garden that is started and maintained in the wilderness, one that most people wouldn’t recognize if they came across it, nor is it found from the sky with a helicopter or drone (in other words, there aren’t… Read more »

Matches – “Strike on Box” vs “Strike Anywhere” – Who’s the boss?

Posted by & filed under Basic Survival Skills, Cooking With Food Storage, Disaster / Emergency Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Preparedness.


When a catastrophe happens, it won’t be enough to just have some food storage on hand. There are many other things we need, including boxes of matches to start a fire so we can get warm, cook food, warm water to wash dishes, etc. But there are two types of matches. Do you know which… Read more »