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Candles definitely come in handy in disaster prepping. But, did you know that there are many other household uses for candles and candle stubs? The next time you have some extra candles around, try using them in one of the following ways. You may just find a favorite use that you can incorporate into your… Read more »


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We never know when we will have to just grab a bag quickly to take with us in an emergency – is your “bug out bag” ready to go? Do you know much about them? Here’s some information that might help you get a bag to use for a “bug out bag”. What’s a Bug… Read more »


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When you turn on the news, pick up the newspaper or see information on your favorite news website, do you feel like everyday the world it swirling faster and faster around the toilet bowl? I know I do. Everyone seems to be very rigid in their beliefs and wants a solution fitting their needs right… Read more »


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I was talking to someone about emergency preparation a few days ago, and he was not at all interested in doing anything to prepare ahead. He had an interesting theory of how he would make it through any hardships. That got me thinking: If we aren’t prepared to take care of ourselves, who do we… Read more »


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Although there is great value in taking a class, watching videos, and reading books to enhance your self-reliance skills, spending some time in an Amish enclave offers an irreplaceable hands-on experience. In my experience, the Amish are savvy businessmen. When approached with respect and a sincere desire to learn, an Amish man would likely agree… Read more »


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  If I accidentally drove my car off a bridge, and suddenly found myself in the water, inside my car, with no way to get out of my seatbelt and out of the car (which was starting to fill with water), I’d be glad that I carry an emergency knife! Now, in fairness, that’s never… Read more »


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Last week, my friend came to visit so we could do some hardcore geocaching (see geocaching.com for more information). We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to get out again, despite the bumps, bruises, and bites (those darn mosquitoes!). We found hundreds of caches (yes, we’re pretty committed to the game), but near one… Read more »


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It’s no longer possible to just dip your head in a stream and gulp down some cold fresh water. Other than shelter, water is an immediate need in any situation. It is possible to live for up to a week without food, on the other hand, depending on temperature and activity level, the longest a… Read more »


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Have you ever had to turn off the water to your house while a plumbing repair was being made? Depending on how long the water was going to be off, you may have filled a pitcher with water, planned non-water-requiring tasks for during that time, or done other things like even leave the house so… Read more »