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With all the concerns lately about natural and non-natural disasters, including the economy, some people are choosing to prepare a bug-out location they will go to when they are ready to go off-grid. What are some things to take into consideration when you look for a place to bug out? First of all, ideally you’ll… Read more »


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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 »


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One question none of us want to think about, and that makes us squirm in our seats, is what will we do when our food storage runs out? It won’t take long for the grocery stores to be empty. Then what? If you are growing your own food, you can replenish your food storage during… Read more »


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Modern scouting workbooks and badges may focus a lot more on technology merit badges, but the old training manuals offer a multitude of back-to-basics skills an easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions. Old Boy Scout manuals prioritize wilderness survival tasks in a no-frills manner that we should still be mimicking today. The wilderness survival skills which abound in… Read more »


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  When developing a self-reliance plan for the family, hands-on training should be a constant priority. The “one is none and two is one” philosophy teaches us to have backup for our backup from a supply purchasing standpoint. To be completely self-reliant, we must use that same mindset as a guide when considering how to… Read more »


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When there is a natural disaster, there are certain things that are likely to happen. If you think through what will probably happen, it can help you see where there are gaps in your preparations. Let’s take a look at the first few hours after a natural disaster. First of all, what makes this type… 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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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 »