GENERAL PREPAREDNESS

Americans are told by FEMA to be able to self-rescue and self-supply for at least 72 hours, but clearly emergencies can last much longer. You need to be able to take care of yourselves and each other for extended periods, including effective food storage. We will show you how.

Even if you are not a veteran, you are welcome to join us and get trained, and then help train others. We find that nearly everyone has some skill or life experience that is useful to the community, and we will help you pick a training track to focus on, and get trained up by more experienced team member mentors. And even if you have physical limitations that would prevent you from being on a field team, you can still help with support, security as a “home guard,” and logistics.

And if you already have an existing group, such as a neighborhood watch, church group, veterans group, political or social group, we would be happy to train your group in all of the above skills.

We believe that strong neighborhood watches (with teeth) are the most critical first steps toward a strong America, working from the bottom up to provide local security while we also strengthen what is already there (search and rescue, volunteer fire, volunteer emergency medical, CERT teams, reserve deputy and police auxiliary, etc.). We encourage the formation of Sheriff Posses behind constitutional sheriffs.


Latest CPT Preparedness Articles

Farmstead Meatsmith Interview

Brandon Sheard, the Farmstead Meatsmith, is interviewed by The Grass-Fed Homestead. Brandon has learned many old ways of butchering and preserving various animals. He shares some of his knowledge on

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Debunking the Myth of Canned Food Expiration Dates, by T.L.

By Hugh James Latimer | May 28, 2017  Canned Goods Even if you’re not yet a prepper, you likely have at least some canned food goods on your shelf with an expiration

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How To Store Gasoline For Prepping

JJ Johnson, from Reality Survival, gives advice on long-term storage of gasoline. He has had excellent results storing unleaded gasoline with ethanol for up to two years.

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CALL TO ACTION: ALERT! You are Needed to Protect Ann Coulter Speech this Thurs, April 27 in Berkeley!

Time to Stand Again in Defense of Free Speech [NOTE:  This is for those within driving range.  See detailed note below] Oath Keepers and patriots, NEW MISSION.  ANN COULTER SPEECH,

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Still No Sign of Facebook Murder Suspect UPDATE from Erie, PA Facebook Murder Suspect Found Dead!

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Despite a nationwide manhunt since Sunday, there is no sign of the suspect wanted for killing a Cleveland man and posting video of the act on Facebook.

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The Wilderness Supplies My Salad

Lonnie, at Far North Bushcraft And Survival, gathers himself some wild plants to make a tasty salad. Some say that wild plants are more nutritious than garden grown plants. Regardless,

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How To Make Cordage From Natural Materials

Survival Lilly shows us how to make cordage from different natural materials. Cordage is useful in making a primitive shelter, and for many other uses. You may have cordage in

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You May Not Want To Sharpen A Dull Knife

You May Not Want To Sharpen A Dull Knife? Huh? Lonnie, at Far North Bushcraft And Survival, has not “sharpened” his knife for over two years. He uses a honing

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Making Dandelion Root Coffee From Start To Finish

When you run out of coffee in a SHTF situation, you can make dandelion root coffee. Dandelions are plentiful, and roasting the roots makes a coffee substitute. Lonnie, at Far

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Beekeeping For Beginners

Here are two videos to help the beginning beekeeper. When the SHTF, keeping bees will be a valuable trade/skill. Honey, beeswax and other things are produced by the bees, and

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Harvesting & Preparing Cattails

Cattails are rich in starch, and have many uses. In this 6-part video from LearningHerbs.com, the various uses are shown. Part 1: – Part 2: – Part 3: – Part

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Rose Hip Benefits

This article comes from herbwisdom.com A rose hip is the fruit of a rose. Also known as rose haw or rose hep. The wild dog rose is the type of

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So Called Preppers Are Going To Starve

Kevin, at survivalistboards, has some news for so-called preppers who only concentrate one one small aspect of prepping, such as firearms and ammunition, or food storage. If you are not

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Daisy Benefits for Skin, Heart, Cancer, Lungs and Joints

This article comes from HealthTipsNow.com “He/she loves me, he/she loves me not …” many of us have picked at least one daisy. This flower is also known as lawn daisy,

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Prepping: Cross Loading your Ammunition for Success

This video is presented by SafeArmsReview. In it he gives ideas on mixing various calibers in your ammo cans and the reasons why. –

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16 Best Hobbies for Preppers

This article comes from theprepperjournal.com by Pat Henry Have you ever thought sometimes that Prepping is all work and no play? To the uninformed, prepping and preppers by association are

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Eggshell Tincture

Another HedgeLiving video. Eggshells have many uses. They add calcium to your garden, if you crush them and spread them around. Or, you can add them to your compost pile.

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Making and Canning Elderberry Syrup

Hedge Living has a 4-part video on making and canning elderberry syrup. If you are lucky enough to have access to an elderberry tree, you can make this immune system

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Wild Medicinal – Barberry

Hedge Living has two videos about Barberry. The first is about making a tincture with the Barberry berries. The berries are good for building your red blood cells. They also

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Wild Edible and Medicinal: Watercress

Hedge Living has a video on Watercress, a highly nutritious wild plant found near springs and streams. From the video description: Watercress is one of those wild edibles I can

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How to Organize a Survival Group

Southern Prepper 1 gives his ideas on starting a Survival Group; finding key people with the talents that are required to set up a survival group. –

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Patriot Nurse – Who Should Be In Your SHTF Group?

This is a video from 2012 where Patriot Nurse talked about who were the sorts of people she wanted in her retreat group. It is just as  important today, as

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What Then?

What happens when you reach the end of your stored food? Consider for a moment, that SHTF in a serious way. You have gathered with those you trust; your family

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How to Harvest Wild Onions

This article comes from honest-food.net by Hank Shaw Ramps, wild onions, wild garlic. These are some of our best wild foods come springtime. More than 100 species of wild alliums call North America

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The Amazing Serviceberry

  Where I live, in Northwest Montana, there are lots of serviceberry bushes. They line the roads wherever there is suitable moisture and sunlight, and also can be found lining

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13 Surprising Benefits of Dandelion

  I can remember my father digging dandelion greens a couple of times each summer, which he would boil, like spinach. I disliked boiled dandelions, (boiled spinach, also), but I

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Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 1, by R.M.

By SurvivalBlog Contributor | March 21, 2017 Assess Your Horse’s Capabilities and Temperament We all love to think of our horses as part of the family. Some might love their

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What Women Need to Consider When Preparing for CHAOS

Pastor Joe Fox, at Viking Preparedness, has done videos on “What the rich need to consider when preparing for Chaos”, and “The poor” and the “Elderly and infirmed”. Each was

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A Primer on Oxygen Absorbers for food storage

A Primer on Oxygen Absorbers… Use oxygen absorbers, not handwarmers, for food storage Made of iron powder, oxygen absorbers are harmless packets used for long-term food storage to keep food

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Tomatoes Hate Cucumbers: Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations

By Krystal Trammell Did you know that tomatoes hate cucumbers? While they might taste great together in a salad, tomato plants actually dislike growing in close proximity to any member

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How to Make Pemmican, Nature’s Most Perfect Food

Pemmican comes to us from Native Americans. It is a mixture of dried meat (jerky) and tallow (rendered fat) from the same animal as the meat. Often dried berries or

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Preppers are Crazy

sootch00 tells us that Preppers are Crazy, but not nearly as crazy as those who refuse to take any preparations. We live in a fragile civilization, dependent on others for

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Cider Press For the Homestead

When I was in high school, (back in New Hampshire), I had a friend whose family owned a cider mill. I used to help them wash the glass bottles before

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Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance

This article comes from PreppingToSurvive.com A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar.  I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent-  sodium bicarbonate.

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Making Apple Cider Vinegar

Hedge Living has a two part video on how to make apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider vinegar has many uses, among them being an alternative to liquor in making tinctures.

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PVC Greenhouse – DIY

Nick Tamble shows how to make a PVC framed greenhouse. From the description: Step by step construction of a 14 x 42 foot temporary greenhouse structure using PVC piping and

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Loner or Community Prepper…Which One Will Live?

Oath Keepers promotes Community Preparedness Teams (CPT) for many of the same reasons Southern Prepper 1 encourages people to form groups for self-protection for any foreseeable crisis, be it fire,

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How to Dehydrate, Store and Cook Food

Following are Ten videos from the Dehydrate2store, showing how to dehydrate, store and cook with a variety of foods, from vegetables to fruits. Dehydrating foods is fairly easy, if you

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How One Family Grows 6,000 lbs Veggies On 1/10th Acre In Los Angeles

Just minutes from the sprawling urban landscape of downtown Los Angeles you’ll find the Dervaes family home, where they grow 6,000 lbs of produce on a tiny plot of land

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How To Can Potatoes. Step by Step.

This step by step method of canning potatoes comes from JoeandZachSurvival. Canning potatoes is a longer term solution to storing potatoes. Potatoes can be kept in burlap bags in a

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Foodsaver Sealing Mason Jars~Rice And Long Term Food Storage

TexasPrepper2 has another method of storing dry goods, such as rice, beans or coffee. He vacuum seals them in mason jars. It is another possibility for storing your dry goods.

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What the Elderly, Unwell, and Ill should do to prepare for CHAOS

Pastor Joe Fox talks about what the elderly and unwell should expect when the SHTF. He also offers some hope for those willing to actually DO SOMETHING to prepare, rather

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NEW! SHTF Roles – are you a victim or a player?

John, at the Prepared Mind, has an excellent video about the roles we play, and the roles we will play in SHTF. Everyone plays roles, be it father, mother, husband,

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Start Your Pickling Cucumber Garden

This video comes from Executive Gardens, with Jeff Bernhard. From the description: Pickling cucumbers, or pickles, are a favorite snack of people around the world. I love to make my

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Pickled Eggs, Home Preserving

An Australian couple shows us one method of pickling eggs. In the winter months, chickens lay fewer eggs. Pickling your excess summer eggs can carry you through the winter months.

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Canning Milk

Yes, you can can milk. In this video, the Preppers Wife shows how. She bought some raw milk and canned 17 pint jars full. You’ll need a pressure canner and

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Growing Lots of Carrots in Small Raised Bed Plus Tips!

Self Sufficient Me shows growing carrots in a high raised bed that is 3′ in diameter. He grows heirloom varieties and will save seeds when he needs them. –

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Rain Barrel System 220 Gallons SHTF Water Storage

Here is a video of one man’s Rain Barrel water collection and storage systems. The water collected can be used straight from the barrels for watering your garden or for

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Crisis Decision Making

Pastor Joe Fox, from VikingPreparedness, has a good video on Crisis Decision Making. When a crisis is upon you, don’t let your emotions take control of you. Think logically. Pastor

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Complete Home Canning Basics for Beginners | The Homestead Wife

Esther Emery presents a video on home canning for beginners. From the video description: This is my Ball canning 101 for beginning homesteaders and homemakers!!! I’ll be doing several more

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Home Cannery : Canning dry goods for the long haul

Engineer775 Practical Preppers decided his family would can some dry goods in #10 cans. He bought the cans, a canning device and some oxygen obsorber and they went to town

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Compost FACTS and MYTHS!

This video comes from Praxxus55712, on youtube. Gardens need to be refreshed with compost, as your plants take nitrogen and minerals out of the soil as they grow. This video

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A Wood Cookstove is a Must Have!

Wood cookstoves serve two, (and sometimes three), purposes. They cook your food and heat your home. Some have the ability to heat hot water in a tank that is attached

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The Ultimate Guide to Raising Turkeys

This article comes from survivalsullivan.com by Teresa Fikes In a disaster or a crisis, food will be one of the main things people will look for. Meat contains proteins that

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Prepper Priorities – Most Need Adjusting

The following video comes from VikingPreparedness, featuring Pastor Joe Fox. Joe was in the military, in Special Forces, and has lots of videos on his youtube channel. In this video

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Shallow Well Dig with Hand Auger

Why not put in your own well? You can use it for your garden, your washing and sanitary needs. Before using it for cooking or drinking, you should get it

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Endless Hot Water Without Electricity!

This video comes from emgineer775PracticalPrepper. Use wood to heat your hot water using the thermo-siphoning principal. –

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Survival Tip…Opening a Metal Can With No Can Opener.

So, you have some canned goods to eat, but you don’t have a can opener. What can you do? SouthernPrepper1 has a simple solution. –

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A Forgotten Area for Preppers. Solve it NOW

SouthernPrepper1 gives us a simple, primitive solution to something many preppers may not have thought about or made preparations for ….. laundry. –

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What is Chickweed? A Wild Edible Green for the Lymph and More

Here is another video presented by SuperFoodEvolution. From the video description: Wild chickweed is a cleansing, demulcent and expectorant herb useful for purifying the blood, the lymph system and healing

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Stinging Nettle, A Nutritive Herb and Energizing Tea

This video is presented by SuperFoodEvolution. There are many plants thought of as weeds or pests that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Stinging Nettle is one of them. From

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PIG BUTCHERING DAY. Part 1. Killing, Skinning, Cleaning and Halving.

It’s pig butchering day for JoeandZachSurvival, at the Hobby Farm. This is 2 Part part video. In the first video, they killed, skinned, cleaned and halved three pigs. In the

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THE HOBBY FARM. Bird Butchering Day. Quiet Coops. Full Freezer. Graphic warning.

JoeandZachSurvival present this video of bird butchering day. If you are squeamish, you might not want to watch. The killing of the birds is not shown, but the plucking is

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The Plantain – Nature’s Miracle Healer

The following video was presented by rickvanman from the UK. Plantain is a common plant, often thought of as a weed. Well, it is edible and can replace, or augment,

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Gluten-Free Survival Foods – Sources

If you are like me and are gluten intolerant, I have put together a few sources for Gluten-Free Survival Foods for you. These are not the only sources available, they

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Wild Edible/Medicinal: Red Clover

Red clover is edible, and rich in protein, which is good to know when in a survival situation. In these two videos, HedgeLiving tells us how to identify it and

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Wild Medicinal: Yarrow

Here are two videos about yarrow. Yarrow is an amazing plant. It is anti-bacterial and has many uses. A tea made from yarrow can aid in bringing down a fever.

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The Multiple Benefits and Uses of Yarrow

Yarrow grows wild just about anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. There is always some growing each year just outside my door, here in Montana. Yarrow is one of the most

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Survival Gun Selection – SurvivalBlog.com

by James Wesley, Rawles In my survivalist novel “Patriots”, I included lots of descriptions of firearms used in various situations in order to illustrate that there is no single “perfect

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Plantain, Profile and Uses

This article comes from frugallivingontheranch.com by watkinsranches This is another one of the herbs that I like. It grows almost everywhere and was one of the first herbs I started

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52 Survival Skills Your Kids Should Be Learning

  The best thing a parent can give to their child, besides love, is the ability to survive on their own. Skills need to be taught and learned, The parents

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The Easy Way To Harvest Seeds

This article comes from homesteaddreamer.com by homesteaddreamer I want to learn, and hone, how to harvest seeds from my garden for the next year’s crop. To me, it is the

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8 Herbs and Flowers That Can Ease Your Aches and Pains

This article comes from homesteadsurvivalsite.com by Jessica Willoby Nature has provided everything we need to survive, including medicinal plants that ease aches and pains, relieve migraines, clear up rashes, reduce

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How to Make Candles out of Pine Resin

  This article comes from AskAPrepper.com by Arminius The pine tree is one of the most overlooked natural resources as it has multiple survival uses. The entire tree is edible,

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Making Raw Apple Cider Vinegar at Home

    This article comes from AskAPrepper.com by C. Davis The best apple cider vinegars are organic, unfiltered and raw (unpasteurized). I personally use scraps (peels and cores). This way

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Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

You can make your own laundry detergent from three basic ingredients. The folks at Skinny Medic have two videos available, one for making powdered detergent and one for liquid detergent.

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Water Purification In A Wilderness Survival Situation

How to purify water is something everyone should know. We all need clean water! In this video, from Reality Survival, three methods are discussed, with pros and cons for each.

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Top 50 Items To Be Bartered After SHTF

The following is a list of items that will be high on the list of items to be traded or bartered in a collapse situation, as presented by Reality Survival.

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How to Make a “Water Ram” Off-Grid Water Pump, Requires No Electricity

This video comes from Mr. Teslonian, the fellow who took gasification to a new level. In this video, he shows us how to make a Water Ram for pumping water

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DIY Solar Water Heater! – Solar Thermal COPPER COIL Water Heater! – Easy DIY (Full instr.) 170F

– Here is a simple to construct copper coil solar hot water heater. It is like an on-demand water heater, as there is no storage tank, but when the sun

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DIY Solar Furnace for under $50

Want to harness the sun to help heat your home? Here is a simple, inexpensive possibility.

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DIY How To Build Raised Bed Covers

In northern climates, such as we have in northwestern Montana, there is always a risk of frost, even in the summer months. We have covered our raised beds with sheets

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How to Build a Raised Garden Bed with Wood

Raised bed gardening is very easy. In areas with poor soils, it will be necessary to create your own better soil, by mixing some of your soil with bags full

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Two Water Filtration Videos

Here are two videos about water filtration. The first is a DIY Emergency 5 Gallon Water Filter / Filtration System for $35. This system removes particulates, but not bacteria or

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The Benefits of a Root Cellar

  Before the days of refrigeration, folks had root cellars to preserve the vegetables they grew in their gardens through the winter. My Dad remembered his parents had one on

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Basic Herbal Preparations: How to Make Infusions, Decoctions, and Tinctures

This article comes from DeliciousObsessions.com by Jessica Espinoza … In this post, I am going to share with you how to make the following basic herbal preparations:… Infusions (like the

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A Small Scale Integrated Livestock Farm

Here is a video of a couple who started small and gradually increased their chickens, goats and pigs. They added one cow, then a second so they could have continuous

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What is the Normalcy Bias? “That could never happen here!”

By various (This piece is found in various forms on the internet.) Human bodies don’t normally fly through the air, and I didn’t expect a real life lesson in normalcy

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The Precepts of Rawlesian Survivalist Philosophy

From SurvivalBlog.com The following is a general summary of my survivalist philosophy: Modern Society is Increasingly Complex, Interdependent, and Fragile. With each passing year, technology progresses and chains of interdependency

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Observations and Lessons from the Oroville Dam Evacuation

A large emergency evacuation order shines from a billboard above a deserted gas station in downtown Oroville, Calif., Sunday night, Feb. 12, 2017, after water officials ordered residents to leave

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Sheep Or Goats?

Here are some videos about raising sheep and goats. Some folks prefer goats, while others prefer sheep. It boils down to what you want from them. Both will give milk

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Edible and Medicinal Plants

In any severe economic depression/collapse, or during any period of societal upheaval, store-bought medicines will quickly disappear. There are alternatives, however, for many of the store-bought medicines. Nature provides us

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5 Levels of Preparation

Southbound traffic clogs Highway 99 Sunday evening, Feb. 12, 2017 as residents flee Yuba City, Calif., part of a massive evacuation of communities downstream of Oroville Dam, in Oroville, Calif.

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Getting A Real Education– Why Becoming Self-Sufficient Is Better Than Going To College

This article comes from SurvivalBlog.com By Hugh James Latimer Everywhere you turn experts are predicting that the world is heading into some very troubling times. At every level, they say

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Feed your backyard chickens for free with garden produce, common weeds

Ethan A. Huff, staff writer (NaturalNews) One of the biggest complaints people who raise backyard chickens have is that commercial feed costs are often prohibitively expensive, especially when trying to

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Household Basics in TEOTWAWKI- Part 2, by Sarah Latimer

This article comes from the survivalblog.com by Sarah Latimer I’m continuing my journey to consider some of the basics (beyond meat, eggs, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables) that I will

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12 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF

  Not all of these skills are “rare”, though some are. The important thing is that you will need at least one, (and hopefully more than one), skill that you

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Do You Have What it Takes to Raise Backyard Chickens?

Raising your  own chickens is an easy way to provide eggs and meat for your family diet. They can be a source of income, too. If self-sufficiency is your goal,

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Every Day Carry for Today’s World

First let me premise this article with a few points you need to consider:  Firstly you must research local laws for yourself as some items or actions discussed may be

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NavyJack – Defending Freedom of Speech Against Violent Attacks from the Left

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of

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