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Plans for Ammunition When “Normal” Returns I wrote a previous post on ammunition, before the current shortage, that described my method for figuring out how much ammunition to inventory.  Given the current shortage, it is safe to say that very few p...

Miles lay between us, and more miles between us and home. No phones, no lights, no motorcars; not a single luxury. The rendezvous plan had eroded away with the trail in front of me. How would we connect? When trouble comes, your people may be elsewhere.

You need to get out of there. So do thousands of other people. Most of those people will be slowed to a crawl or stopped dead because their road is blocked. Will you?  This is the second installment of our Prepper Case series. In it, we revisit real...

Every cell’s life depends on blood. Blood ferries materials between cells and the outside world. Cells in distant parts of the body share materials and information through it. This article explores what’s really in blood, and how a prepper can keep theirs...

Do you ever stop and think “How would I have handled this situation without all the modern conveniences?” Well, I hope so. It’s a great prepper habit, testing both your skills and your preps. We experienced one of those moments yesterday. We discovered Sa...

I’ve been reading a book, The 29th Day, by a young man who survived a bear mauling that occurred deep in the northern wilderness. There came a moment when I heard his description and just cringed. “Doh! No, don’t do that!” It wasn’t the moment before he m...

Laurence Gonzales wrote a book, Deep Survival. Gonzales is a man with both a long history of extreme sports and a fascination with what it is that causes some people to survive under terrible duress while others succumb. I share that curiosity, so I’m cur...

Sure, there are moments when you wish you couldn’t hear the complainers or slurpers in your life. Mostly though, life is way better if your ears work right. Let’s take a look at how they operate, and see what a prepper can do for their well-being. E...

What, never heard of the Great Hurricane of 1938? The one with 50 ft waves and blindingly fast travel that killed 700 persons and made more than 63,000 homeless, in one four hour stretch? Well, that’s what happens when your news hits the same week that Hi...

Salty’s Note: I wrote the following coal story at the request of a friend who had heard the story. While it’s not about prepping, I think it does share a couple of important prepping lessons. It’s a miracle that any of us survive the stupid things we...

No matter how bad the situation is….you really DO need to see it clearly if at all possible. Taking care of your vision is one of the most critical health preps, but often overlooked. Here’s a quick look at the physiology of the eye, with some notes on pr...

Skin is your main contact point with the rest of the world. That makes it your most important immune system organ. It’s also most exposed to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. In this piece, we’ll look at the physiology of how skin works. Then w...

Dude, seriously cover that up! Wear a mask! This is (basically) an edited transcript (more or less) of the following podcast that we did this weekend, presented here in this form for those who prefer written words to podcasts. Masks Salty: I got th...

Sprouts! Sprouts: fresh, green, nutritious stuff all year long. Very, very simple to do. Requires very little in the way of materials, can be done in every climate and season, and the seeds last years. Yeah. Prepare to sprout Salty picked up a bunch...

Blood vessels. They’re more than just pipes. They’re really cool pipes that can be selectively adjusted to deliver more or less blood to particular areas. A prepper who knows how these adjustments occur can work the system to keep themselves out of h...

Learning to Hunt To be a real country boy prepper, you need to know how to hunt.  Having lived all my life in relatively urban to suburban areas, hunting is not something I grew up with, or have done until recently.  Clearly this is a hole in m...

If your gut’s not happy, You’re not happy. We tend to take our guts for granted, but if not taken care of they can ruin the best-laid prepping plans. How does the gut does its thing? What kinds of gut problems are associated with prepping? What can we do...

The number one thing most people could do to insure survival? Don’t text and drive. Really? I clicked on this for you to tell me “Don’t text and drive? Seriously?” I know, boring, but the non-health related thing we can do to survive is to not die in au...

Doing is more important than having. All too often, the most important part of prepping is ignored. The most important part of prepping is having the ability to do. All too often preppers tend to concentrate on stuff, but having stuff makes no differenc...

The fall of 2020 has had its own soundtrack for prepping, and the refrain I’ve been hearing is “Item “X” is disappearing from the shelves; Stock up Now!” It’s a very popular tune; but I can’t recommend the lyrics. Follow that advice and you end up here:...