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Aug 292014
 
Japanese Govt Urges Citizens to Stockpile One Month Toilet Paper Supply

A little known side effect of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant problems in Japan was a shortage of toilet paper that affected the entire country. Japan has had toilet paper shortages before, back in the oil crisis of 1973 (you never thought that expensive and scarce oil would create a toilet paper shortage, did you!) and so the nation has become particularly sensitized to the potential of future shortages.  As a […]

May 052014
 
A Small Electricity Generator for Short Term Level 1 Power Outages

(You can see our definition of levels one, two and three type events here.  It is a useful categorization that provides structure to your problem analysis and preparation planning.) When some people – particularly preppers – start thinking about generators, they immediately think of enormous noisy diesel standby generators, in special generator sheds, and capable of providing tens of kilowatts of power for extended periods, drawing off multi-hundred gallon storage tanks.  Don’t get us wrong.  […]

Jul 302013
 
Prepping on a Low Budget - Six Strategies to Get Out of Debt Quicker

Many of us feel a sense of anxious urgency about our prepping.  We know that if we suddenly find ourselves trapped in a Level 2 or 3 situation, we are not yet ready to be able to survive such a challenge; but what we don’t know is if/when a Level 2/3 situation might suddenly appear. To put it as bluntly as possible, the biggest constraint we have is the lack of cash to invest in […]

Jul 292013
 
Prepping on a Low Budget - Seven Thoughts About Borrowing Money

None of us have as much money to spend on prepping as we wish.  So we’re starting a new article series to help you become more financially free, and better able to invest in more complete prepping. Our financial lives revolve around two main factors.  The income we generate each month, and the money we spend each month.  Hopefully we spend less than we earn, of course. The issue isn’t so much the actual numbers […]

Jul 262013
 
How Much Food Should You Store?

This question is a bit like asking ‘How high is up?’.  Clearly, the more food you store, the better you will be able to withstand a Level 1 or 2 event (Level 3 events assume, more or less by definition, that the problem will last longer than any stores you might have amassed). There probably is an upper limit to how much food you could/should store, but few of us are going to reach that.  […]

Jul 132013
 
An Emergency Low Capacity Power Supply for Your Regular Residence

We previously wrote a detailed four part series about storing electricity which assumed you wanted to live off-grid, long-term, and needed a high-capacity and very long-lived energy storage solution for such a scenario. That is of course a valid need, and there’s a lot of good information in that series about all aspects of storing electricity – when time allows, you should read it. 🙂 This article, however, is about one special type of energy […]

Jun 052013
 
A Reader Writes :  Prepping for African-Americans on a Very Low Budget

We received an interesting email from a reader – let’s call him Bill.  He writes : My family and I are well aware of what is coming down the pike in terms of serious unrest due to a collapsed society.  However we are barely making it financially due to low paying jobs and we have no savings. We would like to know how can we begin to prepare and most importantly how can we use […]

Mar 162013
 
WA & OR Reject Three Day Preparedness - You Need to Prepare For At Least Two Weeks

On Monday we quoted officials in Los Angeles who bravely told the truth and agreed it would be more than three days before any type of relief could be deployed to people after a major earthquake. Their take – people should have enough on hand to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. On Friday a second story comes out, this time from Seattle, and with Oregon and San Francisco data also linked.  In a […]

Mar 112013
 
It's Official - L.A. Officials Say :  Prep For Two Weeks On Your Own

Even though it is we who should be making fun of them (and of course we don’t – at least not to their faces), non-preppers like to poke fun at us, and to suggest that we’re in some way foolish, maybe paranoid, and definitely being unnecessarily worried about things we have no reason to worry about. Unspoken in their thoughts is always the concept that if prepping were prudent, surely the government would either do […]

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