Author - Brian Neville

Hand Tool Emergency Kit

The hand tools you’ll need in a survival situation may be different than the hand tools you need to maintain your house. Everybody needs a hammer to hang pictures but most people don’t need an ax…that is, until they need one really bad.
Here are the top ten hand tools you need for survival situations:
Ax – Axes have gotten new respect since emergency preparedness organizations started encouraging homeowners in flood zones to keep an ax in their attic. Evidently, the […]

Three Great Prepper Equipment Investments

It’s rewarding to see new Prepper products continually coming on the market. Not only does it mean that more and more people are paying attention, it means that engineers are busy designing great things for us. The first product that we love is only $25 and we think everyone ought to have one. These three items are investments but they promise long-term returns.
Rain Bladder Tanks

A water storage device made our Spring must-have list: The Rain Brothers Rain Bladder Tank. […]


Salt is one of the things that made civilization possible. Sure, it makes food taste good but its real value is in it’s ability to preserve food. When you can preserve excess food, your chances for survival through a tough winter, summer drought or other disaster or emergency, go way up. Today we take salt for granted but it was hard to come by for thousands of years. Traders established “salt roads”, or well-worn trading paths through countries that […]

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is an efficient method of growing vegetables and herbs in small, organized spaces. So-called “square foot gardens” are raised beds divided with 1”x1” wood into individual sections that are, you guessed it, a square foot each. So what’s wrong with row gardening? Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the Square Foot Gardening Method, says it’s all wrong:
“After looking at other people’s gardens, it was usually very predictable. Here’s what I found out about single row gardening: Too […]

Composting 101

Composting is more important than ever as many of us are starting with gardens in suburban neighborhoods where the fertile topsoil has been lost to construction or chemical pollution. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden outside of suburbia, composting will still increase your yields and the quality of the food you grow.
It use to be that compost was collected in heaps – big piles of smoldering organic matter in an unused corner of a barn lot or […]

Four Things You Can Learn from a Pilgrim

If you’ve never read a first-hand account of what English settlers endured in the first years in North America, you’re missing some important food for thought when it comes to prepping. If we take away all of our modern conveniences and start from scratch, we become pilgrims ourselves because we essentially would be living in a whole new world. History, after all, is the best educator. Here are a few things we can learn from the pilgrims:
A long-term survival […]

Laundry Without Electricity

Oh how we take for granted the magically clean clothes, sheets and towels that come out of advanced machines that do everything but fold and put things away. Today’s appliances virtually think for themselves – which has left most of us pretty clueless on how to get things clean without them.
Whether you find yourself in a short-term outage from a storm or a long-term outage, doing laundry by hand is something you’ll have to face. It’s not quite as […]

Top 5 Prepper Books

In many parts of the country February is a slower time of year – great for catching up on your reading. Here are our recommendations for five books that will give your prepping plans a boost:
1. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster by Bernie Carr – This small guide encourages readers to make a sensible evaluation of potential risks then make incremental preparations that don’t break the bank. […]

Rain Barrel 101

Rain barrels are an ancient innovation but they should be part of every modern Prepper’s strategy. Using one seems pretty simple, right? Well, yes. But, not exactly. There are some things you should know to use your rain barrel safely, and there are some modern ideas in the marketplace that may give a significant boost to the utility of the rain barrel.
A rain barrel is a 55-gallon drum that is used to collect and store rainwater from runoff areas, […]

5 Survival Myths

As more and more people become interested in being prepared for long and short-term emergencies, the quantity of survival information seems to multiply. However, we all know not to believe everything we read on the Internet or watch on TV – right? When it comes to planning for life-or-death situations, it pays to be discerning about the information you’re basing a survival plan on.
Here are five survival myths that may surprise you:

You can go for weeks without food. Sure, […]