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How To Survive an Emergency Shelter: 13 Essentials to Take With You

Emergency personal do their best to keep people comfortable, but the best course of action is to be entirely self-sufficient. If you find you have to evacuate to a shelter, you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you have everything you need for a few days. And, if you have to evacuate you probably won’t

15 Container Plants to Start Now

No garden? No problem. Container gardening is enjoying a resurgence as people all over the world get involved in vertical gardening, rooftop gardening, urban gardening and even xeriscaping (the concept of replacing a lawn with a garden). Growing edible plants in containers allows you to stretch your grocery dollars through the spring summer and early

Microhouses

As the nation recovers from the housing market bust, homeowners seem to be asking themselves if they can be happier with less and in less space. The shift away from McMansions to more modest housing caught our attention because the possibilities to use micro housing for emergency preparedness or off-the-grid living are virtually endless. A

Not Just For Emergencies

We talk a lot about having freeze-dried meals ready in case of emergency, but our gourmet just-add-water snacks and entrees have plenty more uses than tiding you over until things are back to normal. After all, most of us would say that our daily lives are far from normal! Here are some ideas for using

Making Your Own Natural Insect Repellant

Last week we wrote about natural ways to repel insects in order to keep your food stores safe – and to keep disease-carrying critters off of you and your pets, but you can also make your own insect repellent products from natural ingredients, which saves you money, is less toxic, and in certain situations can

Fast Tracking Your Emergency Supply Plan

If you’re just starting to create an emergency preparation plan and gather supplies, it can seem overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start, how much to store and what kind of emergencies to prepare for. Some of our favorite TV shows, like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle, feature people who dedicate a significant portion

Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together

  If you haven’t yet heard of aquaponics, you soon will. Aquaponics, a symbiotic system of growing plants and fish together, is getting a lot of media attention. Aquaponics isn’t a new way of growing food; it was actually practiced by the Aztecs and is still practiced in the Far East. This ancient method is

Winter 2013 – 2014: The Bad News, The Good News, and Lessons Learned

Most of you have endured a winter so long and brutal that you may have trouble recalling a worse one. To recap (in case you were hibernating) here’s what we saw: A North Atlantic Cold Wave swept across the continent bringing record ice, snow and cold temperatures as far south as central Florida. An arctic

Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling

Emergency Meals for Vegetarians and Vegans

Because we frequently advise people on how much food they need to store for emergencies, we keep up with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines as they’re updated each year. Last week we wrote about how many calories adults and kids need to maintain their current weight (or even lose a little). We provide nutritional information on

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