10 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

A community garden is piece of land collectively tended by a group of people. Some gardens, called allotment gardens, give individuals their own small plots and each person plants what they want and keeps their harvest. In other types of community gardens, a large garden is tended by all members of the group and the harvest is shared equally.
These days it’s common to find community gardens outside of rural areas. In fact community gardens are most popular in urban […]

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 have a lot of time to gather supplies, which is why it’s a good idea to keep an old duffle or suitcase packed and […]

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 fall, but it can also allow you to supplement your emergency food supplies year-round. If you’ve never had a container garden you’ll be pleasantly […]


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 micro house is defined as having less than 1,000 square feet of living space. Some are much smaller – as small as 120 square feet! […]

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 Wise Company meals to help through life’s little daily emergencies:
Spontaneous outdoor fun 
- Those of us who love the outdoors know you have to […]

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 be an important survival skill.
Essential Oils
Essential oils are oils extracted from plants by distillation or cold press. Oregano, rosemary, citrus, lavender and eucalyptus are […]

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 of their time and finances to being prepared for anything. We can learn a lot from dedicated preppers; however, you don’t necessarily need to […]

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 gaining in popularity in urban centers, backyards and on Caribbean islands because it’s sustainable and inexpensive.
Aquaponics is a method of producing food that combines aquaculture […]

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 cold front combined with a nor’easter brought low temperature records to the U.S., shutting down entire cities for days.
Northern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin endured temperatures […]

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 apart. SF72 is about prompting San Franciscans to get connected before an emergency—so we can be that much better off when something happens.”
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