6 Things to Upcycle Now

While “recycling” means reclaiming materials to make something entirely new, “upcycling “ means converting something you were going to throw away into something new and useful. Upcycling projects are a great way to practice seeing everyday objects in a new light and to get your mind thinking about ways to make the most of what you have in difficult situations. To inspire you, here are 6 of our favorite upcycling ideas:
 1. Umbrellas into Trellises
Patio umbrellas never seem to last […]

Invest your tax refund in emergency food supplies

Time to Check Your Supplies

April 15th is a day that looms large for taxpayers in the U.S.  As we lined up at the post office to mail in our last-minute returns, many of us passed the time dreaming of how we’ll use our refund checks. Using your tax refund to boost your emergency preparedness is an investment in peace of mind, and one you’ll always be glad you made.
We always encourage people to take time to check their emergency supplies and review emergency plans. […]


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 […]

Natural Insect Control

Wise Company dehydrated entrees and snacks are sealed in Mylar pouches and shipped in durable (reusable) black plastic buckets so you never need to worry about critters finding their way into your stored food.
But if your food doesn’t enjoy such protection, you need to find ways to keep those food-loving pests away, and it’s also important to protect yourself and your family from common, problem-causing insects like fleas and mosquitos. A growing number of people want to do so […]

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 […]

Rethinking the Car Emergency Kit

In the last blog post we made brief mention of how winter storms had unexpected and significant impacts in Georgia and North Carolina this year. Many of us watched as stranded commuters waited in their cars for hours, ran out of gas and either walked for miles, abandoned their vehicles or slept in drug stores, churches and home improvement centers while they waited for the roads to clear. When those affected folks woke up, it’s likely not one of […]

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 […]