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Scott, MA

“Two back to back events proved that planning and preparation goes a long way to ensure your family is not only safe, but relatively happy during difficult times. In the Northeast we are usually good with snow storms, but a hurricane followed a few weeks later by a very early snow storm was unusual.
First, Irene paid us a visit knocking out our power for 4 days, then about a month later we got hit with an October snow storm […]

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9 Prepper Gifts Sure to Please

It’s that time of year again and you’re probably trying to figure out what to get your favorite Preppers. Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, taking a host gift to a holiday party or need a gift for one of the eight crazy nights, here’s a list of our favorite small gifts:

Sugru – If you haven’t yet heard of Sugru, get ready to get excited. Sugru is self-setting, moldable rubber that can be used for fixing things or making things […]

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Stacey, TX

“I never thought I’d be dipping into our emergency food supply so soon, but I can’t say enough how relieved I am to have it. A few years ago my husband and I thought it would be smart to purchase an emergency food supply. After researching, comparing, and finally talking with representatives, there seemed to be only one clear choice. We bought a couple of buckets from our personal Wise food representative.
What a smile I had on my […]

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Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel – New Season!

Preppers everywhere are addicted to Doomsday Preppers, a series on the National Geographic channel. This popular show, now in its second season showcases real preppers as they prepare for worst-case scenarios, which gives viewers all kinds of creative ideas and information about preparing for disasters and emergencies. One of the best parts of the show is the discussion at the end of every episode in which experts evaluate the subject’s plans and reveal how long they are likely to […]

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Seed Vaults

When you think of “Svalbard”, that is, if you ever think of Svalbard, you probably think of polar bears, ice and snow. Svalbard is in Norway, only 810 miles from the North Pole and not terribly accessible. However, there’s interesting stuff going on up there. In fact, since 2008 Svalbard has been home the Global Seed Bank. The purpose of the Bank is to protect the genetic diversity of seeds from all over the world in case of a […]

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Lynn, Canada

“On May 2, of this year…. at 3:45 pm {I won’t ever forget} I was hit by a truck while standing at a corner waiting for traffic to pass. I was with my bike (straddled between my legs) when I was hit on my left side. My leg was broken in three places as it was forced around the bars of the bike. I flew several feet and landed on my back in the middle of the intersection. The […]

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Helpful Disaster Response Apps for Smartphones

Recently the Red Cross released its new Hurricane app that offers real-time alerts and information about what to do to prepare for hurricane season, what to do in the event of a hurricane and how to recover after a hurricane. Maybe the most interesting application is the one touch “I’m Safe” button that lets users broadcast that they’re safe via social media channels. During the massive chaos in New York City after 9/11 and New Orleans after hurricane Katrina […]

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Should I Join a Fiber CSA?

Before I tell you what a “Fiber CSA” is and before you find out and click off the page, I’m going to ask you to give me 125 words of leeway. That’s not even half a blog post. That’s half of a half of a blog post.
Okay? Here goes:
A Fiber CSA is like a traditional community-supported agriculture operation for fruits and vegetables except instead of produce, it allows members to purchase “shares” of fiber like wool or yarn for […]

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The Four-Year Sandwich?

An article in this month’s TIME magazine (March 19, 2012 | Vol. 179 No. 11) reports that scientists at NASA and the military are working on innovative ways to preserve food, even highly perishable food like mayonnaise, so it can survive for years at room temperature. John Floros, the lead author of the recent report “Feeding the World Today and Tomorrow” writes that the biggest problem the world faces when it comes to food – especially critical but perishable […]

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Combating Rising Food Prices

Are Food Prices Rising?
Every year the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) releases a report that details food prices and their predictions on whether food prices will rise or fall. Their predictions aren’t based on guesses or groundhog behavior, they are based on a landslide of data that has to do with things like weather, political climates, the economies of the world and population.
Last year’s report (the 2012 edition is forthcoming) reported that “high food […]

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