Top 5 Prepariphenalia

I believe it was the Oregon Disaster Response team that coined the term “prepariphenalia.” We liked it so much that we decided to share our Top 5 list of favorite emergency preparedness gadgets, more affectionately known as prepariphenalia:
1. Emergency Mylar Blankets – we appreciate anything that has more than one use and Mylar blankets are a must-have in every emergency stash and every emergency kit. Mylar resists ultraviolet radiation so they are very effective at making shade and serving […]

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Hydroponic Gardening

There are two kinds of emergencies: short-term emergencies and long-term emergencies. More and more people are starting to think about preparing for long-term emergencies and creating a life-style Plan B that would allow them to carry on in a ‘new normal.’ Dehydrated food plays a big role in short-term emergencies and bridging the gap for a very long time in a “new normal” – however, nobody’s going to argue that fresh vegetables and herbs aren’t going to be an […]

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Medicinal Plants

Just like most people, I’ve got a convenient cabinet full of bottles and bubble packs of pills that come in hand when my head hurts or my GI system gets upset over something. I’m not terribly interested in giving up the stuff in my medicine cabinet, but like any good Prepper, I know there may come a day when allergy pills and aspirin aren’t being churned out and distributed around the country by the semi load. Part of learning […]

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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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Home Canning: Ensuring Safe Food Storage

There was a time when colorful jars of home-canned fruits and vegetables lined most everyone’s basement shelves. Canning was a normal part of the harvest season – those jars of preserved summer crops made the budget stretch and added a little warm weather flavor to the root crop drudgery of the late winter months. Because modern food storage is so inexpensive and easy, many families have stopped canning food – especially in the last generation, and the oral tradition […]

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Freeze-Dried Philanthropy

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when we are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
“May you live in interesting times.” – ancient curse
A lot of us are very good at disaster planning. We know how many calories every member of our family will need at every meal, we can cook anything over an open fire and know how to dig a latrine. We’re ready for the worst and if we’re being honest, we […]

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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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Drying Food as Part of Your Food Storage

Drying food is the oldest method of food preservation. That’s because it’s so simple. As harvest and hunting season approaches, drying is a great way to prolong the enjoyment your fruits, vegetable and meat into the winter months. Though dried food is probably not the best plan to feed your family in emergency, it’s one more survival skill you can learn to supplement your emergency stores and reduce food costs. Here are some drying methods and safety instructions:
Methods
Solar drying
Solar […]

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Building a Root Cellar

We’re starting to think about how to safely preserve the summer harvest to sustain us in the long winter months – or in a food shortage. It takes about two days of power outage for everything in your spare freezer to go bad. Root cellars, a normal feature of old homesteads, keep root vegetables and other produce cool, dark and dry for long periods of time. (Here’s a list of what to store, how and for how long.) If […]

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