How to Survive an Earthquake

We can predict when an eclipse will happen hundreds of years in advance, but we can’t predict earthquakes. We know where they are likely to occur, but not when. That’s because the number of variables involved is beyond calculation. So if you live in an earthquake prone area the best you can do is prepare as though one may strike at any time, because it might.

Earthquake preparation has as much to do with knowing how to react when the ground beneath you suddenly begins to rock and roll as it does with storing supplies. Another important aspect of earthquake survival is knowing how to conduct yourself in the aftermath, where you may have to deal with injuries and environmental hazards are likely to be everywhere.

Below we’ll take a quick look at what an earthquake is, why it happens, and what to do before, during and after one in order to give yourself the best chance of survival. (more…)

Foraging-Guide to Finding Edible Plants in the Wild

Foraging is often touted as a great way to connect with the world, to return to a way of life that sustained humans for countless millennia until the advent of agriculture. And there’s no doubt it can be that. But in a time when uncertainty has crept back into the human equation and we now understand how perilous this whole thing called civilization is, knowing how to forage has taken on new importance.

Foraging can be an extremely useful skill to have in your toolbox if the SHTF for a number of reasons, but primarily because you may not be at home with easy access to your extensive emergency food stockpile when said S*** hits said Fan. In fact your home and your stockpile may be washed away or otherwise obliterated, leaving you in a very tough situation.

But, aside from the fact it could save your life, foraging is a process fraught with potential pitfalls. That’s because if you’re not careful you could wind up eating something you shouldn’t and, well… game, set, match. Below we’re going to provide a list of edible plants you can look for that might tide you over in case of emergency. But before we do that we’re going to go over some foraging basics to help ensure your search for wild edibles has a happy ending. (more…)

8 Foods That You Can Freeze Dry

Freeze drying of food as we know it has been around for more than a century. The process, also known as lyophilisation, involves freezing an item of food, lowering the pressure inside the freezing chamber, and then removing the resulting ice through the process of sublimation (1).

The taste and quality of the reconstituted item is typically better than that of dehydrated food, due to the freezing process. Some freeze dried foods can last more than 20 years and, if stored properly, retain most of their nutrients during that time.

If events of the past couple of years have convinced you of the practical need to stockpile food freeze drying is one of the best ways to do so. (more…)

Emergency Preparedness Checklist: Prepping for Beginners

2020 was a textbook case of the sh** hitting the fan with virtually no warning and really highlighted the need to make preparedness a priority. After all, if a flu that was no danger to healthy people under 60 could bring the world to a stop, what will happen if something like ebola gets loose, or China invades Taiwan, or terrorists unleash a truly deadly biological agent into the atmosphere? It won’t be pretty, that much is certain.

How well you weather the next calamity will depend in large part on how well you prepare today. With that in mind we pulled together this emergency preparedness checklist aimed at helping those with no prepping experience. Enjoy. (more…)