Author Archives: Thoreau

Prepping Your Car For Emergencies

Most preppers have a good assortment of resources stockpiled in their homes. But what happens if the SHTF while you are on the road? You might be a short distance from home, or on a long road trip. What kind … Continue reading

Prepping and the Tiny Home Craze

A so-called tiny home is a dwelling, usually free-standing, of less than 500 square feet (46.5 sq m). These homes often have the shape and appearance of a house, but in a very small form factor. Very small apartments are … Continue reading

When Money Can’t Buy Food

Sooner or later, it will happen. Some kind of disaster will unfold, wreaking havoc in the economy, panicking consumers, and thereby triggering a run on the grocery stores. You might remember that, in March of 2011, an undersea earthquake triggered … Continue reading

Survival Scenarios: the small farm

When the SHTF, how will the local small farm survive and thrive? What preparations can be made beforehand? Half of all farms in the U.S. have 45 acres or less of cropland [1]. And there are about 2 million farms … Continue reading

No Reaction to a Toy Gun in a Bank

I just returned from a trip to my local bank, in my small town of about 4 to 5 thousand residents. At the bank, I was surprised to see a pre-adolescent kid, maybe 10 years old or so (I can’t … Continue reading

Controversial Study cautions against Too Little Salt in the Diet

The Lancet published a peer-reviewed medical study based on data from over 130,000 individuals. The study compared salt intake to risk of death and risk of heart attacks (and other cardiovascular events) in people with and without high blood pressure. … Continue reading

Martial Arts as Self-Defense for Preppers

This article is an updated version of an older post. If you study any martial art long enough, it should serve you well in a hand-to-hand type of self-defense situation. But from a prepping point of view, you don’t want … Continue reading

Can Donald Trump be trusted on Gun Rights?

Here’s the news story, discussing Trump’s changing position on gun control. His current stated position, while running as the presumptive Republican nominee is simple: “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear,” says Trump on his site. “The right of … Continue reading

Belgium distributes Iodine tablets to all residents

Here’s the news story: Belgium Issues Iodine Pills to All Citizens in Nuclear Emergency Plan. “Belgium is to issue iodine tablets to its entire population as part of a revised nuclear emergency plan, a measure unveiled just months after it … Continue reading

The Top Five Challenges of Survival Gardening

Whether you are new to gardening or not, the use of a large backyard garden to produce food for survival is significantly different from recreational gardening. There are serious problems to be overcome, challenges to be faced, and failure means … Continue reading

3 Countermeasures against Radioactive Fallout

The information in this post comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website: Radiation Emergency Medical Management. A radiation emergency might occur from a nuclear bomb, a dirty bomb, or a nuclear power plant disaster. The … Continue reading

Hygiene – a Sensitive Survival Topic

This is one of my previous posts that I have updated and reposted. Any number of short to long-term disasters could leave you without power and/or running water. The result is a serious but difficult topic in prepping: hygiene. Without … Continue reading