Category Archives: basics

Getting Back Into Prepping

After a couple of very hectic years trying to keep up with work and dealing with a crazy travel schedule Butch is finally home and getting back into prepping.  That is not to say that I ever stopped prepping but … Continue reading

Earthquake Strikes Bay Area — A Live Report

Butch here reporting from the Bay Area of California where we were awakened last night at 3:22am by a strong earthquake.  I live about 40 miles away from the epicenter but was still jolted out of bed by pretty violent … Continue reading

A Crash Course On Prepping

Me and a Prepper friend of mine were talking prepping last night while we were out having a couple of beers.  My friend Ned is a pretty serious prepper and very savvy too.  He basically lives by the book The … Continue reading

7 Ways To Get Serious About Prepping

Let’s face facts. Quite a few “Preppers” are mostly reading and talking about prepping. They have not gotten serious about the craft, or maybe I should say “lifestyle”. If a read SHTF disaster were to strike, they would have some … Continue reading

Catching Up On Prepping

After six or eight solid months of a crazy hectic schedule at work I’m finally back to concentrate on prepping and writing more about prepping.  There are times in everyone’s lives when they get wrapped up in one issue or … Continue reading

Four Cornerstones of Prepping: Food, Water, Health, Security

My own personal approach to prepping emphasizes four areas of concern: Food, Water, Health, Security. These are the four cornerstones of preparedness, at least in my estimation. If you have sufficient resources in those areas, you should be able to … Continue reading

What’s Next On Your Prepping To-Do List?

As we close out 2013, I look back on the past year of prepping. I’ve accumulated stored food and various supplies and equipment. But I’ve also accumulated knowledge. Prepping — and writing about it — has given me a better … Continue reading

Merry Christmas to all our readers!

Happy holidays and merry Christmas to all the readers of!! Wishing you happiness and wisdom, success and perseverance, in good times and bad. Peace to everyone.

Strange New Computer Malware Uses Ultrasonic Sound

A new type of “malware” (a more general term than “virus”) has been discovered by researchers. It can infect the firmware of a computer, so that it resides in part on computer components other than the hard drive. It infects … Continue reading

7 Ways to be a Better Prepper

1. Learn a new Skill My latest prepping skill: baking bread from scratch. Sure, the recipe is simple. I don’t make complicated “artisan” breads, like Sweet Potato Maple Pecan Sourdough or Hawaiian Sweet Bread with Tangzhong or Panettone Paradiso. But … Continue reading

Weekly Survival Reader — September 2-6

This new feature at is a single webpage where you can access our continually growing list of top posts, articles, and resources for prepping and survival. The list is organized on a daily basis. And we’ll be adding a … Continue reading

Electrolytes and Rehydration for Preppers

Electrolytes are essential components of blood, needed for proper function of the heart muscle, other muscles, the nervous system and the body as a whole. Common electrolytes include calcium (Ca), chloride (Cl), magnesium (Mg), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), sodium (Na). … Continue reading