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  • 6 Benefits of Prepping (That Don't Involve the End of the World)

    I have a good friend who, in an effort to be prepared, bought buckets of rice. Years later, she found out many of her family members can’t eat rice. Now she has buckets of rice that she can’t use. Unless…


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    It’s hard to prepare, especially on a budget. And, let’s face it, there’s a decent chance you’ll never need all these preparations. So why do it?


    If you’re prepared for an emergency, you’ll be ready in the off chance there is one.

    “I always hear people say, ‘I get all this [emergency kit] together and never need it. Well, count yourself [lucky] that you never need it. Sometimes things happen and so many people don’t have it,” said Judy Harvey, a Salt Lake City woman with several years’ training in emergency management.

    She keeps a 72-hour emergency kit at her desk and another in her front closet at home. She also keeps blankets and a first aid kit in her car. Her emergency training taught her that, logistically, it’s impossible for outside help to arrive sooner than three days.


    If you’re prepared, you’ll be ready to deal with life’s changes, large and small.

    “Sending kids to college, making a home purchase, having a baby, even something like a divorce. Are you financially prepared?” asked Ann House, coordinator of the Personal Money Management Center at the University of Utah. “Are you prepared for job loss? Do you have an emergency savings? Are you financially prepared for retirement? That’s more likely to happen than [a stock market collapse].”

    Many financial advisors recommend saving at least 20 percent of earnings. Part should go into retirement, part into short-term savings and part into an emergency fund, House said.

    Car Accident - Benefits Saving money can pay off when the unexpected happens.

    The short-term savings fund is for future expenses like holidays or a down payment. An emergency fund helps when things come up like car repairs or doctor bills, so you don’t have to use high-interest debt like credit cards or short-term loans

    Preparation helps even with small changes. When I go shopping, I try to use cash, then I put change into an emergency stash. Yesterday, a bit of that stash served as tooth fairy money.


    If you’re prepared, you can save money on major purchases and improve your everyday financial situation.

    Financial planners teach that a good credit score allows you to buy large-ticket items at a lower interest rate. In addition, House said more than 60 percent of prospective employers check credit scores, so a good score can mean the difference between getting and missing out on a job.

    It takes preparation to improve a credit score: remembering to pay all bills on schedule, keeping oldest credit cards and paying off other debt, and painstakingly searching credit reports for inevitable mistakes.


    If you’re prepared with insurance you’ll save money in case of damage.

    I asked family and friends how they prepared for emergencies. Every one said they bought renter’s insurance.

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    “We have renter’s insurance to protect our belongings in case of anything bad happening to the building we are in,” said Savannah Robertson, of Orem, Utah. “There are too many things that could go wrong in your house or car to not be prepared.”

    Shelly Robertson, from American Fork, Utah, said her family doesn’t have a lot of income. Yet they pay slightly higher insurance premiums every month so they’ll have a lower deductible in case of damage to their home or vehicles.

    “You pay more, but if you don’t have cash in hand to cover (emergency repairs), you will suck up the loss,” she said. “We have a $500 car and rental deductible, because we quite frankly cannot come up with more than $500.”


    Your preparation helps first responders.

    If a family member has special needs or uses special medical equipment, ready.gov recommends telling first responders and utility companies before an emergency.

    The advantage is simple: the more information first responders have, the better, said Trooper Josh Lewis from the Colorado State Patrol.

    He recalled an instance when an autistic boy from his church congregation wandered away from home, which caused an hours-long search. Fortunately, the boy wore a medical alert bracelet.

    “Should law enforcement come across him and see… the medical alert bracelet, we would much rather have the information than not,” Lewis said.


    If you’re prepared, you can help others.

    My friend who bought buckets of rice is now giving them away. Even though she didn’t use it herself, it’s reasonable to suppose that someone may use it in the future – maybe even someone who couldn’t have bought it on their own. It’s good she was prepared.


    What are some other benefits of prepping that you've noticed in your life? Let us know in the comments!


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  • 7 Things Every New Prepper Needs to Know

    This is a guest post by J.D. Phillips of SurvivalCrackas.com


    I want you imagine a few things before we get going:

    1. Imagine if you had to learn everything about math, physics or any other subject for that matter – all on your own.
    2. Imagine if you had to do it by reading articles, watching TV shows and YouTube videos.

    It's safe that assume that you'd feel overwhelmed, right?

    These subjects are so exhaustive and extensive that you wouldn't have the faintest idea of where to start. You might click on a video about astrophysics but it would sound like Chinese to you as you're not even acquainted with basic concepts such as the law of gravity. You would feel baffled and might even feel a little....dumb!

    Three hikers watching the mapWell, that is exactly how new preppers might feel when confronted with the idea of preparing for survival. Unfortunately, schools and colleges teach us absolutely nothing about survival. Moreover, mainstream society is totally blind to the problems of the future. They are most concerned about the newest in celebrity relationships. They think that people who plan and prepare for survival are silly!

    Thankfully, there are a few resources (like this website) that educate people about survival and prepping without constantly trying to shove products down their throats.


    Here are the 7 most important things that every prepper should know.


    1) Understand that Rome was not built in a day!

    Don't try to do it all at once. No matter how hard you try – you cannot prepare for survival over the coming weekend. Prepping is not an event; it is a process – a lifestyle.

    Of course, you should try to learn as much you can, as quickly as you can. But try to build a strong foundation first. Work on your fitness, learn about survival knots, learn how to build shelters and fires, create a bug out bag, start accumulating food and water.

    Once you do this, then you can move to advanced concepts such as shooting techniques, chemical warfare survival, nuclear war survival, stealth, code language, tactical operations, and so on.


    2) Don’t forget to practice what you learn:

    The last step...For many people, learning about survival simply means watching hours of videos or TV shows. However, they never actually practice the techniques that they learn about. If things do get crazy, then you cannot rely solely on theory to help you out.

    For example: It's fine and dandy to say that if you're stranded in the wilderness, you'd just build a fire to signal for rescue.

    But have you actually tried to start a fire in uncontrollable conditions?

    Do you know the basic ground to air communication signals?

    What if people do see your fire but they assume that you're just having fun camping out in the woods?


    3) Start saving money:

    Survival does not come cheap! So you better start saving for it right now. You can easily avoid excessive expenses such as cigarettes, alcohol, etc.

    Do you really need a thousand dollar cell phone, or are you buying it just to impress your friends?

    If the idea of cutting down on expenses seems restricting, start your own home-based business or work an extra shift each week. Maybe try growing your own food!

    Look for great deals on survival goods (first aid kids, candles etc.) at garage sales and thrift shops. Buy a firearm or a GPS instead of spending money on designer clothes and electronics. Spend conservatively but don't skimp on essentials such as proper footwear, clothing, water filtration systems, etc.


    4) Try to predict the type the catastrophe that is most likely to affect you and plan accordingly.

    River FloodFor example, if you live in Texas, you are bound to experience at least one major natural disaster every year.

    • The most common mishaps in Texas are coastal hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires.
    • Florida is highly prone to flooding and hurricanes.
    • California is almost an earthquake waiting to happen.
    • New York is a major target for terrorists.
    • Detroit and St Louis have the highest crime rates in the country.

    If you're wondering where to begin, this is your answer.

    Begin by preparing for the most probable disaster in your region.


    5) Mingle with other preppers:

    Prepping is much more fun if you make friends with other people who share the same views and interests as you. If you prep alone, you'll probably become bored in a matter of days.

    Join a local group or start your own. Many groups organize educational and recreational events such as boot camps, seminars, conventions etc. These ensure that you stay interested and informed. Also, it is great to have a community or other prepared individuals to fall back upon in a survival scenario.


    6) Slow and steady wins the race:

    New preppers are very enthusiastic in the beginning. They buy stuff, talk to everybody they meet about the importance of prepping, they watch loads of Bear Grylls shows, etc.

    However, after a while – they run out of steam and lose interest.

    Like in any other field of life, you cannot accomplish much in terms of survival if you lack consistency. Develop habits that make you a better prepper.

    Buy an extra can of food every time you go out shopping. Don't just throw away empty bottles, fill them up with water and store them in your basement.

    Spend your weekends practicing survival techniques with friends – go camping instead of sitting in front of the TV or going to the mall and buying things that you really don't need.


    7) Don't live in fear.

    You're probably thinking about getting into prepping because you realize that we live in a dangerous world. However, there's really no point in being paranoid all the time.

    Do what you can and stop worrying about that what you cannot control. If anything, you should learn to treasure and savor the present even more.

    Create your own survival manual and keep updating it constantly. Throw in a copy of this manual into your bug out bag. There is no way you're going to remember everything that you've ever read.

    Good luck – enjoy your next adventure responsibly.

    OH - and Merry Christmas!

    About the Author: J.D. Phillips Runs SurvivalCrackas.com and lives with his family in Southern California. You can follow him on Facebook and download his Guide How to Build the Ultimate Disaster Kit free of charge!



  • Tips for Preventing Holiday Fires in Your Home

    Prevent holiday fires in your home

    Inevitably at this time of year, we see headlines about holiday fires as this season of celebration involves heavy traffic, excessive electricity use, and extreme weather. The latest disaster comes from my corner of the country, where a dog alerted a family to a Christmas tree fire that claimed $85,000 worth of damage to their home.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that Christmas tree fires are relatively rare (right around 210 per year), but that fatalities associated with those fires are disproportionately high. In other words, the chance of a tree fire in your home may be low, but if it happens, you have a greater chance of dying. Yikes. And if you really want to give yourself a scare, watch the video on their site showing a dry Christmas tree catching fire and consuming a whole room in less than a minute.


    Live trees aren’t the only culprits. Pre-lit artificial trees, candles, and home baking all increase the chance of a home fire during the holidays, so be particularly careful this year.

    Both FEMA and the National Fire Prevention Association provide helpful tip lists for avoiding holiday fires in your home. You can also check out our blog post to Make a Fire Escape Plan and download this pdf on home fire safety.


    The only thing we want burning this season is the Yule log!



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