The Survival Mindset

Nuke Attack

by Guest Blogger - March 26, 2014 • 95 comments

By Ron G The economy has collapsed, the world is in turmoil and someone discharged a nuke in New York City, He shares a well-stocked Bug Out location and has made the decision that it is time to get out of Dodge. He has carefully prepped the truck and camper over the last couple of […]

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Assess your personal survival situation

by M.D. Creekmore - December 6, 2013 • 11 comments

By Dave B Owner of Survival Puck I have a saying I use on my son. Listen to everyone but make up your own mind. I think this applies particularly to the web. The internet is full of those dispensing wisdom, some of it excellent some of it just plain off base. The subject of […]

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The Big Question: Are You Better Prepared Today Than You Were Yesterday?

by M.D. Creekmore - July 29, 2013 • 42 comments

Many of us have a hard time getting and staying motivated. As time goes on, we lose focus of our preparedness goals or are sidetracked by other unrelated issues. Life happens. But at the same time so does disaster. We need to stay focused and strive to become better prepared today than yesterday – everyday. […]

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Prepping

by M.D. Creekmore - July 3, 2013 • 104 comments

According to a reader poll taken a couple of years ago 57% of readers have less than six months worth of food in storage, with 20% having less than one month. I have to admit, being more than a little stunned by the results of the poll. How could such a high percentage of readers, of a […]

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How Cross-Dressing Makes You a Better Prepper

by M.D. Creekmore - June 10, 2013 • 52 comments
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No, I’m not going to be wearing a skirt and high-heels to the next big event, nor will I be drinking tea with pinky in the air. Cross-dressing for survival is a far more practical concept, that will increase your chance of survival no matter the catastrophe. Throughout history men and women have played certain […]

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Post-Apocalyptic Education: Homeschooling when TSHTF

by M.D. Creekmore - May 6, 2013 • 50 comments

While the beginning prepper is obsessed with food, medical, and ammo collection (and rightly so!) there will eventually be a point when you might consider the education needs of you and those around you. If the ‘event’ you are experiencing is short term, having sufficient materials on hand can help you keep your kids on their educational track. If you are looking at a longer term situation, the means to educate becomes a great way to increase your chances of survival by keeping the mind sharp, building morale by reminding ourselves of the good and beautiful in humanity, and at the very least decreasing boredom. In the worst case scenario it becomes even more important: a way to ensure that we as a people do not lose our history. Even if you don’t have any children, you would do well to consider continuing your own education, or even bartering your ability to teach those around you.

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Normalcy Bias… Are you normal?

by M.D. Creekmore - January 30, 2013 • 99 comments

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

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My New Year’s Resolution …

by M.D. Creekmore - January 1, 2013 • 79 comments

Many have asked me about my “My New Year’s resolution” and I’m sorry to disappoint but I don’t make My New Year’s resolutions. I try to do the bast that I can regardless of the time of year. But I know many folks make resolutions and some even stick to then past the first week […]

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A Woman’s Perspective on Prepping

by M.D. Creekmore - December 20, 2012 • 56 comments

by Marjory Wildcraft For the last few days there have been fairly strong winds blowing. I’ve been on edge, nervous, and fretful, but not quite conscious of it. Sort of like when the radio station turns to static and it takes you a while to notice it. Only today did I realize (again) that sustained […]

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Letter from one of The Pack – Our Info Kicks Butt and Saves Lives

by M.D. Creekmore - October 23, 2012 • 18 comments

On vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Tonight while my wife and I were walking on a dimly lit beach, we had a man in a hoodie come out of the darkness and approach us. The closest person was approx. 100 yards away. My wife was scared. However, after all the reading of your blog, doing […]

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Throwing the first pitch

by M.D. Creekmore - August 20, 2012 • 40 comments

The President and Mrs. Mitchelle Obama are in the front row at a Yankees game. The row behind them is taken up with Secret Service agents, one of whom leans over and whispers something into the President’s ear. As soon as he finishes, Mr. Obama grabs Mitchelle by the scruff of the neck and heaves […]

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Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro

by M.D. Creekmore - July 24, 2012 • 19 comments

M.D, I just got back from a week in Brazil (mainly business, with a little bit of time to have some fun). I am attaching an amazing picture I took yesterday at the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. I had no idea until hours later what the picture captured. Hopefully you can post […]

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How to maintain your relationships and keep prepping when the ‘better half ‘ thinks you’re nuts…….

by M.D. Creekmore - June 27, 2012 • 94 comments

This guest post is by SurvivorDan and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Quite a few preppers have had to deal with the strain on a relationship from one-sided prepping commitment. Often one person in a relationship does not share the zeal, the sense of urgency that drives the other partner to prep vigorously. Sometimes the […]

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Unclutter Your Way to Freedom and be better prepared for adverse circumstances

by M.D. Creekmore - June 20, 2012 • 50 comments

This guest post is by E. Evans and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Stuff accumulates over time. Through inheritance or hand-me-downs, by impulse shopping or survival preparation, the material possessions we acquire seems to always grow to match available space unless steps are taken to guard against becoming a packrat. An oversupply of things can […]

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Living IS Surviving!

by M.D. Creekmore - June 18, 2012 • 32 comments

This guest post is by Desert Fox  and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . I’ve been lucky in my life by having begun it elsewhere in the world. I remember as a child the bullets my parents had to dodge so they could be in the bread lines to provide food for their children. Now that I live in such […]

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The Psychology of Prepping

by M.D. Creekmore - June 5, 2012 • 16 comments

This guest post is by Non-psychologist, D.P. KYSER (aka CaptnDave),  and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . Let me preface this article with full disclosure. I am not a Psychiatrist! My background is mostly Naval Aviation (Wings of Gold, baby!), some sales, including owning my own business, running someone else’s much larger business, and lots of leadership […]

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Repurposing your life to make prepping easier

by M.D. Creekmore - May 25, 2012 • 13 comments

This guest post is by JET and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . What we can all do this week is inventory. It helps list making easier. We clutter our basements and lives with useless stuff. If we need to find shelter, bug out, what will you bring in the car? what could you carry from […]

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A life long prepper / survivalists thoughts on preppering and preppers.

by M.D. Creekmore - March 19, 2012 • 20 comments

This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest  by Susan B I was raised in a family where my father had built a bomb shelter during the cold war days, bay of pig etc next to our home; he was preparing us for a nuclear war. I grew up with Geiger counters, guns […]

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Survival on a Minimal Budget: Drive, Awareness and Creativity

by M.D. Creekmore - November 3, 2011 • 62 comments

A guest post by Frank V [This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win - First Prize a 10 Person Deluxe Family Survival Kit,  Second Prize an Herb Seed Bank or Third Prize a copy of Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat.  For complete rules and list of prizes see this post.] While I […]

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How Cross-Dressing Makes You a Better Survivalist

by M.D. Creekmore - October 6, 2011 • 34 comments

I’ve noticed that at least 90% of those ordering “The Wolf Pack Cookbook” are female, and that’s great, it shows that the ladies are ready and willing to learn and survive. But it looks like most of the men, look at cooking and preparing food as “womans work”. This is a mistake, when it comes to survival we may be […]

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