Today’s non-fiction writing contest entry was written Judy W On August 18 I received an email about a group of Survivalist nationwide going off the grid for the weekend of the 22 the 23 ,the 24.It said,no electric,no,cell,no Internet, no city water, no gas stations, no stores. My first thought was yes – Great idea! I believe in […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]