Being Elderly and Living Alone Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be A Good Prepper!

As a woman in her middle sixties, I’ve always been frugal. We baby boomers were raised to be frugal by parents who were born and raised during the depression era. Our mothers taught us early how to cook with what we had, usually fresh from the farm. If we didn’t live on a farm, we had a relative who owned one and we visited them often, learning the ways of that kind of life style.

We were taught how to can the food we raised and we were taught how to make butter, milk cows, ring a chicken’s neck and prepare it for eating or freezing. We were taught how to plant gardens, how to control insects and what to eat for any illness that came our way.

Our mothers also taught us to sew and mend our clothing. They also taught us the value of wearing things until they couldn’t be mended anymore. Even then, we used them for rags for cleaning one thing or another or cut them up to make warm quilts. We were taught to reuse and repurpose just about everything we had.

Things that go Bump in the Night – Security at the Remote Homestead


Note: I wrote this post several years ago, when I was living in a travel trailer on two acres – I even wrote a book on how to do just that, Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat. Little if anything goes on around the stead without my knowledge. I know every tree, twig and rock within a two miles […]


Safe Guard Armor has a good a good assortments of vests that are worth taking a look at…

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How to Be a Minuteman – Are You One of The III Percent?

By: liz west

The “Militia” is a time honored American tradition. It hearkens back to our Colonial history. It speaks to each of our individuals love of freedom, and the inherent lust for a fight that is bred into the American Spirit. It is dedicated to defense of home and hearth, only on a much larger scale.

It is my opinion, and my experience, however, that over time, the term Militia has been misused and misunderstood. It has bred a “movement” of (largely) under-trained, over-equipped, buffoons who, though perhaps good intentions, are far more prepared to raid a buffet than to offer any plausible resistance to tyranny, foreign or domestic.

This is not even mentioning the fact that in the age of surveillance from every angle, any sense of OPSEC is destroyed. Does anyone truly believe that the government is unaware of the activities of organized militias? Does anyone think that agent provocateurs aren’t capable of infiltrating and neutralizing any group that might be construed as even a minor threat? In short, if your local “Militia” were deemed any sort of threat, you would have no local militia, if you catch my drift.

Top Ten Ways to Blow Your Operational Security (opsec security)

Operational Security (opsec security)

After a while people will naturally start to form groups and communities for their own survival and you can become part of (or the leader) that group if you have skills to offer. Skills are more important than “stuff” when trying to join an existing group after a major long-term SHTF event, because they will need your skills but they might just take your stuff…

Invisibility When You Need It

By: nolifebeforecoffee

Most thinking people and almost all military veterans recognize that you can have the best preparations and training, equipment, contingency plans and a great stash of stuff ready to go but, when the time comes, if you are exposed or can be easily located you are vulnerable and all the time, effort and treasure you’ve invested could be all for naught, attracting unwanted attention.

Communications signals can be quickly tracked back to the source by simple triangulation of cell towers or by satellite and regardless of where you are, once you’re exposed there’s no place to hide. Watch any television program like CSI or NCIS; you know how they catch the bad guys — by tracking their cell phones. It’s child’s play and there’s nothing sophisticated about it.

Reader Poll : Who do you think will be the most dangerous threat to your survival after the SHTF

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The importance of the secure cache – your survival could depend on it!


I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with the bug out bag – essentially the cache kit is based on the same concept, but with several advantages, such as being more secure and not having to carry it on your back while you escape danger. Don’t get me wrong, having a bug out bag is a […]

Questions and Answers with The Wolf Pack : Attempting to Begin a SHTF Work Group

Question from HiPlains I know of a few of us who have been preparing for our individual family units and am also aware of their willingness to work with others but no one has actually pulled us together. I do not desire to be the leader – that is not my strength (shouldn’t that person be […]

Discovery Channel Watchmen Militia Rising

Watch video – Discovery Channel feature of Watchmen Of America.

Some Thoughts About Security and What You Should do About It!

This is a guest post by Frugal Prepper and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. In talking with a friend recently, I was rather concerned about a subject. This friend commented that her family all sleeps through thunderstorms and doesn’t wake up for even the really loud storms. She vacuums regularly while her kids were sleeping – […]

M.D. Creekmore’s Defensive Strategies for Home and Retreat Defense after the SHTF

Cover is protection from bullets and concealment is something you can hide behind where an attacker cannot see you, but concealment offers no protection from gunfire. No matter what you’ve seen in the movies, car doors, kitchen tables, typical home entry doors, or the bed mattress isn’t cover and will not reliably protect you from being struck by bullets as they pass through.

How to Secure your Rural Homestead on a budget

By Lukas Nicholson While living out and away from the hustle and bustle has its definite advantages, it also has some drawbacks that you should consider if you want to maintain the peace and quiet that drew you away from town in the first place. Although most of the crime reports seem to originate from more […]

Five tips to avoid being a crime victim

This is a guest post by WL and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. We live in a suburb of a large metropolitan area. Our suburb is typically considered safe. Safe enough, in fact, that I know people who leave their first floor windows wide open at night or when they’re gone for the day. Safe enough that […]

Questions and answers with The Wolf Pack – Shoot or no shoot that is the question…

Its the 5th day of total power failure. You live in the suburbs with your wife, no kids. A pickup truck with two guys in the front and 2 in the bed pull up. The men are late 20′s early thirties. The two in the bed jump out and come up the walkway and knock […]

You are a target – are you ready for an attack by armed and organized looters?

Sometimes, I think that there are as many “survival blogs” and “doomsday prepper” sites as there are preppers – why 90% of people that’s been prepping over a week feel that they have to start a “survival blog” is beyond me. There are thousands of such sites online already, and most get little or no traffic and it’s a sure way to blow your operational security.

And to make matters worse the more popular a blog or website gets the less secure the owner is. Trust me, you can use a “pen name” or list your location as somewhere “west of the rock mountains” but if you run a blog and the federal government becomes interested they will have no problem finding out who is behind it.

I’ve read a lot of comments from folks expressing concerns about reading or commenting on such sites – but really, if they start rounding up ”survivalist” and “preppers” who do you think will be first on their list? Yep, that’s right… James Wesley Rawles, Mac Slavo, Jack Spirko, Lisa Bedford and you guessed it M.D. Creekmore.