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Making bread is far cheaper than buying it.

How to Prepare for the Coming Wheat Shortage

Wheat prices are soaring, and it doesn't bode well for your grocery bill. Here are some tips for managing the rising cost of bread and related products.
A Water Treatment Plant

How and Where to Get Your Water After the SHTF

So you have stored food, great! But how are you prepped for water? And what would you do without the sewer system? Keep reading for answers and options.
A warfighter in camo

What Kind of Prepper Are You? Guns vs Food

Guns play a role in preparedness, especially in this day and age. But where do they fall in your priority list? Before or after food?
A cabin or retreat in the mountains

How to Find Your Survival Retreat

Having a retreat is one of the ultimate prepper dreams, but you don't have to buy one, you just need to identify a place that will welcome you.
SHTF Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

What Survivors Will Need to do After the SHTF

If you are lucky enough to survive the SHTF disaster that destroys society and our way of life, you will need these skills to stay alive.
Hurricane evacuation route signage

How to Use a Generator During a Power Outage

As Hurricane Isaias heads towards Florida and the Southeast, we figured it was a good time to talk about how to use a generator during a power outage.

Prepping Articles

Our external AC units were fine, but a part inside the air handler had been fried by the electrical surge.

Making Repairs and Living with Solar Power

We learn some of the challenges of living with solar power, especially in a house that is not optimized to minimize consumption.
When the sun is shining brightly, our solar panels produce 7.5 kilowatts of power, btu when a cloud passes in front of the sun, that can drop to below 2 kW.

Our Solar Installation Concludes, But Problems Persist

Our solar power installation concludes, but it doesn't go to plan. We're operating on solar, but we don't have any air conditioning.
A protester starts a fire

Rising Debt Forces Higher Taxes, Cuts to Social Programs

All around the world, people are protesting in the streets because of rising prices and cuts to services. Here are warning signs to watch out for.
Stimulus will put money in our pockets.

Inflation, Savings and Retirement for Preppers

Can you save for retirement while prepping? Are your preps investments? What about inflation? Pete looks at these questions.
The Franklin aGate, which is the brains of our solar system, is installed but not yet wired to our service panel. (The wires to the left are remnants of the phone and cable system.)

Our Solar System Install Comes to a Screeching Halt

Everything goes well with the solar system install until an unexpected problem pops up on Day 4 when it is about 90 percent complete.
Biden loses his train of thought and looks confused right before he says "we have beaten Medicare," which made no sense whatsoever.

Weakness and Infirmity on Display

President Biden's display of weakness and infirmity invites aggressive behavior by countries that are not our friends.
An installer positions a solar panel on the other side of the roof ridgeline,

The Big Solar Install Begins

Our solar install begins! We walk through everything that took place on the first two days as we move closer to going off grid if necessary.
A person in a hoodie with their face obscured by shadows.

Crisis-Created Criminals will Endanger Preppers

A societal collapse, a catastrophic attack, or a similar SHTF scenario could turn people into criminals, what we now call crisis-created criminals.
A scene from the Malmedy massacre committed by German troops during WWII.

Is World War Three Just Months Away?

A recent meme holds that World War Three is going to start in three or four months. Is it? And if so, what can you do to protect yourself?
rocket launch

War Draws Closer and Nuke Threats Rises

The threat of nuclear war appears to be growing beyond mere saber rattling as NATO joins Russia in potentially deploying more nukes.
If the war in Ukraine grows to involve NATO, expect it to move from a ground war to an air war.

Why the Lack of Artillery Shells is a Non-Issue

The ground war in Ukraine is using up the world's supply of artillery shells at a tremendous rate, but Pete says we won't need them as much in the next war.
Rioters in Washington DC. Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unspash.

Are you Ready for November?

The upcoming election carries with it the risk of civil unrest, riots, and may be taken advantage of by our enemies. Make sure you are prepared.
When the SHTF and people decide to bug out, you can count on there being plenty of traffic, night or day.

Planning and Packing for Bugging Out

Have you planned what to bring when you bug out? Do you have a list, and directions? Here's what Pete suggests people pack.
When purchasing four at one time, AirTags are about $20 each.

I Hid Apple AirTags in my Equipment

The pros and cons of hiding Apple AirTag in your equipment. They are cheap and give you peace of mind, but their capabilities are limited.
This is an image of the Banish 22K V2 from Silencer Central. While I now own the silencer, I don't have a pistol with a threaded barrel. I took the image from their instruction manual which has no copyright notice.

More Gadgets and Gear for Prepping

Suppressors, drone sand Slim Jims. Wait, are Slim Jims a gadget? No, but Pete throws them into this round up post for your dining enjoyment.
The cans of Augason Farms food I ordered arrived undented.

Buying Number 10 Cans on Sale

Pete takes advantage of a sale to add a few more #10 cans to his long term storage. A 50-percent off sale is hard to pass up.
A family enjoying porridge for breakfast.

Why is One of the Best Prepper Meals Ignored?

This may sound like a plain, boring meal, but it kept generations alive for thousands of years. When he SHTF, don't ignore this meal.
Keystone canned meats for sale at Walmart and other stores make great prepper meals.

I Found the Needle in the Haystack

How to incorporate canned meats into your long term food storage program to help you survive the coming bad times.
When the SHTF, do you have what you need to survive close at hand? An EDC day pack can increase your chances of getting home or to a safe location.

What is the Most Important Thing in your EDC?

If you are in a mass-casualty event, caught in a riot, or out of the house when disaster strikes, will your EDC be enough to hlelp you survive?
It's always nice to open a beehive and find it full of bees! As the honey flow starts, the more bees there are, the more honey they will bring home.

Homestead Updates and Prepping Thoughts

Updates on the economy, precious metals pricing, our beehives, our solar power system, and the use of drones for prepping.
Canned food is one component of your food storage program.

Building Your Food Storage in Three Easy Steps

Pete discusses how to build your food storage program, what to buy, what to avoid, and how much food is enough.
Using a suppressor in the field can help hide your location from opposing forces.

BATF Form 4 Times Greatly Reduced

The wait time for Pete's new suppressors is one third of what it was several years ago, making this a great time to buy one.
Bar and chain oil are just one of may items someone counting on using small engines after the collapse should keep on hand.

Ten More Unusual but Useful Preps

Once you've address food, water, and shelter, your prepping isn't done. Here are ten preps you may need but won't find on many "top preps" lists.
$100 bills sitting on a pile of cash.

Try Acting like you are “Unbanked”

Cash may not be as convenient as paying by card or app, but it is more anonymous and can help you protect your privacy. Preppers should consider it.
An AI-generated image of what a looted grocery store might look like several days after a grid-down event.

Can you Survive the Hungry Hordes in a Grid-Down Event?

When people grow hungry, the start to get desperate, and when there is no rule of law, they can be a threat. Are you prepared for mass starvation?
An example of septic tanks installed and waiting to be buried. The green lids should be at or near grade level to facilitate inspection, pumping and maintenance.

What Preppers Need to Know About Septic Systems

In most cases, your septic system will continue to work after a grid-down experience, but not aways, and not necessarily for long.
One shelf of canned goods in Pete's Prepper Pantry.

Canned Goods Versus MREs for Bugging In or Out

Canned foods and MREs can all be part of your preps, but they good for different things. We look a why you should probably store both.