Survival Scout Tips — planning

Avoid This Pride Before the Fall

As the seasons begin to change, I get that same feeling again. It seems to get stronger every year. Harvesting the Patriot Garden Of course, the calendar says that there's still a little summer left, but up here in northern Idaho, my Patriot Garden is telling me that harvest is imminent. It's an exciting and rewarding time, enjoying the literal fruits of your labor toward self-reliance. Despite all the good that is coming, I can't help but feel a little anxious as fall draws near. Upon reflection, I realized why fall makes me anxious and what it means for all...

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4 Strategies for Sustaining Your Food Supply

Today, I wanted to address something that's very important to the preparedness lifestyle. It's also something that anyone preparing on a budget - and that's pretty much all of us - needs to hear. Making a major commitment to preparedness is a vital, first step. A 3 to-6-month food storage plan makes you more prepared than most Americans. But how do you ensure that your commitment will sustain you through all kinds of emergencies? There are a number of strategies that will help you get the most out of your food storage plan - and your preparedness budget as well....

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Master These Emergency Food Cache Building Principles

TIPS FOR BUILDING A SURVIVAL CACHE Today, I want to talk about something that seems like common sense, but within it, there are a lot of things we overlook. Food Storage. Also known as caching, this component of preparedness is just as important as having the right supplies. Your cache needs to be accessible. It needs to be safe and secure. And it needs to be properly planned and mapped out. Perfecting your caching plan makes a great project for summer. Most of us who are dedicated to getting prepared have already made a start on obtaining our survival food...

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The Right Preparedness Mindset Matters

The Right Preparedness Mindset Matters As an expert in preparedness, I often get asked for advice. By far, the most common question I get asked is something like: "If you could recommend I do just one thing to get prepared, what would it be?" This question is often easier asked than answered. Why? Well, we always preach that everyone's approach to preparedness is different. Everyone has unique challenges, environments, resources, and goals. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to preparedness. However, there is one thing everyone can do. Actually, it's a mistake you need to avoid. If you're committed to the preparedness...

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Preparedness Planning Advice - 3 Tips

Preparedness Planning Advice - 3 Tips Dear Friends, Recently, I received a letter from a new customer, Tammy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She told me she got my address from a longtime loyal customer after she had caught "the preparedness bug," as she put it. Tammy went on to say that her family had put off preparedness for years - despite knowing it was something they wanted and needed to do. Now, they felt overwhelmed because they wanted to make up for lost time, and fast. Tammy said they were committed, but there was one problem - money. In this...

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Opposable Thumbs? There's More...

Opposable Thumbs? There's More... There is one peculiar thing that sets us apart from every other species on this planet. Most scientists would say it's our opposable thumbs. Some religious leaders would argue it's the existence of a soul. But I think there's something entirely different that sets us apart. I'll give you my theory below, but first I want to share something personal with you. Recently, I had a birthday. It seems like each year I'm blessed to walk this earth, I'm forced to face my own mortality more and more. Taking a flight of stairs isn't as easy...

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Don't Get Caught Unprepared This Fall

Don't Get Caught Unprepared This Fall If you're anything like me, you're looking forward to the end of summer. Why? Because it signifies the coming of harvest when we can literally enjoy the fruits of our labor. When I look out on my patriot garden, I know I've helped my family become self-reliant in a time of uncertainty and instability. You can't beat that feeling. I also know that fall is the season when emergencies and crises tend to strike. Remember last fall? I remember millions of parents were worried sick about sending their children to school, not knowing if the...

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