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Caring for Babies During a Crisis

Babies require a lot of time and energy, just ask any new parent. For the last 80 years, Finland has been giving every pregnant mother a baby box filled with all the essentials. The box comes with picture books, teething toy, gender neutral clothes, hats and mittens, snowsuit, mattress and fitted sheet, baby wash, nail... Read More

Surprising Uses for Bananas

Bananas make great tropical smoothies and yogurt blends, but they have many other great uses as well. Here a just a few surprising uses for bananas.

Health and Beauty Treatments 
Banana peels are jam-packed with nutrition. Bananas are a great way to add vitamins to your breakfast instead of tossing out the peel try a few of these beauty tips.

Make... Read More

Backyard Chickens Linked to Higher Rates of Salmonella

Backyard poultry like chickens and ducks are becoming increasingly popular. The popularity has greatly increased the demand for chicks year round, not just in the spring.  A Connecticut chicken breeder stated that last year she only sold about 5,000 chicks and this year she has sold hundreds of thousands.The desire for self-reliance and dissatisfaction with the... Read More

Labor and Delivery During a Crisis

Recently a midwife, Cathy Rude, braved the flood waters in Texas to deliver her patient's baby. The water was too deep to walk in without damaging her medical equipment. So a neighbor came to the rescue by lending Rude an inflatable swan to float to her patient. Rude was able to deliver the baby safely. Mother and... Read More

Disease Prevention in an Emergency

When building a shelter for the long-term consider the population size and density within your shelter. Close proximity often leads to illness. You'll want to have a way of dealing with sick people, preferably some kind of isolation if space allows. The CDC offers some isolation guidelines. It's also a good idea to make sure everyone is... Read More

7 Surprising Uses for a Plastic Bottle

Plastic bottles are everywhere. They contain everything from filtered water to coffee and tea, and everything in between. Plastic bottles end up in the oceans and woods hurting wildlife. However,  plastic bottles are extremely useful for survival. Here are a few recycling tips that just might save your life.

Shower--Paint a plastic bottle black or cover... Read More

How to Build an Underground Bunker

When building an underground shelter make sure to have at least 2 feet of dirt over the top. This layer of Earth will protect your family from gamma radiation in the event of a nuclear attack. The deeper the bunker the better. Keep in mind air can get stale quickly underground. Invest in a good... Read More

Gardening with Plastic Bottles

Do you have old plastic bottles laying around? Plastic bottles make great containers for gardening. Simply cut a hole in the top, bottom, or side and fill with soil. Plant the seed, water, and watch them grow. Many plastic bottle gardens can even water themselves saving you time and effort.

Make a self-watering garden by cutting... Read More

Use What You Have- Uses for Pumpkins Seeds

It is that time of year again, pumpkin season is in full swing. Time to carve and decorate all the pumpkins, but what are you suppose to do with all those pumpkin seeds? Here are ten creative recipes for pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Trout--Make fish more interesting with pumpkin seeds. Crush pumpkin seeds in a... Read More

Budget-Friendly Ways to Prepare

Stocking up on food storage and emergency essentials can be pricey. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to drop on fancy military-grade gear. Kids can be very picky about what they will and won't eat. This makes feeding a family out of a root cellar a huge challenge. Here are a few tips and tricks to... Read More

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