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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

Underground bunkers became extremely popular during the Cold War Era. Today, we still have a need to protect ourselves from unforeseen dangers. A backyard bunker may be exactly what you need to protect your family.
When building an underground shelter make sure to have at least 2 feet of dirt over the top. This layer... 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

Lost at Sea - Be Prepared

Two American women, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, and their dogs set sail on a pleasure cruise from Hawaii during the summer. Unfortunately, both of their cell phones went overboard on the first day of their voyage. On May 3, 2017, the sailboat experienced engine failure and a broken mast. On May 30th they experienced bad weather but continued... Read More

Emergency Medicine for Pets

*Note- Always check with your veterinarian before administering any medicine to your pet. Also, if you suspect your pet has a serious condition, please go directly to your veterinarian. This list is intended solely for emergency situations when veterinary care is not available.
Dogs and cats are members of the family, so why not keep a... Read More

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