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Preppers

http://www.newsweek.com/id/228428
Decent article from Newsweek.  I like the fact that they distinguish between being prepared for common situations versus the collapse of society.  It does seem somewhat odd though, to frame preparedness in the context of fear and paranoia as opposed to simple common sense.

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Swine Flu

It seems to be even milder than the normal flu, so I’m not too worried right now.
Then again, the 1918 pandemic started out mild, disappeared for a little while, then came back with a vengeance to kill hundreds of million people the world over.
So it warrants keeping an eye on it.

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Home Heating Alternatives

Just saw this article in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/27/business/27coal.html?_r=1&ref=business
Apparently, coal-burning stoves are making a comeback, at least for those in close proximity to coal mines.  It’s dirty, stinky,  and not very enviro-friendly, but apparently it can be much cheaper than natural gas or heating oil, and, if you have the space, fairly easy and safe to [...]

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Cloth Diapers

This tip comes via my wife and two year old daughter.  At first, I was a little turned off by the idea.  However, I have come to see it as a very wise move.  We use the Bum Genius brand.  They’re not like in the old days where you had a square of cloth that [...]

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Prepare for what exactly?

This sounds like a simple question, but let’s give it a little thought.  Prepare for the unexpected, obviously, but recognize that (unless you’re extremely wealthy) you have limited time and resources to apply towards your preparedness plan.  Don’t focus on “end of the world”, “collapse of civilization”, “Armageddon” type scenarios.  Focus on unexpected events that [...]

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Essential Kits

Today’s topic is kits.  Different kits serve different purposes, so there are a few listed.
First is the Bug Out Bag or the 72 hour kit.  The idea is to keep this bag handy should you have to evacuate quickly in an emergency.  It’s designed to keep you going for up to 3 days as you [...]

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