Larder may not be a familiar word in our modern times, but it was a very important thing in your great-great grandma’s day. It was the stash of food that families pickled, smoked, salted and preserved for the winter months ahead. A well stocked larder was often essential for survival for the pioneers since many times they lacked the luxury of a grocery store they could frequent if their supply ran short. Continue reading
In 2015, when a massive windstorm hit our region during a bitterly cold November, we expected to lose power. What we didn’t expect was the extreme damage the storm caused to our regional power grid. It was the worst disaster in the power company’s 100+ year history, and over a million people lost electricity for anywhere from three days to two weeks. Until it’s gone, it’s hard to fathom how much juice from a socket makes modern conveniences possible, from gasoline to cell phone communication to grocery store inventory to mail delivery.
Today is the last day of National Preparedness Month. (Anyone else wondering where September went?) So, in celebration, we’ve gathered up our top posts all about being prepared, from providing safe water to emergency lighting. Continue reading
“We forget how fragile normal really is,” Kathy Harrison once noted. “It would take very little for the shelves to be empty, the water tap to be dry, 911 to stop responding and a blank screen to greet us when we pick up our cell phones. A terrible storm, a cyber-attack, or a failed power grid could leave us sitting in the dark and completely unprepared with the skills, supplies and tools you need to handle the situation. Panic is never good and a lot of people would panic.” Continue reading
As I write this, the snow is coming down in a solid white sheet, obliterating everything more than 20 feet away. The snow is expected to be followed by sleet and then freezing rain. Will we lose power? Probably, but I feel well-prepared to manage for several days without it. How about your family? What steps should you take when you know a storm is bearing down? Here’s a check list to get you started. Continue reading
There is a lot of crossover between the worlds of family preparedness, resiliency, homesteading and off-grid living. Add in gardening and living lighter on the planet and you end up with a group of wonderful people who have a lot in common. This makes a marriage between Storey Publishing, the people who put out the best books on all of these subjects, and Lehman’s, the people who sell the best tools and equipment to accomplish the tasks necessary to achieve these lifestyles, something special. As a way to celebrate that connection, we’re having a giveaway! Continue reading
It’s the emergency situation no one wants to think about: An extended power outage lasting two or more weeks. Continue reading
Everyone has the power go out once in a while. For many, it’s a great inconvenience. For others, it can be an enjoyable break from everyday hectic living. The glow of oil lamps, the delicious smell of soup simmering on the cookstove, a lively board game taking place on the kitchen table… Continue reading
We all know that having a well-stocked pantry is an important aspect of being prepared, but what food should you stock? What’s best when you have no refrigeration? What will last on your shelves?
Both canned and freeze-dried food are great options for a reliable food supply and will give you peace of mind when you put them in your pantry. But before you pack your pantry full, it’s wise to determine what type of food is the best fit for your household.