All Preppers Should Acquire Some Mechanical Skills

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Read about why all preppers should aquire some basic mechanical skills!You all know that I’m a prepper so I personally believe that someday a doomsday scenario will take place in the United States. To me and my family, it’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” this will happen. When this day does eventually come around, we have no idea how long we might find ourselves having to survive on our own. If civilized society breaks down, one thing is for sure, you won’t be able to take your generator down to your local small engine shop and ask them to tune it up for you.

I’m fortunate enough to be married to a man who happens to be pretty handy when it comes to fixing things. When money was tight, he’s repaired our cars on numerous occasions. Granted, there have been times when the repair was too complicated for his skill level but over all, he’s actually been able to do quite a few of the repairs that we needed himself. One time, he even replaced the engine in our Ford Bronco II. He had never attempted such a big job but with the help of a service manual and A LOT OF PATIENCE, he was actually able to complete the job.
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Do Preppers Have a Screw Loose? If They Don’t, They Should!

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Do Preppers Have a Screw Loose? If They Don’t, They Should!Okay, I’ll admit that I baited you a little bit with that title but I wanted to grab your attention because I felt the need to remind you about some very important items to stock up on. I’m talking about screws, nuts, bolts, and nails! These items are things that the average prepper might not think to stockpile but doing so is extremely important.

One thing that we can all count on in life is that things WILL break. Whether you like it or not, you’re going to have mechanical breakdowns even after doomsday. Or should I say, “especially” after doomsday? Remember Murphy’s Law? If anything can go wrong, it will! That you can count on!
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What is a Prepper?

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What is a PrepperA few days ago, I received an email from a high school student who was doing a school project on the subject of prepping. In her email, she asked for my thoughts on some of the issues in the sub culture of “preppers”.

Of course, I was happy to help her in any way that I could. While I was writing my reply to her, it dawned on me that some people who visit my website might not really understand what a prepper actually is.

This inspired me to share her original question here on preppersillustrated.com along with my response. Please note that for privacy reasons, I’ve changed her name.
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Why Every Prepper Should Stock Up on Zip Ties

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Learn why every prepper should have a supply of zip ties!Today we’re going to be talking about one of my favorite prepping supplies and they are the amazingly handy plastic zip ties! If you don’t know what a zip tie is or you’ve never used one, you’re really missing out.

Basically a zip tie is a really cool fastener that is usually made of flexible plastic. It has a bunch of little ribs running cross ways on it and the other end has the locking mechanism. If you thread the pointy end of the zip tie into the end with the locking mechanism, it will form a loop that doesn’t back out. The tighter you pull the pointy end, the tighter the loop will get.
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Wildfire Evacuation Preparedness – Be Ready To Bug Out!

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having a bug out trailer could save your family keepsakesMany preppers tend to get focused on “end of days” scenarios when they envision having to bug out and leave their home but there are many other reasons that may force you to grab your bug out bags and hit the road. One that comes to mind right now is the threat of wildfires. I live on the west coast and this year is one of the driest years we have had in decades. About a week ago, I read the following on Facebook, “At the regional fire center in Portland, spokeswoman Carol Connolly said Thursday morning that more than 40 small fires were reported in the previous 24 hours. Nearly 500,000 acres — about 780 square miles — are burning in the state.” And as I write this article, we are currently in a “Red Flag” warning which means that weather forecasters are predicting dry lightning which has a very high probability of starting new fires.
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