Enter to Win a Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Kit!

While I was typing up yesterday’s review of the Bear Grylls Basic Survival Kit, I realized that I should share the love and give one away. So here’s your chance to get one for free! From now through 11:59 PM Pacific on 11/30/2014, you have four different ways to enter to win one courtesy of Plateau Preparedness. You don’t have to do them all, but every action gets you another entry! Spread the word to your friends so everyone has a chance! I’ll announce the winner within 48 hours of the giveaway ending.

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Bear Grylls Basic Survival Kit Review

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On Christmas morning of 2012, I was happily surprised to receive a Bear Grylls Basic Survival Kit from one of my kids. My initial impressions of the kit left me dutifully impressed with what is inside such a small, lightweight package, and I still share that sentiment. In fact, I now own four of these kits. [Read more…]

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Food Storage in Buckets with Mylar Bags

The other night I was sealing some food stuffs in mylar bags and mentioned it to a friend of mine via email. His first question was: “Why bags and not buckets?” I quickly whipped off the reply that the food would last longer in mylar bags, and that they were going in buckets shortly as well.

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Prepping with Teens

With my youngest daughter turning 12 at the end of this month, my son turning 16 at the end of this month, and my oldest daughter turning 13 at the beginning of next month1)Yes, their birthdays are all in a two week period. It’s exciting, really. I realized that all of my children could be considered teenagers. I also realized just how different my preps are from when they were younger children, and how different they would be if I didn’t have any children at all.

Recognize that You’re Walking a Tightrope

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Just in case you don’t remember, being a teenager is awkward. Being a teenager who’s Dad considers how long it would take for you to walk home from school in the event of an EMP and has identified rally points for your family to meet at is even more awkward I’ve been told.

The tag for this site is Learning to thrive in any situation, and that includes helping our children learn to navigate the world they live in. However, they’re teens and that means they are pushing full steam ahead to find their way in the world, and will likely ignore any advice you give them. This is where walking the tightrope comes in. [Read more…]

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1. Yes, their birthdays are all in a two week period. It’s exciting, really.

Making Colloidal Silver at Home

A few years ago I received a Colloidal Silver Generator as a Christmas gift from my Father in Law. Not knowing anything about Colloidal Silver at the time, my first instinct was to say “Oh, cool. I shall learn about this. Someday.” I then promptly stuffed it in a drawer and forgot about it, until I started trying colloidal silver when I was sick with sinus infections, the common cold, and pretty much any other ailment. To my surprise, it worked. It isn’t a miracle cure by any means, but it is quite helpful in recovering faster from illnesses. It’s also ridiculously expensive in stores.

Given all that information, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night with my oldest daughter than making up my first ever batch of Colloidal Silver.

Note: I wouldn’t recommend taking colloidal silver on a daily basis. You could end up with Argyria, which would make you look like a shiny smurf. I’m quite happy not being a shiny smurf, so I only take it when I’m sick.

What is Colloidal Silver?

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If you ask someone their opinion, it’s anything from God’s own cure for all that ails you to a concoction brewed up by tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists. For some, it’s “The Life-Protecting Wonder They Refuse to Tell You About”, as seen on the cover of the 113 page document included in my Colloidal Silver Generator Kit.

Honest answer? At it’s most basic level, colloidal silver is nano particles of silver suspended in distilled water, nothing more. [Read more…]

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Wise Foods Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce Review

I had an extra five minutes during lunch today and decided to try another one of the meals out of the Wise 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit, which would also allow me to continue the series of Long Term Storage Food Reviews I’m planning on.

I’d never had this entree before; Wise Foods Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce. Doesn’t that picture look appetizing?

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In case you didn’t know, “cooking” freeze dried foods is NOT a time consuming or complex task. It involves pouring boiling water into the freeze dried food and waiting a set amount of time. In this case, 12-15 minutes. I’ll come back to the time requirements for this one shortly. [Read more…]

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Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef Review

Welcome to the first in a series of Taste Tests, covering both freeze dried and dehydrated foods commonly used for Long Term Storage. Since my wife had never had freeze dried food of any kind before I decided to start off with what is arguably the best freeze dried food currently produced: Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef

Honestly I could live on this stuff without complaint. I will occasionally have it for lunch if I’m in a hurry and it’s one of the primary foods I take when I go backpacking. This is probably why I have so much of it, and because I have so much I was very glad with the outcome of the taste test.

Before I get you the responses though, a couple pictures of what it looks like before and after rehydration, and a quick explanation of the process. [Read more…]

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Get Prepared – Water Storage

Water is one of the crucial elements to consider when building your preps and with a basic rule of thumb being a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day, it can add up pretty quick. I remember being very proud of myself when I ordered my first fifty five gallon water barrel. Then I did the math and realized that at minimum water rations, it would last my family eleven days. Also, if you’re thinking that one gallon of water per person seems “about right” or maybe “just a bit on the low side”… Well, think again.  According to the EPA, the average family of four in the United States uses four hundred gallons of water per day, or roughly one hundred times the basic rule of thumb. [Read more…]

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Prepper Fiction Review – The Survivalist Series by A. American

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The Survivalist Series by A. American

Have you ever considered walking a significant distance to get home to your family in the wake of an EMP? I have, and as I was sitting in a hotel room 2,008 miles away from my family while browsing for a new book on Amazon, the opening line of the description to Going Home immediately had me clicking “Buy now with 1-Click” without reading the reviews.

“When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.”

Admittedly, knowing how incredibly poorly some survivalist fiction is written combined with the term “prepper pack” (Seriously, what the hell is that?), I probably should have read the reviews. [Read more…]

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Hello World!

Welcome to The Prepper Dad! I’m starting this site to help others who are interested in disaster preparedness get motivated and get moving. It was quite difficult for me when I first started out, and it’s not easy to find solid information that is backed by facts so I’m putting together this site with the goal of covering the most important aspects of prepping – Food, Water, Communications, Shelter, and Defense – along with reviews of Survival Gear, Long Term Storage Foods, and Prepper Fiction. And anything else I think of along the way. 😉

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