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By Jeanie – Modern Survival Online

Each year, the manufacturers who listen to their customers learn a little more about how their products are being used and what can be done to improve them. Then technology keeps advancing so the quality of materials and the designs improve year on year.

From backpacks to sling bags, messenger, laptop bags, pocket organizers and even a designer bag there is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket and most importantly a bag that will fit all the EDC items. We have rounded up a select few popular EDC bags you should consider.

rush 12 tactical backpack

1. Backpack: TACTICAL RUSH 12

The Rush 12 is incredibly popular. It comes in 4 colors to suit different tastes and uses – Black, Multicam Sandstone and Double Tap. The design of this bag is great for someone who has to carry a reasonable amount of gear and equipment on their daily commute. The main compartment is 18″ x 11″ x 6.5″ and it has a 21.2 liter capacity (1296 cubic inch)

For people who like to be organized instead of rummaging around in a pack that has only two or so compartment this bag has 16 compartments including a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket. Winner! Then the zipper pocket inside the outside storage area fits an iPad mini snugly – so no extra case needed for that or a tablet of similar size either. In the main compartment you can fit a laptop and accessories.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Online: The 10 Best EDC Bags for 2017

7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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By Mike Brannen – Off The Grid News

The topic of everyday carry is not that popular on many survival blogs. I think the reason is that a lot of people worry too much about EMPs and other large-scale disasters and catastrophes — and too little about personal emergencies.

Yet there are a number of things that can happen to us … from getting mugged to getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because our car stalled. Avoiding all of these and more require not just knowledge and skills but also a number of essential items that you should at least try to carry with you every day.

No. 1. A folding knife

A folding knife fits in your pocket and, besides the infinite numbers of ways in which it can assist you, it has a great advantage: People won’t label you as a prepper for having one.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

The First 5 Items That Should Be In EVERYONE'S Everyday Carry

By Mike Brannen Off The Grid News

You likely already know that what you carry with you on a daily basis is influenced by whether you live in the city, in a small town or on a farm, as well as by the job you have and the mode of transportation you use.

Nevertheless, there are a few everyday carry (EDC) items that should be in everyone’s pockets, purses, briefcases and so on. Here are five:

Continue reading at off The Grid News: The First 5 Items That Should Be In EVERYONE’S Everyday Carry


By Pat B Off The Grid News

To me, one of the most intriguing intellectual exercises in preparedness is the question of every day carry (EDC) essentials. The question becomes, “If I suddenly found myself in a survival situation with nothing available beyond what is in my pockets, what should I have in them?”

We all know that we should have a couple of ways to start a fire (Bic lighter and a ferrocerium rod or Blast match are great choices), and that a hank of paracord in some form (mine is in a bracelet and braided into a key fob, made for me by my daughter) is useful. But in my estimation, a good knife is the backbone of a solid EDC kit. Here, the choices are limitless.

I have said before, and will undoubtedly say again, I am an aficionado of traditional forms. This holds true for me in the category of EDC knives, as in other areas. This having been said, I would like to offer up some thoughts on an often overlooked blade in the world of EDC, and that is the Karambit.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: The Ancient Overlooked Survival Knife That’s Perfect For Everyday Carry


By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Often we think of prepping from our own immediate sphere that we travel inside, the perspective of the relative safety of our homes and local area. We have all of our prepper gear around us or close at hand, nicely organized and stored away, waiting to be called into action to help us survive some disaster or to render aid in an emergency situation to one of our neighbors. When we commute to work or run errands around town, we have our EDC gear to fall back on or our bug out bags if they are stored in your vehicle. This works well if you are in close proximity to your home, but what about when you are traveling? Do you leave your preparedness at home or do you remain prepared at some level for situations that may arise?

I think many preppers are able to easily keep focus on some of the more tactical aspects of our lives when we are near home. We go to work and know immediately if something is out of the ordinary. When you pick up the kids, you know 3 different routes to take should one way be blocked. You know who your neighbors are and quickly identify anyone different walking down your street. Unless you are living in a major city, the odds of some terrorist attack are highly unlikely so your awareness of suspicious activity or movements is lower commensurate with the risk in your area.

But many of us leave both our survival mindset and a good amount of our critical preparedness gear at home when we travel. You are on a leisurely vacation at some beach, amusement park or in a foreign city hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. You aren’t checking your phone for news because you are “on vacation”. You aren’t aware of your environment as much because everyone around you is vacationing too. You don’t have all of your gear because you are in swimming shorts and wearing your big 5.11 tactical belt would just look silly. You are in the moment; enjoying yourself with friends or family and this is precisely the time that you could find yourself smack dab in the middle of a life or death scenario. If this happens will you be completely unprepared or are you a tactical traveler?

Adjusting your situational awareness to the situation

The term situational awareness simply means you are aware of your surroundings. How many times have you been walking down the street looking at email on your phone? Have you ever checked sports scores sitting at a red light? How many of you have been sitting in your car while your spouse runs into the store and start surfing the web, checking Facebook for updates?

All of these actions demonstrate an almost complete lack of situational awareness. When your attention is focused elsewhere, usually on that device you carry with you all the time, you could miss cues. While you are checking email, you might not see the group of kids walking towards you ready to try their hand at the knock-out game. When you check your sports scores at the red light you might miss that vehicle swerving over into your lane and become completely blindsided. While you might be up to date on the latest happenings in Facebook world, you could miss armed men running into the mall your wife and kids are currently inside.

If something were to happen in your local area, your training and resources might enable you to quickly react once you are actually aware of what is happening, but when traveling out-of-town, some of us shut off our situational awareness and relax. Situational Awareness is key to surviving any disaster because seconds could be all the time you need to move or react. When your attention is elsewhere, you are robbing yourself of those precious seconds.

A good road atlas is a dirt cheap simple prep that can show you the route to safety. Every car should have one.

I am not expecting anyone to be outfitted in full on tactical gear and clothing if you are at the beach, but you can still be focused on where you are. What are the people in your group doing? Where are they? Who is walking towards you? What is the weather doing? If you are at an amusement park, do you know where you parked? Do you have the keys where you can get to them quickly? Can you escape if you have to? Could you jump a fence if needed? Do you have a weapon if you need it? What around you could provide cover from bullets?

Traveling By Land

In addition to having a mindset that is aware of what is going on, there are ways you can bring an extra level of preparedness with you wherever you go. If at all possible, I am driving when I leave home because I can carry many of the supplies I need inside my vehicle. If we are on vacation I have options for food, shelter and security in my vehicle and on my person at all times.

When loading my vehicles, the luggage is the last thing I consider. I make sure my bug out bag is up to date with food, a water filtration system that can support my entire family and the other items I recommend for a good bug out bag. I always travel with at least one firearm, usually several. I do leave things like my bulletproof vest home and I am not carrying thousands of rounds of ammo, but enough to deal effectively with a whole mess of problems should we run into them on the road. Now, it should go without saying that if your vehicle has equipment like this inside, you should take extra care when you are away from it to ensure none of those supplies are stolen and wind up in the wrong hands.

When we are away from home, whatever vehicle you are in becomes your bug out vehicle by necessity if not by choice. Make sure the maintenance is up to date. Keep your tanks full and have alternate routes planned. A good road atlas can come in handy if you need to get out-of-town and take the back roads.


Traveling By Sea

Many people take cruises to get away, eat delicious food and travel to distant tropical ports, but traveling by sea brings along its own set of risks. I am not suggesting you pack your own life raft, but there are ways you can be more prepared when traveling by ship. Sideliner wrote an article earlier this year that documented the horrible conditions that people faced on a cruise ship and the preparations you can take with you to prevent some of those conditions.

But luxury cruise ships aren’t the only place your preps need to be with you. Ferries can capsize like the MV Sewol did early in the morning killing hundreds. Going back to situational awareness, if you are on a ship and it feels like it is going over, but they are telling you to stay safely in your cabin, what would you do? Sometimes being prepared is acting in the face of what sounds like bad advice. Use your gut and listen to it.

Traveling By Air

There isn’t much you can do or have on your person when traveling by air these days. Virtually all of my EDC gear and certainly my knife and firearms when flying are located where I can’t get to them. But assuming you land safely, your luggage can bring preparedness with you wherever you travel. Yes, checking a bag seems like a hassle to some of you. You do have to wait for it at baggage claim and there is a risk of lost luggage but I am not sacrificing my preparedness for convenience.

When I fly I bring survival gear with me so that I have a knife, headlamp, firearms (to most locations) and a host of other survival gear that most traveling on business leave at home. So far my luggage has only been “lost” one time and they brought it out to me the next day. Even if my gear is limited, my survival mindset can’t be taken from me. Customs can’t prevent me from entering with it and I can rely on it to help me view things from a different perspective.

This perspective can save your life and shouldn’t be left at home when you travel.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Are You a Tactical Traveler?


By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Your EDC gear that you carry daily can be used in millions of ways. It could be something as trivial as having a light to shine into a dark room for greater visibility or as serious as a weapon to defend your life or the lives of others. We carry and advocate EDC (Every Day Carry) to place tools on your body or within ready access that can make whatever situation you are faced with easier, safer or more survivable.

Some of the items I carry on my person (practically) everywhere I go are my concealed carry weapon, a folding knife, multi-tool, flashlight and bandana. Naturally, I have the more common items like a cell phone and a watch, usually some paracord and a Nalgene bottle of water in my bag but I don’t carry much more than that. This allows me what I consider are the basics that can be used in situations to provide me with an advantage.

For additional capacity I have my Get Home Bag or Bug Out Bag in my vehicle that has pretty much anything I would need in all but the most dire circumstances to live for 72 hours or more. I don’t have that on my person, but it is in my vehicle so when I am venturing away from home, those additional supplies are with me as well.

But there are supplies and gear I can expect to use that fall outside of the ideal mission for a Bug Out Bag. I don’t really want to raid that bag anytime I need something because I will then have to remember to put it back. Additionally, I don’t want to overload my bug out bag with gear I might not be able to use effectively in a bug out scenario. I don’t want unnecessary weight that could slow me down. Enter the vehicle EDC gear concept.

What is vehicle EDC gear?

Your vehicle EDC gear are supplies that can easily be stored in your vehicle that can give you advantages in situations where survival or simple convenience require them. Just like with my personal EDC gear that I have on my person, I might not use any of my vehicle EDC gear on a day-to-day basis. I might not use it for months or years, but it is there if I need it.

Your vehicle EDC gear extends your regular EDC gear but it doesn’t take the place of your Bug Out Bag. Bolo wrote a great article on the Rolling Bug Out Bag and his equipment was just that- his bug out gear. This article is not from the perspective that you are rolling out the door into oblivion, although a lot of Bolo’s gear could be just as easily suited to everyday situations.

Some of your vehicle EDC items can be stored in smaller pouches like this one from Maxpedition.

Important factors to consider when choosing your vehicle EDC gear list?

Every person is different. We have different vehicles, different resources, and different commutes, live in different climates and have different priorities and concerns. The items I am listing for my vehicle EDC are ones that I have chosen based upon what I can see myself possibly needing on any day where I live and commute daily. My list isn’t set in stone and has and will evolve over time. Your list might look different and that is perfectly fine. This exercise is simply looking at what items could augment your daily carry EDC and make life a little better if you encounter an emergency.

The amount of time you spend in your vehicle, the work you do, the vehicle’s mechanical condition and what you may be able to fix, if needed all play into consideration for this list.

What vehicle EDC gear should you consider?

So with all of that out-of-the-way and without needing a tractor-trailer to haul everything, what are some ideas for vehicle EDC gear that could help you?


We never used to carry water in any of our vehicles until I got into Prepping. It wasn’t long after that my wife decided that she didn’t like the thought of being stranded in the car with small children in the heat of the summer. Water is possibly the easiest thing you can do to affect your survival situation no matter what you are faced with. You can either buy a case of water and keep it in the trunk or fill up some stainless steel water bottles and store them. The stainless steel will prevent the plastic leaching into the water when it gets really hot, but don’t forget about them when the temperatures drop down to freezing. I lost a perfectly good SIGG water bottle this past winter due to that and some of my gear had mildew damage for sitting in water for I don’t know how long.


Not everyone carries a set of jumper cables anymore. Would you have some in an emergency?

This one might be up for debate. I know some people will say you should always have some spare food in your vehicle, but choosing the type of food is a little trickier because again you have to worry about it spoiling in the heat. Even if that isn’t an issue, you have to prepare it unless you buy something that requires no cooking. I have two mainstay emergency rations in my bug out bag, but I don’t have any spare food in my car. Would this be completely different if I was on a cross-country trip or commuted more than 10 miles to work? Yes, but as it stands right now I don’t.

Vehicle Maintenance/Misc.

Some of the items don’t apply to all vehicles and to all people. If you have zero mechanical skills for instance, there really isn’t any value in putting tools in your car is there? One could argue that maybe you should learn how to fix vehicles and I can see some value in that, but for me if my car broke down and I couldn’t see something very simple I could fix, I would start walking if there weren’t any other options. I wouldn’t be pulling the engine apart trying to see if I could fix some broken part with duct tape.

  • Jumper Cables – This should be a no-brainer. My kids have run the battery down in our car while my wife was inside shopping. She wasn’t in there long, but it doesn’t take long running the fan in the summer, lights on and radio blaring to kill a battery. She had to call me because she didn’t have any jumper cables. It would have taken all of two minutes to get her back on the road, but because nobody around her had any, or was offering to help she was temporarily stranded. Needless to say, she had jumper cables that night.
  • Duct Tape – Getting back to my point above, I don’t expect anyone is going to be fixing a flat tire or mending a broken axle with strong duct tape, but that stuff sure does come in handy. You probably don’t need an entire roll either, just wrap some around your water bottle for emergencies.
  • Fluids (as necessary) – Again, this is vehicle dependent. I don’t carry any fluids because my vehicle doesn’t go through fluids that I should worry about it. Some people have older vehicles that needed the occasional topping off of oil or coolant. If that is you, plan accordingly.EDCGear
  • Flat Tire Tools – The simplest option is a good old can of fix a flat although sometimes that can cause more havoc when you take your tire into the shop and they refuse to fix the Tire Pressure sensor. The jack and wrench that come with your car are the bare essentials. They will get the job done, but not as easily as a beefier jack and lug wrench. Make sure the spare is full when you top off the other tires too. You don’t want to get a flat tire only to find out your spare is empty.
  • Spare Gloves – A good pair of mechanix gloves or even simple leather work gloves will come in handy if you have to get your hands dirty. It is much easier to put on a set of gloves than to get grease off your hands.
  • Tarp – Another multi-use item. A tarp can provide protection from rain. You can lay on it instead of muddy or frozen ground if you have to get under the car or it can protect the inside of your car from getting dirty.
  • Gas Can (empty) – Again, this is one that I don’t personally have only because I am pretty much always filling up when my tank gets to half-full. I could regret this one day, but for me it isn’t needed at this time. If you do get one of the newer style (which are practically worthless, thank you California) be sure to get a Gas spout and modify the can so it actually pours.
  • Basic Tools – Back to the initial point. Tools are great if you know what you are doing. If you can’t find the hood release, or recognize the big parts under the hood, this probably won’t do you any good.
  • Demolition Hammer – This might be a luxury item but if you ever need to beat the ever-loving crap out of something or just hammer some tent pegs in, a big hammer will come in handy. Doesn’t take up too much space either.

A good multi-tool can fix a lot of problems.


  • Multi-tool – The multi-tool goes in the duct tape category. Actually, for most people, this might be the only tool that you need. No, it won’t allow you to remove the water pump, but it can take on a myriad of smaller tasks.
  • Spare Magazines – No, I don’t mean People Magazine or the latest Oprah. In addition to my concealed carry weapon, I have a weapon in my car. It is my EDC backup. Usually, there are a few more on long trips, but I always have spare magazines for each weapon ready to go.
  • Seat Belt Cutter/Glass punch – The likelihood that you are going to be involved in an accident that requires you to cut your seat belt or shatter your window to escape is remote, but having something like the resqme car escape tool is cheap and provides some extra peace of mind.
  • Rope – I have some general use Polly rope if I ever need to tie something down to the roof rack. Paracord is a suitable alternative too and takes up a lot less room.

First Aid

Most of the time you will need a first aid kit in your car it is going to be for either headaches or minor boo-boos. You likely won’t need the Elite First Aid fully stocked medic bag unless you drive up to a war zone or horrific accident and have the skills and training to know what to do. However, a good first aid kit gives me peace of mind. I don’t plan on surgery, but I do have some celox quick clot, some blood stoppers along with my own IFAK. If nothing else, I can help stop bleeding if I need to until help arrives. Then I’ll pop some aspirin and go back to my car.

A good handheld ham radio will work in disaster scenarios to communicate when traditional methods are out.


Getting lost is half the journey, right? Well, if you have all the time in the world to kill and plenty of gas, maybe that sounds nice but I usually don’t go for joy rides. Have you ever been given the wrong directions on your GPS? We have. I have had Google Maps tell me to get off the highway at one exit, drive back to the previous exit and turn around again. Yes, like an idiot I followed it. GPS might cease to work, or due to some other reason, you can’t use it. I like to have backups.

  • Road Atlas – Rand McNally has simple and low-cost maps that you should have in your car. Throw it in the trunk for emergencies.
  • State Atlas – I also have a state atlas for my state that will help me get out of my neighborhood (figuratively speaking here) if the roads are blocked and I need alternate routes.
  • Cell Phone Charge cord – You should have a spare cell phone charger in your car at all times. These are usually less than $20, plug into a USB to cigarette lighter adapter and can keep your phone going.
  • Ham Radio w/Battery Charger – I have one of my Baofeng handheld radios in my car in case all else fails. This also has FM frequencies on it if I need to listen to local news/radio.

General Purpose

  • Pen/Pad
  • LED Flashlight
  • Headlamp – Superior to a flashlight in a lot of cases due to the hands free nature.
  • Light Stick
  • Spare Batteries
  • Lighter
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shop Towels
  • Trash bags

Weather Dependent

The weather where you live greatly affects this list so I am not going to get too specific. I think people who live in colder climates already know the importance of keeping some supplies just in case.

  • Cold Weather
    • Tire Chains – or all-weather tires
    • Wool Blanket –I like a wool blanket better than the space blankets although it is more expensive and takes up more space.
    • Tow Strap – I now have a 4X4 so I have a tow strap just in case I can pull someone out who has fallen into a ditch. Again, this doesn’t make sense for all vehicles.
    • Proper footwear
  • Hot Weather
    • More water, electrolyte solution
    • Hats to block sun

What to store your vehicle EDC gear in?

Now, what do you store all of this EDC gear in? If you are building your kit out I would suggest you compile everything first and then choose a suitable container or containers for holding this gear. Some gear makes sense to be kept with similar associated gear and the potential for use might dictate where you place it. For instance, you might have food and any cooking supplies in one container. The vehicle you have will obviously dictate where some of this goes. The general purpose items could go in a glove-box, center console or a molle visor attachment.

I have different gear spread over the vehicle, but the majority sits nicely in a plastic tote from Rubbermaid. It’s there if I ever need it and I am not surprised at how often my vehicle EDC gear has come in handy. Maybe some of these items could help you out.

Your turn! What do you keep in your car that I missed?

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Vehicle EDC Gear List: Don’t Leave the Driveway Without It

get home bag

By Tess PenningtonReady Nutrition

From previous disasters, we find clarification and better ways to prepare. Urban disasters happen all the time leaving many stranded in the city. Consider for a moment what you would do if you found yourself in the midst of an emergency where you couldn’t get home using your vehicle. For example, after the terror attacks in New York, the country’s transportation system was shut down – including city transportation systems. Due to the destruction of this event, many commuters were left with no other option but to walk home. Another example occurred in Tokyo after a number of sizable earthquake tremors occurred, many commuters and students were stranded after railways were temporarily stopped. As a result, the majority of commuters who are unable to return home had to wait in facilities such as offices and stations until railway services resumed. Source Severe weather and car breakdowns can also be a reason for having to walk home.

Between work and commutes, most of us spend a majority of our time away from home. About 8% of workers in the USA have commutes of an hour or longer, and nearly 600,000 full-time workers endure “megacommutes” of at least an hour-and-a-half and 50 miles, according to new U.S. Census data on commuting. The national average, one-way daily commute is 25.5 minutes.

If an emergency occurred while you were at work, would you be equipped to handle the ordeal?

Have you considered what you would do if you had to walk back home? How many miles would it take for you to get home? If the average one-way commute is 25 miles, not many could make that in a single day. It could take on average 10-12 hours of straight walking at a fast pace – and that is only if you are in good shape and have no physical limitations. For the majority of us, it would be a multi-day journey to get home.

One of the biggest issues I see is preparedness experts loading up their get home bags and adding additional weight. To prepare for an urban disaster scenario, consider having a lightweight bag packed with the bare essential of gear to get home. This is not your fully loaded bug-out bag. The contents of a get home bag should be minimal and the items stored should be able carry you through the duration of getting home. Keep practicality and weight of the contents in mind when putting your gear together. If you are walking long distances, you do not want to be lugging around a pack with non-essential items.

20 Must-Have Items to Add to Your Get-Home

Depending on the area you live, you may want to consider using a small messenger bag or small hiking pack. If you live in an area where the bag wouldn’t draw too much attention, consider a duffle bag or a Maxpedition Versipak type bag. These are the perfect size for this type of get home bag and both have adequate space to add most of these lightweight items.

  1. Basic first aid kit with moleskins included
  2. Multi-tool
  3. Machete
  4. Flashlight and/or headlamp
  5. Lightsticks
  6. Bivvy sac or Mylar blanket
  7. Bandana or hat
  8. Bic lighter or matches
  9. Two-way radio with extra batteries
  10. Extra cell phone charger
  11. Durable poncho
  12. Small sewing kit
  13. Package of hand wipes
  14. 6 energy bars or lightweight homemade MREs
  15. Water purifier container
  16. Map and
  17. Compass
  18. Small roll of duct tape
  19. Pre-paid credit card
  20. Hiking boots with extra pair of socks

A few additional considerations:

  • Put thought into how you plan on getting home. If you plan to trek home, have a path mapped out that avoids highways to travel on foot. Some have gone to the extreme of keeping a folded bicycle or collapsible walking stick in their vehicles to prepare for the possibility of trekking back home.
  • If you are in a densely populated area, consider the fact that thousands of commuters will be displaced and hotel rooms will quickly run out. If you are unable to shelter in the workplace, research beforehand where the shelters will be set up (Contact your local area Red Cross chapter, they usually know) or a local park. If the disaster occurs in the late afternoon, it may be worthwhile to walk to a shelter or park, sleep there for the night and start the journey to get back home first thing in the morning.
  • Keeping a weapon in your vehicle (provided you have a conceal carry permit) may also be beneficial if you feel the need for additional protection.

Emergencies happen all the time – even while we are at work. It takes a few minutes to gather these items together and create a dependable get home bag. We never know when the next emergency will hit and these 20 items could save your life.

What items do you keep in your bug out bag for work?

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Urban Disasters: Have These 20 Items On You If You Want to Make It Home


Additional Resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals

Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation

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Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.