Author Archives: Thom

Financial records and “continuity planning”

Most businesses have established (or at least should have) business continuity plans for ensuring the business can continue operating in the event of a localized or general emergency. This is the case with households, too. Emergency evacuation plans and 72-hour … Continue reading

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Home food production – Begin with the end in mind

There is one good thing about uprooting your family and moving to another state: You get to choose a new home. Having lived in two previous homes, we’ve learned a few things about what is important to us. One important … Continue reading

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Step Two – Financial baseline

When starting a new job simultaneous with moving into a new home in a new state there is a certain amount of chaos wrecked on the home finances. There are unexpected expenses in moving out, unexpected expenses in moving in, … Continue reading

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Step One – Shelter: Update 2

We have closed on our new house, moved in, and have been there a week and a half. It’s been an adventure. Our air conditioner blew a fuse our first weekend here. We have numerous electrical outlets that don’t work. … Continue reading

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Update: Step One – Shelter

This weekend we entered contract to buy a house. It’s been a bit of a challenge, and it wasn’t looking good there for awhile. But we did it, and now we’re in the application and documentation stage. The first problem … Continue reading

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Step One – Shelter

With my new job comes relocation. I’m not looking forward to it, and other than my new job itself, it demands the bulk of my attention every day. There are a lot of decisions to be made, and a lot … Continue reading

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A New beginning (hold on to your hat!)

Posting has been non-existent for the last few months because I’ve been very busy and very stressed. But barring some bizarre glitch out of nowhere I have landed a good job after over two years of un- and under-employment. While … Continue reading

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Dealing with stress

My brother has an excellent post on his site about dealing with stress: “If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an … Continue reading

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Self reliance at work

Wolverine at American Preppers Network has an interesting post on teaching self reliance. I told him that I wasn’t taking the self-defense class. I told him that we should be teaching a self-reliance class to the group too. He asked … Continue reading

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Practicing evacuation

Angela at Food Storage and Survival recently posted a great entry on practicing evacuations with the family: When it came time for the activity, I told everyone that we were going to pretend that we were sitting around the house … Continue reading

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