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Author Archive: Stephanie Dayle

Stephanie is a writer for the American Preppers Network, a small local paper and for her blog, The Home Front. She is also the credited writer of "Emergency Bag Essentials (Swatchbook): Everything You Need to Bug Out" to be released in August 2014.

"I write articles based on my own experience about emergency preparedness, self-sufficiency, homesteading, food preservation and life around the farmstead. I grew up in a very rural area where I learned to garden, the art of canning, to hunt and fish, and to raise my own animals for food. Yes, families such as mine still do exist! I also spent 6 years volunteering for the local county Search and Rescue group where I learned a variety of survival skills and a little bit about law enforcement protocol. "

"As a general rule of principle do not write articles about information that I have only read - if I am writing about something it's because of I have done it myself and gone to great lengths to provide you with the facts. I also have a full time job with an hour commute - my alter egos are as a Marketing Director, and an amateur photographer. "

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7 Bug Out Tips from Backpackers

7 Bug Out Tips from Backpackers

      Many skills that are taught as “emergency preparedness” or “survival” skills that were outdoor or backpacking skills long before those movements ever even had a name. I have often advised beginners who are building their Bug Out Bags and making their Bug Out Plans to take up backpacking as a hobby for practice, […]

Add Wild Mushroom Hunting to Your Skill Set

Add Wild Mushroom Hunting to Your Skill Set

  Last month I covered gathering and eating fiddlehead ferns (click here to see the article), this month I want to touch on a different wild edible. Make collecting wild mushrooms a part of your self-reliance skill set. Sound dangerous? It’s not, if you can learn how to do it safely. While not a high […]

How to Prepare for a Volcanic Eruption

How to Prepare for a Volcanic Eruption

  Preparing for a volcanic eruption basically boils down to prepping for evacuation at a movement’s notice  if you live in a blast, lava flow or lahar zone or prepping for volcanic ash if you live in an ash fall zone. There is also the possibility of volcano related earthquakes, but earthquakes are covered in […]

Fiddlehead Ferns, How to Make Them Food

Fiddlehead Ferns, How to Make Them Food

Almost everyone has heard of “fiddlehead ferns,” the young fern wild edible, turn gourmet vegetable can be found across much of North America in the mid to late springtime. By Stephanie Dayle  Few wild edibles are so easily spotted, convenient and tasty, or so widely available. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, […]

10 Things to Prep if You Get Migraine Headaches

10 Things to Prep if You Get Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches can be completely debilitating and those of us that suffer from them could be at a severe disadvantage during a prolonged emergency.  While their exact cause is still a mystery most doctors think they are related to the spasming of the large blood vessels in the brain. A severe migraine could render a person […]

10 Things to Do if a Winter Storm Is Happening and You’re Not Prepared

10 Things to Do if a Winter Storm Is Happening and You’re Not Prepared

  Just weeks ago a winter storm hit the South East United States leaving traffic locked in grid lock for days, people were also stuck at the office and in school for days. Tonight ice and cold rains down on the same areas with massive grid lock and power outages looming. For this second round of […]

Best Batteries for Emergency Preparedness

Best Batteries for Emergency Preparedness

Stock rechargeable batteries! This has long been dispensed as preparedness advice. The reasoning behind this advice is of course to have the ability to recharge the batteries for additional use once exhausted. If the stores are closed or you can’t get to them for more batteries at least you can rely on stash of rechargeable […]

What You Need to Know about Water Tablets

What You Need to Know about Water Tablets

Water purification tablets are an ideal one-step back up form of water treatment. They are especially good for  Get Home Bags and Bug Out Bags because they are light weight and inexpensive. Water purification tablets are also great to store in your vehicle or your bug out location to disinfect water on demand. Even though […]

Does Bear Spray or Wasp Spay work for Self-Defense?

Does Bear Spray or Wasp Spay work for Self-Defense?

There are positives and negatives to all tools of self-defense, if there was the perfect self-defense tool available where all you had to do was push a button and the attacker would vanish into thin air and materialize inside a jail cell,  it STILL would not do you any good if an attacker has snuck […]

How to Can Brandied Apples

How to Can Brandied Apples

Looking for that perfect homemade Christmas present? Try canning some brandied apples, they are a simply divine dessert and an easy recipe to can yourself at home. Add a red bow to the top and it makes a great Christmas present (that is, if you don’t eat them all yourself, because they are that good) […]