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How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to

Emergency Meals for Vegetarians and Vegans

Because we frequently advise people on how much food they need to store for emergencies, we keep up with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines as they’re updated each year. Last week we wrote about how many calories adults and kids need to maintain their current weight (or even lose a little). We provide nutritional information on

How Many Daily Calories Will I Need?

The average American says it’s easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out what to eat and how many calories per day they need. Whether you’re planning your emergency food strategy or you’re reviewing an existing plan, now is a good time to think it through so you can ensure that

Food Storage and Preparing for Disasters – Back to Basics

It’s the start of a new year and a time when many of us make plans for the coming year and beyond. Last year brought increasing media coverage about people and families who are very serious about being prepared for emergencies, people affectionately referred to as “Preppers”. At Wise Company, we have all kinds of

Creating an Outdoor Emergency Animal Shelter

Few parts of the United States have been spared from extreme cold weather this winter. When temperatures dip well below zero and snow piles up, most people and pets are lucky enough to be able to wait it out inside where it’s warm and dry. However, feral animals, outside pets, and even some wildlife need

Prepping for a New Year: 5 Things You Must Do Now

2014 is here. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November, reminds us of how critical it is to review survival stocks in order to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are five things you should do now to be prepared during the new year: Rotate your stored fuel supply. If you’ve had gasoline

Top 5 Modern Prepper Movies

Survival. It’s on the short list of moviemakers’ top topics. Whether it’s post-apocalyptic, natural disaster or pandemic-related, or even the over-plagued zombie thriller, Prepper movies make for great story telling and good reminders as to why survival preparedness is key. Here’s our (totally subjective!) list of must-see Prepper movies*: The Purge (rated R) “Reminder all

Three Common Household Products for First Aid

Let’s first start with the obvious; medical care is best provided by a doctor in an office or a hospital. But, if a disaster strikes or you’re facing an emergency and can’t get professional care, there are some common household products that can be used for wound care and dressing. Keep these items stocked in

Best Practices for Shelter-in-Place at Home

“Shelter-in-place” means to take immediate refuge at your current location. It is an emergency procedure for people affected by a biological, chemical or radiological attack or accident. Shelter-in-place is typically a short-term procedure of several hours, not days or weeks.  Research your surroundings. One key element of planning is to understand the types of disasters

Top-Pick Prepper Gifts for 2013

From the Practical to the Extravagant The holidays are right around the corner and we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you find just the thing for the Prepper on your list. From budget-conscious and practical to bank-busting and a bit extreme, this year’s list has something for everyone. Gifts under $50 One of

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