What Should I Do?

10 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches

Updated videos on methods of creating fire
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4:24 PM

As we look at preparing for uncertain times, we seek to have the resources on hand to weather the storm and be more resilient in our daily lives.  We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations.  We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.  We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other. 

Knowledge and skills acquisition is a topic that resonates greatly with the Peak Prosperity community. In this article we will explore a critical skill to learn and practice that can help you in really tough times or emergency situations – the skill of making fire. » Read more


Doing the Next Thing

Steady steps is what it takes to build resilience
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:14 PM

The whole reason we spend our time looking at where the world is going is so that we can position ourselves to have as prosperous, joyous, and fulfilled a life as we can, while leaving behind a better world for those who will follow us.

Today I can say with complete sincerity that I am a better, more fulfilled, happier, and healthier person than I was ten years ago. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Raising Kids for a Resilient Future – Part III

Part 3 of 3: Preparing youth for a resilient adulthood
Monday, July 22, 2013, 8:09 PM

The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last 20 years.

~ Chris Martenson

For those of us with children, what does this statement mean? How do we prepare our children for a future that is unlike any we ourselves have ever known? How do we create a world worth inheriting when we are so acutely aware that the abundance our generation has taken for granted will no longer be a given in our children’s future? These questions can frustrate and even paralyze us as parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. Where do we start?

If you haven’t yet read Part I and Part II of this series, please take a few minutes to read them now. » Read more

Daily Prep

tomato seeds drying

Saving Seeds

A beginner’s guide
Monday, June 24, 2013, 3:41 PM

A great overview of getting started with saving your own seeds.

Also check out the WSID article on How to Harvest and Save Tomato Seeds.  And for folks looking to get more advanced resources, check out:

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition » Read more


A First-Hand Account of The Peak Prosperity Seminar

Sharing, learning, and putting plans into action
Friday, June 14, 2013, 11:27 PM

Have you ever wondered what happens at one of our Peak Prosperity weekend seminars? Every year, Chris and the Peak Prosperity team host two weekend-long retreats to explore topics related to the Crash Course, up close and personal. So what are these retreats like? » Read more


Answering Reader Q&A

Market crash risk, homesteading tips & other topics
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:52 AM

As usual, we asked for questions and you delivered in spades.

In today's podcast, Chris and I are joined by Chris' wife, Becca, in answering a number of the questions posed on this site this week. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Resiliency with IKEA

Inexpensive preps from a big box home store
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 5:05 PM

In building resiliency and establishing emergency provisions and preps, finding good values and quality products are an important part of the process.  We evaluate our basic needs and look over resources like the WSID Guide and books like When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the » Read more


How to Increase Your Financial Resilience

Whether you're an individual, a family, or a business
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 10:24 AM

Executive Summary

  • Treat your household as a business enterprise; the rules for financial resilience are the same
  • The 5 Rules of Financial Resilience
  • Eliminating vulnerabilities
  • Focusing on value creating and income diversification
  • The number of options for increasing your financial resilience is much larger than you likely expect. Your challenge is first truly understanding this, and then having the courage to see a few of them through.

If you have not yet read Don’t Worry, Be Resilient available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part I, we sought to understand what financial resilience means, and found that reliance on debt for consumption and on speculation for collateral, and an inflexible, high cost basis were the characteristics of fragile finances for households, enterprises, and nations.

In Part II, we ask the question, what are the characteristics of a financially resilient household? What strategies can we pursue to increase the resilience of our own households? » Read more

What Should I Do?

Solar Dehydrator Heat Collector

Building a Solar Dehydrator

A DIY food preservation project
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 4:13 PM

This is a story of one of the steps my family has taken towards increased resiliency, including actions taken to build a more sustainable lifestyle and invest in our food security.  My family lives on mostly a vegetarian diet. We currently grow a large garden and plan to grow most of our food for the full year. Growing a year's worth of food brings up many questions, but the most critical one is how do we preserve the bounty of our garden?  Of methods that I know of, one can dry, ferment, can, or use cold storage. Canning heats the food and takes away some of the nutrients. Not all foods can be stored in cold storage (but I am working on this, as well). We have an Excalibur dryer but find it takes forever to dry things and the electricity to match.

So I decided to build a solar dehydrator. After researching different design ideas, I went with a design that I could use some recycled materials and materials left over from other projects, plus some new. I also wanted a high-capacity design that could dry a lot of food at once. This design has a heat collector and a tower. » Read more

Featured Discussion

Dodging A Bullet

Dodging A Bullet

After a close call, Adam cautions readers to challenge their assumptions about the dependability of their preps