Friday, September 10, 2010

Our Book: Step By Step Guide To Emergency Preparedness by Mountain Steps

Our book Step By Step Guide To Emergency Preparedness is now available on!

The book is 184 pages. It includes the most relevant posts and articles we've written pertaining to preparing you and your family for future emergencies. The book is organized in easy to digest sections and chapters.

This book is based off a collection of posts from our blog Mountain Steps This was originally written so that friends and family can learn what we've learned (without needing to make the same mistakes we've made) and can use it as a source of helpful resources. Since October 2008 we've gone through a crash course on survival skills, American and political history and economics. We've created short term and long term goals for ourselves. We've documented what we've learned, what we've accomplished and hopefully these will give you some ideas and resources to better yourself. This book, like our blog, breaks preparedness topics into easy to digest sections and goals. This makes it easier to prioritize what you want to focus on and makes this otherwise overwhelming topic more manageable. The sections in the book cover Short Term Goals, Long Term Goals, Water, Food, Health, Security, Skills, Personal Finance, Frugal Tips, Precious Metals, Investment Strategies and Economics.

Makes a great reference. Be sure to consider buying one for family members as a gift.

Buy the Step By Step Guide To Emergency Preparedness by Mountain Steps

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CERT: Community Emergency Response Team

If you are looking for a way to get some Emergency Preparedness Training as well as serve your community by helping out duringg an emergency or training and educating people about Emergency Preparedness you might want to consider checking out your local CERT. They also have a free online course located here: Both the online course and the hands-on course taught in your local area go over how CERTs are organized and itneract with first responders, fire safety, hazardous material and terrorist incidents, disaster medical operations and search and rescue. I've taken the online course and I'm pretty impressed. I like the idea of the CERTs. Basically you first take care of yourself and your family, then work outward to your neightborhood, then your city, and then your county.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Animation of US Recession - Unemployment Across the Country 2007 - Present

This is a fascinating animation titled The Geography of a Recession.

It shows US unemployment via a colored map of the nation with each county colored accordingly. It starts from 2007 to the present.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Movies: Dual Survival - new Discovery Channel Show on Survival Premiering

I got this email from a publicist for the Discovery Channel. Passing along the information to you all:


My name is David, and I am a publicist for Discovery Communications. I saw that you cover survival tips and have written about The Colony, so I wanted to make sure to share this upcoming Discovery Channel premiere with you and Mountain Steps readers.

Experts agree there are some very basic - and universal - rules for surviving in the wild. Find shelter, find water, find food, find help. Beyond that, there's not much they agree on. Meet the military-trained Dave Canterbury and naturalist Cody Lundin - the odd couple of survival experts featured in Discovery Channel's all-new series Dual Survival, premiering Friday, June 11, at 10pm ET/PT. Together, Canterbury and Lundin take on some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain to demonstrate - in their own way - how the right skills and some creative thinking can keep you alive.

Links to embeddable video clips from the show are available below, along with a few images. Please contact me if you would like more information or additional video or images.

Dual Survival: "Bush Hippie Logic"

Dual Survival: "A Run in the Dark"

Also, The Colony is returning for a second season so I can also include you on new information about the series when it becomes available.

Thank you for your time,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Book Review: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine

This is a beautifully produced book. It's broken down into 7 different sections that cover all the basics of independent living - and every page has many, many full color pictures and illustrations. The negatives are that this is a basic book - so if you are just starting prepping for independent living this would be a great book to start with, but it does not offer a whole lot of new information for more advanced preppers. I did love the section on making your own ice cream and different cheeses and I'm definitely going to experiment with a few of the easier cheese recipes! The other thing with this book is that it seems to be written for more of the yuppie type who is concerned about their "carbon footprint", etc so a few ideas are very expensive and not too practical, but overall very informative.

From instructions on making your own composting toilet to trimming the toenails on your llamas, this back-the-land guide offers a vast wealth of resources for the eco-minded, twenty-first-century homesteader. The crowded chapters cover growing and harvesting food; keeping livestock (and building structures to house them); incorporating renewable energy technology, such as solar panels, into existing homes; making crafts, household items, and toys; homemade health remedies; and earth-friendly interior design. With so many topics introduced in such a limited space, it’s inevitable that some subjects are treated more superficially than others; for example, a spread on stress management, which includes tips such as “take a walk,” seems out of place in a title filled with so much targeted, useful advice. Best are the practical specifics, and even city dwellers with no interest in taking up beekeeping or basket weaving will enjoy browsing this for recipes, gardening ideas, and, as the introduction states, other accessible ways to “take a few steps closer to a healthier, happier, and more responsible lifestyle.” --Gillian Engberg
Product Description
The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks. Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more. 1000 color illustrations

Buy: Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides) by Abigail R. Gehring