The One Thing I’m Not Prepared For

“The North Korean foreign minister’s recent warning of a possible atmospheric nuclear test over the Pacific ocean should be heeded, a senior Pyongyang official has told CNN.” From <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/26/north-korea-threat-test-hydrogen-bomb-pacific> The Guardian has several articles that chronicle the recent DPRK nuclear… Continue Reading


PrepperMed 101: The Plague? In 2017? In America? Seriously?

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–1353. That’s how the Wikipedia article about The Black Death starts.  1346-1353 Europe. That’s a… Continue Reading


Prepper 101: An Introduction

Here at 3BY, we have discovered there is a need for an easy, linear and focused strategy for people new to prepping. We are calling it Prepper 101. This series is intended for someone new to the concept of prepping.… Continue Reading


PrepperMed 101: Should Preppers In Particular Get A Flu Shot?

  There are two different sorts of flu outbreak to think about:  Seasonal flu and pandemic flu.  Seasonal flu strains circulate yearly, and it’s these that the flu vaccines regularly offered help protect against.  Are those flu vaccines worth getting? … Continue Reading


PrepperMed 101: Preppers Shouldn’t Throw Stones… Especially Kidney Stones.

Is there anything less fun than kidney stones?  Not a whole lot … “The most painful thing I’ve ever experienced” is a phrase that comes up a lot when people talk about their experiences with one.  I bet I can… Continue Reading


PrepperGuns101: When Purchasing A Gun, Make Easy Field Stripping A Priority

Guns come with all kinds of bells and whistles these days, but one thing holds true for me. Quick, easy field stripping for cleaning is, as it has always been, one of my top demands of a firearm I am… Continue Reading


Paranoid Prepper: How to Convince Others to Prep

I have been able to convince a number of other people to prep, yet I see posts on prepper forums about folks having bad experiences when trying to convince family, friends, and coworkers to prep.  They wind up breaking OPSEC,… Continue Reading


PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout

“I should, but I don’t wanna mess with it today.”  We’ve all been there.  We decided doing a thing is worthwhile when we committed to it, and that hasn’t changed.  But we’re tired of messing with it and would rather… Continue Reading


Six Things Preppers Often Don’t Do Enough

There are things we, as preppers, need to do more of, or do a better job of. You know it, we know it, but that doesn’t mean it gets done.  Spice and I talked about it in our weekly podcast,… Continue Reading


When Sleep Won’t Come: 5 Ways To Get A Prepper Snoozing

Sleep is under-appreciated … by people that can get a suitable amount. Once you can’t, you figure out how glorious it was all along.  In a survival situation, lack of sleep is dangerous and can be deadly. It’s not just about feeling… Continue Reading


Food Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Kathmandu Curry

You may have guessed this meal was designed for backpackers.  Therefore it’s light (6.6 oz), in a durable container that also serves for cooking, and withstands extremes of temperature without problems, and has a good shelf life — all excellent… Continue Reading


Think About It: Prepping Is About Looking Past Thoughtless Preconceptions, Seeing Reality Instead

I man I know walked into my office for a conversation. While he was there, he noticed a framed print I had on my wall and was captivated by it. Him, looking at a picture: “Wow, that’s really cool, what… Continue Reading


House Plant’s Secret Identity Revealed: Aloe, Prepper Gold

When we came back from a day at the lake cooked to a painful red, Mom would pinch a leaf off one of her few houseplants, split it open with a nail, and smear the slightly sticky/slimy but clear and… Continue Reading


PrepperNomics 107:  What Preppers Need To Know About Inflation

I wrote in an earlier post  about price movements for individual goods.  “Inflation” is the term we use for price increases in goods and services across the board. The typical layman’s understanding of inflation is simply more money, chasing the… Continue Reading


Now is the Time for a Prep on the Cheap

 If you could buy an insurance policy for $1 that had the potential to add significant food – pounds and pounds of it – to your family’s larder should something dramatically bad happen in the next six months … would… Continue Reading