How to Build a Shipping Container Home

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We here at the Ranch love the idea of taking a shipping container and turning it into a home. While we know it wouldn’t look anything like the 15 great or 15 amazing, it would be highly functional. Here.Here is a GREAT how to article on building a shipping container home. It is an easy read, …

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It’s Not About Ebola Anymore

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Ebola has reached our shores. It has now reached here multiple times. It will continue to pop up in new spots as military and aid workers return from infected countries. So we can stop worrying about the if, and start planning for what to do when there is an active case or outbreak near you. …

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15 AMAZING Shipping Container Homes.

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Let’s face it, people are very creative. Well, some are anyway. I love when creativity meets up with resourcefulness. We have seen people be resourceful  when it comes to turning shipping containers into homes. We have even discussed what to look for when buying a container. Today we bring you 15 homes of people who …

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Best Prepper Articles Of 2014

Best Prepper Articles Of 2014 The prepper community is a small segment of the population, the number of prepared bloggers is an even smaller slice of the prepared community.  We recently put a call out to some of our fellow bloggers to submit to us their best prepper articles of 2014.  We felt that although …

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Home Security Before, During and After a Disaster

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As preppers, we often spend the majority of our time prepping for after a disaster. While this is the main goal of prepping, we also need to look at being prepared before, and during the disaster. Home security is a big area to cover and we have already discussed many ways for you to step …

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8 Emergency Water Sources for City Dwellers

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Being a prepper you already have an emergence supply of water on hand…right? But what happens if the emergence last longer than your supply? We covered how to use a pool as a water source already, but what about those of you in major cities? With the majority of the population living in or near …

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How Does the 21st Century Off-Grid Home Use Electricity?

How Does The 21st Century Off-Grid Home Use Electricity? You’re on a budget now.  You can only spend the electricity that is in the bank, the battery bank that is, and you don’t have credit.  Living off the grid requires a conscious use of electricity. Assuming we are not starting from a position of financial …

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6 Unexpected Uses For Oak Trees

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I like to think we have an open mind here at the Ranch. We are always down for learning a new thing or two. (Sometimes the learning doesn’t stick though) Here are 6 unexpected used for Oak Trees. And here we thought they were only good for firewood and wood craft… 6 Unexpected Uses For …

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Teaching Your Kids How to React to an Active Shooter

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  It’s something my parents would have never imagined they would have to do. Sadly, in today’s world, teaching our kids how to react to an active shooter seems like it belongs with fire and tornado drills. I know they practice active shooter drills at the school my kids go to, although they are called …

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Living Off The Grid With 21st Century Technology

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Living Off The Grid With 21st Century Technology Shelter, water, and food are all that is truly required to live “off the grid”.  Until the electrification of America in the early 20th century, everyone lived off the grid, so to speak.  The only sure bill was from the tax man and the responsibility for everything …

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