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Preparedness offers peace of mind during uncertain times ...

Your Family is the most important thing in your life, right?

But what if you couldn't help your family when they needed you the most?

Sure, life gets busy, finances get tight and if there was an emergency you could always rely on emergency services to help you, right?

Well what if they were busy helping everyone else...?

What if they couldn't get to you in time?

You need to learn HOW TO HELP YOURSELF!

And you can do that here.....

 

The Big River site offers a comprehensive library of reference articles and information about planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster...

We share articles such as news, stories,  information, practical ideas, projects & how-to's ... as well as emergency references & links and product reviews to help you become more informed and better prepared.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and educate you about the importance of being prepared and how you can do this in simple ways at home by yourself by offering you options, alternatives, solutions and ideas ....  

So, whether you are preparing to protect yourself or your family from a Natural or Man-made Disaster, Financial Hardship or Civil Unrest or perhaps just wanting to set-up and prepare your home to be a little bit more self-reliant – the team here at BIG RIVER TRADING CO. can help you.

Please take the time to explore the site it is full of great information ... see also our popular 'Prepper Pages' for the more serious minded ...

Don't forget to join our social media groups so you can keep up-to-date with new items as they are published and then you can share, tweet, like and email  your friends and family so that they too can be better informed and kept up-to-date....

 

"Chance Favours the Prepared Mind"  -  Louis Pasteur .....

10August

The Floating Gardens of the Aztecs

The Ingenious Floating Gardens of the Aztecs...

When Cortez discovered the Aztec Empire in the year 1519, he found 200,000 people living on an island in the middle of a lake.  Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, was the biggest and best-fed city in the world, and this fortress city was completely surrounded by water.

To feed their enormous population, the Aztecs ingeniously built chinampas, or floating gardens, to convert the marshy wetlands of Lake Texcoco into arable farmland.  These floating gardens were a masterpiece of engineering.

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Home Preparedness - The Garden

10July

Signs Of Change 2016 (4) | Something Is Seriously Wrong

More signs of change from the Hawkkey Davis Channel depicting global weather patterns increasingly threatening the lives and safety of people all around the world on a daily basis..... food for thought!

 

Posted in Preppers News & Stories, YouTube - Signs of Change

09July

Depression Era and War Time Books - Food

 

(Image - Project Gutenberg)

Old books from the depression era and war times can provide a wealth of knowledge and many tried and true hints and tips for getting the most out of what you have to get by, for example ...

FOODS THAT WILL WIN THE WAR AND HOW TO COOK THEM

BY C. HOUSTON GOUDISS

" This book is planned to solve the housekeeper's problem.

It shows how to substitute cereals and other grains for wheat, how to cut down the meat bill by the use of meat extension and meat substitute dishes which supply equivalent nutrition at much less cost; it shows the use of syrup and other products that save sugar, and it explains (pg 5] how to utilize all kinds of fats.

It contains 47 recipes for the making of war breads; 64 recipes on low-cost meat dishes and meat substitutes; 54 recipes for sugarless desserts; menus for meatless and wheatless days, methods of purchasing—in all some two hundred ways of meeting present food conditions at minimum cost and without the sacrifice of nutrition. "

 

FOOD GUIDE FOR WAR SERVICE AT HOME PREPARED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOOD  ADMINISTRATION

IN CO-OPERATION WITH
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AND THE BUREAU OF EDUCATION

WITH A PREFACE BY HERBERT HOOVER

UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATOR

1918

"The long war has brought hunger to Europe; some of her peoples stand constantly face to face with starvation.

All agriculture has been seriously interfered with. Food production has been lessened to the point of danger. Millions of men who had given all their time and energy to raising food have been killed; more millions are still fighting; other millions have gone from the farms into the great war-factories.

Women, too, have been drafted from the fields and home gardens into the factories and to replace the absent men in a host of occupations.

Great stretches of once fertile land have been temporarily ruined by the scourge of war; some are still under falling shot and shell.

Belgium and France have lost millions of acres of productive land to the enemy. The fertilizers necessary for keeping up the production of the land still available are lacking...."

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Drying and Preparing Food, Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages

07July

FEMA Wargamed Global Food Crisis… The Results Weren’t Pretty.

wheat wikimedia

One of the most frightening scenarios that anyone in the modern world could face, is a global food shortage. It’s one thing when just the country you live in faces a food shortage but  a global food crisis means that there is nowhere to run to.

All that’s left to do is endure for as long as you can, with whatever food you have stocked up and whatever rations the government can provide. Your absolute best case scenario involves living on a self-sufficient property, and very few people have that. And the people who are living self-sufficiently would have to live with the fear of being raided by hungry looters or an opportunistic government.

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories

06July

5 Attributes EVERY Homesteader Must Have To Survive Tough Times

5 Attributes EVERY Homesteader Must Have To Survive Tough Times

If you are considering a more self-reliant lifestyle ... then perhaps you might like to look into Homesteading...

 

Posted in Remote Living - Coping & Resilience, Preppers News & Stories, Home Preparedness - The Home

15June

Debt Buyers Purchase Debt From Banks and then Hunt You Down

Illustration by David Dees. http://www.deesillustration.com/

Illustration by David Dees. http://www.deesillustration.com/

Hope to ever get out of debt in your lifetime? Hope that these guys don’t find you first.

 

They are the bounty hunters in the American wasteland debt collection.

 

Many Americans have had unfortunate dealings with a relatively new practice that involves predatory ‘investors’ who buy up delinquent consumer debt and pester and intimidate bad debtors to pay up.

 

Often, the debtors are sued in court, and default judges and wage garnishment are the typical end result.

Their tactics and the legality of their methods of collection are shady, but still enough to hold struggling Americans hostage for everything they have ...

Posted in Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress

14June

12 Hours Before The End Of The World? That’s All The Warning We’d Get Before A Solar Storm, Says New Report

 

Image source: NASA

Can you cram in 12 hours all the survival essentials you would need to save your family for several months?

That’s all the warning you would have before a solar storm takes out the power grid, according to a new government report from the United Kingdom.

The Space Weather Preparedness Strategy report revealed that the warning could be as little as 12 hours before a coronal mass ejection (CME) hits Earth and sends us all back to a 1800s existence.

Posted in CME's & Solar Flares - News & Stories, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

12June

The US Government Has Recently Issued 2 Alarming Warnings to Prep…But Is Anybody Listening?

When the US government steps outside of the apple pie and baseball narrative of the American dream and issues warnings to prep, you’d better pay strict attention and start upping your preparedness game.

 

Posted in Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Preparing for the Long Term

11June

Food Crisis - The Common Sense Show

food crisis

In one of the most telling interviews ever conducted on The Common Sense Show, Dave interviewed the owner of Numanna Foods, Daniel Brigman, about the importance of storing food in these times of unprecedented trouble.

EBT card troubles are just the beginning. This is a can’t miss interview.

What this interview will teach you is that buying food is not enough, you have to know how to prepare and how to store and eventually how to  hide your food...

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

11June

EBT Card Outage?: It Is 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are STILL Waiting For Food Stamp Money

 Image result for ebt card

If you relied on benefits to put food on the table for your family, how would you cope if those benefits were overdue and you didn't know when you were going to get paid?

There are over 40 million people in the USA that depend on  EBT Cards, a food stamp program, which allows the holder of the card to use government allocated credit at participating outlets to buy food... and that system is failing them.

It is reported that it has been over a week since their expected payments were due and retailers are turning people away in droves leaving them hungry and enraged.

 

 

 

Posted in Establishing Household Food Security, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest

07June

Apocalyptic floods around the world in June 2016: USA, Mexico, Russia, China, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania and now Australia!!

 floods june 2016, floods europe june 2016, flood paris june 2016, floods paris 2016 pictures, floods worldwide june 2016, apocalyptical floods worldwide june 2016

The current floods apocalypse isn’t only centered around Europe but is also hitting countries worldwide.

Here a compilation of the worst floodings across the world in USA, Mexico, Russia, China, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania. And now Australia ...

Wild weather lashes the cliff face at Vaucluse, Sydney

Posted in Wild Weather, Tornadoes & Freak Storms - News & Stories, Floods - News & Stories, Storms - News & Stories

03June

Queensland wild weather: BoM warns flash-flooding, powerful wind gusts expected

EWN Significant Weather Forecast Map

 

Emergency services are on standby with flash-flooding and powerful wind gusts expected to hit south-east Queensland from today, but it will not be as widespread as first predicted.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a trough was moving faster than expected, slightly reducing the threat of heavy intense rainfall from Fraser Island to Brisbane's northside.

But the bureau warned drenching falls and damaging winds were still set to lash areas from Brisbane's CBD and southern suburbs through to the Gold Coast.

Posted in Wild Weather, Tornadoes & Freak Storms - News & Stories, Floods - News & Stories, Storms - News & Stories

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