Stay Safe in an Earthquake with the Great ShakeOut

Earthquakes can happen any time, anywhere around the world. But do you know what to do should one occur? Many people don’t, which is why the Great ShakeOut is so incredibly important. What is the Great ShakeOut? The Great ShakeOut is a day of awareness that promotes emergency preparedness and earthquake safety. This year, it takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The national event encourages participants to partake in an earthquake safety drill to understand what to do in the event an earthquake strikes. More than 14 million people in the U.S. alone are already registered for the Great … Continue reading

National Preparedness Month

We’ve addressed the critical subject of disaster planning many times here at the Mountain House blog, and now seems the perfect time to get the word out again. Partly because September is officially National Preparedness Month, and partly because of the dramatic stories and images emanating from Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Find out how you can help here.) This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Of course it’s true: You never know when a severe storm, a temblor, a power outage, or some other contingency will turn everyday life into disorder. … Continue reading

Multi-Expert Interview: The Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced

You can read articles about being prepared. You can attend workshops, stock up on gear, and have an arsenal of quotable tips at the ready. But as most folks will tell you, the best advice comes directly from folks who have had to live it. We recently asked this question to some of our Ambassadors and others who have had their survival knowledge put to the test of real life. Full Question: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced where your survival/preparedness knowledge helped? What tips can you give others based on your experience? (jump to the story of your … Continue reading

3 Preparedness Tools to Stash Next to Your Mountain House

If you’ve spent some time in the backcountry, then you know just how unpredictable mother nature can be. From pop-up storms, to unwanted critters, to medical emergencies–there are countless reasons to go in prepared. So whether you’re headed into the backcountry or preparing for unseen events, get that preparedness kit ready! Slidebelts Survival Belt This survival belt isn’t just for Chuck Norris, it may just be the most helpful survival item that you will own. The stainless steel adjustable belt comes equipped with a razor-sharp folding knife, a bottle opener, a super-bright LED light, and even a ferrocerium fire starter rod. … Continue reading

The Basics of Living Off the Land

Living off the land: Just the phrase has an alluring ring to it. And so does the idea: the notion of utter self-sufficiency, rustling up grub and other resources from the wilderness and prospering free and clear of the grid and the rat-race alike. The phrase describes the everyday reality of human beings for hundreds of thousands of years, and continues to apply to many around the world who live off the land by necessity or choice. For our purposes, though, we’re looking at living off the land as a short-term DIY response to an emergency of one kind or … Continue reading