Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill
Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.

The Domino Effect of Disasters

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When the SHTF, it is going to get messy…very, very messy. The domino effect sparked by either a natural or man-made disaster will be at least as dangerous and life-threatening as the originating event in almost every case. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey clearly illustrated that we …

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The Best Horses for Homesteaders and Preppers

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The survival uses for horses are abundant. After the SHTF and the power grid ultimately fails, the hooved beauties will once again be the primary mode of transportation in the United States of America. Caring for and training a horse is a massive commitment and requires factoring their needs into …

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The Different Stages of an Shtf Scenario

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We all have at least a rough idea about how a SHTF scenario will unfold. Preppers with a military background who have witnessed devastation while on a tour of duty, know exactly how quickly a societal collapse can occur after a substantial change in reality happens. Understanding the various phases …

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25 Ways to Prep Without Lifting a Finger

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Maximizing the amount of time, you can spend preparing for the survival of your family after the SHTF can sometimes even be done from the comfort of your favorite chair – or at least very close to it! Practicing your preps to hone survival skills and buying essential emergency gear …

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35 Post-SHTF Career Choices

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During the immediate aftermath of a SHTF disaster, the panic and carnage which emerges will leave most survivors hunkered down at the prepper retreat or any temporary place they feel at least somewhat safe. Eventually, the post-SHTF reconstruction phase will begin. This is America, the strong will survive and rebuilt. …

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Do you have what it takes to survive a disaster?

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Do you have what it takes to survive a disaster? Maybe…maybe not. Far too many preppers focus ONLY on the obviously important aspects of SHTF preparedness: hands-on bushcraft/survival skills, supplies, weapons, and physical prowess. The mental preparedness and character or any prepper could either become his or her saving grace …

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The 5 Day Challenge for Advanced Preppers

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You can check out the 5-day challenge for beginners here. Prepping is a lifestyle, not a hobby. Even the most advanced preppers among us realize they do not know everything there is to know about SHTF preparedness and are always on the lookout for great prepper projects and enhancements to …

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About the Bugging Out to the Forest Scenario…

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How many times have you heard someone say, “When the SHTF I am just going to bugout to the woods,” and think that such a “plan” is a simple and feasible idea? I have shaken my head in disbelief copious amounts of time when hearing a “kinda” prepper, utter such …

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