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 Best Off-Grid Homes for Preppers

Off Grid Homes for Preppers

Designing and building an off grid house for a survival retreat is an exciting endeavor, but one that can be full stress, confusion, and governmental red tape. Off the grid homes, contrary to popular belief, can be built anywhere and be as large as your budget will allow. Only a …

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Everyday Carry (EDC) for Kids

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Teaching your children to be prepared is a must, but it does not have to be a frightening process. What type of everyday carry items your kids pack with them depends on several variables: age, maturity, and training are chief among them. Everyday carry items for kids (and the rest …

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Setting up a mutual assistance group

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Being a lone wolf prepper might have a few advantages from an OP/Sec (operational security) aspect, but surviving this way long term just really is not realistic. Forming or joining a mutual assistance groups (MAG) will increase the over all skill set available on the prepper retreat and allow more …

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Prepping For Arrival Of Loved Ones After SHTF

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Do you have unprepared or under-prepared loved ones who will be journeying to your survival-ready home or compound after the SHTF? I don’t mean all of the friends and co-workers who have relentlessly mocked your prepping habit, but your adult children, teens away at college, or siblings – perhaps even …

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How to Create a Prepper Compound

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Prepper compounds and survival retreats have become big business – even spawning specialized real estate brokerages to sell doomsday disaster home sites. When I was still pretty active in real estate, I would routinely get phone calls from out-of-the area folks seeking homesteading, hunting, or farmland. But, the first time …

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Survival Kits for Every Emergency

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Preppers are really good at lots of things, and making “lists” is chief among them. Getting prepared and remaining prepared requires organization – that takes the making of lists, as well as with lists of lists – got to keep all of those lists recorded and updated, too! You absolutely …

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The Ultimate Guide to Prepping for Seniors

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Prepping with senior citizens poses some challenges, and may benefits as well. An elderly person may no longer be able to physically contribute heavily to the manual labor required on a sustainable prepper retreat, but her or she possess decades of knowledge and skills that can help guide the physical, …

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How to Take Your Bob from 72 hours to 7 Days

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Turning your 72-hour bag into a 7-day survival kit is more than feasible, but doing so in an organized manner is essential if you want to make sure the bag won’t be too heavy to carry. Before you begin making a checklist of items to go into the expanded 72-hour …

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What Rural Folks Should Have in Their EDC

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There are copious amounts of articles and videos published about creating the ultimate EDC (everyday carry) bag and gear. While many of them offer great tips and advice, most forget one very important aspect about surviving the immediate aftermath of a SHTF disaster…where you lives matters – a lot. The …

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