SHTF Preparation: Practical Advice

You’ve seen our life. We are here in the mountains living a very self sustainable lifestyle. The environment can be extreme. The mountains are vast, the weather unpredictable. Preppers and SHTF talk about bug out bags, they talk about buying bulk, medical supplies and survival forts! But the one key I see both camps miss..homesteaders and their health!! You can have all the foo din the world…and the idea of running off to the mountains or into the woods..but is your health good enough to do this? Lets be practical..and real…How many people are even able to run a mile? Walk a mile? How many could really survive a disaster situation? Leave our homes and run off to the mountains with our gear? This isnt a camping trip! We need to get real. IF you want real need to plan accordingly! I like to go from the middle with everything. Thats why our homestead is set up the way it is. We arent leaving if the SHTF..AND we are in shape!! Prepare your homes AND prepare your HEALTH!!! Thats the biggest one!!


  1. John Meiners
    John Meiners 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Starry, I am from the Mississippi Delta, and enjoy your viedeos . the how to segments are really helpful ( Solar canning , food prep ECT.) I do have one question,. In looking at your life situation I am not a person familiar with survival in hill country. I presently live in Eastern N.C. on a sound. Do you know of any one who has a sight detailing living in a tide water area,off the grid. I am looking for Christian people to aline with. and survive any SHTF. We have a large pontoon boat that I am in the process of converting to house boat, with my background I think I and my wife would do best in an area we are accustom to. God bless and thanks .

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  2. Glenn Holcomb
    Glenn Holcomb 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Good stuff. You look fit, but I wonder if you are strong enough. You're a nurse. How many nurses do you know with "bad backs", IE herniated discs? Bunches, I'll wager.

    People (men or women) who can deadlift their own bodyweight (on a barbell) numerous times, don't get back injuries from daily activities, ever.

    Get a barbell and a copy of Starting Strength.

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  3. Mark Haushahn
    Mark Haushahn 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I'm planning on going out to Kalispel and homesteading my moms land there. Been refreshing my self on foraging in the PNW and trying to improve my health, but with MS it's hard.

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  4. Heather Dzikiewicz
    Heather Dzikiewicz 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Love your advice.

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  5. Bruce Forster
    Bruce Forster 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    One reason I hear for not prepping comes from a sizable number of Christians. They quote Scriptures such as "Be anxious for nothing", "Cast your burdens upon The Lord", etc. I am YET to find another Christian who can quote Solomon: "Consider the Ant". My fellow christians are the WORST when it comes to the subject of being prepared! They have the MISTAKEN idea that just because they're saved, they don't HAVE to put back food and supplies-that God will provide for them when the time comes.
    Well, they are right in a way. God IS providing for us. He fives us Brains, He gives us Health, and He expects us to work! Paul wrote "If a man will not work, let him not eat". NOWHERE in The Bible does it say, "Lay on your backside and God will provide for your every need by giving you Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, Welfare, etc". THOSE are MAN made instruments, and sooner than later they are going to fail.
    One of my best friends decided he didn't want to work anymore, so he went & found a Doctor who would sign him off as disabled. He now has ALL of the things we're talking about here. He weighs in at 420 Pounds, and I have seen myself, this man winded and dripping with sweat after climbing ONE flight of stairs. He's 10 months younger than me-I'm 61.
    My Heart Attack woke ME UP! I have Two Stints 1/2 of One Kidney, a Back Surgery & Two Knee surgeries. I have shed 88 pounds and I can now walk an 8 % Grade for 1/3 of a mile WITHOUT STOPPING!


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  6. Sophiamia
    Sophiamia 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Amen Starry!!!

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  7. LindyTN
    LindyTN 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Was thinking about you, Starry and ya'lls lifestyle that includes a lot of physical activity. In my mid 50's and working a desk job, I know all too well how quickly muscle weakness and over all stiffness can set in the body. How important it is to keep moving, all parts of the body, every day, and as much of the day as possible. I see how fit you two are, because of an active lifestyle. Nothing over the top, just busy moving, the mind and body. As a testimony of being that way, I will tell you that my husband's 90 year old uncle spent ALL day yesterday, cutting and splitting logs to sell for fire wood. He was helping his brother, who is in his mid 80's with this job. Now they did not do all this totally by hand. There was a tractor with a front in loader to help with the logs, and a mechanical wood splitter to split the wood, as well as the help of the son that is well in his 60's. But hauling, loading and stacking the wood was done by the strength of their bodies. And neither of these men have to do this for a living. They just simply love it. They love the work and the socialization with the people that stop to visit, help or buy the wood. The same with the younger, of the two, uncle's garden. He grows a huge garden that he doesn't even need. So he loves to give it to those that need or want it. So get busy folks. Find an activity that you enjoy and get moving. Even if you cant live like Starry right now, there is lots you can do to prepare yourself for when you do. My dad (who grew up on a farm) worked a desk job. So to keep his strength up. He would do a few simple calesthenic exercises every evening when he got home, (to undo what setting a desk all day had done to his body) He push mowed his acre lot and grew a big garden every year. He some times would use his tiller, but much of the time, just hoed and shoveled the old fashioned way. He was still push mowing his yard up into his 80's. Just before he passed away. He was on no meds for anything. He just kept moving, ate everything in moderation. He was always the slow and steady type. Nothing extreme about anything.Starry, you and your husband are more of an inspiration than just living off grid. Just wanted you to know that, and to say Thank you. :o)

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  8. Roots and Refuge Farm
    Roots and Refuge Farm 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Medical knowledge will come in handy in any SHTF situation. I fear that in the future many will need to be jack of all trades. It might be common to meet someone with knowledge in medical, auto repair, building, farming, security…

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  9. Freedom fighter
    Freedom fighter 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Great advice beautiful place, thanks God bless you both

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  10. Kate Kate
    Kate Kate 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    So funny … haha …

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  11. Beth Warshowsky
    Beth Warshowsky 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Looks breath taking up in your mountains! Thanks again for your encouragement and practical advice! Good stuff,keep it up! I know I am blessed by you and your wisdom you impart Starry…God Bless you sister! xo

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  12. Kerry Jayne
    Kerry Jayne 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    You lucky lucky lady .. Would love to live off the grid.. Bless you sweet lady..

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  13. Robbie
    Robbie 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    So… to make sure I understand… Does this mean that I should not have saved all of these tin foil hats?

    I wonder if I can get anything from the recycle place.

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  14. Lynnette Prince
    Lynnette Prince 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    good advice , thanks !

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  15. NoBudgetHomestead
    NoBudgetHomestead 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Amen.  I am working on getting my family in better shape (not round) as I feel as you do regarding the times we are in.  It's not easy but worth it.  Thanks for a great "wake up" video.  You guys have a Simply Unbelievable Day and God Bless!!

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  16. Red River Scout
    Red River Scout 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I totally agree on pretty much all of that. I live in the city and I prep and I do have a bugout plan but I also own 9.5 acres to buggout to. Don't have a house on it yet but I am out there many weekends and I guess you could call it "camping" but I am camping out there to practice skills and also prep the property for eventually living on it. It is a process. It also toughens you up. And believe me processing tons of entire trees worth of dead fall is definitely a good workout too. 🙂 Lately it is kind of like running a weekend logging camp. Plus my homesteading/bushcraft pack are my bugout bag. I also have my EDC bag which that alone would get me through 72 hours.

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  17. Beecozz7
    Beecozz7 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I agree ?%, that is one component that I have added to my prepping, physical fitness. Thank you for the reminder.

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  18. Simpleman Steve
    Simpleman Steve 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Wow I could be the poster boy for what you just talked about. Lol. Thanks for the strait talk. Good stuff.

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  19. Ms. Naomi
    Ms. Naomi 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    So, do you go into the city to upload your videos or are you able to do it from home?

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  20. Lappmogel
    Lappmogel 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    So true.
    Very common to see these american preppers on tv and they have 100 pounds of gear and then 50-100 pounds of fat on top of that. Don't get me wrong, having some fat deposits is good both when you are starving/freezing but having 100+ pounds of extra weight on knees and joints that are not used to it is never a good idea.

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  21. onemoregarden
    onemoregarden 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I'm a single female and I don't feel that will change. I have begun prepping with water and food, but it all feels a little senseless. I live in town, I rent ,and not having ia partner is a real handicap to my moving on to homestead. I feel a real sense of distress….because my heart tells me to go.

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  22. JuliaSC
    JuliaSC 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    "Work Out Like Your Life Depends On it" ))

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  23. kansasfox
    kansasfox 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    A snap of the fingers….just another GREAT video!! Thanks Starry!! ?✨
    God Bless

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  24. The Homestead Chronicles
    The Homestead Chronicles 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    The most valuable "prep" my wife and I have is our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. As I've commented before or your channel, we are here on our homestead because He has provided it for us. Everything that we have, out here on our homestead (a roof over our heads, firewood to keep us warm, eggs from our chickens, and all the rest) is because He's given it to us. It's the only explanation that makes sense to me.

    I've never built a thing before in my life, yet we have this tiny house to protect us. I've never raised a chicken before in my life, yet we're getting a dozen eggs a day from our simple flock. I've never grown my own garden before, yet we've pulled more food than what we could possibly eat out of it this season. All of this is not because of me or my doing.

    It's all because of our faith in our Lord to lead us to everything that we need. Faith in the Lord is the best prep anyone can do. You can be the most unhealthy person on the planet, but if God wants you to succeed at what you do, you will succeed.

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  25. LindyTN
    LindyTN 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    What marauders would want to come to your place anyway? Wouldn't they rather go to someone's place that is not prepared for their arrival? What do you have that they would want?  Unless there is a market for deer antlers.  I have thought the same thing watching some of the prepper videos. Saving up food and supplies is the easy part. Getting and keeping your body in shape is a whole 'nother thing. And by far the hardest part. I would imagine very few of the urban preppers could run all the way up your hill in any amount of time. I know I couldn't. I still can't run up my own very long hill. lol  It's like a gun does not do you much good if you don't have the strength and skills to use it. I may not be prepared for SHTF scenario, but I am prepared to deal with intruders. Come to think of it. That would be my SHTF scenario. lol  I get ask am I not afraid to live out like I do where no one would hear me scream for help. I say 'nope, because that means no one can hear the intruders scream for help either.' … or be able to find them. >:o/ I sure would like to ride my horse on that trail…………..

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  26. Daniel Garrett
    Daniel Garrett 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Starry you are a blessing to me when I start to loose my way I watch one of your videos . All my life I have wished on being off grid we actually have talked about that but thank you for all your incredible advice .

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  27. ramosel
    ramosel 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Sage advice all around. Nice (un?)common sense approach to the lifestyle.

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  28. Kathleen Oliver
    Kathleen Oliver 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I agree with most of this video, especially the part about keeping fit and healthy. The parts I don't agree with is when you say no one is going to be able to survive in your wilderness or be able to take what you have. I am not knocking military personnel but so many are very well trained to survive in much tougher conditions than you live in. Example are the US Navy SEAL teams…would not want to be on the bad side of any one of them. These people are trained to kill and in the most efficient ways and you won't know it is coming. Be prepared and fit but do not become overly confident in your abilities and location…there is always someone out there better than you are.

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  29. kimdaviscali
    kimdaviscali 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Your taking over yourself scene joins make it VERY about to watch you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Dan Rosenwasser
    Dan Rosenwasser 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Cool video Starry!

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    REVEREND DAVID HAMM 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Starry Great video thank you just have a hard time reading the words on the screen

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  32. Dagmar Amrein
    Dagmar Amrein 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Luv it. I can walk, but that bike ride looks scary. I live in Salem OR, the city lol. I have a typical house and backyard, but i made sure the propertyi had some trees. I have 4 big Red Wood trees, and 3 Fir trees. I call it my little forest lol. I try to live simpler 🙂 I am a nurse too. My specialty is psychiatric. I enjoy your enthusiasm. Brightens my day.

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  33. T Doyle
    T Doyle 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    You've raised some great points Starry. Health and fitness has been something that's been weighing on my mind a lot lately. I know that right now I'm in probably the worst shape I've ever been in and if I don't get off my ass and do something about it I'm going to really struggle if the SHTF. Thanks for putting that reminder out there to get me back into the right mindset again. I didn't get out of shape in a day so I've got to get working on that asap. One never knows what will be around the next corner. Thanks for all the great videos. I don't comment often, but I do enjoy watching and "liking" and learning. Peace!

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  34. MJ Healthy Living
    MJ Healthy Living 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Such good advice – getting in shape – great advice!

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  35. ricfly52
    ricfly52 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Born and raised in Idaho. Still plan to be there soon.

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  36. ricfly52
    ricfly52 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Here is my thought. Yes the maruaders will come. But they will die IF you have guns and ammunition. And in being in shape is important. But if you have to run, you are dead. The only way to protect your homestead, is to stand your ground. And be ready to kill many!

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  37. Amethyst Sky
    Amethyst Sky 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    I am the complete opposite of your lifestyle, but that's why I enjoy watching because you two do believe in what your doing and it shows cause your doing it well. I don't want to be a prepper, I don't want to live out in the woods, I'm not even in shape! I have a great appreciation that people are different. I get a kick out of seeing your joy out of life! I know I love my life, and I love seeing others do the same no matter how they are doing it. Blessings

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  38. Chris DIYer
    Chris DIYer 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Took my mountain bike to Ketchum one time and rode…so much fun. Nothing beats riding in the mountains and having peace. Great video and talk about prepping/SHTF/etc-etc.

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  39. Joshua Smith-Homesteader
    Joshua Smith-Homesteader 28 June, 2016, 20:53

    Great stuff- A lot of people so wrapped up in this fast paced unreality world, they have forgotten it is just simple basic skills needed to live a healthy simple life. Cheers!

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