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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance

By Denis Korn

While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance may seem counter-intuitive and paradoxical, since I am in an educator for emergency and disaster preparedness and survival, I am confident that by the time you finish reading you will understand what I am professing. You are encouraged to read the […]

The Gift of Encouragement

By Denis Korn

We live in stressful and transformative times!

My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times. I especially wanted to re-post this updated version. It is not meant to be an article about preparedness or outdoor […]

Barriers to Critical Thinking

By Denis Korn

I have decided to post this article on the barriers to critical thinking, which I use in teaching, as the 3rd in a series of posts dealing with the psychological, emotional and spiritual components of emergency and disaster preparedness planning.

Normalcy Bias – Why People are attached to Inaction

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Prepare the Entire Family for Emergencies

By Denis Korn

Is your family prepared for emergencies at all times?

The spring of 2010 has bought us catastrophic events that have had devastating and lasting effects on thousands of people around the world. I pray that you take this advice seriously.

A recent conversation during an interview reminded me of a presentation […]

Deception or Trust? – Buying Emergency Foods

By Denis Korn

Who do you Trust? Why?

Let me be frank about what I am seeing during this time of heightened awareness for preparedness food buying – DECEPTION.

I have been in the emergency preparedness, outdoor recreation and natural food industries for 36 years. I have innovated, created and sold numerous natural, self-stable […]

What is Your Emergency Planning Triggering Event?

By Denis Korn

With a growing number of serious physical, political and economic events occurring worldwide, it is once again essential to direct your attention to what I have identified as a “triggering event.” Simply put, if you are still hesitating to prepare for emergencies or disasters, I urge you to identify and assign significance […]

Beginning & Improving Preparedness Planning & Peace of Mind

By Denis Korn

If you are a newcomer to preparedness planning or have been engaged for some time, the information and suggestions contained in this article will certainly help you begin or add to your experience of confidence and peace of mind, and assist you with practical steps you can take.

The first step in […]

Review of Action Steps for Preparedness Planning

By Denis Korn

The following summary of actions steps is an excerpt from the important article Beginning and Improving Preparedness Planning. You are highly encouraged to read the entire article. It was written for the preparedness planner at any stage of their preparedness process. If you have any questions leave a post or contact us […]

Reflections on Fear and Preparedness

By Denis Korn

This is the first in a series of posts on fear and its influence on emergency preparedness planning, actions and being self-reliant. The purpose of these posts is not to give you some magic formula on how to live without fear. I simply wish to point out some insights for your reflection. […]

About Using Oxygen Absorbers Properly – Revisited

By Denis Korn

Interest in the use of oxygen absorbers for those who pack their own food storage has been extremely high since I wrote the following post in February that introduced my detailed article Using and About Oxygen Absorbers. The post highlighted the beginning of my article with an appropriate link to the whole […]

The Preparedness Metaphor - An Image of Preparedness Planning

How are you building your Preparedness Plan?

By Denis Korn

I have always liked metaphors and imagery in making a point or in conveying a message. So for those of you who also like illustrations, allusions and visualizations, here is my architectural metaphor for the emergency or disaster preparedness planning process.

I believe it […]

Food Storage Assortments - How adequate are they?

By Denis Korn

There is a food storage company who is currently advertising on many very popular web sites and talk radio shows whose readers and listeners are inclined to self-reliance and may be motivated to prepare because of disturbing current events. Add to this a plastic bucket of small food pouches, being sold at […]

Beginning and Improving Preparedness Planning

By Denis Korn

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If you are a newcomer to preparedness planning or have been engaged for some time, the information and suggestions contained in this article will certainly help you begin or add to your experience of confidence and peace of mind, […]

Recommended Books

Preparedness knowledge brings peace of mind

I have listed over 200 books in 10 categories that can be very useful and perhaps life saving. These books represent a broad range of excellent information, guidance, ideas, and critical knowledge. When you click on a book that interests you, I recommend you follow the link to […]

Self-Reliance, Homesteading

These recommended books are available directly from Amazon.Click on the books image to receive details on each book and to purchase.

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About Denis Korn - Founder of Learn To Prepare & PrepareDirect

Denis Korn

Since 1975, Denis Korn has been a leader and trendsetter in the natural foods, outdoor recreation, and emergency preparedness industries. He has founded and developed companies involved in manufacturing, distributing, and retailing. In 1979 he founded AlpineAire Foods and in 1989 the Gourmet Reserves division. AlpineAire Foods, which specializes in shelf stable, […]

About Learn To Prepare

At a time when accurate, reliable and truthful information is necessary to assist folks for preparedness planning, Learn To Prepare is here to serve.

We are committed to providing information and instruction that may save people’s lives, contribute to their well-being, and make emergency situations and outdoor activities more comfortable and secure. We provide our […]

Purchasing Food Reserves - The Essential Questions

By Denis Korn

For 40 years it has been and always will be the policy of Learn To Prepare and PrepareDirect to provide products, information, perspectives, insights, and recommendations for action with an attitude of helpfulness and respect for an individual’s choice based on evaluation and thoughtful judgment. You evaluate – you choose – you […]

Who do you trust?

By Denis Korn

With the current state of affairs and the pervading uncertainty in our society today, it is no surprise that a significant number of people are seeking products for preparedness planning and self-reliance. While I have addressed the question of why prepare in another commentary on our home page, this article focuses […]

Where to Begin

By Denis Korn

If you are a newcomer to preparedness planning or have been engaged for some time, the information and suggestions contained in this article will certainly help you begin or add to your experience of confidence and peace of mind, and assist you with practical steps you can take.

The first step in […]