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Welcome to the

BIG RIVER TRADING CO. Website...  

Australia's most consulted resource on

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

& DISASTER PLANNING          

for Home, Lifestyle and Family ... 


Your Family is the most important thing in your life, right?

But what if you couldn't help your family when they needed you the most?

Sure, life gets busy, finances get tight and if there was an emergency you could always rely on emergency services to help you, right?

Well what if they were busy helping everyone else...?

What if they couldn't get to you in time?

You need to learn HOW TO HELP YOURSELF!

And you can do that here.....

 

The Big River site offers a comprehensive library of reference articles and information about planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster...

We share articles such as news, stories,  information, practical ideas, projects & how-to's ... as well as emergency references & links and product reviews to help you become more informed and better prepared.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and educate you about the importance of being prepared and how you can do this in simple ways at home by yourself by offering you options, alternatives, solutions and ideas ....  

So, whether you are preparing to protect yourself or your family from a Natural or Man-made Disaster, Financial Hardship or Civil Unrest or perhaps just wanting to set-up and prepare your home to be a little bit more self-reliant – the team here at BIG RIVER TRADING CO. can help you.

Please take the time to explore the site it is full of great information ... see also our popular 'Prepper Pages' for the more serious minded ...

Don't forget to join our social media groups so you can keep up-to-date with new items as they are published and then you can share, tweet, like and email  your friends and family so that they too can be better informed and kept up-to-date....

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17March

Shipping container family home - Youtube

Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn't disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn't fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing

18November

Innovative and Comfortable Housing out of Necessity

Using recycled plastic drink bottles, one man has created an entire house.

The story is simple. Out of necessity, finding himself out of work, Alfredo had to live off trash he collects. Like many Argentinians in the beginning of the 2000s he became a “cartonero.” I don’t think his smile can really turn into a frown, but  there’s a hint of  bitterness when he remembers those times: ” We didn’t even have  resources to provide for our families. I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t able to fulfill  this basic task of providing  food for my family, I just couldn’t.”

 

 

Written by João Pires, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness - Coping

03August

Tiny Houses Are Big With U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom

The 57-year-old schoolteacher’s tiny house near Providence, Rhode Island, cost $28,000 -- a seventh of the median price of single-family residences in his state.

“I wanted to have an edge against career vagaries,” said Immel, a former real estate appraiser. A dwelling with minimal financial burden “gives you a little attitude.” He invests the money he would have spent on a mortgage and related costs in a mutual fund, halving his retirement horizon to 10 years and maybe even as soon as three. “I am infinitely happier.”

Dramatic downsizing is gaining interest among Americans, gauging by increased sales of plans and ready-made homes and growing audiences for websites related to the niche.

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing

02July

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

When you first start organising your emergency or disaster supplies you might only have a few things put together in a couple of bags or plastic containers inside the house in a cupboard but as you progress and you begin to expand your emergency supplies or add more gear and equipment, you will also require better storage  options and solutions.....

Posted in Caravans/Camper Trailers, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Product Guide & Reviews - Latest Product Review

19June

Van Dwelling

What if due to unforeseen circumstances you find yourself having to leave your home to live out of your vehicle?

Sounds terrible but many ordinary people each day face this horrible scenario and for many different reasons ...

Whether it is planned or unplanned through job loss, a natural disaster destroying your home, eviction, a marriage break-up or financial insecurity, for whatever reason you find yourself on the street with no place to go, living out of your vehicle is a very real option and can be achieved ....

Written by Joycelyn, Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - When you are traveling

06February

Concrete Canvas Shelters

Concrete Canvas Shelters

Check out this YouTube about Concrete Canvas Shelters!

Concrete Canvas Shelters are a rapidly deployable, hardened shelter that requires only water and air for construction.

Posted in Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing

27December

What happens when you bury a shipping container

What happens when you bury a shipping container

Lots of people get the idea to build a storm shelter or bunker by burying a shipping container – it’s fast, relatively inexpensive, and durable, right? Step 1) Dig a hole. Step 2) Put a shipping container in the hole. Step 3) Backfill around the container. And by now you can probably guess where this article is going.

Posted in Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing

22December

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer ..

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer ..

When you first start organising your emergency or disaster supplies you might only have a few things put together in a couple of bags or plastic containers inside the house in a cupboard but as you progress and you begin to expand your emergency supplies or add more gear and equipment, you will also require better storage  options and solutions.....

Posted in Caravans/Camper Trailers, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation

31October

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

Dual Purpose Camper Trailer - Emergency & Disaster Supplies Storage Unit, Emergency Housing or Evacuation Trailer

When you first start organising your emergency or disaster supplies you might only have a few things put together in a couple of bags or plastic containers inside the house in a cupboard but as you progress and you begin to expand your emergency supplies or add more gear and equipment, you will also require better storage  options and solutions.....

Posted in Caravans/Camper Trailers, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing, Emergency Preparedness - Evacuation, Product Guide & Reviews - Latest Product Review

23October

Choosing the right Camper Trailer that suits our Lifestyle

Choosing the right Camper Trailer that suits our Lifestyle

I love camping and I love to travel... to me it means time to unwind and relax with my family and friends... so choosing the right camper-trailer that suits our life-style is very important

Posted in Caravans/Camper Trailers, Camping, Traveling & Recreational Activities, Emergency Preparedness - Alternative/Emergency Housing

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