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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we welcome our latest sponsor, CouponsMonk.  CouponsMonk.com is a Coupon platform active in the US. Here you will find latest and exclusive coupons for many popular stores. I always recommend our readers shop around for good deals by comparing prices, researching all purchases and taking advantage of coupons. Check them out!  

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How to Practice Bugging Out

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How to Practice Bugging Out The bugout has been turned into a bit of a game over the last 5 years and its a real pet peeve of mine. Maybe its the funny Disney kind of name we have given it. I blame much of it on the idea that it was once a focal …

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6 Money Mistakes that Decrease Preppers Survivability

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6 Money Mistakes that Decrease Preppers Survivability Managing money is a tough enough task when you aren’t dealing with thoughts of the end times. Just paying bills and not eating out too much can be a practice in sheer willpower. Not to mention we are working harder to make money these days. Most people are …

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6 Strategies That Will Boost Your Attitude in a Survival Scenario

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6 Strategies That Will Boost Your Attitude in a Survival Scenario If you read any of the great generals or war commanders you will be faced with the importance of morale. There are a number of great methods these men used to boost attitude or morale in hard times. Perhaps the most notable of all …

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The Four Morons of the Apocalypse

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The Four Morons of the Apocalypse We deserve a good laugh. I think for all the reading about the apocalypse and all the planning to thwart our own end there is something very comforting about some comedic writing like this. Make no bones about it, though its enlightening, this article is comedy. There are real …

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Disaster strikes – What to do?

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Disaster strikes – What to do? Once the brown stuff hits the fan, every judgment you make will increase or decrease your chances of survival. Only by taking the proper decisions you will be able to keep you and your loved ones safe. Failing to take immediate action and not exploiting the information you have …

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Here’s How a Massive Cyberattack Could Happen To Us

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Here’s How a Massive Cyberattack Could Happen To Us You might think that the attacks on retailers or the current ransomware virus that is spreading throughout the net are small pennies. You may think that these attacks do not have the potential to cause any real harm. You may think that your money is protected …

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Have You Taken Prepping Too Far?

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Have You Taken Prepping Too Far? At some point, every person who is into preparedness, survivalism, and even homesteading ask themselves if they’ve taken things too far. Especially in the first and second groups, the question may come up more than once – “Am I taking prepping too far?” You may feel like the only thing …

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Why We Prepare, And What Scares Me Most

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Why We Prepare, And What Scares Me Most Most of us don’t have enough fingers and toes on which we can count the many issues that push us to prep. For many who look at a title like this you may think you are looking at a run of the mill article about EMP, Pandemic, …

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5 Summer Survival Threats You Should Look Out For

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I love summertime, a chance to kick back and take some time off.  Kids are out of school for the summer and the pace has slowed down.   The summer also signals a slowdown in preparedness – I know… even blog visits get a bit slower.   People go out of town, go on vacation and relax, which is just fine.  But summer also has its own share of dangers that are often overlooked in […]

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College Students Need Emergency Survival Kits

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I have several reasons why college students need emergency survival kits today. I have sent more than one grandchild off to college with my college first aid kit. You know when you send a child off to trade school or college, money is tight in most cases. First of all, they need to buy their books, pay tuition, and all the small expensive items they need to get set up their new apartment or dorm. I’m sure you can imagine all the fever reducers, band-aids, Neosporin, etc. that is needed when you no longer live at home. This is why I decided instead of giving money as a college student gift, I give first-aid kits and now college student emergency survival kits.

I remember one grandson was totally taken care of at the college he attended because he was an athlete and he was monitored physically every day by a doctor in order to play on the team. He had a scholarship, food provided and medical care whenever needed. Whew, I didn’t worry about him as much as some of my other grandchildren. Well, then the next grandchild went off to college. This is when it donned on me to put together a first aid kit for this college student. She lived off campus and had to cook her meals in her apartment. Okay, this is when I decided I HAD to put together a college student survival kit. This is the list I put together, and now I give these kits, along with my book “Prepare You Family For Survival”. The Kindle version will not be useful if we have a power outage, just giving you the heads-up here.

College Students Emergency Survival Kit

  1. “Prepare your family For Survival” by Linda Loosli
  2. Medical handbook, this is one I’m giving to all my college student family members.
  3. Flashlight, preferably one like this solar one without batteries, remember the word, starving students.
  4. Toilet paper, the more the better. You can never have too much toilet paper. They can put it under the bed, if they have too. Paper towels are a plus as well.
  5. Menstrual supplies for the young ladies, yep they need them.
  6. Fever reducers, send the ones they are used to using.
  7. Imodium or other anti-diarrhea medicine, you never know when some food or bug will be passed around. I also tell them to watch for chapped lips (this may mean they are dehydrated from the throwing up or diarrhea). When in doubt call mom or dad and go to the ER if you get really sick.
  8. Cough syrup or any other OTC product they are used to using at home.
  9. Water, now this is what I feel the most anxious about. I want my grandkids to store water and learn to rotate it. I tell them they need a minimum of one gallon per person per day. I give them two gallons per person per day due to the size of their small living quarters. I buy at least two weeks of water for them. It fits under their bed.
  10. The college students need to know how to purify water, I gave these as Christmas gifts one year: Berkey Sport Bottles
  11. Food, this is where the starving student really learns how fast the food disappears, especially if they have roommates. I tell them to share and share alike and I will replace what they need, within reason. These are the things my grandkids eat: freeze dried fruits, strawberries and pineapple are their favorites. I do not buy #10 cans because they are too expensive, but I do buy the smaller pantry size containers from Thrive Life. Peanut butter, jam, canned beans, and other canned food that they will eat and rotate. If the stores are closed or the roads shut down, they will have food for a week or two.
  12. Can openers, to open the cans of food they have stored.
  13. Matches, you never know when you may need some matches.
  14. Mini office supplies, scissors, yep everyone needs a pair of scissors for all different things that may come up. A stapler, and some scotch tape with a dispenser.
  15. Lantern, I hate the dark, this one is my favorite Goal Zero Lantern
  16. Laundry detergent, fabric softener. Here’s the deal they can wash their underwear in the bathtub if the power is out. Throw in a laundry basket complete with a few hand towels, wash rags and bath towels.
  17. Hand sanitizer, bars of hand soap and dishwasher soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
  18. Blankets, layering is awesome, and I love homemade quilted quilts. They are sturdy and keep the warm in if the heater won’t work.
  19. Small bills of cash, two pictures of themselves, and contact information.
  20. Essential oils, these are the ones I like to send: DoTerra brand, Peppermint, Oregano, Breathe, and Deep Blue
  21. Hopefully, they keep their cell phones charged or have an adaptor with solar to keep it charged.

My concerns for college students:

Here’s the deal, with all that’s going on in this country and around the world, I want everyone to be prepared for the unexpected. Yes, even college students. They are actually very vulnerable. First of all, because they are more than likely living miles away from home, and you can imagine how they’d feel if they have a disaster hit their neighborhood. Are they prepared if there is an ice storm, power outage, flood, hurricane, tornado, fire, or any other unforeseen emergency? Have they been taught to survive without power or how to be self-reliant? I’m sure they have been, but it would give me piece of mind if my grandchildren are prepared with a few supplies. I feel it’s critical they have a few supplies if and when they need them.

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Guide to Survival during Uncertain Times – Get it Free Today and Tomorrow

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There is a lot of uncertainty and instability going on in the world right now, it would be great if we can get some advice on how to cope.  Help is available, and it won’t even cost you anything.  Now is your chance to snag a really helpful book for free: 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times Written by Gaye Levy, who founded Backdoor Survival […]

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Money Mondays: 5 Non-Permanent Upgrades To Save Money in Your New Apartment

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Apartment living involves moving to a new rental from time to time.  After a big move, it is often hard to find money for emergency savings.  The following article gives a few ideas to help you save some cash on utilities by making some simple changes. 5 Non-Permanent Upgrades To Save Money in Your New Apartment Written by Jessica Thiefels Moving into a new apartment is full of unknowns, many of which are expensive, like a security deposit, moving costs, […]

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13 Tips to Survive a Protest

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13 Tips to Survive a Protest This is an incredible concept but in 2017 we are dealing with protests is a dangerous things. We have seen the fall of the peaceful protest  on campuses all across American. Though it might make you feel upset that we have reached this point I think its important that …

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Why You Need To Prepare For The Coming Biological Disaster Today

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Why You Need To Prepare For The Coming Biological Disaster Today I really liked lingo of secondary effects when discussing the biological threats in this article. The discussion of disease and illness or even biological attacks are all very terrifying ones when it comes to the average person. We have seen the attacks in Syria …

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69 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have An Adequate Emergency Fund

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69 Percent Of Americans Do Not Have An Adequate Emergency Fund Americans do a terrible job at saving money. There is no getting around that. It takes a lot of time and effort to save money. This also tends to mirror their preparedness level as well. Its easy to say this type of thing without …

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In a Disaster, Your Sense of Smell Is One of Your First Lines of Defense

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In a Disaster, Your Sense of Smell Is One of Your First Lines of Defense This is a very interesting article that helps you get back to the very core of what you are. When you are awash in the survival tools you can often forget about the survival animal that you are. Its amazing …

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Dealing with unreasonable people during and after SHTF

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Dealing with unreasonable people during and after SHTF People are the most destructive force in a shtf disaster. Of course, the seriously cataclysmic disasters will cause tons of damage but the true threat to those who make it are the people around them. More importantly we are talking about the people who are unprepared. They …

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How To Make Your Own Emergency Car Kit

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I just had to write this post today about how to make your own emergency car kit. My two daughters and one son-in-law had driven up to Park City, Utah for a quick visit with friends a few days ago. The weather was beautiful with the sun shining on their way up Parley’s Canyon, one of the main east/west routes through Utah on I-80. Here’s the deal about this particular northern Utah canyon, it can be brutal in the winter with ice and layers of frozen snow.  At times, cars and trucks slip and slide going up the canyon if they don’t have snow tires, tire chains or 4-wheel drive as the local agencies try to keep the road clear during snow storms. Of course, those that are prepared with tires, chains or 4-wheel drive are sometimes dodging those cars that have trouble driving in severe snowstorms. If you are driving down the canyon it doesn’t matter what your car is equipped with, it can sometimes be an ice skating rink with cars sliding everywhere. Once you start to slide, your breaks will not work if it’s really icy. Most of us who drive in bad weather know we need gear down and slow down, but sometimes there is no way to slow down once the sliding starts. I call it white knuckle driving. Mark has no fear driving in the worst of the worst weather.

This particular day my family made it up the canyon in beautiful sunny weather, but on the way down a truck further down the canyon ahead of them had a fire problem and the resulting chaos stopped traffic for almost two full hours. I’m sure you have probably gotten into your car to drive a short distance and sometimes the traffic stops, I mean to a dead stop. This happened to them on their way home, and what should have been a 15-minute trip during the canyon phase was much longer than anyone could expect. Now, there is no way to turn around in most sections on this I-80 Parley’s Canyon Highway. No stopping allowed on either side of the road. It has a barrier about 4-feet high going down the center of the highway in many places so once you start driving down the road, you have to go to the next exit.

I have to give a shout out to my son-in-law for filling the gas tank before heading up the canyon. Whew, it was hot that day, at least they could run the air conditioning. If it were the winter they would have had to run the car’s heater to keep them warm. It’s all about being prepared. The main challenging thing, they had no water in the car. Luckily it was only two hours sitting at a near standstill.

This is when my Emergency Car Toilet would have been great in an emergency car kit. All you need is an empty #10 can, filled with the items on the post I wrote. You would be good to go, literally.

Emergency Car Kit

I have three of these bags that I made into a car kit for emergencies and they are secured in the back of my Honda CRV. I love these Husky Tool Bags.

car kit

Water

Food/snacks

Emergency toilet with  toilet paper, garbage bags, and hand sanitizer

Diapers, these are awesome to help a young family who may be on a highway stopped for hours with a baby or a toddler.

Depends, you may have to relieve yourself in one.

Contact information, please be sure and put ICE (in case of emergency) in your phone so the highway patrol or others can contact your family if you are unable to call anyone. If you don’t have a cell phone, write the information on 3-inch by 5-inch card that is laminated to keep it waterproof.

Blankets

Jackets and wool socks

Foldable shovel

Can or two of motor oil

Fire Extinguisher (ABC type)

Flares/Cones to let people know your car is out of gas or broken down.

Flashlights, please rotate batteries

First aid kit

Tools

Rags/Paper towels

Jumper cables

Tire gauge

Pocket knife/scissors

Window scraper for ice or snow

Duct tape

Emergency cash (small bills)

Bungee cords

Tow rope

Compass

Matches

Spray bottle with washer fluid

1 gallon of coolant

Baby wipes

Your car typically comes with a jack, but make sure your car kit ensemble has everything you need. Don’t be caught without a spare tire. Let me know the things you like in your emergency car kit, let’s make this list really long, depending on where you live and the size of your family. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

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Opening up a Seven Year Old Pasta Bucket

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our oldest food storage buckets were packed back to 2010.  The last time I opened a bucket was back in 2014 when I opened a rice bucket and replaced it. Today I am opening the pasta bucket, to see if the long term storage packaging method worked.   How the Food was Stored We stored various bulk foods such as rice, beans, pasta, flour, spices etc. using mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and food […]

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When the Heat Stays on for too long: Heat injury

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When the Heat Stays on for too long: Heat injury With the summer upon us its very important that we give the heat its due. Whether you seek refuge in a home that is well equipped with air conditioning or if you enjoy the heat you must understand. Its important that you realize the danger …

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The Last Minute Shopper’s Guide to Panic Prepping

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When a disaster draws near, suddenly, preppers don’t seem quite so crazy anymore. It becomes mainstream to engage in a flurry of activity that looks like an episode of Doomsday Preppers being fast-forwarded across the screen. Panic prepping happens more often than you might think. We see it frequently when the news outlets warn of …

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Five Ways To Teach Your Kids Situational Awareness

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Five Ways To Teach Your Kids Situational Awareness What we do with kids and how our preparedness lifestyle effects them is a tricky situation. There is a magic in being a kid and its very important that we do not extinguish that magic. The world will dump gallons of reality on that flame, don’t you …

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Benadryl as a Local Anesthetic

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Benadryl as a Local Anesthetic Another great article about what is possible with incredible modern medicine. The west has created such great medicine that its hard to believe when you look at it. Though you may be put off by Benadryl or you may only use it to deal with the effects of allergies, there …

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Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power

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Manual Kitchen Tools To Get For When There Is No Power It shouldn’t be a secret by now that our national power grid is fragile and vulnerable to attacks. Even more, people should understand that our electricity “addiction” will have a poor outcome when the grid goes down. You and me, like all other Americans, …

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Pandemic Supplies You Will Need For Survival

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I wrote an article a few years ago about pandemic supplies we all need to store. I’m updating my pandemic supplies today for those who may have missed it. I also wrote a post about POD’s, your local county health department “point of distribution” centers. They ask people to attend if they have emergency preparedness skills and train them to pass out critically needed antibiotics should a pandemic occur. Are the POD’s advertised, you may be thinking? No, they are not! You can find out where they are by calling your local county health department. Please read more about the meeting I was asked to attend: Point of Distribution. Here’s the deal, these centers are set up in different churches and schools in your neighborhood.

The one that Mark and I were assigned to is about 8-10 miles away. Now, to me, this is not realistic, but I’m not in charge. As an emergency preparedness person, I am thinking we may have to walk there, stand in line and walk back with a bag full of supplies if we have an EMP and the cars no longer work, or our cars are out of gas. I am not walking that many miles, carrying pandemic supplies for my neighborhood. Mark has a bike, but can you imagine what chaos there will be on the route to that church our neighborhood has been designated to go to, let alone the big hill he’d have to peddle his bike over?Today I want you to think about being prepared with pandemic supplies in your home. I will tell you the antibiotics you need.

Please remember, I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. But I am prepared for the worst scenarios. We must all be prepared for the worst. Please do not expect FEMA, another government agency, or anyone else to take care of you. You must start stockpiling the items below at the very least. You will add others as you fill your pandemic supplies or first aid supplies. Obviously, if you are on the road, you may not have everything you need as far as pandemic supplies in your car.

Pandemic Supplies

1. Face Masks

(N-95’s) and (n-100’s) to help stop the dust from an earthquake or infections spreading from sneezing (I store 100’s of these, it’s who I am.)  3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count

2. Diapers (cloth)

They can be used for many things. Cleaning, babies, stop the bleeding from cuts, wash or dry dishes…add a scarf for your head as well. These are the diapers I recommend: Gerber 10-Pack Cloth Diaper Prefold Premium 6-ply with absorbent padding

3. Cough medicine, fever medications

Prescriptions as required (stock up on 90 days if possible) Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol, Vicks, and other OTC drugs you use. Please stock up on essential oils as well.

4. Portable radio

Hopefully, you have a crank version or some way to power it to hear what is going on locally if you lose power.

5. Flashlight

Store extra batteries or a solar flashlight is even better with a crank as well. My favorite is the Goal Zero Solar crank one: Goal Zero Solo LED Flashlight or this one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

6. Manual can opener

This is a must have for every kit. You may need to open other people’s food storage cans as well as your own.

7. Garbage bags

Bags of all sizes, kitchen size bags these can be used for trash, body bags if need be, potty chairs, etc.

8. Cans of juices (bag/cartons)

I put 100% juice in this container-ten pouches. I’m sure it has some sugar, I still need it in my bucket.

9. Fluids with Electrolytes

I can also make my own electrolyte solution that is very similar, but I want one large bottle ready to serve.

10. Anti-diarrhea medicine

Diarrhea can kill if the person gets too dehydrated. I always look at a child’s lips to see if they are dry and shiny red or cracked. If so, they need water asap.

11. Paper towels

You can never have too many paper towels.

12. Toilet paper

You can never have too much toilet paper.

13. Thermometer

If someone is that sick we can usually tell if they have a fever..its when the fever gets over 104 degrees in the morning that things become so critical. Typically fevers are always higher in the afternoon. I get worried if it’s in the morning, it’s just me. If I can’t break a fever, I will worry. If I can break a fever, I feel the fever is good and is fighting the virus naturally. Remember I am not a doctor, I am a mother and a grandma. We all have mother’s intuition, if the child is lethargic, we know what to do. But if we have zero access to a doctor or antibiotics, I want to be able to think through what I must do to help someone until professional help arrives. Please keep the baby, child or adult hydrated.

14. Canned baby formula

Be sure and get some baby bottles ready to serve, if needed. I do not have any babies around me, but if I had to feed a newborn baby I would have something, hopefully, that is nourishing to a baby.

15. Dog/Pet food

I am thinking about my beloved Shih-Tzu, Bentley. If you have pets, add some cans of food or extra bags of food for them in your stash.

16. Soap and anti-bacterial soap

I am constantly washing my hands. I know this is one more way we can not only keep our hands clean but also slow down the spread of infection by washing our hands. I store several bars of my favorite soap called Tone.

17. Paper Cups/Plates/Plastic Utensils

You can never store too many paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils.

18. Disposable rubber gloves

You can never have too many disposable gloves. Latex free versions are even better when you decide to buy some to add to your stash.

19. Bleach

Okay, I have to say we need bleach. I know some people are against bleach. Well, I will use it to clean up the sewage backup overflow or whatever I need to kill bacteria. Pool “shock” chemicals work well too (very concentrated-be careful).

20. Clear plastic sheeting (4mil)

Get 100 feet for setting up isolation rooms.

21. Duct Tape

Oh my gosh, I just start thinking about Duct Tape, it has a million ways we can use it. That’s the link where I share 25 ways to use duct tape.

22. Borax

Great for toilet provisions. It helps clean the potty chair, but also, put a little in the bottom of the portable toilet to help control the odor.

23. Clothesline rope and clothes pins

We might have a washing/rinsing bucket, but we will need to hang up some wet clothes to dry.

24. Laundry Soap

We need laundry soap/detergent for washing dirty underwear, at the very least. We can wear shirts and short or pants several times, but it would be nice to have clean underwear.

25. Dawn Dish Soap

This is my favorite liquid soap. It may cost a bit more, but the few cents is totally worth the grease this stuff can clean. We need to be able to wash the dishes, serving spoons, spatulas, pans needed to prepare meals.

26. Kitty Litter

I store this stuff that is great for potty chairs.

27. Water Filters and purification devices

I use the LifeStraw and the Berkey Sports Water Bottle for filtering water as well as the Big Berkey Water Purifying System.

28. Water/Food Buckets

Never throw out buckets you can use for other things like washing, rinsing or mixing large batches of meals for your neighborhood (food containers only for meal preparation).

29. Water

Please store LOTS of water, at least 1-4 gallons per person per day. I prefer 4-gallons but store as much as you possibly can.

30. Food Storage

Please store at least seven days of food for each member of your family. Here is a chart for you to write down what you eat for seven days. Thirty days, 90 days or more would be fantastic, but do what your budget will allow, one can at a time. If we had a pandemic you will be confined to your home, the local grocery store will be closed and I can guarantee you the government will not deliver food to your doorstep. It’s not going to happen. We must be self-reliant, period. Food Storage For 7 Days This document, you fill out as a family. You decide what you will eat for every day of the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days. I use these at every class I teach on food storage and emergency preparedness to show people how easy it is to plan your food storage for one week.

31. Antibiotics

ALWAYS check with your doctor before we have a pandemic to see what prescriptions are safe for you to store and use before we are faced with a full on pandemic.

Amoxicillin is good for strep throat, dental infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and sometimes bladder infections.

Cephalexin (Keflex) is good for skin infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, bronchitis or other chronic conditions.

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) is good for bladder infections, Anthrax, plague, pneumonic plague

My doctor informed me that most antibiotics will last five to ten years beyond the listed expiration date. He told me about his experience during the Haiti earthquake disaster. He and other doctors went on a humanitarian mission in hopes they could make a difference. They were able to take some antibiotics with them and were grateful they did since the hospitals and clinics ran out almost overnight. He realized that many victims would have lost limbs if not for the antibiotics they took along. Think about what you would do if someone in your family is cut really badly and they are getting a bad infection..you will need some meds to tide you over until additional supplies become available…..just some things to think about. What alternative medicines are we prepared to use?

Please plan out your pandemic supplies, we will need them sooner or later, I promise. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

My favorite things:

FEMA

FEMA-POD TRAINING

CDC

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Basic Wilderness Navigation Skills for City Folk

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Written by Steve If you live in an apartment in the city you’ll have limited supplies and resources will be scarce in the event of a natural disaster or civil unrest. You can do your best efforts in prepping but if you live in an apartment you’ve only got so much space that you can use. In the event that you run out of resources or things just get too dangerous in the city, you’ll most likely want to bug […]

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What Should You Keep In a Faraday Cage?

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What Should You Keep In a Faraday Cage? We all have probably heard of a Faraday cage at some point in our lives but do we really know what to keep in one? I have been confused about what to keep in one too and I have been prepping for years. See an extensive list …

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Great Emergency Food Storage for Small Spaces – Legacy’s 72 Hour Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we had a tropical storm.   Many streets were impassable, and parking areas were closed off due to flooding.  Fortunately, the storm was just that, not a hurricane.  Weather forecasters are warning of an active hurricane season and advising people to get prepared.   Natural and man-made disasters can happen anywhere.  That’s why I always recommend having a stockpile of emergency foods.  It should include foods that are easy to prepare, preferably a combination […]

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Is Technology Dumbing Down our Kids?

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My pre-teen nieces and nephews no longer play with regular toys, they only want apps or games for their Ipads.   When they visit, they are usually glued to their screens.   I worry what long term effects this has on our youth; how it may affect their adaptability and safety.  I ran across this article and thought it brings up good points.  So I am posting it with permission. Is Technology Dumbing Down our Kids? by Joseph Mack This post originally […]

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When Do Burglaries Occur?

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Our apartment complex has been experiencing an increase in burglaries.  One resident even reported getting home and finding the intruder, who then escaped out of the second floor balcony.   Because it is happening right where I live, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at when most burglaries occur. When Do Burglaries Occur? Written by Matthew Wilson According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S., adding up to nearly […]

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Testing the Bell and Howell “TacLight”

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Testing the Bell & Howell “TacLight” This light is very affordable and holds a special place in my heart. I used this light professionally for about 6 months. There were definitely issues with it but I thought it a pretty functional and useful light for the money. If you are a true lumen addict you …

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Realistic Prepping Priorities

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Realistic Prepping Priorities   New preppers tend to get either very overwhelmed, discouraged, or both. They set the bar too high and tend to go to the extremes instead of setting realistic prepping priorities. Is a nuclear war possible? Yep. Is a solar flare taking out all electrical power on the planet possible? You bet! …

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Sugardine – A Cheap Homemade Antiseptic

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Sugardine – A Cheap Homemade Antiseptic I first heard about Sugardine from my grandpa and I’ve seen him use it many times on the farm. This homemade antiseptic was used every time he needed to prevent and kill infections on his animals. Although it was his primary method to treat abscesses and thrush on the …

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Massive Government Preparations and Stockpiling Point To One Thing: “An Event Is Going To Happen”

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Massive Government Preparations and Stockpiling Point To One Thing: “An Event Is Going To Happen” For years we have been reading about things like FEMA camps and coffins. There have been sightings of strange trucks on highways that gave us pause and there has been this concessions that the government is planning for some thing. …

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This Book will Help you Fix your Money Issues: Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was excited to learn Donna Freedman has released Your Playbook for Tough Times, Vol. 2:  Needs and Wants Edition.  I reviewed Vol. 1 and it was full of actionable tips. The author Donna Freedman is an award winning personal finance expert who has lived through hard financial times herself.  I’ve been reading and taking notes from her money tips since she wrote for MSN Money when she was attending college, raising a […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Triangulating Your Position in the Wilderness

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Triangulating Your Position in the Wilderness What are you capable of with a simple compass and map? Even if you are someone who is not often in the wilderness its important to ask yourself how your will find your way without a phone. We have become so dependent on maps that are generated by satellites …

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Seven 15 Minute Preps to Get Ready for Hurricane Season

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Seven 15 Minute Preps to Get Ready for Hurricane Season Yes. That time of year is upon us again. If you are on the Atlantic coast then you will be concerning yourself with hurricanes again. The annual threat never ceases to remind us why we need to get generators and flashlights in check before those …

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6 Methods of Thinking Like an Operative

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6 Methods of Thinking Like an Operative Thinking like an operative is a very appealing idea to many. We are all undergoing some sort of transformation on the journey of preparedness. We are all looking to be more efficient and maybe even looking to impress those around us with our change. Along the journey you …

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Are Your Instincts Putting Your Child in Danger?

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Are Your Instincts Putting Your Child in Danger? In this age of threats from many angles we often feel safe when we get our CCW and begin carrying. Suddenly, this big nasty world isn’t as scary anymore because we have a firearm to protect us. I always like to think about war when I think …

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Firearms Training Drills

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Firearms Training Drills As preppers we have the same responsibility as all gun owners. We must respect the weapons we carry and store them safely to avoid adding tallies to the growing case against guns. Knowing your weapon and knowing how to use it makes the weapon worth having. Without these two things you cannot …

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Summer PREP School: 48 Survival Skills for Kids to Learn This Summer!

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About the only survival skills kids seem to have these days is how fast they can text on their phones, so why not broaden their horizons and send them to PREP School this Summer? There are dozens of survival skills for kids and summertime is the perfect time to learn them.

As tempting as it might be to have the I-Pad babysit your kids, why don’t you print off the list below and have them learn some Survival Skills?

If they learn and cross off 4 skills a week during the 12 weeks they are off from school, they will complete the entire list before school starts back up. You can even give incentives for each one they master and hold your own graduation at the end!

Some of these survival skills you might think your child isn’t ready for (which may be true), but you also might not be giving your child enough credit. My 5 year old can do each of these to some extent. So depending on how old your child, is you can make these more or less challenging. Plus, who knows? You might learn a few new skills yourself!

Some of these 48 Survival Skills Kids Can Learn are around-the-house skills, others are knowledge, and still others are actually making things. You can download the list here.

Around the House

  1. Cook and Feed Themselves – Depending on your child’s age, they should be able to cook a basic meal using ingredients from the pantry. Find opportunities to have your kids in the kitchen cooking with you! They can help stir, dump ingredients in a mixing bowl, and find the correct measuring spoon.
  2. Make a Meal Plan – Who says this is just Mom’s job? Let your kids have a crack at putting together a menu. You can even let them experience the joys of grocery shopping and coupon clipping, too. If nothing else, this will help them appreciate Mom more, and this article about meal planning
  3. Money Management – Too bad most adults don’t know anything about this skill – some still use their parents as a personal ATM. If your kids learn this skill while they are young, just imagine the impact on the rest of their lives (and yours)!
  4. Basic Hygiene (w/o running water) – If you really want to put survival to the test, turn off the water and find other ways to brush your teeth, take a shower, or even go potty.
  5. Wash Clothes – Bonus points if they do it by hand on a washboard, but every kid should at least learn how to spot their clothes, wash, dry, hang-up, and the hardest part, put them back in their closets and drawers!
  6. Memorize Contact Info – Do your kids know their address, phone number, parent’s name, or even their last name? This is something they need to know, because you never know when your family might become separated. If they are too young to learn them, consider putting contact info on a bracelet or necklace they can wear.
  7. Get a Job – Nothing teaches kids a work ethic and responsibility faster then getting their own job. They don’t have to drive or be 16 for this survival skill either. They can mow lawns, pet sit, babysit, do odd jobs for neighbors, or even work for Mom or Dad.
  8. Non-Electric Alternatives – I never realized how practically EVERYTHING I use requires electricity in some form until the power went out for 3 days in our area. Make a list of all the things you use on daily a basis that require electricity and find an alternative for each. Make a game out of it and have a No-Electricity Day and see if you have major withdrawals.
  9. Operate a Generator – If you have a generator, have the kids learn how to properly care for and operate it. It’s good to make sure HENgetbusylivingarticleit’s working properly BEFORE you need it.
  10. Take Care of Animals – Taking care of animals can teach children a lot – responsibility, compassion, and even where food comes from. Kids can pet sit, visit a farm, or even have an animal of their own. (Chickens, anyone?)
  11. Escape From a Window – Maybe this isn’t exactly a skill you want your kids to master, but it’s an important fire safety skill. They should know how to escape safely and without breaking any bones, especially from a 2nd story window. Be sure to add a couple of practice sessions for something this important.
  12. Learn Car Maintenance – It doesn’t matter if your kid is driving yet. I hand mine the mini vacuum and make them clean all the snacks they crush into the seats. You don’t have to be a mechanic to help your child learn how to check the tire pressure and put air in them, check the oil, or even how to ask for help in AutoZone. In the long run, properly maintained vehicles save you money, and doing it yourself saves even more.
  13. Have Chores – Just like mom and dad have jobs, kids need to have some everyday responsibility within the family. Moms shouldn’t be the maid (I tell mine that on a daily basis). Kids can help pull their weight by doing dishes, taking care of the lawn, picking-up their rooms, and so much more. Don’t take away the sense of accomplishment your kids will get from having chores.
  14. Decide on a Code Word – Does your family have a code word for – “please help now” or “someone is threatening me but I can’t say anything with them standing right here?” If not, take some time to come up with a code word, or a even a few with different meanings in case you ever find yourself in a sticky situation!

Outside & Physical Fitness Survival Skills for Kids

  1. Learn Archery – I didn’t realize at what a young age kids could pick up archery, but our kids recently got bows and are already better than I am (which doesn’t say much). They enjoy it and it’s a skill that could really come in handy if you’re ever abandoned in the woods.
  2. Explore Nature – It’s embarrassing to admit, but some days we don’t step outside once. Kids can’t learn about their surroundings if they never have a chance to explore them. If you need ideas on exploring nature take a loot at these 31 Ways to Help Your Child Get Outdoors!
  3. Split Wood – If you need a fire to cook food  or to help you stay warm, you’re going to need some wood! Learn how to split wood properly before the kids sneak an ax and try doing it themselves.
  4. Defend & Protect Themselves – I have small kids and I constantly worry about them getting picked-on at school, so teaching them when and how they can protect themselves is a must. Find a self-defense class, sign them up for karate or another martial art, or discuss with them what they should do if caught in a bad situation.
  5. Ride a Bike – Take some opportunities to help your child learn to ride a bike if they haven’t already. Take them to an open parking lot, work on pedaling, or even get a fun glider bike if they need help learning how to balance. Not only is this great exercise, but it helps your kids realize there are other ways to get around without Mom’s taxi service!
  6. Start a Fire – Knowing how to start a fire is a must in any survival handbook. Go ahead and teach your kids the proper ways to start fires before they attempt to do this unsupervised in your back yard (like mine)!
  7. Go Camping – Even if you just go camping in your backyard, their are numerous survival skills you can learn. Camping requires you to have food, ways of cooking it, somewhere to sleep, and so much more. It’s a great way to practice and see how ready you really are.
  8. Grow a Plant – Last year we planted a watermelon seed my child brought back from school and I was a little surprised how well it actually grew.  The day we were able to eat the watermelon he had taken care of was priceless. Since then our children have gotten more into gardening and they take so much pride in growing and eating their own food.
  9. Stage a Mock Evacuation – What is a real threat in your area? Tornados, fires, hurricanes, floods, or something else? Go ahead and stage a mock evacuation where your family has to get ready to leave in a hurry! You might learn a lot about your family and what they value.
  10. Fitness – Being fit is much more than looking good, it’s having the endurance to walk or hike long distances. Try planning a hike for your child while they carry their own bug out bag or emergency kit. This is good training to see how much they can handle, or if you need to lighten their load.
  11. Learn to Swim – With swimming season approaching water safety is a must! The best way to feel comfortable around or near water is to learn how to swim. There are even classes for babies that will help them know how to float on their backs until help arrives, and once your child is old enough, sign him or her up for swim team. Help your child be a strong swimmer. This is a skill they will use their entire life.
  12. Know How to Hunt & Fish – Being able to get your own meat by hunting or fishing is one of the ultimate survival skills. Sometimes it’s difficult to find places to hunt, but you can usually find a lake or pond nearby to at least go fish. Give your child some opportunities and help them process the meat afterwards.
  13. Purify a Glass of Water – Do you have any filters and purifiers? Have you ever put them to the test? Try actually getting water from a different source other than the home faucet and see if you can properly filter and purify a glass of water.
  14. Navigate Surroundings – We are so accustomed to just asking our phone to navigate us where we want to go, does your child even know how to use a map? Better yet, do you even own a map of your area? It might come in handy when power is down and you need to get around. If you’re really fancy, practice using a compass or even the stars to navigate.

Actually Make Things

  1. Make an Every Day Carry (EDC) BagEDC bags aren’t just for adults. Kids can fill their pockets or carry a bag with important essentials too. If you need ideas for putting one together, you can find tips for creating one here.
  2. Make Their Own Emergency Binder – Kids are never too young to start preparing for the future and make their own grown-up Grab-n-Go Binder! They can start filling it with recipes they enjoy, survival skills they are learning (or want to learn), important documentation and more.
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    debris hut – image by Andy Coan

    Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet – Having 8-10 feet of  colorful paracord with you at all times could really come in handy, especially in a survival situation. Go ahead and help your child make their own Paracord Survival Bracelet this Summer as well as other paracord projects.

  4. Make a Powerless Cooker (& try cooking on it) – Help teach your kids there are other ways to cook your food besides the microwave by making an alternative cooking method. They get bonus points if they actually make a meal with it afterwards!
  5. Have Basic Sewing Skills – How about learning some basic sewing skills so if your child ever had to make their own poo wipes or needed a wonder oven they could sew it? Sewing skills come in handy for much more then mending clothes.
  6. Use Hand Tools –  Does your child know how to use any of the countless tools lying around in the garage, or even better do you? How about dusting them off, or getting them their own small set of tools? They can learn how to do basic repairs, hang pictures on their wall, or if they really want a challenge, they can build their own bow!
  7. Entertain Themselves without Electricity – I’m not sure if they have labeled a disease yet for kids who are addicted to iPads, phones, TV, & electronics, but about 90% of kids I know seem to suffer from it. Challenge your children to learn how to play a game (or more) that requires NO Electricity!
  8. Make an Emergency Kit for School – When summer vacation is almost over, you might want to consider making an emergency survival kit for school. Depending on where you live, your child might be stuck at school during a snowstorm, tornado, or another situation where it might come in handy.
  9. Forage for Food – This is something I want to learn how to do! Maybe doing it with my kids will give me a chance to finally learn about the different edible (and not so edible) foods in our area. If your kids know how to forage for food you can literally send them out to the backyard for dinner!

Learning

  1. Knowledge – This is one skill that takes time, but it’s also something you don’t have to worry about losing or getting stolen. Check-out books on survival topics your child is interested in at the library.
  2. Know How to Keep Cool or Stay Warm – Depending on where you live and the season, these survival skills can be the difference between life and death. We had to do an ER visit last year when my sister got severe heat stroke, and I’ve had friends almost lose finger and toes from not keeping them dry in freezing temperatures.
  3. Learn Some Common Sense – Basic common sense seems to be diminishing with each generation, but it doesn’t mean your child has to suffer from the disease too! Raising competent kids in today’s world can be a true challenge when they are being spoon-fed constantly, but there is hope. Take an honest look at your children and see if there are areas where you can help prepare them for real-life.
  4. Practice Calling for Help – What if you were in trouble and the only one that could help is your toddler? Would they know how to call 911, ask someone for help, or go to a neighbor? Go ahead and practice different situations or scenarios to see if they could help, if they had to.
  5. Safely Use a Pocket Knife – Little boys (and big ones too) are just drawn to anything that is dangerous and could possible harm them, so why not go ahead and teach them how to safely use and maintain their own pocket knife? This way, they won’t secretly steal and stash your kitchen knives!
  6. red crossLearn Basic First Aid – I have to be CPR certified & have basic first aid knowledge for my job, but these are skills that kids can learn too. Once they get down how to put a Band-Aid on, consider signing your kids up for a first aid class or similar age-appropriate class. Older kids can even train as EMTs and ask to volunteer with the fire department.
  7. Gun Safety – Even if you do not now and will never own a gun, kids need to know what to do if they are ever in a situation where there is one. My friends and family have had incidents because kids didn’t know how to properly handle firearms! So whatever you do – at least teach them to not touch, never point them at anyone, and never put your finger on the trigger!
  8. Be Able to Ask for Help – I never realized what a true survival skill this was until recently when I applied my child to a special needs school. The director said they know when a child is ready to leave their school when they can ask for help on their own. Do your children know how (or even who) to ask for help…or do you always do it for them? Do they even place their own order at a restaurant?
  9. Learn History – It’s hard to prepare for the future if you haven’t learned from the past.  Have your child hit the library (or even appropriate websites), visit National Parks, talk to older people (grandparents perhaps)…. There are lots of ways to give kids an opportunity to learn to enjoy real history!
  10. Download a Survival App – I had to throw in at least one thing kids could do with their phones and tablets. Not all disasters will mean you’re losing cell coverage, so downloading emergency apps for your child could really make a difference.

Spiritual preparedness

  1. Have a strong faith in God/appreciation for spiritual things – Whether or not your own family is religious, kids should be taught about faith — what it is and how it’s important in their lives. As a Christian, our children have learned that there is a presence and a power greater than themselves. We all reach a point in life when our own strength, knowledge, and self-confidence reach an end. Kids need to know — what do I do when that happens? In our case, we’ve taught our kids to pray and they’ve learned Bible verses that teach the power of prayer and the power of belief and faith. One book they have read is Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.

Want to print out this list to keep track of your kids’ skills? Click here!

So Will Your Child be Attending PREP School?

Let me know if your child participates in PREP school this Summer and what survival skills you plan on teaching them. I would love to hear what they learn or if there are any other survival skills I should add to my list!

Guest post by Jamie Smith. Updated by Lisa Bedford.

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Stay Cool: 4 Tips to Help Renters Beat the Heat This Summer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Summer officially starts this year on June 2017.  But to many of us who live in warmer climates, it started weeks ago.  If you have air conditioning, you can easily stay cool.  But if you don’t have a/c or want to cut down on utility bills, you can still find free or cheap ways to stay cool. My latest post at the Allstate Blog gives these tips.  Check out Stay Cool:  4 Tips […]

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What You Should Look for When Shopping for Food Storage

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What You Should Look for When Shopping for Food Storage Being prepared is big business and it is easy for the newbie to get completely overwhelmed. Each company claims they are the best value for your dollar, or the best priced, or the highest nutritional value; what about the things that are best for your family? Shopping …

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4 Smartphone Apps for Personal Safety and Home Security

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Written by Maile Timon Home and personal safety are very important. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is always a major priority. Did you know, however, you have one of the best tools for personal safety right at your fingertips? Your smartphone can help you call for help, find your way when you’re lost, or act as a flashlight when you can’t see in the dark. In addition to the pre-installed applications, there are a number of useful apps that […]

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50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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50 things everyone should know how to do. You could call these vintage skills, pioneer skills or just plain skills. It all comes down to learning skills to teach the next generation. Some of these are practical skills, many are must learn skills, and others are fun skills. I would love to make this list 100 skills with your comments, so let’s get started.

Some of the ideas I have listed we all do and some are a little harder to master for some people, including me and my husband. I really believe we will need all of these skills and much more, but this is a great start. I bet some of you took sewing classes in Home Economics and woodworking in a shop class, and so on. Keep in mind, we won’t learn these skills overnight, we will have to take the time to learn them. Some we’ll be eager to learn and others we may never be interested in at all. I get it.

50 Things Everyone Should Know

1.Gardening skills based on your location and your climate.

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2.How to save seeds. Remember, GMO seeds can’t be used the next year after they are harvested, they will not reproduce. Buy only non-GMO seeds, you’ll be glad you did.
3.Learn how to get rid of insects in your garden without pesticides.
4.Canning food.
5.Dehydrate your food.
6.How to compost.
7.How to make play dough.
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8.Learn how to tie knots.

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9.Train your dog(s).
10.Change a tire and change the oil.
11.How to hunt wild game and dress it out.
12.Learn how to fish.
13.Learn how to clean and cook fish.
14.Learn how to sew and quilt.
15.How to wash clothes without electricity.
16.How to use a clothesline.

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17.Make your own laundry detergent. Laundry Detergent/Soap by Food Storage Moms
18.How to bake without power.
19.How to knit or crochet.
20.Grind your own wheat.
21.Learn how to make your own naturally healing salves.
22.Prepare your homestead for blizzards.
23.Prepare your homestead for tornadoes.
24.Stock your pantry.
25.How to grow herbs and preserve them.
26.Cook using cast iron.

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27.Learn how to plant fruit trees for your climate.

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28.Learn how to prune your fruit trees.
29.Learn how to purify water.
30.Learn basic carpentry skills and buy a few non-electric tools in case the power goes out for weeks or months.
31.Learn how to use alternative power sources.
32.Live within your means and pay off all debt.
33.Prepare a grab and go binder with important documents.
34.Put some things you can use in a box or bag to survive for 72 hours, at the bare minimum.
35.Learn about charcoal and which ones work the best.

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36.How to make pancakes and other meals from scratch.
37.Learn basic first aid skills., CPR, EMT or Paramedic classes.
38.Have a first aid book in your home and car.

39.Gather your first aid products and organize the ones you need most often.
40.Know how to use honey for health benefits.

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41.Learn how to start a fire in a safe location.
42.Learn how to grow potatoes in pots or in the ground, buy organic and you will always have some potatoes to eat. I love digging for potatoes. They are one of the easiest vegetables to grow.

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43.Teach yourself how to use natural remedies such as essential oils.
44.Eat dinner together as a family.
45.Play board games with all electronics turned off.
46.Learn to cook using solar power. Cook with a Sun Oven by Food Storage Moms
47.Buy old cookbooks from thrift stores, they have great recipes.

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48.Learn how to store water for emergencies. Storing water by Food Storage Moms
49.Learn how to store food for emergencies.
50.How to save your rain water, if your state allows it.

Here’s the deal, whether you have a farm, home, apartment or a homestead these are 50 things at the very minimum we need to teach our families. May God bless our world and our families.

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Prepping For Retirement-25 Things You Need To Know

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Prepping for retirement is a not a whole lot different than prepping for a large family. The difference mainly is storing less of everything. Or is it? Here’s the deal, if you are totally stocked with just enough of the items listed below for you and your spouse you are set, right? But, what if some of your kids and grandkids are visiting and we have a pandemic break out. Maybe a hurricane, tornado or major flooding hits your community. The roads may be washed away from extreme rainfall, we have seen this in Southern Utah. Or maybe the power grid is compromised, this is my biggest fear. I can control my food stash, water, and many other things, but our government is about 40 years behind in upgrading our power system across the board. To me, this is deplorable.

Some of you may say, well, I have a generator. Well, that’s great until the fuel runs out. I’m not saying I’m afraid of living without electricity, I could do it. It wouldn’t be fun but I could manage it because I have a few solar devices. The worst case scenario would be no electricity for days, weeks, months and possibly years. Some of you may have read the book “One Second After.” That book gave some insights into what will happen after an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Impulse) such as the cars with electronic equipment would no longer work. Scratch that big new Suburban, it would flat out not work. The stores would be empty because the trucks that need to deliver the medicines to pharmacies or the food to the grocery stores will not operate either.

As a reminder, there are three books (not the Kindle version) you need to in order to be prepared for the unexpected. The first one is my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation, the second book is a must read: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel, the third and last book for survival is this one: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by a Dr. Alton. Remember we may be on our own for days, weeks or months, possibly years. We need to have a few basic medical skills to perform ourselves. I applaud you if you know CPR or you are trained as an EMT, and better yet, a Paramedic. Bravo to you!

Prepping For Retirement

  1. Put an evacuation plan in place that outlines which roads or highways you will exit and where you will try and meet if you are separated from family members.
  2. Water, you know the drill, I prefer 4-gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1-gallon person per day. I live in the desert, there is no way 1-gallon will be enough water for one person per day.
  3. Food, I do not count calories in the food I store. I store what I will eat and rotate it.
  4. Cooking devices, get a butane stove with butane tanks so you can at least boil water and cook a few hot meals.
  5. Fuel for your cooking devices, choose the ones you feel comfortable using in the appropriate stoves.
  6. Solar oven, as long as you have some sunshine where you live these are great to boil water and cook meals.
  7. First aid kit, picture all pharmacies and stores closed for days or weeks. Do you have enough supplies in your home today to cover you for say six months or one year? Please gather all supplies and put them in one location. Keep an audit as needed. First Aid Kit by Food Storage Moms
  8. Walkie talkies, these are the ones a local search and rescue team suggested to talk to neighbors through the walls of houses. This is critical so you can check on your friends, neighbors, and family near your home. Motorola MH230TPR Rechargeable Two Way Radio 3 Pack, FRS/GMRS
  9. Task force in your neighborhood, this would be an organized group with like minded people on a mission to help one another. Our neighborhood could actually do a prepping for retirement task force because we are mostly retirement age.
  10. Flashlights, batteries or solar flashlights.
  11. An ample supply of prescriptions, if you need to pay cash for those critical ones, do it, sell something to buy them if required.
  12. 72-hour kits, these are fine but we need so much more. These are a good start but we need so much more if evacuated for an extended length of time.
  13. Cash, small bills, the banks may be closed and the ATM’s will not work. You better forget about those automatic deposits in the bank, the banks will not be operating after a grid down. The power may not be restored for days, weeks, months or years. Ted Koppel nailed it on what will happen when the power grids are sabotaged. Our country is not prepared in any way to survive the aftermath of one. We must be self-reliant. If we are prepared we will not be fearful.
  14. Garden seeds, only Non-GMO ones because those are the only seeds that will produce year after year.
  15. Water purifier, I prefer the Big Berkey because it can purify so many gallons, depending on how many cartridges you have stored. The black cartridges remove more bacteria than the white ones.
  16. Portable hand washing machine, don’t forget to stalk up on laundry detergent.
  17. Portable toilet, complete with a shovel, kitty litter, and garbage bags…..lots of garbage bags.
  18. Hand operated kitchen and cooking essentials such as hand-cranked beaters and can openers are a must-have item(s).
  19. Menstrual supplies, trust me, a neighbor may need them, make some reusable ones. They may be gross to some people, but they work.
  20. Kitchen soap and a stainless steel pan that could be heated to wash dishes. Once the paper plates and cups are gone we will need a way to wash plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc. Don’t forget to stock up on dish soap.
  21. Paper towels, toilet paper and hand towels that can be washed and dried.
  22. Get a clothesline with clothespins that work. Please practice hanging up wet clothes, I am using some cheap wood ones as firewood now. My motto is to buy right the first time.
  23. Tools, please keep your tools, you will need them, that guy down the street with a chainsaw may be your new best friend.
  24. Emergency binder, filled with important documents, ready to grab and evacuate with. Be sure and include two pictures in the binder. One to keep and one to share on a missing person board.
  25. Emergency contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses for your neighborhood task force. Hopefully, some part of the country will still have power.

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, especially prepping for retirement. May God bless you to teach your neighbors. We need to prepare! I hope they listen.

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The 6 Pillars of Preparedness

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The 6 Pillars of Preparedness When it comes to prepping, you need to start from the ground and work your way up. Rare is the person who can just go to the store and buy all they need in one shot! Even if you were able to, you still aren’t anywhere near prepared. Just because …

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Essential Body Armor for TEOTWAWKI

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Essential Body Armor for TEOTWAWKI There are certain topics than when evoked take the topic of preparedness from mundane to the very serious reality of what’s at stake. Growing vegetables, storing food and even packing a bugout bag can all seem like fun things to do. The moment you add body armor to the picture …

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FIVE Reasons to Avoid Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During Outdoors Activities

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FIVE Reasons to Avoid Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer During Outdoors Activities The poor alcohol based sanitizer has taken a lot of heat from the food safety industry. It was once in the pocket books of every mother for miles to see. Now it is pretty conclusive that these sanitizers do very little sanitizing and probably just …

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2017 Prepper Bundle + Giveaway + Special Offer: 90% Off 30 Resources, 6 Days Only!

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A while back I was asked if I would be willing to contribute to the 2017 Prepper Bundle and I said “sure, sounds like fun.” But it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how massive this prepper bundle truly is… You see, I recently had a chance to find out just what’s included in this … Continue reading “2017 Prepper Bundle + Giveaway + Special Offer: 90% Off 30 Resources, 6 Days Only!”

Have You Trained Your Kids To Work? What Will They Do When A SHTF Happens?

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Have You Trained Your Kids To Work? What Will They Do When A SHTF Happens? Kids are a huge bone of contention in today’s society. The truth of the matter is they are society. They are the future of this nation, this movement and everything else you see around them. Kids are our biggest responsibility. …

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6 Ways Famine Grips The U.S.

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It always amazes me how complacent the vast majority of Americans are. Most people seem to think that disaster will never strike them. That the lights will always stay on. That grocery stores will always have food. On the one hand I can understand this sentiment because–while times are good–society runs very smoothly and we’re … Continue reading “6 Ways Famine Grips The U.S.”

The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

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The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List When it comes to designing a bugout bag you can go real deep. You can spend half a day just playing around with bag types and contents. There are tons of videos on YouTube with any number of survivalists telling you what should or shouldn’t be in your bag. …

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Prepping For Your Period – A Sensitive Topic For Preppers

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Prepping For Your Period – A Sensitive Topic For Preppers Upon seeing the title, many preppers will be reluctant to read this article. The funny thing is that some of them stock up on tampons and menstrual pads. They do so thinking these items could stop severe bleeding caused by a gunshot or other serious …

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Growing Concern Over Brothers Arrested With Guns, Bomb-Making Materials

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Growing Concern Over Brothers Arrested With Guns, Bomb-Making Materials Like it or not Western Civilization is in a battle for its culture and beliefs. Right now the storm surge of radical Islam is well off shore but its closing in. Its closing in because of situations like this. I chose this article to offer you some …

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The 8 most likely Disaster Scenario Countdown: Scenario Number Eight!

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The 8 most likely Disaster Scenario Countdown: Scenario Number Eight! Though unlikely, I thought this article on foreign invasion one that warranted some exploration based on the current climate of the world. We can believe nothing that comes from the mouth of North Korea but we have seen some semblance of a military. Or maybe …

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Get Home Bag for Teenagers- Part 1, by N.R.

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Get Home Bag for Teenagers- Part 1, by N.R. The idea of a get home bag for a teen is a tough ordeal. Just getting them to carry the thing is tough enough. Still, you must understand that teens are no less vulnerable to a collapse than any other age group. In fact, their naivety …

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How to Get your Apartment Ready for Hurricane Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Hurricane season begins June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.  This year is predicted to be an active one:  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts: 11 to 17 named storms five to nine are projected to strengthen to hurricane status two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.  As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, […]

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How To Deal With Mental Health Issues After A Disaster

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Mark and I took a C.E.R.T. class several years ago that talked about how to deal with mental health issues after a disaster. Now keep in mind, we are not doctors or involved in any medical field. The initials CERT stand for Community Emergency Respond Team, in other words, first responders in our neighborhood after a disaster. I’m sure you can imagine what chaos may happen if and when we have a disaster. When we do have an unforeseen emergency most medical personnel will more than likely be called to the hospital or medical clinics. They may be called to go to local schools to care for those that are hurt depending on how bad the disaster may be. Here’s the deal, we had the most wonderful doctor come and tell us a few tidbits on how to deal with minor mental health issues. I can still picture the woman standing there and talking us through some statements that can help or traumatize people even more. I have outlined the topics we discussed below with her direction.

We need to be prepared for those people who live by us with mental health issues who are dependent on their medications. If the pharmacies are closed or the roads are shut down, where can we direct them to get help, if help is even available? If you have monthly emergency preparedness neighborhood meetings please suggest that all families think about any medications they are on to see if they can get extra inventory by paying cash for the prescriptions. I realize diabetes is a big issue as well, but today I’m only talking about mental health issues. Some medications doctors will not give 90 days worth, I understand that, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I realize some insurance companies will not pay for 90 days, but it’s still worth checking on now before we really need those medications. Yes, drugs are expensive, but peace of mind is everything to me.

I have a few friends that pay cash for medications a year upfront so they know for sure they will have the medications throughout the year because they would die without them. It’s surprising how much cheaper prescriptions are if you pay cash over using your insurance. But don’t get me started on that soapbox. Please educate yourself, check around and see what the cash price is, you may be very surprised how much cheaper they may be compared to using your insurance plan. Of course, you have to get your doctor to agree to prescribe 90 days, 120 days or 12 months worth.

Mental Health Issues

Our CERT team or designated team members:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Balance work, play, and then rest
  • Be ready to receive help as well as give help
  • Connect with the people in your neighborhood
  • Use spiritual resources

We need to use the tools above to help others control their stress levels.

Seven phases after a disaster:

  • Introductions and descriptions, we need to show confidence when we talk to the people we are around after a disaster.
  • Review with the group the factual material about the incident that has occurred.
  • Share your initial thoughts/feelings about the incident.
  • Share your emotional reactions to the incident.
  • Review of the symptoms of stress experienced by the participants.
  • Instructions about normal stress reactions.
  • Closing and further needs assessment.

Provide support by:

  • Listening to the people in your neighborhood about their feelings and their physical needs. Victims often need to talk about what they have been through and they want someone to listen to them. Please don’t just brush them off.
  • Empathizing, show by your responses that you hear their concerns. Victims want to know that someone else shares their feelings of pain and grief.
  • Help family members connect to natural support systems, such as family, friends, and clergy.

Avoid these phrases:

  • “I understand”: we cannot understand unless we have had the same experience.
  • “Don’t feel bad”: The survivor has the right to feel bad and will need time to feel differently.
  • “You’re strong/You’ll get through this:” many survivors do not feel strong and question if they will ever recover from the loss.
  • “Don’t cry”: It’s okay to cry.
  • “It’s God’s will”: giving religious meaning to an event to a person you do not know may anger or insult the person.
  • “It could be worse” or “At least you still have….”: It’s up to the individual to decide whether things could be worse.

Survivors that need more help:

  • If survivors show evidence of being suicidal, psychotic, or unable to care for themselves, they should be referred to mental health professionals for support. (This will be infrequent in most groups of survivors.)

After taking this CERT class, it really made me aware of statements that are okay and not okay to say to people after a traumatic time in my friends’ lives. May God bless those who need to take charge in your neighborhood before the medical, fire department or emergency personnel shows up to take the lead.

My favorite things:

21st Century FEMA Course Manuals – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor Guide (IG-317), Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Operations, Psychology, Terrorism (Ringbound)

Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern and USB Power Hub

Community Emergency Response Team

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The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited

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By Denis Korn                                                                   God reliance c-s-lewis-quote

It is time once again to share an article I posted two years ago and this is an appropriate companion to my last post Spiritual Survival.  As current political and social events continue to become more and more critical, the significance of this post becomes more and more essential.  While the title of this article The Idolatry of Self-Reliance Revisited 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 entire article. As an introduction, I believe it is important to know a little about my background and perspective so you’ll understand the basis for my insights.

  • 52 years ago – in 1965 – I began my military service in the Army. I was a combat arms Artillery officer. I spent my first year of service in intensive training.
  • My first introduction to prophesy, religious beliefs, esoteric opinion, logic and critical thinking was in 1969 while majoring in philosophy at San Diego State.
  • In 1975 was the beginning of my involvement with emergency preparedness and the development of these skills, both personally and as a retail business.
  • I have a Master’s Degree and the rather academic title of my thesis is Christian Eschatology, Premillennialism and Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Culture that was written in 2004.
  • I have taught Critical Thinking and Ethics at our local college.
  • I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
  • I was raised Jewish, had a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1984 – this means I am a Messianic Jew, who has studied the old and new Testaments carefully and with reverence.
  • I feel spiritually lead to be engaged during these transformative and volatile times in the process of educating, encouraging and motivating all who are serious and responsive to be prepared for the potential scenarios of these unstable periods. I feel a personal – for my family, and a social – for our community, responsibility to share my 42 years’ experience and educate all who are receptive.

I presented this brief outline so you will better understand where I am coming from when I discuss this critical subject. As important as I believe this issue is, I don’t currently see the topic of reliance and attitude presented quite like you will discover in this article.

Let me be clear about the importance of being prepared in an emergency. I completely support and encourage everyone to be ready and prepared in the event of a disaster, emergency, catastrophe, or any situation that threatens one’s safety and security to survive with the least amount of trauma and injury possible. We must take responsibility for ourselves and loved ones to be a leader and provider during troubling events. We cannot presume that the government, agencies or others will be available during emergencies, and it might be the government itself that causes the very disaster we may experience. I have written many articles on this blog that emphasizes these points.

So why is Self-Reliance idolatry?

It is the worship of the “stuff” of self-reliance and the worship of “self” as the primary focus of the actions taken. We have placed our stuff and ourselves as the object of primary worship and reliance. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the ultimate reliance is on God. While we have a duty to be prepared, we are commanded not to idolize and exalt our provisions and personal position in the preparedness process above absolute reliance on God. During a serious disaster when emotions are intense and fear rules one’s reactions, it is a challenge to rely on a higher power for the supreme guidance and insight on the actions to take.  It is not only a challenge, it is a necessity to rely on the greatest ally you can have – Divine guidance.  Where does your faith reside – in the Divine or in the human condition?

While I recommend and encourage taking effective physical action to provide the essential provisions, I have been explicit in my teachings that one’s attitude is essential in overcoming and surviving a serious catastrophe. This requires embodying the attitude of God-Reliance first – follow His instructions, assurance and power before we rely only on ourself.  Self-reliance without God-reliance is what I refer to as “The Idolatry of Self-Reliance.”

I am well aware of the difficulty and struggle involved in understanding, expressing and putting into action the balance between reliance on God and reliance on ourselves – both are essential! This requires prayer, serious reflection, critical thinking and common sense – as does all aspects of effective emergency planning.

Our whole upbringing in our current society and culture has conditioned us to what is known as “ego-centrism.” When our worldview is always filtered through our own self-centered interests, conditioning and survival, then for many letting go and trusting unseen Divinity becomes incomprehensible. For those who have a committed spiritual or religious worldview it is still difficult to truly recognize and realize the vise grip that our egocentric thinking has on our perceptions, evaluations and actions. Here is the first paragraph of a quote from, Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools, Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder, that I included in my article Barriers to Critical Thinking:

The Problem of Egocentric Thinking

Egocentric thinking results from the unfortunate fact that humans do not naturally consider the rights and needs of others.  We do not naturally appreciate the point of view of others nor the limitations in our own point of view.  We become explicitly aware or our egocentric thinking only if trained to do so.  We do not naturally recognize our egocentric assumptions, the egocentric way we use information, the egocentric way we interpret data, the source of our egocentric concepts and ideas, the implications of our egocentric thought.  We do not naturally recognize our self-serving perspective.

Reflections on Contemporary Preparedness Issues

When I first became involved in the preparedness industry my focus was directed in what we called “family preparedness.” The scenarios basically involved natural disasters, personal emergencies or perhaps financial events. Those drawn to preparedness were primarily main stream individuals and families. Many had a religious foundation of prophecy from which to draw.

With the advent of the internet, 9/11, the need for sensationalist media reporting and movies, terrorism, fear, government agendas, the zombie apocalypse, talk of revolution and dozens of horrific and catastrophic potential scenarios, a significant portion of the preparedness industry and the “prepper” community has morphed into a different animal.

The preparedness environment is now polarized between family/household and survivalist, with both groups aware of the serious issues of the day, and the survivalist reaction much more radical, passionate, militaristic and fear based – the survivalist community has plenty of probable scenarios from which to choose. I make no right or wrong judgment regarding this situation, I am just sharing what I observe. It is for my readers to evaluate.

Also consider that the cable and main stream news programs and certain internet news sites need ratings and/or are part of an insidious government agenda to keep crisis and fear constantly on your mind for some possible future shenanigans.  Which programs, sites and their celebrity status hosts are sincerely sharing important factual information, suggestions and encouragement, and which are part of the deception and insidious agenda?  How many news and product websites do you think that are promoting the fear-provoking aspects of preparedness and emphasize the doomsday scenarios are primarily driven by the profit motive?  Oh the necessity for critical thinking and discernment skills!

There are now hundreds probably thousands of preparedness/survival websites, blogs and newsletters. Virtually every conservative talk show host promotes survival foods and products. Most talk show hosts have no idea what they are promoting and are justifying themselves for the advertising dollars, doomsday TV shows make big advertising money by instilling fear and mindless buying, and most of the websites and blogs are run by instant experts with little or no knowledge and experience with the information and products they sell. Of course there are many legitimate product and information sources – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

The preparedness/survival atmosphere of fear, chaos, anarchy and confusion is unprecedented in my 42 years in this marketplace. Because of the total lack of government, media, big corporations and educational leadership focused on the truth, and the self-serving delusions and the insanity of those in control, there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that we have serious problems facing our society.

As I examine various websites I am disturbed by the excessive emphasis and focus on military, hard core survival, end of the world as we know it, suffering, potential death, preparing for bondage, war, pandemics and the list goes on and on. Of course virtually all of this sites emphasize the “stuff” you need to survive and the extreme practices you should master to fend off the enemy. This stuff is sometimes valuable and appropriate, however – be it food or other supplies – much of the stuff is junk, cheap and ineffective. I ask again – how can a customer or researcher discern the truth from the deception?

I have viewed and evaluated thousands of articles, videos and presentations in the last 42 years – I am not naïve about the serious potential scenarios that may very well come to pass – and be advised I am not a psychic or do I channel some spirit from the other side. All of the predictions, concerns and theories about what may soon occur could very well happen, and maybe you will need some of the stuff that appears radical and maybe you should prepare for a dramatically altered lifestyle and mindless zombies coming after you.

For those with discernment skills, a desire for the truth, an accurate perception of reality and an attitude of true Godly reliance for guidance, the coming times will place you in a position of leadership and service. My concern however, is with the effects on our population of a constant barrage of negative, fearful, mindless nonsense – from media, “progressive” colleges, government and special interest groups. These people are our neighbors, family, those who we all have to come into contact with daily and those who vote.

My advice and counsel to all that read this post, and why I presented the material I did, relates directly to the title of this article. If severe and life-threatening events do occur, where will your ultimate trust and reliance rest?

So What Do I Think is Happening and Going to Happen?

  • The underlying reasons for many events of our time cannot be understood by reason and logic, because what we are engaged in is “spiritual” warfare.  And spiritual warfare requires spiritual/Biblical solutions and responses.  Read Ephesians 6 in the New Testament.
  • We live in an unprecedented time of lying, deception and self-serving by those who are in positions of authority and control.
  • The domestic and global condition of negativity, confusion, evil, delusion cannot continue without serious implications and the creation of a world of great repression, suffering and loss of freedom. For those of our population who have been programmed and indoctrinated and unfortunately are delusional, no degree of reason, common sense, facts or intelligence will change their worldview and perception of current events.
  • We have entered a time of great transition. This is my assessment and that of many diverse spiritual, religious, Native American, intuitives, prophets, interpreters of ancient prophesy and others – and I as they, believe good will triumph over evil, however we must first go through a very difficult and challenging period of incomprehensible trials, adversity and tribulation.  The length of this transition is to be determined – keep tuned in.  I do not believe what is referred to as “The Rapture” will occur at this point in history – it’s for the future.
  • We have the choice to find meaning and purpose, positively contribute and encourage others during these times by adopting an attitude of faith, hope and love in the midst of darkness and uncertainty.

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From Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl was a doctor, teacher and philosopher who lost his entire family, and was the survivor of four Nazi concentration camps.

~~ Will to Meaning: Our inherent capacity to continually search for meaning under all circumstances.

~~ Self-Transcendence and the Will to Meaning: I can see beyond the misery of the situation to the potential for discovering a meaning behind it, and thus turn an apparently meaningless suffering into a genuine human achievement. I am convinced that, in the final analysis, there is no situation that does not contain within it the seed of a meaning.

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God-Reliance – A Biblical Perspective

God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear,

Even though the earth be removed,

And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled,

Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache

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Cache is King: Learn How to Plan and Create Your Own Survival Cache There are very real physical limits to what can be carried and unfortunately in the current state of affairs your average American cannot carry very much very far. One of the biggest mistakes preppers will make in the early days of a …

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How To Get Ready For Camping This Summer

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I want to give you some ideas on how to get ready for camping this summer. Now, here’s the deal, camping, and emergency preparedness go hand in hand, right? You may not have a trailer, camper or a tent, but sleeping under the stars is fabulous! Can you hear the rush of the stream going by? Do you love the smell of eggs, pancakes, and bacon cooking outside? I know I sure do! There is something about learning to start a fire outside in a safe location and where the law permits. Well, we can cook with a Dutch oven on some charcoal outside whether we are at a camping spot or in the back yard. Get up early so you can cook breakfast outside in the mountains!

I remember when I was growing up and every Saturday morning my family would drive up to the mountains where the county had some fire pits. Oh, my gosh, the memories of cooking breakfast over a fire pit still makes me smile.

Camping Tools:

Water:

You need water for each person to stay hydrated. I recommend a minimum of one gallon per person per day. I would take more only because that’s how I roll. I need a lot of water to make pancakes, soups or whatever. Remember to take the water you need to make certain meals. And don’t forget the clean-up. I love boiling water and washing dishes outside, plus it teaches our family what we would need to do if we lose water inside our home. Score, lesson learned! Sometimes the campsites have water and sometimes they don’t. Be prepared with extra water.

Food:

Make a menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Actually, my printable for food storage would work: Where do I start? By Food Storage Moms All you have to do is fill in the blanks, it even has a spot for what you need to purchase on the chart.

You can fill containers with pancake mix and then just add water. Be sure and bring a good spoon or my favorite tool: Tovolo Dough Whisk – 12″ (a reader told me about this stainless steel one).

Crack the eggs you would use for each meal into an airtight container and put them in the cooler. I like to open a container with eggs rather than cracking them at a campsite.

Divide your lunch sandwich ideas into baggies and label them Monday, Tuesday, etc. You can also make sloppy joes ahead of time and freeze them in a bag, just heat and you are ready to eat. Don’t forget the hamburger buns. This is why a menu is fun because it’s all spelled out. You may forget the ketchup, relish, and mustard for the hot dogs, right? I f you write it down, you are good to go.

Dinner is easy, make some meals in a bag that you can throw into your Dutch oven.

Take bags of salads you make ahead of time, don’t forget the salad dressing.

While we’re talking about coolers, make sure you fill containers with water that you can use for drinking AND keeping the cooler at a safe temperature. Open the bags of bacon and separate the amount you want into one bag for each breakfast. I buy the bacon ends, they taste yummy and are half the price.

Don’t forget marshmallows, chocolate squares, graham crackers, and hot chocolate!

camping

Cooking:

Here are some items you may need.

Dutch oven

Fry pans

Griddles

Charcoal

Matches

Kitchen items:

I love having my kitchen on wheels (making a tub with your kitchen necessities would be awesome) FSM Portable Kitchen

Can opener

Pancake spatulas

Serving spoons

Hot pads

Vegetable spray

Soap for washing dishes

Wash rags/dish towels/paper towels

Paper plates, cold cups, hot cups, and silverware

Hot dog sticks/Smore’s sticks (marshmallows)

Tubs to wash and rinse the dishes

Sleeping:

Tents

Tarps

Sleeping Bags

Lanterns for light

Flashlights

An emergency toilet would work for camping: FSM Emergency Toilet

I hope this post gets you excited about camping and cooking outdoors as a family or with friends. This is just a start. I’m sure you will come up with items I haven’t listed based on the food your family likes, particularly their favorites for eating outdoors. The size of your family will influence the quantities needed. It never hurts to take some extras, just in case.  Don’t forget toilet paper, bug spray, some firstaid items, etc. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

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What Preppers Are REALLY Getting Ready For

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 What Preppers Are REALLY Getting Ready For This article is a great, no nonsense, look at the goals of prepping. I find that there are a number of conflated situations that we prepare for but as the author states, ‘we are all just preparing for an interruption in the day-to-day life we’re used to.’ This is …

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Finding Order in the Middle of a Disaster

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Finding Order in the Middle of a Disaster If you can keep your sense in the event of a disaster you will have a leg up on much of the competition. Its important that you do your very best to remain calm and that sorta thing. Still, the only way to truly remain calm is …

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Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We recently stocked up on matches from the Dollar Tree- we got 16 boxes for just $1.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some of them waterproof. Why would you need waterproof matches? Fire is necessary for survival, for warmth and as a way to cook food.  In case of flooding or even extreme humidity, matches can get wet and you will be unable to use them.  They also […]

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Does Prepping Mean You Don’t Have Faith

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Does prepping mean you don’t have faith? I sometimes wonder how people really feel about the word prepping. Prepping to me is being prepared for the unexpected. It’s a way of life for my family and has been our entire life. Please realize that this has not been an overnight feat. It has taken me years to learn to garden, to can, and dehydrate the fruits of my labors, and learn the skills needed to survive. I had to learn the best way to store water and preserve it the best way. I had to learn how to properly purify the water I stored when needed.  I learned to use small stoves, solar ovens, outside cooking devices besides a gas barbecue. I learned how valuable a Dutch oven with a lid is to have stored. I researched all the important fuels that will work and which ones will burn longer, thus using less fuel. I could go on and on but I want to share some thoughts today with you.

I remember being at a neighborhood luncheon several years ago and asking if there was anyone there that has some food storage in case of an emergency? I had responses like, “I’m too old to start now.” Another lady said, “I have vitamins that will keep me healthy.” A few said, “I have a few #10 cans of food on a shelf.” Then I asked about water, it was silent. Several ladies mentioned our homes are so small here, I don’t know where I would store water let alone any food storage. This is when I became a real prepper, in a sense. Who did they think would take care of them? Did they think God or their supreme being would just take care of them? Did they assume the government would swoop in with pallets of food and water? I didn’t ask that question.’

When I was a young girl I heard the statement that God Helps Those Who Help Themselves. I don’t know where I heard it or where it originated, but it really had an impact on me. I’ve tried to apply that concept in how I live my life and use my talents and energy.

I’ve heard people say that if there was a God and if he loved us he wouldn’t let terrible things happen to us, particularly to innocent little children. I’ve also heard about a book titled something like “Why Bad Things Happen to Good People.” I haven’t read the book but hear it is worth reading. I do feel that life can be a real test of our willingness to do our best, work hard, look out for others and be willing to follow our own understanding of what our creator expects of us. Based on my own life experiences I’ve determined I need to look out for myself, my loved ones and do what I can for those around me, given the limited resources I have. That is what prompted me to start this blog and my website, to help others to be prepared, as best they can, for those unexpected events and situations that will come our way. No one is exempt from challenges, no matter how “faithful” they try to be. We see great people lose a job, get sick and unable to work, lose a loved one, have their homes torn apart by natural disasters, and more. I believe that God won’t throw anything in our path that we can’t deal with, given our best efforts and energy.

I’m not one of those who wants to live in some remote area away from family, friends and most modern conveniences. I’m not afraid to let people know where I live. You won’t be seeing me write about skinning a squirrel or making possum stew. What you will hear me repeat over and over is that we can be prepared one can of food or gallon of water at a time to deal with disasters and unexpected events in our lives. I’m not fearful since I’m prepared. I think God would be proud of any of us who use our initiative and resources to store things and learn how to use them now, before disaster strikes!

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit  How to use one: Kelly Kettle Post by Food Storage Moms

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MegaCities: The Future of Combat (Time to Move now!)

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 MegaCities: The Future of Combat (Time to Move now!) Some are funny and some are informative and some articles are just plain creepy. This is one such article. The title will make cringe and the video included will make your hair stand on end. What’s so unnerving about this article is its source. You see, …

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7 Collapsible Weapons: Packable Weapons for Your Bug Out Bag

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7 Collapsible Weapons: Packable Weapons for Your Bug Out Bag Weapons that disassemble or collapse are even more useful for bug out bags. Where every amount of space and weight matters, collapsible weapons can give you the opportunity to hunt and defend yourself as you could with a larger weapon. Not only do they take up …

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How To Make Dead Batteries Last 8 Times Longer

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How To Make Dead Batteries Last 8 Times Longer This is truely a revolutionary product. This little device could see you through power outages and even save your bacon if you are without a battery charger! Most new batteries contain 1.5V of energy when first bought. The problem is that many devices stop functioning at around …

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Emergency Cell Phone For Bug Out Bag or Car Kit

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Emergency Cell Phone For Bug Out Bag or Car Kit Freed from the need of power outlets, you can use the amazing AA battery-powered SpareOne anywhere within range of a GSM cell tower. Even without a SIM card, SpareOne has one-button emergency dialing (911, etc.), and can be geo-located in an emergency. Waterproof bag is floatable and …

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Money Mondays: 10 Tips to Help When You’re Too Broke to Prep

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people worry about not being prepared for emergencies yet feel they cannot get started because they are short on funds.  They could be facing unemployment, are on a fixed income or are in a lot of debt.  However, not getting started will just make things worse when there is a true emergency. Here are some tips that might help: Start small.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like […]

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Why You Need a Survival Drone

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Why You Need a Survival Drone I am finding lots of solutions in tech lately. I think as preppers and survivalists its our duty to maintain survival skills, bush craft and master the natural world. Still, we cannot pretend like technology will not help us out with all of that. Tech should definitely be a …

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Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Are You Ready To Die?”

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 Paul Craig Roberts Rages “Are You Ready To Die?” The failings in Washington on foreign policy are adding up. There is no getting around it. We were all worried about foreign relations going forward as things heated up in North Korea, Syria and Russia. Its a terrifying thing. This article details a statement made by …

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How to Make a Mini Axe

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How to Make a Mini Axe The feel of a good axe or hatchet in my hands is like nothing else. I went 25 years never even considering what a great axe means. Now I am sick with axes. There are so many brands making incredible tools. You can cut wood, trim plants and even protect …

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A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November

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A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November Why is everyone trying to predict the next financial collapse? People lost a lot in 2008 and stand to lose more. There are people who took a financial hit that changed their whole way of life. Some had to go back to work and others just …

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North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront

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North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront In 2012 I was playing a video game called Homefront. It was one of the best stories I have ever played. America was hit by a high altitude EMP attack by North Korea. They then launched a full scale attack on a crippled military and desperate …

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Summer Family Prepping Activities

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Summer Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Summer time is usually filled with outdoor activities anyway, why not add in some fun activities that also add to your survival knowledge. It’s a great way to discreetly hide ‘survival lessons’ by playing games instead! That trip to the …

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How to Make an Emergency Light

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When you live in a small space, you don’t have a lot of room to store a lot of supplies.  But you can learn an unlimited amount of survival skills and tips you can use if an emergency were to come up. If you find yourself in a power outage at home or at a friend’s house and you don’t have any candles or flashlights, here’s a quick way to make an emergency […]

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected We are living on a changing world. There is no getting around that. No matter what reasoning you subscribe to when it comes to the reason for this changing world we are still on it. If you don’t believe its changing than I don’t think you are paying enough attention. …

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Stockpiling Ammo For SHTF – How Much is Enough?

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Stockpiling Ammo For SHTF – How Much is Enough? Answering the old-age question “How much ammo is enough?” is more challenging than actually gathering the ammo. There are all sorts of debates regarding this topic and each person thinks they have the right answer. In fact, the answer is never simple and it’s more than …

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code   Morse Code is one of those things that many people in the civilized world consider to be outdated and not worth knowing. If they even know what it is in the first place! The truth is, though it may be “old” and we have updated and faster ways of …

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How To get Started With Fishing

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Although most of our readers live in the big city, I always recommend spending time outdoors and learning a survival skill or two.  Even if nothing happens, you’ll have a relaxing time, and learn to find food for the family in the outdoors.  Last month, we featured getting started with hunting.  This month, we take a look at fishing as a hobby. How To get Started With Fishing Written by Lisa Summertime is finally here; it’s now time to go […]

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The Enemies of Food Storage

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The Enemies of Food Storage This is an article on food safety. In fact, I would encourage anyone who is truly interested in food storage, canning and other ways of growing, cooking and processing foods to take a course in food safety. It is great information for the smooth sailing of today or the rough …

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