The Power Grid is Down – Now What?

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As our modern world develops we continue to become more and more dependent on electricity. Our everyday lives completely depend on it and now even trying to imagine living without it seems nearly impossible. If it suddenly disappears from our lives, we would all be running around in complete panic, pulling our hair. Unfortunately, a …

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10 Pioneer Skills Every 12 Year Old Should Know

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Here are 10 pioneer skills every 12-year-old should know. I have grandkids and I know their parents have taught them well, and for this, I am very proud.  I also realize we need to brush up on some of these 10 pioneer skills so the entire family can work on them together. Here’s the deal, our kids or grandkids will not have to use first aid skills every day, I get it. But, we want them to be self-reliant so if we are not around they will know what to do if someone is cut, scraped or even sunburned. This will give them the confidence to deal with these 10 pioneer skills without feeling quite as scared or nervous.

I realize some parents are both working, and there are single parents who are working one or two jobs just to make ends meet. It’s expensive to feed a large family compared to when I had children. I honestly do not know how some people feed their families with the price of food these days. I know, I can hear you, we raised our family on beans and rice and Mark and I still eat those items to this day. I love beans, just so you know, and the price of them is fabulous! I have these 10 pioneer skills and I will add yours if you have some I should add to my list.

10 Pioneer Skills:

1.Cooking

Every child needs to learn to cook from scratch and not just how to open a can of food, although that would be great too! Hopefully, at this age, they know how to boil water, cook pasta, make salad dressing from scratch, to name just a few.  I have seen 12-year old kids that can make boiled eggs, biscuits, homemade bread, and to make a complete dinner. I love this!

2.Wash Clothes

By the age of 12, or younger, the kids can do their own laundry, help with the family wash, and transfer the wash from the washer to the dryer. Pioneers didn’t have this luxury, but we do. But laundry is laundry, being self-reliant makes a child happy and confident. It’s surprising how much cleaner their rooms are if they have to do their own laundry, or it can be worse because they are expected to their laundry! I have to laugh because I know this from experience, and those involved will remain nameless.

3.First Aid

Doesn’t feel wonderful when we see that an older child has cleaned a sibling’s wound, applied a salve complete with a band-aid if needed? This makes a mom and dad proud! Now in order to achieve this goal with a few first aid skills, the kids will need to know where the supplies are stashed. I use containers with drawers and they are labeled with stickers to show what is in each drawer, like band-aids, Neosporin, etc. I highly recommend this book where the kids can look through it when needed, or just to study before the information is really needed. Medical Handbook

4.Canning and Preserving Food

My family grew up canning and dehydrating everything we could possibly grow or pick. We grew, picked, washed and snapped green beans and then canned them. Oh, peaches were our favorite, they were easy to can in quart mason jars. Cherries were okay, but we liked them fresh. We made grape juice with the grapes we raised, tomatoes were easy to can in quart jars as well. There is something about making salsa together and spaghetti sauce as a family. I bet you can picture the whole family lined up with their particular job to preserve the items so we had food stored for the year. It seems like we have preserved every fruit and vegetable known to man. This year is the first year I pressured canned meat. Unfortunately, my daughters have not carried on this tradition but they all work hard raising their families and teaching them so many other skills they need to use as they leave the nest, so to speak.

5.Sewing

I love it when my granddaughters and grandsons come and want to learn how to sew and quilt. I purchased a sewing machine for two daughters so when I go to their house if they need help with a sewing project I can help them. It makes me smile when I see my two grandsons and granddaughters sewing or mending their own clothes. They buy clothes from thrift stores and alter them, woohoo! Way to go by saving money!

6.Bartering

This is a great skill whether they go to a garage sale or they are overcharged at a local grocery store. They need to know it’s okay to speak up if they are overcharged even $.25. We need to teach them money is money, learning to watch your pennies is a critical skill because we need that $.25 more than the store who may accidentally overcharge us needs it.

7.Being Polite

Wow, I don’t know where to start on this one. I am shocked at what I see at some of my local grocery stores, some of the kids are running all over while their mom or dad is talking on the phone. I feel we need to teach the art of saying please, thank you and the skill of being grateful for what we have. I have seen a lot of children who are so darn cute and polite, doesn’t it just melt your heart? I raised my girls to use a napkin at the table, whether paper or cloth. It’s the little things like teaching children to eat with their mouths closed. It’s critical to teach them to say excuse me or pardon me when walking in front of someone. I was so proud of one of my granddaughters mentioning she was surprised her date didn’t open the car door for her, she was used to her dad doing this for her. A good example of a parent is everything, right? Teach our children that bullying is wrong.

8.Confidence/Awareness

This one is so different today compared to when I was raising my kids. We didn’t have cell phones with texting or using the phone in the car. I have seen young girls filling their gas tanks talking on the phone unaware of what’s going on around them. I listened to a woman who gave a talk about how her husband was killed and she was critically injured because a woman was texting and hit them with her car while they were holding hands walking on the sidewalk.

Life changed in an instant for them. I really wish the state I live in would make texting or calling on a cell phone while driving a misdemeanor, or whatever is needed to teach them a lesson. A young girl 16 years old was texting while driving her car and died after driving off an embankment near our neighborhood. Life will never be the same for her family. Luckily no one else was hurt. Please teach your children to be aware of their surroundings, not to be fearful, but be aware of what’s going on around them.

9.Navigation

It’s very important that our families know where to navigate in our community and have the confidence to know how to make it home safely if they need to because of a disaster, flood or unforeseen emergency.

10.Firearms

In Utah, we have a lot of game meat hunter’s, so it’s important that our children respect a weapon and what it can do. Please keep them locked up and out of the reach of children. A safe is a great place to keep them, along with the ammunition. Please teach them how to shoot, load, and clean a weapon if you use them. Safety is everything.

I only talked about these 10 pioneer skills today in order to teach the next generation to keep these skills going forward. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, may God bless this world.

30 Other Important Skills

Vintage Skills

First Aid Kit

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Five Habits that Will Help you Prepare for Most Emergencies

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many people are still reeling from the after-effects of the last disasters.  Nearly  10 months after Hurricane Harvey, I still see piles of debris from devastated neighborhoods.  This time around another active season is predicted, while a new storm has already hit in Florida.  Many residents in the Big Island of Hawaii are threatened by the erupting volcano and many neighborhoods have had to be evacuated.  People are taking a fresh interest in […]

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How Useful are Walkie-Talkies in an Urban SHTF Situation?

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Communications can be disrupted during natural disasters and other emergencies. When phone lines and mobile communications are unavailable, consider having a backup. Here’s a look at how walkie-talkies can help. […]

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The Best Plants for a Happy and Healthy Home

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Written by Sarah Smith Today, more than ever, a majority of the population lives a very disconnected life from nature. It’s no secret that many of us fill our homes with synthetic furnishings, buy food loaded with preservatives, and live a very sedentary lifestyle compared to the generations that came before us. A majority of this can be blamed on today’s technology and improvements to manufacturing that make it easy to rely on store bought goods or medicines to make […]

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Emergency Preparedness Master Checklists

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I posed a question in our Facebook Group the other day asking for people to share ideas on what should be on a master emergency preparedness checklist or calculator. We got a TON of great responses! I categorized everything, added a bunch of my own ideas, and came up with a rough draft. I wanted to share it with you all before I make it into a final formalized document to send out to our newsletter subscribers.

Please download the list and leave a comment with any items you think should be added to the list. The more people help, the better a resources it will be for everyone. Thank you to everyone for being such amazing readers and contributors to our community. I hope you will join us in our Facebook Group for more great ideas like this!

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Money Mondays: How to Cope with High Gas Prices

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Gas prices seemed to increase almost daily this past week.  The combination of tighter supplies by OPEC, lower U.S. inventory, high demand and the U.S. getting out of the Iran deal seems to have caused the highest gas prices since November 2014.  Texas has lower gas prices than many states, but even we’re seeing some drastic increases, causing a drain on the pocketbook. A firm that tracks gasoline prices, GasBuddy has predicted gas prices […]

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Why You Should Store Kitty Litter

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You are probably wondering why you should store kitty litter. Let me say this first, I do not have a cat. I love cats but this post is about being prepared for the unexpected.  The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about kitty litter is the cat box. Well, today we will talk about more ways to use this inexpensive storage item. I buy both plastic containers and the paper bags of cat litter. I have listed a few ways below why I think we should all store some kitty litter.

So let’s get started today!

1. Remove Grease From Driveway

I must confess I am one of those chicks that sprinkle car litter in my driveway after someone leaves a grease spot from under their car. It’s who I am. Plus, I don’t want to track the grease into my house. Plus it looks junky. Oh, now I am sounding like a perfectionist. Okay, maybe I am, BUT I do not barricade my driveway like one of my neighbors so no one can even pull into their driveway. We all have quirks…LOL! Anyway, sprinkle it on, let it absorb the icky stuff and sweep it away.

2. Snow/Ice Traction

When I used to live up north where it snowed like crazy I usually had a bag of kitty litter in my Emergency Car Kit. You can scoop some kitty litter by the wheels and, hopefully, get out of the snow. It gives you some traction to get the car moving. You can also sprinkle some on your driveway if it is icy to give a little more traction.

3. Deodorize The Garbage Can

Put a little scoop of kitty litter in the bottom of your garbage can and it will help keep the odor a little fresher.

4. Freshen Up Shoes

You can fill some socks with some kitty litter and put the socks in your gym shoes or any other shoes that need to be deodorized. It draws the odor out.

5. Freshen Up Your Closet

Place a small container without a lid filled with kitty litter in your closet….it freshens up your closet without making everything smell like perfume. Love it!

6. Great For House Plants

Mix equal amounts of kitty litter and soil and your plants will thrive with better drainage.

7. Great For Gardens

Kitty litter is great for gardens because it loosens up the soil when added and mixed thoroughly. I have garden boxes so I usually add one bag per four foot by four-foot box.

8. Barbecue Grill

If you place a couple inches of non-fragrant kitty litter in the bottom of your charcoal grill it will help prevent grease fires from starting.

9. Musty Water Basements

If your basement has been flooded you can sprinkle some kitty litter where the water came it and it will absorb some of the musty odor.

10. Clean Up Pet Accidents

If your pet has an accident on your carpet, sprinkle some kitty litter, wait and vacuum up the residue. Make sure your vacuum can handle this. You might have to use an indoor/outdoor vacuum.

11. Emergency Toilet

I did a post about having an emergency toilet using it. Here is the link if you missed it. Emergency Toilet Set

12. Use Regular Kitty Litter

I had an awesome reader mention we should not use the scoopable type on our driveways. It is hard to remove. Please use the old fashioned regular kitty litter on your driveways.

I hope this gives you one more way to be prepared for the unexpected.

Tips on Epsom Salts by Linda

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Prepping for Disaster: 10 Must-Have Items Everyone Forgets

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Written by Kylie Sophia Fitch Emergency preparedness is more important than ever. You don’t need to live in Tornado Alley to prepare for a disaster or home emergency—they can strike anyone, anywhere. In fact, a survey conducted by Allstate in 2014 found that 92% of Americans have survived a natural disaster of some kind. But despite the frequency of these events, fewer than 10% of Americans have taken basic preparedness steps like practicing an evacuation. After a disaster strikes, it’s […]

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Got 10 Minutes to Spare? Try a DIY Survival Project!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I always recommend taking small steps toward preparedness to avoid getting overwhelmed.  That’s why I like fast doable projects that you can finish during your spare time. Damian Brindle, editor of reThinkSurvival.com, a long-standing survival blog has released his latest survival book, 47 Easy DIY Survival Projects:  How to Quickly Get Your Family Prepared for Emergencies in Only Ten Minutes a Day.  From what I have seen, these projects can be completed with materials […]

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5 Ways to Get Survival Strength Without a Gym

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There is no getting around physical fitness. No matter what type of arsenal you have or how much you have prepped you need your health and your strength. This landscape has changed a lot over the last 5 years when preparedness and fitness were butting heads all the time. There were forums filled with arguments …

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Hurricane Season Begins This Week. Start your Survival Kit Now!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Enduring last years’ hurricane is still fresh in my mind but a new season is already upon us.  Hurricane season starts this Friday (June 1 – November 30).  As I write this, the first named storm of the 2018 season has already formed.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting there is a possibility it will be an active season.   Last year was certainly an active one.  We still have people who lost everything during Hurricane […]

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Prepping Mistakes You Should Avoid

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You learn when you make mistakes! However, this does not mean that you should continue to make those mistakes. The real meaning of this phrase is that a first-time mistake is your best teacher. However, this does not mean that we all have to commit that mistake to learn. If one of us learns by …

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Be Prepared Immediately For The Unexpected

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I don’t know about you, but with all that I see, read, and hear on the television it’s easy for me to have a clear understanding of why we need to be prepared immediately for the unexpected. All week I’ve been hearing on TV about the challenges families are facing on the island of Hawaii with the recent volcano eruption. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes, others are stranded in their homes because the roads are closed due to the lava rolling across them. Who knows when those families will be able to return or when those hunkered down at home will get relief.

A few weeks ago it was either a snowstorm in the Northeast, a tornado in the South, or floods in the Midwest that caused families to wish they had food in the pantry, water storage for drinking and sanitary needs, a gas tank full of gas to go visit extended family, or other preparedness items that can save lives, or just come in handy in times of need. What are you and your family members most concerned about when it comes to being prepared immediately for the unexpected?

Is it a possible war, job loss, loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, a natural disaster or an unforeseen emergency? Life happens when we least expect it. We must be prepared immediately.

Let’s discuss a few things. This may be the first time you have visited my website, or you may have followed me for many years. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are here to learn together to be prepared immediately rather than three months from now. We must start today and be diligent in our water storage, food storage and many other items we will talk about today.

Timetable for Life

3 minutes without air (I don’t recommend trying this)

3 hours without appropriate shelter whether hot or cold

3 days without water (we need water or we will perish)

3 weeks without food (I promise this would not be fun)

Water is Critical-Be Prepared Immediately

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You may remember me talking how long we can live or go without water. Of course, if the weather is extremely hot the time may be less. We can go without water for 3 days, we need water or we will perish. I recommend 4-gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1-gallon per person per day. I disagree. I get thirsty just thinking I could be limited to 1-gallon of water per day. Now, I like to consider washing dishes, a little personal hygiene in limited water situations. American Red Cross Pamphlet You can look at page 7.

We need water to hydrate ourselves, cook some meals, wash some dishes, wash at least our underwear after a disaster, right? We can use baby wipes for mini baths, if you can call it a bath. We will need to brush our teeth with water, we take that water faucet for granted. We have all read where water has been declared undrinkable in different cities for days and months, yes right here in the US.

I had friends in Florida without water for days after the last hurricane. Look at Puerto Rico, my readers from there mentioned they were glad they had read my blog and were prepared for water and food storage. That was an emotional few weeks for me watching the news on how people were without water, food and so much more.

Please do not be one of those families standing in line waiting for a case of water at the city and county building because you didn’t prepare for your family. Let’s be frank here, store some water. It’s easy, just do it.

  • Cases of bottled water, not my first choice but better than nothing.
  • 55-gallon barrels, these are fine but not the easiest to pump water out of the barrel. Remember you need a bung and a siphon type pump.
  • 5-gallon containers are great, but a little too heavy for me to carry.
  • WaterBricks, I have the 3.5-gallon ones and they weigh about 27-28 pounds when filled with water. They come with a handle and are easy to carry and store.
  • BlueCans are awesome, somewhat pricey, but the water tastes better than any I have stored. The bonus is it can be stored up to 145-150 degrees. It has a 50-year shelf-life.
  • Large high capacity water tanks are awesome because some of them hold 250 gallons of water and have two spigots, one to fill buckets and one to drain the tank. These are pricey and you need a place to store them on 2 by 4’s of wood to keep them off the concrete. Concrete may leach chemicals into the plastic containers so, therefore, store all containers off the concrete.

Food Storage-Be Prepared Immediately

Now, I have changed my food storage ideas over the last few years. Yes, I have many #10 cans, you know the ones you see online filled with freeze-dried and dehydrated food. I prefer freeze-dried fruits and veggies because they last longer and you can eat them right out of the can. Therefore you will use less water to consume them and will require less fuel to cook them.

But I also store cans of food, all I need is a can opener. Cooking devices are nice to heat up my beans, etc.

I get emails from people asking what they can do because freeze-dried #10 cans are expensive. I get that, I really do. I bought several cans over several years. They have a 25-year shelf-life. Of course, the temperatures of storage areas must be controlled, a hot garage would shorten that timetable.

You do not have to buy #10 cans, but please buy beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, or pantry items in the size that works for you so you can make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, crackers, bread and so much more. Pantry Items by Linda

Let’s be real today. I want you to think about what you eat every day. For instance, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I recommend using my chart to help you get started. Where Do I Start With Weekly Food Storage

This chart makes it easy to fill in what you like to eat for different meals. You can take your family to the grocery store and go down the aisles and have each choose their favorite foods. Grab a can or two of Instant Milk if you like cereal for breakfast. I store Instant Milk from Thrive Life for my husband Mark. Thrive Life Milk 

If buying ready-made meals work for you, then buy those. You just add water and/or heat. Today, it’s all about being prepared immediately, we never know what may be coming soon. Please read the following books. My book: “Prepare Yourself For Survival” and Ted Koppel’s book: “Lights Out.” Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

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5 Natural Insect Repellents

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Living in a warm, humid environment, we are always dealing with a lot of insects.   We can have our apartment treated for pest control, but we all know insecticides can be harmful in the long term.  So we keep chemical insecticide use to a minimum.   When we do use them, we use a non-toxic spray. You can also make insect deterrents from readily available items. Here are my 5 favorite natural insect repellents: […]

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10 Staples of a Well-Stocked Emergency Food Pantry

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Emergencies can strike at any time. You may or may not have a warning which may leave you stuck in your home with only the supplies you have already. If you are not prepared for such an emergency, you may not be able to get the proper food, nutrition, medical supplies or water you need […]

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Teaching Your Children to be Prepared in Case of Emergencies

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When an emergency strikes, you may know what needs to be done. Perhaps you need to get to a safe location; maybe you need to gather supplies and find a central location in the home. You may even need to start hoarding water and finding flashlights, batteries or a radio. Do your children know what […]

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How to Repackage Salt for Long Term Storage

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Because salt is one of those essential ingredients with multiple uses, I make sure I a good amount stored away.  I recently opened some of my stores that were packaged back in 2010 and the salt was as fresh as the day I bought it.  Now I need to replenish my stored supply so I bought a huge bag of salt at Costco. It will keep well in the pantry for a while, but, over time, the salt will clump up […]

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What I’ve Learned As A Prepper In The Past 5 Years

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Let me start by sharing with you a fact that is the foundation of being a smart prepper: Preparedness is inevitable but it does not come overnight. Yes! This is the biggest lesson I learned in my last five years! This realization is now my motivation to become a smarter prepper. This habit or lifestyle …

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Fire Extinguishers for Apartments

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Fire is one of the biggest threats to renters.   A small fire can turn into a large blaze in less than 30 seconds, according to Ready.gov.   A big thank you to one of our readers who suggested we discuss fire extinguishers for apartments. Where should you keep your fire extinguisher? You need a fire extinguisher anywhere there is a risk of fire:  near a furnace, a garage if flammable substances are stored, and the […]

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Establishing How Much Food And Water To Store

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Considering the way that our civilization is progressing and at the pace at which our lives can easily go from one state to another, downhill or uphill, it is about time that we start storing water and food for the future. Natural disasters do occur and they cause a huge amount of destruction, leaving people …

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How to Make Dried Fruit without a Food Dehydrator

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been wanting to try dehydrating fruit but I do not have room for a food dehydrator.  There is just not enough space in my small apartment for another gadget.  But I there is a way to dehydrate fruit without a food dehydrator – just use your oven! I had a couple of apples that were a bit past their prime but still in good shape.  They were perfect for my apple chips […]

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How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide

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There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …

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Money Mondays: Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget

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A lot of readers are concerned about preparing on a tight budget.  Here is some budget prepping advice from a fellow blogger. Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget Written by Tony Out of all the challenges preppers face, one of the most difficult and most common is the challenge of getting yourself ready for disaster on a limited budget.  The problem certainly doesn’t become any easier when we watch shows like Doomsday Prepper. I remember one night, early […]

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Start An Indoor Garden in Your Apartment

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Written by Craig Living in a small apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the beauty of nature into your small home. There are design opportunities for even the tiniest of dwellings. Indoor gardens are gaining more popularity as people look for ways to improve their homes with live plants, whether they are edible or for decoration. By making a design plan for your space, you can grow a luxurious garden that will make you happy to come home. Plan […]

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Money Mondays: Preparedness Tips to Save Money on Clothing

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a great email from reader Linda who brought up an important aspect of preparedness:  clothing.  Well-made clothes can be expensive, yet necessary for survival.  If there is some kind of large-scale collapse, manufacturing and shipping may be interrupted, and clothes will be scarce. During the Great Depression, many people could not afford store-bought clothes and therefore had to make their own.  Many had to trade items for materials or cloth or […]

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A 25-Point Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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Are you prepared for a worst-case scenario? Disaster can strike without a moment’s notice, making it crucial to have a contingency plan in place so that you and your loved ones can evacuate safely and survive until help arrives. This 25-point emergency preparedness checklist is the ultimate guide to fast action in an unexpected circumstance. […]

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7 Tips To Deal With The Most Common Handgun Malfunctions

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Written by  Glen Artis The handgun has been around for centuries. And since the introduction of the first semi-automatic handgun in 1892, this firearm has undergone numerous technological advancements. Today’s handguns are the most sophisticated in the history of handguns. But in spite of this, modern handguns are still vulnerable to malfunctions. In fact, most if not all handgun users have experienced a malfunction at some point that rendered their guns temporarily inoperable. And while some of us may cuss […]

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23 Best Ways to Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites

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Editor’s note:  Mosquito season has started in many states.  It is predicted to be a particularly bad one in Texas, due to the recent floods and increase in breeding grounds.  The following article provides several great ways to get rid of mosquito bites using simple, inexpensive and readily available solutions. This article first appeared in Pest Strategies.com https://www.peststrategies.com/ How To Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites (23 Of The Best Ways) Imagine this. You’re on a well-deserved vacation in the Caribbean, and […]

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Step By Step Guide To Make A First Aid Kit

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No adventure is without the risk of injury, which means no adventure seeker in this world is 100% safe. The adventurous outdoors can be fully exciting but completely unsafe at the same time if proper measures are not taken to prevent or cure unexpected injuries. Some of the most common harms are fractures, abrasions, lacerations, …

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Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular

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The M1911 pistol served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. military from 1911 to 1986.  It uses a 45 ACP cartridge and is a single action, semi-automatic weapon designed by John Browning.  Today we are looking at why the 1911 is such a popular handgun. Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular Written by James Walton We’ll say it again: The 1911 is one of the most iconic handguns ever made. It’s one of the oldest and most legendary pieces ever […]

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What is the Shelf Life of Ammo?

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This post is by Bernie Carr We talk about the shelf life of lots of things around here:  food, medicines, liquor, but there is one thing we have not discussed, and that is the shelf life of ammunition. Manufacturers often indicate that properly stored ammo lasts for ten years.   But in reality, that may be more of a guideline.  Some may last for decades – we’ve all heard of people shooting ammunition from 40-50 years ago with no problems. Just […]

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How To Be Prepared For An Unforeseen Disaster

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Are you prepared for an unforeseen disaster? Our country, our whole world for that matter is in an interesting situation, to say the least. I’m not a doomsday prepper, but if you listen to the radio or watch the news on TV, it’s pretty obvious, life may be very different sooner than later. This may seem like I’m on a soapbox, which occasionally I admit to standing on, but when I receive over 100 emails from readers after our President spoke on “Breaking News” about Syria and the recent action to try and eliminate that country’s ability to manufacture chemical weapons, how can any of us think we are safe from the effects of events throughout the world. I stay away from religion and politics on my blog, but I try to teach people to be prepared for the unexpected.

If you don’t have water stored, why not? If you don’t have some food stored for at least 30 days at the very least, why not? Please remember, the government will not step in and deliver water, food, over the counter pharmacy needs, first aid supplies for days, weeks or months, if at all, where you are.

If you think that grocery store right around the corner will be open, it will not be after an unforeseen disaster. The shelves will be empty and you will not be able to buy anything even with cash, OR the 20-ounce water bottle may be $20.00 CASH ONLY. I think you understand what I’m saying.

Unforeseen Disaster

Unforeseen Disaster

Let me be clear today, you cannot depend on the government, your church, the food bank or your neighbors to take care of you. You are responsible for your family, yes YOU. You MUST be prepared for an unforeseen disaster today, not next month. I have people say to me, “now Linda, how could you turn away a small child after a disaster that needs water or food?” My reply is this, it would be very hard, but it’s been very hard for me to save money to prepare for myself and Mark.

I’m not saying I will be ruthless, I want that to be very clear. I have written almost 1200 posts trying to teach people to be prepared. I have taught classes for many years showing people how to make bread, being self-reliant, food storage and emergency preparedness.

Water

You know the drill, 4 gallons per person per day.

Food

I do not count calories, I fill a pantry with staples in order to cook and bake from scratch. I store #10 cans of freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and a few #10 cans of dehydrated foods. I store cans and packages of beans, rice, quinoa and so much more.

Gas Tank

I highly recommend you keep you keep your gas tanks 3/4 to nearly full at all times. Please keep your car, truck or vehicles maintained properly.

Hand Crank Radio

Please purchase an emergency radio with a crank or with batteries or some way to recharge it. We need to know what’s going on in the world. If you know someone who has a ham radio they may be your new best friend.

Phone Chargers

Please make sure you turn your cell phones off at least once a week so when it is turned back on it will locate any new cell towers located new your current location. Keep those phones charged according to your manufacturer instructions. If you can afford a solar phone charger that would be awesome.

Flashlights

Yard lights are affordable, you can charge them during the day and bring them in your home when needed. If you choose battery-operated flashlights, please stash appropriate batteries to use with them as a backup. I prefer a solar-powered flashlight and several lanterns that can be recharged without batteries.

First Aid Kit

Here is my post on first aid kits: Linda’s First Aid Kit

Essential Oils

This may be controversial but I love love love essential oils. I prefer the brand DoTerra. I do not sell them. You must decide what is right for you. They work for me and can possibly make you feel better during the tough times.

OTC Drug Needs/Prescriptions

I want you to think of the (OTC) over the counter drugs you use often, or those prescriptions you need on a consistent basis. Some may be on my first aid kit list above. If the pharmacies are closed and you need a fever or cough reducer, do you have some? Do you have some Gatorade with electrolytes? Influenza may hit, please be prepared to keep your family hydrated.

Dog/Cat/Pet Supplies

Don’t forget about our furry friends, they need water, food, and items that will comfort them. Keep in mind, you may want a 72-hour kit for your pet in your car as well as your own 72-hour kits.

Pantry Supplies

Here is a post I wrote about how to fill your pantry with some necessary items: Pantry Supplies

Butane Stove and Fuel

This is a great Mother’s Day, birthday, or any holiday gift, or just a love gift for those you care about. Check the links below for stove and fuel.

Outdoor Cooking Devices

I have written many posts on outdoor cooking devices. Here is one: Stoves by Linda

Outdoor Fuel

Fuel is critical: Fuel by Linda

Cash

Please store one dollar and five dollar bills in a safe secure place, you may need cash when the banks are closed. It’s possible no pension, social security, or paychecks will be mailed or deposited if the issuing agent or government is shut down for a while. Trust me on this, it can and will happen. You can count on it.

Anxiety-Learning To Breathe

This is something I had a friend send me about anxiety:

Breathing to the square:
• breathe in & count to 4
• hold and count to 4
• breathe out & count to 4
• hold and count to 4

Repeat.

I hope today’s post helps those getting started prepping to start, baby steps, just start, it’s easy. You don’t have to be a millionaire and have a pallet of food delivered to your home. Start with one can at a time. You can do it. Please do not be overwhelmed, get my book and get going. Please read Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” and my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. May God bless this world.

Cooking with a Dutch Oven

Dutch Ovens, Butane Stove, Butane Fuel, Fire Starter, Matches, Cast Iron Cookware, Charcoal

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10 Multipurpose Items for Your Bug-out Bag

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by Dan Stevenson A well-equipped Bug out Bag (BOB) must contain all the essential items.  There are many specialty items each with a specific application.  If you were to package each of these items, some of which are bulky, I’m sure you will run out of space.    A clever way to go about it is to pack items you can use for more than one application. These multipurpose items will save space.  So, you can pack all the necessary […]

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Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We all know you should have some water stored in your car for emergencies or in case you get stranded.  A lot of readers wonder, “Should you store plastic bottled water in your car?” Issues regarding storing water bottles BPA Water itself does not expire, according to the FDA.  However, common plastic water bottles contain BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical used in producing plastic and resins. It can leach into water especially […]

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Mark and I took the course called Community Emergency Response Team, also known as CERT, about six years ago. We wanted to learn how to respond to emergency situations in our community when needed. We will give critical support to people until medical personnel, paramedics, EMT’s, or firefighters come to take over.  The course will help you in your neighborhood to save lives, literally, after a disaster. I have written a few articles about the program but I want to encourage more readers to take the course, if possible.

The Community Emergency Response Team group will be the first people to come and help in your neighborhood after a disaster. The government officials will be busy trying to get to their own destinations as directed by their appropriate officials.

emergency response

This means that those of us who are trained by CERT will step up to the plate and do things we have been trained to do. In most cases, we are not medically trained. If you think about it, the medical personnel will be heading to clinics, hospitals, and makeshift medical care facilities. So our neighborhood and community will be helping each other, hopefully.

The course teaches you what to do after any disaster, how to choose someone to be in charge and right down to the colors of tape needed for letting others know which condo, home, or apartment dwelling is in need, or not. You need to have someone in charge of emergency response very quickly after a disaster.

emergency response

Here are the contents above in my backpack: C.E.R.T. book to log homes and people, different colors of tape to mark the assessment of the injured people (red=needs immediate help, yellow=delay/not immediate, green means they are ok to wait for assistance, black=death), hardhat, Berkey Sports Bottle for filtering water, goggles, headlamp, work gloves, and a 4 in 1 tool (shown below), C.E.R.T. vest, light sticks and scissors, and N-95 masks.

emergency response

We all need to be aware of where to shut off our water, electricity and gas lines. We also need to know where to shut off our water inside our homes. Of course, we would never shut off gas unless we can smell gas….or a fire is coming our way…common sense needs to be used. Nitrile gloves, N-95 masks (you can never have enough of them), BandAids, yellow chalk, yellow caution tape, and paint sticks for makeshift splints.

I have talked about this before, but I will mention it again. Here’s the deal, after a power outage, for example, during the first 24 hours you will look to see if the neighbors have lights. Hmmm, they don’t. The next 24 hours you will go check with your neighbors to see if they know what’s going on. The first 24 hours may not be a big deal, depending on the type of disaster or emergency, but the next 48 hours could be critical if people don’t start looking out for each other. It’s during the second 24 hours that people realize they have not prepared themselves for disaster by storing food, water, and other items we’ve talked about on this blog for years. This is when people may get mean, okay, let’s just say they WILL be mean if they are not prepared at all.

Hunger and being thirsty is not a pretty thing, and seeing your family look at you for food and water will be awful if you have not planned ahead. Please remember, we must be self-reliant, the government will not deliver any food or water for days, weeks or months possibly. I want you to think about what’s in your house this very minute, that may be all the food and water, toilet paper, soap, etc. you have for a very long time.

The roads may be so damaged you can’t drive on them. The stores are closed due to a major disaster. If the stores are open the shelves will be empty within 24 hours or less.

Community Emergency Response Team

Here are some of the things you will learn if you take all of the classes. My two favorite things in the class were learning to use a fire hose (it’s heavy and awkward to use) and listening to a doctor trained in psychological first aid.

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. Fire Safety
  3. Disaster Medical Operations-Part 1
  4. Disaster Medical Operations-Part 2
  5. Light Search and Rescue Operations
  6. CERT Organization
  7. Disaster Psychology
  8. Terrorism and CERT
  9. Course Review and Disaster Simulation

We NEED to be able to take care of ourselves. We can’t always depend on our government or local authorities. They can only do so much. Let me give you some statistics for OUR area in Southern Utah. These statistics are a year old, but none the less please check out these numbers in my St. George, Utah (Washington County) area. These are about to change because we have some hospital expansions going on right now. We have on average 140,000 people living here. Washington County has 17 ambulances, 46 fire trucks, 204 police cars. We have two hospitals with a total of 145 beds available. These numbers are scary….we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves. Please check out your local numbers. You might just be surprised…..or maybe not! You might want to Google “The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997”. Check it out for yourselves. C.E.R.T. classes

My Favorite Things:

CERT Emergency Response Supplies

4-In-1 Tool

Emergency Response Flashlights

Tape Needed For Homes/People

How To Deal With Mental Health

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Disaster: AdobeStock_169465415 mbruxelle

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Learn To Treat Burns During A Crisis

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Learn To Treat Burns During A Crisis Have you ever saved a life? Did you take charge in a situation where you were left completely at the mercy of your own knowledge and training? It is necessary to prepare for a crisis where you will not be able to rely on anyone or anything else …

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Money Mondays: Will Your Preps Outlive You?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was having a conversation with one of my elderly neighbors and the subject of downsizing and giving away their survival supplies came up.  She felt at her age she preferred to give some of her surplus emergency supplies to a younger family.  The conversation reminded me of an article I read a few months ago:  Survivalist spent decades stockpiling food then gave it to hungry hurricane victims  As you can see from the […]

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3 Habits That Invite Crime

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been reading our neighborhood social media reports and I notice there are more reports of criminal activities in areas were people usually say “That never happens here.”  These crimes rarely get reported in the evening news, but they are still worth noticing as they can happen to anyone. I know official reports in many areas show crime is down overall, but it really depends on what type of crime and where they […]

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8 Skills You Can Learn on Weekends

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared and becoming self-sufficient is not all about buying emergency supplies. Learning survival and self-sufficiency skills is a big aspect of the preparedness mindset.  Learning a few practical skills will also help you save money by doing things yourself. Here are 8 skills you can learn on weekends: Plant a garden Even if you only have a small balcony, you can grow a few herbs.  Sign up for free tickets for the […]

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How To Store Water For Drinking And Cooking

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You may remember me talking about how to store water for drinking and cooking. This is a friendly reminder to stock up on water for drinking. A reader asked me about these packets Emergency Water Packets, These little packets are great for backpacks but they are too expensive to store water for every day drinking purposes. I get thirsty just thinking how small the packets are. But I drink a lot of water throughout the day. They would be okay for the car, but I can’t recommend them unless you put a box of them in the car for emergency use.

If you have very many people in the car they would only “wet your whistle” so to speak. Let’s get real here my friends, we are so close to a grid down as in zero power, please store water for drinking and cooking at the very least.

store water for drinking

As you know, we need water for washing dishes and personal hygiene too. Of course, if we have a real disaster, and I’m expecting one or I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, I teach the world for FREE to be prepared for the unexpected.

Store Water For Drinking & Cooking

A friend, Lori,  shared the following picture. She teaches small groups how to be prepared so they learn skills she knows. I applaud her work. She purchased a hand pump for $9.99. Here’s this great Bottle Buddy Holder or this one Bottle Buddy 3 Tier System (3 Pack) 9-Bottle, Black

store water for drinking

You may know by now that The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day. That’s not going to cut it, period. You need four-gallons of water per person per day. Mark and I need 8-gallons of water per day and 56 gallons per week. Hence 8 gallons a day times 7 days equals 56 gallons per week. That’s a lot of water if you’re trying to store water for a long-term outage. Now, I can stretch the water, but I would rather have more water than not enough.

I’m going to share how I store my water. Keep in mind some of the water you think you may be able to harvest after a disaster may be diverted in a totally different direction and the water source may even dry up. Some people, like Lori in Michigan above, have several lakes surrounding her neighborhood, but the water is all tainted with algae and is not able to be used for bathing, cooking, or brushing your teeth, to name a few things. Please be ready for plan B, C & D.

I’m telling you today, actually I’m begging you, to get water purifiers and store lots of water. Please do the calculations for the water your family needs. I hear people mention to me, “I’m going to Linda’s,” please don’t count on it. We must be self-reliant. I have water stored for Mark and me, period. I do not have a warehouse.

I cringe when I hear, “I need to go help my grown children if we have a disaster,” really? Are you freaking kidding me? For the love of your children, I hope you taught your adult children to be self-reliant. When the SHTF there will be zero food stamps, zero banks open, zero ATM’s that work and the grocery shelves will be empty. Please promise me you will NOT be standing in line waiting for a case of water.

I’m going to share some pictures of how I store water. I didn’t buy all of this water this one week, I have been buying a little at a time. But time is near to be prepared more than ever before. Russia tried to hack our grid system. Please read the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. I “read” the audible books, this is the best book besides mine, “Prepare Your Family For Survival,” it’s a no-nonsense book to help you to be prepared. Have your family read it, it’s critical to be prepared today, not next week.

Store Water For Drinking

Here are my recommendations for purifying the water you store for drinking and cooking.

Big Berkey

I prefer the black ceramic filters because they filter and purify more. I quote:

  • Includes: Stainless Steel Spigot for Berkey System
  • Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
  • Filter Life: Up to 3,000 gallons per filter element
  • Holding Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel

Berkey Sports Bottles

I gave every one of my family members one of these for gifts. They are awesome! I quote:

  • Filters can be replaced
  • Can be refilled up to 640 times using a municipal water source
  • Reduces harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli 99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria
  • Removes unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine

Lifestraws

I have given these to my grandkids who hike. I quote:

  • This official LifeStraw personal water filter will provide 792 gallons (1,000 liters) of safe drinking water without using chemicals, iodine
  • Removes 99.9999% of bacteria including Escherichia coli (e-Coli), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholera, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, salmonella
  • Removes 99.9% of protozoa including giardia lamblia (beaver fever), Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica
  • No shelf life can be stored indefinitely even after use
  • Perfect for your family and friends to use during camping, hiking, and backpacking, or for your emergency kits at your home, car, and office

Use Water Preserver in the water you store, it’s approved by the EPA. I quote:

  • Use with tap water to store emergency drinking water for 5 years. To be used with 55-gallon water storage barrel.
  • Water Preserver is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA.
  • Water Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its potency for 5-year storage.
  • Guaranteed 100% effective.
  • Water Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. Accept no substitutes.

Store Water For Drinking

Please remember to store water containers on 2 by4’s to keep the containers from leaching the chemicals from the cement. Make sure all water containers are BPA free safe for water storage.

**55-gallon barrels, be sure and get a pump (these use one full bottle of Water Preserver)

**WaterBricks, these are stackable and I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver per 3.5-gallon container.

**You can also purchase high capacity water tanks that hold 160, 250 and 350 gallons at many emergency preparedness stores. Some of the smaller 160-gallon one’s stack.

**I purchased 12 cases (24 cans each) of BlueCans that can withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees. No added preserver is needed. Yes, they are expensive, but I want several types of water.

**You can buy 5-gallon water containers and some are stackable. The possibilities are there and you only have to buy a few at a time. I quote: (two or three high at the most)

  1. Portable (approximately 11.25″ x 10″ x 14.25″ tall)
  2. Stackable
  3. BPA free Food-grade Plastic; Plastic resin USA sourced
  4. Includes one spigot and one cap wrench
  5. Made in the USA, Shipping Included in the Price.

**Please read the fine print, some 7-gallon containers stack only if empty??? WHAT? Don’t buy those. I quote:

  • Rigid, 7-gallon rectangular water container with molded contour grip
  • Space-saving design for easy storing and stacking when empty
  • New and improved screw-on vent; hideaway spigot for on-demand water dispensing
  • Suitable for outdoor activities and emergency water storage
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects

Here are some additional posts that will show you how I store several emergency items in my small home: Linda’s Home

Please teach others in your neighborhood how to store water for drinking and cooking, and don’t forget personal hygiene. May God bless you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected.

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Water containers: AdobeStock_79040312 by Skhunda

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15 Pioneer Skills We Must Learn Today

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I have 15 pioneer skills today that hopefully will help save you money and teach others to be prepared for the unexpected. I believe we are very close to an economic collapse, this happened back in 2005-2008. This was the most recent one. There have been many over the years, but this one is still in many of our minds today. The house prices were inflated when people became greedy and it came back to bite them in their pocketbooks. Some made out like bandits, so to speak. But we all know people who lost their jobs because building and/or selling homes stopped dead overnight. This caused a ripple effect that brought on financial challenges for millions.

Here’s the deal, our economy has to build homes, it impacts every aspect of our economy. People need housing permits, concrete to build basements or foundations, lumber, tile, cabinets, carpet, the list goes on and on. We need plumbers, electricians, you get the picture. We need the housing market to be strong but not overly inflated. It will always plummet at some point, as “corrections” take place. History repeats itself as we’ve learned over the years.

We have all heard that interest rates are going up. I have to laugh because they are still great rates right now. I remember in 1983 building a home and Mark and I were so happy to lock in a rate of 10%, YIKES! Today’s home interest rates are still really low.

I remember when I owned my mortgage company and I had two computers side by side, one for working on loan applications and one for watching the stock market. If the rates trickled up, people slowed down buying homes. If the rates were low people refinanced or bought a bigger home if their family was expanding. Some of my smartest clients downsized to pay off their homes quickly.

I was also a realtor for 12 years so I know a lot about housing markets. I am still very active watching how much homes are selling for and how much the seller paid in concessions. Concessions mean the seller pays closing costs or repairs.

I have always encouraged people to sell their existing home before they purchase a second one, even if the numbers show they qualify for both homes. You never want to own two homes if the market crashes and you cannot sell one of the homes. Of course, you can become a landlord and rent it out and let the renters help make the mortgage payment.

The economy is so unsettled I am anxious to remind people to learn at least these 15 pioneer skills. We need to be ready in case we lose a job, a family member becomes ill who can no longer work or care for the family, or a family member dies unexpectedly.

We need to store water, food, and cooking fuel at the very least, my friends. Here is my 15 pioneer skills list to hopefully help you save even more money. In other words, get your affairs in order.

15 Pioneer Skills

15 Pioneer Skills

1. Make Cloth Toilet Paper

15 Pioneer Skills

I know, I can hear you say, “there is no way I am going to do that!” Well, we may have no other choice. I highly recommend cutting flannel into 7-inch squares. I cut hundreds into 9-inch squares, but I think smaller is better. You can buy new flannel or cut worn out nightgowns, or go to local thrift stores and start cutting squares from shirts or nightgowns. If you can serge them, that would be awesome.

You can also save phone books, or use leaves. I have a lot of TP stored, but when it’s gone the stores may be empty.

2. Monthly Homemade Menstrual Supplies

15 Pioneer Skills

I wrote a post on making your own menstrual monthly supplies. Trust me, there is a neighbor that may need these. Oh, I can hear some young girls say, “no way!” Well, if the stores are closed, you will use them or it’s going to be very messy, girlfriends. Pattern For Menstrual Pads

3. Make Elderly Diapers

As much as we hate to think about this, there are a lot of elderly people that are affected by incontinence. I know you can buy some reusable adult diapers, but you can also make some with diaper fabric. I have purchased some, just because I have some neighbors that may need them should we have a grid down. And we will. Please be prepared for it. If the stores are open the shelves will be empty very quickly. These are washable Adult Diapers

4. Buy or Make Baby Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers will be critical to have on hand. My daughters grew up with cloth diapers and waterproof pants. They make really awesome ones now that are washable. Yes, you will have to hand wash them when we lose power but, hey, everyone wants to be comfortable, even our sweet babies or toddlers. They have fancy ones or just buy these inexpensive ones  Cloth Diapers and Waterproof Pants and Diaper Pins or Fancy Pancy Diapers

5. Ditch Paper Towels

Here’s the deal, the kitchen is one place that is very easy to use cloth “paper” towels, you may save hundreds of dollars per year by making this switch. I like a certain one because they are thin diapers but thick enough to absorb the liquid. Cloth Towels will change your life. yes, you must wash them, but I wash whites almost every other day, so that works for me. These are cheap and wash and dry by hand easily. Just another one of my 15 pioneer skills that work by saving us money.

6. Learn To Sew and Quilt

15 Pioneer Skills

I’m grateful my mother taught me to sew, I started out with an apron. Easy peasy. I grew up taking sewing classes at school that sharpened my skills even more. I also learned to cook at school even though I was already cooking from scratch at home. I always learned a new technique and I will be forever thankful for those patient teachers.

I have purchased sewing machines for my daughters and some of my grandkids if they wanted to take sewing lessons. I don’t live near any of them, but when we do get together I will always teach them a new trick or two on the sewing machines. This grandma was so proud when she learned one granddaughter was making bobbins, that may sound like a small thing but it’s not. If the bobbins are “squishy” they will not work. So to hear one granddaughter making several bobbins out of different colors of threads was music to my ears. Proud grandma here.

The picture above is my oldest grandson, Jake. He wanted to make his own pajama bottoms. He said, “grandma lets make our own pattern.” We then made our own pattern, gotta love it.

Did your mother or grandmother piece different shapes of fabric together to make a quilt? I know my favorite all-time quilt was one my great-grandmother made with strips of fabric I recognized from dresses my mom made for me. I call it a treasure, hand sewn together and then hand quilted.

7. Sharpen Your Garden Skills

Please learn to plant at least potatoes, anyone can grow potatoes, I promise. Get good potato seeds, preferably Non-GMO ones. You can plant them non-stop over and over. Plant, grow, harvest and start another planting of potato seeds.

If you can take some garden classes that would be awesome. I have learned to grow a garden by trial and error. But, I never give up. I will try year after year until I learn how to work with the soil where I live. I have had a garden for over 60 years now. I learn something new every year.

Please don’t wait until next year to “learn to grow a garden,” it will be too late. Start this year, and grow whatever your city weather can tolerate. I can almost taste my fresh tomatoes. I’m waiting to put them in the ground when the last chance of frost is passed.

8. Wash Clothes by Hand

15 Pioneer Skills

I have talked about having the equipment to wash your clothes by hand. You can use a bucket or washtub. Please be prepared to be able to wash clothes before we lose power for days, weeks or months. The laundromats will not be working if we lose power. The bathtub is not a smart idea because if the sewer lines do not work, the drains in the tubs will not work or they may back up.

Please get a clothesline or wooden clothes rack to dry your clothes. Don’t forget the clothespins, you will need them.

9. Make Laundry Soap

This is a really easy way to save money and use one of my 15 pioneer skills at the same time. It’s almost comical how cheap it is to make. Here is my recipe:

1 Fels-Naptha Bar-grated either by hand, food processor, or salad shooter. You can use your own favorite bar of soap, but I’ve found the Fels-Naptha Bar is very effective at getting out stains.

1 cup Borax Detergent Booster

1 cup Super Washing Soda (not regular baking soda)

Put these 3 ingredients in a blender to blend and grate the Fels-Naptha even more. After doing this it will look just like the store purchased detergent, but will not include all the “fillers.” You will use less product per load and will have less “bubbles.” Remember, just having bubbles doesn’t mean clean…..I use 1 teaspoon per load. I have an HE-High Efficiency washer and it works great!

PRINTABLE recipe: Homemade Laundry Detergent or Soap by Food Storage Moms

10. First Aid Kits and Healing Skills

Oh, I love first aid and healing myself. I have a great Medical Handbook that I highly recommend. If we have a disaster and the pharmacies are closed and the hospitals are over-flowing we must have some first aid supplies at our house. If we have a pandemic, we must be prepared with essential oils or over the counter products we are used to using. Here is my First Aid Kit List, you can add your own favorites to my list. Survival Medicine Handbook

11. Baking Bread

You do not have to buy a book on how to make bread. I have all of my no-fail bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls and so much more on my blog for FREE. I feel God has asked me to share my bread making skills with others. This is my all-time biggest posts on making bread Linda’s No-Fail Bread Recipes Here’s the deal with making bread, if you have FRESH ingredients you can make bread, I promise. Oh, and my cinnamon roll recipe is the best in the world, enjoy!

12. Cook from Scratch

Please learn to cook from scratch, the drive-throughs will not be open or available if we lose power or the ability of the food trucks to deliver food to the grocery store chains or restaurants.

Learn to make a white sauce, beans, rice, pasta dishes to name just a few meals. Browse my entire website, I cook from scratch and have since I was very little. Here is my White Sauce that’s very easy to make.

Here is a list of 101 Budget Meals by Linda

When the power grids go down in the US we will be in big trouble. Our country is not prepared to handle a grid down. I am so tired of a few of our government workers telling us our country is resilient. We are not. This country is totally unprepared for a cyber attack and/or grid down. It would take 20-30 years to replace or repair our old decrepit power substations. PLEASE read Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” don’t be fooled into thinking we are going to be alright, we are not going to be.

13. Cooking Outside

If you can start a fire, please store some matches, you will need them. If nothing else, learn to cook outside with a Dutch Oven over charcoal briquettes. You do not have to buy several cooking devices to prepare meals outside or even to boil water. One Dutch Oven will work. Please store charcoal briquettes without lighter fuel in airtight containers. Lots of charcoal. I prefer the 6-quart bucket size because it’s easy to lift because it’s smaller. Please look at the lid on the Dutch Oven, this lid makes it easier to put charcoal on the lid when cooking. Lodge gave me permission to make this printable Lodge Dutch Oven Cooking Sheet: Dutch Oven Chart

14. Canning and Preserving Food Safely

I am going to caution you about reading what is being taught online concerning canning and pressure canning food. Some will tell you certain food items are safe to can, they are not. I’m not going to argue with anyone, I have my Master Canning, Preserving Certificate from our state extension service. It was a fun class and I even learned a few new safety items for canning.

Here is the only book I recommend for canning or pressure canning food (be sure and check with your local county extension service to see if you can take the classes for canning safety):

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning: Revised 2015 

15. Learn to Use Tools

The time to learn to do carpentry is now, not next year. If we can learn to work on cars, tractors, trucks, etc. the door is wide open to be self-reliant. If you have tools to cut tile, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, please teach your offspring how to use them. Build a shed, finish a basement, learn to do plumbing, electrical work, life is good if you can repair your own washing machine. These 15 pioneer skills can carry you through any disaster, I promise.

This is a short list of 15 pioneer skills, how many do you know? Can you teach others? Do you have skills you think need to be added to my list? Let me know and I’ll pass them along. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

My book: “Prepare Your Family For Survival”

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Little Tricks To Achieve The Best Results In Brewing Herb Tea

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Written by Bernie Carr Herb teas are known to be both soothing and good for you.  For an upset stomach, I reach for mint tea for relief before reaching for an over the counter remedy.  I used to drink fresh herb teas mostly for medicinal purposes, and never actually enjoyed the taste very much.  Before I learned this technique, I used to boil the leaves in water for 10 minutes.  It worked, but the resulting tea was cloudy and looked […]

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Money Mondays: 10 Ways to Cut Your Living Expenses and Save for Emergencies

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Written by Allie Shaw Normally, you expect the bulk of your monthly salary to go toward items like rent, cable, utilities, groceries, and childcare. It’s not fun, but it’s a part of being an adult. But maybe you want more of your money to stretch further. This article will cover ten common living expenses and will teach you the necessary tips to cut down on those expenses, letting more money go toward family emergencies and other household needs. 1. Rent […]

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16 Ways To Teach People To Be Prepared And Survive

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I want to share 16 ways to teach people to be prepared and survive any disaster or unforeseen emergency. I’m hoping this post will help others to teach their neighborhoods to be prepared for the unexpected. If you have watched the news or listened to the radio, you have to know our world is very unsettled. My request to all those who teach people emergency prep would be to please read Ted Koppel’s book: “Lights Out”, Here’s the deal “One Second After” is a fictional book and it talks about losing power, but it was way below my preparedness level. I’m not being critical of the book, but I like to read things that have information to back up the truth. Ted Koppel nails it.

I bought the book and have read it (audible) several times, maybe ten times now. I learn something new every time. I mentioned I had the book to several friends and only one read it. Please, please, please read the book, it is not fictional. It is real. I highly recommend you buy one for all family members. If you want to purchase the book just click on the picture below.

I was just talking to a reader and somehow she hadn’t heard I had been asked to write a book on emergency preparedness a couple of years ago. Here’s the book below. I wish every family had both of these books in their homes. If you want to purchase the book just click on the picture below.

If you are going to teach your family, friends or church members please feel free to use the pictures below and all printables throughout my blog.

16 Ways To Teach People

1. Binder

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Please collect all of your important documents and place them in an emergency binder. Be sure and place the binder in a safe and secure place in your home. If we lose power, the banks will not be open, in fact, they may never open if we have a grid down. Our country is not prepared in any way to bring our power back to our homes if we are cyber attacked by Russia, for example. It could take 20-30 years to restore our country back to normal. Here is a link to my FREE binder download: Binder by Linda

2. 72-Hour Kits

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I know you probably have heard this term for many many years. Here’s the deal, 72-Hour Kits are just a way to help you get through three days. Period. I still recommend them, but we really need so much more than just three days worth of food, water, etc. But it’s a good start. Here are the printables I designed for 72-hour kits.

Adult Kits   Child Kits    Pet Kits    Vehicle Kits

3. Flashlights

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I hate the dark, so I think I’m over the top in flashlights. I own it. Just so you know, I live in Southern Utah and I can’t keep batteries fresh for very long. It’s crazy, so I have mainly stored several solar flashlights and a few battery operated ones. The picture above is my Emergency Bed Bag. Here are some of my favorite flashlights: Solar Goal Zero or one with batteries Battery Flashlights

4. Water

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The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day. I recommend 4-gallons of water per person per day. I get thirsty just thinking I would only have one gallon of water per day. Yikes! We need water to hydrate ourselves, prepare meals, wash dishes, and for personal hygiene. The picture above includes WaterBricks, A Lead-Free Hose (to fill containers), Berkey Sports Bottles, and my favorite one’s Blue Cans. Please remember to use Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every 5 years compared to ever six months using bleach.

You can buy 55-gallon barrels at Walmart that are BPA FREE, at least here in Utah. Please place all containers at least 2-inches off the concrete so the chemicals will not leach into your containers. Also remember to purchase a pump to go with the barrels.

5. Food

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I have said this before, I do not count calories when I store food for long-term storage. For that matter, I don’t for short-term food storage either. I refer to long-term food storage as in #10 cans of freeze-dried food such as fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, and cheese. Every company is different, so please check the food you buy for shelf-life. I do not buy pre-made meals and I do not store food in mylar bags. I prefer commercially preserved foods for safety reasons. I highly recommend Thrive Life and Honeyville Grain. Please compare price per ounce including shipping. Not all #10 cans weigh the same.

Please remember you do not have to buy only #10 cans, but you do need to buy some food for your pantry. Food storage can include food like mac and cheese, chili, beans, rice, pasta, canned meats, mayo, soups, etc. Please remember to buy the staples need to make biscuits, crackers, cookies, cakes, bread, pancakes, waffles, etc. Here are a few staples I recommend: Pantry Items by Linda

I like to teach people to buy food for storage based on what they eat at home for their meals every week and be sure to rotate as needed.

6. Cooking Stoves/Fuel

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I realize a lot of food can be eaten right out of the can without being cooked, which reminds me, please store a few can openers in case one falls apart. Can openers can be found in any store. I have about six of these: Swing-a-way Can Opener

We still need some stoves to boil water, cook a few meals, wash dishes in hot water. The stoves above are the ones I have. From left to right are:

Sun Oven: only uses sunshine to bake food. If you do not have a lot of sunshine where you live I would not recommend buying one of these. I was given one by Paul from Sun Oven, and I ended up purchasing a second one because I love them so much.

Thermal Cooker: is a slow cooker without electricity. You just have to bring your food to a boil in the inside stainless steel pan, then place the pan inside the outer thermal cooker. You can bake frozen food in this “stove.” It will cook the food for 6-8 hours and be hot when you take the pan out of the thermal cooker. How to use a thermal cooker by Linda

Volcano Stove: can use propane, charcoal, and wood to cook any meal. Volcano Stoves are sometimes sold at a hardware store, Costco or Sam’s Club.

Butane stoves: are awesome, I gave all four of my daughters a butane stove with canisters of butane. It’s easy to store and easy to use. You can buy one here or at any hardware store. Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

Kelly Kettle: is an awesome cooking source because you can use twigs, dried leaves, or pine cones to boil water and cook mac and cheese, to name one meal. You can make a small pot of soup on top of this gem. Kelly Kettle

Camp Chef stove/oven combination: is great for me when baking bread, making pancakes on the top griddle (accessory), baking casseroles, etc. Be sure and see what adaptor is included in the one you purchase. There is a propane adaptor available for the small canisters as well as the barbecue size tanks. Camp Chef Stove

Dutch ovens: are awesome because all you need is wood or charcoal. I like the 6-quart size because it’s easy for me to lift and cook with it. It’s probably the least expensive “stove” you can buy. You can make casseroles in them, bread, biscuits and many other yummy recipes. Lodge 6-quart Dutch Oven

7. Blankets

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Please teach people to save all blankets and or quilts. You can use them to keep warm and partition off the sick from the people who are well in a pandemic. Extra sheets would work as well, but not as handy for the really cold days and nights.

8. First Aid Kits

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You can start a first aid kit with the basics and expand it as your budget allows. I have several first aid kits to teach people what to purchase. This one is actually a Plano fishing tackle box. Plano Fishing Tackle Box. Here’s my post on what I put in this first aid kit. Fishing Tackle First Aid Kit

9. Emergency Toilets

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This is a critical item since every family needs their own toilet. I will not share my emergency toilet with anyone, just giving you the heads up here. Please make one as soon as possible. If we lose power the sewer systems will not work. Hopefully, the backup sewer systems are below your home or you may have sewage back up into your home. I called our county/city to find out where my neighborhood back up system is. Thank goodness we are far away from it. It’s down the hill, whew!!!!

The picture above has a five-gallon bucket on the left which makes it harder to squat to use the bathroom. The taller six-gallon buckets in the middle work much better. You buy a toilet seat and fill the bucket with a bag of kitty litter, some ten-gallon bags (500 bags at Costco for about $10.00), toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The #10 can is a portable toilet for your car, with 4-gallon bags, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. Duct tape would hold the bags in place on all containers. Toilet Lids

I had a friend, Debbie, show me a nifty trick with four $3.00 five-gallon buckets stacked high enough and cheaper than a six-gallon bucket so we don’t have to squat down as far. The six-gallon buckets have gone sky high in price.

10. Emergency Washing Machines

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I’ve have said this before, if we have an emergency I want to be able to have at least clean underwear. I think I can actually wash everything except for maybe jeans. Well, I could wash them but if it’s winter time it would take days for them to dry. Here are some ideas on how to wash your clothes should we lose power, and we will. Emergency Washing Machines by Linda

Please remember a clothesline and some good clothespins. These are my favorite one’s Kevins Clothespins

I have a YouTube on my Clotheline, I love it because its collapsible and I can store it when I’m not using it. My handsome son-in-law, Nate,  helped me put in the ground.

11. Bread Making

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Please teach people to make bread, if you know how to. Trust me, you will need this skill. If bread intimidates you then learn to make biscuits or crackers. You can survive on bread and soup, or rice and beans, you get what I’m saying. Here is my link on how to make bread. Anyone can make bread if your ingredients are fresh, I promise. Make Bread by Linda

12. Emergency Kitchen

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I designed this Stanley Max Emergency Kitchen filled with just about everything I may need if I’m evacuated from my home. If I’m going to cook for the neighborhood at a school or parking lot, I have everything I need in this transportable kitchen. Woohoo! Portable Kitchen by Linda

13. Solar Power

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If by chance you have a loved one or a neighbor that uses a CPAP or Nebulizer, please be sure and have a backup option for power, should you need it. I have heard people use batteries, but I like using Goal Zero products. Solar Power by Linda

It’s really nice knowing I can use Goal Zero Solar power when the power is out. Yes, we can even watch DVDs on a 32-inch TV. I love this! I realize all of us, particularly children, will be on edge if we are without power for days or weeks, so it’s nice to know we have the ability to divert the stress by watching a movie.

14. Radio

Please get a good radio that will give you the weather conditions in an emergency. I have yet to find one that I can recommend. Several companies have sent them to me and I have sent all of them back. Look for one with NOAA weather conditions.

15. Keep Cell Phones Charged

Please keep your cell phones charged and have a solar charger so you are able to charge your phone. This may be your only way to communicate with one another. You may only be able to text or email, but that’s better than no communication at all. Please teach people to be prepared.

16. Cash

Here’s the deal with cash, please keep small bills such as ones or fives. If we have a power outage you may only be able to purchase items with cash. Hopefully, you will have everything you need in your home. Please teach people that they will not want to have to stand in line for water at your local county or city buildings. You may not have water for days or weeks.

Thank you to all who will teach people to be prepared for emergencies in your area. May God bless this world. Please stay safe.

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In A Split Second Your Life Can Change

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We must be prepared for so many things because in a split second your life can change. It may be a job loss, a car accident, a serious illness, or an unexpected accident when you are at home. We have all had someone affected by some of these situations and it’s heartbreaking. You may think you have a handle on everything and BAM, your life can change instantly. This is why we must all share with our adult or married kids certain things that are critical if you find yourself in a life or death predicament.

I know I can hear some of you say, there is no way I’m sharing with my family certain things about my bank accounts, my retirement accounts, blah blah blah. I get it, I really do. But for me, my daughters know everything because I have worked at a bank and I do not want my accounts to be taken by the government from inactivity.

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I’m sure you know what I’m talking about when the newspaper or online notices post names in the state where you live looking for individuals that have money sitting in bank accounts that are dwindling from inactivity. Or property that is owned and considered by the state to be abandoned. I look every year but my name is never there.

The reason I’m writing this post today is to make people aware of what happens to the family if YOU are hurt or incapacitated. If you are the breadwinner, does your family know where you bank?  Do they know if you have a mortgage and where it is paid? Do you have loans or other obligations set up for automatic payments? Do you know where the utilities are paid? Is your health insurance paid monthly, quarterly or yearly?

What about the car or home insurance, is it paid? Do you know who the agents are, etc? If something happened where your family member is in a hospital with no way to communicate, could you make the payments that are scheduled and do so on time? If the family member died, do you know how to keep the home front going until insurance kicks in?

This brings me to another item, TERM Life Insurance. Maybe some of you have it or maybe you don’t believe in life insurance. I see donations being made to help others, that is so nice, I understand helping others. BUT, we must be self-reliant and purchase life insurance if you have a family, especially if you have kids at home. Term insurance is purchased for a particular term, like 10 or 2o years and the premium is based on your age, current health and lifestyle, along with some family health history issues. When the term period is up and you go to buy another policy more than likely it will cost more since you’re older and more likely to have health issues.

Here’s the deal, it’s cheap if you are young and healthy. Once you get a disease or have a something like a heart attack you may be uninsurable. Please buy life insurance to at least help the family that’s left behind because of an accident, or serious illness. Typically where you work offers a group plan with a bargain price on life insurance.

When Mark and I had children at home, we bought enough life insurance to cover our home mortgage and income for at least three years. This amount would cover Mark’s income and life insurance on me. Should I die first it would cover daycare for our daughters. It was cheap. Now universal life or whole life insurance is another story. They are like putting money into a savings account on a regular monthly basis. The premiums stay the same over time based on the amount of coverage you purchased initially. The good thing is you can build up what is known as “cash value” which can be borrowed against in case of emergency. The cost of this insurance is higher because of the cash value factor and because the risk of death goes up with age but the premiums don’t.

I have a friend where her husband died unexpectedly and the wife had no idea where or how the bills were paid, where her mortgage was held, she didn’t even have a cell phone of her own. Her whole life was turned upside down in a matter of minutes after her husband was gone. She had four young children. Luckily, her husband had purchased life insurance. It’s been a blessing to her and the kids.

I have also seen just the opposite, the family did not have any life insurance and the kids had to be handed off to family members and the wife had to go back to work with small children at home. This may be a very touchy question to ask a family member to see if they have taken advantage of the group policies available through their work. I’m not an insurance agent or expert, but someone who has insurance and feels it is important. Sit down with someone who is licensed to sell the various types of life insurance and make sure you budget something so you and your family have some protection.

If you are uncomfortable asking, just wait until they are left without the spouse’s income. It’s a nightmare, I know from experience because I have helped neighbors figure it out. It’s not fun, we must be self-reliant, please do not count on donations, we must take care of our own family.

Life Can Change

Here is a list of things that you may have to do if someone you love dies or is hurt and unable to communicate for days, weeks or even months.

  1. Pay the mortgage payments as well as the homeowner’s insurance and property taxes.
  2. Make sure your/their health insurance is paid in a timely matter.
  3. Vehicle insurance and property taxes must be paid on time.
  4. Pay the utility bills or they may be cut off.
  5. Please share with your family where your life insurance policies are and who the agents are.
  6. You may want an adult child on your bank accounts if you are getting older, they can then help you when needed.
  7. Set up automatic payments for all bills that need to be paid monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Have a folder with bank account numbers and retirement income sources. My FREE printable binder has the sheets ready for you to download and fill them in as needed. I pray you will never have to deal with a life-changing emergency, but the chances are you will. Please be prepared in this way so you can sleep at night knowing your family is well taken care of if something happens to you.

May God bless you and your family to be healthy, and safe.

Emergency Binder by Linda

First Aid Kit

Solar Flashlight

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Can Body Armor Protect You from Common Urban Threats?

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Written by Anthony When chaos unleashes in a city, there’s no telling whether or not you’ll be standing in the line of fire. Preparation reduces the chance that you’ll fall victim to a fatal attack. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where treasure awaits at the end of a rainbow. Instead, perpetrators carrying guns and knives along with other harmful weapons roam the streets of urban areas, waiting to claim their next victim. Body armor is a necessity in crime […]

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Money Mondays: Stop Wasting Food and Save Money!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was catching up on my article reader and found these two articles about food waste that riled me up: About 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage  and Top 20 Foods Wasted It is such as shame that so much food is wasted while other people are going hungry.   We can’t do anything about industrial food waste, but we can certainly minimize throwing away good […]

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How To Help Your Family Find Important Documents

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Have you ever had to help another family member or friend find important documents? It’s not fun, trust, me. Here’s the deal, you may have a loved one get hurt, become incapacitated or even die. Well, as sad as it is, life goes on. If they have a mortgage payment, car payment, business expenses, utility bills, or whatever, those still need to be paid. First of all, where do they bank, does anyone sign on their accounts so bills can continue to be paid on time? Do they have automatic payments, will there be money in the accounts to cover those bills if they miss a paycheck.

I have witnessed electric meters being removed from houses, not because the people didn’t have the money, they just forgot to pay the bill. After it’s removed, you may have to pay a reinstall hookup penalty fee.

If you want to help the elderly in your neighborhood, have a potluck brunch and invite those who would like to set up automatic payments on some of their bills. You can show them how to do it and save their logins and passwords in my binder contents. I realize a few people like to write checks to pay bills, but let’s help those who may think banks are not trustworthy or inconvenient. Here’s the deal, nothing is worse than having bills paid late and then incur a late fee. Automatic payments are the way to go, my friends.

Yes, people can go online and pay their bills, but life is so much easier if you budget your money and the bills are paid in a timely manner automatically. Of course, you can’t just knock on the door of your neighbors and say “hey, can I help you set up your automatic payments?”

We need to be neighbors first, friends, and then be someone they trust. I have helped several people on my street with automatic payments. I will never discuss anything private with anyone else. I was in banking and did mortgages for years. I’m extremely private and would never share the fact that I even did mortgages for my neighbors or set up auto payments. That’s how I roll.

If you do in fact organize a brunch, print out the emergency binder documents at a copy center on card stock (the link is below) and have people bring a binder (preferably zippered) to put together an emergency binder. If you have five minutes to evacuate your home, all your important documents will be in the binder.

Find Important Documents

Please remember to keep your emergency binder in a safe and secure place. Here are some items you may want to purchase to place in your binder:

  1. I have the link for you to easily print these pages at the bottom of this post. I suggest you get some colored tabs (ten tabs) to go with your binder like these: Avery Extra wide Ready Index Dividers, Laser/Ink Jet, 9.5 x 11 Inches, Assorted, 10 Tabs, 1 Set (11165)
  2. Get some zippered binder pockets like these: Cardinal Expanding Zipper Binder Pocket, Clear, 3/PK (14201)
  3. I used baseball cards pages or photo pages similar to these: Avery Horizontal Photo Pages, Acid-Free, 4 x 6 Inches, Pack of 10 (13406)
  4. I also purchased binder pockets like these: Avery Binder Pockets, Acid-Free, Pack of 5 (75254)
  5. Page protectors like these: Avery Standard Weight Sheet Protectors, Pack of 25 Sheet Protectors (75530)

Emergency Binder Tabs

Tab #1

Important contact information documents the names of those you would want to be notified in case of emergency with phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. Please remember, if we lose power and you are unable to charge your phone all the contact information in your phone may not be available for a long time.

Photo Pockets: It’s a good idea to have two pictures of your family members or friends in case you get separated in an emergency. This way you keep one picture and you post another picture of someone on a “search and find” wall should you get separated.

Pet information is critical, please put the most up to date vaccinations and rabies shot information in your binder.

Tab #2

Bank and Investment Accounts, this will help your loved ones know all the accounts you have so they won’t go to the government if they become dormant with zero activity for years.

Tab #3

Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Religious Documents, School Graduation Papers, etc.

Tab #4

“Zippered Bag” is for your original passports, Copies of your driver’s licenses, concealed weapon permits, Social Security cards, Medicare cards, etc.

Tab #5

Medical/Dental Information” and “Insurance Information, this is a great section to put the names and phone numbers of your doctors and prescriptions you are taking

Tab #6

“Accounts/Website Access Codes” this section needs to be kept in a safe place, as well as all of the documents listed above in all the tab areas.

Tab #7

“Zippered Bag” is available to start collecting small bills like ones and fives. If we lose power the ATM machines will NOT work. The GAS PUMPS will NOT work.

Tab #8

“Titles” this section is where you’ll want to place your titles to cars, boats, home. etc.

Tab #9

“Will/Family Trust” this is where you could place the most important sections (copies at least) of your trust and/or wills.

Tab #10

I left this section empty so you may put anything else that you may need or want should you have to leave you home ASAP.

I know a lot of people have copied my emergency binder contents and even charge for them. Mine are free, and all you have to do is download them. I prefer cardstock, but paper works fine too. Please help your family, friends, and neighbors find important documents to put in a binder so they are ready to grab and go in case of an unforeseen emergency.

Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download  Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left-side of your laptop or computer monitor. Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer.

How To Put The Binder Together by Linda

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4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can

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Editor’s note:  We always recommend everyone keep a spare can opener around, but should you find yourself without one, it is good to know a few other ways to open a can. 4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can Written by Luisa Brenton Your face falls. The cold sweat breaks out. You look around at the deep wilderness that encircles your campfire and family. You shout, “Whaddaya mean nobody brought a can opener?” It can happen to everybody. That’s the problem […]

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4 Special Ammo Types You Should Know About

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Sponsored post by Ammunition Depot, where you can find a wide variety of ammo online.   The world of bullets is even more vast and expansive than the selection of firearms. Each ammunition is designed to perform a specific task from a specific firearm. Pairing the best ammo for your desired goal will offer astounding results compared to simply relying on traditional full metal jacket rounds. Some special types of ammo have unique effects or features. Here are a few […]

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Caring for your Feet in a Collapse

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Written by Ben Ayad Often the unsung hero of the bugout or survival situation, our feet do the walking, carrying and running from threats. We buy nice coats to keep us warm, gloves to protect our hands and even glasses to protect our eyes. Our feet rarely get the same consideration. If you find yourself on your feet with a pack on your back for any duration you will wish you took these precautions. We are going to discuss six […]

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Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques

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Editor’s note:  A few weeks ago, we posted  Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache  which generated a lot of reader interest.  Today, James Walton is back with Tips and Techniques to show you how to make your own. Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques By James Walton We are going to take a second deeper dive on the topic of burying a powerful communications cache in times of disaster. In the first article, we focused […]

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What You Need In Your Emergency Vehicle Kits

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If your family is planning some road trips soon, please consider having some emergency vehicle kits stored in your car so you’re ready to survive situations that arise when we least expect them. It’s better to have too many emergency items than none at all. I remember the car would be packed and I would say to the kids, “has everyone used the bathroom, we will be driving for a few hours before we stop for a potty break?” I always like the gas tank filled up the night before so all we have to do is load the car and start the trip.

Typically before we hit the 50-mile mark someone needed to use the bathroom or wanted a snack. We usually took a cooler with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lots of water. Add some carrot sticks, sliced apples and we’re good to go.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

I’ve been a little frustrated with the set of emergency vehicle kits I made several years ago. I had Husky bags with food and water, a Bridgestone bag filled with car items I purchased at Costco. I had also used an ammo can for first aid items. I confess it was a dumb idea. It seemed like whenever I needed some adults and kids OTC drugs and especially Benedryl, I had to open several bags to find it. Good grief, I would get so frustrated I decided I had to redo them.

I found a DeWalt toolkit with a tray at Home Depot for about $46.00, it’s sturdy and has heavy duty clamps. I kept the other two bags but filled them differently. I’ll explain what I did below. I decided to bag the ammo can, I will use it for different project another day.

Just so you know, we have one car that is a 2009 Honda CRV so we had to keep the containers small but have stuff we need in case of an unforeseen emergency. We always keep bottles of water in every cup holder in the car at all times. We live in the desert and it’s critical we have water. We can use it to drink or pour the water on our heads to cool us down.

I rotate the OTC adult and kids drugs every six months or so. I replace batteries every six months as well since here in the Southern Utah heat they have such a short shelf-life.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits

My new DeWalt Emergency Container rocks! I love it.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

OTC Drugs Needed

Here’s the top shelf in the DeWalt toolkit for the OTC drugs I can find quickly now! Yay! I’m so excited to be able to open that container, first!

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Mini-First Aid Kit

The pile below is located underneath the top rack in the DeWalt container shown above. It’s a blanket, duct tape, every kind of bandaid and first aid kit item I may need. It’s condensed big time compared to my first aid kit that goes with my 72-hour kits, but I have a small car.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Emergency Toilet Ideas

These items below fit underneath the DeWalt top rack as well. You may have seen my post: Toilet For The Car by Linda. I was thrilled when a reader mentioned the people in Japan use these for potty emergencies: Biffy Bag and another friend told me about these chemicals: Reliance Bio-Blue (keeps the smell down before and after using the #10 can). I put a roll of 4-gallon bags (for refuse disposal) and a roll of toilet paper stored in the #10 can. I keep hand sanitizer in my car at all times so it’s available when needed.

Emergency Vehicle Kits Water and Food

I like the water product called: Blue Cans for long-term storage. They work great in the car because they last for 50 years and they can handle temperatures up to 145-150 degrees. I love this, yes they are pricey, but you get what you pay for when storing stuff for long-term. If you live where you can pick them up without paying for shipping they are a lot cheaper.

I store Thrive Life food pouches of freeze-dried food because you can eat it right out of the package and it has a shelf-life of 25 years. The shelf-life will be shorter in my car because of the heat, but it still works for me. Of course, it’s good to have a can-opener in the car for many reasons. The water on the right below has a shelf-life of 30 years. It tastes like metal to me, but I can use it to cool our bodies down by pouring it over our heads. It is Coast Guard approved, but the taste is not acceptable to me. Just giving you the heads up here.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Needed For Cars

This picture below is the Bridgestone bag I purchased around Christmas time from Costco a few years ago. It was very inexpensive considering all the items inside the bag.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Here’s the deal, fill your emergency vehicle kits with items your family needs. Let me know if you are taking a road trip this year, life is good! I would love to see Mount Rushmore or Niagara Falls. They are on my bucket list. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

PRINTABLE list: Items For Your Car by Linda

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Van: AdobeStock_64628602 by Pixelbliss

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10 Things to Include in Your Office Emergency Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If we had a choice, we’d all prefer to be at home when an emergency happens.  But since we spend eight or more hours at work, there is a good chance an emergency can occur while we are at the office.  Now is a good time to assemble an office emergency kit so you are not caught without supplies just in case. Where to store your supplies You can store your items in […]

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The Seven Principles Of Safe Camping When Bugging Out

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The Seven Principles Of Safe Camping When Bugging Out When life gets monotonous and stale, as it tends to some days, an exciting option to spice it up and add adventure to it is to go out camping in the woods. However, sometimes the goal of a camping trip is fleeing a dangerous situation, and …

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I Tested Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination and This is What Happened

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I received a sample of FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination products.  They are a sponsor, however, this is an independent test. What does the Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination Kit include? The package contains: FAST-ACT Decon Mitt FAST-ACT Sorbent Powder Bottle Set FAST-ACT Microfiber Towel Set FAST-ACT/VapourKlenz Face Mask User Manual What is Fast Act? Fast-Act is chemical hazard containment and neutralization system.  The products work for clean up of: -Chemical residue -Chemical vapors and odors […]

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How to Kill Germs during Flu Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The flu season is in full swing and so many people are sick with the flu or anxious about catching the flu. What can you do to avoid catching the flu from surfaces? Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. When using a public restroom, use a tissue or paper towel after washing your hands to turn off the tap, and open doors. How do you kill flu viruses on […]

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Worried about Finances?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this, the stock market has just experienced its largest sell-off in history.   The negative sentiment was echoed around the world, and today the market is in for a wild ride, according to market analysts.  The experts are saying it due to worries about rising interest rates, inflation, and should stabilize.  People can’t help but feel jittery.   Though there is nothing we can do about the markets, we can focus on […]

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How To Store Emergency Food And Water

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I think we all love to see new ways to store emergency food and water. If you listen or read the news it’s pretty obvious we must be prepared to store emergency food and water today, not tomorrow. I realize most of us have budgets that may keep us from purchasing all the food or water we need to store to be prepared. I get it. But, there is no excuse if you do not have enough food and water in your home this very minute to feed and hydrate your family for at least two weeks. I can hear some of you say, “I’m living paycheck to paycheck.” I think many feel that way but they are somehow doing it. Please don’t make excuses, you are responsible for your family, no one else should be expected to take care of your family.

The government can’t take care of everyone, so if you think they will come to your neighborhood within 24 hours of a disaster, think again. It’s not going to happen. Please don’t think your neighbor down the street will fulfill your needs. I get about 300-400 emails a day from people telling me how they are storing food and water with very little money. I may be on a soapbox today, yes I do this a few times a year because I want people to understand how important it is to be prepared.

I love it when a reader sends me pictures and tells me how she removed her beloved swing from her porch where she enjoyed sipping hot chocolate sitting in it when it was raining. Her name is Robbie, and she talked her sweet husband into adding a small section onto the porch to give her a larger pantry to stock food and water for emergencies. I love this! I asked her permission to share her photos, thank you, Robbie! I call this picture, Robbie’s Store. She fills it so she doesn’t run out of food and replenishes as needed.

Store Emergency Food Pantrystore emergency food

Here’s the deal, people will ask me how much food to store. That’s a very good question, but there are so many variables.

Store Emergency Food Boxes

I’ve seen boxes of emergency food storage at Costco where the pictures of the food on the box look fabulous. But if you look closer the box may say  “feeds a family of four for three days.” Really? I think not. Unless you eat only 300 calories three times a day. This would not feed Mark. Well, today he would have to eat tomorrow’s allotted food as well so he would feel full.

It’s still a very good way to store emergency food storage. It’s a compact box with packets ready to add water. I don’t buy those boxes because they don’t work for Mark and me. But the box will give you a few meals that you can make with very little work. Emergency food storage is critical to have on hand no matter what you decide works for you.

Now, I don’t calculate my emergency food storage by calories. I don’t count calories now. I probably should since I would be thinner, but that’s how I roll. Today, I want to show those readers who have not seen how I store my emergency food a glimpse of how you may want to do it.

Store Emergency Food Racks

These shelves I purchased online from Costco that are more heavy duty than the ones you can purchase from the store. They are 72 inches tall by 48 inches wide and 18 inches deep. They have heavy duty wheels with locks to keep them in place, or I can roll them when needed.

store emergency food

If you have questions about the amount of food you may want to store, I have it all spelled out in my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli

Here’s a picture showing food storage in cases under bunk beds:

store emergency food

I have a wonderful friend, named Alex Tarsha who designed these shelves years ago with studs on the wall. He sold his blog called Survive Hive, but I couldn’t find the directions to make these. I shared his post about these back on February 27th, 2014. You may want to check out the website, I like the it.

store emergency food

Store Emergency Water

Now, let me show you how I store some of my water, it may or may not work for you. As you know, I highly recommend storing four-gallons of water per person per day. We need it for cooking, hydrating, washing dishes and some for personal hygiene. This picture below shows how I store 56-gallons of water underneath a queen size bed in my guest room. The containers are the 3.5-gallon size WaterBricks and I preserve the water in all of my containers with Water Preserver so I only have to rotate the water every five years compared to bleach which needs to be rotated every six months. Water Under A Queen Bed by Linda

store emergency food

If you have a dresser you can put on an angle you may be able to store water behind it like what is shown in the picture below. I purchased 12 cases of water that stores for 50 years up to temperatures of 145 degrees. Yes, they are very expensive, but it’s water I will drink and enjoy every drop of it. I saved for three years to buy these. Just giving you the heads up. Blue Cans Trust me on this one, it’s the best tasting water I have ever tasted.

store emergency food

You may want to consider purchasing water filters or purifiers. If you have contaminated water coming out of your local city water lines you may be instructed to halt all water use. I have seen this many times right here in the USA over the last few years. Government officials made mistakes hooking up lines in several cities right here in Utah. Officials also did not disclose the lead in the water lines in Flint, Michigan, as you may remember until a doctor started questioning the health of kids in the area.

I will not drink, cook or wash any fruits or vegetables with my tap water. I don’t trust those in charge of keeping our water safe. I use a system called reverse osmosis which removes up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses out of my water.

Just a note here, I went to the city of Farmington, Utah back in 1983 when my family lived there. I took a white coffee cup filled with water that was yellow that I dispensed from my kitchen faucet. I asked the city what was wrong with our water, it was yellow? Keep in mind I had soft water so it was not mineral. They said I shouldn’t worry about it. Well, that’s the last day I have ever had a drop of water used in my kitchen.

It’s interesting because my neighbors and I started asking why is it that so many people were getting cancer in Farmington, Utah? Our neighborhood. We started walking around the streets and it seemed that in every third house someone had cancer, children, and adults. Why? It was actually questioned on a local TV news station. We never got an answer. I’m pushier now, I would have sent the water to be tested. I was too trusting back then, now I know better.

Please store emergency food and water, you will need it, I promise. May God bless our world.

Stay Hydrated by Linda

Small Home Storage by Linda

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How To Store Emergency Food And Water

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I think we all love to see new ways to store emergency food and water. If you listen or read the news it’s pretty obvious we must be prepared to store emergency food and water today, not tomorrow. I realize most of us have budgets that may keep us from purchasing all the food or water we need to store to be prepared. I get it. But, there is no excuse if you do not have enough food and water in your home this very minute to feed and hydrate your family for at least two weeks. I can hear some of you say, “I’m living paycheck to paycheck.” I think many feel that way but they are somehow doing it. Please don’t make excuses, you are responsible for your family, no one else should be expected to take care of your family.

The government can’t take care of everyone, so if you think they will come to your neighborhood within 24 hours of a disaster, think again. It’s not going to happen. Please don’t think your neighbor down the street will fulfill your needs. I get about 300-400 emails a day from people telling me how they are storing food and water with very little money. I may be on a soapbox today, yes I do this a few times a year because I want people to understand how important it is to be prepared.

I love it when a reader sends me pictures and tells me how she removed her beloved swing from her porch where she enjoyed sipping hot chocolate sitting in it when it was raining. Her name is Robbie, and she talked her sweet husband into adding a small section onto the porch to give her a larger pantry to stock food and water for emergencies. I love this! I asked her permission to share her photos, thank you, Robbie! I call this picture, Robbie’s Store. She fills it so she doesn’t run out of food and replenishes as needed.

Store Emergency Food Pantrystore emergency food

Here’s the deal, people will ask me how much food to store. That’s a very good question, but there are so many variables.

Store Emergency Food Boxes

I’ve seen boxes of emergency food storage at Costco where the pictures of the food on the box look fabulous. But if you look closer the box may say  “feeds a family of four for three days.” Really? I think not. Unless you eat only 300 calories three times a day. This would not feed Mark. Well, today he would have to eat tomorrow’s allotted food as well so he would feel full.

It’s still a very good way to store emergency food storage. It’s a compact box with packets ready to add water. I don’t buy those boxes because they don’t work for Mark and me. But the box will give you a few meals that you can make with very little work. Emergency food storage is critical to have on hand no matter what you decide works for you.

Now, I don’t calculate my emergency food storage by calories. I don’t count calories now. I probably should since I would be thinner, but that’s how I roll. Today, I want to show those readers who have not seen how I store my emergency food a glimpse of how you may want to do it.

Store Emergency Food Racks

These shelves I purchased online from Costco that are more heavy duty than the ones you can purchase from the store. They are 72 inches tall by 48 inches wide and 18 inches deep. They have heavy duty wheels with locks to keep them in place, or I can roll them when needed.

store emergency food

If you have questions about the amount of food you may want to store, I have it all spelled out in my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli

Here’s a picture showing food storage in cases under bunk beds:

store emergency food

I have a wonderful friend, named Alex Tarsha who designed these shelves years ago with studs on the wall. He sold his blog called Survive Hive, but I couldn’t find the directions to make these. I shared his post about these back on February 27th, 2014. You may want to check out the website, I like the it.

store emergency food

Store Emergency Water

Now, let me show you how I store some of my water, it may or may not work for you. As you know, I highly recommend storing four-gallons of water per person per day. We need it for cooking, hydrating, washing dishes and some for personal hygiene. This picture below shows how I store 56-gallons of water underneath a queen size bed in my guest room. The containers are the 3.5-gallon size WaterBricks and I preserve the water in all of my containers with Water Preserver so I only have to rotate the water every five years compared to bleach which needs to be rotated every six months. Water Under A Queen Bed by Linda

store emergency food

If you have a dresser you can put on an angle you may be able to store water behind it like what is shown in the picture below. I purchased 12 cases of water that stores for 50 years up to temperatures of 145 degrees. Yes, they are very expensive, but it’s water I will drink and enjoy every drop of it. I saved for three years to buy these. Just giving you the heads up. Blue Cans Trust me on this one, it’s the best tasting water I have ever tasted.

store emergency food

You may want to consider purchasing water filters or purifiers. If you have contaminated water coming out of your local city water lines you may be instructed to halt all water use. I have seen this many times right here in the USA over the last few years. Government officials made mistakes hooking up lines in several cities right here in Utah. Officials also did not disclose the lead in the water lines in Flint, Michigan, as you may remember until a doctor started questioning the health of kids in the area.

I will not drink, cook or wash any fruits or vegetables with my tap water. I don’t trust those in charge of keeping our water safe. I use a system called reverse osmosis which removes up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses out of my water.

Just a note here, I went to the city of Farmington, Utah back in 1983 when my family lived there. I took a white coffee cup filled with water that was yellow that I dispensed from my kitchen faucet. I asked the city what was wrong with our water, it was yellow? Keep in mind I had soft water so it was not mineral. They said I shouldn’t worry about it. Well, that’s the last day I have ever had a drop of water used in my kitchen.

It’s interesting because my neighbors and I started asking why is it that so many people were getting cancer in Farmington, Utah? Our neighborhood. We started walking around the streets and it seemed that in every third house someone had cancer, children, and adults. Why? It was actually questioned on a local TV news station. We never got an answer. I’m pushier now, I would have sent the water to be tested. I was too trusting back then, now I know better.

Please store emergency food and water, you will need it, I promise. May God bless our world.

Stay Hydrated by Linda

Small Home Storage by Linda

Copyright picture (featured image only): AdobeStock_109228559 by Aleksandar Kosev

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A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a disaster, you may initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, and the feeling worsens when you hear about what other people are doing and you haven’t even started yet. Don’t let all this worry get you down; the most important thing to do is to get started.  Whether you live in a small apartment or a small home, […]

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What Happens if Your City Runs Out of Water?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was checking out various news sites and learned about the latest crisis in Capetown in South Africa.  The city is rapidly running out of the water, because of a prolonged drought brought about by El Nino conditions.  Their water crisis has gotten so bad that officials are expecting to see supplies run about by April 12th if usage continues at the current rate.  April 12 is being named as Day Zero, an […]

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How To Be Prepared To Feed Families After A Natural Disaster

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Are you prepared? If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you are, or you’re at least trying to be prepared. Can you feed families who have not prepared for a natural disaster? I feel I am over the top prepared, according to some people. I don’t really care for the word survivalist. It’s not me, but I am prepared for the unexpected. I was a prepper before the word became popular. It’s a way of life for me and I know it is for so many of you as well. I applaud you, and you know it! I love hearing from you that you are doing what you can to be prepared for a natural disaster or whatever comes your way.

Somedays, I wonder if we can feed families that have maybe only one or two days worth of food in their pantry. I’m aware families have been told by a few churches, and government agencies to store food for emergencies. I have been at luncheons and I will casually ask people sitting at my table, “Have you thought about storing food and water for emergencies?” Some people have said, “I can’t afford to buy any extra food or water to store.”

Feed Families-Church Food Assistance

I have also heard someone say they were in a church food assistance program and said they have to throw out the excess cans of tuna they were given because they can only eat so much tuna. Oh, yes, I was in shock, I couldn’t say anything. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Well, you know what I mean. I was shocked and disappointed that they didn’t think to save those cans for an emergency or give the cans to others in need. At some point, food handouts will stop, right?

Feed Families-Church Serves Food

feed families

There is a wonderful church (not this picture) in Southern Utah that serves food to families in need every Sunday from donations they receive from local grocery stores, other churches and out of their own pocket. The pastor told me once “This may be the only meal these people get all week.” I have seen him and his family at Costco piling up food for their Sunday meals. It’s humbling and a blessing to all those involved.

Feed Families-Where To Start

  1. We need to teach our families to be self-reliant and not depend on other people or family members unless they have no other choice (stop entitlement).
  2. Our families must feed, clothe, and hydrate themselves without government assistant (stop entitlement).
  3. Every family should jot down what they eat each week and throw another can of food in the grocery basket each time they shop.
  4. All families should have a plan as to how much food they need to store for emergencies. This will help you: Food Storage by Linda
  5. Please store water to hydrate your family. I suggest 4-gallons per person per day. Please don’t put yourself and your family in a position that you have to stand in lines after a disaster at the county buildings, prepare today, not tomorrow.
  6. You can count on riots shortly after we have a disaster, people get mean when they are hungry and thirsty. Let’s get real here and do our part to be prepared. Think about how many people live in your community and how many of those people can be housed, clothed and fed if there is a true emergency.
  7. It would be very hard for me to turn away hungry people, BUT they have known for years to be prepared. Who is listening?
  8. Please do not use the excuse that you can’t afford to store food storage. You can’t afford NOT to store food storage, or store water. Period. There are cheap foods, for instance, pasta, beans, rice, canned vegetables and canned fruits.
  9. Grow a garden, learn from neighbors how to get started, or visit your local garden nurseries. The food you grow someday may be the only food you have to eat. Learn to dehydrate food when it’s on sale or from your garden. Visit your local farmer’s markets when foods are in their harvest season and producing healthy bounties.
  10. Visit your local State Extension service since they will teach you the safe ways to preserve your food, whether by dehydrating, water bath, or pressure canning. Please be safe in your preservation methods. I see so many dangerous canning ideas on the internet. Four Foods Not Safe To Can by Linda
  11. Learn how to cook from scratch to stretch your grocery budget. Buy the basics and learn how to use them: What You Need In Your Pantry by Linda
  12. Learn to make bread, biscuits, tortillas, and crackers, it will save your life and your budget. Borrow your grandma’s cookbooks or recipe cards. We all need to know how to make the items listed above. Plan a get-together and share your cooking skills. You and those you invite will need them sooner than you think. Trust me on this one.
  13. Invest in a good soup pot. You can make so many good soups with beans, rice, pasta or vegetables. Soup Pot or Dutch Oven
  14. Be prepared to cook without electricity or your gas stove after an unexpected natural disaster. If we have a gas leak we will have to turn off our gas lines. Invest in a Butane Stove and Butane Fuel or an outside Dutch Oven with briquettes. This way you can at least make a pot of soup or boil water.

I hope you realize, and I know so many of you do understand, the urgency at hand to be able to feed families that are not prepared at all. Many of us can feed our family, but how can we teach people that they need to stop depending on help from others, including the government.

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Church: AdobeStock_184629638 by Bettys4240

Rice/Beans: AdobeStock_43398560 by Angela Schmidt

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Please Welcome our New Sponsor: FastAct Chemical Response Products

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am happy to welcome our new sponsor, FastAct Chemical Response products. What is FastAct Chemical Response? FastAct stands for  First Applied Sorbent Treatment – Against Chemical Threats.  They carry a variety of products to protect against: Chemical Contamination Smells/Vapors Release Chemical Attack Chemical or Fuel Spill A chemical emergency can happen without warning, according to Ready.gov.  In a later post, we’ll take a closer look at FastAct products and how they can help you […]

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Survival Uses for Junk Food

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Junk food is much maligned when it comes to nutrition – too much sugar, salt, high in calories and low in nutrients etc.  But if you consume it in moderation, it can be both satisfying and comforting.  I’ve seen emergency food lists that only include staples such as beans and rice, canned meats and vegetables.  There is nothing wrong with these bare-bones lists, however, it can get boring very quickly.  That’s why I […]

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How to Prevent Fake News from Turning Into Identity Theft

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Many people think “fake news” is usually those crazy stories you see on social media and never really consider how these wild stories can affect them personally.   I can tell you the fake news being spread in our neighborhood very recently did not seem all that crazy.   A couple of weeks ago, a letter from “Solid Waste Management” was left in the mailbox of many of our neighbors.  The letter was advising people that they left unacceptable items in their […]

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Build your Grab and Go Binder

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you haven’t done is already, now is a good time to build your “grab and go binder.” This is your handy document keeper that you keep in a safe but accessible place that you can easily grab in the event of a dire emergency and you need to run out of the house. If you’ve already got one, it’s time to review and update it.  Lots of new documents may have been […]

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Money Mondays: A Guide that will Help You Prepare for the Most Likely Disaster that Can Happen to You

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this I just heard Sam’s Club in my neighborhood is closing its doors. Several other locations are closing as well. There has been no warning to the community, or the employees. The report did mention the affected employees will be paid for 60 days so they can be counted as fortunate since they can count on a paycheck for a couple of months. I still feel bad for the workers, […]

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Do you Need RDSL in Your Emergency Kit?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a sample of Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) from Emergent BioSolutions. In a recent article, we discussed how one would prepare for a chemical attack.  This item would be exactly for that purpose. What comes in the package? The package contains: The green packet is 1 active RSDL containing 21 mL of decontamination lotion to be applied to the hands, face, neck and to swipe the inside of a respirator if you […]

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How to Avoid Germs on a Plane

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The cold and flu season is already in full swing, and everyone around me seems to be sick.  With so many states hard hit by the flu, air travel may contribute to the spread of germs.  Many people are already fearful of flying, and the added threat of picking up germs does not help. Because of close quarters on a plane, it is easy to pick up germs while flying.  I am not […]

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Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache

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By James Walton In the event of a crisis, emergency agencies lean heavily on their communications systems. They begin pooling intelligence to assure they know exactly what is happening and to build a picture of what the future looks like. While you may have qualms about how many government agencies do business, its important to understand that not all things theses agencies do is wrong. Some of the processes are very strong and the results get destroyed in the muck […]

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Are you Prepared for a Chemical Attack?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I read an article in Newsweek that the Department of Homeland Security is planning drills to simulate chemical warfare this month.   According to the article, DHS is planning to release inert chemicals into the atmosphere near an abandoned school in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The purpose of the drill is to determine how these chemicals travel when airborne, and whether they can enter structures where people may be sheltering during an attack.  The agency assures the town that […]

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Bombogenesis Headed to the East Coast – Get Ready Now

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The East Coast is experiencing extreme cold this week, with the worst yet to come.  A bomb cyclone, also known as “bombogenesis” is expected tomorrow. What is Bombogenesis? Bombogenesis is a fierce winter storm, with hurricane force winds.  According to the National Ocean Service: “This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is […]

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Happy New Year from Apartment Prepper

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As we celebrate the beginning of another year, I’d like to thank you for making Apartment Prepper a part of your day.  I am grateful to be able to write and share what I’ve learned about preparing for emergencies.  In turn, I’ve also learned a lot from our community of readers.  Your readership encourages me to continue writing this blog.  Though my original intent for this blog was preparing for disasters in an apartment, it has grown to encompass a lot […]

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How to Stay Warm Without Turning up the Heat

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  Are you tired of high heating bills every winter?  Try the tips featured in my latest article in The Allstate Blog: 4 Ways to Stay Toasty Without Turning Up the Heat:   4 Ways to Stay Toasty in Your Apartment Without Turning Up the Heat Keeping your home warm and cozy in winter can be tricky, especially for apartment dwellers who generally have limited options when it comes to altering a unit. But, there are still some things renters […]

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Preparedness Activities You Can Do during the Holidays

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com With many people taking a break to enjoy the holidays, prepping takes a back seat to all the hustle and bustle of the season.  This is understandable.  But there are also opportunities to get a few things done. Discover old recipes and back them up I was looking through my recipe binder while choosing menu items and came across some very old recipes hand-written by friends and family members whom I haven’t seen […]

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Top Features to Look for While Purchasing a Suitable Survival Knife

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Written by Billy, Perkins Knives A survival knife is the one tool which is equivalent to numerous tools that would help you in surviving in the wild. It can take care of many tasks for you to ease your stay in the outdoors. When it comes to survival, choosing the right knife is imperative. Such a knife comes with a whole lot of features and all you need is to be assertive of what you require. Before making a purchase, […]

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How To Make Hot Pepper Cream In 3 Strengths For Arthritis And Joint Pain

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How To Make Hot Pepper Cream In 3 Strengths For Arthritis And Joint Pain Learn how to make your very own pain relieving hot pepper cream/ointment in 3 different strengths to help with all levels of pain! Including joint pain! This article is fantastic, and there is real science behind why making your own natural …

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Know the Warning Signs of Road Rage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week, I wrote about a traffic accident that escalated into a shootout between two drivers.  Road rage is not usually a topic that is covered in emergency preparedness, but if you think about it, a road rage incident can easily turn into a personal disaster.  In the situation that I described, three lives were altered as a result of uncontrollable rage:  one driver was immediately arrested, the other driver was shot in […]

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Urban Prepping: 6 Places You Didn’t Know You Can Stash Stuff

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Urban Prepping: 6 Places You Didn’t Know You Can Stash Stuff The urban sprawl will be filled with more resources than the wilderness. It will be filled with more threats and more people looking for those resources. That doesn’t make it easy. Still, you could have a situation where things are going to work out …

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7 Overlooked Things You Can Find in the Trash that Can be Used for Survival

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Editor’s note:  I’ve written about finding alternate uses for things that are normally thrown in the trash.  The article below provides survival uses for things often found in the garbage. Written by Conrad Novak All too often preppers place their focus almost exclusively on the pregame stages of bugging out. This makes a great deal of sense since the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to survive during a disaster. However, that does not mean you should […]

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Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

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I keep an emergency contact card in my wallet. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a number of years. Here’s why it’s important: Getting Into A Serious Accident If you ever get into a serious accident whereby you are unable to effectively communicate with first responders or anyone else, an emergency contact card in your wallet will provide important contact information. If you are unconscious or unable to communicate, at some point emergency or hospital personnel will want to contact someone about your condition. You will likely have your own drivers license or other ID in your wallet, and

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A Shooting Happened a Block Away from Me

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was meeting some clients in the city when suddenly, we heard the unmistakable sound of gunshots.   They were very loud and in quick succession.  We stopped in mid-conversation and started listening.  The sounds stopped for a second, then another string of shots rang out.   When all was quiet, we looked outside but only saw that traffic on the street was at a standstill.   I was considering calling 911 when I heard multiple sirens.  […]

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