What Happens 72 Hours After Disasters

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Today I want you to think about what may happen the first 72 hours after disasters or unforeseen emergencies happen where you live. Here’s the deal, I want you to picture life in 24-hour increments. I have broken the three 24-hours in sections below so you can picture what will most likely happen within 72 hours after any disaster in any city, county, state or country. It’s plain and simple, let’s get started.

If possible get together with your neighbors to purchase walkie-talkies and set them on the same channel and test them monthly. The old kind we used at Disneyland years ago no longer cut it. They may not be useable because they will not go through blocks of houses. This is the brand an emergency search and rescue guy recommended to a class I taught a few years ago. Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

1. The first 24 hours we will check with neighbors to see who is okay or hurt. If the disaster is big enough we will have limited county or city officials to help the entire area in the short term. It’s not going to happen. Period. We need to be ready to take care of ourselves in many areas. I am talking about water, food, shelter, first aid supplies, tools, cooking devices, etc. We most likely situation is that we will lose electricity. If we use gas to heat our homes that will probably not be available. If you think you will be able to turn on the water faucet, think again, the water supply may have been cut off or contaminated.

The sewer lines most likely will not work either. If you don’t have a portable toilet you better get one this week. Not next week. I will not share my portable toilet with anyone. I know it sounds selfish, but I want my neighbors to know that right now. I hope they have a good shovel to dig a hole for their own toilet, just saying. Here is a post I wrote regarding this issue and how to deal with it: Emergency Toilet For After A Disaster by Food Storage Moms. These are cheap and everyone should have their own emergency toilet or some black garbage bags, kitty litter, and duct tape to use inside their home toilets.

2. The second 24 hours, some people have gone through their bottles of water, emptied their food pantry, or freezer to eat whatever they have available. Remember, every family member needs at least one gallon of water per person per day according to the American Red Cross. I disagree, but I’m sure you know by now that I recommend four gallons of water per person per day. One gallon will not be enough for cooking, washing clothes, or bathing. You will want some baby wipes for what I call spit baths. This is the day you hope you were caught up on the laundry. If not, you will at least want clean underwear. Here is my post about an emergency washing machine: Emergency Washing Machine by Food Storage Moms. Of course, you can use a sink or washtub as well. You shouldn’t just plan on using the bathtub because first of all the water lines might be cut. Second, the sewer lines might backup into your house if you try to drain the water.

3. The third 24 hours will not be fun. You know those BLACK FRIDAY sales that happen after Thanksgiving? Well, after a disaster if the roads are driveable the grocery stores will have lines out the door due to rationing of water and food. Trust me, I will NOT be in any grocery store after a disaster, I do not do Black Friday sales either. I don’t like the pushing and shoving at the stores. Man, just think how the crowds will be looking for water and food. YIKES! Utah, where I live, is ranked #4 for states with personal gun ownership. People get mean when they are really hungry or thirsty and they need to feed their families. Just something to think about. The grocery store shelves will be empty or a bottle of water could cost $20.00 and the store may not have change. Exact dollar amounts will be needed.

Before A Disaster Some People May Think:

1. Why do I keep hearing the phrases get prepared, be prepared and are you prepared?

2. Sometimes people may think nothing will happen to me.

3. The government will have to step in and help us.

4. God or whoever you pray to will take care of me.

5. I can’t afford to buy extra water or food.

6. I can’t afford preparedness items.

7. I don’t have time to learn skills.

8. My neighbor is prepared, I will just go over there.

9. My house is too small to store anything extra.

My Favorite Bartering Items For After Disasters:

1. Ammunition

2. Hard liquor

3. Cigars (do not store cigarettes-they go bad)

4. After a disaster coffee drinkers will barter for instant coffee (Starbuck’s might not be open)

5. Food you grow in your garden (get heirloom seeds you can keep planting year after year if you save the seeds)

6. Basic staples you have stored like flour, sugar, honey, oil, baking powder, baking soda, and spices

7. Skills like bread making, learn to make biscuits and crackers

8. Skills-handyman stuff

9. Skills-quilting and sewing will mend clothes or make clothes for us

10. First aid supplies

11. Chickens and eggs (as long as you have the food to feed them)

12. Meat (grass-fed animals will be a premium)

13. Skill of hunting for animals to eat (learn how to preserve them)

14. Trading your canned food items (you need to know how to can and preserve your garden)

15. Water and food (be sure and have a way to purify your water) Turn off the water to your water heater before the water becomes contaminated if you hear about a water problem.

16. Fuel for car and cooking

17. Learn to make soap and laundry detergent

18. Lemonade mix, hot chocolate mix or good old sugary Tang, if they still sell it (these will make water taste better)

19. Cooking oil, any kind will be sought after

20. Cooking devices for outside cooking with fuel

I am not saying run out and buy everything on this list. We will all need the skills to help each other. We must all be able to bring something to the table in order to help one another. We are responsible for ourselves, no one else is going to take care of us.

If and when our economy crashes you may not have that Social Security check, retirement check, paycheck or pension check in the mail or deposited, think again. People keep telling us to pay off our houses, pay cash for cars, stay out of debt and be prepared for the unexpected. Have cash, precious metals and things to barter. It’s human nature to think that disasters only happen to other people living elsewhere.  If that is the approach you’ve taken up to this point in your life, think again.  Disasters can come our way in many forms, like getting sick and unable to work, losing your job due to layoffs or company closures, accidents happen, whether in your car or at home doing projects.

You may have the best plans to make your home safe and secure, but your neighbor may have a fire disaster just waiting to happen by storing dangerous fuels in the garage or on the side of the house. If their home goes up in smoke yours may be next based on wind and ashes. I read an article this week about a drunk driver that drove through the front of a home, nearly killing the occupants. They were lucky the car didn’t burst into flame. You may think that disasters only come in the form of flood, tornado, hurricane, earthquake and other causes we call Mother Nature. Sure, we need to think of these and be prepared, but more often than not it’s the surprise events outlined above that bring the most heartache and challenges to families. Do your homework and be as prepared as your time and finances can allow.  You’ll be glad you did, and so will those living with and near you.

May God bless you and your family to have the means to be prepared for the unexpected one step at a time.

My favorite things:

My Book (available in every bookstore online or in the world): Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack

Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters

Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case

12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Lodge L12CO3 Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven, 6 quart

Kingsford Products 31212 Natural Organic King Charcoal (2 Pack), 16.7 lb

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How To Use Zip-Ties in An Emergency Situation

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How To Use Zip-Ties in An Emergency Situation Your imagination is the key to survive an emergency situation. It doesn’t matter if you’re stranded in the woods or in the concrete jungle. Putting your mind to good use and using the items you have can save the day. Having a few simple zip-ties in your …

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How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area

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How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area A survival map is an important part of any survival kit. There is no excuse not to have one because getting one is quick, easy, and free. Print maps of all areas you may need in the event of an emergency. If you have a …

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$3 DIY Bamboo Longbow

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$3 DIY Bamboo Longbow The long bow! One of the earliest weapons made by man. You can make your own from Bamboo for around 3 bucks! This is pretty powerful and will be plenty adequate to hunt small game and maybe even mid size animals. I found a great tutorial that shows you how to …

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The Cricket Trailer: RV with Low Costs to Combat High Gas Prices

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The Cricket Trailer: RV with Low Costs to Combat High Gas Prices The Cricket trailer is a great option for a camping or bug out trailer. Low cost, lots of usable space. This trailer will quite literally rock your world. Before you start reading this could I trouble you to vote for this website as …

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How To Make An Archer’s Thumb Ring From Bone, Antler Or A Spoon

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How To Make An Archer’s Thumb Ring From Bone, Antler Or A Spoon I am no expert what so ever on archery or hunting with bows… That being said I did a little research and learned that you can have a steadier aim and hold the bow drawn longer than most people who do not …

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How To Make A Rash Treatment Salve

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How To Make A Rash Treatment Salve If SHTF or you are trying to be more natural and you suffer with skin ailments this is a great treatment for you. When making salve, it’s always best to first consider what you are attempting to treat. Always get the ingredients from a trusted shop or even …

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A Canoe That Can Fit Inside a Backpack

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A Canoe That Can Fit Inside a Backpack Ori Levin designed a full sized canoe that’s completely collapsible and can be stored in a bag that’s only 5 x 9 x 28 inches big. Basically, you can have a boat in your backpack. This amazing product Called the Adhoc Canoe, only weighs 9 pounds and …

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Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar

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Storing Vegetables Without A Root Cellar Most people think that if you don’t have a root cellar, you can’t store vegetables long term. That simply isn’t true! Each vegetable can be stored for longer than normal with just a few tweaks here and there, depending on which vegetables you want to store. You really don’t …

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What Are You Waiting For To Be Prepared

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What are you waiting for to be prepared? Maybe you are prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel. Maybe you are prepared with 72-hour kits. Here’s the deal, whatever you have done to be prepared for the unexpected you need to pat yourself on the back. I’m now getting requests to speak at preparedness groups for the month of September. You may or may not realize that September is designated as National Preparedness Month. I think people are starting to realize that it doesn’t have to be a major disaster for you to consider being better prepared. Being prepared is having the tools you need when you need them. Those tools could be water, food, skills, a garden, or at least know how to garden. Please get prepared with the necessities your family needs today, not tomorrow.

If we have a major disruption in our communities our grocery stores will become empty very quickly. Trust me, I have seen empty store shelves. Now I drive to local stores to take pictures of the empty shelves after a minor disruption here so I can share that information with my readers in hopes they get the vision of why being prepared is important. I don’t need anything, I just want to be aware of what the stores will look like when we have floods, damaged roads that are closed from too much rain, fires or other disruptive events.

What are you waiting for:

If you can take one night a month, or one night every quarter at the very minimum, and make a plan with your family for evacuations, I would love it. You don’t have to make it a scary experience, just explain where you can meet, what to do and where to go if you are separated. Can you imagine your child walking home from school and an earthquake starts rumbling? If you have a plan they will know what to do and where to go. Will they be scared, probably, but not as scared if you had never talked about a plan after the disaster hits your community. If the family is home, hurray, but that isn’t always the case, and you may still need to evacuate the whole family. This past week over 200,000 people we forced to evacuate an area down river from an overfilled dam that was showing damage from recent storms. That was in California, north of Sacramento. Those people couldn’t return home for at least two days. I’m sure most of those people never thought they’d have to leave the safety of their own homes. I wonder how many had their 72-hour kits with them as they drove out of the driveway?

Sometimes people have to hear it over and over again to prepare for the unexpected. Maybe they read about the floods in other areas of the country and it hits them they better get their act together to be prepared to evacuate. Or at least have some water stored and food with a can opener. I can eat food out of a can if I have a can opener. My suggestion is to get at least two can openers. If one breaks you have a spare. I have to laugh, I was teaching a food storage class and one lady said I don’t own a can opener. I was shocked, who doesn’t own a can opener? I asked her how she was going to open the #10 can food items she has stored. She mainly buys fresh meat and vegetables for her meals. I bet she has a can opener now. Life is good if we have a can opener and a plan. KitchenAid Can Opener, Red

Here are a few items that would help you get through a short-term disaster:

  1. Water, we can’t survive without water and I will not be standing in lines to get a case of water at the city or county buildings after our water lines are broken or our local water supplies become contaminated. Please store water.
  2. Food, I don’t care if it’s a few extra cans of beans, green beans or diced tomatoes in a can. Chili in cans would work, pancake mix, etc.
  3. Cooking devices, this is one of my favorites: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  4. Storing a few extra paper plates, cups and plastic silverware would be awesome so we don’t have to use our water to wash dishes.
  5. Learn to make crackers, tortillas or bread because if you have a jar of peanut butter, canned beans, canned veggies, and fruits you have a meal or two sitting in your pantry.
  6. Learn to cook from scratch, you can survive any disaster with those skills and a full pantry with baking items needed.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, you must take care of yourself and your family. The government can’t take care of everyone. Please be self-reliant, you can sleep at night if you are prepared. May God bless you and yours.

My favorite things:

My book is available worldwide in every bookstore and online everywhere.

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

 

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Survival Gear Review: Best Glide Survival Fishing Kit

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Best Glide Fishing Kit

It better be an emergency if you use this thing, because this is not your Daddy’s tackle box.  best_glide_emergency_survival-fishing-kitAll 3 versions of the Best Glide Survival Fishing Kits (Standard, Basic, Compact) are pretty sparse but that is why they are called emergency fishing kits.  If you are building your own Bug Out Bag, I think you could do better with a few hours at the local fishing store creating a small tackle box for you and your family.  But, if you are lazy or just want a cheap insurance policy to throw in your emergency kit, the Best Glide kits will cover your basics.

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I would not stake my life on this product but for the size and the weight, it is worth having with you if you don’t have any other options.  Out of the 3 choices, I personally like the Standard version (which you can buy on Amazon for around $20).  Take a look, we tried to fish with the standard version using just a stick, no luck catching a fish but we only tried for about an hour before giving up.  In a survival situation, you might be there a while.  Watch the video below, see what you think.  Like I said, I built my own but I am old school.

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our local news announced that statistics for the number of flu cases has spiked this week.  I’m not surprised.  I’ve noticed a lot of co-workers coming to work while sick.  The most common comment when asked about their condition is, “I’m so miserable, I don’t even know what I have.” How can you tell whether you have a cold or the flu?   (I am not a doctor; so this is not medical […]

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Straw Bale Homes

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 Straw Bale Homes You may look at this post and say this is ridiculous, and that is the very thing I thought before researching into this concept more. You may think that you can huff and puff and blow this house down, but unless your name is Superman, think again.  The Straw Bale hasn’t been around nearly …

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Now Your 4×4 Can Go Anywhere With Track N Go

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Now Your 4×4 Can Go Anywhere With Track N Go Turn almost any vehicle into the ultimate bug out machine with Track N Go. I have to share this AWESOME product with you, I first saw a grainy video on Facebook and I was in awe! I couldn’t stop watching… So I did some digging and …

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Useful Machines Made From Bicycles That Could Be Very Handy

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Useful Machines Made From Bicycles That Could Be Very Handy Bicycles will be a much-needed commodity if SHTF. Fuel will have run out after a couple of days and bikes will probably be the only form of transport easily available.I Would even suggest investing in cheap older bikes just for this post! I couldn’t believe how …

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5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago, we got a notice from the apartment manager that one of our neighbor’s units got broken into.  I went to the leasing office to find out the scoop.  Our leasing manager has worked there for 25 years so I knew I could get some information. Some of the most common widely held beliefs about burglaries in apartments turned out to be myths. 5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins: Burglaries happen […]

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How To Pitch A Tent Without Poles In An Emergency

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How To Pitch A Tent Without Poles In An Emergency Knowing how to pitch a tent with no poles may not sound like life saving knowledge.. but if you think about things for a second it actually is! Say you are camping and you forgot the poles, what happens if a bear ruins the poles …

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Why You May Need To Stockpile Supplements For SHTF

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Why You Need To Stockpile Supplements For SHTF I am not a doctor or a medical professional this is for information purposes only. Please consult with a medical professional if you have any questions or you start to take any supplements. Even in healthy people, multivitamins and other supplements may help to prevent vitamin and …

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Do It Yourself Sweet Cream Butter

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DIY Sweet Cream Butter Making butter is really easy, I make it all the time when I am home over the summer! I personally LOVE sweet cream butter over any other butters. I love the rich flavor it gives and again it’s so easy to make. Knowing how to make butter if SHTF is a …

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate

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How To Make Hot Ice Using Homemade Sodium Acetate Before you attempt this please do it with safety glasses on and be careful, as with any chemicals. You do this at your own risk please take the time to read our disclaimer Sodium acetate or hot ice is an amazing chemical you can prepare yourself from …

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Disasters Are More Than Just Your Ordinary Day

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Obviously, disasters are more than just your ordinary day, but they typically start as one. I have been through more than my share of disasters in my lifetime. Some have been major and some not so devastating. Here’s the deal, we need to be prepared every day for whatever comes our way. The first disaster I was involved in was years ago when I was about 16 years old. I lived where snow was falling so beautifully all over the lawns, the sidewalks, and the streets. The trees and bushes in the yard looked just like a Christmas card. But then the temperatures dropped, and they dropped quickly. I had never seen an ice storm, literally, roads had become like ice skating rinks. Not really safe to ice skate in the extreme cold weather. The roads were closed for days, then two weeks.

My cousin and I had to walk to the store to get milk, and whatever else we needed at the grocery store. Keep in mind I was 16 and I had a pocket of cash walking in a snow covered sidewalk to the store. I had never lived where it snowed. It was cold, but it was fun because my cousin and I were together and laughing as we walked there. We laughed until we got to the store. There were lines and the food was rationed for families. WHAT? What is rationed? I soon learned we were allowed one gallon or one quart of milk a week, if they had it. I was back east helping my aunt for a few months who had a new baby.

Please keep in mind my mom always had a pantry filled with canned goods and bottled fruits. She made bread and taught her daughters to make bread and to be self-reliant without really knowing it at the time. Oh, how I wish my mom knew she inspired me to be prepared. She died before I was asked to write a book on food storage and emergency preparedness. If you haven’t purchased it, I highly recommend my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation It’s a family friendly book where no weapons are discussed. I wanted the book to be a teaching tool for classes and family meetings. It’s available in stores online or in most every bookstore. I was honored to be asked to write it for people to be prepared for the unexpected.

Just An Ordinary Day:

Typically disasters start out as an ordinary day and can have some warning, or no warning at all. You would think where we live we all would have some way to be alerted as quickly as possible about the minor or major disasters listed below. Yes, we do hear in some cases beforehand, but other times we will not hear for several different reasons.

If you only have cell phones remember that these are not automatically on a Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System. If you are at work, at the park, the gym, driving somewhere and you have your cell phone AND we have a disaster or emergency, your CELL phone will alert you if you have registered your cell phone. You must register your cell phone with your local Reverse 911 Notification System if you want to be notified. You can “Google” Reverse 911 Emergency Notification in your city or county and you should be able to find it. Please do it today!

  • Floods
  • Overfilled rivers, canals and drain pipes gushing with water from excessive rain or snow melting
  • Fires
  • Ice Storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Riots
  • Mass evacuations
  • War
  • Pandemics
  • Railroad derailments
  • Transport accidents
  • Earthquakes
  • Sewer backups
  • Waterlines broken
  • Water contaminated in local water systems

Please be prepared for the unexpected, a disaster or unforeseen emergency could strike your neighborhood at any time. Are you prepared with water, food, cooking devices and fuel? Please start with one thing at a time. You do not need to go into debt to be prepared. We can’t think that the government will have supplies for our cities, nope it’s not going to happen for days, weeks or possibly months. Just picture grocery stores empty after a disaster because they will be empty in 24-48 hours at the most. Please remember to store bleach for cleaning up sewage, or whatever, and rotate it every 6-9 months. Trust me, we will need it. Please keep your gas tank 3/4 full and have cash on hand like fives and ones. If we lose power the ATM’s, the gas stations, the pharmacy and some stores will not be able to process your debit or credit card. Hard cash will work if you need it on any not so ordinary day.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20

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Emergency Lighting Under 9 Bucks

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Emergency Lighting Under 9 Bucks Affordable emergency lighting is now at your fingertips! The Luna LED Light is an awesome, very cheap prepping item I would highly recommend to have not only for the home, in case of a power cut, but to keep in a bug out bag and for camping! As you can see …

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How to Make Stone Blades for Wilderness Survival

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How to Make Stone Blades for Wilderness Survival Knowing how to make a sharp edge or a knife in a survival situation is paramount when studying wilderness survival. I think I have just found the best website on the internet  that explains and shows you how to make a stone knife. The information on the …

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5 Ways To Heat Your Home For Free

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5 Ways To Heat Your Home For Free Staying warm for free… I love these projects! With all things that involve flame, please remember to be responsible and do not leave these burning with no supervision. The last thing I would want is you to burn your house down. That being said, in a SHTF …

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6 Ways to Avoid Being Herded into a FEMA Camp

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6 Ways to Avoid Being Herded into a FEMA Camp Having everything you own reduced to a numbered cot in a FEMA camp is not how you want to find yourself in an emergency. It is not only a terrible position to find yourself in, but it could also be a dangerous one. The camps are meant …

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Non-Fiction Must Read Books

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Having “stuff” is cool, but too many people tend to rely on “stuff” in an emergency, when really, keeping your head and thinking your way through things works a lot better. (Ever watch MacGyver?) No preparedness plan is complete without knowledge, because somebody can take your stuff, but they cannot take your mind, (if YOU don’t lose it!).

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Emergency Supply Checklist We All Need

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Sometimes an emergency supply checklist is a way to help us be prepared for the unexpected. If it seems overwhelming to know where to start, I get it. It’s almost like a house that needs to be cleaned and we don’t know which room to start on. Maybe we’re moving and we have a ton of boxes and packing paper staring us in the face. It’s okay, we clean one room, pack one or two boxes and keep going. You do the same thing with food storage and emergency supplies. You start with a few things you use every day and expand the amount. You write down what you eat every day and then buy a few extra things. I designed a food storage checklist a few years ago. If you missed it here it is: Where-Do-I-Start

I used to teach classes, and I still do sometimes, but my schedule is too busy to do much traveling to teach people, so I direct them to my website to learn what they need to do. I have a lot of printables that people can use to get them started. Here is what the document looks like:

Emergency Supply Checklist

I know for years the state, the federal government, the American Red Cross, and many churches suggested a 72-hour kit. I soon learned we need a whole lot more than any 72-hour kit could hold. Yes, I have a list for them too, but with all the chaos that’s going on in our country and around the world, we need more than what’s in that bag. I know, at least we can take it to the schools and churches after a disaster to help get us through the first few days. I’m not, and I repeat, not going to the hills like some preppers suggest with shotguns, etc. At my age, I couldn’t haul the stuff I need to feed my family of two and be able to carry the water too! Here’s the deal, if my house collapses from an earthquake, yep, I will evacuate. I’m not buying a second home up in the hills with a barricade built around it, nope it’s not going to happen. I’m prepared to stay where I am and I can survive most anything. Now, I didn’t get to this point overnight, it’s taken years of preparation, one step at a time. One #10 can, one case of this or that and one bucket of my hard white wheat at a time. You can do this too! One step at a time. Just start with a plan.

  1. Water, one gallon per person per day is suggested by most agencies. I suggest four gallons per person per day. I live in the desert and I will need lots of water.
  2. Food, fill in the blanks on my list above, you can start with one week, then two weeks, then three months. Buy at case lot sales and rotate the food. I always buy instant milk, ingredients that I can use to make pancake, bread, biscuits or crackers. I buy cases of vegetarian refried beans because I love them and I can make tortillas to help consume the beans. I buy rice, cans of cream of chicken soup, canned green chilies, canned diced tomatoes, and beans like kidney, pinto, navy, etc. I buy cases of canned fruits and vegetables. I used to “can” them myself, but now I just buy them.
  3. PRINTABLE first aid supplies: First Aid Kit Checklist by Food Storage Moms
  4. PRINTABLE 72-hour kits: FSM 72-Hour Kits For Adults and FSM 72-Hour Kits For Children and FSM 72-Hour Kits For Pets
  5. Be sure and get a stove that will boil water and cook a few meals when needed. This is the one I bought for all four of my daughters: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves
  6. Get a few good can openers.

Please start today with one can, one case or whatever your budget allows. Remember the government and your neighbors can’t take care of you. You must take care of yourself. PERIOD. It may take days or weeks for anyone else to have food and water available for you. Remember, please be cautious around our truckers on the highway, without them, we cannot survive. Please pray for our truckers who are the only ones that can deliver the food and water to our grocery stores. If you have a mini-farm that’s awesome, but most of us do not. May God bless our truckers.

Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected.

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How to Prep Like the Rich

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently came across such as Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich and a few others that say the elite are preparing for disaster.  Many are concerned about widespread unrest and other large scale catastrophes.   We’ve been writing about preparedness for some time now so I am not surprised.  Anyone who considers how dependent we are on technology, electricity, transportation and infrastructure quickly realizes our way of life can be interrupted by a […]

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100 Things to Disappear First

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You might have seen this list floating around the internet, I don’t know who first created it, or when, but I thought it brought up some interesting points. I took the liberty of reformatting it when I found it skipped items 14 and 15, and added a couple to make 100. One way or another […]

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The 4 Levels Of Preparedness You Should Know

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The 4 Levels Of Preparedness You Should Know Back in the 90s, general preparedness was a normal activity. People were stockpiling food and water in order to be prepared for whatever reason. Nowadays, preparedness is seen as something extreme by the mainstream society. Many people have no idea what it means to be prepared and …

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Why Have a Personal Preparedness Mindset

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Personal preparedness means different things depending on who you are and what your situation is.  To an inhabitant of the Florida Keys, preparedness means having items to outlast a hurricane.  To a city dweller, preparedness might be having a can of mace in her purse. To a survivalist, preparedness might mean having a semi trailer […]

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Be a Better Prepper With Camping!

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Be a Better Prepper With Camping! If you think about it, camping for a prepper is kind of a no brainer as far as training goes. Sadly, few ever take the opportunity to actually go camping for various reasons. Maybe they think they know it all already, or they can’t stand the idea of sleeping …

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Emergency Preparedness-How Prepared Are You

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If I talk about emergency preparedness-how prepared are you is the logical question? I have asked a few people how they feel about preparedness. Some of my questions to friends were like “do you store water?” Other questions have been “how do you feel about food storage” or “how long could your family survive on the food you have stored?” Well, as you may imagine, the answers were all over the board. Here’s the deal, I really try not to be on a soapbox screaming from the rooftops to tell everyone to get prepared. We have to be realistic and recognize the government can’t take care of all of us after a minor or major disaster, at least right away. The local American Red Cross may help in a week or two, possibly a month. We must be self-reliant, that’s it. Period.

I’m not a doomsday prepper and I don’t believe in zombies. I know a lot of people do, I don’t. My life has always been prepared for whatever comes my way. I have been lucky, my husband has never lost his job. We have never had to live on government help. Mark worked three jobs so we didn’t have to take out student loans to get him through college. I ironed clothes (I doubt my daughters even own an iron) I’m thinking this as I write this statement. I babysat kids and cleaned homes to help with income with four daughters under tow. Mark and I never thought anything about it. We just worked hard, and we still do to this day. It’s a way of life for us. I understand people need occasional help from the government. I get it. As long as it’s short term and doesn’t become a way of life or lifestyle, as I call it, I understand. It’s when I hear about families who have been living off the government for ten or more years when they could have tried to do it on their own that I get ticked off.

As you know Facebook sometimes tells us more than we want to hear. Some people almost boast about the fact they are living off the government going on 10-12 years now. Wow, my mom could have used some help as a young single mom with three daughters. She was too proud, she worked and we worked to help her. This is why it’s so critical to have food storage stored. If you or someone in your family loses a job or becomes ill such that they can’t work, are you prepared to feed your family?

Being prepared is a way of life for me and for my daughters. I can boast about my daughters because they are all hard workers and survivors. They are also self-reliant. Of course, all families have a few hiccups, and I have had a few as well. I love the saying from Texas, “I put my boots on and got back in the saddle.” I don’t know where I heard that quote, I believe it was a movie. I use it all the time because I know I have had to put my boots on and get back in the saddle a few times. It’s life, but I know I can survive anything. My daughters can survive anything because they are strong women.

I swear, it was from other’s example to us, but also we grew a garden and we “canned” every food we could get our hands on that was free or cheap. I know work teaches kids how to be self-reliant. Please note this past year I “pressure canned” chicken for the first time while earning my Master Preserver Canning Certificate. It was a really fun class!!

If you have a disaster or unforeseen emergency in your neighborhood is anyone prepared with water, food, gardens, first aid kits, cooking devices, fuel or general preparedness skills? I am extremely worried where I live. I can’t take care of everyone, it’s not going to happen. I will be willing to cook meals with help and shared food and water. My fear is the lack of both on my street. I know possibly seven families out of 1200 families that are prepared for a disaster in my subdivision. I would love to move where there are like-minded people, but economically it’s not going to happen.

I’m concerned for the truckers and their safety if the roads are shut down and the people are trying to loot the trucks because the grocery store shelves are empty. People get mean and crazy when they are hungry and their kids are crying for a drink and something to eat. For the survival of your family, please get prepared for the unexpected.

Preparedness:

I quote from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Preparedness is “A state of adequate preparation.” The key word here is “adequate,” meaning enough supplies stored to keep your family hydrated with water, fed with food, blankets and fuel sources to keep them warm, and having first aid supplies at the very minimum so your family can be prepared for the unexpected.

Please start today if you haven’t already:

  1. Water, one to four gallons per person per day minimum WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue with water preserver: 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety
  2. Food
  3. First Aid supplies
  4. Blankets
  5. Cooking devices with fuel stored
  6. Emergency binder holding your important documents
  7. 72 hour-kits, at the very least
  8. Pictures of family members so you can post pictures if you get separated after a disaster
  9. Make a plan with your family today so all members know where to meet if you are not home when a disaster hits
  10. Buy 90-day prescriptions, if possible (they are usually cheaper if you pay cash, ask your doctors for refills)
  11. Communication, talk with your neighbors to have a walkie talkie on the same channel. I only have three families linked with my channel. No one else sees the need or has the desire to get walkie talkies (think Pandemic, I will not leave my house) Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)
  12. Flashlights, please get one for every family member. Trust me, you will need them. These are my favorite because they don’t need batteries: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

Sometimes you have to see, read or hear articles before it really hits you that these needs are real and may save lives. This is the article I hope helps just one family do what they should be doing. Make a preparedness plan, today, not tomorrow and make sure all your family knows and understands what needs to be done, don’t take it all on yourself. May God bless those who have prepared for the unexpected. If you can move where there are like minded people, seriously consider it. Do it now!

 

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Easy DIY Forge Out Of An Old Sink

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Easy DIY Forge Out Of An Old Sink Easy DIY project we all could at least try and get some sort of blacksmithing skills before SHTF. I love the simplicity of this forge set up.I think having a little knowledge of this old skill could come in very handy if SHTF. Not only is this …

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7 Emergency Water Sources for Apartment Dwellers

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water. A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency. However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time. To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency, store enough water for drinking as […]

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Diseases to Fear in the Aftermath of SHTF

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Diseases to Fear in the Aftermath of SHTF This topic is very important and mostly gets overlooked. Prepare now because there will be no hospitals if SHTF. Sorry if that sounded to harsh, but it’s true! If SHTF today, in a week or so people will be going crazy, they will be trying to get …

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DIY Mini Bio-Gas Plant Using Decomposable Organic Material

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DIY Mini Bio-Gas Plant Using Decomposable Organic Material Did you know you can produce your own gas to cook with from decomposable organic material and kitchen waste? Well, you can 🙂 The bio-gas produced from food waste, decomposable organic material, and kitchen waste consists of methane and a little amount of carbon dioxide. It is a …

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15 Survival Medical Supplies You May Have Missed

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15 Survival Medical Supplies You May Have Missed We’re all well aware that medical supplies, equipment, and specially qualified assistance will be tough to get hold of after most any disaster, especially longer term situations. With that in mind, I thought I would be a good idea to list several items that would prove useful to …

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Updated Top Barter List You May Want To Consider Stockpiling

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Updated Top Barter List You May Want To Consider Stockpiling Having extra supplies for bartering should be on every prepper’s plan. This enables you to barter for goods or services that you otherwise would be without! You don’t have to have a set list per-say, but think about what you would need if SHTF and …

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It’s Time To Build Your Raised Beds

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 It’s Time To Build Your Raised Beds! It’s nearly that time of year when you have to start building your raised beds and planning your garden. This is my favorite time of the year! Spring and gardening = Awesome. For space efficiency and high yields, it’s hard to beat a vegetable garden grown in raised …

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Books To Help Newbies Prepare

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Books To Help Newbies Prepare There are thousands of articles, posts, stories, and how-to books out there on just about any subject you could ever want to learn about. When it comes to being prepared though, the pool of information to pull from gets smaller. Even with a smaller pool, it can be hard to …

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TV Series for Prepper/Survival Store – Casting Now

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This is a sponsored post. Do you own a survival/ prepper/or custom outdoor gear store?  If so, Glass Entertainment Group wants to hear from you! Glass Entertainment Group, a premier reality TV production company is currently casting for a survival store for a new television series with a major cable network. The store they are looking for is a jack of all trades shop that is centered around wilderness and survival. Please submit a brief bio and include the following […]

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Best Practices For Long Term Food Storage

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Best Practices For Long Term Food Storage When it comes to food preservation, this article is one of the best… It goes over some of the main ways to preserve foods and goes into detail about it. If SHTF we will need to have enough food stockpiled to survive, that’s the plan anyway. So any …

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80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

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80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss? Paracord has so many uses. I have come up with 80 uses for paracord. If you know any more uses please, please, please comment and let me know. 1: Tie tarp to trees 2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc) 3: Emergency para cord wrist band, …

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How To Make Your Own Sugar From Beets

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How To Make Your Own Sugar From Beets With this homesteading project you will learn how to make your own sugar. This project is really easy to do and could save you money on your groceries throughout the year. Sugar would be a great bartering item to have stored too. YES! Make your own sugar! …

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How to Purify Pine Resin and Make Pine Pitch

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How to Purify Pine Resin and Make Pine Pitch Purifying pine resin is the key to make some great wilderness glue also known as pine pitch. Make some today and get some classic wilderness skills down! Well, I have to share this topic with you as my mind has been blown. Let me first start by …

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Ice vs. Heat for Injuries

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment.  My lower back had been bothering me so I asked for some tips for self care.  The chiropractor told me I can use ice to relieve inflammation when needed.  I asked him about applying heat, and he indicated heat is fine for pain relief, but must not be used when inflammation is involved.  I thought it would be good to sort […]

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter

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How To Build A Semi-Permanent Family Shelter Shelter is one of the most important things you need to know how to make in an emergency situation. This awesome, family size shelter is just a large “debris shelter” for all intense and purposes but with the added protection from the rain because of the tarp or …

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Satellite Phone

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Turn Your Smartphone Into A Satellite Phone We all know how cell phones can work on one street and then have no signal on another part of the same street. This makes cell phone not the best option for survival if you get lost in the desert or dense woods. I found a product that …

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The Importance Of A Get Home Bag And A Great Starting List

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The Importance Of A Get Home Bag And A Great Starting List I am sharing this article as I know a lot of you are new to prepping or just looking if it’s something you could do. This artcle is actually from a new prepper who shares her get home bag with us all and …

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Why You May Want To Buy A Blackphone If You Are a Prepper

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Why You May Want To Buy A Blackphone If You Are a Prepper Many of you may have heard about this device recently. I think it’s a great phone for us preppers to have. Check out why I think this below. What is blackphone? The Blackphone on it’s own is an Android 4.4 smartphone with …

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28 Innovative Ways To Upcycle Old T-Shirts

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28 Innovative Ways To Upcycle Old T-shirts I don’t know about you guys, but I have probably a good 30 old T-shirts laying around the house that i tell my wife to keep and not throw away because we could use them if the power goes out to keep warm. After seeing this tutorial I …

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How To Make An Awesome Shirt From A Wool Blanket

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How To Make An Awesome Shirt From A Wool Blanket Have you ever heard anyone say invest in wool? Well I would, It’s getting more and more expensive and it has so much potential when SHTF. Wool is just fantastic… There are several kinds of blends of wool you need to watch out for! There …

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Is Your Entire Family Prepared for Emergencies at All Times?

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By Denis Korn

Is your ENTIRE family prepared for emergencies at all times?
Is your ENTIRE family:

    • Secure
    • Knowledgeable
    • Responsible
    • Patient
    • Prayerful
    • Vigilant

in an emergency situation?

Recent events have brought us catastrophic circumstances that have had devastating and lasting effects on thousands of people around the world.  I pray that you take this advice seriously.   Recent conversations have also motivated me to consider this important article as a foundational article.

I am reminded of a presentation I made some years back to a large gathering of preparedness professionals.  This convention consisted of folks who came from all over the country and of course this meant that they would be gone from their families for a few days.  Bear in mind that at my presentation there were a couple hundred people whose responsibilities included preparedness planning and education for very large companies, organizations, and governmental agencies.

At the beginning of my talk I asked the group how many felt completely confident that in their absence their families were prepared to deal with unforeseen emergencies or disasters – especially significant ones.  Only a few raised their hands!  Since most of these participants were the head of their households, what does it tell you about fulfilling one’s responsibility to protect and keep the family secure in difficult times?

Fortunately over the years the professional emergency management community has become more dedicated to personally embodying what they are responsible for in government and business.  What about the average household?  Is your family prepared for emergencies in all seasons of the year?

It appears that most head of households have the notion that their presence is security enough for the family during an emergency.  This is a dangerous assumption.  The sensible attitude is to ensure that all family members – adults – the elderly – teenagers – and young children, know:

  • What to do
  • How to respond
  • Where to go – or not go
  • Who to contact
  • Where the information and supplies are located
  • How to use and operated essential equipment
  • How to access drinking water
  • How to prepare any food reserves
  • How to communicate with family and emergency personnel
  • How to keep warm in freezing conditions
  • How to have the proper attitude
  • How to pray

 

Instructions should be in writing and the entire family should participate in drills and practices.  Family members – immediate and extended – should know their part during an emergency under all scenarios and given any combination of family members physically present – or absent.

  • Do your children, spouse and other family members know what to do and how to act if a serious emergency occurs and they are not at home?
  • How will your communicate with them or those in their keeping?
  • What if they are at school – what plans does the school have to communicate with parents or guardians?
  • What will the school provide for students?
  • What if they are at work – what plans does the business or organization have to communicate with other family members?
  • What will the business provide for their employees?
  • Does the business or organization have their own contingency plans?
  • Do you have contingency plans for communication and provisioning for your spouse – adult children – younger children when they are away from home at camp, business trip, etc.?
  • What if an emergency occurs while a family member is in their vehicle and in transit?
  • Is your family secure, knowledgeable and responsible?

Between Learn To Prepare and numerous internet websites, there is an abundance of valuable information for the whole family.  Study this information as if your life and your families’ life depended on it – in a significant emergency it does!

 So I ask all of you reading this post:  In your absence is you family adequately educated and prepared to properly respond and survive during a serious emergency situation?  I encourage you to have all family members read the Foundational Articles on the right column of this blog.

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Growing Rice 101 – Free PDF

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Growing Rice 101 – Free PDF Knowing how to grow rice could mean the difference of surviving or dying … Rice is full of carbohydrates and Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and regions with low labor costs and high rainfall, as it is labor-intensive to cultivate and requires ample water. However, rice can be grown …

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How Prepared Is Your Family To Survive Disasters

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How prepared is your family to survive disasters? It may be a minor disaster or an unforeseen emergency in your neighborhood. You may have to be evacuated. Are you prepared to leave your home and go to a shelter if you get a knock on your door from local authorities telling you that you MUST leave your home? We really need to think about what we may want to grab and take with us. My top priority would be my important documents I have stored in a binder in a very secure place. You may know, I designed a binder with FREE printable pages. I have included instructions detailing what you may want to add to your binder, as well. One would be pictures of our family members to be enclosed in the binder in case we get separated from our loved ones. We will keep one picture and post the other picture on a wall so we can hopefully be reunited ASAP.  Here is the download: 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.

Here’s the deal, I have heard that only 10% of the people in Utah are prepared for a disaster or unforeseen emergency. This really bothers me because I can’t provide for my entire street or neighborhood.  I have this percentage based on real numbers from churches, emergency preparedness centers, and neighborhoods where I have taught classes about this very topic in Utah. I’ll bet the percentage of unprepared families is even higher in many other locations, particularly the highly concentrated urban centers. I hear comments like, I don’t know where to start, I don’t have the money to buy groceries, let alone emergency food and supplies. I have also heard people ask what’s the big deal, we have heard we need to be prepared for the last thirty plus years and nothing has happened. Well, this may be true in some areas of the country, but I get emails all the time asking me what to do, and they include comments such as this one “Our neighborhood has been without power for five days now, what would you suggest for cooking, etc?”

These are real people and the emails show me the fear in the families concerned. My heart aches for them because maybe they have never had a minor or major power outage EVER. But they do now. My point is this, we need to be prepared before we need to be prepared. It’s a fact if you turn on the TV and listen to the news, hear it on the radio, or look on Facebook there are emergency issues in numerous places in the USA and throughout the world.

I’m sure you have seen my articles on many emergency preparedness topics. I believe sometimes we have to see the comments about the stuff I have listed below again and again before it sinks in enough to take some action. If even one family gets prepared in the next week, I have accomplished what I have tried to do, inform the world one family at a time. Let’s hope at least 15% of your neighborhood is prepared, that would beat the number of 10% in Utah being prepared for disasters, whatever they may be.

Tips To Survive Disasters:

Talk with your family and make a plan for meeting up after an evacuation or disaster if that should occur. Please make more than one or two choices to meet in case roads are damaged and you are driving carpool or kids to dance lessons.

Store water and food for at least two to three weeks minimum in case you will be homebound because of a major epidemic.

Decide on one or two choices of cooking devices that you could use to boil water or cook a hot meal. Be sure and have the appropriate fuel stored that is required to go with the stoves you plan to use.

Order some N-95 masks to add to your first aid kit. If you don’t have a first aid kit, just think about what will happen if the pharmacies are closed due to power outages. Do you have cough syrups, Tylenol or whatever OTC products you would like if you were unable to get them anywhere due to all stores being closed? It will happen, trust me. It has happened in many cities and states. Here’s my first aid kit that I recommend at the very least to have on hand: First Aid Kit For Survival

Keep up on your laundry and store extra laundry detergent should you need to wash your clothes by hand. You’ve probably seen my emergency washing machine with 6 -gallon buckets and a Gamma lid as a mobile washer: Breathing Mobile Washer – Handheld, portable, non-electric, mobile, manual clothes washing machine. Handle Included.

I would make sure you have a portable toilet because if the power goes out the sewer lines may not work. Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid. I prefer six-gallon buckets so you don’t have to squat down as far: 6 Gallon Bucket with White Gamma Seal Lid Save the Gamma Lid for another bucket you can use to store food.

Please get some good flashlights and store extra batteries, unless you plan to use solar flashlights. I prefer this one: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight or this one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

Keep in mind this list has just the bare necessities we need should a disaster hit. But we need to encourage our neighbors to prepare for the unexpected too. If your neighbors are approachable have some get-togethers and talk about what you would do as a team of neighbors to work together and what each could bring to the table if it takes the government or other emergency agencies a week or a month to arrive with help. We must take care of ourselves because we are responsible for OUR family to survive disasters.

My favorite things:

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick WB-0001 Ventless Spigot Assembly, Fits Both WaterBrick Water Container Sizes, Blue/White/Red

FEMA Website

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts You may just thank us one day for sharing this little secret, If SHTF and you need to remove rusted nuts or bolts, remember this! This is an old secret that a lot of us don’t know or forget! There are hundreds and hundreds of lotions and potions …

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5 Prepping Mistakes to Avoid

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5 Prepping Mistakes to Avoid I found a great article over at prepforshtf.com that goes over 5 prepping mistakes to avoid. We all make mistakes and I will be the first one to admit I have made many in my prepping journey. By making mistakes you learn from them and become a better prepper! The article …

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Epic Pure Filtered Water Pitcher vs. Brita Slim Water Filtration System

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epic_brita_side_by_sideI’ve been a long-time user of pitcher-type water filters; my old Brita filter has had probably hundreds of gallons put through it. The filtered water it produces tastes better, and I like the fact that it pulls a few nasty items out of the water my family and I drink every day.  Without a doubt, I am a big proponent of filtered water. After using my Brita, I feel uncomfortable drinking unfiltered water. Call me pretentious, but I would rather not consume strange heavy metals in my water. 

By Drew, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

However, I recently received an EPIC Pure Water Filter pitcher-type filter in the mail for a review.  It was a great opportunity to do a little research, and see if the newer, more impressive-appearing EPIC offering was a better product than the tried-and-true Brita product that I’d been using for years.

Why use a water filter every day?

river_filtration_water_thinkIn a SHTF/survival-type situation, water filtration is a no-brainer.  Assuming the power grid is down, any water you can source that isn’t bottled can be assumed to be contaminated with some sort of offending nastiness, and absolutely should be filtered and purified.  However, in day-to-day life, it’s easy to become complacent about the water that flows from your faucets.  We take it for granted that the water has been made safe for us to drink by the unknown people at the water treatment plants.  We turn the tap on, and we blindly think that what comes out MUST be okay. But that “okay” water was processed with additives such as chlorine and aluminum sulfate, fluoride was probably added, and then it ran through miles and miles of metallic pipes underground, where it then makes the trip to your domicile, through the iron or copper plumbing that’s probably joined with lead solder, coursing out through the faucet that has bacteria living happily inside.  Most people don’t think about it, and I’ll admit I never did until I started doing research for this article.

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My house has city water supplied to it, and though the water company sends out yearly reports on water quality, the list of agents listed on the report definitely makes me take pause.  Yes, at the time of the report, the water quality is hunky dory – but how quickly can this balance be upset?  If something goes awry at the water treatment facility, how much water will run through my house and my family before the problem is caught and addressed?  Will the powers-that-be even let me know there is/was an issue with my water?

Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo.svgNow, I know that the people who are employed by the city to maintain the water supply used by thousands are highly qualified and trained to ensure that I have safe water that flows out of my faucets.  I also know that the Safe Water Drinking Act means that there are federal standards, regulated by the EPA, so that my water meets quality standards.  The EPA monitors the water for many organisms, bacteria, metals, chemicals, and other contaminants that can make you sick, give you cancer, or make life generally completely unpleasant in a multitude of ways.  However, the EPA doesn’t regulate many water-borne items, such as aluminum, chloride, and copper. In large enough quantities, these items and others that may still be in your water can do funky stuff to your systems.

Wells aren’t immune to contaminants either; pesticide runoff, petroleums, MTBE, metals that occur in the ground, bacteria, and other nasties can find your way into your dug or drilled well.  Again, most people don’t consider these issues once they have their well installed and tested – if everything is reported as fine, people run on automatic and think the water will always be fine.

All this being said, here in the USA and other developed countries, it’s safe to say that usually your water meets minimum standards for safe drinking water.  However, it’s also safe to say that you’re getting some additional unhealthy contaminant passengers along for the ride – no matter what the yearly water reports from the city water department say.

The Ins and Outs of Water Pitcher Filters

pitcher_inside_filterSo, me being the slight alarmist that I am (you have to be to run with this crowd, right?), I try to play it safe and drink filtered water, if it comes from my tap.  I don’t have the space or funding to really hook up a high-end in-line pre-faucet water filter, so I choose to run a pitcher-type filter for my drinking water needs.  It’s an easy, inexpensive way to keep clean water available.  Fill the pitcher, stick it in the fridge, and let it do its thing.  It’s easy for the whole family to do (provided the teenagers remember to fill the pitcher back up after they use the last of the water), so it’s a nice, simple, foolproof way to keep a half gallon or so of clear, clean-tasting water ready to go.

Basically, the way a pitcher-type filter works is simple: open the lid, located at the top of the pitcher.  Pour your to-be-filtered water in the top, straight from the faucet if you’d like. Put the lid back on, and let the pitcher work its magic.  Water is pulled from the reservoir at the top of the pitcher by gravity, coursing the H2O through the filter(s) located underneath the reservoir.  The inside of the filters contain any number of elements – almost always activated carbon is involved; Brita uses coconut shell-derived carbon.  Activated carbon, if viewed through a microscope, is porous and covered in lots of crevices that attract and hold impurities and contaminants through a process called adsorption.  

brita_and_boxActivated carbon works pretty well to eliminate a number of nasties in your water, such as chlorine, and some pesticides and some solvents – this is why activated carbon is commonly used in fish tank filters.  However, activated carbon eventually reaches its holding capacity and no longer can be used to reliably filter water eventually, so the filter must be replaced at periodic intervals. Other elements can be added to attract and reduce or eliminate other contaminants – but after quite some time searching the web for research on what these elements might be, it seems that most water filter manufacturers play their cards pretty close to the vest, leaving us to wonder at the magic of proprietary water filtration processes.

Since water pitchers function by pulling water through filters via gravity, there is generally not enough pressure to purify via reverse osmosis, and many bacteria can still get by – so it’s not recommended that you use pitcher-type home filters to cleanse water from streams, lakes, rivers, mud puddles, or the like.  Sediments and contaminants will be filtered for sure, but you can still get sick through bacteria infestation.  Dedicated outdoor-type water filters are recommended for naturally-sourced water filtration.

The EPIC Pure Water Pitcher Filter System

I, for a while, thought I just had a standard pitcher type filter.  However, upon digging about, I was excited to find that I had been sent the new EPIC Pure Pitcher  The Pure is like a Brita only for survivalists or preppers.

epic_filter_largeMy EPIC Pure pitcher filter features a large, replaceable filter and a pitcher that holds, by rough estimate, three quarters of a gallon or so of water.  The filter supports about 200 gallons of water filtration (my Brita does 40).  The filter elements and pitchers are 100% BPA free, and the filters themselves are 100% recyclable, which means that over the lifetime of the filter, you have potentially saved using 1,500 plastic water bottles – a definitive environmental impact.  EPIC boasts that their filters will remove up to 99.99% of contaminants that can be found in tap water.  I investigated their website to see what they actually remove, and the list is ridiculous: most are contaminants, and pesticides are things I’d never heard of but sound awful, and the metals removed list includes chromium 6, aluminum, mercury, lead, arsenic, TTHM, and Radon 222, among other things.  I won’t throw the full impressive list on this post, but definitely check out the list of what the EPIC Pure filter keep out of your body.

The Pure’s  Competition

I’ve used a Brita pitcher filter for years, as I stated at the beginning of this article.  Mine is a Brita Water Filtration System, the same model you can get online or at Target or Wal-Mart.  Brita has the market cornered on accessible, household name pitcher filters.  The Brita is an affordable pitcher filtration for the masses and 100% made in China.

brita_topThe Brita features replaceable filter cartridges, and they last approximately 40 gallons per filter, according to Brita’s website.  However, the Brita offering really concentrates on improving the taste of the water, instead of actually doing a really thorough job purifying.  According to Brita, the pitcher filters they offer just remove or reduce chlorine, copper, cadmium, and mercury.  There is no mention of filtering out pesticides like DDT, or other common contaminants and metals such as lead.  Brita does offer products that remove more contaminants, but not in the pitcher format we are analyzing here.

Battle Royale: EPIC Pure VS. Brita Water Filtration

brita_epic_head_to_headSo in the interests of doing a straight apples-to-apples test, I bought a brand new Brita filter cartridge from Amazon, and performed the standard pre-soak that Brita requires.  I loaded up the new filter in the Brita, and filled both up with straight tap water.  The larger EPIC reservoir took almost 15 minutes to filter. The Brita was much faster to process, probably just five or six minutes.  But in both cases, the water that was produced was crystal clear, and devoid of any of the slight chlorine smell that my city water usually has.

I went all Mythbusters on my taste test, and filled three glasses with water: one glass with tap water, one with water from the Brita pitcher, and one with water from the EPIC pitcher. I had my wife and son each try out the water, and report which glass they thought was from each aquatic offering. I then asked them to do the same for me. The results? The tap water was a gimme; its taste and smell was very distinct, with the rather not-great metallic chlorine taste. All three of us nailed which glass held the city-fed tap water.

As for the filtered water, my wife and I both were able to distinguish the EPIC filtered water, but I can personally tell you that the taste from both the EPIC and Brita products were quite close: clear, with no metallic or chlorine tastes – and very, very good. There was no smell from either glass.

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Where the EPIC filter really made a marked difference in taste was in coffee, believe it or not. The EPIC filtered water definitively produced much smoother, rich-tasting coffee from my home coffee maker. I have no science to back me up, but I am theorizing that the pH-modified alkaline EPIC water knocked back on the acid produced from the coffee, and the resulting beloved caffeinated product was far superior as a result.

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So, Brita or EPIC? The Brita absolutely produces excellent-tasting water, and filters out a few undesirables in the water stream. But, if you can afford it, the EPIC offering is certainly a better product for the environment – its filters last 2 ½ times longer than the Brita offerings and are recyclable. The EPIC filter is certainly better for you and your family. If you buy bottled water to drink around the house because your well or tap water is unpalatable or unsafe, the EPIC will pay for itself in very little time. The EPIC pitcher is more expensive, and the replacement filter cartridges are also pricier (Made in the USA – yes, they will be more expensive). Yes, it’s pretty expensive – but the EPIC has something else going for it that makes it worth every penny, in my humble opinion.

Health Benefits

I mentioned earlier that I had perceived health benefits from my switch to drinking water from the EPIC Pure pitcher, and it’s true. I have a condition known as GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease) where the muscle at the junction of the esophagus and stomach relaxes, allowing built-up acid to splash up into my windpipe and lungs, causing severe heartburn and general chest discomfort, along with irritated lungs. GERD’s onset for me is usually stress-related and is exactly as much fun as it sounds.

coffee_waterOnce I received the EPIC Pure water pitcher, I immediately started using it for all the water I drink. Within a couple days, I noticed a huge difference in the amount of heartburn and windpipe discomfort I was experiencing. At first I attributed it to a switch in coffee brands I made at the same time I received the EPIC filter; I did not know that the EPIC was a Pure pitcher with pH benefits because they use activated coconut carbon filters which are alkaline.  When I brought some of the new coffee (from Main Gun Coffee Company – DEFINITELY check them out if you’re a coffee aficionado) to work for use at my coffeemaker there, I had acid issues kick in again. There went the coffee theory. 

However, when I started doing research for this review, I realized what which product had been sent to me, and the gears turned. The GERD symptoms definitely lessened right when I started using the filter, and when I drink water from other sources, sometimes I’ll have issues. So, it is my personal postulation (that is purely my own conjecture and could be completely wrong) that the alkaline pH levels that the EPIC Pure water pitcher introduces reduces acids that the body produces, driving down my heartburn symptoms. Take it for what it’s worth to you, but I believe the EPIC Pure product to really work, and has positive health benefits that go beyond eliminating contaminants and nastiness from the tap water I drink. It tastes great, makes bitchin’ coffee, and I feel better. Winning.

Wrapping It Up

epic_water_pitcher_pourThe EPIC Pure water pitcher is great, whether you just want clear safe water, or you’re looking to try health solutions that go beyond pumping pills in your face. The initial sticker shock is a definite turn-off,and I’ll admit to you that when I got the filter and I looked into what using it would cost me, I rolled my eyes and uttered a “yeah right.” But I’ve used the pitcher extensively, comparing it to a very common competitive filter, and I’m now a true believer in this filter.

For those of you who don’t want to take the hit on the Pure system, EPIC also offers a full line of other outdoors-rated filters, including the Stainless Steel Travel Bottle that allows you to drink from almost any water source you can find. If you’re looking to try the next level of personal home water filtration, and don’t want to invest in under-sink in-line plumbing filters or clunky faucet add-on filters, be sure to look at the EPIC Pure pitcher filter system. It’s head and shoulders above the competition, and you’ll feel better for it as a result.

What are your thoughts? Is the 70 dollars for a home tap water filter too much, even if there are health benefits besides hydration? Do you use something different? Sound off in the comments below!

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10 Emergency Uses for Your Smart Phone

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of nights ago, my beeping phone alarm woke me up at 2:30 a.m.  At first I was annoyed about getting woken up, but when I checked what was going on, I found out there was a good reason.   The Weather Service issued a tornado warning in our immediate area.  Sure enough, the winds had picked up considerably.  When I turned on the TV news, the pictured showed the path of the […]

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How To Stop Invasive Plants From Taking Over Your Garden

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How To Stop Invasive Plants From Taking Over Your Garden If you love lilies and black-eyed Susans, but hate the way they’re taking over your garden and choking out other plants, here’s what you can do: Many plants multiply by dropping seeds and by sending out roots that establish new plants. A layer of mulch will prevent the …

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Dumpster Diving as an Urban Survival Food Strategy

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Dumpster Diving as an Urban Survival Food Strategy People dumpster dive now to make ends meat, so this in all reality isn’t as gross as you may think. If SHTF many of us will be doing this, you may tell yourself, “I will never do this” but honestly, you will. 🙂 If SHTF you will …

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How to Stay Warm During a Winter Power Outage

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How to Stay Warm During a Winter Power Outage Now that the winter months are upon us, we need to be prepared for power outages. How do you stay warm if the power goes out during a cold winter storm? I know I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Every Winter, you read or …

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Are You EMP Ready?

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Are You EMP Ready? An EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is just about the only disaster that can be both man made and nature made! If an EMP were to hit just right, you can kiss the entire system you grew up with goodbye. Movement of information, goods, and services would absolutely cease to function. Could you handle …

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Interested in Living Off-Grid? This Book will Tell You How

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    Living in an apartment in a big city, I wondered what it would be like to make a complete change and live off grid in a nice piece of land somewhere.  That’s why I was excited to read Tammy’s Trayer’s new book, How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle. Who is the author? The author of the book, Tammy Trayer, blogs  at TrayerWilderness.com.  She is also a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live […]

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How To: Survival Fishing

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How To: Survival Fishing You can make your own fishhooks, nets and traps and use several methods to obtain fish in a survival situation. Did you know you can make field-expedient fishhooks from pins, needles, wire, small nails, or any piece of metal. You can also use wood, bone, coconut shell, thorns, flint, seashell, or …

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How to Determine Directions to North, South, East, and West With Out A Compass

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How to Determine Directions to North, South, East, and West With Out A Compass Whether on a casual walk in the woods, hunting, or backpacking, it’s easy to get turned around. Now you’ll know which way is up, or at least which way is back towards home. This is vital knowledge any prepper should have …

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Path of the Prepper

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Path of the Prepper The “Path of the Prepper” demonstrates that we become better through the mentorship of others and that in turn, we mentor those who are walking in our previous footsteps. I love this little article, after reading it it makes complete sense. Thats why I do my pages and website. I love …

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13 Survival Foods That Will Outlast You

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13 Survival Foods That Will Outlast You If a regional or global disaster will hit tomorrow, do you have all the basics like food and water covered? Will you be able to survive with what you stored in your pantry? Stockpiling food and water shouldn’t be seen as a controversial activity and there are a …

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The Food Is Free What Is The Problem

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If the food is free what is the problem, my friends? I recently read a comment from a reader and I loved it. I really did enjoy the message she sent. I must quote her because she experienced a major disaster back in 2004 called Hurricane Ivan. I quote, Angelcrest “As a suggestion to readers with special dietary needs…. stock up now on your preferred foods! After Hurricane Ivan hit our area dead center back in 2004, it was 2-3 weeks minimum before stores opened, and power was restored. It took longer for outlying areas & those closest to the bays & Gulf. We did go a couple of times to get ice, bottled water & MRE’s that were being handed out & coordinated with folks in our Sunday school class to get the water & MRE’S to their respective neighbors who were elderly or otherwise unable to get to the distribution sites on their own. Most of these people had not prepared even though there was at least a week’s warning of the hurricane. And our classmates reported back that their neighbors refused the MRE’S because of too spicy or salty & the food not being what they wanted.” Thank you, Angelcrest. Man, if this doesn’t smack you in the face I don’t know what would. Please store food your family will eat along with lots of water. The food was FREE and so was the water.

Please note Hurricane Ivan occurred in 2004 and roared through the Caribbeans and the Southeastern United States for over 10 days and seemed to not want to die down. It affected several areas, and several times it was labeled a category 5 then a 4 then a 5. Wow, the people were given one week notice that this major hurricane was headed their way, at least where Angelcrest lives. I do not know where she lives, but my point is this, some people have zero notice of an impending disaster or unforeseen emergency. Her neighborhood had a week to look over their pantry, cupboards, water storage, flashlights, first aid supplies, emergency cooking devices and whatever they felt was needed from the local stores to hunker down for this impending disaster. If seems as though some did nothing.

The Food Is Free:

They got MRE’s and didn’t care for the FREE food. I have seen counties hand out cases of water. I will never be in those lines for food or water unless my house crumbles in a very major disaster.

Here’s the deal, can you imagine standing in line to get cases of water, food, diapers, milk, or whatever? Well, I’m picturing empty store shelves. We had a 9 hour blocked highway between St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada a few years ago. Nine hours people were stuck in their cars, no way to turn the cars around, no way to exit. We had so much rain the roads washed away. This was not a hurricane, ice storm or earthquake. I quickly ran to every local store and took pictures of the empty water and food shelves. I didn’t need anything, I just wanted to see the people scrambling because they were not prepared and record my observations and feelings at the scene unfolded. The shelves of water were nearly empty.

Did you read the sentence above about the MRE’s? The people in need felt the food was too spicy or too salty. Well, guess what my friends, we need to get food for our family, water for our family and everything else so you do not have to eat salty or spicy MRE’s that the government will hand out in a week or two, maybe even three weeks after a disaster. I tried calling our emergency preparedness county offices today and have left several emails asking what food our small town has planned to hand out if any. I still haven’t heard back from them. I wanted to know what plans they have in place. You may want to check with your city and county, hopefully, they will pick up the phone or return emails. It would be nice to know, for those who are not prepared in any way. Do your part for yourself and your family, you’ll be very glad you did!

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Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Mountain House Just In Case…Essential Bucket

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How To Take Care Of Yourself When No One Comes

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Today I’m going to discuss how to take care of yourself when no one comes, as in the government. It may be your church, your neighbors, or your friends that cannot help. The roads may be impassable, either from earthquakes, ice storms, snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires or other disasters. You may be evacuated or you may be home-bound. The truckers may not be able to deliver food to the grocery stores, and the shelves will become empty very quickly, as in 24 hours or less. Let’s pretend today you have snow falling more than you have seen in years. Schools are closed because the roads are too treacherous to travel. Emergency messages are coming through our landlines or cell phone or maybe on the television, that’s if we still have power. Today, I want to talk about being ready to take care of yourself BEFORE you need help. I hope you never need help, my goal is to get every family self-reliant, one family at a time.

Here’s the deal, if we are prepared for a disaster and have water, food, emergency cooking devices with adequate fuel, a first aid kit and other important items we need then we can sleep at night. I have some really awesome readers who make comments telling me they were home-bound for a month, and some for several weeks. They were prepared, I tip my hat to them. They were unable to leave their homes for longer than they ever expected. They were prepared with water, food, cooking devices, heat, and electricity. Some areas get hit harder with more snow than others. Some areas never get snow, but they get treacherous ice storms. My point today is to be prepared before you need to be. In other words, please get some good hard copy books to read with your family to discuss options and make a plan together using different scenarios, like if you are home or if you are not home, where will your family members meet? The books are great, if you read them and apply the principles outlined for you. Be proactive and get to it, now!

The four books above are what I call my bibles for preparedness. I actually have the larger Essential Oil Book because I am sure I will need to help a lot of people, and I study it religiously. This is the one I have: Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition You can see the smaller version which is awesome to help you understand essential oils. I’m going to put a disclaimer here because the FDA has shut down some bloggers because they claimed some essential oils “CURE” people of certain diseases. I don’t believe they cure diseases. I do believe they soothe some illnesses and/or their symptoms. I’m not advocating you NOT go to the doctor, that is your choice and you know what your family needs. I do believe they help keep me from needing to go to the doctor as often because I know how to use them. I also eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep my immune system strong. I do not smoke or drink. I’m learning to eat healthier and rarely get sick, if ever.

Take Care of Yourself With These Books:

(When no one is available to help you, use these books to guide your family to be self-reliant.)

My book is the yellow and black one above and is available in major bookstores everywhere. In my book, I teach the world to be prepared in every way from food, water, cooking devices, food charts, how to store your water safely, and so much more. As an example, you need a first aid kit in your home and car right now because if the truckers are stopped due to inclement weather, you may not be able to go out and buy one if needed. You need a plan. Today, not tomorrow. It’s a family friendly book, I highly recommend the hard copies of these books because, without power, you will need a reference source that doesn’t rely on power, trust me. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

This is a pocket size essential oils book: Essential Oils Pocket Reference This book explains the different oils and how to use them. I will not go into depth about essential oils today, but I’m working on an article so I can share my ideas with all my readers.

I love the book by Dr. Joseph Alton and his wife: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way The thing I like about this book over any other medical book is how the doctor explains in layman terms how to take care of our bodies if we are cut, burned, or have a broken arm, to name a few things. It’s a must have book for every home. It’s the perfect first aid book like no other in the world.

My other must have book is my Silver Solution Book by Gordon Pedersen: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses, and yeast.

I highly recommend all of these books for families to read as soon as possible in order to be prepared for the unexpected. If you purchase these books one at a time, you can learn to be self-reliant and take care of yourself. Why is that necessary, because the government can’t take care of everyone.

I’m never without these products from “My Doctor Suggests”, a company I rely on for a number of things:

***(these do not make you blue, I know because I have used them for years)

Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand

30ppm, Triple Strength pH Balanced Colloidal Solution – Daily Colloidal Silver Supplement for Immune Health – 16oz Bottle of Silver Water

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Should You Keep Prepping When Things are Good?

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve seen postings in social media that people no longer feel the need to prep because Donald Trump is now in the White House.  Or, they feel good about the economy, gas prices are a lot lower than they have been in years, therefore, things are good.  Many people seem to be really optimistic about their finances. Should you keep prepping when things are good? It may be tempting to ease up […]

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Winter Survival: How to Build a Proper Snow Cave

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Winter Survival: How to Build a Proper Snow Cave As this winter is turning out to be a really cold, snowy winter, especially for the top states, this knowledge could save your family’s life if you find yourself stranded or lost, even if you are bugging out. It’s knowledge like this that can make the …

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US One of our new writers believes the climate change threat is real, and on our doorstep. What do you think? Does it hurt for a prepper to be prepared for the worst case situation, regardless if climate change is happening now? Let’s do a quick poll: …

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My Huge Shout Out To Truckers On The Road

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This is my huge shout out to truckers on the road today! I wrote a post a few days ago about how we should all be prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency in our neighborhoods. I was so glad I received a heart-warming comment from a reader by the name of JoEllen and I quote: What you say is very accurate. Just within the last week, there was a snow/ice storm in the Portland, OR area. While in Utah they are worse, here we aren’t really prepared for such weather events. I-84 was closed eastbound from Troutdale, OR to Hood River, OR and a few miles east it was closed again for “blizzard conditions.” The trucks were parked in Troutdale waiting to be able to continue. I can only imagine what the grocery store shelves looked like with their bare-bones inventory system! Whether your goal is to prepare for a winter weather event or the end of the world as we know it, PREPARE! My husband and I were homebound for 3 weeks due to snow. We were warm, had power and ate just as nothing was amiss. That is a major stress reliever!” End of quote. Thank you JoEllen, for this awesome comment.

I’m going to compare this story to a conversation I had with one of my daughters a few years ago. She mentioned how much she loves being a mother, but how hard it is some days. I told her I wish every mother could have a “nanny” to carpool kids, a housekeeper, a cook and someone to do the laundry. Of course, that’s not going to happen, in most families. I told her to smile every time she folds the laundry. I mentioned that kids are not usually going to say “hey mom, thanks for doing the laundry” or “wow that’s awesome you made my dentist appointment” or “thanks for planning our meals and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.” Of course, the kids will say “please” and “thank-you” for other things that happen during the day. My point is this, sometimes we take things for granted. Our kids or significant other may occasionally take us for granted. Sometimes, I want a wife…….yes I do.

Shout Out To Truckers:

I have a blogger friend named Wanda Ann over at Memories By The Mile, she and her husband are both truck drivers. We used to go to lunch at least once a month, but then our lives got busy writing and she was trucking with her husband all over the states. I sometimes would call her to see if she was driving where the weather was bad. She would call me back when she stopped at a truck stop or she would pick up if she was parked. I still think of she and her husband driving in bad weather. I think of them when I see a driver in a car on the highway not let a trucker change lanes. I get nervous when I see a car cut off a truck, you know a HUGE semi-truck. No one can be in that big of a hurry that they can’t have some manners or be courteous to our truckers.

I’m getting ready to drive up north to see my kids and I’m watching the weather to see which day would be good for me to make the trip. Our truckers drive in rain, snow, sleet, windstorms and icy roads. Yes, they stop and park when the weather is unsafe, but they have deadlines to get the animals, supplies, milk, groceries, gasoline or whatever to their destination. I am so thankful for the truckers who really need a shout out for doing their job. Without them our grocery stores would be empty, we would not have gasoline for our cars, we depend on those awesome drivers who never get a day off. Well, maybe Christmas. Wanda Ann told me she was having Thanksgiving at a truck stop last year.

So, the next time you see one of those huge semi-trucks go driving down the highway, I hope you have a smile on your face knowing they are the ones helping us every day of the year, come rain or come shine. Literally. Let’s show other drivers how WE can be courteous to the truckers driving by slowing down and letting them in a lane that they need to switch over to. When following or passing a semi- truck give enough space so the trucker can stop if he had to stop. Can you imagine trying to stop one of those babies with all the weight they carry?

Please stay clear of the tires as well, I have seen them shred all over the highway. Stay far enough back, that you or the truckers can stop or safely move out of the way to safety. I just had to post this picture below because I know we have truckers driving in these bad weather conditions and sometimes even worse weather. May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive, one way or another.

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May God bless our truckers who we all depend on to survive one way or another. We sometimes take you for granted, thank you for all you do for our country!

My favorite things:

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit

AAA (4388AAA) 76-Piece Excursion Road Kit

Small First Aid Kit 100 Piece: Car, Home, Survival

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How Much Should You Plant In Your Garden To Provide A Year’s Worth Of Food?

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How Much Should You Plant In Your Garden To Provide A Year’s Worth Of Food? Not long ago, people had to think about how much to grow for the year. They had to plan ahead, save seeds, plant enough for their family and preserve enough to survive over the winter months! It wasn’t just a hobby. It didn’t take …

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How To Get Your Family Prepared For Disasters

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If you are still wondering how to get your family prepared for disasters, let’s get on it today, not tomorrow. If you want to know where to start, or you are halfway there, or your family is totally prepared, that’s awesome. I think in Utah, the statistics for families being prepared are about 10% of the people living here. I interview people all the time, I talk with church leaders of all denominations. I’m really scared, not for me, but for those who should know better. We have been told for years by various churches, state leaders, and other government agency leaders to get our families prepared for an earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or famine. Not days people, years. We need to be prepared for a loss of income, power outages, ice storms, snowstorms, and so much more. I tip my hat to all those truck drivers that drive HUGE semi-trucks so we can have water, food, gasoline and all the necessities of life we may take for granted every day. They are subject to ice storms, snow storms, hail, extreme weather conditions and other challenges to bring every family what we need on a daily basis. If you see a semi-truck on the highway,  give them the courtesy they deserve on the road, and maybe a friendly wave too.

If we have a major disaster or an unforeseen emergency, these awesome trucks may be parked and unable to deliver the items we need. Therefore, I am begging you to get prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency. If you could not leave your home for three days, three weeks or maybe even three months, how would you fare? Do you have water, food, cooking devices with fuel stored? What about first aid supplies? These are the bare minimum items we may need if the roads are shut down and the stores are empty. If we have a power outage you will not be able to fill your car to go to another town to get water if your town’s supplies are depleted.

These are real situations that have happened all over the world, not just our country. The government will not, and cannot help, possibly for days, weeks or months in some drastic situations. I think sometimes people are complacent thinking nothing ever happens where they live. Well, we better think again, because things are happening when and where people least expect it.

If you haven’t read my book, please consider ordering the hard copy so you can teach your family how to be prepared. It’s a family friendly book with ideas we all need, I promise. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I was asked to write a book to teach the world. I’m honored that I was asked to write a book to teach the world to be prepared. My book is available in most every major bookstore and online.

If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book, I highly recommend it as well. He talks about how our country is not prepared in any way for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). If we have a grid down, our country is very vulnerable and this makes me realize why we all need to be prepared. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath I bought the hard copy as well as the Audible version.

Another book I think is very important to have for every day us, and to have a hardcopy available after a disaster is this one I highly recommend: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way Please get hard copies of these books because if the power is gone you will have nothing to rely on when it comes to electronic devices. Yes, solar works, and I have several sources of solar power, but after a disaster, you will want my book and a medical book. The doctors will not be available, the pharmacies will not be able to fill prescriptions without power or access to your medical needs.

Get Your Family Prepared:

Water:

We can’t survive without water, we need the following at the very least:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5  to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.

Food:

I would plan on at least three days of food, at the very minimum. One month’s worth of food is even better if it’s in cans. It would make you sleep at night knowing you could boil water, make mac and cheese, rice or beans and have other options too. If you can open a can of chili, that’s awesome. If you can afford some #10 cans of freeze-dried food that would be great. Take your family to the grocery store and have each one of them choose some canned or boxed items they would eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner meals. Remember you need water and a can opener to open some of those cans. Muffin mixes, pancake mixes, crackers and canned meats are fabulous. You can feel better knowing you can feed your family if the shelves in the store are empty. If you cook from scratch, get the basics like flour, salt, honey, sugar, oil, spices, baking powder, and baking soda, to name a few. You can make bread, crackers or so much more. If I have some cans of Campbell’s cream of chicken I can make so many casseroles with the food I have stashed in my pantry. Sorry, I have not found a cream of chicken soup to make from scratch that my taste buds can tolerate. That’s how I roll here.

Here’s the deal, just pick up a few items every time you go to the store that you know the family will eat if we can’t go to the store when problems confront us.

The government can’t come immediately to your home to deliver water or food, it’s not going to happen after a disaster. We all need to take care of ourselves, it’s called being self-reliant. Period. Remember, you can always donate those foods to the homeless before they expire if you don’t eat them.

Cooking Devices/Fuel:

If you can afford even just this butane stove with some fuel, you can get by for weeks. You can eat meals out of cans, but you need to be able to boil water. If you can make some hot chocolate, it will calm the nerves of many. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves Be careful using any cooking device because of carbon monoxide fumes. These are recommended to use outdoors. I have used them when I taught cooking classes in stores that were not equipped with full-size kitchens. I also used mine when I was waiting for a gas line to be installed for a gas stove I purchased. I gave a set of these, the stove and fuel to all four of my daughters, so I know they can boil water and cook a few meals. It’s a mom thing.

Medications:

If you can purchase with cash, buy as much as you can of all your critical medications. The pharmacies may be closed for days, weeks or months. If you have insurance see if you can purchase at least a 90-day supply.

Emergency Binder:

Gather your important documents and put them securely in a safe location. Have them ready to grab and go if needed. If you need some ideas you can download my FREE printable emergency contact binder contents:

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.

First Aid Supplies:

Here’s the deal, if the grocery stores and the pharmacies are closed due to extreme weather conditions or a disaster, please check your stockpile and discard expired OTC (over the counter) items and replace them ASAP. Here is my PRINTABLE first aid kit that may help you get started, a little at a time. First Aid Kit For Survival Here’s  picture of one of my first aid kits:

family prepared

I used a Plano fishing tackle box for this one: Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle Box Please note, I use essential oils for soothing illnesses only. I love them and use them every day.

Blankets:

Just a note here, never giveaway quilts, they are awesome to keep us warm if the furnace does not work. You can pick them up from thrift stores and occasionally at garage sales.

Flashlights:

As you know, I love Goal Zero products and they have given me several products to review and I’m extremely grateful for the items. I have purchased many and I appreciate the Goal Zero products because you can’t beat the quality. They are hands down my favorite sponsor. If you ever see a Goal Zero “roadshow” at Costco, load up with as many products as you can afford to buy. This is one of many flashlights I highly recommend; Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight No batteries required. The sun charges it, LOVE it! I also have this lantern: Goal Zero 32004 Lighthouse 400 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub & Lantern I don’t like the dark, so if the lights go out I’m ready to turn on the lantern.

Cash:

Just a reminder, if we do lose power the gas station pumps will not work, and the cash registers at the store may not work either. Some grocery stores have generator backups for a short period of time. If the grocery store shelves are empty you won’t need cash. You may not be able to buy anything, so it’s critical to be prepared to barter, trade or share your goods. It’s not IF but WHEN we need to be prepared for the unexpected, we must be ready.

May God bless all of us to be prepared and be self-reliant.

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Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

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The Cheapest Bug Out Bag: 11 Steps and Less Than $100

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The Cheapest Bug Out Bag: 11 Steps and Less Than $100 Yes, you could throw together a cheap bug out bag for practically free. But will it help you survive when SHTF? You could also spend all your money on a bug out bag and let it sit in a closet and never look at …

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7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

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7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round I am so glad I came across this article, I didn’t realize that herbs can be frown indoors all year round, after reading this in depth article I now understand we don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy our favorite herbs. Herbs do still need warmth and …

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Six Planning Tips for Starting a Garden from Scratch

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Six Planning Tips for Starting a Garden from Scratch Spring will be here in a couple of months and if you are new to gardening this article may give you the upper hand, you may have tried before and had failed crops or the veggies didn’t grow well enough. I scoured the internet for hours looking …

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How To Make A Water Vessel Out Of A Log With Fire

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How To Make A Water Vessel Out Of A Log With Fire Did you know that you could use a log to store water in if SHTF? It’s a real easy project to do, it just takes time, that’s why I am calling it a weekend project. Whoever wrote the original article first language probably …

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10 Canning Tips for the Newbie Canner

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10 Canning Tips for the Newbie Canner My wife and I can all the time and love it. It gets us together as a family unit and after a good batch of canning you can sit back and look at them and say, “well dear, that’s us good for a week or so if SHTF” …

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Top 10 Stress Relieving Teas

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Top 10 Stress Relieving Teas Stress can be a killer. It’s been proven over and over again. Imagine if SHTF, stress will be a big factor in our lives whether we like it or not. Even if you had all the food and ammo to protect you stockpile, you WILL be stressed about when the …

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DIY Large Mobile Solar Power System

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DIY Large Mobile Solar Power System I have covered a simple portable solar generator many times over the years.. They work great but what if you needed a bigger solar generator and still wanted it mobile enough to take it with you where ever you go, either camping or bugging out? I found a great …

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