Step By Step Guide To Make A First Aid Kit

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

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Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular

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

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What is the Shelf Life of Ammo?

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

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How To Be Prepared For An Unforeseen Disaster

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

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

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

Unforeseen Disaster

Unforeseen Disaster

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

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

Water

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

Food

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

Gas Tank

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

Hand Crank Radio

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

Phone Chargers

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

Flashlights

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

First Aid Kit

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

Essential Oils

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

OTC Drug Needs/Prescriptions

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

Dog/Cat/Pet Supplies

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

Pantry Supplies

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

Butane Stove and Fuel

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

Outdoor Cooking Devices

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

Outdoor Fuel

Fuel is critical: Fuel by Linda

Cash

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

Anxiety-Learning To Breathe

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

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

Repeat.

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

Cooking with a Dutch Oven

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

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10 Multipurpose Items for Your Bug-out Bag

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

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Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?

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

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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

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

emergency response

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

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

emergency response

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

emergency response

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

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

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

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

Community Emergency Response Team

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

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

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

My Favorite Things:

CERT Emergency Response Supplies

4-In-1 Tool

Emergency Response Flashlights

Tape Needed For Homes/People

How To Deal With Mental Health

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Learn To Treat Burns During A Crisis

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

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Money Mondays: Will Your Preps Outlive You?

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

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3 Habits That Invite Crime

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

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8 Skills You Can Learn on Weekends

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

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How To Store Water For Drinking And Cooking

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

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

store water for drinking

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

Store Water For Drinking & Cooking

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

store water for drinking

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

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

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

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

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

Store Water For Drinking

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

Big Berkey

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

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

Berkey Sports Bottles

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

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

Lifestraws

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

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

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

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

Store Water For Drinking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 Pioneer Skills We Must Learn Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 Pioneer Skills

15 Pioneer Skills

1. Make Cloth Toilet Paper

15 Pioneer Skills

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

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

2. Monthly Homemade Menstrual Supplies

15 Pioneer Skills

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

3. Make Elderly Diapers

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

4. Buy or Make Baby Cloth Diapers

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

5. Ditch Paper Towels

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

6. Learn To Sew and Quilt

15 Pioneer Skills

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

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

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

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

7. Sharpen Your Garden Skills

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

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

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

8. Wash Clothes by Hand

15 Pioneer Skills

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

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

9. Make Laundry Soap

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

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

1 cup Borax Detergent Booster

1 cup Super Washing Soda (not regular baking soda)

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

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

10. First Aid Kits and Healing Skills

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

11. Baking Bread

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

12. Cook from Scratch

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

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

Here is a list of 101 Budget Meals by Linda

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

13. Cooking Outside

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

14. Canning and Preserving Food Safely

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

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

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning: Revised 2015 

15. Learn to Use Tools

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

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

My book: “Prepare Your Family For Survival”

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Little Tricks To Achieve The Best Results In Brewing Herb Tea

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

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

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

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16 Ways To Teach People To Be Prepared And Survive

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

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

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

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

16 Ways To Teach People

1. Binder

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

2. 72-Hour Kits

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

Adult Kits   Child Kits    Pet Kits    Vehicle Kits

3. Flashlights

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

4. Water

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

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

5. Food

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

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

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

6. Cooking Stoves/Fuel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Blankets

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

8. First Aid Kits

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

9. Emergency Toilets

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

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

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

10. Emergency Washing Machines

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

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

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

11. Bread Making

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

12. Emergency Kitchen

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

13. Solar Power

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

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

14. Radio

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

15. Keep Cell Phones Charged

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

16. Cash

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

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

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In A Split Second Your Life Can Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life Can Change

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

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

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

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

Emergency Binder by Linda

First Aid Kit

Solar Flashlight

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Can Body Armor Protect You from Common Urban Threats?

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

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Money Mondays: Stop Wasting Food and Save Money!

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

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How To Help Your Family Find Important Documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find Important Documents

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

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

Emergency Binder Tabs

Tab #1

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

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

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

Tab #2

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

Tab #3

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

Tab #4

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

Tab #5

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

Tab #6

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

Tab #7

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

Tab #8

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

Tab #9

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

Tab #10

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

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

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

How To Put The Binder Together by Linda

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4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can

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

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4 Special Ammo Types You Should Know About

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

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Caring for your Feet in a Collapse

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

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Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques

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

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What You Need In Your Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

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

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits

My new DeWalt Emergency Container rocks! I love it.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

OTC Drugs Needed

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Mini-First Aid Kit

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Emergency Toilet Ideas

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits Water and Food

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Needed For Cars

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

PRINTABLE list: Items For Your Car by Linda

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10 Things to Include in Your Office Emergency Kit

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

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The Seven Principles Of Safe Camping When Bugging Out

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

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

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

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How to Kill Germs during Flu Season

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

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Worried about Finances?

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

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How To Store Emergency Food And Water

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Pantrystore emergency food

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

Store Emergency Food Boxes

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Racks

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

store emergency food

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

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

Store Emergency Water

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Hydrated by Linda

Small Home Storage by Linda

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How To Store Emergency Food And Water

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Pantrystore emergency food

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

Store Emergency Food Boxes

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Racks

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

store emergency food

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

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

Store Emergency Water

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Hydrated by Linda

Small Home Storage by Linda

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

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A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

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

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What Happens if Your City Runs Out of Water?

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

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How To Be Prepared To Feed Families After A Natural Disaster

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

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

Feed Families-Church Food Assistance

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

Feed Families-Church Serves Food

feed families

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

Feed Families-Where To Start

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

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

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Church: AdobeStock_184629638 by Bettys4240

Rice/Beans: AdobeStock_43398560 by Angela Schmidt

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Please Welcome our New Sponsor: FastAct Chemical Response Products

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

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Survival Uses for Junk Food

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

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How to Prevent Fake News from Turning Into Identity Theft

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

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Build your Grab and Go Binder

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

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

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

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Do you Need RDSL in Your Emergency Kit?

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

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How to Avoid Germs on a Plane

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

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Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache

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

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Are you Prepared for a Chemical Attack?

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

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Bombogenesis Headed to the East Coast – Get Ready Now

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

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Happy New Year from Apartment Prepper

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

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How to Stay Warm Without Turning up the Heat

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

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Preparedness Activities You Can Do during the Holidays

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

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Top Features to Look for While Purchasing a Suitable Survival Knife

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

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

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

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Know the Warning Signs of Road Rage

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

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

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

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

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

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Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

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

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A Shooting Happened a Block Away from Me

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

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5 Best Emergency Gear Storage Containers

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  Written by Harrison Chucks Are you looking for containers to store your emergency gear? Are you finding it difficult to accommodate all of that camping gear in your home? If yes, the 5 options which we would discuss today would be the perfect containers for storage.     Combination Lock Storage Box If you’re looking for something more high-tech, this one is combination lock storage box is for you. It has a programmable lock as well. This would ensure that whatever you […]

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It’s Never Too Late to Be Prepared For Survival Today

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It’s never too late to be prepared for survival today, you just need to get started a little at a time. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming to be prepared for survival, I get it. But I also know life can bring a curveball, so to speak, when we least expect it. I realize we give gifts to our family and friends this time of year, but this year maybe you can throw in just one gift that can help a family survive a disaster, or maybe a job loss, a loss of a loved one, or an unforeseen emergency. We all know someone who can use a little help to be prepared for an unforeseen emergency.

Today, I want to suggest you look at giving gifts that will help a neighbor or family member be prepared for survival. It can be as little as a case of bottled water, a case of beans, a bag of rice (white rice lasts longer). Yes, brown rice is healthier, but only has a shelf life of about six months.

Here’s the deal, you can also give a flashlight, a butane stove with extra fuel, or most anything you think the family can best use to be prepared. Butane stove and Butane Fuel.

Waterbricks make great gifts, a Life Straw so they can filter water or other items that help them feel confident their water needs will be met. My favorite Water Preserver makes it so I only have to rotate the water in my water containers every five years. If you use bleach, you will need to rotate them every six months. You can order the Water Perserve online, saving you a trip to your emergency prep store.

I can still remember when I was newly married and we were putting Mark through college and money was tight. We had one daughter at the time and my parents came to visit. My mom and dad came up to the front door with groceries, baby food and some gallons of milk. Tears streamed down my face because I was so grateful they surprised me with food, yes food. We didn’t need stuff, we needed food and somehow they knew it.

I knew someday I would pay it forward and I did and I still try to do so when I see others in need. I know what it’s like to sacrifice everything to get an education to become self-reliant. I learned to cook from scratch and rub a penny to make a nickel, or so it seemed. LOL!

Thank goodness I knew how to make bread and cook from scratch. You can make a lot of meals if you know how to make bread, biscuits, crackers, and tortillas. We bought a lot of rice and beans during those years and we still do today. We grew a garden. I preserved everything I could get my hands on for FREE, like from a neighbor’s apricot tree. I learned to pressure can and water bath foods safely. I dehydrated everything possible. Our kids still talk about the dried fruit we’d eat for treats after school. I taught my daughters the gift of work, and it has really paid off as shown by their strong work ethic over the years, both as a parent, employee, and self-employed business owner.

Prepare For Survival Today

My suggestion today would be for you don’t have the money to give water or water containers, food, flashlights, etc. to friends and family members, please teach them skills to be prepared for survival today.

Teach Classes To Bake Or Cook

Please write a note that your gift will be to teach them how to make bread, for instance. If you can, volunteer to teach classes on how to cook from scratch. It seems it’s becoming a lost art.

Teach Classes on Sewing

What a great gift to give to someone who is interested in sewing. Everyone needs to know how to mend clothes, right? I used to make most all the clothes for my girls when they were young.  We had fun going to the store to pick out the fabric THEY wanted to wear. It took some creativity to make the chosen fabric fit the intended use, but they took pride in telling friends they chose the material and their mom made the outfit.

Canning Classes

Give a gift certificate to someone who wants to learn the safe way to can food, pressure can food or to dehydrate food. Please do not pay for classes online unless it’s approved by the USDA. Food has changed and therefore canning guidelines have changed. If you have a university extension service in your area, that’s a perfect way for someone to get their Master Canning Preserving Certificate. I think Mark and I paid like $100.00 each for the 12-week course. It was fabulous and I learned the newer safer guidelines. I didn’t realize that some vegetables, like tomatoes, have a different chemical makeup now, requiring us to add lemon juice to provide the necessary acidic content to make the canning process work as desired.

Teach Classes On Cooking Outdoors

It would be a fabulous gift to give a Dutch Oven and then teach the recipient how to use it. Please teach them how to start a fire and then cook a meal. This is another great gift idea, a Fire Starter. How to use a Dutch Oven by Linda

Learn To Make Quilts

If you know how to quilt, please teach others to sew fabric pieces together, add the batting and tie the quilts with yarn, or have it machine quilted or quilt it by hand. It’s easy to bind a quilt, pass this skill onto the next generation. I sew my bindings on, but some quilters will only hand sew their bindings. I have 17 grandchildren, my quilts need to be rugged.

My point today is maybe we give items like water storage or food storage for presents, but also we can teach skills to our friends and family so they will be prepared for survival today not next year, today. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God Bless the world.

WaterBricks

How to Stock Your Kitchen by Linda

Emergency Food Stash by Linda

How To Store Water by Linda

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The Best Ways to Help Your Neighbors in an Emergency

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Written by Laura Buckler When disaster strikes, people are prone to rely on the local community for assistance. While it’s important to save yourself, the ones you love and your property, you should also consider assisting your neighbors. Helping people who live nearby without jeopardizing your own wellbeing may seem tricky in extreme environmental conditions or another type of emergency. Still, there are things you can do without putting yourself at risk. Talk to Your Neighbors Communication is incredibly important in […]

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Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am full of gratitude today as we celebrate Thanksgiving in spite of the difficulties in the past few months.  Widespread disasters, mass shootings and divisiveness may have taken a toll on the nation, yet we still live in a great country with opportunities for everyone.  We are blessed to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with comforts, food and camaraderie. I feel privileged to write Apartment Prepper and I always look forward to […]

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Treating Wounds With Honey And Sugar

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Treating Wounds With Honey And Sugar Although modern medicine is increasing our life expectancy, we shouldn’t take it for granted. In fact, mankind managed to survive using alternative healing methods. These first aid techniques can be used even today when there is no doctor around. You should learn how to treat wounds with items you …

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Long Term Food Storage Methods

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Long Term Food Storage Methods Going hungry during a crisis is not an option, and nothing brings you down like the lack of food and water. Running out of food is something all preppers think about, no matter how full their pantry is. All humans have this fear of hunger, and it’s something embedded deep …

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Emergency Car Kits-Are You Prepared For Survival

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Today I want to remind everyone to check their emergency car kits one more time before they take that road trip. Well, even if you are just driving across town it’s a good idea to have your emergency car kits looked at least once or twice a year. I  consider myself prepared for most things, but I have been known to let my “rotate the stuff” in those kits slide occasionally. Here’s the deal, if I have Benadryl in the house and my neighbor needs it, I give them the whole bottle. Of course, if I forget to write myself a note to pick up another bottle at the store, then I grab the bottle of Benadryl from the car and bring it into the house.

Now, I will confess I may be a hoarder, but a little hoarder, how does that sound? A hoarder is a hoarder, but I’m always concerned that I have at least three bottles of that stuff on hand at all times. I have been in the mountains at a party and someone got stung by a bee. A dad came running to me to see if I had some Benadryl, you know because I’m the prepared chick in the neighborhood. Well, I wasn’t prepared with Benadryl at that party. I had gotten down to my last bottle of Benadryl and hadn’t replaced the one in the car. This is why I have those yellow stickies everywhere to remind me about stuff. That’s how I roll.

I think it’s a good idea to be reminded that if you are stuck in your car because of traffic, weather conditions or whatever, you have your own emergency car kits filled with what you need. I remember thinking a few years ago that a road trip would take us six hours. Well, it took nine hours. There was a car accident, and then of course, people had to slow down. Then we were at a dead stop for three hours. No exits available for miles.

Luckily, Mark and I and the two dogs were fine, we had plenty of gas in the car, lots of water and some yummy snacks. I always make sandwiches and put them in a cooler so we never have to eat at fast food restaurants on road trips. Our dogs had plenty of food and water as well.

Please remember food and dishes for your pets, and bags to pick up you know what. Three hours in a car with two dogs at a dead stop on the freeway, luckily they loved to be cuddled. It was hot and we had to keep turning the car on and off just to keep the car cool with the air conditioning. This is why I always try to keep my gas tank 3/4 full. I used to say 1/2 full around town, but with road trips I’m obsessed with keeping gas at 3/4 full if we are going to start on a long stretch of highway with very few exits.

Emergency Car Kits

Emergencies or disasters/events can strike at any time, so having certain items in your vehicle can be lifesaving. Place items in a backpack, gym bag, or another container. Be careful about storing items that may be damaged or compromised in extreme heat situations.

  • Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency.
  • Pictures of family members (2 sets) one for an emergency board posting and one picture to keep in your possession.
  • Pictures of pets (2 sets), one for an emergency board posting and one picture to keep in your possession.
  • Medical records of your pets, this is critical if you find a shelter that will accept pets, many will not (unless you have a pet for medical reasons).
  • Pet 72-hour kit with an extra leash, water/food dishes, and food.
  • Pet crate or cat litter box with extra bags to dispose of waste.
  • Emergency toilet with toilet paper, 10-gallon bags, and kitty litter.
  • Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries.
  • Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED.
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in their car or on their phones.
  • Can of motor oil.
  • Fire Extinguisher(5 pound ABC type).
  • Flares and/or orange cones.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Rags/paper towels.
  • Shovel.
  • Pocketknife.
  • Tire gauge.
  • Toolbox.
  • Window scraper for ice.

Necessities for survival:

  • Water (rotate water often as heat will affect the safety of drinking it-thank you, Judy (you could use it to pour on your head to cool you down if overheated).
  • Food
  • Blankets
  • Jackets/sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $200.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer/bars of hand soap
  • Toothbrushes, deodorant (non-meltable type)
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions).
  • Whistles
  • Umbrella
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra blankets

Printable: Items Needed by Food Storage Moms

This is a short list, but it will get you started. This is what my Honda CRV emergency car kits look like in the back of my car. Stay tuned, they are going to get an upgrade. Please be safe when you drive, please don’t text and drive. No phone call is that important. I know families that have lost loved ones from distracted people driving with phones, talking and or texting. May God bless this world. Stay safe and alert while driving. Life is good if you are prepared for the unexpected.

First Aid Kit by Linda

Items For Your Car by Linda

Car Toilet

Trauma First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

 

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Money Mondays: Use Food Storage for your Thanksgiving Feast

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This week, while you are planning your Thanksgiving menu, consider “shopping” from your food storage items that are nearing expiration.  If you are short on cash, this is also a way to save a few dollars. So why not include some of your food storage items for Thanksgiving? A few ideas Canned corn and green beans can be used for casseroles Mountain House Noodles and Chicken makes a tasty meal all by itself […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Being a Prepper in College

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Written by Mary Walton Being a prepper means that you’re prepared for anything that could happen. Whether it’s the increase in terrorist attacks, natural disasters or any form of event that could take place at any time. However, being at home and being in college, potentially in a new place very far from your home are completely different things. So, to get you started in the world of prepping while being at college here’s everything you need to know. Food […]

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The Best Foods To Hoard When The Power Is Out

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The Best Foods To Hoard When The Power Is Out A few years ago, the loss of power didn’t seem so catastrophic to us, but today, it seems that things have changed. Increasing cyber-attacks, natural disaster, and terrorist attacks are causing long-term blackouts. The recent disaster in Puerto Rico is showing us how the lack …

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Money Mondays: 24 Uses for Oranges – Never Waste Another Orange

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Being able to reuse or re-purpose things instead of throwing them away can help you save money.  I’ve written many articles about avoiding waste and have even tried a few tips about other uses for citrus peels.  This article written by my friend Shelli who writes PreparednessMama.com goes even further and provides tips I have not heard of before.  You’re bound to find at least a handful uses you can try now.  If you have other uses we’ve missed, please […]

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Go Time Gear Fire Escape Kit Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always aware of the threat of fire, especially in an apartment complex.  And you already know about the close call we had last week.  With the recent wildfires in Northern California, fire danger is something we all must consider our emergency preparedness efforts.    With this in mind, I thought it would be a good opportunity to review a Fire Escape Kit from Go-Time Gear. The Fire Escape Kit (pictured above) comes […]

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What Should You Have Ready When The Power Goes Off

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Today it’s all about being ready when the power goes off. Yesterday, about 4:20 P.M. our little town in Southern Utah lost power for a few hours. I think it was off about 3-1/2 hours. I was sitting on the couch petting my dog and sipping some limeade, yes it’s full of sugar and tasted fabulous. I heard that sound of a “beep” when the power goes off. You know, at first, you think “is it just my house or is it more widespread.” I looked on my cell phone to check out the Washington City FaceBook page. They mentioned there had been a car accident and a power transmission pole had been hit. The city had a team of people trying to get the power restored as quickly as possible. That’s cool, I was glad it wasn’t a terrorist attack or something that would be longterm.

I read a few comments and got the giggles because people were asking for an ETA…. people let’s be patient. There’s been a car accident and the workers were just getting started to assess and repair the equipment. Then one lady left a rather strong statement to the effect, “FYI, you will” as in Washington City, “have to replace the food I am fixing for dinner if it goes bad because the power is off.”

Let me explain, I usually never read those comments on FaceBook, but I was curious to see if someone from the city had responded to any questions about the power outage. This morning I got the giggles again thinking about that statement I read last night. I’m not making fun of her, I don’t know who she is and I would feel sad if her food went bad. But, I also think she should be prepared to cook a meal when the power goes off. Period, it’s that simple.

Mark and I sent a few text messages to some neighbors to see if they wanted some soup I was making with my gas stove. I used a match to start the flame and we had soup/chili in just a few minutes. You may not remember me telling the story about why I wanted a gas stove. I lived without a stove/oven for three months until my plumbing friend could run a gas line for a gas stove from the garage near the gas water heater into my kitchen area. I gave my electric stove to my daughter because her’s had gone out, so we got to wait a while for the plumbing job to be completed.

My sister had ordered takeout yesterday so they were set for dinner. Her husband drove in and that restaurant was open. A few neighbors sent a text back telling us they had steaks and kabobs on their barbecues. LOL! My chili/soup tasted great and cost a whole lot less to prepare.

I had just gone to the store about two weeks ago when a local store had a case-lot sale of canned goods. I mentioned to Mark I wanted to pick up some chili beans that were on sale. These three cans make a fabulous chili/soup. Of course, we need a hand can opener, you can make chili/soup in minutes, no meat, no spices and it’s fabulous and cheap. This is a great Can Opener and my favorite saucepan: Farberware Saucepan and my favorite emergency stove: Butane Stove and Butane Fuel if you do not have a  kitchen gas stove.

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If you are into preparedness a gas stove is critical for survival. Yes, I have several different cooking and baking devices, but a gas stove is #1 on my list. When the power went out it was getting later in the afternoon but still light enough to see in the garage area, I grabbed my solar lanterns and all my solar flashlights to put on the coffee table. You never know how long the power will be off. This is so dumb, but I kept thinking, “I sure hope the power comes on before my favorite Sunday night shows start tonight at 8:00 P.M.”

My Shih Tzu puppy does not like the dark or when the power goes off, his name is Bentley. I have to leave the kitchen light on for him in the morning and at night so he can find his food and water and the trail to his doggy door. Is he spoiled or does he just hate the dark, I don’t know. So I put a lantern in the kitchen for him once it got dark and I could see the power was going to be off a little longer than we had hoped.

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When the Power Goes Off:

Now keep in mind I’m suggesting these items be already in your possession so you can locate them ASAP when the power goes off in your home.

Flashlights:

I don’t buy flashlights with batteries, the batteries do not last here in Southern Utah for more than 6 months. Yes, it drives me crazy, but it’s fact. So, I only buy solar flashlights, lots of them, yes too many to count. You may even call me a hoarder, I do not like the dark. If you watch the Costco Roadshows you can get Goal Zero products cheaper, but I suggest you be ready ASAP before the power goes out in your area. Who knew a car was going to crash into that power pole and knock out the power to most of the city! You just never know when something like that catches you by surprise. So, just prepare NOW so you are ready for whatever.

If you use flashlights with batteries be sure and stock up on batteries. If you have some extra pillowcases you may want to get a group together to make a few of these for all your bedrooms: Emergency Bed Bag by Linda

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Goal Zero Large Solar Integrated Flashlight

Goal Zero Smaller and Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Lanterns or Lights:

I love lanterns because you can set them on your bedroom dresser, coffee table or your kitchen table. No fuel is required, just sunshine to recharge them. I love solar. I have headlamps, but they give me a headache, yes they are needed sometimes.

Reading Lights

Janet reminded me a good reading light would be awesome if the power is off for weeks. Grab a good book and read with Reading Light

Luci Lights

These were recommended to me by Dmwalsh and other readers, I’m ordering some today, just so you know. Luci Lights

Little Sun Solar Light

You can hang the Little Sun around your neck and walk around, plus it has two levels of light.

SunBell Solar Lamp

I love this one, I put it in the kitchen for Bentley.

Goal Zero Lantern

This one I can charge via my laptop with a USB charger and I keep it in my living room where it’s ready to go ASAP.

Solar Generators for CPAP’s and Nebulizers:

This particular one works well. I gave one to my son-in-law who requires a CPAP to help with sleep apnea to try one night and it lasted well over 8-1/2 hours with power still showing in the solar generator. CPAP Article by Linda

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Goal Zero Yeti 400 With Solar Panel

Food and Water:

You know the drill, we need at least four gallons of water per person per day and food that you would eat directly out of a can or fresh food from your garden. I need cans of food that I can open and eat cold or heat on my gas stove.

Cooking Devices:

This is a good one if you are not evacuated and don’t want to use up your propane gas via your barbecue.

Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

Vacuum Sweeper

Janet mentioned she was without power for a week, this non-electric Bissell Dual Brush Sweeper would come in handy.

If you think about it, when the power goes off we can get by during the day without air conditioning by opening the windows to hopefully catch a few breezes. If it’s cold outside, we can bundle up with extra clothing by layering and using blankets. If you have a wood burning stove and the fuel, you can stay warm and cook your meals if your stove is designed to do the cooking on the top of it.

I actually thought today’s experience was a good dry run for when the power goes off. Here’s the deal, I gathered all the solar flashlights and lanterns and recharged them today outside in the sunshine so I’m prepared for the next adventure.

Emergency Food Storage by Linda

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Feel Safer in Your Apartment and Save Money with These 5 Smart Gadgets

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Written by Krystal Rogers-Nelson You don’t have to rely on someone else to have a secure and energy efficient apartment. Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to secure your home and reduce your energy usage without relying on outside services. These five apartment-friendly smart gadgets will not only help you feel safe, you will save money as well. 1. Wi-Fi Smoke Alarm Battery Most renters don’t want or aren’t allowed to make many upgrades to their apartment. Instead of […]

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4 Time Change Projects You Can do this Weekend

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Daylight Saving Time 2017 ends on Sunday, November 5th. Now is a great time to schedule tasks that we really need to do annually, but tend to put off or forget to do. Order a copy of your credit report. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) you can order a free copy of your credit report from annual credit report.com https://www.annualcreditreport.com/.  After what happened with Equifax, you might consider placing a credit […]

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7 Surprising Prepping Statistics: Beyond the Numbers

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7 Surprising Prepping Statistics: Beyond the Numbers Statistics can tell us a lot about some things, and nothing is more mind boggling than prepping statistics. They can show just how little the average person prepares for any calamity in their life or if they can illustrate just how dangerous certain situations can be. I find …

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Key Steps on Turning Your Garage into A Storage Space for Survival

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Key Steps on Turning Your Garage into A Storage Space for Survival Although the conspiracy theory of the Dooms Day back in 2012 is long over, people are still thinking of how they can make use of areas in their homes for emergency storage space for survival. Because in reality, there are multiple severe threats …

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‘Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without’

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‘Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without’ It’s hard to believe that we are just 100 years away from this situation. It’s an amazing thing we lived through a time where people went without! Our nation is a cushy place where money and property and benefits are handed out. This …

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The Devastation of Hurricane Harvey

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The Devastation of Hurricane Harvey Our hearts and our prayers and hopefully some of our money goes out to the people in the path of Hurricane Harvey. For many, the suffering has just begun. I even heard that many survivors of Katrina had moved to Austin after the storm which adds another layer to this …

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Make a Plan for the Violent November 4th Antifa Riots

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Make a Plan for the Violent November 4th Antifa Riots This Saturday there is a plan in the works to unseat the current president of the United States. If the 4th is unproductive these radical groups will continue to protest until they are successful. This means we are going to see increased violence from the …

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Why Handmade Soaps Can Be Toxic!

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Why Handmade Soaps Can Be Toxic! Listen. There has been a lot of bad news in the year 2017. This may be one of the worst stories of the year. Who doesn’t love a hot shower with a nice herb scented bar of soap? Reading the harsh reality of a great homemade product brings to …

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Personal Wilderness Survival Kit [For Pros]

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Personal Wilderness Survival Kit [For Pros] Raise your hand if you are a wilderness survival pro. I will be honest the title of this article caught my attention because I thought it was very pompous. Who truly considers themselves a wilderness survival pro. The other important thing to remember is that every year survival pros …

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Yellowstone Super Volcano: We May Have Far Less Advance Warning Time Than We Thought

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Yellowstone Super Volcano: We May Have Far Less Advance Warning Time Than We Thought Is it an extinction level event? Well, I am not sure and I don’t know that any scientist knows the answer to that question. I can tell you this much, when the modern world is faced with the explosion of Yellowstone …

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Scary Situation that Shook Things Up

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last night as we settled in to go to sleep, the peace was shattered by the screech of fire alarms.  At first, I wondered if I may have left something on the stove.  Our fire alarm is quite sensitive and can be set off by cooking smells.  But I had long cleaned up the kitchen and nothing was on the stove.  Then we thought the heater, which was turned on for the first […]

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The Quick & Definitive Guide On How To Wear A Boot Knife

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The Quick & Definitive Guide On How To Wear A Boot Knife Never did I think I would come across a definitive guide on how to wear a boot knife. In the world of EDC its easy to get eaten up with gear. Pretty quickly you realize you are running out of pockets and belt …

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Get Your Car Emergency Kit Ready For The Winter

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Get Your Car Emergency Kit Ready For The Winter Hopefully you are already packing a get home bag in your car. This is one of the most important parts of your preparedness process. You must have a way to go home. You must have a way to get back to your base of operations. In …

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Tips on How to Survive a Sniper Attack – Advise from Selco who Lived through SHTF

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, a lot of people have been wondering what would they do if they were in a situation like that.   What happened was a horrific situation, one that we cannot even imagine.  I thought I’d ask our previous guest Selco, founder of SHTFSchool, who has lived through a SHTF situation himself.  Selco lived through the Bosnia collapse in 1992, suffering for a year in a city with no […]

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Survival Gear Review: Personal Solar Light (PSL)

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There is a reason that the term “Going Dark” contains ominous overtones no matter how it’s applied. But the Best Camping Solar Lightworst is when it is literal. A majority of the human brain is dedicated to the eyes and the hands with the remaining tiny portion covering all the rest of the senses and those functions necessary for life and decoding its challenges. And in case it wasn’t obvious, eyes need light to function. So light must be a key ingredient in all aspects of your survival kit and survival plan. And everyday life for that matter.

By Doc Montana, a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache.com 

Light The Way

I’m no stranger to the spectrum of survival lighting, and offered up solutions from large tool-battery lighting to tiny keyfob lights. From high end flashlights, to the nuances of gun lights. So I was especially happy to get a chance to the PSL or Personal Solar Light for a ride.

A major player in the lightweight expandable solar-powered area lighting solution has been something called the Luci Light. It was an inflatable cylinder that offered a mildly bright LED lantern for general camp situations and inner tent lighting. While the Luci Light has many drawbacks, its first-on-the-scene popularity made it the Kleenex of its inflatable lighting space. But being popular certainly doesn’t make it the best. As the only game in town for a while, the Luci Light was impressive, but now that the particular space the Luci Light popularized is getting crowded, we can ask for more. And more has certainly showed up in the form of the PSL or Personal Solar Light.

Covering the Bases

By crossing a flashlight and an area lighting lantern, the Personal Solar Light provides a single solution for PSL_Personal_Solar_Light_hangingmany situations. Years ago Black Diamond addressed the combination of diffuse and point light sources with its products reviewed here. But looking back, that was just a combination solutions where a directional flashlight was bolted onto an area light lantern. Compared to the PSL, the downfalls of the Black Diamonds were that the BDs took batteries, were of larger form factor, no solar options, no in-house recharging option, and they sink if you drop them in the water as if that even matters since they were only slightly water resistant to begin with.

Also Read: Compact Flashlight Comparison

Further survival lighting solutions addressed the Milwaukee Tool Best Camping Solar Flashlight lightLights and their high-capacity albeit heavy batteries and worksite durability. By leveraging powerful rechargeable tool batteries, there is much to be gained if your budget for weight and price is within Milwaukee specs. And while it would be nice to have the 861 lumens of a white gas Coleman lantern at your fingertips, the cost of liquid fuel, pressurized steel tank, and dangerously hot glowing mantels is just not worth it anymore. The 107 lumens of the PSL area lighting is plenty for a localized span of geography about the size of a picnic table. By pointing the bottom of the light forward, the entire front-end power of the LED generates a smoothly lit undiffused circle of light that is plenty bright enough to jog through the woods with reasonable confidence. And that same circle scales with the size of the accordion diffusion shade. When compressed, the circle of light is about twice as big as the distance from what it’s shining on. With the shade extended, the ratio is about 1:1 meaning the diameter of the circle of light is about the same size as the distance from the illuminated surface.

A Light Light

At only 4.2 ounces, the Personal Solar Light provides four modes of lighting, three of different intensities ofPSL_Personal_Solar_Light_outdoors-camping steady output, and one of a bright SOS signaling. The big red button on the side of the PSL toggles from off through the three light descending light volumes and back off. If the button is held down for three seconds, the SOS mode kicks in blinking out the three-short, three-long, three-short distress signal. Holding the button down in the SOS mode stops the blinking signal and lands on the brightest output.

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A few hours of sunlight can be stored in the 2000 mAh battery housing up to 30 hours of lighting runtime. It turns out the PSL battery is about the same capacity as the battery in the iPhone 7. In other words, this is a serious battery in a serious light.

And also like the iPhone, you can charge the PSL with a cable and USB port. The included charging cable has aTent Solar Camping Light small circular pin connector rather than the industry-standard microUSB connector. So again like the iPhone, you will need the specific charging cable if you want to pump electrons into your PSL battery from the grid, an auto battery or a cell phone backup battery. But quite unlike the iPhone, the PSL costs less than $30.

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The onboard solar panel is about four square inches (2” x 2”) and resides on the top of the PSL under the removable strap. So a natural gravity fed hanging by the strap places the solar panel in a good to great position to absorb as much sunlight as possible.

The PSL Personal Solar Light floats, is solar powered, and can be hardwire recharged but best of all the PSL Solar Survival Flashlightprovides a very clean, white light both over a 360 degree area and a short throw spot option firing out unobstructed from the bottom of the light.

The single super bright LED creates a uniform, shadow-free flow of photons that is ultimately dependent only on the energy of the same powerplant that keeps our earth alive…the sun. Having an efficient solar charging system and large battery built into the bombproof PSL unit is what secures this performer’s place on the bug out lighting list.

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