Caring for your Feet in a Collapse

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

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Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques

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

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What You Need In Your Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

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

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits

My new DeWalt Emergency Container rocks! I love it.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

OTC Drugs Needed

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Mini-First Aid Kit

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Emergency Toilet Ideas

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits Water and Food

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

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Needed For Cars

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

Emergency Vehicle Kits

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

PRINTABLE list: Items For Your Car by Linda

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Van: AdobeStock_64628602 by Pixelbliss

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10 Things to Include in Your Office Emergency Kit

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

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The Seven Principles Of Safe Camping When Bugging Out

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

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

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

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How to Kill Germs during Flu Season

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

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Worried about Finances?

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

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How To Store Emergency Food And Water

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Pantrystore emergency food

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

Store Emergency Food Boxes

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

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

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

Store Emergency Food Racks

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

store emergency food

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

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

Store Emergency Water

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

store emergency food

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

store emergency food

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Hydrated by Linda

Small Home Storage by Linda

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

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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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Best Survival Light

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.

Related:  SureFire G2 Review

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.

Also Read: Tips To Fly With A Handgun

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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Pharma’s Puerto Rico problems could mean drug shortages: FDA chief

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Pharma’s Puerto Rico problems could mean drug shortages: FDA chief The reality of disasters in a world economy is that people outside of the affected country feel the damage. Of course, this also forces more powerful nations to really step up and get these countries back online. It is their production and hard work that …

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Prepper Supplies to Have on Hand

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Prepper Supplies to Have on Hand I will give you a great piece of advice. Do not underestimate these little homesteads. Though they may look like wholesome, homeschooling mothers the women who write these blogs have a deep understanding of their prepping needs. This list of prepper supplies comes from a homesteading website and offers …

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3 Emergency Cooking Ideas Anyone Can Do

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Going without power because of a natural disaster can be stressful. There are steps you can take to plan for the next storm and one of these is to set up a system for emergency cooking.   I think it is fun when the power goes out and we have a chance to pull out […]

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Spain is only the Blueprint for How All Governments Will Act

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Spain is only the Blueprint for How All Governments Will Act It should be no surprise that may people around the world are paying attention to Spain. In this country, watching another nation divide itself may even seem appealing to those on the fringes. Its true that the condition of our great nation has reached …

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Economic Collapse & Civil Unrest Closer than you Think

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Economic Collapse & Civil Unrest Closer than you Think In my opinion there is a rage under the crust of this nation that is deadly. I have never seen such hatred in my life. There are millions of Americans who are struggling in our society to make their way have found a new way to …

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Hurricane Preparedness: 6 Tips from a Hurricane Survivor

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This year’s hurricane season has been one of the most active we’ve seen in years.  And it’s not even over yet; hurricane season ends November 3oth.   Well after the news have stopped covering the area, many people in Houston are still unable to return to their homes and are still suffering from the after effects of Hurricane Harvey.   All we can do is remember lessons learned and continue to be prepared in case […]

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Community Projects for Disaster Preparedness

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Community Projects for Disaster Preparedness The greatest prep that is lying just under the radar are the communities across the nation. Who suffers when disaster strikes? Who are the first people to help? Your neighbors, right? They are more your disaster allies than anyone from FEMA. That is not to knock the government agency but …

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Thunderstorm Asthma: How Do You Prepare For An Airborne Killer?

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Thunderstorm Asthma: How Do You Prepare For An Airborne Killer? This is an ailment that I had never heard of before. When I see sicknesses or afflictions that are new to me I have to get into them. I often wonder, ‘is this new, did this arrive from our friends south of the border or …

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5 Things That Could Go Wrong With Your Survival Plan

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There’s a famous quote by Mike Tyson which says, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” With that said, few things can punch you in the mouth harder than a life-threatening disaster. While it’s certainly important to have a survival plan in place, it’s also important to know what could go […]

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These California Wildfires Are ‘Among The Most Destructive Fire Events In US History’ And They Are About To Get Even Worse

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These California Wildfires Are ‘Among The Most Destructive Fire Events In US History’ And They Are About To Get Even Worse Its much easier to follow the narrative of an island nation destroyed by a hurricane. There is something tough about paying close attention to winemakers and their struggles. Its not to say that everyone …

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8 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe on Campus

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In a previous article, we talked about ways to help our college students prepare for emergencies while living on campus.  But there is one other source of threat they need to be prepared for.  Students entering college for the first time may not be aware of the risk of being a victim of campus crime until it happens.   Even a naturally cautious student may drop his or her guard because they feel secure in the school environment.  Unfortunately, crime still happens.  […]

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DIY Portable Emergency Toilets That Are Easy To Make

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Today it’s all about emergency toilets. I may have mentioned this before, but every family needs their own emergency toilets. I will not share mine. Nope, nada. So, there you have it. When I teach classes I always mention to those attending that emergency toilets are cheap to make and they better make one because I doubt anyone will share a used toilet with them. Yes, it’s gross to talk about, but we all have to go pee and poo, it’s a fact of life. I love hearing from readers because someone always comes up with a new idea for me. You will see that several of those making comments use kitty litter with theirs, but I also suggest this product: Reliance Bio-Blue

Well, I received an email with two pictures from Dave H. Let me tell you it was a cartwheel moment. A cartwheel moment to me means I wish I could do a cartwheel because I’m so excited about the idea. Dave mentioned he got the idea from my nephew who built a wood emergency toilet. So today, I decided I would put all the emergency toilets into one post so everyone can decide which one works for them. So let’s get started.

Emergency Toilets

Dave H. Design:

Is this awesome or what? I need to ask my son-in-law to make me one because he works with steel. Dave mentioned he used one-inch square tube steel for part of it. Is this fabulous or what? Plus, Dave mentioned he uses a Gamma Lid to keep the smell and the flies away. Why didn’t I think of that?  Woohoo!

emergency toilets

He even made a toilet paper holder. This rocks, right? I need to figure how to use the ten-gallon bags with the Gamma Lids. Just so you know, most Walmart stores sell Gamma lids in the emergency preparedness section. I have only seen 5-gallon buckets at Walmart, just giving you the heads-up here. I like the 6-gallon size or mine.

emergency toilets

The Gamma Lid is the best idea, ever!!!

Dane’s Design:

emergency toilet

The one above was made by my awesome nephew, Dane. I wish I had the instructions to make it but he used some scrap wood he had in his shop to make it. It takes a regular toilet seat, a 6-gallon-bucket and a toilet paper holder from your local hardware store. It uses 10-gallon size bags as well.

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The black bucket above is a 5-gallon bucket, therefore, you will need to squat down a bit more to use it. The one on the right is similar to this 6-Gallon Bucket With Gamma Lid (the size my hard white wheat comes in) from Amazon. The Green Toilet Lid on the top is a good one, I have two of these. I had one reader suggest one bucket for PEE and one bucket for POO. That’s an awesome idea. I hope we never have to use them, but I want my own emergency toilets if we do.

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This one is simple, just use your own toilet in your home, duct tape the handle so no one can flush it. This one uses 33-gallon size black garbage bags. You can use duct tape to tape the bag in place. This one uses kitty litter or sawdust to help absorb the liquid.

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This kit above is my emergency car toilet. It’s an empty #10 can (7 inches tall and 6-1/4 inches in diameter) with a lid and uses 4-gallon bags. I fill the can with baby wipes, 4-gallon bags, small tissue packs and a container of hand sanitizer. Cheap and easy to make.

Here is a 5-Gallon Set (too short for me) but the price is right and it includes a box of Reliance-Bio-Blue.

If you haven’t decided which emergency toilets you want, I hope today’s post helps you can find one that best suits your family’s needs. Please get with your neighbors and start a preparedness group, if you feel comfortable with the people in your area. If we can prepare together as a team hopefully it shows we can work together as a team after an unforeseen emergency or disaster. We will be faced with some sort of a disaster in our lives at some time or another. The government can’t help everyone, so please don’t expect that to happen. We need to be self-reliant, today, not tomorrow. May God bless this world.

My Favorite Things:

Biffy Disposable Bag

Reliance Bio-Blue

10-Gallon Bags

4-Gallon Bags

Small Tissue Packets

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Get Rid of Paper Clutter

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies so I restarted my de-cluttering efforts.  I have two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting around for two years taking up space.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with […]

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Hurricane Items You Must Have Before It Hits

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We really need to get the word out to everyone now before we have another hurricane, and we will, it is inevitable. This year has been a rough year for so many families because of all the damage that comes with the strong winds and rain from a hurricane. We saw Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to name just two of many we’ve seen. Some people were prepared in some ways, but we can never be prepared for the aftermath so many people had to deal with this year. Some people lost their family members, homes, their food storage, emergency preps and many personal things they can never replace.

Here’s the deal, some people are still cleaning up the mess from the flooding, the downed trees, the mold, and dealing with FEMA and their insurance companies. It will take months, and possibly a few years, to restore some of the areas so they are livable again.

I still feel strongly that I need to remind people to start their food and water storage if they haven’t already. So many of us are very prepared because we get it. But, there are still people who don’t get it. You would think after seeing the news that people throughout the country would understand we need to be prepared. I was glued to The Weather Channel for weeks, talk about heart-wrenching.

We may live in areas that don’t have storms like those we’ve seen, many have fires, flooding, and earthquakes, to name just a few disasters. Please start with some of the things I have listed below, today, not tomorrow. If you are comfortable with talking with your neighbors, please get together, they may be your new best friends after an unforeseen emergency. Trust me on that one, I have personally been through a few disasters.

This is a very short list, but if you just pick and choose the ones you can do ASAP, that would be wonderful.

Hurricane Items

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Water

You know the drill, one-gallon per person per day as recommended by The American Red Cross. I recommend 4-gallons per person per day. You can never have too much water. Add a water purifier and you rock.

Food

Survival Food Storage by Linda

72-Hour Kits

Linda’s 72-hour Kits Lists

Extra Clothing/Shoes

If you become wet, having an extra set of dry clothes, jackets, underwear, socks, and shoes would be awesome.

Blankets

Mylar blankets are great, quilts are awesome.

Cash-Small Bills

If the power is out, the ATM’s will be closed, the gas pumps will not work. If you need to buy something and if anything is available to buy you will need small bills.

Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full

Please keep your tanks as full as possible, you do not want to be in line waiting for gas and then find out the gas pumps are empty.

N-95 Masks

I have so many of these stockpiled because I learned in my C.E.R.T. class that you can never have too many masks. I listened and followed instructions.

Gloves

I have so many boxes of non-latex gloves, it’s almost embarrassing, but that’s how I roll. I hate germs and bacteria.

Portable Potty

This is one thing I will not share, every one must have their own porta-potty, thank you very much, just letting you know ahead of time. Linda’s Portable Toilet

Toilet Paper

Need I say more, we all need it.

Diapers/Baby Bottles/Baby Food

You may not have a baby in your family, but your neighbor may have a baby she is unable to care for after a disaster and having a few diapers, whether disposable or cloth, would be a blessing. I would need pacifiers for a baby, I raised my girls on pacifiers and they are awesome!

Baby Wipes

Even if the baby wipe contents dry out just fill it with water, they will be great wipes again.

Paper Towels

I store some paper towels, but I started using these to save money. I love that they are thin and I wash them once a week and rarely use paper towels. Thin Cloth Diapers

Hand Sanitizer/Hand Soap

Clean hands, clean hands, clean hands. We have to be able to keep the bacteria under control after a disaster.

Portable Washing Machine

Now, this can be buckets, wash tubs or whatever works for you. If we lose power for an extended period of time, I want clean underwear at the very least. Linda’s Portable Washers

Clothesline with Clothespins

Here’s the deal, if we lose power for an extended period of time, we will need to wash our clothes and hang them up. Yup, clean underwear at the very least. Here is one Amish large folding dryer I bought a few years ago: Lehman’s Dryer.

Cleaning Supplies

Bleach is #1 and gloves to protect your hands and every cleaning product you like to use. I have all of them, trust me.

Personal hygiene supplies

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shavers, hand soap, deodorant and anything that will make you feel awesome after getting dirty cleaning up a muddy house or another unforeseen disaster.

Women/Girls Monthly Menstrual Supplies

Tampons, menstrual pads, even if you don’t need them, I promise there will be someone who can use them if the store shelves are empty.

Flashlights-one for every family member

Be sure and have batteries if you buy the battery operated units. Solar ones are great because they do not need batteries.

First Aid Kit

Linda’s First Aid Kit

Benue mentioned: My daughter tells me that her dad recently went through 2 CATEGORY 5’s and weeks after, he is still on the island and tells her that there is an incredible amount of glass fragments in the wind, on the sand, on the leaves, etc. As he is working to clear up debris, he is getting cut up all over his body.

Pat reminded me: make sure you add tweezers so you can pull out glass shards. The ones in the first aid kits are typically not high quality.

Phone Chargers

The one in your car will work or use a solar one.

I hope we all get one new item this week to add to our hurricane emergency preparedness stash. We will never forget the horrific storms people have dealt with this year and previous storms from years past. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

Frank’s Suggestions:

He has family in Puerto Rico. You really need to read his comment.

Canned Milk

Canned Meat

“C” and “D” Batteries

Battery powered fans (plus lots of batteries)

Battery powered radios (plus lots of batteries)

Power Inverters

Charge Controllers

Solar Panels

Food Storage In A Small House by Linda

My Favorite Things:

Goal Zero Solar Generators

Goal Zero Solar Flashlights

Dutch Ovens

Kevin’s Clothespins

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Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications

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Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications Communication is the key! The intelligence that you can glean in a survival situation can make or break your efforts. You must be able to both give and receive communications. Being outfitted to do so is very important. In a grid down situation how will you communicate …

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Flashlights for Every Day Carry

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Flashlights for Every Day Carry Light is everything. Though our eyes have the ability to regulate under low light conditions we are creatures who are most effective in the light. There is no substitute for a good flashlight. Many people look at a flashlight and only consider it something you use when you are in …

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Water Storage-How Much Do You Really Need

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Today, it’s all about water storage, how much do you really need? The American Red Cross states one gallon per person per day. I get thirsty just typing that statement. I have to disagree with them. I strongly suggest you have four gallons of water storage per person per day. Here’s the deal, I can almost bet you we will need to share our water storage with a few neighbors, friends, or family that didn’t store quite enough for their family. I recently received a comment from someone from Puerto Rico by the name of Maritza. I have to tell you her comment melted my heart. I just have to share it, “Hi I am from Puerto Rico and thanks to your advice I started both a food and water storage that allowed us as a family of 6 to endure Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!!”

I have never met her, but I admire her tenacity to be prepared for the unexpected. I was answering her comment and the Ellen DeGeneres show was on the TV featuring Ricky Martin who is also from Puerto Rico, showing the world how much the people that live there are in need of so many items! What are the odds, I would have that show on at the very minute I was answering Maritza’s comment? If I ever have the chance to go there, I want to hug this amazing woman, Maritza!

Sometimes I get on the bandwagon, so to speak, about water storage. I feel strongly that I need to share my ideas of how to store water and lots of it. The other day I was looking on the Internet at the single 3.5-gallon blue WaterBricks and it said they are currently unavailable. I’m assuming maybe people are now aware how quickly water can’t be purchased in grocery stores once they hear about a pending storm or soon after it has passed by. They have the tan WaterBricks available today anyway, but they also have the 8-pack blue WaterBricks ones now.

WaterBricks for Water Storage

I have several of these stored, even some under my guest bedroom. This gives you an idea of how to store some,  and they also stack like as well. Guest Bedroom Post by Linda
Each WaterBrick holds 3.5 gallons (the larger ones) and they weigh about 27 pounds each when filled with water. If you think about these they hold 3.5 gallons which are almost enough water storage for one person. If you have four people in your family, you need four of these for four days. If you want seven days worth of water storage for four people you need 28 WaterBricks.

Please remember to fill your containers with a lead-free hose if you fill them outside with your house faucet. Lead-Free Hose and use Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate every six months. One 3.5 gallon WaterBricks needs 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver for each container.

Barrels for Water Storage

I just saw some 55-gallon water barrels at a store in Hurricane, Utah for just under $40.00. That’s cheaper than I have seen in years. These need a bung to close the cap and a pump to pump the water out when water is needed. BUNG and WATER PUMP

You can get some of these barrels at Walmart sometimes, Emergency Preparedness and Amazon. They are expensive online. Typically the bungs and pumps are right next to the barrels. You would use one full container of Water Preserver in these units.

Water Storage in Bottles

We can buy cases of water that come 24 bottles to a case at the grocery store. These are fine as long as you rotate them. Please keep them stored out of direct sunlight. You would need to calculate how many ounces are in the brand you buy and decide how many cases your family needs for each day. Any clean water stored is better than no water at all. Please remember to buy a little at a time and keep adding it to it. Before long you will have 30 days or more worth of water.

Water Storage-Blue Cans

These are by far one of my favorite ways to store water. They last 50 years and they taste better than any water anywhere. If you live near a distributor you don’t have to pay the shipping. Almost everytime I talk about these I get a few remarks how expensive they are. Yes, they are expensive, but they are worth every penny to me. I store 12 cases behind a dresser in my bedroom. I can set and forget them and sleep at night knowing I have water for Mark and me.

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I recently took a 24-pack case to a subdivision that asked me to talk about food storage and water storage. The people were in awe over the BlueCans of water. I don’t sell them, although I would like to buy a pallet and have it sent here and have a few families split the cost. I couldn’t get anyone in my neighborhood to go in on a pallet, but this other subdivision is trying to figure out how many to order. If you live near any of these distributors, you may want to set and forget a few cases, you won’t be sorry, I promise. Blue Can Water

Please start with my book if you haven’t purchased it yet: “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli.

If you really want to get serious about water storage there are storage tanks you can buy that hold large quantities of water. The challenge is finding a place to store the tanks, having a way to treat the water (see Water Preserver above). We have a 160-gallon tank in one corner of the garage and a 250-gallon unit in another corner. I really feel prepared with these large tanks full ready to dispense water when needed, and with the Water Preserver, I only have to empty and refill the tanks every five years. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. Please get your water storage to the level you feel necessary so you will not have to stand in line and wait for the government or another group to hand out cases of water. We are so used to being able to just turn the water faucet on and off. Please think again. May God bless this world.

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Level Up EDC: Featuring Sensei James Williams

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Level Up EDC: Featuring Sensei James Williams With everyday that passes you are putting yourself at risk by not bolstering your EDC. What you carry on your person everyday or your every day carry may have once been benign. Today, with the threats that loom, you should consider adding a few things to your EDC …

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Conquer Hygiene and Hydration as the Flood Waters Rise

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Conquer Hygiene and Hydration as the Flood Waters Rise The average person is going through a real life changing situation if they are hit by a serious hurricane. Even flooding rains can melt your psyche into jelly. I sometimes forget that the rest of the world is not immersed in natural disaster all the time …

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Can You Live without Electricity?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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The Best Survival-You Are Responsible For Your Family

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I’m teaching a class tonight about the best survival tips every family needs. The one thing I really need to get out to the world is that we must be responsible for our own family. I get it if your home is blown away by a hurricane, flooding, fire, etc. I often joke with my neighbor across the street if my house slides onto their front yard from flooding, I hope they have a nice guest room. I’ll dig for the food and water and take care of us. Those of us who prepare for the unexpected view it as a way of life. Oh, the green beans are on sale, I need a few cans or a case of those. Mark and I just purchased some cans of green beans for $.65 each.

Would I love fresh green beans, sure, but if we have a major disaster, I can sleep at night knowing I have enough food and water for Mark and myself. Canned, dehydrated, or freeze-dried food. And water. And so much more.

Best Survival Tips Or Excuses

Here’s the deal, sometimes I hear these statements:

  1. I can’t afford food storage.
  2. My neighbor has enough for all of us.
  3. My family will feed us.
  4. The school nearby is full of food if we have a disaster.
  5. My church has food for everyone.
  6. That mountain over there has a vault full of food and water.
  7. The government will deliver food to us if we need it.
  8. The American Red Cross will bring food to a center so we can go get it.
  9. The __________Church always comes through with food and water on TV.
  10. I see The__________Church bringing food and water to families on TV.
  11. My neighbor has more food than she needs, she will share.
  12. I’m living paycheck to paycheck.
  13. I’m retired, I can’t afford food storage.
  14. I’m old, I’m going to die anyway.
  15. If it gets that bad, I want to die.
  16. This is a sharing and giving neighborhood, they will all share with one another.
  17. I believe in the Law of Consecration from the Bible.
  18. I’m good I have a tent, I will trade room for food.
  19. I’ll be okay, I have weapons and ammo to protect my food storage and water.
  20. I donate to my church, they will take care of me.
  21. My four-wheelers use up all the space in my garage, no room for water storage.
  22. I will move into my parents home, they will take care of me.
  23. My house is too small to store food and water.
  24. The stores will not be empty for long, the trucks will come quickly to replenish the shelves.
  25. If we lose power, it will come back on soon.
  26. The water in our community will not become contaminated, the government is paid to protect our water sources.
  27. I don’t know where to start, or what I need to store.
  28. My family is on a special diet, not sure what to store.
  29. I used to store extra food but it went rancid.
  30. All I really need is a 72-hour kit.
  31. I have so many weapons and ammo, I’ll get what I need.
  32. I don’t like food storage.
  33. I will not eat any processed food.
  34. My kids wouldn’t eat that.
  35. I don’t know how to prepare food storage for my family.
  36. I have ten buckets of wheat, I will trade wheat for regular food.
  37. I have a case of Vodka, I am prepared to barter.
  38. My family will get tired of eating rice and beans.
  39. Nothing is going to happen that’s so severe we won’t be able to get any food or water.
  40. There is a preparedness chick that lives down the street, she’ll have enough for all of us.
  41. Do I have to buy food in bulk my family won’t eat?
  42. I have 50-gallons of water in my water heater. Oh, wait, the water is contaminated, think again.
  43. I’m on a very tight food budget.
  44. I don’t know how to grow anything in a garden.
  45. I have silver and gold, I will trade for food. Those metals will be useless when the food is gone. You can’t eat silver and gold. I hope you can barter, but I would make other plans as well for food and water.

You need the best survival tools, my friends, today not tomorrow. May God bless this world to get prepared. Please be prepared to take care of your family, no one else can.

P. S. Please teach people to cook from scratch, no one needs to buy a cookbook to learn how to cook your food storage. Good old recipe books from the thrift store are the best.

Food Storage Ideas by Linda

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4 Essential Marine Gun Tips for an Average Apartment Dweller

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Written by Will Guns are important in a survival situation and you shouldn’t let anyone convince you otherwise!  We need them for self-defense, hunting, and defending our base (which can just as easily be your apartment).  When SHTF, there won’t be another mean to keep safe as all sorts of trouble will head your way.  Worse, you’ll have to defend against other people who, in a need for survival, will set aside any shadow of civilization.  That’s why I think it’s important […]

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