How To Get Ready For Camping This Summer

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

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

Camping Tools:

Water:

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

Food:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cooking:

Here are some items you may need.

Dutch oven

Fry pans

Griddles

Charcoal

Matches

Kitchen items:

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

Can opener

Pancake spatulas

Serving spoons

Hot pads

Vegetable spray

Soap for washing dishes

Wash rags/dish towels/paper towels

Paper plates, cold cups, hot cups, and silverware

Hot dog sticks/Smore’s sticks (marshmallows)

Tubs to wash and rinse the dishes

Sleeping:

Tents

Tarps

Sleeping Bags

Lanterns for light

Flashlights

An emergency toilet would work for camping: FSM Emergency Toilet

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

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What Preppers Are REALLY Getting Ready For

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

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Finding Order in the Middle of a Disaster

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

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Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

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

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Does Prepping Mean You Don’t Have Faith

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

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

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

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

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

My favorite things:

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

All American Sun Oven- The Ultimate Solar Appliance

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

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

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

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7 Collapsible Weapons: Packable Weapons for Your Bug Out Bag

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

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How To Make Dead Batteries Last 8 Times Longer

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

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Emergency Cell Phone For Bug Out Bag or Car Kit

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

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

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

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Why You Need a Survival Drone

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

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

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

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How to Make a Mini Axe

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

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A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November

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

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

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

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Summer Family Prepping Activities

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

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How to Make an Emergency Light

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

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

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

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Stockpiling Ammo For SHTF – How Much is Enough?

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

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code

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

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How To get Started With Fishing

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

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The Enemies of Food Storage

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

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Do You Live In A Hotspot For Civil Unrest?

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Do You Live In A Hotspot For Civil Unrest? This is a big topic to get ahead of. You have to be honest about what our country is right now. Those with the voice seem to be angry. They have hijacked the microphone and are not happy. There are also very few outlets preaching unity …

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5 Tips To Eliminate Blight And Disease Naturally

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 5 Tips To Eliminate Blight And Disease Naturally Why are tomatoes such a right of passage for gardeners? Of all the incredible things you sprout in the dirt it seems like of the growing of tomatoes there is no end! Maybe that’s a good thing because the garden tomato is such an anomaly when eaten …

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Huge Cyber-attack and Other Notable News

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I haven’t done a Monday Musings links share news segment in a while but there is just so much going on I had to do one today. Widespread Cyber Attack First off, there was this worldwide cyber attack with ransomware yesterday that hit at least 100 countries.  So many people were affected; hospitals could not even see patients and a lot of people’s computers were held hostage until they paid.  See Ransomware:  World […]

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Babies in TEOTWAWKI – How to Prep Now!

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Babies in TEOTWAWKI – How to Prep Now!  There is nothing more incredible than the sheer helplessness of a baby. They are completely helpless at birth and frankly up until two they are pretty much the same. Even in todays world children in that age range are at a great risk. If the world were …

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How Hackers Gain Access to Your Home

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by Joseph Mack The popularity of the smart home has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years and while that should be a good thing for consumers it does raise some concerns. Unfortunately there will always be some unscrupulous individuals out there determined to take advantage of innocent people at every opportunity – that includes both the real world and the cyber universe. There have been several high profile incidents in which hackers have used smart devices in […]

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Are You Ready For The Next Influenza Epidemic? How Will You Survive The Next Pandemic?

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Are You Ready For The Next Influenza Epidemic? How Will You Survive The Next Pandemic? The pandemic is a terrifying scenario because once precautions are put in place there is little to be done except hydrate and wait. This piece opens up with some great information about the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1919. This disease …

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When The Grid Goes Down ~ Kerosene

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When The Grid Goes Down ~ Kerosene When I was growing up kerosene heaters were terrifying. They smelled horrific and there were those stories about the fires. Tremendous fires that burnt down rows of homes from the kerosene heater that fell over. This article shed some light on kerosene and its place in the homesteaders …

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How To Maintain Your Home Or Rental

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I’m sharing a few tips on how to maintain your home or rental today. Most of these are quite common, but sometimes a little reminder helps us all. Mark changes the 9-volt batteries every January in the smoke alarms so we are safe and secure. This year he forgot to change the battery in the carbon monoxide detector in the hallway. I’m sure you’ve been there when you hear that beeping and you’re trying to guess which smoke alarm is the “ONE” that is causing us to run around and check all of them! Well, I walk down the hall and I instantly see the carbon monoxide detector has ERR in red lettering. Here’s the deal with most carbon monoxide or smoke detectors, they need to be replaced every five years, according to the statement on the back of the ones we have. Good, grief, the carbon monoxide was way overdue to be replaced. So, I went to Amazon and ordered one because I don’t like driving ten miles to go the store to purchase one. This is the one I just ordered: Kidde KN-COPP-3 Nighthawk Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup

I’m sure you can pick one or two up at the hardware stores where you live. My home is small so one works fine. I remember helping a friend a few years ago to change some furnace air filters. I started by using her vacuum to clear the vents, luckily the hose was long enough to reach them since our subdivision has the furnace in the attic. The next step was to change out the filters. Oh my gosh, they were so full I’m glad she didn’t have a fire from the air being blocked to the furnace. Plus you save money in the long run because it keeps your air conditioner and furnace working longer. Whether you are buying or renting your home, these need to be replaced as often as needed.

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You can see the one on the top right side, that’s what a new air filter looks like, yay for breathing cleaning air!

Maintain Your Home:

  • Change out batteries in the smoke alarm detectors and replace the unit when needed. Vacuum the dust from the detectors as well. Sometimes dust particles or spiders can enter the covers and set them off as if there is a fire present.
  • Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and replace the unit as needed, typically every five years for replacements.

maintain your home

  • Keep the air furnace vents dust free and replace the air filters to save money and breath cleaner air.
  • Check for leaks under every sink, I have seen homes with mold because people hadn’t realized there was a slow drip in the pipes.
  • Vacuum under your refrigerator and check the water hose to the ice maker if you have one. I have also seen wet sheetrock behind the refrigerator when a family pulled it out to move. They had no idea the sheetrock was wet almost three feet up the wall from the floor. It was a very slow leak from the water line to the ice maker. Keep in mind, I was a realtor for ten years, I have seen just about everything that can go wrong in a house.
  • When you leave for a few days be sure and turn off the water to your water lines inside your home. Trust me, I have seen flooded homes from broken pipes, it’s a HUGE mess. The handle is “ON” if it lines up vertically and “OFF” if it’s turned laterally. It’s a good idea to know where to turn off the water before you have a flood and need to figure out where to turn it off.

maintain your home

  • Check your rain gutters if you have them, and remove debris as needed. They can backup with rain water and the water then can go under the eaves of your roof.
  • Check your roof for leaks, we hire someone to do this, we are not in a position to check our roof anymore. We had our roof checked when we had the dryer vent cleaned out.
  • Inspect your dryer duct at least every three months because fires can start easily in those dryer ducts from the lint buildup. Empty the lint catcher in your dryer every time you dry your clothes. U.S. Fire Administration
  • If it’s the middle of winter and you have possible freezing temperatures, open all the cupboards that have water pipes running in the exterior walls in your home to let the cold air release inside the room rather than be confined to the cupboard. I have opened many sweet neighbors’ cupboards when they were gone on vacation. You can also use a small heater to carefully thaw the pipes, but you may still have broken pipes as the frozen water shifts. I have also turned on the faucets with a slow drip, but that always makes me feel nervous about wasting water or overflowing the sinks. I had a friend who left on vacation and one of her kids didn’t turn the faucet off all the way in the bathroom. When she returned the sink had overflowed with water dripping onto her wood floors upstairs and flooded a large portion of the basement. The entire neighborhood ran to help with shop wet vacuums and fans until they could get some professionals out to clean up and repair the damage.
  • Keep your stove and oven clean, it’s safer because you have less of a chance for a fire flare up, and there is nothing better than a clean stove! I know because I have had a smoke alarm go off from the smoke coming from the bottom of the stove sprinkled with a little bacon grease, pizza cheese, or whatever…..

If you have more ideas on how to maintain your home or rental, I want to hear them because they will help everyone be prepared for the unexpected. If you haven’t picked up a copy of my book, please order one ASAP to make a plan with your family. May God bless all of you!

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The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC

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The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC There are numerous articles written on this topic and most of them claim to be the end all, be all of Every Day Carry bags (also calls an EDC bag). Do a Google search and you will get literally thousands of hits from multiple companies who are eager …

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Hardening Your Home Against Home Invasion

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Hardening Your Home Against Home Invasion As far as my understanding goes it seems that deterrents are one of the most powerful weapons in prepping and safety. I know there are people out there who have been beaten by life and they are hoping that someone breaks into their home one night so they can …

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New To Prepping? 12 Tips To Get You Started

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New To Prepping? 12 Tips To Get You Started If you are new to the prepping world let me first applaud you. You see, this is no easy road. You will be ridiculed for merely planning to protect your family but you are taking on a noble cause that could change everything. The better prepared …

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Money Mondays: Borrowing from the Emergency Fund

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday was a normal day until we got inside our truck.   I noticed a huge crack running across the front windshield.   It started on the bottom right corner (passenger side) pointing up, then curved across toward the left, ending on the driver’s side.   We never saw anything hit the windshield or any point of impact.  It just cracked.  I researched the internet for clues on what might have caused it.  Most of […]

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Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf

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Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf There is an inescapable wave of survival manuals out there. They are plodding at you from every direction like a horde of flesh eating zombies. Every site you visit or link you click, it seems, pushes you towards getting their survival …

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Shelter in Place (Radiation Emergency)

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Shelter in Place (Radiation Emergency) Nuclear war is one of those things that can send even the most cool headed individual into a downward spiral. Its because of the overwhelming power and the damaging effects of radiation. Its also because we all know about maniacs who also have nukes. Even more terrifying are the ones …

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods I spend a lot of time talking about public lands to people. I think it is the untapped bugout gem for those without funds. If you establish a wildlife management area near you and come to know it well it can be just like …

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What’s All This Be Prepared For The Unexpected Warning?

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Do you sometimes ask yourself this: “what’s all this be prepared for the unexpected” warning? Well, the only way I can explain why I feel it’s a warning is because if you look around the world, stuff, good and bad things are happening everywhere, but it seems like we tend to hear more of the bad stuff. It could be a flood, a severe ice storm, or a car wreck that disrupts traffic for hours. If could be a tornado, hurricane, an out of control fire, severe winds, a tsunami, or a power outage. I have read a number statements about current events in different forums and I remember seeing a young mother, say, “I’ve been told to be prepared for 10 years and nothing has happened where I live.” She is one of the lucky ones. I have lived in a few cities and something has happened in every city during my stay there, excessive winds, flooding, tornadoes, ice storms and more, and I learned how to fill sandbags very quickly. I’ve seen homes demolished before my eyes and there wasn’t anything anyone could do, except stay away and go to safe higher ground.

I remember buying a home back in 1983 in Farmington, Utah and the night we moved in some warm weather caused the snow in the mountains above us to melt extremely fast, as in flooding. The city had never had floods like that. A city called Bountiful, a few miles to the south, had floods and washed away many roads that same weekend. In the middle of the night, families were evacuated and had to get help from friends and family to save their homes. Several homes were totally destroyed by the wall of mud that came down the mountain side. No one had flood insurance because the city had never seen floods like this and they didn’t live in a “flood plain.” They have since built a water catch basin to collect the excess water stream to help minimize any future flood damage to the area.

It was a Friday night and Mark and I had just moved into a home we built in the Farmington area, and Saturday morning we started hearing sirens to evacuate and helicopters overhead telling us to leave our homes. Well, we were down trying to sandbag a home and remove as many items as we could from a home just down the hill from us. Keep in mind, we had never met these people. It’s surprising what your body and soul can do when you must help other people. It’s just a natural thing to do.

You may remember seeing St. George, Utah on the television with pictures showing floods they too had never experienced before. Homes slid off into the Santa Clara River across town from our home. We had a home in St. George at the time but were up in Salt Lake City, Utah for a visit. I called a neighbor to ask how our neighborhood was doing, we were fine but in Santa Clara, Utah, they were in trouble. Trying to be lighthearted, Mark will often say, “this is sure a funny way to run a desert!”

Today, I am more worried about water being contaminated and major power outages. I’m prepared for every scenario unless, like I have said before, my house crumbles after an earthquake hits our area. Our county is gearing up for 350,000 to 500,000 to head to the Southern Utah area from California and Nevada. Those states will run out of water or food because the roads may not be driveable and they only have one way to go and that’s to Utah. Now, once they hit our area, if they can make it, we will not have enough food or water for all those people. The advantage Utah has is the snowfall, it produces water for the state and other states as well. We also have several aquifers that other states do not have.

This is why it is critical to put together an evacuation plan for your family, wherever you live. If the states run out of gas for the cars or they have zero electricity, those gas pumps will not work. Now what? Please keep your gas tanks 3/4 full. What if the traffic is 20 miles long, will your car have enough gas to get you to the next town? How far is the next city, town or county? Will it be better to stay put in your home? Please talk with your family and bring up scenarios that you may encounter unexpectedly. It has happened to Mark and I and to several friends. Yup, we’ve seen and experienced things over the years that we never thought would happen to our neighborhood, community, and city. For the most part, we were ready, others weren’t.  We have always been grateful we worked to plan for unexpected emergencies. Be sure to be the family on your street that is prepared.  You’ll be so glad you did, and so will all your family members.  You may have enough to help others on your street.  Be willing to share your ideas and plans so others can learn from you and implement their own family preparedness plans.

Please store water: 4 gallons per person per day

Please store food: write down what you eat daily and store enough food for 3 days, then 7 days and then 30 days or more

Consider buying my book and study it together as a family: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Please meet with your neighbors and help make your neighborhood a village that will work together. This means you talk to each other and share your skills and what YOU can bring to the table. I just found out there is a nurse about one mile from my house. She will probably be called to the hospital to work after an unforeseen emergency, but it gives me peace of mind knowing we have two nurses in the neighborhood. God bless you in all you are doing.

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WSHTF – When Shit Hits the Fan

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WSHTF – When Shit Hits the Fan At some point, the world is going to end. There are several possible ways it could happen, and each way has a timeline associated with it. We checked out some theories and narrowed down the time frames for these. While a world-ending event is inevitable, it is not …

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Spring Family Prepping Activities

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Spring Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Prepping activities is something that can be done by the whole family and easily turned into a game. The children may not understand that having a race to break down your tent and get it stowed away is actually practicing …

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Tactical Loadouts for Preppers

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Tactical Loadouts for Preppers This is a fun article. Its on a subject that shouldn’t be fun to really think about but laodouts are a good time. A lot of thought went into the various loadouts that are prepared in this article. When it comes to the basic survival response just knowing all of your …

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30 Pioneer Skills We Cannot Lose

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There are 30 pioneer skills we cannot lose at the very minimum I want to address today. Here’s the deal, I grew up sewing my own clothes, making bread, canning food, and gardening. Now, some of these skills we may perform every day, once a week or some we have never done and we don’t want to do them. I understand, I totally do. I’m left handed and I’ll  tell you, I have always wanted to knit or crochet and I could never understand how to do it because I was always being taught by a right-handed person.

If I have a special baby I know that is being born I have my friend Kathleen make a pair of knitted or crocheted booties. Oh my gosh, when I go to her house she always is knitting or crocheting something. She made a hat she knitted for me by measuring my head and it’s my favorite because SHE made it for me I have a blogging friend that I purchased some crocheted hand warmers from, I treasure them because Janet Garmen made them. She spins the soft wool and these keep me warm every winter. Timber Creek Farms I love how she designs them. I hesitate to say she has a homestead because to me she has a HUGE farm with every animal known to man. If you don’t follow her on Instagram you may want too! TC Farms I’ve yet to figure out the difference between a homestead and the old fashioned word FARM. Hence, her blog is called, Timber Creek Farms. There we have it.

When I was younger, my mother always wanted my great-grandmother’s spinning wheel. After my grandmother died, my mom received the spinning wheel she had always wanted. Now, keep in mind none of us knew how to spin wool, but we would visualize doing it. It’s called making wishes into dreams. Well, the dream never came to fruition, but when my mom died I asked for the spinning wheel. It’s quite large to put on display in my small home, but I am waiting for some inspiration on how to frame it so I can put this special family treasure on display.

As I remember, years and years ago, there was one restaurant drive-thru with some girls on roller skates carrying trays filled with hamburgers, fries, and drinks level with their shoulders to each car in the parking stalls. We still have some of those today, maybe not with roller skates, but it was a big deal back in the day. Could this be when people started doing the drive-thru dinners? I don’t know. What I do know is the fact that we are becoming an overweight country from eating unhealthy food from drive-thrus, restaurants, and cafes that add possibly way too much butter (trust me I love butter) and salt. Why do the food outlets do this? It’s quite simple, it makes the food taste better, not to me, but to some people. I think this is why Mark and I seem to get an upset stomach eating out because we only eat out once a month, if that, and the food is too rich.

I don’t know if you remember when I told you this, but when I used to work crazy hours I would pick up “take out” on my way home and eat at 10:00 P.M. Well, I started putting on weight with the food I picked up, it  was delicious but packed with lots of yummy butter and salt, probably more than I care to know about. I had awesome neighbors who would bring some homemade meals occasionally, they were gold to me. Nothing is better than homemade dinners! Mark and I would rather eat at home and just relax in the comfort of our home. When I decided to semi-retire, I said: “I never want to stand in line or wait for any meals ever again”. I have followed this statement for over 8 years now. We live about ten miles from town, and there isn’t one place I would rather eat than at my home.

Pioneer Skills

  1. Baking: I realize baking overlaps into cooking, but there is something about the feel of bread dough in your hands. Or, grabbing a bowl and creaming the butter with sugar using a wooden spoon or a Danish whisk. Then adding the remainder of the ingredients. Then having the kids use two spoons to drop by teaspoonfuls on the greased cookie sheets. I feel like making some pumpkin cookies right now. My friend, Melissa Richardson taught me how to use this: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ I prefer the 11″ inch size because it fits inside a wide mouth quart jar and it’s easier for my hands to mix up cookies, brownies or muffins.
  2. Bartering: Bartering is great after emergencies or to trade teaching skills to one another. Store coffee and liquor because people will really want or need those items. I traded a few bread making classes for a brand new red KitchenAid stand mixer.
  3. Beekeeping: I follow a friend over in Colorado via FaceBook and watch her progress through the different steps of beekeeping.
  4. Blacksmithing: I love going to places that how to do this, but I do not have horses, but I love watching this skill.
  5. Bread making: As you know I love making bread, any kind of bread. Please remember to use fresh bread flour and fresh SAF Instant yeast and your bread will never fail. I remember one blogger sent me a rather mean email accusing me of never having made my one-hour French bread because hers did not rise. Well, guess what, I got over 20 emails telling me the recipe was the best recipe they had ever tried. That same recipe was used when my girls sold door to door when they were younger to earn a little extra money. I do believe if it’s overcast my bread will not rise, old wives tale or not, I don’t know. I never make bread when it’s overcast. My bread always turns out. Now, not all the loaves are perfectly shaped, but the taste is awesome.
  6. Building: Mark and my family have built out basements in so many houses, we have lost count. I am now going to have one of my son-in-laws build me two 3 bed bunk beds. Yay, we can then sleep six in the grandkids room!
  7. Canning food: I’m so glad Mark and I took the Master Preserver Canning class here at the Utah State University extension service education center. I knew some of the articles I was reading on some websites were dead wrong and some foods that could not be safely canned. Yes, people will argue about it, but as one registered nurse said: “I hope they make it out of the ICU alive to tell about it.”
  8. Cooking: I wrote this one because I feel like we need to bring back cooking from scratch. You know by grabbing something from the pantry and or refrigerator and throwing a dinner together quickly,  and more healthy.
  9. Cooking outside: If you have charcoal, matches, tinder and a Dutch oven, you are ready to boil water and cook outside.
  10. Dehydrating food: I love dehydrating food, although it does not have a long shelf life like commercially processed foods.
  11. Family meals together: I think eating meals together as a family is something that people are not doing as much anymore. Is life too busy, or are there too many lessons on the calendar? I don’t know.
  12. First aid and medical care: I have neighbors on my street that call when they need a bandaid, cold medicine or Benedryl. Life is good if you have a good first aid kit if the pharmacies all shut down for days, weeks or months. It’s the prepper in me, always be prepared.
  13. Fishing: Mark goes fishing about once or twice a month with one of his best friends who owns a fishing boat. What joy fishing brings to both of them. I know we could eat as long as there are still fish in the lakes near us and there are a lot of them. We are blessed with a lot of water where we live. How long will the water be here is a good question. Right now they do “catch and release,” but we could have them start bringing the fish home if the need arises.
  14. Gardening: I wish more people would garden, there’s something really awesome about digging with your hands in the dirt, then watching the seeds sprout and picking the fresh fruits and garden veggies. Life is good!
  15. Grinding wheat: I’m all over this, you can put “wheat grinder” in my search bar and I show you several ways you can grind wheat.
  16. Growing fruit trees: this is something we used to do, but our lot is so small, I’m hoping to trade or barter homemade bread for a small box of fresh fruit when out friends’ trees start to produce. Yay!
  17. Healing our bodies: I am big into this, but I do have Dr. Alton’s book: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way I love essential oils, but that’s about all I can say or the FDA may shut down my website, enough said.
  18. Hunting: oh my gosh, my nephew Collin is a hunting hero of mine, and they eat the meat they shoot. I still can’t believe we cut up the dead deer spread out on my kitchen table that Mark shot the first year we were married. I get the giggles thinking of it.
  19. Knitting: As I said above, this is an awesome skill, just think how we could use this with yarn that goes on sale, or better yet, we can buy the soft awesome yarn from Janet’s Timber Creek Farm above.
  20. Know your neighbors: I know I have talked about getting to know your neighbors, that guy down the street with a chainsaw may be your next best friend. Get together and make teams with people near you and exchange your skills and ideas. Trust me, we will need those people living near us after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.
  21. Manners: I love hearing children say please and thank you. It’s hard when I see kids screaming back at their parents at the stores I frequent. It’s not often, but we do need to teach children to respect grown-ups, other people’s furniture, and school property.
  22. Quilting: Do you remember your grandmothers using every scrap of fabric and hand piecing them together?
  23. Raising animals: the only animals we can have where I live are two pets. I couldn’t kill a chicken or goat to eat it anyway, but I have wonderful friends that have the skill and knowledge to do this.
  24. Repurposing old clothes: I love some of my grandkids, they buy clothes from the thrift stores and cut them down by sewing them to fit family members, if necessary.
  25. Saving garden seeds: I’ve personally never done this, but I know people who do as long as they are not Monsanto GMO seeds.
  26. Sewing: this proud grandma loves hearing when her grandkids are learning to sew, woohoo! If you can take lessons from someone on how to sew, do it. My hands aren’t that great anymore, but I used to love sewing. I could sew anything, with or without a pattern. I realize it is not relaxing to some people, but it is to me. Having the right sewing machine makes all the difference. I learned on a Singer, then BabyLoc, and when my mom died I used some inheritance money to purchase a Bernina sewing machine I have always wanted. Be sure and keep all your sewing machines, cleaned and oiled. Don’t forget to use good needles and thread, it makes all the difference in the world.
  27. Sharing: I love sharing my talent of making bread with people. I love to share my time to show people how to organize just about everything in their homes, or garages. Sharing meals with the sick or elderly brings everyone joy and blessings.
  28. Stonework: This is a great skill because we never know when we may have to do some stonework, inside our homes or outside.
  29. Water gathering and storage: Luckily today we don’t have to haul water, but we do need to store water for emergencies. I wrote about storing water a few days ago. Please don’t stand in line waiting for water bottles from your city if the water becomes contaminated. Not fun.
  30. Welding: this is an awesome talent and my son-in-law uses this skill to this day! AND it will come in handy when we construct the strong sturdy new bunk beds.

May you think about you own family pioneer skills that you can bring back to life and to maybe you can teach some pioneer skills to your neighbors, family, and friends. May God bless you to continue to be prepared for the unexpected.

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Survival Hax Paracord EDC Keychain – Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are reviewing the Survival Hax 10 in 1 Paracord EDC Keychain with Waterproof Pill Bottle. What is it? It’s a key chain (comprised of woven paracord and carabiner), with a waterproof pill container that contains a survival kit.  I opened the pill container and found: cotton tinder fire starter rod fishing line hooks weights floaters sinkers swivels eye knife safety pins wire saw I’m amazed they were able fit all these […]

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The Dog Bug Out Bag – A Survival Kit for Man’s Best Friend

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The Dog Bug Out Bag – A Survival Kit for Man’s Best Friend Every dog has its day, and you may want yours to have a few more! Plan for your dog to survive a disaster now so you don’t have to leave them behind when SHTF. Besides just being a great pet, many dogs have …

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Muay Thai Clinch Techniques For Self Defense

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Muay Thai Clinch Techniques The ancient fighting style of Muay Thai has proven itself to be one of the most effective fighting methods in the world. It has forged champions in the UFC and still remains the military martial art in Thailand. This is not a fluke but fighting method that employs the use of elbows, …

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5 ways to get survival strength without a gym

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5 ways to get survival strength without a gym There is no getting around physical fitness. No matter what type of arsenal you have or how much you have prepped you need your health and your strength. This landscape has changed a lot over the last 5 years when preparedness and fitness were butting heads …

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7 Ways To Store Water For Your Family

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Today, I have 7 ways to store water for your family. I have been receiving a lot of comments and emails about storing water. Let’s make this as easy as possible. I may have shared this statement with you before: you can survive without water for three days (you need water or you’ll perish). I do not recommend going without water for three days, but it does make us think why we need to store water. I realize we all have budgets, no matter what our income may be. It’s been frustrToday, I have 7 ways to store water for your family. I have been receiving a lot of comments and emails about storing water. Let’s make this as easy as possible. It is frustrating where I live because I will contact a store to get water containers at a discount and send out at least three dozen emails, two or three times to people who live near me. I make it clear in the email I am not making any money on the tanks or containers, I just found a great discounted price for the neighborhood. Unfortunately, only one other family bought the 250-gallon water tank that was available at a great price. The supplier was even willing to deliver the unit to our homes. I was a little luckier with the WaterBricks, three families purchased them. I even got to help two of the families fill the WaterBricks with my lead-free hose. I get it, they are expensive. I try to explain to people, buy a set of the WaterBricks once a month and split the cost between friends, family, and neighbors.

I talk about buying one extra can of food a week or a month, start thinking one container (not the pricey 250-gallon one) a week or one a month. Please write it down: W A T E R, we can only survive three days without water and this is at optimal temperatures. Let’s get started with just a few ways I have for you today. Just choose one and do it.

7 Ways To Store Water:

  1. Gallon Jugs: These are not my first choice, but hey, you can wash clothes with the water you store in these, or use it for personal hygiene. Plus, the price is practically FREE if you buy milk in one-gallon jugs. The next time you empty your plastic milk cartons wash them out with a drop or two of bleach (unscented). The problem with drops of soap are the bubbles, but you can use either one. Just make it easy for yourself. Now, keep in mind these are not for long-term storage. Yes, they will eventually leak. Yes, you need to keep them off the concrete in your garage on 2 by 4’s, they work great. Put a drop or two of unscented bleach in each bottle and rotate the water every six months.
  2. 2-Litre Soda Bottles: Now, I do not drink soda, except for an occasional A & W rootbeer, but if you know someone who drinks it regularly or you are at a party, snag the empty bottles. You do the same with these bottles, wash the sticky stuff out with a drop or two of bleach (unscented). The problem with drops of soap are the bubbles, but you can use either one. Just make it easy for yourself. Now, keep in mind these are not for long-term storage. Yes, they will eventually leak. Yes, you need to keep them off the concrete in your garage on 2 by 4’s, they work great. Put a drop or two of the unscented bleach in each bottle and rotate the water every six months.
  3. Mason Jars: I have personally never “canned” water and doubt I ever will, but I have heard of people who like to store water this way. I don’t have space to store glass jars, plus, I live on the Wasatch Fault as in EARTHQUAKE….
  4. 55-gallon barrels: I have seen the exact barrels that are blue in color at Walmart for almost half the price of the ones I had purchased from well-known emergency preparedness stores. I actually turned the barrel upside down at Walmart to see if they matched the ones I had at home. Yes, I’m that crazy lady with gray hair on aisle 11, what can I say! I wanted to make sure they were BPA Free and were made by the same company as the ones that were more expensive. They were identical. Now, I have four of these gems on the side of my house with UV protector covers because of the heat here, as in 120 degrees in the summer. Please remember with these, you need a pump and bung wrench. I use one whole bottle of Water Preserver in these. 55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety BUNG (tightens the lid): Duda Energy dwrench Aluminum Drum Wrench for Opening 10 gal, 15 gal, 20 gal, 30 gal and 55 gal Barrels Standard, 2″ Bung Racing Fuel Methanol, 2″ Please note, I bought like 20 of these for a class I was teaching and my one friend said, “I don’t need one of those, I will use pliers”. She ended borrowing mine, just giving you the heads up here. Be prepared with your own bung wrench. You will also need a pump, you can usually find a pump located on the same shelf where you buy your 55-gallon barrels. BPA FREE – TERAPUMP(TM) TRDRUM20 Drum Barrel Manual Siphon Pump PLEASE NOTE: the Water Preserver is great because we only have to rotate the water every 5 years rather than six months. Keep in mind, we can use the water to water our garden if you exceed the safe water period of 5 years. Please remember to keep space available for freezing temperatures, because the water will expand if it freezes.  Here are the UV covers I purchased, I bought them about eight years ago and they are still in good shape: The Barrel Bag WB-382 ”The Barrel Bag” 55-Gallon Drum Cover Black
  5. WaterBricks: You may know I have several of these and I love them. They are pricey, but I only had to buy them once. I bought two sizes, but my favorite ones are the 3.5-gallon size. They come with handles and a screw lid that makes them easy to haul for camping or evacuating your home. I use 1/2 teaspoon of the Water Preserver stated above and rotate them every five years. Please use a lead-free hose to fill ALL containers outside. NeverKink 8612-50 Boat and Camper Hose, Drinking Water Safe, 5/8-Inch-by-50-Foot I like the WaterBricks because they stack on top of each other, or under beds if you have enough space. I have 16 WaterBricks under a queen size bed.
  6. 5-gallon water jugs: You can buy this size just about anywhere in emergency preparedness stores or camping outlets. There is a big difference in weight between the 3.5-gallon WaterBricks and the 5-gallon containers. I can’t lift the 5-gallon jugs so these have never been an option for me. I’m just not strong enough to haul them and they are not easy to store unless you have a lot of room to place them on 2 by 4’s in the garage to keep them off the concrete. All water containers inside the house, garage, or outside must be at least 2 inches off the ground to keep them from leaching bacteria or other material that is not safe to consume.
  7. BLUE Cans: Yes these are very expensive and they come in cans the size of a soda can. Each case has 24 cans of water packed neatly in boxes that stack easily. I have had a lot of people think the price is outrageous. I get it, I saved for two years to buy 12 cases. I have them stacked behind a dresser. Here’s the deal, these can withstand temperatures of 145 degrees. I try to give a case to each daughter for Christmas as I can afford them. I call these my stack and forget water cans. They state they will last for 50 years. The water is placed in scientifically formulated cans. For more information check out this website: BLUE CAN WATER If you live near a distributor you can pick them up there. I tried to buy a pallet of these but I couldn’t get anyone to split it with me. Water is critical to our survival. Period. These do not need to be rotated ever and do not require any water preserver.

I hope this post about 7 ways to store water for your family gets you started on a road to storing water, one container at a time. I know the American Red Cross states that one gallon per person per day is adequate, I disagree, I like 4 gallons per person per day, but that’s how I roll. Please remember to store water for your pets. I have stated in my book “Prepare Your Family For Survival” on page 21, that our pets need approximately 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. If your dog weighs 40 pounds, you will need to store 40 ounces of water for your dog per day. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

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5 Non-Lethal Defense Products to Protect You During a Break-In

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Written by Jessica Thiefels One of the most frightening experiences that someone can go through is to be in your home during a break-in, which is why preparedness is key. It’s important to plan out how you could protect yourself if this should ever happen to you. The following non-lethal self-defense products should be included in any plan for protection during a break-in. One thing to be aware of, with each of these items, is that you should always practice […]

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How To Prep Without Anxiety

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Today it’s all about how to prep without anxiety. Maybe you never get anxiety, but I do, sometimes. I don’t have anxiety thinking about prepping. It’s the lifestyle I learned from my mom. Now, my mom had never heard of a Sun Oven or the word prepping. We just had a pantry full of food. I never thought about evacuating my home when I was younger, but life has changed. Life is not the same anymore. We never stored water, except what was in the 40-gallon water heater and our large water dispenser (Las Vegas water was nasty). Now, I’ve learned after many years that water heater water we may all have may or may not be safe to use if our water lines are contaminated. In the last couple years, Utah has had many cities with water that you could not drink, cook with or bathe in, let alone brush your teeth with. Yikes, in Utah? How could this be? Yep, it happens. There were mistakes with pipes connected incorrectly by county workers. One of the culprits was Ecoli. Well, we can all make mistakes, but this is not acceptable. So WE must be prepared to take care of ourselves. Please picture this, I saw people on the news via the TV lined up at city and county buildings to get bottled water because the stores were sold out. Please tell me you will not be one of those people.

I understand if you do not have the budget or the space to store what you need for months or years, but please get enough food and water for three days, then graduate to seven days. Okay, now you get it, start a little at a time, as in one can at a time. Remember, you do not need to buy 100-pound bags of beans if you don’t like to eat beans. I eat a bean burrito with vegetarian beans on a flour tortilla every day, no cheese. I could eat these cold or hot, it doesn’t matter. I can make the tortillas, but I buy a huge bag of tortillas at Costco, and cases of vegetarian refried beans. I count the tortillas out and place six of them in a bag to freeze them. When I get down to five tortillas, I go get a bag from the freezer. If I have zero power, I can make the best flour or corn tortillas on this planet, if I don’t say so myself. See, no anxiety with the tortillas, I can make them. Plus, I have cases of all kinds of beans and I have several #10 cans of beans.

Here’s the deal with beans, the older the beans, the harder those suckers become, and they will take longer to cook, as well as use a lot more fuel to cook them. Just giving you the heads-up here. Hence, I buy three to four cases of my favorite brand of vegetarian beans to store. I usually make quinoa or rice once a week, and if I have leftovers I add it to my burrito. Mark isn’t really fond of beans so it doesn’t make sense for me to make the tortillas from scratch like I used to when my daughters were growing up. I can still picture the foil rectangles lined up with one tortilla on each sheet. One daughter spread a 1/4 cup of homemade cooked mashed beans on each tortilla, then one daughter put a tablespoon of grated cheese, the next daughter rolled them and the next daughter folded the foil. We would make 100 burritos at a time. That’s how we rolled, literally, when the girls were growing up.

I must say, my daughter, Heidi found a dirt clump in one burrito once, that I missed when sorting the beans to cook. She couldn’t eat beans for years, so please watch for dirt clumps and rocks, just saying. You can also pressure cook beans if they do get old, so no worries if you have some old beans. I am not sure how much food value there would be in 40-year old beans, but hey, if we’re starving they say we would eat anything. Yikes, I am just about to admit I threw out my OLD beans, I still feel guilty about it. Just a little, not a lot.

I was talking to a friend today who said to me, “I must admit, prepping gives me anxiety.” I told her she is not alone, I hear it all the time. It’s okay, let’s just do a little at a time. I compare food storage and emergency prep to looking at the rows and rows of food at the grocery stores. I do not like grocery shopping, so I make my pantry of food storage my “grocery store.”

I had to meet a friend at the hospital the other day after she and her daughter were in a minor car accident. Thankfully, they were fine after having x-rays, a CT scan, etc. I stayed there about five hours trying to comfort them, and we talked about car insurance, etc. She only has one car that is now totaled, so this is why her daughter called me from the ambulance to come to the hospital. She needed a ride home and someone to hold her hand. I had chicken pot pies in the oven that needed to cook an hour for a friend who just had a hip replaced, but I headed there after I delivered those. The reason I am telling you this story is because while I was at the hospital my friend who was in a neck brace waiting to hear about the results of all the x-rays, and whatever, mentioned she was glad she had gone to the grocery store that day. BUT she forgot to pick up some coffee and asked if I could stop at the store to pick some up on our way home. Of course, I could do that for her.

Well, the results were fine, thank goodness and we headed to the pharmacy after we left the hospital to get some pain killers for her back pain from the accident. Well, we both forgot to pick up the coffee UNTIL she was home. She asked me if I could pick some up tomorrow, I said I didn’t have a car for two days. I told her she would need to get someone else to pick it up. I also live about 12-14 miles from her, so she would have to call someone else. I only have one car. The reason I am telling you this story is because I want you to store more than one bag of coffee if you drink coffee. What I am saying is NEVER have one can or bag at your house that may be critical to you if you have a disaster, a car accident or an unforeseen emergency.

I remember a reader commented on my blog a few days ago about having had two feet of snow dump in her neighborhood. She mentioned the garbage pick-up and mail delivery was stopped for two months! Wow, I have never had that happen to me where I live. She and her family were fine because they were prepared with food, water, and powdered milk. Although, the cat preferred fresh milk, great story! My point is this, I want you to think what you eat each day (no drive thru’s) and write it down. What do you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day? Here is a PRINTABLE I use for classes when I teach: Where Do I Start by Food Storage Moms You can fill in the blanks for each meal, it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just write down what you need to make those meals. If the store shelves are empty or the roads are closed, you will have your own little grocery store at home so to speak.

Prep Without Anxiety:

  1. Write down what you eat every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For instance, if you eat cereal, buy cereal and some powdered or instant milk. Add some canned or bottle fruit, you are set. If you like pancakes, buy pancake mix and syrup or jam. Who needs butter if we have an emergency, right? If you make pancakes, you already know what supplies you need to make those yummy pancakes. Be sure and have more than one or two choices because you may need food for 30 days or more. But today, just think about three days worth of breakfast ideas, then seven days. You can do it, I promise. Practice makes perfect. Please remember, we need water to make that instant milk or the pancakes each day. Plus, we need water to hydrate ourselves, for hygiene and eventually wash at least our underwear if a water shortage becomes long term. When cooking you’ll need a cooking device for those pancakes. I highly recommend this one. I bought one for all four of my daughters. A gas barbecue is fine but uses a lot of fuel. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and don’t forget the fuel: GasOne Butane Fuel Canister (12 Pack)
  2. Lunch is easy if you think about it. Sliced cold cuts will not cut it because they need the refrigerator. Peanut butter and jelly is a staple in my home. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? I started buying small jars because it goes rancid very quickly once the jars are open. I can still picture the #10 cans of peanut butter I bought when my girls were growing up. My family rarely ate jam or jelly on our peanut butter because it was too expensive. My mom used to make apricot jam from her trees and that was a real treat! We would have peanut butter sandwiches on my homemade bread with a jar or two of home canned peaches. If you think about it, store some canned tuna (not too many because tuna goes mushy) and some cans of canned meat. Add some jars or packets of mayo and you can make sandwiches, like chicken salad. I always store pickles. Can you just smell the bread and butter pickles? They add a lot to any sandwich. Now if you don’t make bread, store crackers or learn to make crackers. Learn to make biscuits with a cream sauce over them. You can make grilled cheese sandwiches and use up what you have in the refrigerator. Of course, keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as long as possible to keep the food safe if the power goes out for an extended period. I started storing smaller jars of mayo and Miracle Whip because it takes a month or more to use them up before they go bad. A few cases of canned fruit and vegetables are great pantry items. Buy only the ones you will eat. If you can your own fruit and vegetables, you are awesome! I love when the garden is in full bloom, who loves fresh tomato sliced tomatoes? I sure do!
  3. You need to know I am not big on processed food, but here’s the deal, let’s make dinner easy in case of an emergency. Take your family to your local grocery store and let everyone choose one food item they would actually eat for dinner. I love canned chili, this is an easy one for me. I can make just about anything from scratch, but let’s choose some foods that you can just heat and eat using your butane stove or right out of the can. I want you to think of it like camping. I remember making frozen meals to take in the trailer. Well, let’s think a little differently, like without a refrigerator. You may need to grab something from your home grocery store. Are you getting the drift now? The family will eat what they chose at the store to eat in an emergency. I remember making colored bags and filling them to take to young mothers who had a baby. For example, a jar of spaghetti sauce, a package of pasta, and a jar of Parmesan cheese. I added some cans of green beans and a can or two of fruit cocktail. All the family had to do was boil the water for the pasta, add the spaghetti sauce and heat the green beans. I call these my dinners in a bag.

I hope you realize that having a small grocery store at your home, so to speak, will help you beyond anything I can teach you, literally. Plus, you will save money by not going to the store as often. If you cook from scratch, you can even do more! Add some #10 cans of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables as your budget allows. If you can have three days of food, then seven, then thirty days of food stored, you rock. Remember, water is the number one thing you need to store. The American Red Cross suggests one gallon of water per person per day. I recommend four gallons per person per day. You can never have too much water. May God bless you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected. I promise, you can prep without anxiety with just one can at a time. Please just do it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog. If you start with food, water, and a butane stove, everything else will fall into place.

My favorite things:

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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

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How I Started My Blog-Food Storage Moms

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I’m going to share my thoughts on how I started my blog-Food Storage Moms. Here’s the deal, it was about six years ago and I was teaching classes in my home so my neighbors would learn how to be prepared for the unexpected. I shared food storage samples in my home, asked speakers to come, showed people how to bake bread outside and so much more. I did this every Wednesday for about a year from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. I started each Wednesday on time and ended on time. Some weeks I had two people, some weeks I had over 20 people. I did this FREE of charge because I wanted to make a team of people in the neighborhood that could work together if we had a disaster. I really appreciated those that came, but I had a passion for teaching more people about food storage and emergency preparedness.

This is how I started my blog called Food Storage Moms, one person at a time. I need to tell you a little about me, I hope you don’t mind me spilling my guts today. When my youngest child was in second grade, I was bored. My house was clean, organized more than I care to admit. I wish now I had been more laid back when my girls were growing up. I wasn’t and I own it. So, Mark and I thought maybe I should get a part-time job. Well, I lived in a small town with very few job options but I applied to be a teller at a bank. Well, long story short, I was hired for a full-time job. When Mark came home, I announced, “I start Monday and it’s a full-time job”! I still giggle thinking about that moment because I had always been a stay at home mom.

Before I knew it, I was promoted to the new accounts desk and the bank was purchased by another bank. I was lucky because the new bank kept me working. I was very grateful. The next thing I know, I got a call from another bank asking me to be a manager of a grocery store branch. I was grateful for this new adventure. Within a year, I was asked to work in private banking at the same bank. I loved it! I was asked to cover two branches. I learned how to do car loans, boat loans, and second mortgage home loans.

Then I decided I wanted to do REAL mortgages, you know the Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA and VA government loans. I had NO idea how to do them. I went to work for a company and worked there for three months and decided to withdraw some of my retirement money and I opened my own mortgage company. I hired an underwriter and almost all of my family members worked at the company over the next 15 years. Believe it or not, I did not know how to send or receive any emails when I opened my company, this was in 1997. Thankfully, I did a loan for someone who taught me over the phone how to email. I will be forever thankful to him. After five years, I decided to get my real estate license. Now, I could sell homes and do mortgages. I worked 60-80 hours a week, seven days a week. I was a machine, I have always been driven to do the best wherever I worked.

After 10 years in real estate and 15 years of owning my own mortgage company, I decided to retire. Well, within a year, I was bored yet again. That’s when I decided to teach the world about food storage and emergency preparedness. It was a natural passion for me because I had lived this way my entire life. So, here I am today. I am very grateful that you let me into your homes to teach you. I must say, I learn from you as well. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for following my blog.

My Blog:

Just so you know, when I started my blog, I had to learn to cut and paste stuff. Yep, I own it. I had to learn how to use WORD and make pdfs. I started my website with blogger, but I wanted more. So, then I started looking at other blogs. I HAD to have a WordPress website. I interviewed three web designers and I knew instantly I wanted Jenny at a website company right here in St. George, Utah. We clicked from the get go. She had someone that worked with her by the name of Chad. We clicked instantly as well. I always said, just design it, you both are experts. I don’t need choices, just do it. I want purple, and they took the ball and ran with it by designing my first website.

While they designed my website, I was setting up a business checking account, my LLC, and getting a business license. My sister, Carol helped me with printables and was patient beyond words with me. Remember, I had to learn to cut and paste and work on a real website. Yikes, am I crazy? I had NEVER used WORD! I was still using Word Perfect. Keep in mind, I’m 67 years old today. This was all new to me. I was setting up plugins, and I said to myself, what is a plugin? I remember shaking as Jenny taught me to use a WordPress website. What? I need to pay for hosting, well of course I do. Gotcha, Jenny, I have a self-hosted website. Before I knew it, I was into the website and training for about $5,000.00.

If you know how to do stuff yourself, it’s free or very cheap. I was clueless. Let’s just say, I have learned a lot over the last five years. I was paying for a life coach to help me stay focused. Lyn Christian, from Soul Salt Inc. rocks! I was paying for classes to learn how to use Google+. What the heck is Google+, I asked. I had never used it. I paid Jenny Melrose to coach me how to use Google+. I had to learn how to use Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Now I use Instagram. I swear I kept thinking I can’t LEARN anything new.

About six months after I started my blog, my friend, Lisa Blair called me and said, “How come you only have three boards and 30 followers on Pinterest?” I said, “What is a board?” The rest is history, thank you, my awesome friend, Lisa for teaching me about Pinterest.

What the heck is Rafflecopter, you ask? You use it for giveaways. Then I learned how to use Co-Schedule and Buffer. Oh my gosh, I hope I don’t need to learn anything else. When I was invited to be in a Southern Utah blogger group five years ago I had the opportunity to learn from some really awesome bloggers. We met monthly for dinner for maybe two years, as I remember, to share tips and ideas. I learned about blogging conferences, SEO (search engine optimizer) and so much more from them. Thankfully, I went to many conferences that were in Salt Lake City, Utah, so I could stay for FREE with my daughter and attend them. I met some really awesome bloggers at each conference. I learned a ton from my Southern Utah blogger group and the conferences. The one thing I remember most about my Southern Utah group was the fact that if you want to be a successful blogger you have to work really hard for two years in order to make money to support the expenses of running a WordPress website.

I was ready for that, I worked 10-14 hours a day seven days a week for four years. Remember, this was all so new to me. I was still in my pajamas at noon. Wow, I look back now and laugh. I was still in my jammies for lunch!!!! I had to learn Amazon. I had never used Amazon before I started my website. I have Amazon ads on my website and I had to learn to put them on my WordPress website. Oh my gosh, can I REALLY do this?  I wish I was more techie, but I’m not.

Three years after the first website was designed, the old developer stopped supporting my “theme”. IT WAS BROKEN! “what do you mean it’s broken,” I asked. “It will no longer work,” Chad said. I had to pay for another website (same name and content). Now, I need to hire someone to design another “theme”. $$$$$ here we go again.

This is getting very expensive now. Dang, I wanted a Genesis “theme” the second time but Chad my web designer decided on a different theme. He designed the website I have today along with his brother, Dallan. My website was hacked about six times the first year, which means someone is breaking into your website and it goes down, as in no website for a few hours or days. In December my website was down seven days. I get so mad just thinking about that week. Breathe, Linda, breathe.

I was hacked at least four times the second year. Dang, now I need to learn how to use a security system with my website and with a backup. Sucuri.net is now my best friend. They keep my website from being hacked, or at least between that company and my new hosting company, Liquid Web, I’m pretty secure. My website is very expensive to run each month. It started out as a hobby but became a business before I knew what was happening. I was going to shut my blog down in March (my second hosting company was not adequate) and two people besides my wonderful husband sent me emails to keep going. One was Todd Sepulveda from “Prepper Website” and the other was Jasper from LiquidWeb. If you need an awesome hosting company, contact Jasper at jhopkins@liquidweb.com. HE and Todd are the two people that made me realize, I NEED to keep going, as in writing. I thank both of them from the bottom of my heart. I truly love my readers as well, what can I say.

Okay, back to my blog, then came sponsors. What, you want to pay to advertise on my website? I was so grateful and honored to get paid to put their, “banners” on my website. This would help big time with my expenses. What, you want to give me “stuff” to review. I was overjoyed to be able to show the world with pictures how to use emergency preparedness stuff. I received boxes weekly with samples to taste and promote. I was beyond thankful. I could tell my readers how I felt about certain products. I have only sent back one item I was asked to review, an emergency radio. To have so few questionable items to review is a wonder to me. That’s one in five years, I just couldn’t recommend it.

I started my blog and asked a friend, Kendra, to help in the beginning. After six months of blogging, the New York Times sent us an email about doing an interview. WHAT? We were both interviewed, via the telephone. You know how interviews go, the article said Kendra started the blog with a friend. WHAT? LOL! Anyway, after about six months or so, Kendra decided to continue doing her own blog and a new little baby was on the way. New York Times Interview with Food Storage Moms I can still feel my heart beating so fast just thinking about being interviewed by the New York Times. At the time, I only had 4,000 followers a month.

The next thing, I know, I get an email about writing a book. Well, I never wanted to write a book, but I agreed to the interview via phone. I had no idea what a BIG deal this was, at least for me. It’s really hard to get a publisher to agree to publish the book you want to write. A lot of writers have written books and had them self-published. Both Melissa Richarson and Randal Chase, who had written books, and who I knew I could trust, looked over the contract I was being asked to sign. Melissa has since written one more book: Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast: Recipes for Whole Grain Health It’s very HARD to write a book, at least it was for me. Several times, I thought, I can’t do this. I swear, I can’t do this. Mark kept pushing me, yes you can. YES, YOU CAN. My kids and grandkids kept telling me, YES YOU CAN WRITE A BOOK!!

A couple years later, I received an email asking if Ted Koppel who wrote “Lights Out”, could interview me and keep the interview quiet because he was writing a book about emergency preparedness. They taped my interview, I wasn’t in the book, but as you know, I highly recommend it: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

My Blog Tips:

  1. Choose the name you want for your blog, make sure you can get the exact name on EVERY social media channel known to man.
  2. Check to see if that name is available to purchase from a website company or a company like GoDaddy.
  3. If you are the techie type, you will save a lot of money because you can set it up yourself.
  4. Setup an LLC if you are serious about making money. This means you need an EIN number.
  5. It’s time to get a business license if your state and or county requires it.
  6. You need a good CPA to help you with taxes.
  7. Yep, this means you need a business checking account.
  8. You need a Privacy Policy, yep you have a business now. Sponsors won’t talk to you without a Privacy Policy in place. Trust me, they will look for one.
  9. Setup MailChimp or something similar to send out emails when your posts are published. Just so you know, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) may be looking over your shoulder, so please don’t put a phony address on the emails you send out, big fines may apply if you are caught.
  10. If you want to sell something, you need a sales tax # for your state, if it applies.
  11. You need statements on your website that comply with the FTC. We must state that we MAY make money if someone clicks on links within our website.
  12. Make sure you have the dates of your blog at the very bottom showing it’s copyrighted material. January 1st of every year, change the date in the settings to confirm the new year if your “theme” doesn’t do it automatically.
  13. Make sure you have a backup of your blog, if your hosting company goes down, you may too.
  14. Set-up a security system besides the one your hosting company has, you can never be too safe.
  15. Set-up Rafflecopter if you want to do giveaways. It’s honest and there shouldn’t be any cheating when Rafflecopter chooses the winners.
  16. Hire a virtual assistant once you can afford to pay one. I did for about six months. Katie Clark was awesome from ClarksCondensed (com).
  17. Set up as many automatic schedulers that you feel appropriate for your budget. This means apps will do the scheduling for you. Yes, they cost money, but time is money. Remember, it’s a business. In order to make money, you must spend money. I’m starting to sound greedy, and I don’t want it to come across as that. I recommend, ViralTag, Co-Schedule, Buffer to start with.
  18. Choose a really good hosting company. They can make or break you, literally.
  19. Find bloggers you can trust and share ideas with. I will forever be thankful for Mary Ellen Seavey and Jazmin Rode for coming into my life through blogging. They have taught me more than any conference I have attended.
  20. Get a good camera, and buy photo stock pictures as well.

Thanks for letting me blab about my life and my blog today. Together we can teach our neighbors to bake bread, start a fire, make tortillas, a batch of beans, use a Sun Oven or boil water in a Dutch Oven. We can wash our clothes, make a portable toilet and washing machine. Please remember to get clothespins, these are my favorite ones: Kevin’s Quality Clothespins Set of 50.

May God bless you and your neighborhoods, we are prepared for the unexpected.

 

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Everything you Need to Know About Prepper Shelters

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Everything you Need to Know About Prepper Shelters Recently I asked a friend if he thought he was prepared for a disaster scenario, something like a  severe weather event or a human-caused catastrophe. He said: “Sure I am. I have a week or so worth of non-perishable food in the pantry and my AR-15 in …

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Gentle Reminder To Be Prepared To Survive Disasters

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This is my gentle reminder to be prepared to survive disasters. Now, this could be two feet of snow in your yard that doesn’t melt for two months, like a reader, Kathy, told me about where she lives. She said they hadn’t had snow like that in 20 years. What’s really scary is the thought of no garbage pickup or mail delivery for those two months. Luckily, Kathy was prepared with food and water, except for the cat she has who wouldn’t drink the powdered milk! I loved that comment! It’s a good reminder to store extra pet food for our dogs, cats, etc. I’m not sure what the farmers would do for outside animals. I now have a dog again, a male black and white ShihTzu, so I grabbed one extra bag of food when I went to the store the other day. Remember, we also need to store water for our pets, just a quick tip to think about.

Now, two months with that much snow means the roads were probably not driveable or they would have had garbage pickup and mail delivery. Is that a major disaster? Well, if you don’t have direct deposit for your monthly paychecks, retirement checks, or whatever, you may not be able to pay your bills. If you pay your bills online, if available, it wouldn’t be as major a disaster. Of course, if there is no mail delivery you may want to setup paperless statements. I prefer paperless statements on everything because they are never in the mailbox. If the power is down, that’s okay, I have direct deposit and my payments are ACH (automatic clearing house) which means my bills will automatically be paid whether or not I have the Internet. UNLESS we have a grid down we could get things done, with a grid down then payments will not exist. Paychecks will not exist, at least, until power is back up and running. Banks will be closed and your money unavailable. If you haven’t read the book called, “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel, you need to ASAP. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

If you haven’t purchased the paperback copy of my book, you may want to in order to be prepared for the unexpected: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation If you already have it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for buying it.

Gentle Reminder:

  1. Store food, even if it’s one can a week, just make sure it’s something you will enjoy eating.
  2. Store water, please store at least one gallon per person per day. I prefer four gallons per person per day, but that’s how I roll. Don’t forget to store water for your pet as well.
  3. Store your basic first aid supplies at the very minimum. If the stores are closed you may not have fever reducing medicine at your home if you use it. Yes, I love essential oils, but I need aspirin for my arthritis, it’s the only thing that works for me. Another gentle reminder to check your cabinets for your favorite ones.
  4. Store the product My Doctor Suggests Silver Solution if it’s right for you. I use it whenever I am exposed to sick people. I still wish churches had those hand sanitizer deals hooked to the walls. Oh my, the hand shaking and germs, just thinking out loud. Sorry, I use hand wipes on the grocery carts, I’m not proud, if the stores don’t supply them, I bring my own. Wow, I’m starting to sound like a germaphobic….okay, I own it. I recommend this one: 30ppm, Triple Strength pH Balanced Colloidal Solution – Daily Colloidal Silver Supplement for Immune Health – 16oz Bottle of Silver Water This silver will not turn you blue or gray, I use it all the time and have for years.
  5. These may be considered a first aid kit item, but I highly recommend this cough drop: Original All Natural Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop
  6. Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full because, as you may know, the tanks’ pumps don’t work without electricity. Now, if you live out in the country where an older gas station still exists and works with a hand crank you are lucky!
  7. Please check on your neighbors if you have a power outage. If you have older people living near you, see if they need help, I’m sure they would love a hug or two, I promise. Before you have a disaster, whether small or big, deliver a case or two of water to an elderly couple on your street. Trust me, if they were your parents you would love to have someone deliver some water in case of emergency. Also, consider giving WaterBricks for Christmas or birthdays to your family members. You can sleep at night knowing your loved ones have water when needed. Please help the elderly fill some containers, they may need that kind of help too.
  8. Flashlights are critical, so be sure to know where they are and have some extra batteries available. I gave a solar one to one of my granddaughters who went to college. She is serving a mission right now for her church, proud grandma here, she took it with her! I love it!

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected and heeding my gentle reminder tips, I thank you and you neighborhood thanks you! May God bless our world.

My favorite things:

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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

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

55 Gallon Water Preserver Concentrate 5 Year Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Survival Kits, Emergency Water Storage, Earthquake, Hurricane, Safety  I use 1/2 teaspoon per 3.5-gallon WaterBrick of this product. You only need to rotate every five years.

A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast.

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The Essentials of an Emergency Action Plan

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The Essentials of an Emergency Action Plan When disaster strikes, you need a plan. In a true disaster scenario, panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking. Without a well-rehearsed action plan, you’re sunk. An emergency action plan ensures you have the supplies you need and you take the appropriate actions during an emergency. …

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Are You Tired Of Being A Crazy Prepper?

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Are you tired of being a crazy prepper? Some people give me a blank stare if I mention “prepper”. I don’t want to be a “crazy prepper”. If you don’t know what I am talking about when I say prepper, let me explain. When I used to hear the word prepper, I assumed it was someone like me who is preparing for the unexpected. I’m a grandma, mother, sister, and an aunt who loves to store food for a rainy day., disaster or unforeseen emergency. Of course, I want to store water as well in order to survive if water lines are disconnected or the water is contaminated in some way. Just a note here, I will not use any tap water anywhere, nope, I will not. There are too many bacteria elements/spores in the water that I don’t want to drink or cook with. I use reverse osmosis in my home to purify it to 99.99% bacteria free. I try never to buy bottled water because I really don’t know where the different companies get their water. But, hey if I’m on the road, I may have to buy a bottle or two.

Let me explain why I am writing today’s post about being a crazy prepper. I started teaching classes on food storage and emergency preparedness in stores and in my home, years and years ago. I couldn’t get enough people in my neighborhood to come on board with me, so to speak, so I started my blog, Food Storage Moms in 2012. I wanted to teach the world about how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected.

Crazy Prepper

Here’s the deal, I feel like there are NOW what I would consider being crazy preppers out there doing things they consider important and reasonable. Please tell me what you think, I will add your comments to my post. It seems like many people are becoming survivalists, that’s not me. I’m just a chick in Southern Utah who wants to know how to survive a disaster or unforeseen emergency. I am not purchasing gas masks, I do store N95 masks because I learned we needed those when Mark and I took our C.E.R.T. classes. I do recommend buying N95 masks in case of a pandemic or if you may be in charge of helping others after a disaster. 3M 1860 Medical Mask N95, 20 Count I also store these in case of a blood or human saliva splash: Dynarex Face Mask with Shield, Tie on Surgical, 50 Count It would be nice to have child size ones as well: Cotton PM2.5 Anti-smog + N95 Activated Carbon Mask Children Masks Bear Green

Is it just me or are some of these preppers or preparedness people becoming a military type operation? This might include storing hundreds of weapons/ammunition, living in a bunker or metal Quonset hut, storing food and other items in metal storage containers located on property in the mountains, not being neighborly since they don’t want others to know what they are doing or storing. One family, I know about has built a 20,000 square foot home with four-foot concrete walls with a 12-foot solar run fence to ward off any scary people/offenders. The house has its own “grocery store” for their family. To you, these efforts may make total sense, but it seems a little over the top for me.

Others have built “bunkers” under the floor in their garages during initial home construction. We have one community not far from here where families are digging enclosures on the side of hills where they plan to live or at least secretly store items to be used in case of disaster. What are your thoughts? I’ve really struggled lately with what I am seeing on blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram as some preppers try to justify what they are doing, maybe in hopes of convincing others to do the same. I’ve actually had to take a step back from FaceBook for a few months. Yes, I still look at FaceBook, but I’m quickly scrolling through some of the garbage people are spitting out. I think, really people do you REALLY want to say that in public via social media? Yikes, I feel like I’m on a soapbox. Yes, I love learning from people I respect, but wow, some of the stuff on FaceBook is not acceptable to me. You may say, just get off FaceBook. That’s not going to happen. I have expenses to run my website, I must keep my business FaceBook page. I hope you as readers can understand where I am coming from today.

I started this blog to teach people about food storage and to learn the skills to survive a disaster and not have to depend on the government. Because, as you know, the government cannot take care of everyone. They can’t. Period. This is why I recommend buying an extra can of food each week and storing water as your budget allows you to purchase the necessary containers. I write sometimes to remind myself, oh yeah, Linda get a couple of one dollar bills this week and stash them for emergencies. I remind my readers to keep their gas tank 3/4 full now over the 1/2 full I suggested a  few years ago. The reason being when we lose power we may not have access to get gas for our cars to get out of the city if our community is evacuated. The gas pumps do not work without electricity. If you live out in the country where the gas pumps are hand powered you are the lucky ones.

Prepper Doctor

I have a really awesome prepper doctor. I love him, so let me tell you that upfront. He is a bit over the top to me, but I do respect him for being prepared. He has 5th wheel totally filled with emergency preparedness stuff, a trailer is attached to the 5th wheel ready to take water, and food up into the mountains. I have been to his a house a few times and I LOVE seeing what he has planned. It’s a bit too much for me, but at least he is prepared. He has a double cab truck and is ready to flee when the time comes. I would not say he is a survivalist with military type actions intended. He is teaching people in his church to be prepared for the unexpected. I wish I lived in his neighborhood. The sad thing is, he said he teaches a preparedness class monthly and only 3 or 4 people show up. It’s frustrating to him because he believes as I do that we must all be prepared for the unexpected. This is so frustrating to him.

This is why I will occasionally write a post about getting to know your neighbors. Hopefully, you live by like-minded prepared people. Where I live, I am extremely worried for some of my neighbors. I can count on one hand how many people realize how critical it is to be prepared within a three-mile radius. I’m not saying I want some crazy prepper living on my street, but a few prepared people would be awesome.

Thanks for following me and giving me your input. I want to teach the world to be prepared and learn tips from my readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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ZYLISS Lock N’ Lift Can Opener with Lid Lifter Magnet, White

Norpro Egg Beater Classic Hand Crank Style 18/10 Stainless Steel Mixer 12 Inches

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How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction?

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How to Make Fire With a Lemon – Fact or Fiction? When SHTF, sometimes we need to get creative. While you may not have all of these items on hand, I just wanted to show you what you can do with items you may be able to scavenge and a little ingenuity (MacGyver anyone?). Ok, …

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door

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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door This is one of the those great what if articles. Its a terrifying thought but one we must consider. If the big one hits, whatever that big one may be, you will have some serious decisions to make. Even as a well prepared survivalist …

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Spring Cleaning for Preppers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you need to declutter in order to make room for emergency supplies. Why you should de-clutter To motivate you, think of all the advantages you gain by de-cluttering now: Sell unwanted but usable items and get extra money for your emergency fund or for preparedness supplies.  Even kids get excited about getting rid of unwanted books and toys if […]

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Why You Need To Meet Your Neighbors

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My post today is explaining why you need to meet your neighbors. Of course, if you have lived in the same house for 30 years, you probably know almost everyone on the street. Where I live is mostly renters, so the people move in and out all the time. It’s a bit more difficult to get to know the ones that rent only 60 days, or even six months. I do have about 30% of the people on my street that actually own their homes. I live in a neighborhood where about 50% of the people are under 60 years old and about 50% are over the age of 60. It’s quite common to hear at least one or two ambulances every other month in my subdivision.

This is the reason why I feel very strongly about writing this post today. This last weekend was spring break and Easter. Well, Mark and I had company here and we heard the sirens very close to our home. Mark walked down the street to see if he could help in any way. He saw an ambulance drive away from a friend’s home. I’m sure because of “privacy issues” the fireman standing next to the firetruck would not confirm Mark’s question as to who was in the ambulance. The front door was open at the home and Mark rang the doorbell to see if her daughter was still there. The daughter is older and has some very critical medical issues so Mark asked her “was that your mom in the ambulance?” She nodded and said, “just call her”. Well, our friend in the ambulance did not answer her phone. Mark started trying to call people in the neighborhood who knew her extended family members’ phone numbers.

Keep in mind it’s the day before Easter and most people were out of town. All we needed was a phone number to contact her relatives to help with her daughter and let them know the ambulance left with our friend. It took Mark about an hour to get a relative’s phone number. Mark called a few people who then headed to the main hospital we have here in town. Luckily, she was okay, but was in really bad pain and the emergency room took very good care of her. The people who went to the hospital were able to bring her home after she was treated.

Meet Your Neighbors:

Here’s the deal why you need to meet your neighbors, we need contact information. Now, some people are very private and would never give you any information. I remember one day I looked in my mailbox and there was an envelope with a different address, that obviously had some credit cards enclosed. I walked down about four houses and knocked on the door. Well, I’ve never met these people and they must not want to meet anyone on the street. They had a huge sign on the door that says something like “We have our own religion, We don’t need anything, We don’t want to buy anything, and We love Jesus”. Well, I was hoping to give the credit cards to them personally but I put them in their mailbox. I get it.  I won’t be asking them to come to my “Contact Information” party, complete with bagels and cream cheese.

I am going to go knock on a few front doors and see if I can get a few to come to my party to share names and phone numbers in case of an emergency. Mark has two great friends, Craig and Craig in the neighborhood and I’m filling out a form for them to have in case of an emergency. I’m filling out a form for our best friends, Brent and Kathleen to have in case they need to get in touch with family members for any reason, emergency or whatever. I hope I can get a few people to come to my “Contact Information” party and this way we can all help each other when needed.

This picture below is a partial copy of the document, and here is the PRINTABLE: FSM Emergency Contact Info

meet your neighbors

I also have a shortened version I call my Emergency Contact Information PRINTABLE: Emergency Contact Information

Emergency Contact Information

Name:

  1. Email:
  2. Home phone number:
  3. Cell phone number:
  4. People to contact with information indicated above

Name:

  1. Email:
  2. Home phone number:
  3. Cell phone number:
  4. People to contact with information indicated above

 

Just think how much easier it would be for everyone if we could contact family members or friends of our neighbors after a disaster, or an unforeseen emergency if we had emails, phone numbers, etc. Of course, I’m hoping we have electricity or the internet in order to do this, I understand we may not at some time or another. Block parties would be awesome as well. This is why you need to meet your neighbors. I need to meet all of my neighbors. May God bless you and your neighbors to get together and share emergency contact information.

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Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets (40311)

Avery 74102 Top loading non-glare poly sheet protectors, heavy, 100 per box

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Beware of Home Storage IRAs

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Beware of Home Storage IRAs   On some of the most well known talk radio shows we often hear them talk about the benefits of a precious metals IRA. These are commercials and ads for their sponsors so they would not dare say a bad thing about them  Do I fault these hosts? Yes. In …

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11 Tips That Will Help You Succeed at Prepping

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11 Tips That Will Help You Succeed at Prepping –  Prepping for anything from a burn at a cookout to a full on economic disaster brings with it many challenges that go beyond the things you can buy. Your skills and mental aptitude largely determine your chances for actual success in a survival situation, not …

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Donald Trump and War with Syria

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Donald Trump and War with Syria –  It would seem like the perfect storm is ginning up for our new president. We have watched the white house take a tough stance on North Korea and now drone strikes on Syria. This article is written with both of these scenarios in mind and speaks to the …

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52 Survival Skills your Kids Should be Learning

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52 Survival Skills your Kids Should be Learning Our little angels are the prospectors of the future. Its hard to look at them as they crawl or run or discover and consider the hardships they will one day face. Of course, we must allow them the time to push around their toy cars and enjoy …

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Surviving in the Wilderness

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Surviving in the Wilderness A different take on an old idea. You know, its easy to disregard and article based on a often covered topic. What you are missing in doing so is the fact that every person is a unique experience and they offer that in their writing. Its often those little tips and …

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Vehicular Terrorist Attack

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Vehicular Terrorist Attack Could you ever have imagined a time when we would be concerning ourselves with the threat of vehicular terrorists attacks. The fact is our nation and western nations around the world have been so inundated with people who hate the beauty of western society that terrorism happens at anytime, anyplace and by …

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Conceal Carry the ScotteVest

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Conceal Carry the ScotteVest Some inventions are made for preppers and the creators don’t even know it. This product showed up on the hit television show Shark Tank but I never knew about it until this article. The ScotteVest is basically an Every Day Carriers dream you can carry food, water, phones, tablets, sunglasses, cameras, …

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How to Make Real Bugout Plans

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How to Make Real Bugout Plans There is always room for a nice bug out article. The bugout has been adulterated by over saturation and over simplification. It almost seems like a vacation when I read some articles and watch videos about the bugout. The truth is, when you decide to leave the protection of …

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Don’t Forget to Include this Essential Ingredient in Your Food Storage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Besides basic things like food and water, we take for granted many other items we use on a daily basis such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, clothing, etc.  One item that came to mind is salt.  I decided we need to store more salt:  it is inexpensive and plentiful now, but if we were to run out, we would really miss it.  For hundreds of years, salt was not readily available […]

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Is the US about to Bomb North Korea

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Is the US about to Bomb North Korea Last week we did a story on the newest threat from North Korea. With each passing day their nuclear capabilities improve. What once seemed like an isolated yet despotic regime, North Korea is extending their reach. So much so that the United States government has taken serious …

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27   I’d like to wish everyone all the joy and hope that Easter brings.

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Medical Preparedness

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Medical Preparedness A topic that many people attempt to avoid, medical preparedness is important. There are very few who spend lots of time on understanding how to be medically prepared for a disaster. Much of this has to do with the fact that to be a doctor you spend untold amounts of time in school …

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10 How-To Books Worth Owning

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10 How-To Books Worth Owning They say knowledge is power and that you need wits to survive when the world around you crumbles. As preppers, we are used to stockpile food, water and survival gear. We gather all the things we might need during a crisis and we hope for the best. However, gathering knowledge …

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Can People Eat Pet Food in an Emergency?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of my co-workers, a devoted mom and pet owner, told me her toddler accidentally ate a dog biscuit and liked it.  She had turned her back for a minute as the little girl grabbed a dog biscuit from the counter, placed it in her mouth and ate it.  I was a bit taken aback but she said it had all natural, organic ingredients.  And. she tasted it herself after it happened.   […]

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Triangulating your Position

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Triangulating your Position  Navigation in the wild is intimidating. There is no getting around that. Its like anything else you know very little about. The consequences could be high and if you are uninformed you could be lost out there amongst the bears and wolves. Of course, that’s a terrifying thought. This article employs several …

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Money Mondays: 10 Ways I Save Money with Baking Soda in My Apartment

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We haven’t had a Money Mondays feature in a while so it’s time for another one!  Everyone knows about using a box of baking soda to avoid odors in the fridge, but many people stop there in spite of all the known uses for baking soda. I’ve read hundreds of tips, and not all of them work for me.  I know you can brush your teeth with it, but I am not ready […]

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15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

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I’m sharing 15 reasons why you do not want to bug out. First of all, I have never liked the word bug out. For years we have heard we need a 72-hour kit either from your local church, county or state agencies. Frankly, they are useless. Yes, they will be fine for a day or two if you haul water with them. I’m coming on pretty strong today because I am actually sick and tired of seeing negative comments on Facebook that have to do with our government. I’m pretty opinionated on my views, but you will NEVER see them on Facebook. I have better things to do with my time. Okay, I better step down off my soapbox and explain why I will not bug out or leave my home after a disaster. If my house caves in after an earthquake, yes I will have to leave, that’s another story. If and when we go to war things will change, we need to be ready for war within our own country. Possibly even our own neighborhoods. Maybe “war” is a bit strong, but oh my gosh, I would hate to live by some of the people who are making negative statements on Facebook or on blogs and websites.

I have lived through a tornado in Illinois, an ice storm in Illinois, major flooding in Utah and horrendous winds in Utah. I’ve bailed water from flooded homes and sandbagged many houses over the years. I’m very concerned where I live today because I live fairly close to a major freeway. I can bet you right now we will have riots on that freeway when the SHTF! The county where I live has warned us about this. It’s the main thoroughfare for California and Nevada heading to northern Utah. The county is expecting 400,000 to 500,000 people to head to Utah if the west coast has issues, and it will. There is no other place to go, they will head this way.

I have told you before about the first 72 hours after a disaster. The first 24 hours the lights will go out because we will have no power. We may look across the street to see if the neighbors have power, nope, it’s dark there too. Don’t flush those toilets it may back up into your house. Just giving you the heads-up here. If you don’t have an emergency toilet, you better get one NOW, and a shovel to bury the refuse away from any water source.

The next 24 hours, we will be checking with our neighbors to see what’s going on. We may get an alert IF the disaster is only our neighborhood. If you haven’t registered your cell phone with your city or county please do it today. Just Google Reverse 911 and your city or county. You will then follow the instructions to add your phone number to the emergency database. Hopefully, your neighbors have stored some food and water because the local grocery stores will be empty with 48 hours or less. I can picture checking on a few of my neighbors, unless of course it’s a pandemic. Then I will not leave my home. In my neighborhood, I could only get two other families to get good walkie talkies so we could communicate if we had to stay in our homes. I taught a class once and this is the set the search and rescue team suggested we all get. Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) I’ve seen these at Costco sometimes as well.

The next 24 hours people are going to start getting agitated if they haven’t already. Here’s the deal, some people are prepared, but most are not prepared for any disaster or unforeseen emergency. I have had people say, I’m going to Linda’s if the SHTF or after a disaster. Really? You may want to think again. I cannot feed the neighborhood or supply enough water for everyone. It’s not going to happen. I have asked many neighbors to get prepared for the unexpected. Some have followed my advice and many, many have not. Do I get discouraged, sure I do! Some people think the government will take care of them. Some people believe that faith in their church will carry them through anything. When people get hungry, they get mean. I mean really mean. They will do anything to feed and hydrate their family.

Today, I am begging you to see if you can get your neighborhood to be prepared. I feel like screaming from my rooftop and no one is listening. I know a lot of my readers leave me comments they are prepared, or at least working on it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You rock, but I have probably told you that before! Now, I do not have a tent, bunker or a house in the woods away from civilization. So, here are my thoughts today why you do not want to bug out unless you have the means to do it.

15 Reasons Why You Do Not Want To Bug Out

  1. Your house would be your safest bet to keep you from the weather, hot or cold. I may have told you about my friend that purchased a tent that would fit 8-10 people. I couldn’t even get that box in my only car, a Honda CRV. Nope, it would not fit. I am not buying a tent. Period.
  2. Our homes hopefully have the food we have stored for emergencies.
  3. Our homes should have water stored to go with that food and to keep our family hydrated.
  4. I have a comfortable bed in my home and will sleep better than a cot or in a sleeping bag in a tent.
  5. I have my cooking devices I will need to prepare meals or boil water.
  6. I have an emergency toilet complete with bags, kitty litter and lots of toilet paper. I made family cloths that are ready to use once the toilet paper runs out. I cut flannel into 9-inch squares.
  7. I have two different ways in my home beside the washing machine to wash and rinse my clothes. Yep, I even have a clothesline.
  8. I have fuel stored in my garage that is not flammable, and propane in my yard that is flammable.
  9. I have all my kitchen supplies with pans, Dutch ovens, my Sun Oven, etc. right here at home.
  10. I have all the first aid supplies at my fingertips. I could suture a bad cut if I need to do that.
  11. I have the tools, shovels, etc. right here ready to use.
  12. I have solar power ready to power up my Bosch bread maker or my wheat grinder. Of course, if I have no power I have a hand crank wheat grinder ready to start cranking to grind my hard white wheat I have stored. I still have my large stainless steel bowl to make bread by hand. I love that bowl, by the way, my mom used to have one to make her bread. If you don’t have one, get one. Update International (MB-1600) 16 qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
  13. It’s safer being at home unless of course, we have an earthquake and our home is flattened. If you think going up to the mountains to survive is going to be safer, think again. We don’t know what’s in the mountains, are there crazy people up there looking for food or water? You may run into strangers who are not friendly. You may become a target, think about that.
  14. The roads may not be safe if you can get gas for your car. You may remember I use to say keep your gas tank half full. Now, I recommend no less than 3/4 full. Those fuel pumps at the gas stations don’t work without electricity.
  15. Please get together with your neighbors and see if you can put a plan together to help each other. People will get mean when they have no food or water after a disaster. You will be safer at home with all the preps you have been gathering over the years. Your neighborhood is YOUR community, we must work together.

May God bless this world, we have major issues coming. If we are prepared we will not be afraid. I am prepared for anything that comes my way. I hope our neighbors do not depend on us. We must all bring something to the table. The government will not be able to help everyone right away. There are not enough medical personnel to take care of our entire community. Trust, me on that one. I took a C.E.R.T. class and the county gave us the statistics, our city had like 180 beds in the hospital. Yes, the medical personnel will make do in schools and churches, but we must be able to take care of our own medical needs until help arrives. Please take some classes and buy this book. I call it my medical bible. If we don’t have power a Kindle version will not work. The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

Please buy my book before you need it: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation My book is available worldwide online and in every bookstore. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for trying to be prepared for the unexpected.

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The Stranger in the Woods – Book review and giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring a new book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. What is the book about? The book is about the the North Pond Hermit, Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the Maine woods, without any human contact, for 27 years. Having seen the stories about his capture in the news back in 2013, I thought it would make for an […]

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7 Essential Prepper Food Storage Containers

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7 Essential Prepper Food Storage Containers Food storage is essential for preparing for almost any disaster or SHTF situation. What you store your food in can make a big difference in it’s shelf life and longevity. There is not just one best container for storing foods, many different types are better for different uses. Whether …

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The Stranger in the Woods – Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring a new book, The Stranger in the Woods:  The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. What is the book about? The book is about the the North Pond Hermit, Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the Maine woods, without any human contact, for 27 years.  Having seen the stories about his capture in the news back in 2013, I thought it would make for an […]

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Create a Simple Farady Cage

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Create a Simple Farady Cage The EMP is still a substantial threat to our society. A government report was published only a few years ago that detailed the effects of an EMP on much of the infrastructure in our country. Water, food production, electricity and transportation are some of the most important services that would …

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5 Perennial Vegetables You Only Need To Plant Once and Enjoy Forever

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5 Perennial Vegetables You Only Need To Plant Once and Enjoy Forever Grow a great survival garden with these perennial veggies and rest assured that they will grow and grow year after year! I found a great article that tells us 5 vegetables that you only need to plant once and they will keep coming …

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How to Get Started with Hunting

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A lot of survival sites advise “learn how to hunt for food” in the event of a collapse.  Indeed, in Venezuela, where there is widespread hunger, desperate people are killing animals that are not normally considered as food.  However, unless you have a family that hunts, many city dwellers would not know the first thing about hunting.  I thought it would be interesting to find out how do you get started with hunting for readers who are curious about what’s […]

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Compassion and Emergency Preparedness

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With Easter coming up we have been thinking a lot about Jesus lately. This Easter we are participating in the #PrinceofPeace Easter campaign put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The campaign will focus on different principles of peace offered through Jesus Christ. While the campaign focuses on the following 8 principles, we wanted to focus on COMPASSION on the blog.

  • April 9 – Faith: Mark 5:36
  • April 10 -Compassion: Matthew 14:14
  • April 11 – Forgiveness: Luke 6:37
  • April 12 – Repentance: Isaiah 1:18
  • April 13 -Gratitude: John 11:41
  • April 14 -Scripture: Matthew 4:4
  • April 15 – Prayer: Matthew 21:22
  • April 16 – Hope: 1 Cor. 15:19, 22

So what does food storage have to do with compassion? Want to know a super common question we get that we haven’t ever liked to answer:

“If disaster strikes? What are you going to do when people come knocking on your door?!?!?”

When we REALLY think “What would Jesus do” … the obvious answer is — he would turn 5 loaves into enough to feed thousands. Most of us probably won’t have the ability to perform that sort of miracle, in an emergency situation. But perhaps when it comes to Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness, having compassion is actually teaching and sharing with those around us.

Teaching those around you

Last week we posted a link to some resources you could use when making community plans. We hope you saw it and can use them. We have also put together some group lesson plans for families, churches, or communities to use to teach classes on different preparedness principles such as how to use wheat, or why it’s necessary to build a food storage.

We feel strongly that it is the most compassionate thing we can do to teach others the skills necessary to be able to be self reliant in an emergency. Don’t wait until an emergency situation arises, begin the process now. Whether you just share helpful tips, forward our BabyStep Checklists to others, or organize large scale community or church group events … there is something you can do to teach others and help them become more prepared.

Storing extra

The whole purpose of our blog is to teach our readers how to build their own food storage. We have a number of calculators and other tools to help you determine the amounts you need to store for your own families. What if you take that a step further and actually PLAN to store extras so that you really can have compassion on your neighbors, family, and friends should an emergency situation arise. How would it feel to be able to willingly give to others a portion of your stores instead of feeling nervous and agitated about having enough for yourself?

Did you know that you can buy SUPER inexpensive food storage from Home Storage Centers around the world? (Click here to find out if there is one near you.) People used to go to these centers and buy food in bulk and can them themselves there. However, things have changed now and you can just walk in and buy many products already sealed in #10 cans. This is a great place to get your basic, staple, long-term storage products at the best prices. For those who don’t live near a Home Storage Center you can even order ONLINE now with very minimal shipping charges. It’s a great option for the items they do have, although the variety isn’t that awesome. Click here to check out the online store and see what you can get! You don’t have to be a member of the LDS church to be able to shop at either the Home Storage Centers or the online store.

If you want to see the inside of an LDS Home Storage Center check out the fun little trip our friend Al Fox Carraway took to a local home storage center just the other day.


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How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

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Today, I’m following up with my ideas on how to store emergency preparedness items. I have a small home, as I have mentioned before. It’s 1900 square feet, and you may remember, I have a three car garage. The third stall, which could hardly fit any size car, is where Mark and I organized all our emergency preparedness items. All my food storage remains inside the house. I only store emergency preparedness stuff that can withstand the heat here in Southern Utah in the summer. Outside temperatures have gotten as high as 120 degrees, making the temperature in the garage, even with all the insulation we have added, higher than food storage items can stand for any length of time. Yep, it’s hot here in the summer! We have a lot of dust here, so you see that I all of my stuff has been put in protective plastic zippered bags.

I hope this post shows the world several different options to store emergency preparedness items. I apologize for the different size pictures, but I wanted you to see as much as possible on each rack.

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

I have hanging shelves from my garage ceilings (I have seen the shelves at Costco). They are 4 feet by 8 feet and about 18-24 inches hanging from the ceiling. The portable washing machines are two 6-gallon buckets (one has drilled holes in it), a green Gamma lid and a mobile washer like this one: Breathing Mobile Washer Classic – Portable Clothes Washing Machine – Handheld – Manual – Mobile Hand Powered Laundry Solution – Superior Materials and Construction The large wash buckets can be found at most stores, these are made by Behrens. Behrens 2, 15-Gallon Round Steel Tub I went to an antique store to get a washboard. Bwbg7 Galvanized Washboard (Wbg7)

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

I bought some heavy duty racks from Costco online and they deliver them to your house. They are 72 inches tall by 48 inches wide and 18 inches deep. They have some heavy duty rolling wheels which are nice when I need to move them.

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

I label everything with cardstock and place the 1/2 sheets in the buckets so I know what I have in each one. My 72-hour kits below are in plastic bags with a list of items that are in each one.

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

I have a very small kitchen, so I store my pressure canner and water bath canner outside in those bags as well. These are the bags that I buy, depending on the size of the item I’m storing: Richards Homewares – Set of 4 Md Chests 12 Guage Vinyl 12x16x8 each, Kitchen You can buy these at Bed Bath and Beyond as well. All of my Lodge Dutch ovens and cast iron pieces have Lodge bags, if available, and then they are stored in the appropriate size bags to keep them dust free. Set of 2 Clear Zippered Sweater Storage Bags

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

The buckets below are color coded for a reason. I can see at a glance how much FUEL I have. I have the regular propane tanks out on the back patio stored away from the house. I buy these colored buckets and Gamma lids from Pleasant Hill Grain: Gamma Lids (all different colors) and the 5-gallon colored buckets. Any bucket with a lid will work, I’m just an organized chick, it’s who I am.

  1. Green-clean scrap wood
  2. Red-oak lump charcoal
  3. Black-clean pine cones
  4. Blue-Kingsford’s charcoal briquettes without the starter fluid

How To Store Emergency Preparedness Items

Now, that I have shared some of my ideas on how to store emergency preparedness items, please share yours with me. I will add them to my post. May God bless us all when an unforeseen disaster strikes our community. We will be ready, that’s for sure.

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34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalists Should Know

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This article was shared with us by Colin, freelance writer and editor at Basis Gear Maybe you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to outdoor survival, or perhaps you are searching for some? In any case, it goes without saying that as an earth-dweller, surviving outdoors is a matter of extreme importance. When it comes down to this, preparation is everything. How should you prepare? By taking into account the variety of skills and information essential […]

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Bugging Out vs. Full Time Retreat

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Bugging Out vs. Full Time Retreat   Bugging out is no light weight issue and its good to read an article that looks at it that way as well. One of the greatest injustices done to preppers across the nation by the Nat Geo Doomsday Preppers nightmare was the representation of the bug out. It …

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Why You Should Include Cash in Your EDC

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Why You Should Include Cash in Your EDC   The amount cash that is being saved by Americans is terrifying. We are a plastic society. More than half of all Americans do not have access to enough cash to survive for two months. This is a real problem! ATMs only give out 300 per day …

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