Severe Weather Preparation!

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Severe Weather Preparation! Bob Hawkins “The APN Report“ Audio in player below! My! How the days fly by! The official start of summer…school’s out, vacation time, hot days, warm nights, the whole “Hot time in the old town” thing. It’s also time for severe weather, as if you haven’t already read the headlines of tornadoes … Continue reading Severe Weather Preparation!

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ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO CARRY SURVIVAL GEAR IN YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU ARE GOING BUSH, BUT THERE IS NO POINT IN LEAVING THAT GEAR IN THE VEHICLE IF YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE!
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Making Maple Syrup

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2_tappedinsnowMaking Maple syrup is an annual celebration of spring, as it is one of the first wild plant foods of the year and the rising of the sap marks the beginning of the spring harvest.  For the do-it-yourself tapper, it is not so much about calculating (the work to syrup ratio turns many a woodsman to purchase rather than boil, and perhaps even to the manufactured, corn syrup based, imitations) as it is about experiencing the full spectrum of early spring weather while communing with the forests and partaking in one of the most quintessentially American traditions.

By Nathaniel Whitmore, a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache

For me, cooking sap is a way of remembering my first mentor who taught me of wild edibles and medicinal herbs.  It is also a time to remember the Native Americans who taught early colonists how to tap Maple trees and boil the sap into syrup and sugar.  It is also a great way to start off a new year with an act of self-reliance.  Even if you don’t have the time or lifestyle to make syrup every year, you should be familiar with the basic principles and practices in the case of necessity.  The process is rather simple, but there are several things to know and be aware of.  This article will explain the basic steps of making syrup, including some information you should know about trees, the season, and the process of cooking.

When to Make Maple Syrup

When the dormant sap of trees first rises in the late winter and early spring, its sugar content is high and it is free of many of the stronger tasting constituents of the sap of a fully awakened tree.  It is this sap, that rises and descends back to the roots with the warm and cold of early spring.  Once the trees bud, the sap takes on bitter flavor and remains suspended in the tree, while the hole you drill to receive the sap through starts to heal up.

This year, because of regular warm spells, the sap is very watery.  I have not counted the gallons I boiled or the syrup resulting from it, but I have heard a couple people say that a local paper reported that the ratio was around 70 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.  Good cold winters followed by ideal spring conditions (such as a March, in my area, with lots of warm days well above freezing alternating with cold nights well below freezing), produce much sweeter sap than warm winters.  We had sap flow all year and by mid February people were tapping trees and getting good sap flow.  Often, it is still much too cold in February for much sugaring.  Generally, a good year starts off with Sugar Maple yielding around 1 gallon of sap for 35 gallons of syrup.  The average for Sugar Maple is said to be 40 to 1.  The average for Red Maple is 60 to 1.  In spite of the watery sap, the syrup still tastes delicious!

Which Trees to Tap

Generally, syrup is made from Maple trees.  However, many other types of trees were tapped by Native Americans, including Birch, Ash, Hickory, and Black Walnut.  The ideal tree is Sugar Maple.  Quite a lot of syrup is made from Red Maple.  Silver Maple, Ash-Leaf Maple (Box Elder), and others can also be used.  

9_maple_leaf_imageMaple trees are relatively easy to pick out.  One distinct characteristic of Maples is that they have opposite branching.  When looking at the buds or branch silhouettes, you can see that the buds are formed directly opposite each other and the branches tend to remain that way (of course, here and there one of two opposite branches breaks off, but overwhelmingly the opposite branch arrangement is obvious).  Most other trees have alternate branch arrangement, where the branches come from one side then the other, or spiral around, so that they are alternating, rather than opposite.  A third type, such as is seen in many evergreens, is the whorled arrangement, in which several branches spread out from a certain point, or node.

The only other trees in my area besides Maple that have opposite leaves are Ash trees.  Ash are easy to tell apart because, having compound leaves, the branches are rather stout (the smaller branching taking place in the deciduous stem of the compound leaf).  Since Maple have only simple leaves, they need more finely divided branches.

Maple bark is distinct, but difficult to describe and highly variable.  Red Maples develop a much more shaggy appearance in older specimens, while Sugar Maple has its distinct folds.  Red Maples have large red buds, while those of Sugar Maple are smaller and brown.  Sugar Maple prefers upland, more exposed areas.  Red Maple prefers moist areas and is also known as Swamp Maple.  (Sugar Maple is known as Hard Maple and Red as Soft Maple because of the density of the wood.  Sugar Maple is good firewood.)

Besides the sugar content of the sap, Red Maple often doesn’t flow as well as Sugar because of the cooler shady areas it tends to grow.  Generally, people try to tap on the south side of the tree of trees with good southern exposure.  This is because on an average year, the trees that warm up the easiest run the best for syrup productions.  However, if you are tapping the same trees year after year, you will want to spiral around the tree with the taps each year to avoid damaging the “sweet spot”.

Tapping the Trees

9_dropofsapI use a non-electric drill to make the holes for my spiles.  It is a traditional tool, works well, is much more peaceful than a power drill, and doesn’t run out of battery power.  The holes are drilled so that they are a little deeper than the spile will need to go (you don’t want to smash it into the back of the hole) and at a little bit of a downward slant so the sap doesn’t stagnate in the back of the hole. When you hammer the tap, or spile, into the hole, take care not to split the tree.  If you split the tree, sap will run out of the crack and less through your spile into the sap bucket.  I listen for a change in tone as I tap.  When the hollow thud turns to a crisp note, I know the spile is seated tightly.

Hang your bucket, cover with the lid, and, if the weather is right, enjoy the pings of the drops of sap landing in the empty buckets.

Boiling Maple Sap

Cooking of the sap is best done in a shallow pan, for surface area.  Bring the sap to a good boil.  As it gets cooking and for a little while after it is boiling impurities will rise to the top in the form of foam.  Use a sieve to scoop the foam from the boiling sap. Repeat this until it is cooking well without abundant foam production.  Every time you add sap, you will need to repeat the process of removing impurities as they foam to the surface.

3_3_goldenelixerAnother type of foam marks the end of the process.  Once the sugar concentration gets to a certain point, which depends also on the temperature, it turns to foam.  This is a very important point, for if you are not carefully watching towards the end, you could miss this stage as the syrup all turns to foam and bubbles out of the pan.  Many people like to finish the process inside.  It is particularly dangerous to leave almost finished syrup unattended in your home.  It could foam over and cause some problems.  This second foam, which marks the sugar concentration of syrup, is not to be removed with the sieve – it will simply calm back down to syrup once taken off the flame.

Finishing Steps

Once cooled, the syrup should be poured into large jars and let settle so that the sediment can sink to the bottom.  You can then pour the clear syrup off the top.  It might then be left to settle again, to remove any more sediment or sugar sand.  Often, people like to filter the syrup.  It can then be jarred.

With time, and sometimes quite quickly with watery syrup, mold can develop.  In order to recover moldy syrup simply bring to a simmer again and skim the mold off the top.  Let it simmer for a bit, being careful not to let it foam over, and skim repeatedly to make sure the syrup is heated up well and the impurities are completely removed.

Equipment

4_buckets on Red MapleI use the old fashioned galvanized buckets.  Many people today use plastic equipment, including plastic hose linked together to replace buckets at each tree.  I have often wondered about ways to make syrup without these specialty spiles and buckets.  Natives would sometimes collect sap through “v” shaped cuts, rather than holes with spiles.  It is, of course, possible to fashion spile with wood, bamboo, or other plants.

The process of cooking becomes much more challenging without metal.  The large, flat, pans used for sap boiling are perfect for the job.  I can’t easily imagine trying to boil without it.  Native people used hot rocks to boil sap, and apparently for making sugar.  I am sure they had ingenious ways for doing so, but any quantity of production will be much easier (and still plenty of work) with metal.

Drinking Sap

5_maplesyrupWhen I first began making Maple syrup, I was warned not to drink the sap.  However, this old knowledge was either misguided or the wisdom, for better or worse, has been forgotten.  Today, there are many companies bottling the sap itself for commercial sale.  It is being promoted as a sort of northern version of Coconut water. Sap, especially the first of the season, is indeed delicious.  It has a noticeably sweet taste and is otherwise clean and crisp like water.  Besides sugar, it has significant mineral content. It is also enjoyable to use the partially concentrated sap for making tea and oatmeal.  So, really, there are many ways to enjoy Maple sap, straight from the tree, during the cooking process, and as syrup.

Even if making Maple syrup is not much of an option, sap is a potentially important clean water substitute.  Weather permitting and without a good water source, it could be possible to tap a tree in the spring and collect the sap for cooking and drinking.  I mostly use 3 gallon buckets on the trees and on good days they can overflow.

One year I made some syrup from Black Birch when boiling from a stand of Red Maple.  The Maple ran for a couple weeks before the Birch started.  The Birch continued after the Red Maple had stopped.  The Black Birch produced copious amounts of sap.  Similarly, the Black Walnut that we tapped this season, though it dripped a little when first drilled it did not run much at first, when the Sugar Maple were productive, but then started to run well.  So, the staggered timing of the various tree’s sap flow is significant.  Knowing when which trees tend to run could help you collect sap beyond the season of any one species.

Pancake Ideas

pancakes_syrupOne final thought about Maple syrup- pancakes!  Since much of the delight in Maple syrup is in gathering food from the trees, I especially like to include other ingredients from the trees when eating it.  One of my favorites is acorn pancakes.  Properly prepared acorns are delicious and make very tasty pancakes.  I also like to use Slippery Elm powder as an ingredient.  (Sometimes, I simply make a gruel with Slippery Elm and Maple syrup.  It is very delicious.)  Walnuts can be added for additional flavor and nourishment from the trees.

The obvious drawback to Maple syrup is its high simple sugar content.  For this reason, I also like to use Cinnamon at times in my pancakes.  Cinnamon is known to help with blood sugar problems.  Blueberries (and other dark-colored fruits) are also good, as their high antioxidant content helps offset the sugar concentration.  Using such healthy ingredients makes enjoying Maple syrup a more wholesome and nourishing experience.

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This week Rich Murphy, a regular writer for Off The Grid News, shares with us some tips on how he uses his new Pocket Power X in his day to day life and also when in an “Off Grid” situation. Over the next few weeks Rich will be sharing with us just a few of the many uses of the Pocket Power X!

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Becky tells you how much it cost to raise a pig and explains how she gets the hog to the butcher and shows you how much meat you get from one pig. She breaks down all the prices and tells you the final cost per pound for this awesome home grown organic meat.

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Special Needs Preppers: Pregnancy, Babies, and Toddlers

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Preppers- Babies pregnancy toddlersMy children are big enough to not need many special accommodations, but when they were younger, just keeping their emergency supplies up to date (in other words, clothing that fit and food they would eat) could be a challenge! The truth is that little kids end up with a lot of emergencies, most of the potty, food, and otherwise messy variety. Parents already carry a lot of “emergency supplies” with them!

In a larger disaster, the challenges are determining what you need for a longer period, quite possibly away from home, and ways to keep your little one comfortable and content away from home. If you’re an expectant mother, you have your own set of unique needs.

Emergency needs for pregnant women

Given how swiftly needs change during pregnancy, your Bug Out Bag or emergency kit may not be up to date. You’ll probably want to add a month’s supply of prenatal vitamins, a portable water filter (hydration is extremely important and you may end up in an area with questionable water), a few Mylar pouches of water, high calorie nutrition bars, and antacid tablets. Another good addition is a small bottle of acetaminophen, deemed to be safe for pregnant women, Benadryl (can be helpful as a mild sleep aid, too), a laxative, and any other medications your doctor recommends.

Nutrition will be an extremely important consideration, so carefully consider the emergency food you have on hand. These store especially well:

  • Canned or dry beans (naturally high in folate)
  • Lentils and lentil soup
  • Freeze-dried bananas for potassium and energy
  • Freeze-dried and/or canned chicken (quick meals, great protein source)
  • Eggs — dried eggs are handy and store well
  • Oatmeal — Make your own “instant oatmeal” by briefly processing oats in a blender and adding dried fruit, dried milk, and a little sugar.
  • Freeze-dried spinach — a good way to have a leafy green that stores long-term
  • Orange drink powder — I don’t love the sugar content, but the Vitamin C is necessary and the sugar can give you a quick energy boost.
  • Almonds, walnuts — a healthy source of fat
  • Freeze-dried or dehydrated fruit

If you’re pregnant and have strange cravings, it wouldn’t hurt to add a few servings to your kit. If it’s something like Taco Bell Quesaritos, well, I guess you’ll just have to keep on hand a map of all Taco Bells within 100 miles or so!

Whatever you pack, it’s smart to keep a basic list with notations of where to find the items in case someone else needs to pack for you because you either aren’t home or aren’t feeling well. Pregnancy brain is infamous for making women forgetful, and so is sleep deprivation, which continues until at least when they start school. Lists are your friend!

Along with food and water, at a bare minimum, you will need pre-natal vitamins, any other medication, doctors’ diagnosis, and comfortable clothing with room to grow. If you have any kind of sleep or comfort aids, including wedge pillows, belly bands, etc. note it. If you have any medical issues, have up-to-date copies of your prescriptions and medical charts. It’s also a good idea to bring something from your doctor, like an ultrasound picture, that shows your Estimated Delivery Date. There may be restrictions (and extra assistance) once you reach a certain gestational point and the last thing you want is to be unable to prove either that those restrictions don’t apply to you or that you do rate the assistance (if needed) because you don’t “look” the way someone thinks you should.

If you are pregnant, part of your emergency preparedness should also include a “Plan B” for your birth. Few things are as scary to a pregnant woman as the prospect of birthing in unfamiliar or dangerous conditions. Mothers-to-be are busy enough making “Plan A” for their birth, most of us never even consider a “Plan B” that involves giving birth elsewhere because of evacuation or inability to get to a hospital. Even if your “Plan B” isn’t meticulously planned out, it’s helpful to have a general idea.  Many birth classes go over what to do if you unexpectedly find yourself in the middle of an unplanned unassisted birth.

Potty Issues

Some women have pregnancy-related bladder leakage problems. If you are one of them, pack accordingly. Even if you aren’t, be prepared for your water to break, even if you don’t think you are far enough along. A few extra maxi pads don’t take much space and if you don’t need them, you might help out another woman.

Diapers

If I could go back in time I might not make the same decision, but I only used disposable diapers. Even so, I kept a pack of cloth diapers on hand, just in case of emergency. We still use them as dust-rags. If you don’t use them, you  know they will definitely be in the bag in the event of a true emergency. After all, would you rather use a cloth diaper or dad’s shirt? It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it.

READ MORE: Want to learn more about the pros and cons of cloth diapers vs. disposables? Read this.

Diaper wipes and rash ointment are the other obvious needs. Even if your child rarely (or never) gets diaper rash, you could end up in a situation where you aren’t able to change them as often as you normally would or are forced to use a different brand of wipes or diapers, resulting in a rash.

Potty-training

If your little one is in the middle of potty-training, or has recently been potty-trained, the stress may cause them to regress, so be prepared. Bring plenty of diapers, pull-ups, wipes, extra big-kid or training underwear, and resealable bags for soiled clothing. A reusable wet bag is very helpful for containing all types of messes.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Pack a roll of dog waste bags in your emergency kits and diaper bag. One roll usually has 40 to 50 bags and these have infinite uses.

In an evacuation or other emergency situation, accidents can be even more of an issue. No one wants trapped in a car for hours with the smell of poopy diapers or vomit. Kids ‘n’ Pets is a great solution for that. There are foldable travel potty seats, although you may just want to bag the one they are used to and bring it along. Don’t forget a stool to help them reach the seat safely!

Food for infants and toddlers

If you are pregnant and have had cravings, try to plan for that. Some foods are easy to find, like the burritos I craved during one pregnancy. Others, not so much, especially regional or seasonal treats.

Nursing

I joke that I was designed to be a wet nurse. When my son needed 20 ccs of milk, I was pumping 12 ounces. The amount of leakage was no joke. I was wet and uncomfortable for the first three months of my sons’ lives, then engorged and intermittently uncomfortable for at least another three after that before everything settled down. (For a more in-depth discussion of breast-feeding, keep your eyes out for a forthcoming post on subject.) If you are like me and produce lots of milk, pack lots of both disposable and reusable nursing pads, every bra that fits, and about four times as many shirts as you normally would if you have to evacuate. As long as you can do laundry, that should work out.

READ MORE: In a time of major crisis, the concept of wet-nursing may make a comeback. Read more here.

Whether you produce a lot of a little, definitely pack at least some nursing pads, whatever you use for privacy while nursing, your breast pump, bottles, and a bottle brush. If your breast pump has an option for a car power plug, buy and bring it along. That gives you more choices about when and where to pump, especially if you have a solar power source that has a similar power outlet. For a more portable option, consider a simple hand pump. It’s smaller and requires no electricity, but the trade-off is that it is not as efficient as an electric pump.

Formula

Bring two or three times as much as you think you’ll need. It is all too easy to spill or lose items, especially away from home. This is especially important if your child is picky or has dietary restrictions. If they do, make a note of places you can order more online, chains that often carry it

It may sound obvious, but don’t forget water to mix the formula, and a small bottle of dish detergent (with a bottle brush) to clean everything after each feeding. Bonus points if you bring a small dish basin, which can also double as a small toy corral. Double bonus points if water can be heated on that basin to allow warming bottles. (Grills are available at many rest-stops and campsites.) Depending on the situation, you may also need a way to filter and treat the water to make it potable.

READ MORE: Wondering about all the different water filters out there? Read this for more information.

For at-home emergencies, you still need a way to heat water both to warm formula for feedings and to adequately clean and sterilize all parts of the bottles in case there is a power outage. A Sun Oven can heat water to pasteurization temperature and is also helpful for heating and cooking food when the power is out.

First Foods and Snacks

With small children, pickiness definitely comes into play at meal and snack time. If you know your toddler will absolutely melt down if they do not have Honey Nut Cheerios mid-afternoon, be sure to grab an extra two or three boxes as soon as any potential weather disaster enters the forecast. Include these on your packing list because they are as essential as diapers and formula for your sanity and well-being.

Small amounts of snacks can be kept in Ziploc bags or sealed using a Food Saver. Try giving your kids various freeze dried foods, such as freeze-dried yogurt bites and get them accustomed to the taste and texture. When you purchase these in either pouches or the smaller #2.5 size cans, they are lightweight and very packable when it comes to getting an emergency kit ready or having extra food on hand for the duration of an emergency.

If you make your own baby or toddler food, bring the basic equipment you need. Don’t assume it will be available wherever you end up. This may be as simple as a stick blender, scooper (or one of the new “spoonulas” – a great invention in my humble opinion), and a bowl.

Entertainment

Back before most audio music was purely digital, we old-timers listened to our favorites on CDs and owned small carrying cases to hold our favorite disks. These same carrying cases can hold DVDs, and that makes them take less space while still protecting them. As soon as it starts looking like you may need to evacuate, select the DVDs the kids will tantrum without, along with some family favorites to enjoy as “family movie” time. If you have time, a brand new DVD is a great way to provide a fun surprise and a few hours of quiet time for mom and dad.

CHECK THIS OUT: Our list of survival movies with a romantic edge.

Pack a portable DVD player or a laptop with TV connector cables so you can watch them. If you have Amazon Prime, toss in the Fire Stick and remote, but know that you may not be able to access it when you get where you are going. Favorite books (especially for bedtime), read aloud chapter books, coloring books (including adult coloring pages for older kids), and electronic devices also go a long way toward making long trips less unpleasant.

If you have time, create a few new music playlists for the trip – or have the kids do it! Then they’ll have something fun to listen to. You may even want to download some new tunes to surprise them. Perhaps a soundtrack you don’t hate from one of their movies?

Naps for all!

Babies are often quite content to nap either on a blanket or in their car seat. A blanket that blocks out the light and dampens the noise can be thrown over a stroller or car seat in a pinch. I’ve always kept small Gymboree blankets and a few towels rolled up and stored beneath the back seat just for this reason.

If your baby is used to sleeping in a Pack ‘n Play on a regular basis, those are fairly easy to pack and move.

Toddlers may not be quite as easy to put down for a nap as babies. They are infamous for being picky about when and where they nap. In an emergency, there will probably be a lot of commotion and stimulation making napping difficult. At the very least, there will be a new environment, which is not relaxing or safe-feeling for a young child.

The easiest solution is to have a small tent or shelter for them to sleep in. Let them use it at home, too, so it is already familiar. The Privacy Pop is a great solution is you want something that goes over an entire bed, including the mattress. An inexpensive tent or play space works, too.

Pets

Bring them. You don’t want to abandon them and the kids will probably flip out if you try. They may even endanger themselves and others by going back into a dangerous situation to rescue their beloved pet. This will require some advanced planning, and is the subject of another post, but a few advance phone calls should help you find a place where your pet is welcome along with the family.

READ MORE: Pets have always been a popular topic on The Survival Mom blog. Here are a few articles that will help you get your beloved pets ready for emergencies:

Clothing tips for pregnant moms, babies, and toddlers

Finally, remember that babies go through about six to seven outfits per day. Pack your 72 hr kit accordingly. They’ll also need blankets. If you have to bug out on foot, ditch the 40-lb baby carrier/ carseat. Invest in a wrap, or make one yourself. Wraps are more comfortable than other baby carriers because they put the weight of the child onto your hips instead of your shoulders and upper back. Wraps have the added benefit of leaving your hands free and any other adult or older child/teen can also “wear” the baby.

If your toddlers suffer from what we call “sock bump anxiety disorder,” make sure that you have non-bumpy socks in their kids. Whatever their size, check their bug out bags regularly to make sure their clothing, socks, and shoes are a good fit.

For a pregnant mother-to-be, loose clothing, socks, and comfortable shoes are a must. If you find that your feet swell during the day, plan on wearing socks or slippers and bring along a firm pillow or small step stool to elevate your legs. Some pregnant women tend to be cold, no matter where they are. If this describes you, store a sweater or another warm and cozy outer layer with your emergency supplies.

Preppers come in every shape, size, age, and physical condition. It’s smart to consider now, ahead of a crisis, what you will need to prepare so that each of your loved ones is equipped to handle an everyday emergency or a worst case scenario.

Other “Special Needs Preppers” in this series:

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Wise Food Storage [Interview]

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We’ve had a lot of questions about freeze-dried food, so we figured we’d go directly to the source and let Mike from Wise Company answer them for you.

Your freeze-dried food is labeled as having up to a 25 year shelf life. What factors affect that?

This depends upon where you live. Wise products are made of both freeze-dried and dehydrated components and are affected by temperature, moisture, oxygen and light. Optimal storage conditions for our foods are in cool, dry places. Studies have proven that freeze-dried and dehydrated foods will last up to 25 years or even longer. For optimal storage life it is suggested that food be stored in a cool, dry place, such as a basement, with room temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees. Many of our customers store their food at room temperature and have not had issues with the shelf life. The most important thing for the food is that you keep it away from extreme heat and/or direct sunlight. Storing your food in an attic, hot shed, or any other high temperature outdoor location will significantly reduce the shelf life.

Is the food still unsafe to eat after that?

If stored as we suggest, the food should still be safe and full of flavor even after 25 years, but it may lose some flavor and texture.

(HTSI note: check out our previous article on the expiration date myth for more info.)

Some of your products have shorter shelf life—why is that?

Moisture is one of the key components that will reduce the shelf life of freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. For our packaging here at Wise Company, we use an ultra-high barrier film developed by ExxonMobil called Metallyte™. This essentially is a flexible metal pouch that is designed to allow little to no oxygen or moisture to penetrate. This packaging is a critical component in maintaining our ultra-low moisture levels (0.032 oz./pouch). This is below U.S. military standards and well within the range necessary to achieve a 25 year shelf life. I have also included a link below that shows the results, from a third party company, of the moisture levels within our packaging. Here is the link: http://www.wisefoodstorage.com/wise-quality-control

You recently added gluten-free options to your product line. Is there a lot of demand for that?

Yes, we realized the demand! Aside from meats and veggies, Wise Food carries a unique, gluten-free, 84-serving entrée and breakfast package that can provide a single individual with three servings of gluten-free food a day. The package includes meals such as loaded baked potato casserole, tomato basil soup, potatoes and chicken-flavored potpie, teriyaki and rice, and more. Much like our other emergency food storage packages, this particular one can last for up to 25 years when stored properly. Being prepared for the unexpected is important. As long as you do your part to plan in advance, you don’t have to compromise your dietary needs even during an emergency event or natural disaster.

Do you have any plans to add Paleo-friendly options in the future?

Not at this time.

(HTSI note: Paleo Meals to Go has tasty paleo options, but they are more expensive and don’t offer as much variety just yet.)

How do freeze-dried foods compare to other options, such as MREs, canned goods, or dry goods?

Much easier to prepare, store and move or grab and go when needed. Tastier than an MRE. No need to open up a bunch of items to prepare a meal, just open up a pouch, add water and wait and then you’re good to go.

Can you explain your manufacturing process?

Sure, we can even show you!

Your packaging is pretty space-efficient; how many meals can be stored per cubic foot of storage space?

You could fit a year supply of food for 2 adults in the space of about a washer and dryer.

What advice do you have for someone just starting to build their emergency food supply?

Do something now to get started even if it is small. Once you start and get the feeling of what it’s like being somewhat prepared, that will motivate you to keep going. Getting just a 72 hour supply of food and water for everyone in your family is a great place to start and won’t break the bank.

Tell our readers about some of the other products you carry.

We carry water storage products as our food is really of no use without water. We also have backpacks with emergency supplies that include our food as well as a couple of fuel sources in the event that you want to warm up the water and have a hot meal, even though hot water is not a requirement.

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Must-Do Spring Gardening Preps You May Have Forgotten

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If you live south of a certain latitude, your garden is already in the ground and your growing season is underway. Many of us up north, however, are still digging out from a winter’s worth of snow and ice. Planting even cold-hardy crops such as peas and spinach might require a drill or chisel to loosen the topsoil, if we could get to it at all.

Even if you can’t get your hands in the dirt quite yet, there are plenty of things you can – and should – be doing right now.

In order to hit the ground running when spring does arrive in your region, it is a great idea to have all your planning, decision-making, inventorying, purchasing, preparing, repair and maintenance jobs done. Here are a few details to help you set up your own to-do list to maximize your pre-season readiness.

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Envision this year’s garden. Many gardeners add on, rearrange and tweak the layout every year. I usually draw it out on paper. Some of the things I try to keep in mind in this endeavor include:

  • Can it be easily accessed when needed? Some people keep a “kitchen garden” near the house which contains often-used plants such as herbs, lettuces and cherry tomatoes, so they can run out and grab what they need for meal preparation.
  • Try to keep the plants most appealing to hungry wildlife in spots least accessible to them, or in areas you are most able to protect. When planning the vegetables for my plots furthest from the house, I try to avoid deer favorites. When planting corn, I make sure it is in a location near one of my fence chargers – that way I can electrify the fence when the corn is ready for harvest and prevent raccoons from beating me to it. Crops that attract ravenous flying pests need to be placed in an area conducive to netting or row cover.
  • Remember the needs of pollinators. Include plants that will draw them in without causing discomfort to you or others enjoying the garden.
  • Consider companion planting. Certain plants do better in close proximity to others. For example, the combination of beans, corn and squash is often said to be desirable.
  • Think about soil depth and composition. Plants that need more acidity will not do well in the section where you have discarded wood stove ashes, and a very long root crop such as parsnip will need deep, rock-free soil for proper growth.
  • Try to move things around year-to-year. Different families of vegetables use different soil nutrients and leave the rest. Placing tomatoes or rutabagas in the same spot year after year could result in diminished yield or quality.

Once your plan is in place, buy the seeds you need. Do not procrastinate on this point. Many seed catalogs sell out early, particularly the smaller and local ones. If you have not ordered your seed packets, do it right away. If the ones you want are already sold out, do not despair. High-quality local seed selections are often available for resale at small commercial greenhouses.

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Remember that some of your vegetables should be planted from seed and other varieties need to be started ahead of time indoors or in greenhouses. Some can be done either way, depending upon your local conditions and personal preference. Know which is which and be ready for implementation. You can start your own seeds, or buy them all started from a greenhouse.

Must-Do Spring Gardening Preps You May Have Forgotten

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If you do plan to start your own, remember that leeks and long-day-length onions should have already been started in February or March for the best possible yields. Other vegetables can be started now or later in spring.

Inventory your supplies. If you are starting your own seeds, make sure you have all the plug trays and soil you need. Check out your lights, bulbs and mats, and repair or replace as needed.

If you use row cover, plastic mulch, greenhouse plastic, landscape fabric or any other materials which are reusable but do not last forever, take a look at your collection right now. If there are rips you forgot about or if you discover mice did damage to it over the winter, you will want to replenish your supply early while there is still a good selection available in stores.

If you are still waiting for the ground to thaw, now is a terrific time to get your garden tools out and look them over. Sharpen, repair and replace as necessary.

If you are able to access your gardens at this point, get busy outside.

  • Clean out leaves and debris.
  • Do soil testing if you did not do so last fall. Many people prefer fall testing so that any amendments can be made ahead of time, but a spring test is better than no test.
  • Add compost and amendments as needed.
  • Repair raised beds and garden structures as necessary.
  • Get fences, posts and climbing trellises in good working order.
  • Shore up greenhouse and tunnel structures. Tighten tubing, replace plastic coverings and ensure heating and cooling components are ready to go for the season.

Few undertakings are more rewarding than growing your own food, but every climate has its particular challenges and advantages. If you want to grow vegetables but live up north, do not let that slow you down. Get organized, stocked up and busy now for a wonderful harvest season down the road.

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5 Simple Axe Upgrades That Make A Huge Difference

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March 28th, 2016

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5 tips that will get your axe up and running in tip top condition.

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Can You Handle Living Off The Grid? Part 2

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March 7th, 2016

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One family left everything they had behind to live without electricity, running water, or any means of communication in the backwoods of Eastern Idaho. After a series of hardships, Esther was ready to call it quits on the off-the-grid lifestyle. Now Nick and Esther discuss their new approach and what they learned. In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

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Election chaos!

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Election chaos!
James Walton “I Am Liberty

Election chaosWe are facing an election year. Maybe an election year like nothing this country has seen in a long time. I know that our options are about as radical as they have every been. Its scary of course but either way come November we will have to pull that lever for someone. I really think no matter which way we vote there will be tremendous outrage coming. I think we will see more rioting and protests than ever before with this next president. Its simply a product of how radical the candidates are. So if the country erupts into chaos do you know how to handle that?

I want to discuss dealing with riots. Preparation for before things get ugly and how you can be ready. That is step one. If I could also have some of your time to discuss the steps to take to keep yourself safe if you are in a riot as well. How do you escape? How do you keep from getting sucked in? Most importantly how do you assimilate if you are in with a mob of opposing views that want nothing more that to string you up.

I am liberty 400x300I know its an alarming topic but believe me someone will be dealing with trying to get away from some for of riot on their way to work in 2017. Like the tornados that hit the east coast a couple days ago its about climate. If the climate is right for such a happening than you better believe its coming. Whether we are left with the communist bum Bernie Sanders or the Capitalist kingpin in Donald Trump there will be some serious implications. Be prepared.
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How to Prepare for a Tornado!

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TornadoA tornado can appear as a funnel shape, spinning through the air or may just appear as a dark cloud on the horizon. Tornadoes develop out of strong thunderstorms and can be devastating and even fatal. Rotating winds can get up to 300 mph and tornadoes path of damage can be more than a mile in width and as much as 50 miles in length.

1-22-06 ss-150326-oklahoma-tornado-01.nbcnews-ux-1280-900-700x467There is risk of a tornado at some level just about anywhere.  Some tornado’s are easily seen; others may be hidden by blinding rain or low clouds. Tornadoes are known to crop up very quickly with little or no warning ahead of time. Early warning and preparation are big ways to reduce injury and fatalities.

Typically, before a tornado is about to hit, it’s suddenly very still and quiet. Sometimes you will see a swarm of debris in the air even without a visible funnel cloud. Since tornadoes usually happen along the edge of a thunderstorm, don’t be fooled by the fact that there may be sunny and clear skies beyond the tornado cloud.

Facts You Should Know About Tornadoes:

  • colorado-tornadoAverage forward moving speed is from 30 mph; can be from zero movement to 70 mph.
  • Tornadoes over water are called waterspouts
  • Peak season in northernmost states is end of spring and beginning of summer months
  • March to May is tornado season for south states.
  • Most often sighted in spring and summer seasons east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Can move any direction but typically move southwest to northeast.
  • May touch down out of nowhere with little advance notice.
  • Hard to see when they first form until they suck up debris and dirt or a funnel cloud forms.

How to be Prepared for a Tornado

  • Start paying more attention to weather conditions and patterns in your area so you will notice when things are not normal.
  • Create a plan with family members for how you will communicate when a tornado, is moving in.
  • Put together an emergency kit similar to the one found here. Include 72 hrs. of water and food and a NOAA emergency radio with multi-charging options including hand crank.
  • Know tornado terminology. Most important to know is the difference between a tornado watch (conditions are right for a tornado) and a tornado warning (a tornado has been sighted in your area). Also understand that a tornado emergency means a tornado was seen moving toward fully populated location, and a severe thunderstorm warning means a significant thunderstorm has been seen, tornadoes are possible.
  • Watch for the Following Danger Signs. Dark skies, a green tint to the sky could mean hail, an orange or rusty sky could mean dirt blown by high winds, seeing large-sized hail, dark spinning clouds low to the ground, a thunderstorm followed by extreme quiet and stillness, debris floating near the ground, Freight train or jet sound or very loud roar, white or blue-green flashes off in the distance but near the ground could be power lines snapping.

How to Safely Seek Shelter

  •  Mobile homes or manufactured offices are dangerous places and are often in adequately anchored and will be least likely to withstand the strong, sustained winds of a tornado.
  • Best Action: Leave and find the nearest storm shelter or go to the ground floor of a more secure building.
  • A somewhat sturdy structure such as house, school, small building, or store, etc.

Best Action: Follow tornado drill instructions or signs to the nearest pre-determined safe room. This may be a basement area or room on the ground floor, or even a storm shelter if available.

  • In a high-rise apartment or office building.

Best Action: Locate a hallway, closet or small room without an outside wall. Secure any furniture or mirrors that could hit you.

  • Outside without a sturdy building nearby. This is probably the worst case scenario and unfortunately there is no best action because in this last minute situation there are so many variables that can impact your safety.

Suggested Actions:

Try to take cover in a vehicle if one is available. Wear the seat belt and attempt to drive to the nearest shelter unless you are hit by debris. As an alternative, you can seek shelter in a parked vehicle with the seat belt on and your head covered with your arms and some other cushioning such as a blanket or cushion.

Lie down in a ditch or other place that is lower than the surface of the road. If you can, bring a blanket or coat so you can cover your head with it and your arms to protect from debris and glass.

How to Deal with Tornado Aftermath

  • Stay on your Toes. Wait out the storm, make sure it has passed. Confirm via your emergency radio that the danger for your area has passed.
  • Medical Assistance is a priority. Use your first-aid kit to care for your injuries and those around you as best you can. Once storm is over, seek additional help if needed.
  • Inspect for Damage. Turn off the water, gas, and electric coming into the building. Check your home or office for any damage using a flashlight if needed. Look for damage that could mean the building is still unsafe. If you find structural damage, gather supplies and seek other shelter.
  • Help Others. If you made it through without injury or property damage, count your blessings. Work with public officials to find out how you can best help others recover.
  • Clean Up Safely. If the storm is over, begin cleaning up what you can. Wear gloves if you have them. Take photos of damage for your insurance company. Move hazardous items carefully.

Tornados can be scary and can wreak havoc in a matter of minutes. There will be no time to learn how to stay safe once one is on the way. Prepare now so you know how to seek shelter, stay safe, and deal with the aftermath of a tornado.

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Why Most ‘Prepping Strategies’ Are Doomed

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Why Most 'Prepping Strategies' Are Doomed

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There are people in the world preparing for every kind of disaster.  Possible doomsday scenarios include economic collapse, biblical Armageddon, cyberattack, polar shift, enemy invasion, irreversible climate change, and electromagnetic pulse — just to name a few.

To some, it doesn’t matter how the end arrives. Others believe that the details do matter, because goods and skills that are important to carry a household through one potential disaster could be meaningless in another.

No matter which camp you are in, consider this: None of those catastrophic events are as likely to happen as smaller ones are. And the ultimate truth is that preparation for those smaller events is what will save lives and property.

Just as car accidents are most apt to happen close to home, so too are other mishaps. Prudence suggests that people should be ready at home first, and the best way to do so is prevention.

For example, the garage roof could cave in under a heavy snow load, but the likelihood of that happening is greatly diminished if the garage is well-constructed and the roof is kept clear. The next logical step for people who live in snow country and are concerned with disaster preparedness is to go out and buy a roof rake before winter hits.

My grandparents lived their lives in a rural mountain village, ready for anything. Ill health, bad weather, hungry passers-by in need of a meal, relatives arriving unexpectedly for an extended visit, misbehaving animals, and broken equipment. Maybe your grandparents did, too, and people today would do well to try and emulate their lifestyle.

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Many Americans are descended from pioneers, the epitome of a people who were strong, self-reliant and resilient. They were also well-prepared for disaster. It wasn’t so much about the end of the world as they knew it, as it was about making a difference in the world they did know.

Our ancestors probably worried more about crop failure and livestock loss than the economy.  Here again, the first steps were prevention — plant and weed and water diligently, and follow best practices for animal health — and being prepared for the unpreventable by canning overflow harvests to tide them over the leaner years and keeping extra animals when they could.

They might also have bartered, offering up labor and land use in exchange for food and fuel. They might have “gone without” sometimes, too, getting by on milk and cheese for protein when there was no meat.

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Like them, we need to be mindful of the possibility of lean seasons. Twenty-first century sparsity might be the result of a job loss or an injury or even a divorce, but we need to be ready. Prevention is key, but a store of food, supplies and cash to tide us over whatever happens is essential.

Remember: Even though it is entirely possible that our national economy could collapse, it is also conceivable that personal economies will go south long before that happens.

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And while some say climate change could have a major impact on the planet overall, it makes sense for individuals to focus on the climate they are in. Whether you believe it is a result of global warming or not, you can count on having inclement weather and other natural disasters where you live. Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and earthquakes are a reality for many people, and preparedness is critical. It makes sense to be ready for them by storing enough food and water and medications and batteries to make it through whatever nature throws our way.

We might be invaded by enemy soldiers from another continent as well. But depending upon where you live, you are probably more likely to be attacked by local criminals or gang members or forest predators or small varmints trying to eat your chickens. It is wise to have on hand whatever measures you need to protect your home from those elements first.

The bottom line is this: Be prepared for what is truly the most likely occurrence. Take history into account, and consider how many Americans have gone hungry when they lost their jobs or suffered unduly from injuries or panicked over natural disasters or been robbed in their own neighborhoods. Those are the things to prepare for before you worry about big picture what-ifs.

It is a good idea to start close to home with your preparations, focusing on the things that could happen to your own household. Make sure you have enough food to last through a three-day blizzard and sufficient heating fuel for winter, or a good collection of flashlights and spare batteries, and supplies for pets.

From there, you can expand to potential community disasters, and then regional. Ramp up your supplies gradually, expanding to cover possible needs in case you are without power for a week, and later on consider surviving longer-term off the grid.

By starting with the basics, thinking about the most likely possibilities first, and keeping it real, you will be able to prepare yourself for all manner of disasters. Taking care of the smaller things will help move you into a position which will enable you to handle the bigger things. And if doomsday comes along, you will have been ready all along.

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Tips For Winter Survival In Your Car

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December 21st, 2015

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Tips to survive getting stuck in the elements while in your car.

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Save Money On Your Heating Bill With Bubble Wrap

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December 7th, 2015

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Leah from See Jane Drill demonstrates how to insulate your windows with bubble wrap to save money on your heating bill.

 

How did the U.S. become the freest, most prosperous country in the world? Kirk Cameron challenges you to discover America’s true “national treasures”—the people, places, and principles that have empowered this nation.

 

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What is it to live Off Grid?

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What is it to live Off Grid?
DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

What is it to live Off GridFirst, right now I do not live off grid… While wishes I do think come true…there is much that must be overcome sometimes to get what we hope for. A favorite saying of mine is the 7 p’s (a military adage) “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance”

As I said “right now” I do not live off grid, this does not say never have I!

12-2-15 green (720x540) (720x540)I have to an extent prior and am pretty well versed in many aspects of the lifestyle.
Circumstances sometimes place us in a position where what we wish and what we must do come in conflict. This is what I might like us to talk about on this show. Right now I live in a big old farm house that I rent with lots of acres but that is NOT where I’m going, just where I am paused! I think many of us are often times in the same place. Knowing where we want to be but unsure of how to get there.

12-2-15 horses (604x453) (604x453)With the 7 p’s it is clear, I feel, that one cannot simply “go off grid” at least not and hope to be successful…Money makes the world go round, whether or not we like it…we need it…
UNLESS….your off grid land is fully paid for and taxes paid in advance… you have all the materials and needs taken care of prior to, and even then you need to have an established means to take care of your future needs be it a job or business that will pay the mortgage or taxes & buy things like for example canning lids….

12-2-15 tree (960x540) (960x540)I know many skills from gardening to canning it…critters, cheese making, soap ect… Walked the path all my life, spent years researching concepts I wish to implement such as solar, wind and hydro power… solar water heat and even geothermal technologies and how they work… will again use grey water reclamation with rain water catchment along with other things such as utilizing the south face of the home. But again the 7 P’s keep me in check.. gotta work to make the money to get what I want in the end.

I have done a show in the past on things like this, I’ve explored intentional communities and found many good points and many flaws… There must be an outline and things set in stone…flying by the seat of ones pants….And while I am a well-known pantster in my writing and even on this show… in some cases this would be a recipe for little more than disaster.
I’ve had the opportunity to view a number of different styles on such topics and this week would like to try and establish some ideas as to how we can implement these without being “The Pantster”.
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Surviving a flood: Are You Prepared?

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Perhaps nature’s most devastating natural disaster in terms of magnitude and costs, flooding amounts to losses worth billions of dollars and thousands of lives, each year. It doesn’t help that, as global weather worsens, the risk of low-land floods is rising. The world’s no. 1 natural disaster, floods can happen anywhere, anytime – even in areas that don’t receive a lot of rainfall or water. That’s why it’s so important to be well-prepared for floods, no matter where you live. Given the unpredictable and often shocking history of floods, you never know when you’ll need to put your flood survival plan into immediate action.

Here’s what you need to get started on, right away, to make sure you’re prepped up for flood survival, well in advance.

Establish an evacuation route

You must have heard that the best course of action when a flood hits, is to head for higher ground. But do you know where the higher ground is, and how to get to it? Knowing such details in advance will allow you to have a well-defined evacuation plan, should a flood strike. Map the area where you live, so that you know not just where to head in times of flooding, but also how to get there without putting yourself or your loved ones at risk of drowning or injury. If the people you live with commute to different points through the day, use a flood map to establish a safe meet-up point – when the flood strikes, this is the point where you should be gathering.

Stock 3-5 days worth of food and water

Floods can block off access to not just distant points in your town or locale, but even the house next door. That’s why it’s vital to stock up on at least three days’ worth of food and water supplies. You should have a gallon of water per day, for each member in the household. For food, purchase non-perishable items and canned goods you don’t need to cook.

Build a flood-ready home

Whether you live in a low-risk or high-risk area, flood readiness is important at all times. Have back-flow valves installed in all your sinks and drains, to prevent water flooding into the house. Seal your walls with a waterproof sealer, to help keep water out. Install a sump pump in your basement, to pump out flood water should disaster strike.

Purchase sand and sandbags

It’s not always possible or required to leave your home, during flooding. However, it’s always important to buttress your place against flooding.  That’s where sandbags come in; properly filled and laid sandbags allow individuals to block doorways, drains and manholes, to prevent water from backing up. However, demand for sandbags skyrockets in times of flooding – it’s not the government’s job to ensure everyone has enough sandbags to block their kitchen and toilet drains, so if you don’t purchase them in advance, there’s a high chance you might be left out in the cold, struggling to block water from flooding your home.

Stock up on the required number of unfilled sandbags, as well as the requisite amount of sand, right now. Sandbags are more effective in conjunction with plastic sheeting, so purchase that as well. Be sure you know how to effectively use or lay a sandbag, or you could find yourself stuck with dozens of sandbags that don’t help with anything.

Have a well-planned bug out bag

Your bug out bag is rarely ever so important, as it is in a flood. Just six inches of moving water is enough to sweep away a car and, if you’re caught in a ferocious flood, you might very well have to abandon your home and automobile to head for higher-lying land. In times like these, your bug-out bag, whether you choose tailor-made for you, by you, or a pre-packaged bug out bag, should have everything you could need, to survive in the rough – from your first aid kit and water-bottle, to a powerful torch and cellphone power banks. Remember to include a flood map, as well as a general map of your surroundings. Also make sure your bag carries a portable, rechargeable radio – a lot of life-saving information is relayed over the radio, during floods.

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Survival Tip – How To Prep For Flu Season

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November 30th, 2015

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Some helpful tips courtesy of ThePatriotNurse on what items to stock up on for flu season and how to bolster your immune system to help prevent you from getting sick this winter season.

 

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Survival Tip – How To Make Rope From Grass

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November 23rd, 2015

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Rope is one of the most valuable items to have in the wilderness, and this ancient method of creating it produces very good results. Even today some commercially made ropes are wound with the same process. Other natural fibers can be used to create rope (some being much stronger than grass), and this method will work equally as well with any other flexible material. Grass does tend to become brittle when dry which could weaken this rope, but even then it does maintain some strength. In moderate humidity weakness from drying should not become an issue at all.

Note that for best results, each of the two tails of the rope should be twisted an equal number of turns as they’re wound. That will ensure that the two coils wind around one another tightly and in a double helix pattern. If one side is twisted less than the other it will tend to stay straight, while the more twisted side coils around it like a spring. When I first started winding the rope in the video you can see I didn’t do a very good job twisting both strands evenly for the first few inches, and one side was coiled more than the other. Try to avoid that, as it will be a weak point.

 

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Home Necessities to Be Prepared For Any Disaster

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Because potential emergencies or natural disasters often occur suddenly and without warning, it is crucial to prepare your home for any disaster. Beginning the process of preparing your home can be overwhelming, since here are so many things to consider before beginning to gather necessities, and chances are you only have so much extra room for supplies. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you, so the team at Modernize has put together a list of home necessities to be prepared for any disaster.

An emergency plan

Creating an emergency plan, and practicing it, is crucial to making sure every member of your family knows exactly what to do if you become separated after an emergency. Discuss where you will meet after an emergency, how you will communicate, how to turn off the utilities if necessary, and how to use the emergency food and water supplies. Create a detailed map of your home, indicating multiple exit routes. Once your plan is in place, spend time practicing so everyone is comfortable with your emergency plan.

Food and water supply

When preparing an emergency food supply, aim to keep enough non-perishable foods on hand for three days for each member of your family. Be sure to take into consideration feeding babies, special dietary restrictions, and feeding your family pets. And of course, don’t forget your can opener!

Keep at least three gallons of water, one for each day, on hand for each member of your household. Consider investing in a portable water purification system, which gives you a long-term plan for providing clean water for your family.

An emergency kit

Outside of your plan, food, and water, there are a few things you need in your home at all times if you wish to be prepared for a disaster. Every kit should include a flashlight with spare batteries, a battery operated or hand crank radio, a first aid kit, a whistle to call for help, and cash or travelers checks.

Solar powered technology

We have seen the amazing potential that comes with using solar energy and we believe there are so many ways it can be used for emergency preparedness. Many homeowners choose to keep an extra cell phone in their home, and a solar powered charger is a great addition to any home emergency kit. If your budget allows it, considering investing in other solar-powered home appliances such as a solar powered generator, solar powered lantern, or radio.

Preparing your home for an emergency does not have to be complicated. Create a checklist using the information we have prepared and begin gathering the items you need to keep your family safe if an unexpected disaster occurs.

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Food Hygiene and Preservation

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Disasters usually strike when we least expect it. It’s very important that we are prepared to face such a situation. One of the main factors to consider is food supplies. How should your preserve your food so that it’s edible? What foods are best to store? If you need more information on this topic, have […]

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Things You Should Definitely Add To Your Bug-Out Checklist

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Before choosing a bug out bag, it is important to have the items that you needed first. Knowing what you need and making sure that it will all fit in a single bag is more important than buying the bag just because you like its color. In choosing the best bug out bag, 4 things should […]

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Ebola in my home town

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Before this summer I often glossed over bioterrorism in my Survival Medicine classes…that could never happen here, could it?

Now that Ebola has arrived in my home town I feel differently. No doubt you’ve heard of the health care worker who flew from Cleveland to Dallas the day before she reported symptoms of Ebola.  During her time in Ohio she visited the Akron area, Tallmadge actually, less than 5 miles from my home.  Yikes!  Time to take this seriously.  No wonder a  friend called from Alabama…to wish me farewell…just in case.

Not that this is bioterrorism – but it could be someday.  Ebola is on the CDC’s Category A list of potential bioterrorism agents.

For the local story, check out the Fox news coverage at http://fox8.com/2014/10/15/cdc-notifies-frontier-passengers-says-ebola-patient-traveled-on-flight-from-cle-monday/.  The house under quarantine could well be in my neighborhood.

Over the past month I’ve been receiving nearly daily Ebola updates.  I haven’t posted an article on my site before now, since readers have access to the same news I receive.  But today the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians sent out an alert, along with the following Ebola Virus Fact Sheet.

Note that physicians are being asked to try to diagnose patients via telephone and to NOT draw blood.  Check out the references below for the official Ohio response to Ebola.  I’ll keep you updated on the local scene if anything more develops.  And make sure you and your own community are prepared for the unthinkable.

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Ebola Virus Disease

(Source: Ohio Department of Health)

Ebola virus disease is one of several hemorrhagic fevers. It is spread through direct contact with:

  1. The blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola
  2. Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  3. Touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola.

Ebola is not spread by air or water.

Ohio Information

On October 15, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the Ohio Department of Health that a health care worker in Dallas, TX, diagnosed with Ebola recently visited family in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health has activated its Ebola preparedness plan and initiated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola. The number is (866) 800-1404.

What Should Family Physicians Do?

According to Mary DiOrio, MD, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion at the Ohio Department of Health, physicians are asked to diagnose patients by telephone, if possible, for Ebola virus symptoms. Physicians should also verify whether the person in recent weeks has either traveled to West Africa or been in contact with someone who has. If the patient is being diagnosed in person, physicians should check for symptoms such as fever, body aches and fatigue, but should not draw blood.

The Ohio Department of Health also stresses that it is now also important to ask whether individuals have had contact with a person ill with Ebola in the United States. Physicians and other health care professionals are reminded of the appropriate use of personal protective equipment as indicated.

Physician & Patient Resources

– See more at: http://www.ohioafp.org/practice-transformation/ebola-virus-disease/#sthash.y6sqt9jX.dpuf

SunJack Solar Phone Charger

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Product Spotlight: SunJack Portable Solar Charger (14W) In this review, we’ll be rating the very handy SunJack Portable Solar Phone Charger (14W). Recommended Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★ Portable power for your communication devices is becoming a requirement for most everyone, especially preppers. How many times do you see people sitting on the floor next to outlets at airports, restaurants […]

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The Practical Prepper – Book Review

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The Practical Prepper

A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Book Review, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD, www.armageddonmedicine.net

Did you ever wish you could find a single book with common-sense prepping advice you could actually implement?

The Practical Prepper is just that, a must-have read for both neophytes and seasoned preppers alike. The writing is down-to-earth, easy to understand, with sections logically organized according to expected needs.  Thus delightful book includes chapters on food and water storage, medical concerns, emergency heating, lighting, and cooking, sanitation, communication, fuel storage, shelter, and much more.  It is not a wilderness survival guide, but rather a realistic approach to what a normal family can and should so to weather a crisis and safeguard loved ones.

Throughout the book the authors offer multiple solutions to common problems, recognizing that one answer cannot fit every situation or budget.  For example, Chapter 8 discusses “Water Disinfection and Purification,” and includes sections on boiling, pasteurization, chlorine, calcium hypochlorite, iodine, solar water disinfection, as well as numerous types of filters.  Costs are discussed as well, allowing you to choose whether to invest in a $1500 Katadyn Expedition filter, or perhaps a $25 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.  I especially enjoyed the discussion of “Emergency Cooking,” which stresses safety and inventiveness.  Who’d have thought you could make an oven from a paper box or an inner tube?

Lest prepping for every contingency appears an overwhelming task, just get started is the message of Chapter 1.  No one can accomplish it all in a day.  The book makes it easy to take small, practical steps toward improving your odds of survival should disaster strike.  Devoting only half an hour a week to emergency preparedness will put you far ahead of the unprepared masses.  But the authors don’t want to leave your neighbors in the dark.  Community is important now and will be so in the future.  An entire chapter is devoted to moving beyond your immediate family to helping your local community prepare.

Another major focus of The Practical Prepper is organization.  It does little good to have a dozen flashlights if you can’t find even one.  Where are your legal documents?  Where is your hand-crank radio?  How should your food be organized?  Again the authors offer many ideas from which you can pick and choose to fit your personal goals and budget.

Lastly, as a physician let me draw attention to Chapter 11 entitled “Medical – The Doctor Is Out.”  This section is a nice summary of concerns that must be addressed when no medical care is available, and includes discussions of prescription medications, first-aid supplies, over-the-counter preparations, keeping a personal medical information record, antibiotics, quarantine, and more.  Educating yourself is also stressed, from CPR to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).  Everyone would do well to heed their common sense advice, then consider moving to more advanced training once the basics are in place.

In summary, you can’t go wrong acquiring this handy survival manual.  Consider it an investment in your future and that of your children, when (not if) a crisis arises.

The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Forgotten Doomsday Items

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While doomsday prepping or preparing a survival package in the event of an emergency, most people pack the essentials or doomsday items. Logically, that makes perfect sense. The first thing that will run out during a state of emergency is food. Whether the modern world gets taken to its knees because of a virus, zombie […]

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Prep of the Week – Week 3

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Last week we touched on the solar lantern and received some great feedback from satisfied consumers.  This week, we pick one of my favorite items as I am a big multi-takser.  When you need light and your hands free to do something else, a headlamp is a key tool.  However, the move to LED has […]

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Prep of the Week – Week 2

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You don’t realize how dark a house gets until you don’t have electricity.  Our recent experience with Hurricane Sandy showed us that.  Luckily we had a generator to power some basic items during the storm. However, my aunt and uncle did not have a generator and I provided them with two solar powered lanterns with […]

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