I believe it is important to be prepared for anything that may come your way.  If we expect the unexpected, nothing will send us into a panic, and we are mentally strong.  The world is an interesting and exciting place, yet can be perilous.  We need to prepare for weather related inconveniences, natural disasters, power outages, train derailments, economic downturn, job loss, or civil unrest.  The list goes on.  How nice it would be if every day was sunny and warm, enough nutritious food was readily available, our homes were warm and cozy, and everyone we love and care about was happy.  The world isn't like this, so we prepare to do our best to maintain our safety and lifestyle, no matter what.  Strive to be prepared, safe and happy, knowing that you will be okay, no matter what comes your way.

Everyday Prepping means being prepared isn't just for huge disasters, or the end of the world as we know it.  No one wants to live like that, expecting mayhem just around the corner.  Being prepared is for the hurdles of everyday life.  If an overnight thunderstorm knocked out your power, how will you fix breakfast?  Your car won't start, what is your back up plan?  Your pan of bacon catches fire, where is your extinguisher?  Daily inconveniences crop up constantly.  Think about the problems most likely to come your way, and make a plan to deal with those things.

Resolve to prepare, then make a plan to gather supplies, and learn to use them.  Keep your skills sharp, some items on hand, and you will be surprised how much easier every day is, knowing you can face anything that comes your way.

 

WHEN TO SHELTER IN PLACE OR BUG IN

Some emergency situations will require us to remain in our homes. This would be a shelter in place, or Bug In situation. When would you need to remain in your home due to unforeseen events?

Prepare for emergency situations most likely to occur where you live. Does your area experience hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, power outages?

Realize the risks where you live, and prepare your house to bug in, to shelter in place, and make the best of a difficult situation.

Make a Bug In Plan

We are most comfortable in our own homes, with our stock of supplies. The idea of bugging out can be frightening. Assess if you need to bug out, or bug in. Decide if you may be safer staying put, and sheltering in place. Plan the best strategy for bugging in or bugging out. We are most comfortable at home. We have prepped, stocked up, made our nest comfortable and well supplied. Your home is familiar and more secure than your vehicle or on foot. Many emergencies you should bug in, stay put, shelter in place.

Assess the threat. An event like a flood or hurricane you may have to leave.

Assess your location. Are you safe? Would you be safer outside? Where will you go instead?

Assess your situation. Do you have young children? Elderly family members? Are you physically able to go?

Not everyone has the ability or desire to Bug Out to the hills or has a bug out location. We are often safer in our home, with our supplies. Understand what you are facing. Pay attention, ask questions. Be alert to the world and the times we live in.

WHY BE A PREPPER

What is the definition of a Prepper? You might be a Prepper if you stockpile food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items, cooking fuel, guns and ammo, an emergency fund of cash on hand, and other miscellaneous survival supplies.

Are you concerned that if people know you are a Prepper they may call you paranoid? Is it paranoid or ridiculous to be prepared for snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, floods, civil unrest, illness in the family or hard economic times?

We don’t know what the future will hold, but the longer we live, the more we know hard times come to everyone. Having a stockpile of things you actually use, foods you need to eat, supplies that keep you warm and safe is just sensible. Prepping is a type of lifestyle insurance.

Why wouldn’t you want to have the things you and your family need? Then, when hard times come, bumps in the road, power outages, an economic downturn, stormy weather, you feel safe and confident that you can face whatever comes your way.

You have food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, cooking fuel, guns and ammo, an emergency fund of cash on hand, and other miscellaneous survival supplies and know you can take care of yourself and your family. You have no need to be paranoid. The more of us who prepare, the better off we all will be.

Some people think prepping means preparing for an end of the world, SHTF, Doomsday scenario. Prepping is preparing for the real life challenges we all will face sometime in our lives. Not preparing for emergency situations could feel like the end of your world if you’re not prepared to face whatever comes your way.

CAR EMERGENCY KIT FROM HIKING BAG FANNY PACK

Make a car emergency survival kit with prepping supplies from a hiking bag fanny pack. The hiking pack or bag has a waist strap and clip that can be fastened over a seat back, headrest, or in the cargo area of an SUV. Use the hiking bag as an over the seat organizer in your car.

Keep prepping emergency survival gear close at hand in your vehicle, yet out of the way of your feet and knees. Make disaster emergency kits from supplies you have on hand. Include the emergency supplies that are the most important to you.

Emergency Kit Must Haves

food

water

first aid supplies

hygiene supplies

tools

fire starters

flashlights

shelter supplies

warm clothing

pet/baby supplies

GOOD DIET TIPS FOR EVERY DAY AND FOOD STORAGE PLANNING

There are a few basic nutritional rules that apply to nearly everyone.  Barring food allergies, digestive disorders, or food sensitivities, most people can follow general guidelines for a healthy diet.

A plant based diet has long been proclaimed the healthiest by many nutritionists and health care professionals.  Does this mean you may only consume vegetables?  Of course not.  Make plants the foundation of your diet, not the condiment.

Vegetables are the basis for disease prevention, health maintenance, and increasing longevity. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and the necessary enzymes to digest and utilize these components.  

Get enough fiber.  Fiber is necessary for digestion, elimination, lowering cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, lowering risks to heart disease, metabolic syndromes, diabetes, and obesity.  Fiber is also shown to lower risks to certain types of cancer.  That is a tall order.  Women need 25 grams per day, and men need 38 grams.  Fiber requirements will vary according to the individual, but aim for this goal.  

Eat until you are 2/3 full.  For generations, we have cleaned our plates, enjoyed buffets, smorgasbords, potlucks, and now super sized meals.  We eat with our eyes, with no regard to our bulging stomachs.  Slow down, enjoy each bite.  Wait for your brain to hear the message that you are nearly full.  Then stop.

Drink water.  Many people confuse hunger with thirst.  That sensation in your chest and throat is not a signal to feed your mouth.  It is signaling thirst.  Do you get headaches?  Try a full glass of water without the pill.  If your headache persists, then have medicine.  We have stopped listening to our bodies.

Have foods with omega- 3 essential fatty acids.  They are called essential for a reason.  Your body cannot make these acids, yet requires them.  Have foods rich in omega-3’s several times a week.  Choose fish, nuts, olive oil, seeds, or leafy greens.  Find fortified items in the market such as eggs, milk, juices, soy products, and yogurt.  Choose shelf stable products for your long term food storage. 

Include protein in your everyday diet and long term food storage stockpile.  Protein in the form of lean meats and fish is what many of us prefer, but isn’t the only source.  Have legumes, eggs, tofu, and other soy products.  A bit of protein should be included with each meal and in meal planning for long term food storage.  

Eat foods that you enjoy, are healthful choices, and are handled well by your system.  If you have allergies or sensitivities to individual food items or food groups, know your body and avoid them.  Store foods that also meet those guidelines. It makes on sense to stock up on emergency food storage items that no one will eat. Avoid foods with low nutritional value, and explore meal choices and options to keep your health in balance daily and in the long term.  

Exercise.  Get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise daily.  This will help prevent or alleviate chronic disease and help you maintain a healthy weight.  Don’t overdo.  Injuring yourself should be avoided.  

Vary exercises to use different muscles.  Try running, walking, skipping, and the like to stimulate healthy bones.  Add exercise into your daily routine.  Take the stairs, park farther away from the door, carry things, use your body.  Squat, thrust, sit up, bend, crunch, stretch, reach, slide.  Make movement and flexibility a part of your life.  

Following a healthy diet can be simple.  Incorporate a few good diet tips into your lifestyle, and glean the benefits of a healthier life everyday, and in the future, no matter what comes your way.

FOUR MOST USEFUL FOODS TO STORE AND STOCKPILE

What are the four most useful foods to store? How about foods that are useful to eat, clean your house, and also have first aid and healing applications? We know we should choose prepping supplies that serve more than one purpose. Some foods meet that criteria.

Salt

Salt is necessary for life, and is a long lasting food that can last indefinitely if stored correctly. Salt needs to be kept dry, so a cardboard container may not be ideal. Store salt in canning jars, and screw on a lid, store in a bucket, or in mylar pouches.

Salt can be used for pickling, brining, and preserving. Salt can melt ice from walkways and steps. At less than a dollar a pound, salt is cheap and easy to stockpile and store. Salt can be used for first aid, hygiene, cleaning, and even pest control, and may be one of the most important prepping supplies.

Use salt to clean cutting boards, perspiration stains from laundry, remove stains in tea or coffee cups. Gargle with salt water to soothe sore throats or mouth sores.

White Vinegar

What can you clean with vinegar? Everything from shower heads, clogged drains, and windows. Add white vinegar to laundry to remove detergent build up and soften towels. Blot to remove stains on carpet. Combine white vinegar with baking soda for added cleaning strength and capabilities.

Soothe burns, bites or stings from insects with white vinegar on a cotton ball. Spray vinegar around doors, windows, kitchen baseboards to get rid of insects.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can clean and freshen everything from refrigerators to cat boxes. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets or upholstered furniture and vacuum well. Make a paste to remove gritty build-up on dishes, bathtubs, shower doors. Combine baking soda with white vinegar for more cleaning solutions.

Baking soda can be used to brush your teeth, and even remove stains. Make a paste of baking soda and cool water and apply it to insect bites and rashes or sunburn.

Honey

Honey is a natural sweetener, contains antioxidants, is antibacterial, and lasts nearly forever, so is a food storage essential . Use honey in cooking, baking, spreads, sauces, and for natural healing.

How to soften honey that gets hard? Heat it slowly over a bowl of hot water. Never boil honey, as it kills the antibacterial properties.

Add a spoonful of honey to hot water to soothe a sore throat. Dab honey on wounds. Honey is antibacterial and helps wounds heal.

Never feed honey to infants under age 1. Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby's immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.

Stock up on basic foods to nourish your family everyday, and in times of hardship or emergencies. Choose to include these four most useful and versitile foods in your long term food storage pantry. You will be maximizing your choices to eat, clean your house, use for first aid and healing.

FOUR SUPER FOODS FOR PREPPERS

Are you concerned with food storage, and what are healthy food options to stockpile? Wondering how to get the most out of your prepping food storage dollars? Emergency Survival Preparedness doesn’t need to be expensive.  There are plenty of economical foods that are loaded with good nutrition.  Stock up on a few of these key foods for their cost effective price, key nutrients, and antioxidants.  

Red Kidney Beans
Red Kidney Beans are available both canned and dried throughout the year.  The shape is true to their name, and they are great at absorbing flavors when simmered together with other tasty ingredients.  One cup of prepared kidney beans has 224 calories, along with 15 grams of protein, which is 30 percent of daily recommended values.  They include over 80 nutrients, and have even been referred to as the world’s healthiest food.  

One cup of cooked kidney beans has 11 grams, or 45 percent of the daily fiber requirement.  Fiber helps keep you feeling full longer, and prevents constipation.  Fiber binds with the bile associated with cholesterol, and helps carry it from the body.  Fiber helps prevent digestive disorders such as diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome.


Raspberries
Raspberries aren’t always in season, but are always available frozen.  A cup of raspberries has a mere 64 calories.  That cup of fruit has 1 gram of fat, and 8 grams of fiber.  Raspberries even have 1 gram of protein.  These yummy berries include more than 50 percent of the recommended daily serving of vitamin C.

Freeze dried raspberries are also a great way to add this delicious berry to your food storage pantry. Available in pouches or number 10 cans that can be stored for years, freeze dried raspberries can be eaten as is, or rehydrated. Toss dried raspberries on top of cereal, over yogurt, into granola mixtures.

Raspberries are involved in research as a potential for management of obesity.  The metabolism can be increased by the phytonutrients found in raspberries.  Fully ripe raspberries contain significantly more antioxidants than those picked before they are completely ripe.  Raspberries are highly perishable and susceptible to mold.  Choosing to purchase frozen or dried berries helps alleviate this concern. 

Raspberries have been shown to combat cancers such as breast, cervical, colon, esophageal, and prostate.  The phytonutrients reduce inflammation, lower oxidative stress, and alter the development of cancer cells.  They have even been shown in studies to send messages altering the cell growth of existing cancer cells by encouraging cell death, while encouraging healthy cells to develop.

Canned Salmon
Canned Salmon has 122 calories per 3 ounce serving.  Salmon also has 17 grams of protein and 18 percent of the daily requirement for calcium.  Salmon is canned with the bones, and the process of canning actually brings the calcium content to 10 to 20 times higher than fresh salmon.  

Canned salmon is a convenient and satisfactory way to have fish, which is not always available fresh.  New research has found that salmon not only has healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but also includes small bioactive protein molecules that may provide protection for joints, help control insulin levels, and control inflammation in the digestive tract.  

Quinoa
Quinoa is a low cost source of protein and a great source of fiber.  Quinoa is a nutritious and easy way to add whole grains to your diet.  Gluten free and low in fat, it can even help lower cholesterol.  While often considered a grain, quinoa is actually a seed, such as spinach, Swiss chard, or beets.  Quinoa provides a complete protein.

Quinoa has 222 calories per 1 cup serving.  It contains 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and 15 percent of daily iron requirements.  It has antioxidant phytonutrients, and two flavonoids in concentrated amounts.  Studies are currently underway to find the connection between quinoa and fighting obesity.  

Seriously consider adding these four super foods to your long term food storage plan, incorporate them into your regular meals to rotate them.  Count the nutrition, and you are well on your way to having the food stockpile you want while improving your health.

WHY WE LOVE FLAX SEEDS FOR A HEALTHY PREPPER FOOD

Do you realize flax seeds are one of nature’s most versatile foods?  Lately, flax seeds have been touted as a new wonder food.  Flax seed has been valued as a food crop for at least 7,000 years.

Studies show flax seed may help fight heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer,  and stroke. Rich in lignans, also found in whole grains, berries, vegetables, and fruits, flax seeds have been linked to better health.  Plant lignans are metabolized, absorbed, and transported to the liver where research is showing they reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and positively impact menopausal health.  

Flax seeds are rich in fiber.  Fiber is best known for preventing and relieving constipation.  Fiber helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers the risks to diabetes, and reduces risks of heart disease.  

Fiber is found in the roughage of all parts of a plant.  It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through it.  Soluble fiber forms a gel which helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels on its path through the body.  Insoluble fiber increases bulk and movement through the digestive system, and may relieve some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and colitis.  

Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3’s are actually 3 different components, and considered essential to our body‘s health.  Omega-3’s cannot be produced by the body.  They help reduce inflammation which reduces risks to diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and brain disorders.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-3’s help reduce plaque build up and blood clots in the arteries.  The incidence of bone loss can be positively impacted, and nerve cells in the brain can be protected.  Omega-3 deficiencies have been linked to depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and schizophrenia.  


Do you suffer from acne, asthma, or psoriasis?  Omega-3’s have been shown to have a positive affect on these conditions.  Low levels of omega-3’s have been linked to colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

Flax seeds have a nutty, rich flavor, perfect when added to muffins, cereals, and breads.  Products are available with the addition of flax seeds, like waffles, crackers, and oatmeal.  Flax seeds are even added to the feed of chickens to boost the levels of omega-3's in eggs.  One tablespoon of flax seeds has 1.8 grams of omega-3’s. 

An important element to being a successful prepper is maintaining optimum health. All the emergency survival and prepping gear may not be useful if your health is compromised, which also threatens your safety. Make healthy diet and exercise choices a part of your lifestyle success plan.

How long will flax seed last, and how to best store it for long term food storage? Whole flax seeds should be stored in a cool, dry, place in an airtight container. Whole flax seed will store well for years, ground flax seed, or meal, products including flax seed can be stored for months. How to know when flax seed is no longer fresh, or good to eat? Flax seed will become rancid. Flax seed should have a mild aroma. If you smell anything off, or “fishy” it has spoiled.

How can you incorporate this super-food into your daily meal plan?  

Make a hot breakfast by pouring 1 cup of hot water over ½ cup of flax seeds.  Allow it to thicken for several minutes, and top as you


Whirl a tablespoon of flax seeds with your morning smoothie.

Add flax seed to breakfast cereals and granola.

Sprinkle flax seeds on your yogurt.

Toss some flax seed with your salads or mix them into the dressing.  

Stir some flax seed into mayonnaise or mustard.

Remember to make healthy diet and exercise choices an integral part of your emergency survival and preparedness plan. Set a goal to be in the best health possible so you will be able to face whatever comes your way.

THE SUCCESSFUL PREPPER’S MINDSET

Are you prepping for emergency situations, yet feel an inkling of failure in the back of your mind?  Do you listen to others tell you what a waste of time prepping is, or their lack of faith in your success?  Do you get a sensation that others are actually hoping you fail, even sabotaging your success, so they don’t have to face their own lack of preparedness issues?

No matter what purpose you have for setting goals in your life, whether it be prepping for emergencies, weight loss, finding a new job, salvaging a failing relationship, or attacking mountains of debt, take these four mental frameworks to heart.  Never mind fears of failure or rejection.  Face your fears, and begin today.

KEEP YOUR COOL

Strive to be in control of your future.  Does someone close to you tell you prepping is a waste of time?  Do you doubt you have the self discipline to keep it up and achieve the goals you have set for yourself?  Keep your cool.  Ask yourself, what can I do right now to achieve my goal, and how will my reactions possibly delay my success?   Remind yourself that you are in control of your future.

No one really knows why others would try to sabotage a friend or family member’s decision to achieve success in their life, to follow their dreams, whatever they are. Perhaps they fear they will lose you; you will become more independent.  Perhaps they are threatened by your strength of character and determination.  If you succeed, they then need to face their own failures.  Keep your cool when self doubt creeps in, or the words of others are negative.  Know you can do it.

BE SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE

Pretend you are someone you admire.  How would that person act?  Would that person give up doing things they feel are really important?  Would the person you admire follow the crowd, or follow their own priorities, goals, and dreams?  Act your best when tempted to give up.  Show yourself you are worthy of admiration by learning new skills, stockpiling things you know are important. Do things with a smile, and no complaining.  

GET BUSY
Have you made an emergency plan?  An important component to any prepping lifestyle is daily exercise.  Decide what skills you need to learn. Gather the tools you need. Learn to start fires with just the basics. Rotate your food storage items. Your success as a Prepper may be just around the corner.  Turn that corner by choosing emergency preparedness.  Get busy and stay that way.

THINK POSITIVE
Set a goal, and then think positively.  You know you can do it, keep telling yourself.  Break your prepping goals into smaller goals, and celebrate your successes along the way.  Make a goal to store more water, and do it.  Celebrate your success, and make a goal to store 2 weeks worth of food.  Read up on first aid, and update your first aid kit. Plan to exercise every day this week, and do it.  Keep telling yourself how well you are doing, and mean it.

You are the one who can make your dreams come true.  It is up to you to set goals that are achievable.  Make healthy diet and exercise choices an integral part of your emergency survival and preparedness plan. Set a goal to be in the best health possible so you will be able to face the unknown. Prepare your mindset for success, then keep moving forward in a positive way.  Before you know it, you will be ready to face whatever comes your way, and feel better about yourself, too.

DO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS HAVE A PLACE IN FOOD STORAGE?

Everyone loves sweet treats.  Efforts to lose weight have sent us looking for sweeteners that are equal in taste to sugar, without doing damage to our diets.  Diabetics are also in a quandary on which sweeteners are safe for them.  What are all these new sweeteners, and are any of them a sweet, yet safe to eat, option?

FACTS ON SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Everyone loves sweet treats.  Efforts to lose weight have sent us looking for sweeteners that are equal in taste to sugar, without doing damage to our diets.  Diabetics are also in a quandary on which sweeteners are safe for them.  What are all these new sweeteners, and are any of them a sweet, yet safe to eat, option?

Calorie laden sweeteners have been referred to as nutritive sweeteners.  These sweeteners include white sugar, brown sugar, fructose, agave, molasses, and honey.  Each of these sweeteners has been shown to raise blood glucose levels, and contain calories.  Most of these sweeteners are on a list of foods to avoid if you are at risk or have been diagnosed with diabetes.  These natural sweeteners include carbohydrates which raise insulin levels. 

Insulin users are commonly counseled to have natural sweeteners such as orange juice or hard candies on hand for times when blood sugar levels are too low, yet avoid natural sweeteners in meal planning.  

Low calorie sweeteners are usually made from sugar alcohols.  These sweeteners include half the calories of sugar based sweeteners.  Look for names such as sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol to identify these sweeteners.  They are commonly found in products such as sugar free gum, mouthwash, flavored syrups, or flavored liquid medicines.  

Large amounts of these sugar alcohol sweeteners can lead to gastrointestinal upsets or significant surges in blood glucose levels.  When used sparingly, they may lead to only slight elevations in blood sugar.  Dieters with diabetes need to have these products sparingly, if at all.

Non-nutritive sweeteners are the most popular artificial sweeteners on the market.  This category of sweetener includes aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, or acesulfame potassium.  Side effects to these may include headaches or irritability. Some of these are linked to health risks.

The newest, and natural versions of sweeteners come from processed or refined plant extracts.  Monk fruit and Stevia, are examples of new, safe non-nutritive sweeteners.  They are calorie free, and safe for people with diabetes.  

Looking for sweeteners for baking?  Stevia and sucralose are the suggested best choices for baking. Shelf life of these natural sugar substitutes in white sugar, brown sugar, and syrup forms is comparable to real sugar products. Recommendations are that sugar free sweeteners should not be used past the best by /sell by date.

Make healthy diet and exercise choices an integral part of your emergency survival and preparedness plan. Set a goal to be in the best health possible so you will be able to face whatever comes your way.

HOW TO MEET YOUR PREPPING GOALS?

 Do you find yourself getting discouraged over your emergency preparedness plans?  Do you compare yourself to others, unwittingly sabotaging your own progress?  While it is nice to be aware of what others are doing, measure your own success against yourself.  That is the first goal you need to make, measure your own progress with your own level of achievement.  Look at your own endeavors, not those of others, real or imagined.  

Surround yourself with people who are positive, and challenge you to be better.  Find friends with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and who have positive outlooks on life.  Look for individuals who are moving forward while supporting each other.  Be there for them, as well.

Does this mean you should discuss your prepping supplies and plans with everyone? No. Positive people help you have a positive outlook on all aspects of life. Individual lifestyles, hobbies, interests, differences do not need to be shared.  Stick with a basic good rule, don’t overshare your life!

You may have heard the old adage, if you focus on results, you will never change.  Focus on change, and you will get results.  How does this fit with your prepping goals?  Don’t get caught in the trap of setting too broad of goals for your preparedness planning.  An example would be, I want to stockpile food and supplies.  That is a focus on the results with no plan to make it happen.

Answer a series of questions to focus on change.  What do I want to do?  Why do I want to do it?  How will I make it happen?  An example would be, I want to store 20 pounds of rice by the end of this month.  I want to feel confident that my food storage is increasing. 

Another example, I want to be more physically fit, so I can hike a few miles if I need to. I will eat smaller portions and go to the gym or for a walk each day.  

Do you see yourself succeeding and becoming more confident in your preparedness?  Focus on what you want, and plan the details to make it a reality.  

Be realistic when you set your goals.  Ask yourself the hard questions as you evaluate your prepping goals.  Is this goal possible to accomplish?  Break big goals down into manageable smaller goals, and make a timeline to achieve those small steps. Setting unrealistic goals is setting yourself up to fail.  Make your goals realistic.

Now ask yourself, will this challenge me or defeat me?  For example, a goal to work on prepping skills for 90 minutes every day may be unrealistic during intense times at work.  Make your goal adaptable, and keep going even when you slip up or are unable to follow through.  Know that you can begin again.  You are not defeated if you can’t fulfill the challenge.  Rework your goal so it is attainable.

Set your own standards and expectations.  It matters not that you read about other preppers with homesteads and super survival skills.  Successes can be yours, but in your own time, at your own level, with goals you set for yourself.  Focus on the changes you are making in your life, and count the accomplishments you are making along the way.  Stop comparing yourself to others.  

Lead yourself where you want to go.  Do you want to rotate your stored foods?  Plan a menu, shop your food storage pantry, and allow time to prepare your meals.  Have a plan for mealtime, and even a way to cook if the power is off.  You will remember the foods waiting for you with confidence that you can take care of yourself in any situation.  

Put your prepping goals in writing, and read them often.  You have prepared yourself to be ready for challenges, and are actively prepping.  Focus on the change, and the results will follow.

BEST GRAINS FOR LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE

What are the best grains for long term food storage? We try to choose the most nutritious foods for our meals, and whole grains are a great component. Whole grains are nutritious, filled with complex carbohydrates, and key vitamins and minerals.

Which grains can be stored long term, to make sure we have a supply of the foods we care to eat? Not all grains are suited for long term food storage. There are choices in many price points and flavors of grains that can be stored.

Rice is the most inexpensive, longest lasting grain for long term food storage. Rice is a staple for many diets worldwide, is versatile, and easy to store. Rice can be sealed into jars or buckets, purchased in containers already packed to last decades. White rice lasts far longer than wild rice, due to the high oil content of wild rice. The oils cause the rice to become rancid within a few months.

Soft grains such as oats, barley, quinoa, and rye can easily last 8 years. Sealed into airtight containers, the shelf life of soft grains can be extended to 20 years. Pearl barley and pot barley are processed, so are not as long lasting.

Hard grains such as wheat, corn, flax, mullet, spelt, and triticale can be packaged and stored to last for 30 years.

The best ways to store grains for long term food storage? Choose foods packaged to last in number 10 cans or buckets. You can buy foods in bulk, and seal them yourself in mylar bags inside food grade buckets with oxygen absorbers. Oxygen absorbers can also be used with clean, dry canning jars, and may be a more manageable size container for your stored foods. Store your food in a cool, dry, place. If you use jars, also keep your food storage dark.

Choose food storage to meet your needs. Don’t buy or store foods you don’t care to eat or know how to prepare. Choose foods your family will actually eat to make the most of your prepping dollars and storage space.

WHAT MAKES WHOLE GRAINS SO NUTRITIOUS?

What makes whole grains so nutritious?  The nutrient rich outer layers of bran and underlying layers of germ are stripped away when grains are processed.  All grains are a great source of complex carbohydrates, while providing key vitamins and minerals.  Choose whole grains, rather than enriched grains, which have been processed and then had some nutrients added back to them.

Grains are a major source of fiber for many.  Fiber helps keep your digestive tract regular, and can reduce the risks to cancers.  Fiber protects against colon cancer by adding bulk to stool, sending it quickly through the gastrointestinal tract.  The more quickly foods pass through the colon, the less risk there is to contact time with toxins or harmful bacteria.  High fiber diets have been shown to reduce the risks of colon and rectal cancers.  Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables also lowers these risks.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also states that not only will fiber keep you regular, a high fiber diet may reduce risks to breast cancer.  The American Institute for Cancer Research says that a diet high in plant based foods reduces risks to colorectal, stomach, mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophageal cancers.  

Whole grains have more health benefits.  They can reduce risks to chronic illnesses including type-two diabetes, heart disease, and may lower blood pressure.

For a grain to be labeled whole grain, it needs to include all three parts of the kernel, the bran, endosperm, and germ.  Processing or refining removes the bran and germ.  This removes 17 vital minerals and 25 percent of the protein.  How can you tell if your grain is whole grain?  Read the label.

Read labels and look for words such as “100 % whole wheat”, whole wheat, brown rice, oats, or wheat berries.  Labeled ingredients missing part of the grain and nutrition are enriched, bran, wheat germ, wheat, organic flour, multigrain, stone ground, or durum.  Products with the word “whole” after the first ingredient may be from only 1 percent to 49 percent whole grain.

Are you still reading the labels?  Good!  Now look for grains such as pearl barley or brown rice.  Choose steel cut oats.  Steel cut oats have more fiber and are digested more slowly than rolled oats.  Choose 100% whole grain instead of whole wheat.  Choose cereals with fiber in the name.  

Realize that eating more fiber and more whole grains can lead to weight loss.  One of the most effective ways to lose weight is to control hunger.  A diet high in fiber helps you to feel full longer, helping you to resist eating more food.  Foods high in fiber require more chewing, which signals your brain that you have had enough to eat. 

Choose grains with additional health benefits.  Have whole grains to reduce your risks to chronic diseases.  Most of all, choose whole grains for the benefit of  maintaining a healthy body.

HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO WE NEED?

When choosing foods for long term food storage, protein plays a large role in meal planning. I is important to understand how protein is utilized in the body.  Protein helps build muscle and make the body stronger, but too much can lead to too many calories, and the extra calories may turn into fat.  

Muscle, hair, connective tissue, and skin are made up of protein.  In fact, research shows that 16 percent of our body is made up of protein.  Enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters are parts of the body that are made of  protein, and use protein.  So, we need to continually replenish our supply.  Our body cannot store protein, so if we don’t consume it, our body will break down the muscles.

Adults are advised to limit protein to 10% to 35% of their daily calories.   Protein is measured in grams, so women need about 46 grams, and men need about 56 grams.  Larger, more active people will need more protein.  Calculate your body’s minimum protein needs by multiplying your body weight in pounds by 0.37.  Most Americans get more than enough protein in their diets, much of it from animal proteins such as meat, poultry, and eggs. These are foods we often don’t have in substantial amounts in food storage.    

What is a serving of protein and how many grams does it contain?  That can be figured without too much effort once you become familiar with serving guidelines.  

Most cuts of meat   7 grams per ounce    
6 oz steak   42 grams
4 oz hamburger patty   28 grams 
Chicken breast  30 grams
Chicken thigh   10 grams
Chicken wing   6 grams
4 oz Pork tenderloin   29 grams
3 oz ham   19 grams
1 slice bacon   3 grams  
Most fish   6 grams per ounce
6 oz tuna   35 grams

Large egg   6 grams
1 cup milk   8 grams
½ cup cottage cheese   15 grams
8 oz yogurt   5-10 grams
8 oz Greek yogurt   13-20 grams
Soft cheeses   6 grams per ounce
Hard cheeses   7-10 grams per ounce

½ cup tofu   20 grams
1 cup Soy milk   6-10 grams
½ cup cooked black beans, pinto beans, lentils   10 grams
½ cup cooked split peas   8 grams

1 Tablespoon peanut butter   4 grams
¼ cup Peanuts   9 grams
¼ cup Almonds   8 grams
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin seeds   2 grams
1 Tablespoon Flax seed   2 grams
1 Tablespoon Sunflower seeds   1 1/2 grams
¼ cup Cashews   5 grams

Read labels when shopping for protein content, as well as fat, sugar and other nutritional requirements. Find shelf stable food options with the amounts of protein you need.


Athletes require more protein if their sport is extremely physical such as distance running or body building.  Women who are pregnant or nursing should also increase their protein intake by 10 grams per day.   

Protein powders have a shelf life of several years, and are one way to fill in gaps in your diet or nutritional needs.

If you choose a high protein diet for weight loss, be mindful not to eliminate too many carbohydrates.  Limiting all carbohydrates can lead to side effects from ketosis, which can include headaches, irritability, nausea, and kidney or heart problems.  

The most nutritious diets include moderate amounts of carbohydrates and protein.  When choosing carbs, eat whole grain breads and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables which are loaded with nutrients. 

HOW TO SET SMART PREPPING GOALS

Do you set prepping goals, then find trouble following them for lasting change?  Did you make resolutions at the beginning of the new year with ideas to help your family become better prepared for emergency situations, and they have faded away without success?  Emergency Preparedness goals are important.  Don’t give up or let yourself spiral into shame over failure.  It isn’t you that needs a tune up as much as it may be the strategy you follow setting smart goals.  

SMART goals provide clear direction that makes change lasting.  Goals need to include specifics for them to have clear direction for the change you are seeking.  Think of the letters in the word SMART, and set goals that are


SPECIFIC
MEASURABLE
ACTION ORIENTED
REALISTIC
TIMELY

Now you can set SMART goals. 

Make your goal SPECIFIC.  Think of the words who, what, when, where, why.  
Improve your goal from, I want to exercise, to a SPECIFIC goal.
I will workout at the gym for 30 minutes 5 days a week.

Make your goal MEASURABLE.  How will you know if you have reached your goal?  Be clear on how you will measure your success and encourage yourself to continue progressing.  
Improve your goal from, I will stockpile food, to a MEASURABLE goal.
I will buy $15 worth of food storage food items each week. 

Make your goal ACTION ORIENTED.  How will you know if you are following your goal on a consistent basis?  Know what action needs to happen for you to succeed with a goal.  
Improve your goal from, I will store more water, to an ACTION ORIENTED goal.
I will keep a full water bottle with me and store enough drinking water for a week. 

Make a goal that is Realistic.  A goal has to be something that you are able and willing to follow.  If SHTF happens, I will bug out to New Zealand. While that may be realistic for a few, most of us cannot achieve that goal.  Make a REALISTIC goal that can also be measured.
I will find a Bug Out Location within a few hours of my home, that I can drive there with one tank of gas.  

Make a goal that is TIMELY.  Yes, we all want to be ready for any emergency that comes along.  A goal of I will be ready for anything is not as successfully achieved as one with a timeline.
I will take a first aid class next month. I will update my Bug Out Bag twice a year.  Include the dates in your TIMELY goal.

You can get your prepping and emergency preparedness goals back on track.  Begin today.  Make a set of SMART goals.  Write them down.  Post them where you will be reminded of them.  You may just surprise yourself on how much will power and success you achieve with your new, SMART goals. 

HOW TO STOCK YOUR LOW CARB PANTRY


We all like to keep a well stocked pantry and long term food storage stockpile.  We like knowing that we can reach into the pantry, grab a few items, stir, and heat for a quick meal.  Prepping and stockpiling foods means taking personal responsibility, taking self reliance seiously, and that you are ready in case you need to make meals, or even do a bit of survival cooking. 

We should keep foods on hand for power outages, snow storms, busy days, or sick days.  Have you ever been sick or completely exhausted, to find your cupboard looked like Old Mother Hubbard’s?  

If you enjoy a low carb lifestyle, make a plan to stockpile a few low carbohydrate, low carb food options to keep on hand. Learn how to make a quick, easy meal with those ingredients.  Take your list to the store, and search for options that fit your taste, and carbohydrate counts.  Read labels carefully, and remember to search for net carbs.  Stock your pantry with foods you choose.

Be mindful of sodium count in shelf stable foods.  Manufacturers seem to use salt freely in canned or processed foods.  Americans have far too much sodium in their diets, and should limit the total milligrams per day to 2500mg. Limit your daily intake to 1500mg if you have heart or blood pressure concerns.  Search for low or no salt options where available.

So what are some low carb pantry foods? 

Start your search with canned fish.  Choose tuna, trout, salmon, shrimp, crab, or clams.  Maybe you like mackerel, sardines, anchovies, or kippers.  Read the label carefully before choosing.  

Next, look for canned or jarred tomato products.  Looked for Italian style diced tomatoes in juice with basil, garlic, and oregano.  You have a ready made base for a hearty, vegetable soup.  Toss in your favorites, and some of your seafood choices for a simple supper or lunch.  Read labels carefully to avoid those with added sugar.


Salsas are good choices to spice up your meals.  Look for chunky varieties, and don’t be afraid of the salsa verde, or green salsa.  These are made with tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic, and onion for a variety in flavors.  

Soups are a problem.  Finding low carb pantry soups has eluded most of us.  Look for chicken or vegetable broths, and make a meal with low carb vegetables and meat, as can be done with canned tomatoes.  

Check out the vegetable aisle.  Green beans are a good choice, as are artichoke hearts.  Look for green chilies.  Choose red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and even pickles.  Look for Italian varieties in jars.  Search for pesto, and other vegetable based combinations and sauces.  Then, read the label.

Look for crispy, crunchy, and gluten-free crackers made from low-carb organic ingredients such as organic flax seeds and tomato powder.


Do you love peanut butter?  Peanut butter has 5 net carbs for a 2 Tablespoon serving.  Some days, there is something about peanut butter that is just delicious!  Have some on a celery stick, or eat it right off of a spoon for a snack that tastes like heaven.  Try some of the other nut butters, as well.  

Have you heard of black soy beans?  While not as common as other beans, black soy beans are high in antioxidants, low in net carbs, and have a bonus of high fiber, protein, vitamin K, iron, and other minerals.  They are a nice substitute for other, high carb beans in your pantry.  Try black soy beans in chili, refried beans, bean soup, baked beans, and bean salads.  Beans  are the staple of many pantry dishes.

Finish stocking your pantry with low carb fruits.  These items are harder to find, but are available.  Look for fruits packed in water, or light syrup, and give them a rinse.

A favorite low carb dessert from the pantry?  Serve sugar free gelatin.  A serving of sugar free gelatin has 2 carbs. 

Make a low carb pumpkin pudding. Buy a small can of pumpkin.  Mix it with sugar free vanilla pudding, a cup of milk, and spice it up with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Sometimes something sweet is necessary. 

Be on the lookout for cookbooks and recipes that support your low carb meal plan or keto diet.

Make a list, plan some low carb meals, and stock your low carb pantry with low carb foods. When embarking on a way of eating that is significantly different from what most, traditional food storage preppers choose, it is a real help to have quick and easy ideas that cover all meals for a whole month's worth of eating. Make your choice to eat low carb meals or a keto diet easy with a low carb food storage pantry stockpile of foods that meet your needs.

Summer Safety Survival Gear Tips

Summer can mean hiking, camping, picnics, road trips.  It can also mean tornado, flooding, earthquake, wild fire, hurricane, volcano, or even a man made disaster. Have a good Emergency Kit and Plan for you and your family.  It's one of the smartest ideas to make sure you have the well being and security you want when it matters most.

What should be included in your summer survival and safety gear kit?  Always have a first aid kit, where ever you go.  Bring enough water for everyone in your group.  Carry a water purification bottle to allow you to scoop wild water and drink it safely.  Everyone gets hungry spending time outside.  Bring enough food and snacks to last the time you intend to be outside.

Summer means sunshine and insects.  Pack sunscreen and insect repellent.  Choose a bug spray with DEET to protect from ticks and the hungriest bugs.  

Pack an extra warm layer of clothing.  When the sun goes down, desert or mountains, the temperature drops.  Keep warm with a jacket, thick socks, and a hat.  A waterproof layer is nice to have, in case of rain.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp.  I like the new USB rechargeable flashlights.  A simple solar charger or battery pack can attach to your day pack and keep your phone and flashlight charged. 

Have a small multi tool or pocket knife for tasks along the trail.  They come in handy with a blade, saw, nail file, screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers, toothpick, and other options.

A Life Bivy from Go Time Gear is an emergency sleeping bag that takes up almost no space or weight in your pack, includes paracord and an emergency whistle to ensure your survival if you are caught out unexpectedly overnight.

Make a simple fire starter kit.  It can be as simple as a lighter, matches, cotton balls rubbed with petroleum jelly.

Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.  No help will come, if no one knows you are missing.

Be ready for whatever comes along with this list of summer survival safety gear.  

How to Use Portable Toilet - Emergency Sanitation Supplies to Stockpile 

How to go to the bathroom, poop in a car, van, campground, or in an emergency?  The 5-gallon Luggable Loo portable toilet, sometimes called a Honey Bucket, is a simple bucket style toilet design with a traditional snap-on lid.

The Luggable Loo portable toilet is rugged enough for any outdoor adventure, hunting, fishing, camping, emergency situations, car or van living or road trips.  Line the emergency portable toilet with tall, drawstring kitchen bags for easiest clean up.  Store it loaded with toilet paper, wet wipes, and supplies for sanitation and hygiene emergencies.

 Another style of portable toilet is the Hassock which doubles as a stool, has a small bucket included inside, and an attached toilet paper holder.

Try my tips and tricks how to use a portable toilet, how to make portable toilet clean-up and waste disposal easy.  Everyone needs a portable toilet, Luggable Loo, honey bucket, or hassock bucket toilet as part of emergency survival, SHTF situation. Make an emergency sanitation plan for your hygiene and bathroom needs.   

CAN SAFE - HIDE VALUABLES IN PLAIN SIGHT

 Are you looking for ways to hide and secure valuables and important items?  Stash Cans made from real life products allow them to blend in perfectly.  No one will ever suspect the can is a hidden safe, because they look like the real thing.  Can safes make a perfect hiding place for your home, office, or for traveling.  

Hide valuable items in plain sight in a can safe.  The bottom screws off the can to reveal a secret stash area perfect for money, jewelry, coins, ammo, or whatever you choose to hide. 

Can safes come in many varieties from soup, stew, green beans, Spam, WD 40, Comet cleanser, and more.  Choose a can safe with a product you enjoy, then hide and secure your valuables. 
 

SURVIVAL PANTRY - CAN YOU MAKE MEALS FROM YOUR PANTRY

 Could you actually survive from the foods in your pantry?  Could you make a meal when it seems like there's nothing to eat?  Build a supply of canned and packaged foods, dried foods, and shelf stable foods.  Grow your supply of stockpiled food in baby steps.  Buy a few food items at a time, and choose foods with meal ideas in mind.  Stock up on a variety of foods, that your family will actually eat, and you know how to prepare.  Choose food with a meal plan in mind.  Soon, you will have meals in your pantry, and know what foods to store for emergencies.  

Can you survive from the food in your pantry?  Organize your pantry so you can find things,  and be able to make meals for your family from your pantry.  Clean your pantry, and organize stored foods so they last, and sustain your family in an emergency situation.  Stockpile your pantry with full meals in mind.  Choose long lasting foods, and easy to prepare meals.

Build and organize the emergency food supply in your pantry.  Now rotate your food, and replace it.  Keep track of the foods you use, and resupply your pantry with more.  Pay attention to expiration dates, and use foods before the best by date for the best quality.  Foods may last longer, but many are no longer at their top quality condition.  
 

EASY WAYS TO START FIRES

Starting a fire can be key to survival and making the best of many situations.  Learn how to make fire starters and multiple ways to start a fire.  Make a quick and simple fire starter kit with basics from the Dollar Tree with one dollar prepping supplies.  Stock up on cotton balls, petroleum jelly, and hand sanitizer for quick fire starters.    Shop for matches, lighters, and utility lighters. 

Make a fire starting kit for your Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag, hiking bag, camping gear, and even for your trips to the backyard fire pit.  Divide multipacks of supplies like hand sanitizer into individual kits for each bag or family member.  One of the best tips for new Preppers is learn several ways to start fires, and have a good supply of basics to start fires quickly, even in wet weather.  My favorite fire starting method is cotton balls with vaseline petroleum jelly.   Dollar Tree Survival Gear Haul of fire starters is a great way to get started prepping and stockpiling your emergency gear.

 

HONEY FOR FOOD STORAGE, PREPPING, SURVIVAL

Honey is a natural sweetener, contains antioxidants, is antibacterial, and lasts nearly forever.  Honey is a perfect food to store for emergencies, and a food storage essential.  Use honey in cooking, baking, spreads, and sauces.  Honey has antibacterial properties, and is a natural product that can be applied to wounds and sores for natural healing.  

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Store honey in a cool, dry, dark place.  Soften honey that gets hard by immersing the container in warm water, and allowing it to warm and re-liquify.   Never boil honey as it can weaken or destroy powerful enzymes, lessening the medicinal properties, and make it more likely to develop bacteria or mold. 

Never feed honey to infants under age 1 due to possible botulism.  Honey may contain spores of  Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby's immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness. 

HOW TO STORE DOG FOOD - PREPPING WITH PETS

Stockpile food for your dogs and pets just as you would store food for your family.  Buy enough food for a month, and store it in airtight containers so it will stay fresh, and not have ants, bugs, mice.  

Rotate your stored pet/cat/dog food so you always have fresh food on hand.  Store water for your pets, too.  

If you have animals and you prep food for yourself, then you need to be prepping food for your pets as well. Have an extra bag for each dog that is unopened.  When the open food runs out, buy a new bag for storage and open the stored bag.

 

CHECK YOUR FOOD STORAGE - IS YOUR FOOD STILL GOOD TO EAT

How to store food so it will last?  What are the best food storage containers?  How to know if food is still good, and safe to eat?  Food needs to be stored in a cool, dry place to last the longest.  Food in jars needs to be stored away from light, which can cause food to spoil or degrade. 

Evaluate packages food comes in when stocking a Prepper's Pantry and building your long term food storage.  Repackage foods into airtight containers, and packaging that is safe from insects and rodents.  Grains can be stored in the freezer for a few days to kill any weevils that naturally occur in wheat and grain.  Rotate your stored food, plan to use it before the best by date, even if food is still good after that date. 

Make sure your food is stored properly so it will last, be there when you need it, and make the most of your grocery and prepping dollars. 

Key questions on food storage:  
1. Is your food safe from light?
2. Is your food safe from oxygen?
3. Is your food safe from bugs or rodents?
4. Are you rotating stored food?  
5. What is the best by date of your food?
6. How to know if canned food is still safe to eat?
7.  What are the best Prepper foods, what foods last the longest?
8. What foods to store for emergencies?

 

SURVIVAL USES FOR GARBAGE BAGS

Plastic Garbage Trash Bags should be at the top of your survival list.  Trash bags have many uses in emergency survival situations, are an essential emergency must have item to help you survive any crisis.  Keep heavy duty large trash bags in your Bug Out Bag, get home bag, prepping stockpile, and survival kits.  Buy the largest, strongest bags you can find.  I choose 55 gallon contractor grade bags for my survival needs.  

Trash bags can be used in many ways for emergency situations. Think creatively during a crisis to make life easier and even save your life.  20 ways to use a garbage bag for emergency survival situations:
 - rain poncho
- ground cover
- survival shelter
- pack cover to protect your gear
- bear bag
- tarp
- first aid uses
- bivy bag
- pack liner
- tent footprint
- sleeping bag cover
- mattress
- keep feet dry
- transport water or gear
- trail marker
- emergency signal
- porta potty liner
- black out curtains
- cover broken windows
-  solar shower

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR BUG OUT BAG

What are Bug Out Bag essentials, what should you put in your emergency kit?  How can you be sure to have your essential supplies ready to go, be ready to survive any crisis?  Start with a Bug Our Bag clean out and update.  Grab your bug out bag, and take everything out of it. 

Is your bag the right size?  If a bag is too large, we tend to fill it with too much gear.  Your bug out bag can become too heavy to manage.

Evaluate each item, only pack essentials of clothing, food, water, first aid, shelter, hygiene, fire starting, flashlights, radio, tools, identification, cash.  

Check expiration dates, make sure your bag is not too heavy.  

Get a 4 way water key sillcock plumbing tool, an emergency kit must have.  A sillcock tool allows you to turn outside water on at a commercial building when no other water may be available.

Must Have Bug Out Bag Gear

 Backpack
Life Bivy Bag
USB Rechargeable Flashlight   
Ready Meals  
First Aid Kit  
Eton Scorpion Radio Flashlight with USB  
Emergency Blanket  
Glow Sticks  
Hand Warmers  
Blastmatch fire starter
Multi Tool  
Sillcock Water Key Tool  
Aquatabs Water Purification
Headlamp  
Duct Tape
Paracord
Strike Anywhere Matches   
Poncho
Strike a Fire fire starters

How Much Sugar to Store and Stockpile

We know it is important to be prepared for emergencies, and to have a stockpile of foods, including sugar.  The average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year.  Do you need to stockpile 150 pounds of sugar per person?  No.  Think about all of the foods that you buy that already have sugar in them.  Break sugar down into categories of sugar that you use, granulate, brown, syrups, and more. 

Long term food storage is important to be prepared, self sustainable, save money, and be ready to face emergency survival situations.   

Stay ready, become self sustainable, save money, and prepare for emergency survival situations.  Check out these food storage tips.

How to store sugar?

Granulated sugar needs to be stored so that it stays dry.  Brown sugar needs to be stored so that is stays moist.  Honey, jams, jellies, have sugar and need to be stored in cool, dry places. 

What foods have included sugar? 

Canned foods have sugar, so sugar is already part of the stored food items.   

What type of sugar, how much, how long can you store sugar? 

Check out the LDS food calculator which breaks down which kinds of sugar to store, and how much of each kind to store.  Decide which are the best sugars to store for long term for your family, and store them to make sure that your food will last.

 

BEST BARTER ITEMS AND CASH STOCKPILE FOR PREPPERS

In emergency situations, cash is important.  Stock up as much cash as you can for emergencies, in small bills.  Barter items may help those in need, or help you get things you need.  Stockpile vices, first aid, hygiene, and comfort items.  How can you stay safe in a barter or emergency situation? 

Never show or discuss your stockpile. 

Never barter weapons that could be used against you. 

We can't think of everything we need to stockpile for emergencies.  There are all kinds of things we still may need in an emergency.  Cash is always useful if the power is out, and there are things you need or want.  Keep a stockpile of extra cash, in small bills.  Think of vices, and how to barter in emergencies.  Thebest barter items are things people need and want most in emergencies.  Dollar Tree stores are a great place to stock up on one dollar prepping supplies and cheap necessary barter items.  Use common sense to decide what items to stockpile to barter.  Stock up,store, and keep on hand barter items that others may need that can help you provide the things you need, whild you stay safe. 

ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GEAR

How to build a survival kit with the items a new prepper needs, be able to survive any crisis with a list of top survival items.  Divide the essential survival gear into categories, begin with water and a way to purify and filter water.  Next, stock up on food, shelf stable food, and a way to cook food in a power outage.  

Have a way to stay warm and dry, provide emergency lights such as flashlights, candles, oil lamps.  Stock up on batteries, lighters, and lamp oil.  Buy an emergency radio for communication, first aid kit and supplies, hygiene and toiletries, and tools. Get the basic essential survival gear, upgrade as you learn and can afford more gear.  Be prepared for whatever comes your way.  New Preppers?  Check out this list of survival gear needs.

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation

  • Food - a supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio or NOAA Weather Radio

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle

  • Dust mask

  • Plastic sheeting

  • Duct tape

  • Moist towelettes

  • Garbage bags

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

FOOD STORAGE RULES

Rules for long term food storage, or stocking an off grid pantry are basic.  Begin to build an emergency food supply with food your family is familiar with and is willing to eat. 

Buy a little at a time, with a plan for how you will cook and use the foods you store.  The proper way to store food so it will last is in a cool, dry place, out of the light. 

As you build a food storage supply, rotate your stored food.  Place new foods on the back of the shelf, push foods you already bought to the front, first in, first out. 

Learn what foods to store and last the longest, choose shelf stable food that can be stored in the pantry for at least 6 months.  Choose canned, packaged, and dry foods. The basics of long term food storage,  growing an  emergency survival food stockpile, or building a prepper pantry can be done a little at a time. 

Once you have full pantry, stock up on foods for long term storage.  Store bulk rice, beans, oatmeal, sugar, in 5 gallon buckets, in Mylar pouches with oxygen absorbers, or in vacuum sealed canning jars.  

 Start today to have the foods you need in any emergency situation, to survive any crisis.  Stock up on basic long lasting foods. 

PREPPING ON A BUDGET - WALMART SURVIVAL GEAR

Are you prepping on a budget?  Try survival shopping in the camping section of Walmart to find lots of emergency gear.  Check out the categories of "Must Have" prepping supplies you need to stockpile for emergencies.  


Top Survival List
Water
Food
First Aid
Flashlights
Shelter
Fire Starting
Fishing Kit
Pick out a backpack for a Bug Out Bag, and fill it with these categories, tools, and more.  You don't have to spend a lot for basic survival gear.  Prepping on a budget?  Find lots of decent quality items that meet your emergency survival and prepping needs at Walmart Camping Section Department.

 

SALT STORAGE WARNING FOR LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE

Salt is an important food to include in your long term food storage.  Salt is necessary for life, and keeps indefinitely if stored correctly.  Salt needs to be kept dry, so a cardboard container may not be ideal.  This container of salt at my off grid Alaska cabin was stored in a cool, dry place, yet moisture in the air from humidity was absorbed by the salt, and turned it into a rock. 

This salt is no longer useful for food storage.  Make sure your salt will be good and safe to eat, store salt in airtight mason canning jars, and screw on a lid.  Do not use oxygen absorbers.  Salt boxes can also be stacked inside 5 gallon buckets.  Keep moisture and pests from contaminating your foods stored for long term.  

Basic recommendations are to store 7 pounds of salt per person.  At less than a dollar a pound, salt is cheap and easy to stockpile and store.  You don't have to be a Prepper to stockpile food.  It's just sensible. Stockpile salt for your family while it is still safe and readily available so you will always have the things you need, no matter what comes your way.

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USES FOR MASON CANNING JARS

Canning jars are always a great way to store foods for long term, or in the pantry as dry storage.  Process fruits, vegetables, meats from the garden, farm, forest, stream and sea.

Canning jars are also a great airtight way to store foods like sugar, salt, pastas, oatmeal, dried beans, lentils, spices, bread crumbs, and flour.  Most of these foods can be poured into the jar and sealed with a simple twist of a clean lid and ring.  Use a vacuum seal for long term storage.  

Mason canning jars are a convenient way to store paper muffin cup liners to keep them contained and clean. 

Matches stay dry in canning jars. 

Make meals in a jar in your mason canning jars. 

Fill empty canning jars with water and store on your shelf for an emergency water supply.

Light a votive candle in a mason jar for an emergency light lantern or ambiance on a romantic summer evening.

Add a pump dispenser to a lid for a pump soap dispenser.

Mason jars fit on the blender attachment to many blenders for a quick individual blender bottle.

Stock up on canning jars when you can find them on sale, at thrift stores, estate and yard sales.  Mason canning jars are handy for food storage, flower vases, drinking glasses, and pencil holders.   

HOW TO MAKE AND EYE DROPPER  Water Purification Tips for Preppers, Emergencies

If you need to purify water with bleach, you need to measure 2-4 drops of bleach per quart, and wait 30 minutes for it to be purified.

How can you make an eye dropper to measure the bleach into water to make it is safe to drink?  Use cotton string or jute twine, wound into a small lid filled with bleach for a survival eye dropper to make water safe to drink.  

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Be patient, and the bleach will move along the string in small drops off of the end.

A benefit to being a Prepper is using what you have to make what you need. Learn to use your stockpile of survival and Prepping gear, including how to purify water.

FIRE STARTERS FROM MOOSE NUGGETS - MOOSE POOP

Yes, fire starters from moose poop.  Moose eat sticks, branches, grasses, and their poop is processed plant fibers, natural and easy to burn. Collect moose pellet poop nuggets, allow to dry, and coat with melted paraffin wax or old candles for a nearly free DIY fire starter for camping, hunting, emergency survival situations. 

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If you are in moose country, use natural dried moose nuggets or beans to start a fire.  Moose nuggets have no odor, and can burn about 5 minutes each.

Paraffin wax is handy to have on hand for prepping and homesteading uses.  Use paraffin to make all kinds of fire starters, candle making, and sealing canning jars.

FIRE STARTING KIT FROM DOLLAR TREE STORE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES  

 A Survival Fire Starting Kit for Preppers is one of the most important Survival tools.  Starting a fire can be key to survival and making the best of many situations.  Make a quick and simple fire starter kit with basics from the Dollar Tree. 

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Stock up on petroleum jelly and cotton balls, which are the easiest most reliable way to start a fire.  Smear a cotton ball with petroleum jelly, fluff it up, and and light it for a long burning fire starter that works in any weather.  Hand sanitizer works like the petroleum jelly, stock up on that, too. 

Jute twine is a great fire starter.  Fluff it up, and light it.  Stock up on matches, lighters, and utility long arm lighters.  Place a piece of aluminum foil underneath your fire starter to help it work better.

Make a fire starting kit for your Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag, hiking bag, camping gear, and even for your trips to the backyard fire pit.  Divide multipacks of supplies like matches, hand sanitizer, and cotton balls into individual kits for each bag or family member.  

Learn several ways to start fires, and have a good supply of basics to start fires quickly, even in wet weather.  My favorite fire starting method is cotton balls with Vaseline petroleum jelly.   A Dollar Tree Survival Gear Haul of fire starters is a great way to get started prepping and stockpiling your emergency gear.  Avoid bug out bag mistakes with one of the best tips for new Preppers.  Learn multiple ways to start a fire.

 

MOLLE WEBBING HOW TO ATTACK OR WEAVE BACKPACKS BAGS PACKS GEAR

How to attach Molle straps and gear the right way?  Weave the Molle Straps.  

Decide where you want to add your gear, weave the straps through the backpack, back through your pouch, through the straps on the backpack, back through the pouch, and finish weaving it through the backpack, snap in place.  

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Your attached bag or pouch should sit firmly in place, not wobble around, and allow you to reach the specialty gear you choose when you need it.  


The PALS Pouch Attachment Ladder System grid consists of horizontal rows of nylon webbing sewn onto the load-bearing equipment and corresponding webbing and straps on the gear accessory attachments.

The straps are interwoven between the webbing on each of two pieces and finally snapped into place, making for a very secure fit which can be detached with moderate effort.

WATER BOB EMERGENCY WATER STORAGE HOW TO USE WATERBOB   

The WaterBob is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in any standard bathtub in case of emergency. Constructed of heavy duty food grade plastic, the waterBOB® keeps water fresh and clean for drinking, cooking, washing and flushing. Water stored in an open bathtub, with dirt, soap film and exposure to debris will spoil and become useless.  

During a hurricane or tropical storm, water main breaks and storm surges can interrupt or even contaminate your water supply. It is during these conditions the waterBOB® may be used for temporary water storage. Constructed of heavy duty plastic that is FDA compliant for food storage, the waterBOB® keeps water fresh and clean for up to 16 weeks.

The WaterBOB® is very easy to use. Simply lay the liner in any standard bathtub, attach the fill sock to the faucet and fill the bladder to capacity, which takes approximately 20 minutes. A siphon pump is included to easily dispense the water into jugs or pitchers for your use.

EMERGENCY BLANKETS SURVIVAL USES

How can you use emergency survival blankets? There are many ways to use an emergency survival mylar space blanket in an emergency situation.  Some of the best tips and tricks with emergency blankets include how to stay warm and dry. 

 

Wrap an emergency blanket around you as tightly as possible, covering as much of your body as possible.  The reflective silver mylar material will reflect back 90 percent of your body heat.  Emergency blankets can help keep your feet warm.  Cut a piece, cover your foot, and slip your food into your shoe.  The reflective silver mylar material will reflect back the heat from your feet, and warm them within a minute or two.  The emergency blanket will also help keep your feet dry.  How to signal for help with an emergency blanket?  Wrap a portion over a rock, and use as a signal mirror, move the reflective surface to send signals with the sun. 

Lay the emergency blanket out in an open area for a signal to air rescue.  Use an emergency blanket underneath your tent as a tent footprint, under your sleeping bag, and help keep your tent or sleeping bag warmer and dryer.  Emergency blankets are cheap outdoor gear, available for about one dollar.  Stock up on emergency blankets, and pack them in your bug out bag, car, camping gear, fishing hunting and hiking packs, any time you head to the out of doors, take an emergency blanket.

 

MAKE A PONCHO FROM AN EMERGENCY MYLAR SPACE SURVIVAL BLANKET

 Make a DIY poncho from an emergency space blanket to wrap around yourself in a cold or wet emergency situation.  The best way to make a poncho is to wrap the emergency survival blanket around you, place one long side over your head.  Hold your poncho in place with a piece of duct tape under your chin.  Some recomment cutting head holes in the center of your emergency space blanket.  Cutting your emergency blanket allows the blanket to rip, and makes it much less useful.  Don't cut a hole in an emergency blanket if you can help it!   

4 FIRE SAFETY AT HOME MUST HAVE ITEMS

If a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape.  During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe! 

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Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.  Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.  

Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

A fire extinguisher is an important part of any family fire safety plan.  Learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to tell if your extinguisher is still good, and when to use it to help fight an unexpected home fire while ensuring your safety. 

Never try to be a hero.  If you cannot quickly knock down a fire with a fire extinguisher, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

 

A fire escape kit from Go Time Gear https://www.gotimegear.com/?afmc=ag

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provides everything you need to safely escape a smoke-filled, burning building.  The custom high-performance fire mask smoke hood provides you with 60 minutes of protection against dangerous smoke and toxic gases. 

Included components are Heavy-Duty Heat Resistant Gloves, Heat Reflective Blanket, and Ultra-Bright Glow Stick provide the light and protection you need to navigate through dense smoke and heat to safety.  In a home or high-rise fire, every second counts. Give yourself and your family the peace of mind they deserve.These items are a must to keep your family safe in case of a fire.

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Fire escape ladders provide a simple, easy-to-store way to help ensure that you and your family get out safely in the event of a house fire. If you live in a two- or three-story home, have one ladder in every occupied room on floors above the main level. 

Stockpile these family fire safety items that will help fight any unexpected home fire and ensure your safety. 

Learn where to put smoke alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher, how to use a fire escape kit, fire escape mask smoke hood, how to use a portable fire escape ladder.  Make a family escape plan, and plan strategies to stay safe and escape from your home in case of fire.  Fire Safety at Home should be a priority.

HOW TO USE TOMATO POWDER     RECIPES USING TOMATO POWDER

Have you seen tomato powder in long term food storage and wondered what are some ways to use it?  Almost any recipe that calls for fresh or canned tomatoes can be enriched by adding  powdered dehydrated tomatoes. 

Tomato powder is healthy, inexpensive, and versatile.  There are a lot of ways to use tomato powder, so it is a great item to have in your pantry for emergency long term food storage.  

Here are a few basic recipes and ideas on how to use tomato powder from your food storage.  Use hot water to help dissolve the tomato powder, add salt and pepper to suit your tastes.

Tomato Paste

1/4 cup tomato powder

1/2 cup hot water

Stir together to make 6 ounces of tomato paste.  Use as you would any tomato paste.

 

Tomato Sauce

1/4 cup tomato powder

1 cup water

Stir together to make 8 ounces tomato sauce.  Use as you would any tomato sauce.

 

Spaghetti Sauce

1/2 cup tomato powder

2 cups water

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon parsley

salt and pepper to taste

Stir all together, simmer 20 minutes to 1 hour.  Makes 2 cups spaghetti sauce.

Serve over pasta, with meatballs, pour over Italian sausages, use as a sauce for lasagna. 

Pizza Sauce

1/2 cup tomato powder

1 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon parsley

salt and pepper to taste

Combine in a small saucepan, simmer 20 minutes.  Spread over pizza dough or English muffins, sprinkle with cheese, your favorite toppings: pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, sausage, onion, olives.  Bake 450 degrees until crust is done and cheese is bubbly.

Tomato Juice

 2  tablespoons of Tomato Powder

 1 cup hot water

salt and pepper to taste

Stir all together, chill.  Makes 8 ounces of tomato juice.

 

PREPPING FOR CIVIL UNREST, RIOTS, CHAOS

What is the threat to civil unrest, riots, chaos in the streets of our communities, and how can we stay safe?  All communities are at risk to riots and civil unrest breaking out in the streets.  Riots and protests around the country have destroyed property, looted stores, attacked people.   Homes and businesses can be burned, vandalized, robbed.  

Make a plan, prepare what you would do if you are in a dangerous civil unrest or riot situation.  Make a plan to get out of the area, a plan to get home.  Have maps to plan routes away from the center of conflict.  Keep emergency supplies in your car, and the gas at least half full.  Always have cash in small bills available.

Once you get home, plan to shelter in place with the prepping supplies you need - food, water, first aid, sanitation, hygiene, personal protection.  Be prepared, be ready, be trained to protect yourself.  

Civil unrest is a breakdown of normal society.  People who may normally follow the rule of law can join a crowd and be swept up in the excitement for a variety of reasons. 

Political unrest, weather, fires, natural disasters, socio-economic instability can put us in danger.  Whether you are at home or abroad, wait out the unrest and stay safe in the aftermath.  The safest place is in your home.  You are out of the chaos, and can utilize your resources, the supplies you have stockpiled for emergencies. 

Stay informed to what is happening globally, nationally, and locally.  This allows you to have more knowledge and information to ensure your family's safety.  Stock up on supplies you would need to remain in your home for several days, or even weeks.  Make a plan before an emergency situation develops.

STRIKE-A-FIRE STARTER STICKS - Will They Work For Wet Weather Fire Starting? 

I tested the Diamond Strike-A-Fire Fire Starting Sticks in my fire pit after many rainy days.  The Diamond Strike-A-Fire fire starter lights by striking it across the strike plate on the box.  The tip lit up fast.  When I tried to lay it in my wet fire wood, the Strike a Fire flame went out.   

I thought these would be a great addition to an emergency fire starting kit to light fires in emergency situations.  

The Diamond Strike-A-Fire matches may work great in a fire place at home, in a barbecue grill, or on a dry, sunny day.

 Do not rely on the Diamond Strike a Fire to light a fire in less than ideal situations such as an emergency survival situation.  

Count on a cotton ball with Vaseline petroleum jelly and a Blast Match fire striker to start a fire in any weather situation. 

Wet Fire is another product that will light a fire in any conditions. 

Wetfire comes in individually wrapped packages, perfect for a hunting or fishing trip, in your Bug Out Bag, as a part of your emergency survival gear. 

WetFire is guaranteed to light in windy or wet conditions and at high altitudes.  Shave off a small piece or use the entire cube.  Each cube of WetFire will burn for 5 minutes with no smoke.  Carry a sparking device to light your fire starter. 

Test your prepping and emergency survival gear and equipment so you know how to use it and if it will work for you when you count on it.

HOW TO SIGNAL WITH A WHISTLE

How can you signal for help with a whistle in an emergency situation?  First, be sure to carry a whistle with you when you head into the out of doors.  Whether you are camping, hiking, fishing, or Bugging Out in an emergency situation, you need to have a whistle as part of your outdoor gear.  

Buy a high quality emergency whistle that has the ability to be heard for a long distance.  A 100 decibel whistle can be heard 1.4 miles away.  An emergency is not the time to rely on a toy.  Calling for help is not as effective.  Your voice cannot be heard very far, tires easily, and calling can lead to dehydration.

An emergency whistle sound is three long blasts.  Blow and listen.  Repeat.  

Another option is to blow the S-O-S signal, Morse Code.  Three short blasts, three long blasts, three short blasts.  Blow and listen.  Repeat.

The Life Bivy from Go Time Gear includes a 120 decibel emergency whistle.  It is a great option to have emergency shelter, cordage, and an emergency whistle in a 4.1 ounce pouch.  Shelter in place with your Life Bivy while you call for help.  

Life Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag Survival Shelter

 The Life Bivy™ survival sleeping bag will keep you alive in emergency situations.  If you are lost on a hiking or hunting trip, stranded in your car, Life Bivy is a reliable addition to your emergency survival kit, car emergency kit, Bug Out Bag.  Life Bivy is heavy duty thermal sleeping bag that is re-usable, waterproof, and windproof.  

An emergency bivvy can protect you from wind, rain, and snow, while reflecting back 90% of your body heat.  Life Bivy from Go Time Gear includes a 120-decibel survival whistle, paracord drawstring, and small water resistant pouch.

How to Fold and Reuse Life Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag
 A bivy bag is a great emergency shelter sleeping bag.  The Life Bivy from Go Time Gear is heavy duty, and reusable.  To reuse a bivy bag, follow these simple directions how to fold it up again, store it back in the original pouch with paracord drawstring and emergency whistle.  You are ready again for an inpromptu camp out or emergency shelter situation.  Keep a Life Bivy emergency sleeping bag shelter in your car, boat, snowmobile, Bug Out Bag, and with your emergency survival gear.  The Life Bivy emergency shelter sleeping bag weighs only 4 ounces, includes paracord and an emergency whistle.  

This sturdy bivy bag could save your life in an emergency situation, or make a wet camp out more comfortable.  Stay warm and alive with the Life Bivy as your emergency blanket, survival shelter, and survival sleeping bag all-in-one.  In emergencies or survival situations, call for help with the 120-decibel survival whistle, while the bright orange color alerts rescuers. Must have for your Bug Out Bag, camping gear, or car survival kit, the Life Bivy can keep you alive in an emergency.

WISE COMPANY FOOD REVIEW MEAL POUCHES

I bought individual packets of Wise Company Emergency Foods entree meal pouches at Walmart for $3.48 to $3.78 per 4 serving packet.  The Savory Stroganoff, Chili Mac, and Lasagna each has 4 full servings of food, 240 - 250 calories per serving.  Easy to prepare, each Wise Food packet has the same cooking directions.  Add 4 cups boiling water, let stand 15 minutes and have a filling meal.  

The Wise Food packets make a lot of food, and it is filling.  The shelf life is 25 years, the flavor is bland.  The Chili Mac is a vegetarian option for long term food storage.  Wise Food is a good way to store food for off grid living, camping, backpacking, stockpiling a Prepper Pantry, or long term food storage.  Wise Company emergency survival freeze dried food has a lot of food for a low price.  Wise Company provides a cheap long term food storage option. 

 Stockpile food so your family will always have something to eat.  Start with a 3 day supply of canned and packaged food for your pantry, food you normally eat.  Buy extras of foods you eat when you do your normal shopping.  Set the extra food aside on an emergency shelf.  Add drinking water to your food supply.

Continue to buy extra food, adding it to your stockpile until you have enough for 14 days.  Buy some full meal easy to open and eat foods like chili, stews, pastas, canned fruits, energy bars, canned meats and vegetables.  Store enough for a month.  Fill in with dried foods like beans, rice, oatmeal, dried fruits, pancake mixes, syrups. Build you food supply to last three months. 

Keep track of the foods you store, and rotate them, use them in your regular meal plans.  Replace the food you use, keep growing your supply. 

Once you have a fully stocked pantry, stored water, and an emergency stockpile, look to store long term foods, packages of food with a long shelf life of 25-30 years.  Stockpile food until you have enough that you are satisfied you have enough to take care of yourself and your family no matter what comes your way.

CASH FOR A PREPPER'S STOCKPILE

How much cash should you keep on hand for emergencies?  Cash can provide last minute supplies in a power outage, ATM failure, or if the internet is down.  

Keep a supply of cash as part of your preparedness plan.  Have cash in your Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag, in your home, and in your car.  

Cash allows you to still have access to things you need in many emergency situations.  Save a few dollars at a time, and keep adding to it.  Cash for your prepper stockpile is part of your emergency fund and stockpile.  Don't raid your emergency stash, save it and add to it.

How much cash is enough to have in your preps?  I have relied on cash to get me through, so events remained challenges and not disasters.  Cash to check out at the store after an earthquake and the cash registers didn't work.  Cash to pay for a hotel room in a days long ice storm.  Cash to buy hot chocolate waiting for the road to open in a blizzard.  Many small businesses and restaurants  only accept cash on a regular basis.  Having cash allows your day to go smoothly.

Have small bills so you are not stuck using a large bill for a small item, and cannot get back any change!  In an emergency you could provide vital items to keep your family safe, sheltered, and well.

FIRST STEP TO PREPPING

What do Preppers need?   How will you feed your family?  How will you keep your family safe?  The first step to prepping is to assess and evaluate your own individual situation.   What are your individual needs?  

How many people are in your family?

Do you have pets or animals?

Do your family members have allergies, medications, are they infants or elderly?

How much space do you have to store your supplies?

Do you have a secondary location, maybe a Bug Out location where you can store more supplies?

What food do you want to store?

How much water can you store?

What containers will you use to store food and water so it is safe, and lasts?

How can you fortify your home to stay safe?  Add long screws to your door jambs, deadbolts, extra locks.

Most emergencies will allow us to stay in our home, to shelter in place. 

It makes sense to store most of your emergency prepping supplies in your home and do what you can to make your home a safe sanctuary for your family.

Answer these questions about prepping and emergency survival for yourself and your family. Assess your own needs, our own situation before you stock up on any emergency supplies.  Make the decisions that are right for your circumstances.

 

BREAKDOWN OF SOCIETY - WHY BECOME A PREPPER

Trump's success is blamed for fear and the breakdown of society.  Our society is a social machine, and machines break down.  No matter who is president, top reasons to be a Prepper include earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages, winter storms, civil unrest, and more.  

There are many reasons for prepping for civil unrest and other emergencies.  It's sensible to prepare for an uncertain future.

 Stockpile food, water, sanitation supplies, first aid, and more.  Be ready for anything with the basics you stockpile when you become a Prepper.

 

LOCKED OUT OF THE HOUSE?  WHAT TO DO

Locked out of the house?   Here are few things to try to get into your house if you have left the keys inside.

Try all of the doors and windows and look for a door or window that may be unlocked.

Do you have a pet door, and can you fit through it?  

 

Getting locked out can be a real emergency situation.  It can cause stress and inconvenience.  

Prepare ahead of time to help yourself in a lock out situation.  

Trade keys with a trusted neighbor, someone you can trust to keep track of your key, be around if you need it, and would never go into your home without permission.  

Try a ladder to an upstairs window.  

Call a locksmith.  

Make sure you have emergency cash with your prepping supplies.  You will need to pay for a locksmith to unlock your house.  

Don't try to break things to get into your house.  Any damage you do to your house/door/lock will be something you have to fix later, and may be expensive. Call a locksmith and wait it out.

 

MAKE A GRAB AND GO EMERGENCY KIT

Make a grab and go emergency kit.  Grab any bag, load it for emergencies.  Add food, water, first aid, shelter, warm clothes, and fire starting gear.  Make a Bug Out Bag full of basic essentials you must have for the unexpected.  

Search the house for these items, and make a list of things you need to get.  

Make a plan to shop and acquire necessary items you don't have yet.. Prepare a Grab and Go or Bug Out Bag for every member of your family.

 Don't worry if you do not yet have all of the emergency supplies you need.  It's better to have some gear together than none.  Start now!

 

 

 

EASY WATER STORAGE SYSTEM

Are you looking for an easy way to store water for emergencies?  Water takes up a lot of space, and is heavy.  Large barrels cannot be moved once filled, and many smaller containers cannot stack.  Check out this shelving system designed to hold 5 gallon water bottles.  The shelves are sturdy, allowing you to stack and store refillable BPA free water bottles, and includes a floor protector from spills or leaks.  Storage racks are available in 3, 6, or 12 shelf racks.  

Combine the racks with filled bottles you purchase locally, or you can also order empty water bottles to fill at home.  

Screw on lids are available to contain the water safely and securely.

Choose a dispenser to hold the bottle upside to fill a glass as needed.  Pump dispensers are also available if you want to keep the bottles upright.  

Do you have enough water stored in case the water stops running?  The general rule is to store one gallon per person per day for as many days as you think an emergency may last.

 FEMA recommends that everyone have enough water to last three days should your water source be disrupted.  Three days is a great starting place, but water for 2 weeks per person just makes sense.

Water storage does take up a lot of space, but doesn't have to be expensive.  Use safe containers, food grade plastic, and avoid glass containers if you live in earthquake country.  Make sure you can seal the water to avoid contamination.

 Make sure you are storing water for your family's needs in case of emergencies.  A 5 gallon bottle per family member is a great way to start your water storage preps! 

 

 

 

DOLLAR TREE HAUL PREPPING SUPPLIES

Dollar Tree shopping is great for prepping supplies, and more.  What's new at the Dollar Tree, and what did I buy?  I bought soap, dental floss, pencils, games, healthy snacks, pinto beans, Rotel tomatoes and chilies, barbecue sauce, spices, Reynolds Brand foil wrappers, nail polish, mouse traps, mosquito coils to repel mosquitoes.  

We don't have the Dollar Tree in Alaska, so I love to stock up on Dollar Tree items when I travel to the Lower 48.
Don't buy things you don't need just because it costs a dollar. Overspending even a dollar at a time doesn't make financial sense.  When shopping, look for items you need.   If you find what you need, take advantage of it at the Dollar Tree.  Food, craft items, Prepping gear, toys, soaps, toiletries, Reach dental floss, makeup, candles, Reynolds Wrappers aluminum foil sheets, bug repellents, mouse traps, so many handy items from the Dollar Tree.  Dollar Tree prepping supplies, are they worth it?  YES

WILL COPS BUG OUT IN EMERGENCIES?

In an emergency, can you count on the police?  During emergencies, we all want to get away, get home, make sure our family is safe.  We are all human, and these are natural reactions.  Law enforcement workers are human, too.  Will police, EMT, fire fighters, and emergency workers rush to work if things are out of control or span huge areas?  

Can emergency workers be effective during overwhelming emergencies?  Can emergency workers count on the support of those affected by the emergency, and those they are trying to assist?

Learn to take care of yourself. Make decisions on how you would protect and defend yourself.  Plan ahead, whether you are at home or away from home.  Prepare so you won't panic if the police are not around, and you can make the best decisions for the safety of yourself and your family.
 

OFFICE EMERGENCY ESCAPE KIT

Office Emergency Escape Kits should include a Fire Escape Kit from Go Time Gear.  We never know when a fire will break out, and you have only seconds to make certain you can escape as safely as possible.  

A Fire Escape Kit will allow you to have fresh breathing air for up to 60 minutes with a fire escape mask.  

The kit includes a pair of sturdy gloves, a Mylar space blanket, and a glow stick to help you find your way to safety while protecting you from smoke, heat, and even flames.  

Don't take chances with your safety in a fire when you are at work.  Make a Fire Escape Kit a component to your Office Emergency Gear so you have the time to make your way to safety without panicking.  

HOW TO CLEAN WATER STORAGE CONTAINERS

Storing water for emergencies is something everyone should do.  New water containers like Ozark Trail Water Carriers, now called Reliance Desert Patrol, need to be carefully cleaned before use.  There is a serious drought throughout the western states.  I am concerned with having enough water for my family, so decided to purchase these containers for additional storage.

Each Reliance Desert Patrol Water Carrier holds 6 gallons, which will weigh 50 pounds when full.  

Decide where you want them before you fill them!  Choose food grade plastic containers for your emergency water storage.

Store water in containers that are a size you will be able to manage and use.

The new water storage jugs are sturdier than the light green model, which tended to leak around the bottom.  

 

 

 

HOW AND WHY TO STORE SALT

Salt is an important food to include in your long term food storage.  Salt is necessary for life, and keeps indefinitely if stored correctly.  Salt needs to be kept dry, so a cardboard container may not be ideal.  Store salt in canning jars, and screw on a lid.  Do not use oxygen absorbers.  Salt boxes can also be stacked inside 5 gallon buckets.  Keep moisture and pests from contaminating your foods stored for long term.  

Store salt in containers that allow ease of use.  Full buckets of salt are not as convenient as a jar or original box.  Basic recommendations are to store 7 pounds of salt per person.  If you use salt for pickling, brining, and preserving, you may need to stockpile more.  At less than a dollar a pound, salt is cheap and easy to stockpile and store.  Indications are that some areas of the sea are becoming contaminated.  Most salt comes from the sea.  You don't have to be a Prepper to stockpile food.  It's just sensible. Stockpile salt for your family while it is still safe and readily available so you will always have the things you need, no matter what comes your way.

DIY CANDLE LANTERNS FOR POWER OUTAGES, EMERGENCIES, OR OFF GRID LIVING

Easy to make candle lanterns are ready to use if you live off grid or have a power outage.  Places such as South Africa have "Load Shedding" where power is off regularly.  Be ready for anything so you will never be caught in the dark.  

Place a candle into a mug.  Pour dried beans around the candle.  The beans will hold the candle securely.  Add a glass hurricane lantern globe around the candle.   

Your candle lantern is safe from a breeze, it is safe from tipping over, and you can safely move it with the handle of your mug. 

Make a few of these easy candle lanterns from things you have around the house whether you have a remote Alaska cabin or an emergency situation.  

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Stock up on candles, matches, lighters, and other emergency supplies while things are readily available so you will always have the things you need.

 

 

 

DIY NO WAX CANDLES

Make your own no wax candles for ambiance, power outages, load shedding, or other emergency lighting situations.  All you need for these DIY no wax candles are oranges and olive oil.  Cut your orange in half around the middle, or the equator.  Scoop out the pulp, be careful to leave the white stem "wick" intact.  Fill your orange peel with olive oil, and light the little stem "wick"'  

Make certain to cover the "wick" with olive oil, and leave an end sticking out.  Now light your no wax candle. These 2 ingredient candles can burn for hours, depending on the amount of oil you use.  

As with any candle, protect your surface, and never leave a lit candle unattended.  

 

 

THREE MOST IMPORTANT PREPS FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

There are  3 most important preps everyone will need, no matter what the emergency situation.  Think about the things you need most on any day, and that is where you begin your emergency preparedness.

 WATER  

Store water, as much as you can.  Plan to store 2 gallons per person per day.  Have enough for at least 3 days, and work to build your supply to 14 days or longer.  You need water for drinking as well as cooking and sanitation purposes.  Water is heavy, so store it in sturdy containers you can handle.

Have a way to purify water.  Our ability to store large quantities of water is limited by space.  A water purifier allows you to provide clean water from nearly any source.  Many cities have warned of boil alerts due to contamination.  Just because the water is still running does not mean it is safe to drink.  

 

FOOD  

Stockpile food.  Begin your food storage with a few pantry items that can feed your family for several days.  Once you have plenty of food stored for the short term, begin stockpiling foods that have a long shelf life.  Look for dry, bulk foods for long term needs.  Make sure you have a way to prepare or cook the foods you store.  

SECURITY  

Make sure your home is as secure as possible.  Harden your home with sturdy locks.  Add solar powered security lights that aren't affected by a power outage. 

Decide what you need for personal protection, and get the training you need.  

Preparing ahead of an emergency situation allows you to plan and prepare so you do not panic when you need to make complex decisions.  

You don't have to be a Prepper to stockpile food, water, first aid and sanitation supplies.  It's just sensible to make sure your family has what they need.

CARABINER 5 IN 1 MULTI TOOL

The Carabiner 5 in 1 Multi Tool is a great survival/emergency tool. The Multi Tool from Go Time Gear includes a stainless steel knife with a sharp blade and a saw serrated section on the blade.  Two screwdrivers are included in the sturdy handle, a flat head and a Phillips head.  

The durable aluminum body carabiner has a locking barrel clasp, and is large enough to hold keys, EDC items, and clip the Carabiner multi tool to your belt, backpack, Bug Out Bag, hunting bag, or emergency gear.  

This clever tool is an invaluable, possibly life-saving little gadget that fits in your pocket or conveniently in your pack, purse, toolbox, or even the kitchen drawer.  It is tough and ready to go whenever you need it.  

Grab one today to make sure that no matter where you are, you're never more than an arm's length away from your most important everyday tools.  

 

POTASSIUM IODIDE - WHO NEEDS IT IN PREPPING SUPPLIES

Potassium Iodide is a protective measure that protects the thyroid gland in a nuclear reactor accident.  iOSAT brand potassium iodide is available in a 14 day dosage pack to counter the effects of radiation poisoning.

 Only take Potassium Iodide if you are at immediate risk. In a radiation emergency,  radioactive iodine may be released into the air, with the danger of possibly being breathed or swallowed.  

Radioactive particles may enter the thyroid gland and damage it.  Potassium Iodide fills your thyroid gland, reducing the chance that harmful radioactive iodine will enter the thyroid gland.

 iOSAT Potassium Iodide tablets are packaged with 14 tablets, or 14 adult daily doses, individually foil-wrapped in a packet. Great for keeping track of how many you've taken.

Store one packet for each member of the family for nuclear radiation emergency.  iOSAT Potassium Iodide tablet packets are easy to store, and cost $7 per 14 day supply. 

BEST FOOD FOR PREPPERS

The best food for Preppers is cheap, easy to store, has a long shelf life, and is easy to prepare.  Hormel Chili is a best food for Preppers to stockpile. Are expired cans of chili safe to eat?  Will expired chili still taste good?  Hormel Chili has an expiration date on the can, but the shelf life is basically forever.  

Hormel Chili is a canned food that lasts and lasts.  

I have a can of Hormel Chili that has been expired for nearly 4 years. 

Click on the video to see.  The chili looks fine to me, and tastes fine.  Hormel chili lasts and lasts and is till ready to eat.

 Watch me eat expired Hormel Chili in the video.  Do food expiration dates matter?   Sometimes.

Check canned foods to make sure they are still safe to eat.  The can should not be bulging, leaking, deteriorated, or spurt when you open it.  Check the contents that they look and smell normal.

Stockpile Hormel Chili for your long term food storage or emergency food plan.Stock up on food and get started with food storage when you see it for $1 a can.  Buy foods you eat, and rotate them.  

Once you have s full pantry, stock up on foods designed with a 25-30 year shelf life.  You don't have to be a Prepper to stockpile food.  It is just a sensible thing to do to make sure your family has what they need.  Stockpile food and supplies while things are readily available. 

 

WHAT CONTAINERS ARE SAFE TO STORE WATER

What Containers are Safe to Store Water?  We all need to store water for emergencies.  Store at least 3 gallons per person to start, and stock up on more water with containers you find or buy.  

Shop for containers that are safe to store water and are designed for food storage.

Choose food grade jugs on sale, at thrift stores, and yard sales.  Reuse sturdy water and soda bottles.  Some stored water is needed for sanitation and cleaning needs.

Look on the bottom of your water storage container for Made in the USA.  Choose BPA free materials.  Wash and sterilize water storage containers with 1 tsp bleach to 1 quart of water.  Soak your water storage containers for 30 minutes, rinse, and fill with water.  Store your water in a cool, dark place.

HOW TO STOCK A PREPPER'S PANTRY

How do you start a Prepper food pantry of basic foods for not much money?   Start with 10 basic foods to stock your pantry as a beginning to your food storage plan.  

Start with basic, must have foods, and add foods your family normally eats.  

Have a supply of food on hand in case of economic downturn, civil unrest, winter storm, and more.  Think of your food as must have for survival foods.  

You don't have to be a Prepper to stockpile food.  It's just a sensible thing to do to make sure your family has what they need.

 

 

 

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?  VALENTINE GIFTS FOR PREPPERS

Is your Valentine a Prepper?  Here are some great gift ideas to show your woman true love.  Love means knowing you are safe, cared for, protected, no matter what comes your way.

These are items I have received or want that provide my true basic needs.  

Keep your woman safe with a weather alert radio or hand crank radio flashlight combination.

 Does your favorite gal love the outdoors?  She wants bear spray or  shooters eye and ear protection.  

Keep in touch with walkie talkies.  Light up her world with oil lanterns.  

Provide the essentials in any situation with a Coleman cook stove and Mountain House dehydated food.  

Make sure your woman has safe drinking water with a water filter, and a water barrel.  Light her fire! with fire starters.

 All women need a Luggable Loo emergency toilet, filled with supplies like lotion and wipes.  Flowers, candy, jewelry, are always appreciated.  

Fall in love with Prepper Valentine Gifts that keep daily life comfortable and worth being together.  

Don't wonder what women want.  These are the top things women want!

 

 

 

FOOD SHORTAGES IN AMERICA - STOCKPILE FOOD NOW

Hunger is spreading worldwide with food riots in Mexico and Haiti. Estimates are that 33 nations are at risk of food shortages.  Food shortages in Venezuela with crackdowns on hoarding and overpricing, Venezuelans report they are unable to find basic foods.  More Americans are feeling the pinch.  

There is still time for you to prepare and stockpile foods to make sure your family will have enough to eat. Some common food items have a shot up in price this year.  Experts believe that the situation will become increasingly worse over time. The reality is that food shortages on a global level are headed our way.  Stock up on food and supplies you need while things are readily available.

WATER BOTTLE SAFETY WARNING - KIDS' TONGUES STUCK!!

Kids' tongues are getting stuck in water bottles!  Choose carefully before handing a water bottle to anyone.  Children are sticking their tongues into water bottle necks to try to lick out the last few drops, and their little tongues are becoming stuck in some narrow water bottle openings, requiring surgeries and long recoveries.  

Supply your little ones with water bottles that have wide openings, and teach them NOT to stick their tongues in there. Metal water bottles carry a health warning of their own.  Be aware of the dangers in water bottles.

The Klean Kanteen is made from 18/8 food grade stainless steel.  It is safe, toxin free, and will not retain flavors.  Keep your drinks fresh and clean tasting.  

The mouth measures 1.75 inches so is easy to drink from and large enough for ice cubes and bottle brushes for cleaning.  The Klean Kanteen comes in 18 or 27 ounce sizes, and a variety of caps and colors.

 

EMERGENCY WATER IN YOUR FREEZER

A surprising place to store water for emergencies is in your freezer.  Fill leftover plastic containers with water, and store them in the freezer.  Your freezer runs more efficiently when it's full, and the frozen containers are handy for tossing in your cooler for an outing. Keep a cooler in the car for grocery shopping,and toss a frozen container in there when you head to the store.  Place your cold items directly into the cooler for the trip home.  Melt the ice and you have extra drinking water.  Simple, and free!  Remove frozen water containers from the freezer when you are ready to stock your freezer again.  If the power goes out, the ice blocks will keep things frozen longer.

DOLLAR TREE STOCKPILE

I just took a trip to Oregon, and stocked up at the Dollar Tree.  We do not have one in Alaska, so I like to travel with room in my suitcase when I visit the Lower 48.  I was able to find so many bargain! I bought raisins, bouillon, spices, dish mats, straws, paper muffin cups, ziplock bags, Reynolds Wrappers, lotions, first aid supplies, chapstick lip balm, matches, batteries, umbrellas, and more.  Stock up on everything you may need with the best Dollar Tree items.  Don't believe reviews that say things "seem like" or "I heard" they wouldn't be as good from the Dollar Tree.  Trust people who buy and try them. 

SHTF - WHAT TO DO FIRST

What do you do first in an emergency   Grab money and go to the store?  Check your emergency Kit.  When should you Bug In or Bug Out?  

Here is a list of the things you should do in an emergency situation.  We are preparing for emergencies, large or small.

Remain calm.  Assess the situation.  Decide if you need to hunker down and Bug In, or put your Bug Out Plan into action.  The safest plan is usually to stay at home with your supplies.  

Check out these tips on what to do in a real emergency situation.  Gather supplies of food, water, first aid, sanitation, safety, and more while things are readily available.  Prepare things now so you won't be struggling in a real emergency.

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FROM CABELA'S

Head to Cabela's for some wonderful holiday gifts.  Favorites on my holiday list include Adjust a Grill fire pit grilling rack, fishing and hunting themed stockings, Goal Zero lanterns, hammocks, Mr. Heater Buddy heaters, first aid supplies, and more.  Check out great gift ideas for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time outdoors.

 If you are a Prepper, Cabela's has great supplies to help you stock up on water barrels, filters, and more. 

Adjustagrill is a grill on the go.  It is specifically designed for campers who want easy campfire cooking.  Pound in the stake, add the grill rack.  The grill rack swivels 360 degrees and can be adjusted up and down.  A travel bag is included.  

I want an Adjust a Grill for cooking over my fire pit at Granny Camp!

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR PREPPERS

What to give the people you love the most?  Preparedness gifts help ensure the safety of the ones you love most.  In an emergency situation your loved ones need items that help them make the most of a bad situation, to be there for you no matter what happens.  

Stuff the stockings or wrap and gift the ones you treasure most some of these must have items for Preppers to help them make the most of any situation.  

InstaFire Fire Starters are a natural outdoor fire starter.  If you backpack, snowmobile, hike, camp, hunt, Instafire will light a fire in almost any condition.  

InstaFire is safe to use in a fireplace or fire pit, and is great to have on hand with your emergency preparedness gear.  InstaFire is safe to store near food, and each pouch should light 32 fires.

 

LAST SHOPPING TRIP........ EVER!

If today was your last shopping trip ever, what would you buy that you really wanted, needed, what do you never want to be without?  If an emergency apocalypse or cataclysmic event occurred today, you hurt yourself, became sick, lost your job, or more, are you prepared as if you have been on your last shopping trip ever?  

If there are things you do not have that you never want to be without, those are the things you need to be stockpiling for an uncertain future.  

Stock up on food and supplies you need and use.  Then rotate and resupply those items.  Things you use and depend on are the things that will keep you safe and comfortable no matter what comes your way in an uncertain future.  

Stockpile supplies while things are readily available.

 

HOW TO FIND WATER IN THE WILD

Whether you are backpacking or bugging out, knowing how to find a fresh source of water is vital to survival.  People can survive without water for about 3 days.  

While backpacking with my son, we found signs that led us to fresh water.  

Follow the signs of a creek bed to a low area, and you will find where water is puddling up.  Dig down in this area, and the water should form a deeper pool.  You can fill up a water bottle or container, and use your water filter to purify the water.  

Remember simple steps to discover and to filter water when you need it.  Be prepared to provide water for yourself whether you are backpacking, hiking, camping, or bugging out.

 

 

 

WHY ROTATE CANNED FOODS

If you are stockpiling canned foods, make sure you store foods that you like to eat.  Then, make sure you are actually rotating, using, and eating your stored canned foods.  Check your pantry and stockpile of canned food regularly so you know when cans are expiring.  Look for dents, leaks, and bulging cans.  Try to use your canned foods before or soon after their expiration dates to make sure it still tastes best and is safe to eat.

EMERGENCY CLEAN UP KIT

Do you have a disaster clean up kit in case of hurricane tornado, flood, sewer overflow?  What if you had a hurricane, tornado, flood, or overflowing sewer pipes inside your home?  What if your family was sick with colds, flu, Zika, or worse?  Where would you even begin to clean it up?  Gather some cleaning supplies for just such an event.  We all have these things in our homes, yet in a disaster, you don't want to start searching for them.  Think how overwhelming it would be, just deciding where to start?  
I store these emergency clean up supplies in a big bucket with a snap on lid labeled Emergency Clean Up Kit.  In an emergency, whether at my home, home of a neighbor or family member, I can grab my clean up bucket and go.  Getting your home back in livable order after a disaster situation or pandemic is a gift to yourself, and your family.

BEST FOODS TO STOCKPILE FOR EMERGENCIES

Everyone needs to stockpile food for emergencies.   Disasters, natural and man made, happen all the time.  History has shown us that people have always been hunting, gathering, storing, and preparing.  Keep a stocked pantry so you will always have enough to eat.  Store peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, cereal, shelf stable milk, canned and dried fruits and vegetables, canned meats, soups, chili, bottled water, and items for hygiene and sanitation.  Common sense tells us to prepare, and the events in Greece, Venezuela, refugees in Europe are a modern reminder to prepare for an uncertain future.  Make sure you are stockpiling food and supplies while things are readily available.

30 DAY FOOD SUPPLY - COMMON FOODS TO STOCKPILE

Food is one essential we need every day.  Stockpile water and food so you will have enough to provide for your family in any emergency situation.  Storing food doesn't have to be expensive, or complicated.

 Stockpile basic foods, simple foods, ready to eat and easy to prepare food.  

Round out your food storage with emergency food bars and dehydrated food kits you just add water.  Have enough food to keep you going.  

BEANS - HOW MANY POUNDS FOR EMERGENCIES?

Beans are a great way to store food cheaply and are one of the best emergency foods to store. How many servings are in a pound of beans?  Why are we advised to store 30 pounds per person for long term food storage and emergency survival situations?  A serving of beans is 1/4 cup, and there are 12 servings of dry beans per pound.  30 pounds would allow one serving per day for nearly a year.  

Beans need a lot of water to soak and cook.  Every pound of beans needs 14 cups of water to be fully cooked.  Beans are rich in protein, and when combined with rice are a staple in many cultures.  Beans can lose their ability to soften in water after long storage, and are dried out.  

Store beans and other long term foods in an airtight container in a cool dark place for the longest shelf life of 30 years or more.  Buy beans in bulk, cans, number 10 cans, or buckets so you will always have enough to eat, no matter what.  Stock up on things you need while they are readily available.  How much food do you need for survival?

HURRICANES - MOST NEEDED SUPPLIES

Stock up and start gathering these items for your hurricane or survival kit.  Gather the items on this list, then check out the items most requested by hurricane survivors, and those who have been through emergency situations.  Items most requested after an emergency should be noted to make certain you have all of the items you would need in an emergency or hurricane. What do you need for a hurricane supply kit?  Here is a list of Hurricane Survival Supplies.

Water
Shelf stable food
Toilet paper & moist towelettes
Sponges & paper towels
Soap, shampoo, other misc.
Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant)
At least one change of clothing for each person
Rain gear (ponchos, umbrellas, boots, etc.)
Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows
Flashlights (1 per person w/1 extra package of batteries each)

Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries
Alarm clock (wind-up or battery operated)
Portable cooler/ice chest
Bleach (pure, unscented liquid)
Can opener (hand-operated) & utility knife
Pots, pans and cooking spoons
Disposable plates, cups, utensils
Sterno cans
Butane lighters & waterproof matches (in plastic bags)
Portable barbecue grill or camp stove
Charcoal and lighter fluid or stove fuel
Pet carriers, bowls, leashes, chain and stake
Plastic grocery bags
First Aid Kit
Prescription medicine (2-week supply)
Sun screen
Insect repellent
Driver's license (for each person or photo ID)
Important phone numbers (updated address book)
Home video tape or photos for insurance
Extra set of car keys
List of important family information
Tools

30 DAY FOOD SUPPLY - WHAT TO STORE FOR BREAKFAST

Stock up on food your family will eat for breakfast in a day to day or emergency  situation.  We face an uncertain future and know food shortages are happening all  around the world.  Refugees in Europe, economic collapse in  Venezuela, it only makes sense to stockpile food for long term food storage to make sure we will always have enough.  

Here is an easy plan of simple foods to stockpile such as oatmeal, cereal, pancake mix, and Morning Moo, a powdered milk that is actually tasty and affordable.  Fill your pantry with foods that allow you to have breakfast every day, no matter what comes along. Choose foods your family will eat, rotate and use the food, and buy more.  Store foods that you actually eat.  Food is the second most important need, after water.  Stored food is lifestyle insurance so you and your family will be okay no matter what comes along.  

 

 

HOW MANY SERVINGS IN 30 POUNDS OF RICE

If you are a Prepper, here is a great guideline for how much rice to store, how many servings are in a pound of rice, and how to best determine how much rice you should store for your family.  One pound of rice has 11 servings of 1/4 cup size uncooked.  1/4 cup rice will yield 1/2 cup of cooked rice.  If you eat rice like most people, a serving is 1/2 cup uncooked, or 1 cup of cooked rice.  

There are roughly five 1/2 cup servings or 1 cup cooked servings in 1 lb of rice. This means for every 1 lb of rice you have 5 days of stored rice, so 73 lbs of rice will last one person an entire year  Store water to be able to cook your rice in an emergency situation. Rice is one of the best long term foods.

 Rice can last indefinitely if stored in a sealed container in a cool, dark, and dry place.  Stockpile the things you need while they are readily available.  

 How much food do you need for survival?

 

UNDERGROUND BUNKER WATER STORAGE

A vital element to emergency preparedness is storing fresh drinking water.  This shows how I utilize my water barrel in my Bunker.  If you are going to store water in barrels, be certain that you have them up off of concrete, and on a level surface.  Keep them out of temperature extremes, and away from sunlight which can cause algae to grow.  

Get a Siphon Shaker Hose so you can access the water easily.  What good is a huge barrel of water if you can't get it out?
Keep water from freezing, up off cement, and away from light.  Make sure to store plenty of water for your family, especially if dried foods are a large part of your food storage plan.  55 gallon water barrels provide enough water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation for a family of 4 for 14 days.  Water is essential for survival.  Make sure to store water for your family's emergency survival needs.  Water barrels from Emergency Essentials are high molecular weight polyethylene FDA approved resin and BPA free.  

SHAKER SIPHON HOSE

If you have 55 gallon drums for storing water, you need a Shaker Siphon to pour water into smaller containers for use, or empty it for cleaning.  The Shaker Siphon works great, as long as the drain end is lower than the siphon end.  Shake the brass fitting end up and down several times, and the water will begin to flow. 

 In preparation for an emergency, you can also use the Shaker Siphon to fill large containers that will not fit into the sink by siphoning into them. 

Water stored for emergencies is not useful if you cannot access it when needed.  Large water barrels are a great way to store a lot of water for emergencies.  Water weighs over 8 pounds per gallon, so a 50 gallon barrel is not something you will tip over to pour a glass of water.  Shaker hoses help deliver the water you need from even the very bottom of the barrel.  Keep a siphon hose where ever you have a water barrel.

PREPPING FOR NO RUNNING WATER

Are you prepared in case your water stops running?  Sometimes we have a warning that the water will be turned off, a storm is coming, or emergency situation that affects running water.  My doorbell rang today with a 5 minute warning that the water was going to be turned off for an emergency repair of some kind.  Who knows what the problem is, or how long the water will be turned off.

 Do you have a stack of bowls and pitchers you could grab to fill if your water was about to be shut off?  

Store water for your family, and then have a plan on what you could grab to fill in an emergency to have as much water as possible if you knew your water was going to be turned off.  These are the days and reasons why we prepare!

We never know when an emergency situation will come along.  Do you know how to turn off your water line and natural gas line in an emergency?  Do you have a tool for such a job?  Learn where your shut off is, and pay attention to what is going on around you.  Then, if you have earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or more you can shut off utilities if necessary.  

 

WATER BRICKS FOR SMALL SPACE PREPPING

Water Bricks water storage containers are a great way to store emergency water.  If you are prepping in a small apartment, water bricks can stack up to 4 feet high and are only 9 inches wide.  WaterBricks are built to last 15 years, and are BPA free.  The grab and go handle makes them ideal for taking along camping or bugging out.  

While they are more costly initially, they are very sturdy.

 At 3 1/2 gallons each, the WaterBrick weighs 30 pounds when full, which makes them easier to move.  Water Bricks are a great option for emergency water storage.  Water Bricks can also be used to hold bulk foods like beans and rice for long term emergency food storage.  Each WaterBrick can hold 27 pounds of bulk food.

If you live in a small space, the Water Brick is a convenient size to store emergency water.  The Water Brick is sturdy, stackable, and portable.  My son lives in a very tiny apartment in the city, and can stack these in small corners.  

He has a few in his car, and can grab more if he wants to go camping or needs to evacuate.  

City apartment living puts you at a greater risk that you may need to Bug Out in emergency situations.  Be prepared with water that is easy to grab and go in a Water Brick.  

The spigot to the Water Brick is sold separately, so get one of those if you like the convenience of a pouring spout.  

WaterBricks are made of rugged, high density polyethylene, or HDPE.

 

 

PREPPER MUST HAVE - Hands Free Headlamp

Emergencies can happen at any time, so Preppers need to be ready for anything.  A Must-Have Essential for all Preppers is a hands free headlamp.  A headlamp keeps your hands free for other emergency purposes.  A headlamp directs light where you look when you turn your head.  

Choose a headlamp that is sturdy, has a comfortable strap, includes long lasting batteries, and uses AA size  batteries which are readily available.  Look for a headlamp with an adjustable light setting and hinge for adjustable beam setting to focus the light where you need it in front of you.  Adjust the headlamp rather than your neck.  An affordable, well made, comfortable, and long lasting headlamp I own and recommend is by Shining Buddy.  I have put these to the test on camp outs, hunting trips, night hikes, and power outages called load shedding in South Africa.  I have Shining Buddy headlamps in my outdoor gear, emergency supplies, survival gear, and my Bug Out Bag because they are dependable and easy to wear. Critical Gear for Preppers is a Headlamp. 

DIY EMERGENCY KIT

Be ready for anything with a little emergency kit you can put together yourself with things you probably have around the house.  There are a lot of little things you may need in an emergency situation.  Make a few small emergency kits and keep one in your car, purse, backpack, gym bag, and  more.   The checklist for my emergency kit includes black plastic bag, rubber band, small knife, lighter, matches, candle, fire starters, chapstick, water purification supplies, dental floss, nail clippers, flashlight, cash.  Make emergency kits that suit your needs, your daily routine, and travel situations.

WHICH FOOD TO EAT FIRST IF THE POWER GOES OUT

In an emergency situation and the power goes out, which foods should you eat first?  If you have no electricity, start with the foods in your refrigerator, the perishables which will spoil first.  Next plan to eat or cook the foods in your freezer. How long is food good in a power outage?  

Foods in the refrigerator should remain cold and safe to eat for 24 hours if you open the door quickly, and keep it closed.  Foods in the freezer can stay frozen for 2-3 days if the door is kept closed.  Emergency meals when the power is out include canned and packaged foods from your pantry.  Fix meals that do not need cooking.  Cook with your grill, barbecue, camp stove, or emergency stove.  

Store enough food and water that you will be okay, no matter what.  Some places such as South Africa have load shedding power outages regularly.  It can be a fact of life to face power outages more frequently.  Be prepared.

LONGEST LASTING TEA CANDLES

Great for parties, weddings,  or emergencies, Ikea has 9 hour tea candles.  I have never seen tea light candles that last so long!  At $6.99 for a pack of 24 candles, these 9 hour tea candles are a great deal.  9 Hour Tea Candles are unscented, and come in individual metal cups that keep melted wax contained.  

Are you ready for a power outage?  Candles are a great way to light up a dark night.  9 hour tea candles will last through the longest evening without having to be replaced frequently like smaller tea candles.  Keep your party or emergency candlelight going with 9 hour tea candles.  These 9 hour tea candles from Ikea work great and are easy to relight and use for a few hours at a time.  Get the 9 hour tea candles when you are in the Lower 48.  Ikea charges $40 to ship them to Alaska!!  

Whether you can get them from Ikea or somewhere else, stock up on candles for emergency situations so you will always have what you need.

TOP SKILLS FOR PREPPERS

Are you a Prepper, someone who wants to be prepared, no matter what comes along?  The top skills Preppers need to develop is to determine what you need, what are your risks, what are you doing to prepare, why are you doing it, and is it a smart idea?  Begin prepping by asking yourself these questions, and making up your own mind, your own plan.  Question your ideas, follow your own path, not what works for someone else.  Be curious, improvise, adapt, and you will be able to overcome whatever tough times come your way.  You will have the strength and courage to do whatever it takes.  Develop a big picture of what you want to do, and do what you can with what life hands you.  Have emergency food, water, first aid, supplies, and gear that fills the needs you determined.  It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and your family.  Develop these top skills for Preppers in yourself.

OFF GRID CABIN OR BUG OUT LOCATION FOOD STORAGE PLAN

If you have an off grid cabin or a Bug Out Location, and want to stockpile foods that will last, you need to store food that can withstand extreme weather conditions.  I spend summers at my off grid cabin, my Granny Camp, and have been figuring out what foods can be stored at a remote location during cold winter months.  Cans, bottles, and jars have liquids that will not withstand freezing temperatures.  How can you store food so it will last in cold Alaska winters?  

Look for dry, packaged or bulk foods.  Foods such as Mountain House meals, dry goods like sugar, flour, salt, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, rice, pasta, beans, oatmeal, spices, and dried fruits work great for me.  If I ever need to spend winter time at my little cabin, I will have a supply of basic foods to keep me going.  If I needed to Bug Out for some reason, I know I can survive at my Granny Camp with the basics stored carefully.  Store foods that can withstand extreme temperatures in packaging that is safe from moisture, bugs, and critters.  Take the time to gather supplies while things are readily available.

SURVIVAL SOS PANTRY BOX SET

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Survival SOS Pantry is designed to solve the problems of keeping food safe and sustaining life under extreme heat and the most difficult situations.  

Check out this free set of books that can certainly help you build your knowledge base on food storage prepping and survival.  

Free on Kindle is a real bonus!

  

 

 

PURIFY WATER WITH BLEACH

We need clean drinking water to stay alive.  What if your water stopped running, or your community's water was contaminated?  Store unscented bleach in your emergency supplies so you can purify water in emergency situations.  To purify one quart of water use 2 drops of bleach.  

Include eye droppers and measuring spoons along with a chart of how much bleach to use to purify water.  Make a water purification kit with bleach for your emergency water preps.  Store 1 gallon of water per person per day for emergency situations.  Know that a quart is 32 ounces, and a liter is 33.8 ounces.

Treating water with household bleach containing 5.25-8.25 percent chlorine

Volume of Water to be Treated  

Bleach Solution to Add

1 quart/1 liter    5 drops

1/2 gallon/2 quarts/2 liters   10 drops

1 gallon   1/4 teaspoon

5 gallons    1 teaspoon

10 gallons   2 teaspoons

PURIFY WATER BY BOILING IT

Do you know how long to boil water to purify it?  You don't have to bring it all the way to boiling to kill bacteria or germs.  Follow these simple guidelines on how to heat and how long to heat water to purify it.  Remove debris or allow dirt to settle if scooping water from outdoor sources.  Whether you are camping, visiting a country with unsanitized water, or fear the safety of your local running water, the method is the same.  Learn different ways to purify water so you will always have safe drinking water.

HOW TO USE POOL SHOCK TO PURIFY WATER

Make a package of Pool Shock part of your water purification preps.  One pound of Pool Shock, or Calcium Hydrochlorite, can purify 10,000 gallons of water.  Mix it with water to prepare your own bleach.  Then mix it 1 part to 100 parts water.  

It is far easier to store 1 pound of Pool Shock instead of endless bottles of bleach.  
Pool Shock is still a dangerous chemical, so store it in a cool, dry place, and use it in a well ventilated area.

Pool Shock is a great way to store bleach for long term storage in order to purify water if needed.  Bleach is a great additive to purify water in emergency situations, but has a shelf life of maybe 2 years.  Pool shock can be mixed with water a little at a time to make bleach, and a little goes a long way.  One pound of Pool Shock can purify a lot of water.  1 teaspoon of pool shock added to 1 gallon of water makes 1 gallon of bleach. 

Each gallon of Pool Shock can be used to purify a lot of water!  Know that Pool Shock needs to be stored in a dry, cool environment.

Pool Shock used to cost $3 a bag.  Stock up while you can.

DayOne Response Waterbag - Clean Water in Mozambique

DayOne Response Waterbag is just the thing for providing clean water in the most contaminated of circumstances.  We take clean drinking water for granted.  Mozambique and many other places need simple to use water filters for everyday use.  DayOne Response Waterbag is a family sized answer to water purification. 

Whether you are camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, traveling to a foreign country, or in an emergency situation, DayOne Response Waterbag provides fresh drinking water, essential for life.  The Waterbag works in four ways, collect, transport, purify, and store clean drinking water.  The DayOne Response holds 10 liters, or 2 1/2 gallons of clean drinking water at one time, and comes with enough packets to reuse the Waterbag 60 times.

 That will provide 600 liters, or 150 gallons of fresh drinking water from any water source for only $79.99.  At about 50 cents a gallon, how can you not want a DayOne Response Waterbag for your outdoor and survival gear?  

The entire kit weighs less than a pound, and the waterbag has straps that allow you to use it as a backpack to carry the collected water from the source to your home or campsite.  Directions are clearly written, and shown as pictographs, allowing nearly everyone to use this waterbag.

 Fill the Waterbag to the clearly marked line, add one P&G purification packet, roll and seal the top, hang the waterbag from a sturdy tree or pole, and agitate the water for 5 minutes.  Allow the water to rest for 25 minutes, and the contents of the P&G packet will bond with impurities in the water, and they will sink to the bottom.  Used the purified water within 24 hours, and reuse the DayOne Response Waterbag 60 times.  

DayOne Response has a special relationship with Procter & Gamble.  Through their Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) program, DayOne Response gives back one year's worth of clean drinking water for every Waterbag sold through retail channels.

WILDFIRE EVACUATION PLAN

Wildfires are breaking out all over our country.  Do you have a plan if you have to evacuate on a moment's notice?  Here is a checklist for what to take if you need to evacuate.  Know where you store your documents, insurance information, cash, checks, credit cards, medications, eye glasses, jewelry, photos, sentimental items, phone, and camera.

 Keep a Bug Out Bag supplied.  Be sure to include food, water, clean clothes, flashlights, toiletries, first aid, and maps.  Have a plan - where will you go, how will you get there?  

A fireproof document security file can help keep documents and small valuables safe, whether you are home or not.  Grab and go with your evacuation plan.  Safety First - Don't stay too long over THINGS!  Save your life first.

 

 

DAYONE RESPONSE WATERBAG

DayOne Response Waterbag is a 10 liter solution for safe drinking water for camping, fishing, hunting, travel, or emergency situations.  With the DayOne Response Waterbag you can purify water from lakes, creeks, wells, or even the faucet of your home should the water supply become contaminated.  Realize that no surface water is safe to drink without treatment.  

The DayOne Response Waterbag heavy duty pouch allows you to collect water, transport, treat, and store filtered water.  Dip the waterbag into any water source, add the P&G, or Proctor and Gamble purifier packet, and mix for 5 minutes with the mixing straps.

 Allow the water to rest for 25 minutes, and you have 10 liters or 2 1/2 gallons of purified water.  

The contaminants sink to the bottom,  below the clean water flow tube.  Dirt and sediment collect at the bottom as flac that is discarded after 24 hours.  There are many water filters on the market, but most clog quickly due to the turbid water.  

DayOne Response Waterbag is the only filter that deals with turbid water, water that is clouded with impurities.  Each DayOne Response kit includes a Waterbag and 60 P&G or Proctor and Gamble purifying packets which can give 150 gallons or 600 liters of fresh drinking water, enough for a family of 4 for 2 months.  Don't be caught in a disaster situation without clean drinking water and a way to purify more.  DayOne Response Waterbag allows you to collect, transport, purify, and store drinking water.  DayOne Response distributes Waterbags worldwide to help provide clean drinking water to relief organizations.  

Provide a secure source of clean drinking water for your family with the DayOne Response Waterbag in your emergency gear.  You never know when you will need water in an emergency situation.  

Treat water safely, effectively, and quickly.  In 30 minutes, you have 2 1/2 gallons of safe drinking water.  The DayOne Waterbag sells for $79.99, and gives you 150 gallons of clean drinking water.   The DayOne Waterbag has a shelf life of 10 years, and the packets 3 years.  The DayOne Waterbag is the best emergency water filter system for families.  Rotate your emergency and survival gear so it is ready when you need it.

PREPARE FOR ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES  

Are you prepared for highway emergencies?  Not all roadside emergencies involve your car breaking down or having an accident.  Road closures due to wildfires, avalanches, traffic jams for all kinds of reasons.  You may be stranded with no alternate route available.  

Stock up on the items with this roadside emergency checklist.  Have tools, flares, shovel, maps, first aid kit.  Make sure to carry sanitation supplies, food, water, and basic survival gear like flashlights, blankets, radio, hand warmers, and cash.  Be ready to survive and thrive in your car during long road closures.  

Assemble a roadside emergency kit from supplies you have and gather.  A premade kit can be a great way to get started.  Look for a kit that includes jumper cables, flashlights, flares, first aid supplies, and tools.  Add food, water, blankets, and gloves.  Keep a roadside emergency kit in every vehicle.

EASY WAY TO WASH 5 GALLON BUCKETS

Are you lucky enough to get free 5 gallon buckets from the grocery store or bakery?  They are handy to have for food storage or other projects, but need to be cleaned and sanitized.  Remove the utensil basket and top rack of your dishwasher and follow these basic and simple directions on how to clean 3 gallon or 5 gallon buckets in  your dishwasher.  Buckets should be completely dry before filling or storing.

Gamma lids are the easiest way to seal your 5 gallon or 3 gallon buckets, and still be able to open and close them.  The gamma seal comes with a ring that snaps over the bucket edge.  The sealing lid screws off and on to the outer edge ring.  Buckets can be opened by unscrewing the lid, and screwing it back on.  It seals up tightly.  No more hard to pry off lids.  

VENEZUELA FOOD CRISIS 2016

Over the last weekend, Venezuela opened the long closed border to Columbia to allow people to buy much needed food, medicine, and supplies not available due to Venezuela's collapsing economy.  Venezuelans are in dire need of basic food and supplies, and can spend all day searching and standing in line to find needed food.  Don't think this cannot happen to you.  A trucking strike, civil unrest, storm, or other problem could leave your stores without needed food and sanitation supplies.  Stock up on basic foods, water, first aid, medicines, and sanitation supplies while things are readily available.  Don't end up at the end of a line like the people in Venezuela.  Get started prepping with this basic list of supplies every family needs.  Stockpile for emergencies before you are facing one.

GOAT MILK FOR FOOD STORAGE

How about powdered goat milk for your emergency stockpile?  All you need to do is travel or watch the news to realize how precious having food security is.  If powdered milk has not been to your liking, perhaps you are interested in powdered goat milk.  

Goat milk can be used in any way you would use cows milk.  Powdered goat milk is also a great ingredient for handcrafted soap.  

You don't need to be a "prepper" to realize having enough for your family is a lifestyle insurance choice.

 

 

12 WAYS TO USE HEADLAMPS

A hands free headlamp is a great way to have light when you are camping, hiking, fishing, looking in dark attics, basements, closets, or in an emergency situation.  The hands free headlamps from Shining Buddy are well made, sturdy, and are ready to use right out of the box.  Shining Buddy headlamps include 3 AA batteries, and are ready to go right out of the box.  I am very impressed with the Shining Buddy headlamps because they have 4 light settings and 4 hinge settings for ease of use.  Shining Buddy headlamps are sturdy, bright, comfortable to wear, and have a long lasting battery life.  Shining Buddy headlamps are top quality at an affordable price.  Stock up on headlamps for outdoor activities or emergency situations.  Make sure to have a Shining Buddy headlamp for your Bug Out Bag.  How to choose a headlamp?  Find one as versatile and affordable as the Shining Buddy with 4 settings of bright light, medium light, red light, and flashing red light, a comfortable adjustable band and a hinge to adjust the direction of your headlamp.  Why spend a fortune on a headlamp when you can get all the top quality features you need from Shining Buddy for around  13 dollars.

AUGASON FARMS BROWN SUGAR FOR LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE

Augason Farms has great products for long term food storage.  If you are looking for a way to store brown sugar so it will last check out the brown sugar in a Number 10 can from Augason Farms, prepared to last for 30 years.  Brown sugar usually has a shelf life of about 2 years when purchased at the store, as it dries out and becomes hard.  

The way to make brown sugar last is to store it in an air tight container.  Augason farms has done that for us.  This brown sugar has a shelf life of 30 years and is very affordable, currently under 9 dollars a can.  Storing foods we use and enjoy for the long term ensures that we will never go without in times of emergency or hardship.

 Gather food and supplies that your family uses and relies on when things are plentiful.  If you store food and emergency supplies you make sure you and your family will have the things you need no matter what.  
Augason Farms Brown Sugar adds flavor to recipes. It's taste makes it ideal for  making brownies, gingerbread, coffee cakes, chocolate cakes, fudge, BBQ sauce, marinades, sweet and sour sauce and pancake syrups.  Brown sugar is an important addition to your long-term emergency storage as well as for everyday use.

CANNED FOOD STORAGE IDEAS

Are you looking for more ways to organize and put away canned foods for your food storage?  Save empty soda boxes, label the ends, and slide them under your bed.  Use free things to organize your foods, and you have more money left to buy more food or emergency supplies.  

Having extra food on hand is a great idea for every kind of emergency.  Storing foods in places besides your pantry allows you to keep more food on hand.  Remember to store foods your family will eat, and then rotate them.  Are you wondering how long canned foods last, and how to tell if canned food is safe to eat?  Canned goods are safe to eat for 2 years after the expiration date.  Toss any that are bulging or don't seem right.

 

SURVIVOR FILTER PRO WATER FILTER

Survivor Filter Pro is a top quality water filter useful for outdoor activities, international travel, or emergency situations.  Drop the cotton filter, the first of 3 filters into a water source, and pump the hand pump of the Survivor Filter Pro.  Survivor Filter Pro can pump fresh drinking water fast, 17 ounces a minute, for up to 264 gallons.  One new filter is included, and more are available from Survivor Filter.  Survivor Filter Pro has an ABS housing, is BPA free, has medical grade cotton filters, and weighs 8 ounces.  

The pump is simple and easy to use, allowing you to pump water into the attached cap which doubles as a cup, into one of 2 included collapsible canteens, a hydration bladder, or any container you choose.   The tubes of the Survivor Filter Pro are surgical type hoses which are extremely flexible and durable.  Two floats on the long intake hose keep the cotton pre filter, the first of the 3 filters, off of the bottom of your water source.  Survivor Filter Pro has a cotton pre filter on the end of the intake hose, a carbon filter, and an ultra filter.  The triple filtration filters up to 0.01 microns which eliminates protozoa, bacteria, and some viruses.  

The Survivor Filter Pro is tops in its class, and affordable at around $60.  Replacement parts and filters are available for purchase to allow you to continue to use your Survivor Filter Pro.  This is a well made outdoor water filter that you can depend on for your personal hydration needs whether you use it for yourself, a group, or with your family in outdoor camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, international travel, or emergency situations.  Keep a water filter from Survivor Filter Pro in your camping gear, hiking gear, overseas luggage, emergency gear, and in your Bug Out Bag.

SURVIVOR FILTER WATER FILTER AND COLLAPSIBLE CANTEENS

Survivor Filter is the perfect personal water filter system.  Affordable, well made, and versatile, the Survivor Filter Straw can be placed directly into any water source to drink fresh, clean water.  Survivor Filter has a bonus of a threaded water inlet end that conveniently screws on to collapsible canteens or most water bottles.

 Survivor Filter removes contaminants down to 0.05 microns, the best level of any water filter I have owned and used.  No worries if you are hiking, camping, traveling overseas, or in emergency situations, the Survivor Filter easily meets your personal hydration needs, while allowing you to pour water through into another bottle, cup, cook pot, or container.  That is a benefit not available in other straw type filters.  Survivor Straw is available with 2 collapsible canteens for about $30 from survivorfilter.com or on Amazon.  Replacement filters are available to allow your Survivor Filter to continue to filter fresh drinking water beyond the 260 gallon capability.  Rinse and dry your Survivor Filter before storing it back in your camping , hiking, fishing, or Bug Out Bag.  Planning International travel?  Pack a Survivor Filter to ensure clean water wherever you travel.

 

SURVIVOR FILTER TACTICAL HYDRATION PACKPACK

Survivor Filter Tactical Hydration Backpack is a heavy duty tactical backpack with all of the features you require for a rugged day in the out of doors, and weighs about 3 pounds.  Whether you are outside doing rugged activity, or Bugging Out in an emergency situation, a tactical backpack holds up for the most robust activities.  Tough, strong, resilient describes this backpack.  

Included with the backpack is a sturdy water hydration bladder with a lightweight plastic frame that holds it in place, and keeps it from slipping down in the padded pouch at the back of the backpack.  This is a well made backpack water hydration combination for less than $55, quite a deal.  

Made of heavy duty fabric, with waterproof liners, the backpack has MOLLE webbing, military grade buckles and zippers, and a variety of pouches to hold your outdoor or emergency gear.  This backpack is comfortable to wear whether you are hiking, climbing, or hunting.  Love your time spent outdoors with a backpack from Survival Filter that can hold up to the most active lifestyle. This backpack will be perfect for my safari to South Africa and Mozambique.

PRESCRIPTION MEDS FOR BUGGING OUT

What would you do if you needed prescription medicine in an emergency or Bug Out situation?  It doesn't even need to be a Bug Out.  

If you take life sustaining medications and forgot them at home or were stranded overnight, what would you do?

 Make a plan to have prescription medicines you or family members depend on.  

Follow these tips on how to obtain extra prescription medicines, where to store them, and how to rotate your prescription medications.  

Never be caught in an emergency because you forgot to bring your prescription medication and risk an emergency survival situation.

Learn First Aid, and keep your skills sharp.  A good first aid handbook should be a part of everyone's camping gear, emergency gear and Bug Out Bag.

 

 

FIRST AID SUPPLIES TO STOCKPILE

Do you have a first aid kit and knowledge of you to give basic first aid?  In emergency situations, the most life threatening conditions are respiratory ailments and stomach disorders.  Make certain you have enough supplies to take care of basics.  You need pain relievers, cough medicines, upset stomach and diarrhea remedies, along with band aids, first aid creams, and medications for skin rashes and disorders.  Make sure you have sanitation supplies, as lack of sanitation and contaminate water are the main concern for people on the move or without power or running water.  Stock up on basic medications and sanitation supplies, as well as a way to ensure fresh drinking water.  Follow these guidelines to start a first aid stockpile so you will have what you need no matter what comes your way.

MAKE A GROMMET FROM A WATER BOTTLE

Do you need to fix a grommet or place one where it is needed?  Cut off the neck of a water bottle, or plastic bottle, make a hole in the lid, tie a string through the lid, and you can place your DIY grommet where you need one.  Making an emergency shelter?  Use a black plastic bag and grommets made from empty water bottles.  This is a great idea to remember if you are In an emergency situation.  Bottle lid grommets are easy to make.  Repair a grommet on your tarp or tent with a plastic lid.   A water bottle may actually help save your life, even without the water!

WHAT IS THIS PILL?

What kind of pill is this?  Did you ever have a pill and wonder what it is?  Find out for sure what your pill is.  Look it up at drugs.com/imprints.   Identify pills by the color, shape, letters, numbers.  Never guess what a pill is.  Don't take risks with medication.  Know what each of your medicines are.  Check with your medical care professional or pharmacist if you have questions.

WATER STORAGE BARRELS FROM EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS

Do you have water stored for emergency situations?  What will you do if the water where you live stops running, or is contaminated?  The most important item you can store for emergency situations is fresh drinking water.  These 55 gallon water barrels, bung wrench or barrel wrench and water shaker siphon hose allow you to store 55 gallons of fresh drinking water for emergency situations

55 GALLON WATER BARRELS HOW TO SANITIZE AND SET UP

If you have 55 gallon water storage barrels from Emergency Essentials or other water storage barrels, here are easy steps on how to sanitize your water barrel, how to set up your water storage barrel, and more.  

Clean any water storage container before you use it to store water for emergencies.

 Store water off of the cement or concrete, store water in a cool, dark place, and know that a 55 gallon water barrel weighs over 450 pounds when it is full.  Make sure to store a barrel wrench or bung wrench and siphon shaker hose or pump with your water storage  barrels so you can get the water out when you need it.   Do you have water stored for emergency situations?  What will you do if the water where you live stops running, or is contaminated?  

The most important item you can store for emergency situations is fresh drinking water. A set of water barrel, bung wrench and water shaker siphon hose allows you to store 55 gallons of fresh drinking water for emergencies.  

The 55 gallon water storage barrels are BPA free, FDA approved, made in the USA.  The water barrels are opaque blue to block sunlight and prevent mold or algae in your stored water.  Proper hydration is essential to survival.  Have some safe drinking water strategies.

Use a safe drinking water hose to fill your water barrels from an outside faucet.  This drinking water hose is lead free, BPA free, phthalate free, and leaves no plastic taste in drinking water.  It is 50 feet long, so may actually reach to where you choose to set up your water barrel.

HOW TO USE SHAKER SIPHON HOSE

 Shaker Siphon Hoses are a must have for storing water for emergencies. Use the shaker siphon hose to fill water barrels, and to get water out of water storage barrels.   If you are storing water for emergencies, store at least 1 gallon per day per person for all kinds of emergencies.  Basic guidelines are to store a minimum of 14 gallons of water per person.  

A Shaker Siphon Hose can help you access water stored in large emergency water storage barrels and other water containers.  Have some safe drinking water strategies. 

If you realize how much water we use each day, life would change dramatically if water were suddenly unavailable.  There are many containers that are suitable for storing clean drinking water for emergency situations.  Collect and fill some while fresh water is readily available.

 

SHINING BUDDY HEADLAMP

If you are looking for a high quality, easy to use, and versatile headlamp, check out the headlamps from Shining Buddy.  The Shining Buddy Headlamp is comfortable to wear, has 4 settings of bright white light, medium white light, red light, flashing red light and is ready to go right out of the box with 3 long lasting included AAA batteries called Procell by Duracell.

 The head strap is easy to adjust, comfortable to wear, and stays in place on your head.  The headlamp is hinged to adjust where you need your light to shine.  

This is a headlamp you can really wear for outdoor activities whether you are camping, boating, hiking in the dark, or for emergency situations.  Stock up on the Shining Buddy Headlamp at an affordable price so everyone in your family has one.  Shining Buddy works great, and is a must have for my camping gear. 

 

USES FOR RED HEADLAMPS

Headlamps with a red light like these from Shining Buddy are a great option to have for camping, outdoor, or nighttime activities.  The red light option on a headlamp allows you to find things in the dark while allowing you to keep your night vision.  Use a red headlamp to do bed checks at camp, read in bed without disturbing others, look for lost gear in the dark, and look for nocturnal animals on nighttime hikes.  Use a red headlamp for task lighting in your vehicle.  Read maps or check guide books without disturbing the vision of the driver.  Headlamps with a red setting are a great item to have in your Bug Out Bag and in your emergency gear.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME SURVIVAL TIPS

Daylight savings time is here, so it is time to set your clocks ahead one hour.  Remember, this is the time to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Don't take a risk with your family's safety and survival.  Always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Wondering how many smoke alarms you need?  For only a few dollars, you ensure that your family will be safe from fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, or other chemical situations.

VALENTINE GIFTS FOR PREPPERS - What Do Women Want?  

If you love a Prepper, show her how much you value her with a gift designed to keep her safe, well fed, protected, and loved this Valentine's Day.  

Nothing says I love you like meeting basic needs, protection, not living in fear.  

These Valentine Day gift ideas will show the one you love that you care to make sure she will be okay in any emergency situation, that you are there for her.  

Express unconditional love to your Prepper woman this Valentine's Day with a Valentine gift to keep your Prepper safe, comfortable, well cared for, and loved.  AlaskaGranny LOVES these gifts.  

This is what women want for Valentine's Day.  Show your Valentine that true love is caring for someone, no matter what comes your way.

How often does your sweetheart long for great communication?  Show her you care, that you are a great listener, with these!

 

 

CHEAP RAIN BARREL FOR EMERGENCY WATER STORAGE

Make a cheap rain barrel from a garbage can to store emergency water.  Get a plastic garbage can at the hardware store, and fill it with gallons of water. Cut the lid to accept water from a downspout, place the cheap rain barrel under the downspout.  The downspout will fill allow rain to fill your rain barrel, giving you gallons of extra water for emergency uses.

 In an emergency, scoop water from the rain barrel, or use a shaker siphon hose, and use a water filter to purify the water for drinking.  The stored water is great for gardening or sanitation uses.  You use water every day for far more than just drinking.  Don't be caught without water in the desert, or any place else in an emergency situation!  $10 well spent for peace of mind knowing I have 35 gallons of water stored for emergencies

 

BEST FOLDING SHOVEL: AMES ENTRENCHING TOOL

The Ames Entrenching Tool is a great little folding shovel that can be adjusted to 2 settings for easy digging and chopping.  The entrenching tool or folding shovel has a pointed end and an easy to use handle.  A twist of the handle locks the shovel in place so it stays secure.  The Ames Entrenching tool weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and folds to 6 by 9 inches so is great to keep in the car, with your camping gear, or emergency gear.

HOW TO COOK WITH A FOLDING SHOVEL OR ENTRENCHING TOOL

Take your entrenching tool or folding shovel along on your outings, no matter the weather.  You can dig out in an emergency, and even use it as a cooking device.  Bring along portable fuel like Sterno if you are traveling to an area with sparse amounts of burnable fuel.  Always bring emergency water, food, and fire starters where ever you travel.

 

Every emergency kit and vehicle should include a folding shovel or entrenching tool like this one from Ames.  Made in the USA to military standards, this folding shovel or entrenching tool will last a lifetime.  The shovel folds to 9 inches and expands to 24 " for ease of use.  The handle locks the shovel in 2 different positions for many uses.

 

INSULATE A WINDOW WITH BUBBLE WRAP

Do you have an out of the way window that allows cold air to seep inside?  Try covering it with bubble wrap.  This is a technique that is simple to do, and helps keep the inside of your home warm and cozy.  The bubble wrap will stay for a long time, is easily removed, and won't harm the window.  Try it.

Bubble wrap has a lot of uses for packaging delicate object for storage or mailing.  The trapped bubbles of air also do a great job of adding a layer of insulation from cold winter air on windows.  It works best with larger bubbles on your bubble wrap.  Cut the bubble wrap the size of your window, spray plain water onto the glass and the bubble side of the bubble wrap, and press it on.  It will stay put until you decide to peel it off.  No mess left behind, just normal window cleaning.  Try it to keep your house snug in cold temperatures.  

 

EMERGENCY LIGHT FROM A WATER BOTTLE

With a container of water and a simple flashlight, you can make an emergency light for your home, camp out, or car.  Shine the light through the water, you will be amazed at the amount of light it provides.  Try different containers for emergency lights until you find the combination that best suits your needs.  Remember to combine water bottles and flashlights in an emergency situation.

 

If you are hiking, camping, or stumbling around in a power outage, a headlamp is a great way to shine a light where you need it while keeping your hands free.

 Head lamps can be hung in your tent for a light, or hung over a water bottle.

 Head lamps are also a great way for the kids to find their way in and out of the car on dark winter mornings and dim evenings.  

Stock up on affordable headlamps and keep them by your bed, in your car, in your camping gear, and in your emergency supplies.    

 

HOW TO USE A P38 CAN OPENER

P-38 can openers are the perfect small can opener for emergencies, camping, hunting, or your Bug Out Bag.  Have you made a plan for how you will open canned food without power, when camping, or in a bug out situation?  

Be sure you have a selection of hand crank can openers, including the tiny P-38.  These are extremely lightweight, and a must have for emergency prepping .  

Practice using your can openers so you will have the knowledge you need to know how to use them.  Remember, a P-38 is named after the number of times you punch it as you move it around the can to open it.  The P-38 is an opener used by military, and often handed out at scout camp.  

Store these handy can openers with your long term food storage.  Make sure to choose can openers that are made in the USA so they are top quality.

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher, and do you have fire extinguishers in your home?  Part of emergency preparedness is understanding fire prevention, and having a fire escape plan for your family.  A fire extinguisher can be the first line of defense in your home, car, or boat.  

Home fires are unpredictable, and can be deadly.  

Get an ABC Extinguisher for your home. Follow these instructions, and use the PASS method:  

PULL

AIM

SQUEEZE

SWEEP  

Use and maintain smoke detectors, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher in emergency situations.  Never try to be a hero.  Know to call 911.  I have fire extinguishers in my home, and they have been reliable when I needed to use them. 

 

NUMBER 1 FOOD STORAGE MISTAKE

Do you store lots of dried foods like beans and rice?  These are great foods for long term storage.  Storing buckets of food, however, is not enough.  None of these foods are useful if you make the Number 1 Food Storage Mistake.  Make sure to store water so that you can prepare your dried foods.  Store at a minimum 1 gallon per person per day.  Make water a priority, and store as much as you can so you will also have enough for sanitation, washing dishes and clothing if needed.  Store things while they are readily available so you will never go without.  Stock up on things you will need, no matter what emergency comes your way.  Make sure to store fresh drinking water.

SURVIVAL KIT 15 MINUTE EMERGENCY PLAN

Have you prepared a basic emergency supply kit?  We never know what the future holds, so take 15 minutes right now and gather a few basic emergency supplies from around the house.  A few basics can make the difference for your family, their safety and well being.  You need water, first aid, basic sanitation, warm clothing, and ready to eat foods.  Make it a priority to have basic items gathered in a grab and go bag to sustain your family no matter what comes your way.

WATER STORAGE CONTAINER IDEAS TO STORE WATER FOR EMERGENCIES

Fresh drinking water is essential, and important to store for emergency situations  One idea for water storage containers is to store extra water in your camping water gear after you get home.  Sanitize your water storage container, and refill with fresh water.  Store your water away from freezing temperatures, and up off cement floors.  

Use things you have to store things you need.  Store as much water as you can.  Water should be a priority for your emergency preparedness, and can be easier than you think with a little imagination.  Make a strategy for safe drinking water.  

This water storage container from AquaTainer is the type I have used for years when I camp, in my off grid cabin, and for storing extra water all year round.  This container is sturdy, BPA free, and includes a spigot end that is simple to turn to control the flow of water.  I have used many types of water containers at 4-7 gallon capacity, and find these from AquaTainer are the only ones that last for simple storage or rugged, outdoor use.

 

WATER STORAGE BARRELS - SANITIZE AND SET UP

Water is your most important prep.  Without water, you may only live a few days.  Water barrels are a great way to store larger amounts.  Follow these simple steps to sanitize, set up, and fill water barrels for your emergency needs.  

Water barrels need to be sanitized, and put in place before you fill them.  Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon, so barrels cannot be moved once filled.  Decide where you want them before you fill them.  Water barrels give you a clean supply of water in emergency situations.  For about 1 dollar a gallon, you can buy and fill a water barrel and have a good supply for emergencies.  Store at least 1 gallon per person per day for a minimum of 3 days.

Are you storing water for emergencies?  Most Americans use 300 gallons a day, yet recommendations tell us to store only 1 or 2 gallons a day for emergencies.  If you suddenly had no running water, or your water was contaminated, are you prepared?  Water should be the first thing you choose to store.  

Keep looking for ways and places to store extra water for emergencies.  Make the things you have work overtime for you.  Storing  lots of water should be a priority, and can be easier than you think with a little imagination.

PREPPING TO LIVE OR LIVING TO PREP?

Prepping To Live  Do you prep to live or live to prep?  Lots of us learn outdoor and survival skills because we are enjoy the natural beauty of the out of doors.  Using emergency gear is a part of life.  Being prepared helps you feel confident, calm, and capable that you can do whatever it takes in an uncertain future.

I'M COMING TO YOUR HOUSE IN SHTF

Do you know people who will say to you, "I am coming to your house in an emergency situation"?  You have planned, prepared, sacrificed, while they have chosen not to.  Plan and prepare for those you are willing to accept responsibility.  Would taking in those who refused to prepare for themselves put your family at risk?  This isn't a matter of protecting things, this is for the safety and well being of your family.  What will you do?  Make a plan to keep your family safe and well cared for, no matter what.  Emergency situations require advanced planning, preparation, and hard decisions.

HIDE MONEY AND VALUABLES IN A SECRET CANDY JAR

Are you looking for secret places to hide money or valuables?  Try a secret candy jar.  Use candy no one likes and your money is safe.  This holds a lot and keeps the valuables from coming into contact with the candy.  Make secret hiding places for your valuables and money.

3 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR CAR

The 3 most common emergencies that can occur with your car, truck, or vehicle are a dead battery, running out of gas, or a flat tire.  These 3 items can help get you safely back on the road if you have one of these emergencies.  Keep Jump N Carry 300XL, gas can, Fix A Flat Tire Inflator in your car  and do basic safety checks before you set out each day to avoid transportation problems.

JUMP N CARRY 300XL

One of the most common emergencies that strands us by the side of the road is a dead battery.  No one likes the inconvenience of having their transportation delayed, especially at night, in the winter, or in a strange neighborhood.  The Jump N Carry 300XL charges with a household outlet, then place it in the car and you have the ability to jump a battery for months.  I have bought the Jump N Carry, and have used it in a dead battery situation.  It works great.  I even sent them to all of my kids to make sure they were safely on their way.  The Jump N Carry also has a small work light which can be removed and used as a flashlight.  It has a 12 volt outlet to charge small items like cell phones or power small appliances.

FIX A FLAT AEROSOL TIRE INFLATOR

Don't let a flat tire strand you in a remote or out of the way place.  A can of Fix A Flat Aerosol Tire Inflator can replace the air in your tire and get you back on the road.  Fix A Flat gives you the option to fill your tire, then drive to a safe place to have it repaired, or changed.  Fix A Flat has saved my trip several times, and I keep one in my car at all times.  Unfortunately, it didn't work when I had a blow out on a road trip in New Mexico.  Nothing puts that tire back together! 

GAS CAN 1 GALLON CAPACITY

A simple gallon gas container can be a great help in an emergency.  Having a can allows you to get gas in an emergency and fill it into your car.  If you have ever run out of gas, you realize the next complication is a container to bring gas to your vehicle.  Gas cans are not as readily available as more fuel.  

Never store gas in your car, as it is combustible.  Keep the can empty and fill it if needed.  Try to keep your fuel tank full, and refuel if it drops below a half tank.  You never know how far to the next station, or when the price may rise.  

 

LUGGABLE LOO EMERGENCY TOILET AND SUPPLIES

Have you thought about what you would need if the toilet didn't work?  Are you prepared for emergency sanitation needs if the water is off or you need to but out?  A Luggable Loo, or Honey Bucket is a great way to be prepared with an emergency toilet for sanitation and potty needs if your plumbing should stop working.  I have loaded mine with supplies I would want in the event plumbing wasn't available, or we needed to evacuate or bug out.  I can use this at home, or grab the handle and take it with me. How are you preparing for sanitation needs in an emergency?

 

 

Make certain you have a plan for dealing with sanitation should you lose your water or plumbing.  Having a place to deal with human waste is critical to staying healthy.  I like the Luggable Loo or Honey Bucket portable toilet.  This toilet is even handy for camp outs or hunting trips.  It is roomy and can be filled with supplies you would need to go along with toileting needs.  Each person makes about a 5 gallon bucket full of waste per week.  Don't be caught unprepared for this most necessary function.  Stock up on plastic bags, too.

 

 

BUGGING OUT- DON'T GIVE YOURSELF AWAY

If you were in a Bug Out Situation, and needed to stay undetected, what are some things that can give you away?  We never know what the circumstances might be, so knowing how to stay under the radar, to blend in, stealth prepping may be a skill worth having.  Here are a few things to consider that might give you away, so you can make a plan what to do to stay under the radar so you are ready for anything.  Sometimes blending in is what you need to do.  Are you prepared to hide in plain sight?  Staying out of sight, or blending in could save your life.

WHY PREPARE FOR PANDEMIC

We all need to be prepared for a pandemic.  The world is more interconnected than ever.  Populations are traveling, moving, and we are truly a global society.  Refugees by the hundred thousands are on the move, experiencing hard times, lack of clean water, food, shelter, sanitation.  Overuse of antibiotics is creating super bugs that medicines may not be able to control.  Don't take a working infrastructure for granted.  Power, clean water, and sanitation could be at risk.  Pandemic threats are there, and we need to prepare while we can.

ADVENTURE MEDICAL MOUNTAIN SERIES DAY TRIPPER FIRST AID KIT

The Adventure Medical Mountain Series Day Tripper First Aid kit is a great choice for basic first aid needs.  Choose a high quality and comprehensive first aid kit for your outdoor adventures, survival supplies, and bug out bag. Supplement the Mountain Medical Day Tripper with items you feel are necessary for your individual needs.

 

Read the included guide to keep current on administering first aid, and be sure to take your first aid kit along whether heading out for adventure or grabbing your bug out bag for an emergency.  Each kit contains hospital quality supplies to treat a variety of injuries and illnesses.  The kit is clearly labeled, and you can find items easily in the clear window pouches.  Take it along on short trips with 1-5 people and be prepared for most any emergency.

 

Best First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Mountain Fundamentals

The Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundamental kit is comprehensive and complete.  Choose a fully assembled kit like this one for emergency situations.  Bring the Adventure Medical Mountain Series First Aid Kit along on any outdoor outing or trip.   The Mountain Series kit is very comprehensive, and has a complete selection of first aid supplies for an emergency situation.

 

Add items to your first aid and medical kit that meets your needs and health concerns.   I added bug repellent, Quik Clot, and a Breath Of Life emergency mask.  

The Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundamental kit is comprehensive, and includes supplies for 1-8 people for 2 weeks, and has the items you need for most emergency situations.

My kit was missing the mole skin.  I called Adventure Medical Kits on the phone, and they sent me the missing item with no hassle.  

Thank you, Adventure Medical Kit for standing behind your product.

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY CANDLES ON THE GO

Candles fit easily in your emergency gear and are great to have on hand for power outages or emergency cooking.  

Tea candles fit neatly inside cardboard tubes.  Stack few candles, add matches and a lighter, load into a ziploc bag.  Place packets of candles and matches in your camping gear, your hunting gear, in all of your bug out bags and emergency gear.

Each tea light candle should burn for up to 4 hours.  In an emergency, 120 tea light candles would last for months.  We don't need to burn candles 24 hours a day.  An inexpensive bag of tea light candles is a simple way to provide emergency lights.  

Store unscented candles so nothing contaminates your stored food.  If you decide to use candles to warm food, no unpleasant odors will mingle with your food flavors.

 

 

DURABEAM ULTRA 1000 FLASHLIGHT PRODUCT REVIEW

The Duracell Durabeam 1000 lumen  Ultra High Intensity Flashlight has a 3 beam settings.  The lens is adjustable from spotlight to zoom focus.  I took it on a full moon hike, and was able to zoom the light in to have spectacular night time views of canyons, rock formations, and a waterfall at a distance of up to 100 yards.  

The Duracell Durabeam Ultra 100 Flashlight takes 4 C batteries, which are readily available.  It has 3 settings; bright, low, and strobe flash.  

This flashlight is extremely bright, weighs about 1.6 pounds, and is sturdy enough to use for self defense,   It does a fabulous job of lighting the way on a trail, or an entire room in a power outage situation.  

The Duracell Durabeam 1000 is an amazingly bright flashlight at a very reasonable price.  Use alkaline batteries, not rechargeable.  Batteries will last longer at the low setting.

 

 

Places To Hide Canned Foods

Look around your kitchen like I did and find more space to store canned foods.  Declutter things you don't need, and stock up on food that your family actually will need.  Be creative, and keep looking for storage space.  You will be glad to have food on hand in an emergency.  Remember what food you put there so you will remember to rotate it!

PREPPING IN A SMALL APARTMENT

I am visiting my daughter in Oregon, and we are reorganizing her emergency supplies.  Everyone needs emergency supplies and a plan to rotate and use them.  Make sure to have food, water, first aid, and shelter items.  Have a ready to go bag or bug out bag so you can evacuate if necessary.  Make a plan if you have pets to take them along safely.  Keep your things organized and they don't take up much space.  Check on your preps often so you remember what you have, where it is, and how to use things.  Even if you live in a tiny space, you can find room for your preps and emergency supplies.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WATER STOPS RUNNING

What should you do if your water stops running,  or your water was no longer safe to drink?  Your home can still be safe to occupy, but water can become contaminated or not available.  Sanitation needs are important when the water stops running.  How will you use the toilet?   Here are tips and supplies you need if your water stops running.

HOW TO TURN OFF YOUR GAS LINE IN AN EMERGENCY

Do you have natural gas in your home?  If so, you need to familiarize yourself with its location and how to turn it off in an emergency.  Only turn it off in a true emergency, do not "practice" turning the lever.  Gas appliances have a pilot light, and it will go off without the gas.  Then, if you try to turn the gas back on, gas will flow into your house.  

Turn off the gas if you hear a leak, smell a leak, or need to evacuate your home.  Call the gas company to turn it back on.  Get a Carbon Monoxide detector!

If you have natural gas in your home, you need a carbon monoxide detector.  Carbon monoxide poisoning can harm you and your family if a leak goes undetected, robbing your air of oxygen.  Protect your family for a few dollars from the dangers of carbon monoxide.

If you have natural gas in your home, learn where the gas meter is and how it works.  In an emergency situation you need to be able to turn it off.  Hurricanes and earthquakes can cause broken gas lines which can lead to explosions and fires.  

Only turn your gas off in a real emergency, or if you smell or hear leaking gas.  Never try to turn it back on yourself, as gas appliances have pilot lights, which will go out if the gas is off.  Then gas could be leaking into your house.  Make sure to have a wrench or tool so you can turn the gas off if necessary.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS EVERYONE NEEDS THEM

Everyone needs a carbon monoxide detector in their home.  You need a carbon monoxide detector if you have a gas or wood  fireplace, or a gas or oil furnace.  You need a carbon monoxide detector if you ever have a power outage and plan to use alternative heat, cooking, or lighting sources.  Eliminate the risks to carbon monoxide poisoning for the ones you love with a carbon monoxide detector.  Purchase a smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector combination for your home, and change the batteries every 6 months!  Ensure the safety of your family from carbon monoxide poisoning for only a few dollars.

EASY STEPS TO BUILD FOOD STORAGE

Simple Steps allow you to build food storage for yourself and your family.  Food storage is all about having enough food and water on hand so that no matter what comes along you will have enough.  Emergencies come in all varieties from natural to man made to economic shortfalls within your own family.  Build your food storage supply as soon as possible.  Begin with a few days of extra food, then a few weeks, a few months.  Those foods should be pantry foods that you are used to eating, know how to prepare, and your family will actually eat.  Then move on to long term foods such as dried beans and rice in long term storage containers.  Keep adding to your food and water, and rotate what you have.  Store food and supplies so in your time of need you will be okay.  We know the future is uncertain, natural and man made disasters will happen.  Build your food storage while you have a chance.

3 EASY WAYS TO STOP HEAT LOSS FROM YOUR HOME

Are you looking for inexpensive yet effective ways to stop heat loss from your home?  We all want to be warmer and spend less on heating our homes.  These are 3 of my favorite tips on how I keep my home warmer in winter and save lots of money.  These are inexpensive yet save you a lot on your heating bill.  Try these tips to stay warm this winter.

CINCH DOOR SEAL

The Cinch peel and stick door seal has three layers of flexible rubber attached to a sturdy metal frame.  The Cinch door seals are available in several colors to match your door.  Measure, trim to fit with a hack saw, peel the adhesive strip, and stick to your door.  The adhesive is strong, and holds the seal in place with no problems.  The cold air leaking through the bottom of your door will be gone with a Cinch door seal.  I am so pleased with how well this works!

ELECTRIC OUTLET AND SWITCH GASKETS

Stop heat loss around electric outlets and light switches.  If you remove the face plate, you will notice a large gaping hole and cold air blowing through.  A simple foam gasket seals up the gaps while remaining hidden behind the switch plate.  These are fire retardant, and an essential part of keeping your home warm in my opinion, and I have installed them on every exterior wall outlet in my home.  Keep your home warm and cozy for a few dollars spent on outlet and switch gaskets.

 

PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS ALERT

Cold and Flu season is here, along with the threats of other viruses that can lead to a pandemic.  What can you do to prepare for the many diseases and possibility of a pandemic filling  the news these days?  Make certain you have enough food, water, paper products, and cleaners if you needed to shelter in place or decide it was time for social distancing for your family.  

Wash your hands often, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep to keep your body healthy.  Have supplies in case your family becomes sick.  Be prepared for whatever comes your way.  Do you have toilet paper, paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates, bleach, carpet cleaner, kleenex, laundry detergent, and cleaners to see you through a long term quarantine because one or more in your family became sick, or disease was rampant in your community?   Why prepare for pandemic?  So your family will be okay, no matter what.  I buy toilet paper and other supplies from Amazon.  Big bulky amounts are delivered for FREE!

BUG OUT SUCCESS: THE NUMBER 1 TIP

Do you have a Bug Out Bag?  Have you made a Bug Out Plan?  Do you know your Bug Out location?  These are 3 critical elements to successfully bugging out in an emergency situation where you are required to evacuate.  It takes these things, and more to make sure you are safe in an emergency bug out situation.

 

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