Preparedness Tip Wednesday-Prepping with Kids


1. Have them memorize important contact information.
Most young children know to call 911 in an emergency but do they really know what that means? It is important to show them if they are using a smart phone, how to unlock the phone, how to get to the phone screen and how to make the phone call.
*be careful that they don't really call them during practice because you don't want to tie up their lines for a non-emergency.
Make sure the children also know what constitutes an emergency. Also teach them what to say. Look here for roll play ideas.


2. Let them work with you.
Teach them by working side by side, in the garden or other age appropriate responsibilities around the house. Teach them fire safety and if they are old enough, how to start their own fire with a magnesium stick.



3. Exercise regularly.
While the ideal situation in the event of an emergency or disaster is that you’ll be able to remain in your home, this might not always be feasible, especially if you are evacuated from your area. In this case, you and your family could find yourselves having to walk or ride a bike to reach a safe place. So being physically fit is an important part of preparedness, in addition to creating an overall state of good health and well-being.



4. Teach them first-aid basics.
Emergency survival kits save lives when injuries occur. Even at a young age, your child needs to know how to use these tools for their protection.
Find time to demonstrate how to use the tools in a first aid kit to your kids. They will not have someone to look after them all the time to make sure they’re okay. Therefore, they need to learn the simplest way of protecting themselves to better increase their chances for survival. We 

*check with your city to see what courses are provided. Our local city fire department offers free courses on basic first aid, outdoor safety, severe weather safety, home and life safety and more.


We are putting together a group order for First Aid kits this month. If you want detailed information about the different kits we are offering go here and for an order form go here.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday- Communication

Communication is a very important thing in an emergency situation. You will want to be able to contact family and loved ones to let them know your status if you are ok or need help. Our top three choices for communication are:
1. Cell Phones/Smartphones

start with cellphones, because almost everyone has one. While cell networks are often overwhelmed during a disaster, they still might help you make contact.
If your initial attempts to make a call fail, try texting or using your phones data plan to make contact.
As we’ve seen in past disasters, texting and even social media apps can sometimes work, even when voice doesn’t. A text message takes a lot less bandwidth than a phone call, so during a disaster this might be your best bet for making contact.
Text: Text messages require far less bandwidth than phone calls, and even when the ominous “all circuits are busy” recording comes on, texts will still work as they operate on a parallel network to cell phones.
Email: Don’t discount sending e-mails during emergency situations as a valid method of communication. Email servers are located globally, and it’s unlikely they will all be dead at the same time. But where do you get internet access if cell phone service is dead? Oftentimes, WiFi service will still be up and running, since the cables used for hard wired Internet operate on different networks than cell phones. For most WiFi, you don’t even need to be in the building to access the service.
2. Satellite Phones

Satellite phones offer a couple of advantages during a disaster. First, they don’t rely on local cell networks, so they’re less likely to be affected by an increase in call volume. Second, even if the entire local cell network goes down, your satellite phone is still going to be operational.
3. HAM Radio

HAM radio has played an integral role in every disaster this nation has faced for over 100 years. HAM will remain functional even when modern communication devices become worthless. The seemingly old-fashioned devices are extremely reliable and allow users to connect with the outside world when Internet access, cell towers, and phone land lines are no longer functional.
CB Channel  Frequencies
Channel 1        26.965 MHz
Channel 2        26.975 MHz
Channel 3        26.985 MHz    Prepper CB Network (AM)
Channel 4        27.005 MHz    The American Pepper’s Network
Channel 5        27.015 MHz
Channel 6        27.025 MHz
Channel 7        27.035 MHz
Channel 8        27.055 MHz
Channel 9        27.065 MHz    REACT Channel – Emergency CB radio use
Channel 10      27.075 MHz
Channel 11      27.085 MHz
Channel 12      27.105 MHz
Channel 13      27.115 MHz    Popular with campers, RV drivers, and boaters
Channel 14      27.125 MHz    Federal Motor Coach Association
Channel 15      27.135 MHz    Popular with California truck drivers
Channel 16      27.155 MHz    Popular with ATV clubs
Channel 17      27.165 MHz    Also popular with California tractor-trailer drivers
Channel 18      27.175 MHz
Channel 19      27.185 MHz    Primary truck driver chat channel
Channel 20      27.205 MHz
Channel 21      27.215 MHz
Channel 22      27.225 MHz
Channel 23      27.255 MHz
Channel 24      27.235 MHz
Channel 25      27.245 MHz
Channel 26      27.265 MHz
Channel 27      27.275 MHz
Channel 28      27.285 MHz
Channel 29      27.295 MHz
Channel 30      27.305 MHz
Channel 31      27.315 MHz
Channel 32      27.325 MHz
Channel 33      27.335 MHz
Channel 34      27.345 MHz
Channel 35      27.355 MHz    Australian channel
Channel 36      27.365 MHz
Channel 37      27.375 MHz    Prepper 37 channel
Channel 38      27.385 MHz
Channel 39      27.395 MHz
Channel 40      27.405 MHz
Prepper Freeband and CB Radio Frequencies
CB 3 (AM) 26.9850MHz Prepper Channel
CB 36(USB) 27.3650MHz Survivalist Channel
CB 37 (USB) 27.3750MHz    Prepper CB Network – AM
Freeband(USB) 27.3680MHz Survivalist Network
Freeband(USB) 27.3780MHz Prepper Channel
Freeband(USB) 27.4250MHz Survivalist Network
For the full list of frequencies, click here.


To find more communication devices and tips click here.

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Country Cream and All American Sun Oven-May Order



We are doing a group order for Country Cream Milk and All American Sun Oven. These orders are due May 4th, 2015.






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March Order: Palm Shortening and Coconut oil



This month we are doing orders for Palm Shortening and Coconut Oil. If you haven't used palm oil or coconut oil before, here is why we like it.  
  • Indefinite shelf life if stored properly
  • There are no trans fats
  • It contains a medium chain fatty acids that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • It has a high smoke point so it is great for frying
  • It can be used in any recipe that calls for oil, butter, margarine 
  • Palm shorting is tasteless so it does not change the flavor of the food
Remember that our prices include shipping! Shipping costs with Tropical Traditions is $9 for one gallon and $40 for a case!
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Palm Shortening Vs Coconut Oil

Palm shortening is derived from palm oil (read about Virgin Palm Oil here).  Palm shortening is palm oil that has some of its unsaturated fats removed, giving it a very firm texture, and high melting point. The melting point of our Organic Palm Shortening is 97 degrees F., making it very shelf stable. It is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats! It is great for deep-fat frying and baking, and is not prone to rancidity. Since it has been separated from some of the unsaturated portion of the oil, it is colorless and odorless, and will not affect the taste of foods. 
Coconut oil is also sometimes hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. This happens mostly in tropical climates, since the natural melting point of coconut oil is about 76 degrees F, and already naturally a solid in most colder climates. Since coconut oil is mostly saturated, there is little unsaturated oil left to hydrogenate. Hydrogenated oils contain trans fatty acids. Has a slight coconut taste. Use as a moisturizer for skin and hair, use to treat rashes and burns, make-up remover, mild sunscreen, and much more (read about Coconut oil here).



To learn more about coconut oil and why it is good to have in your food storage and home use check out Coconut Research Center.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: BUILD AN EDC YOU CAN BE PROUD OF

EVERY DAY CARRY 

Do you have certain items that you bring with you every day "just in case" you might need them? Most people have an emergency car kit they keep in there car all the time "just in case" but I never thought of the importance of keeping certain items with me at all times when I leave the house.
I found this awesome blog post that shares a list of Every Day Carry items that you should have. Lots of the things I already have in my purse without thinking about it (like chapstick, hand sanitizer  and permanent marker) but there was also some things I hadn't thought of. I like how they said to weave things into your homemade paracord bracelets. I showed that to my husband because he loves making them and each of our boys have there own.



1.  My Pocket Pistol – A small 9mm handgun because a good fight is one that never gets started.
4.  Paracord Wristband – Fish hook, cash, and a silver coin are woven into my homemade wristband.
5.  Lighter – to lite the chapstick! Plus, you just never know when you might need a lite.
9.  Permanent Marker – Notes to loved ones and part of my Emergency Communication Plan.
10.  Hand Sanitizer – Cleanliness is next to godliness & hand sanitizer serves as lighter fluid.
14.  Allergy & Pain Killer Medicine – Makes the day-to-day more enjoyable.

For a complete list and other EDC lists go here

Let us know what you have on your Every Day Carry list and why.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Endless Hot Water without Electricity


This engineer shows you how to build a water heater out of used parts and used a Stovetec Rocket stove (similar to a Kelly Kettle) to start the thermo siphoning process. Remember you need to have enough water stored to have excess water aside from drinking. 
What do you have in your emergency preparedness supplies for heating water?
The Sun Oven is a great source for boiling smaller amounts of water for cooking and cleaning and personal use.

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Foodie Friday: Using Canned Powdered Milk



In this post I wanted to share how to use powdered milk in your recipes.





Can I substitute powdered milk for regular?
In any recipe calling for milk, simply add the powdered milk to the other dry ingredients. Sift to blend, then add water for the milk called for in the recipe.

Whipped Evaporated Milk
1 cup water
2/3 cup Country Cream Milk
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Thoroughly chill evaporated milk. Add lemon juice and whip until staff. Sweeten and flavor as desired.

Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup Country Cream Milk
1 cup sugar

Blend thoroughly in blender. Can be stored in refrigerator or frozen.

Buttermilk or Sour Milk
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice
1/3 cup Country Cream Milk


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