Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Preparing for Fall

The city of Frisco Fire Department shared this on their Facebook last week:

Football. Kids returning to school. The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.
But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.
Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:
  1. Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
  2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  3. Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South.  Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
  4. Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
  5. Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm.  If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
Now that you’re weather-ready, spread the word. Tell your friends on Facebook  and Twitterthat you’re prepared for fall weather hazards such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
Your actions will inspire others to be prepared. Be a Force of Nature  to help make all of us safer.

America’s PrepareAthon!

America’s PrepareAtho
Want to help your hometown become weather-ready? Be smart, take part and prepare during America’s PrepareAthon! in September.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30.
Visit the America’s PrepareAthon web site to get helpful guides, playbooks for events and free promotional materials including banners, posters, logos, e-invites and more.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: The Best First Aid Kit 2014

It is National Preparedness month again! Today we wanted to share with you where to get the best price for...
The Best First Aid Kit 2014

The best first aid kit of 2014, decided by customer reviews, ratings and popularity, has been #1 for several years in a row – which is adding to it’s credibility.
Whenever anyone says ‘best’ or in this case,’best first aid kit’, it is entirely subjective. This particular kit while not designed for professional EMS, is apparently designed and priced for typical use by the average Joe – while providing more value than other similar kits.
This kit weighs less that lbs.     Has an infinite shelf life

List of Contents:
  • 32 Certi-Strips (1" x 3" )
  • 6 Extra Large Certi-Strips (2" x 3")
  • 9 Heavy Weight Woven Fingertip and Knuckle Certi-Strips
  • 4 Certi-Gauze Pads (3" x 3")
  • 1 Ace Style Bandage (2" x 5 yd.)
  • 1 Triangular Bandage w/ 2 Pins
  • 1 Absorbent Compress (32" Square)
  • 1 Certi-Tape - Medical Tape (1/2" x 2.5 yd. )
  • 5 Cotton Swabs (3")
  • 10 Certi-Sporyn Packets (1 gm.)
  • 10 Antiseptic BZK Towelettes (5” x 7”)
  • 6 Certi-Burn Cream Packets (1 gm.)
  • 2 Insect Sting Wipe-Ups (1” x 2”)
  • 1 Save-A-Tooth (Tooth Preserving System)
  • 1 CPRotector (CPR barrier)
  • 1 Certi-Lancet (Blister And Splinter Relief)
  • 2 Pairs Of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 Foil Rescue Blanket (52” x 84”)
  • 1 Instant Cold Pack (5” x 7”)
  • 1 Wood Splint (6”)
  • 1 Green Glow Stick (6”)
  • 1 Certi-Cet - Acetametophen (2 ct.)
  • 1 Certi-Profen - Ibuprofen (2 ct.)
  • 1 First Aid Facts Guide
The Complete First Aid Kit
The Complete First Aid Kit is a comprehensive kit containing everything you need to keep your home or office prepared for an emergency including many innovative products like Save-A-Tooth. The products inside are stored in unitized boxes to cut down on mess, and the box has a waterproof seal to prevent humidity or moisture damage. The Complete First Aid Kit is made in the USA in a 510k regulated facility ensuring a safe, ethical, high quality product.

CFAK is manufactured in a 510K regulated factory using genuine American labor.

CFAK contains a 23 different medical products to keep you prepared for anything.

Rubber seal eliminates humidity damage. The kit can be mounted to any wall using the molded eyelets.

CFAK includes innovative products like Save-A-Tooth (a $24.95 Value) and CPRotector (a $8.95 value)

CFAK products are very well made. As An example, we use pressed gauze which will not stick to blood.

Unitized boxes make it easier to find what you need and cut down on mess after use.
The focus of most first aid kit companies is packing as many cheap pieces in as possible. The Complete First Aid Kit is focused on giving the widest variety of products and having quantities for each that will work in harmony. This kit is a great addition to any home, office or car as it contains such a comprehensive set of supplies. Buying this kit also comes with access to a website that gives instructions for using every part of the kit making preparation easy and convenient.

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Foodie Friday: Using Whole Wheat Flour

*Tips*:  Using Whole Wheat Flour

  • Use when in recipes your family already likes, so it is not totally unfamiliar and you know your family will eat it.
  • Try wheat in desserts first--who can durn down a cookie?
  • Don't feel you have to use 100% whole wheat flour. Half white and half wheat gives excellent results.
  • when substituting whole wheat flour for white in your favorite recipes, remember:
  1. Wheat flour is heavier than white flour and needs more leavening.
  2. In yeast breads, use more yeast and let it rise longer.
  3. In recipes that use baking powder for leavening, increase baking powder by 1 tsp. for each 3 cups of whole wheat flour.
  4. Recipes using baking soda do not need to be adjusted.

Here is one of our families favorite breakfast recipes and alterations to use items from your food storage and subsitiute Whole Wheat Flour.

German Pancakes
6 eggs (dry whole egg powder and an equal amount of water)
1 cup milk (try using Country Cream Milk)
1 cup flour (whole wheat or unbleached white flour)
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix well with beaters. Pour onto well-oiled 9x13 pan (try using palm-shortening oil). Bake for 15 minutes. Top with Vanilla Syrup and serve hot.

Vanilla Syrup

1 cube butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter in a heat safe container*. Add sugar and butter and heat until sugar is dissolved (about 45 seconds in a microwave). Add baking soda and heat for 15 more seconds. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

*melt in microwave, stove top, in a Sun Oven, or any other food safe heat source


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 5 Tornado prep tips

5 Tornado Preparedness Tips

  1. Bring back the old school technology: a hand crank radio. It’s so easy to rely on your television reports, your phone, your laptop and now even your tablet to look up the latest information. But, those all need an outlet. If your cell phone is your operating “landline,” purchase solar powered charging mat such as this one or this one
  2. Place items in convenient places and always remember to have good, hiking shoes on hand. When interviewed by the Dodge Globe Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Jeff Hutton, said shoes were one of the most important items to have. Why? “If your house is damaged, you may have to step on glass and other debris. Having some kind of footwear is essential.”
  3. Helmets: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed wearing a helmet, specifically during tornadoes. -Any helmet will work...but here are a few examples; football helmets, bicycle helmets, or motorcycle helmets.
  4. Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the nonprofit social investment bank and financial literacy advocate Operation HOPE. The kit’s main recommendation is that  you store originals of pertinent records like birth certificates, social security cards, and even your mortgage or real estate deeds in a fireproof and waterproof metal box or safe. As a back up, store them on a portable hard drive or a flash drive. Read more here.
  5. FEMA’s basic emergency supply kit: includes a gallon of water for each person/day; a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a weather radio with alert; flashlight; if you don't get solar powered make sure you get batteries for the radio and flashlight; first aid kit; whistle (to signal for help); dust mask; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench/pliers to turn off utilities; can opener for canned food; and local maps. Click here for more information.


Foodie Friday: Eating Well with Forged Foods

SHFT Preparedness shared this posts about foraged foods and we wanted to share it with our readers.

When we think of survival food, there are some standard meals that often come to mind: MREs, wild berries and roots, and wild-caught fish. It’s not the kind of spread that would impress your mother-in-law, that’s for sure. Well, I’m writing this to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! You can eat well with the food you’ve got on hand, even if it’s the kind of food you found under a rock in your backyard.
I think, in any survival situation, varied and interesting meals are a lot more important than you’d think. What would sap your desire to live more than having to eat dehydrated apple pie day-in and day-out? If that’s what I’d have to look forward to during the zombie apocalypse, I’m gonna take my chances with the zombies.
The following are some great recipes that are easy to put together with foraged foods, listed in order from easiest to most complicated. Yes, eventually dandelion jelly might feel like a luxury, but trust me – it’s a luxury that’s worth the effort.

Acorn Griddlecakes

Did you know that you can easily process acorns into flour? It takes a bit of work, but by using techniques that have been refined for centuries by First Nations people, you can have a great supply of nutritious, protein-rich flour to use for everything from bread to gravy. For a great primer on cold-leaching your acorns to make flour, check out this informative post.
Acorn griddlecakes are incredibly easy to make, and you can scale this recipe up if you’d like to. Just take 2 cups of acorn flour and add ½ tsp salt and ¾ cup of water. Mix it up into a batter and put it aside for an hour to solidify. Heat up a pan with a pat of butter or lard, then pour about a half cup of batter onto it once it’s hot. Brown the cakes on both sides like you would with pancakes.

Refried Hopniss

Hopniss is a plant that seems like it’s half-potato, half-legume. Fittingly, its nickname is “potato bean.” Both its beans and tubers are edible, though personally I think the tuber is the best part. When young, the tubers are oval-shaped and light yellow in color, with thin skins that are easy to peel.

Dandelion Jelly

Once your dandelions blossom in the late spring, harvest about 4 cups of the flowers. (You might have to ask your neighbors if you can steal their blossoms, too!) Separate the petals from their green bases with some sharp scissors, then pour boiling hot water over the petals and steep them for a few hours. Then, strain the liquid through a fine mesh colander or coffee filter. Boil the liquid with lemon juice and sugar to taste, then add a box of pectin. Let it boil for about two more minutes. It tends to become a murky yellow-green, which I prefer because it feels more au naturale. Distribute the mixture into sterilized jars, then seal and share with your loved ones.
Soleil Ho works for Knife Depot, and writes on a wide range of topics related to practical survival skills: using wild edibles, shopping for survival knives, foraging, field preparation of game, and more.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Every Needful Thing

Sun Oven has a monthly newsletter that has some awesome tips. recipes and recourses that we have found very useful and a great recourse for survival. Check out their archive of newsletters to find helpful tips.

July 2014 issue has great tips on Wildfire season and what to do during a wild fire, Alternative Grains,
June 2014 issue has information on rotating stored water, recovering from a flood and a recipe for Sun Over Adobo chicken
May 2014 issue teaches how to be water smart, make your own cheese, grow a sustainable garden, raising rabbits for protein recourse and more

There are 39 past issues to go through and you can subscribe to get a new newsletter each month! Check them all out at


INTRODUCING....Foodie Friday, Recipes using Food Storage

We decided to start sharing recipes of food you can make with Food Storage items. We have shared a few recipes in the past and we have had some requests for more so we decided we would try to make it a weekly thing, so we are introducing...

We are gonna kick off the recipes with a food storage casserole from My Foodstorage Cookbook called Kids Love It Casserole.

serves 8-10
Prep time:  20 minutes
2 cups ground beef
3/4 cup freeze dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
2 1/2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups freeze dried spinach (*see note)
3/4 cup freeze dried cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the full recipe and tips for making this casserole go to My Food Storage Cookbook's page.

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