Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters

Due to the current weather situation with Hurricane Sandy we are doing Preparedness Tips Wednesday on Monday...I hope you guys don't mind.

I just talked to family that lives in Pennsylvania. They are suppose to be hit by Hurricane Sandy. They said the stores are all out of food and supplies. They are not allowed to drive anywhere and they know that they will be without power for a minimum of one week but are told to expect 3 weeks. Are you prepared to sustain yourself in the event of an emergency for a long period of time?

Remember that you need electricity to run your refrigerator so all the perishable food items will go bad quickly without the use of your fridge and freezer! How will you cook your food without the use of your oven/stove/microwave? If you have kids or pets you don't want to have an open fire that they can access. A Sun Oven is the perfect way to cook, boil, steam, dry or dehydrate whatever you need!

Check out our posts on the benefits of having a Sun Oven and how to use them HERE
You can order a Sun Oven at an amazing price HERE

For the best prices on Dehydrated meals in a bucket click HERE
To order the new Everest Mountain Freeze Dried foods with REAL Meat click HERE
HERE is another post you might like


Cooking Essentials Series Part 8

Baking Bread in a Sun Oven

Learn how to bake bread with the power of the sun in a Sun Oven. Tips on how to get perfectly browned bread every time.


Cooking Essentials Series Part 7

Focusing a Sun Oven

Learn how to focus a Sun Oven to achieve the highest temperature. See how easy it is to keep a Sun Oven aligned with the sun.


Cooking Essentials Series Part 6

Hard Boiled Eggs Without Water 

Learn how to hard boil eggs in a Sun Oven without any water. See how easily a freshly laid egg is when it is boiled without water in a Sun Oven.


The Collapse of Civilization: A Doctor’s Thoughts

After reading THIS article I thought it was a very important topic to share with all of our readers who are trying to get prepared in the event of an emergency.

"After gathering food and building a shelter, most people in the preparedness community consider personal and home defense to be the next priority in the event that our civilization collapses. Certainly, defending oneself is important; you will have to be prepared to defend your life, but have you thought about preparing to defend your health?

In a situation where power might be down and normal methods of filtering water and cleaning food for the table don't exist, your health is as much under attack as the survivors in a zombie apocalypse movie! Infectious diseases, such as dysentery, will be rampant in situations where it will be a challenge to maintain sanitary conditions. Simple shores, such as chopping wood, may lead to minor cuts that could get infected and, if left untreated, become life-threatening. In the Civil War, a lot more soldiers died from infectious disease that battlefield wounds.

It's important to know that there are illnesses that will be difficult to treat if modern medical facilities aren't available. It will be hard to do much about those clogged coronary arteries; there won't be cardiac bypasses preformed. However, by eating healthily and exercising, you will give yourself the best chance to avoid or minimize some major medical issues. In a collapse situation, an ounce of prevention is worth, not a pound, but a ton of cure. That goes for dental health, too. 

When I say to obtain medical knowledge, I am also encouraging you to learn about natural remedies and alternative therapies that may have some benefit for your particular medical problem. I cannot vouch for the effectiveness of every claim that one thing or another will cure what ails you; suffice it to say, that our family has an extensive medicinal herb garden and that it might be a good idea for your family to have one, also. Many herbs that have medicinal properties don't need full sun or premium soil; most of them grow like weeds, so a green thumb is not a prerequisite for success."


Almost half of the people that live in American take at least one prescription drug medication for a verity of different reasons. Now imagine what will happen when those drugs are no longer available! Some people could continue on with their day to day lives but for a lot of people this could mean BIG problems! While your first aid kit should cover basic pain relief with aspirin, antihistamine and antacid, keep an emergency supply of perscription medications for each family member (and instructions) in your personalized medicine kit. Remember to update and rotate these medicines as necessary. Also, don't forget inhalers or EpiPens, if needed. 

To read Dr. Bone's full article go to HERE


DALLAS DEAL, Living Social: Garden Inspirations Two-Hour Canning and Preservation Class

Maybe your efforts at cultivating a vegetable garden paid off in spades—or that CSA you joined yielded more bounty than you can use. Dig into today's fresh deal from Garden Inspirations, and harness that harvest: Pay $20 for a two-hour canning and preservation class (a $45 value). Waxahachie farmgirls Donnelle and Marilyn Simmons tell you plenty about canning, pickling, and jammin' the fruits (and veggies) of your labor in this engaging workshop. The mother-daughter duo might teach you the art of pressure cooking or give you the down-low on dehydration depending on what produce crops up around class time, and the intimate class format allows you to hear their expertise and take home the jar of whatever you make. Taught in the Simmons' living room, this class can help you say "yes, I can," to extending the life of all your garden-fresh greens.
Want more? Check out Garden Inspirations on Facebook.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Car Kit

Welcome back to Preparedness Tip Wednesday where we share a tip with you to help you get prepared in case of an emergency. For other Preparedness Tips check HERE and HERE.
I found this post on Pinterest and I thought it was important enough to re-post it for all of you to read. 

Everyone knows that having food and water storage is crucial in the event of an emergency, but gas storage is of almost equal importance. I always stress the importance of never letting your gas tank get below the half way mark, it cost the same to fill up the top half of the tank as it does to fill up the bottom half. If you live by that you’ll be grateful that you have that fuel if you need to bug out and gas is hard (or impossible/expensive) to come by.
"Even if you do keep your gas tank full (or near full) at all times, you may need more gas than your tank will hold if you need to get out of Dodge to your designated bug out location or your pre-arranged stay with an out-of-town friend or relative. This is one reason it is so important to have a number of filled gas cans ready to use...
Plastic gas cans or “Jerry Jugs” are readily available, and cost a lot less than metal cans. DO NOT store gasoline in containers that are not intended for that purpose!

5 gallon plastic gas can
Five-gallon cans are recommended. Gasoline weighs a little over 6 lbs at 72 degrees F (slightly more at colder temperatures) so a 5 gallon container will weigh a little over 30 lbs, which is fairly manageable to carry around with you.
How much gas you should keep on hand is largely dependent on how much space you have to store it. There’s only so many cans that you’ll be able to fit in your vehicle along with your other essential items. Store as much as you can, but not to the detriment of food, water and other vital supplies.

Hey looters! Come and get it!
It’s important to note that gas will become a valuable barter item in a post-collapse scenario, but it will also make you a target for thieves and looters. So make sure you keep your gas reserves stowed away out of sight. If your plan is to strap your gas cans to the roof or outside of your vehicle, you might as well put a sign on your car that says “Free Gas”, because that’s ostensibly what you’re doing. If you’re carrying gas in the back of a pickup truck, keep it covered with a tarp, or better still, put a lockable cap/camper shell on the back of your truck to protect your belongings. This won’t completely stop a determined thief from stealing your gear, but it could deter him or delay him long enough for you to do something about it.
Proper gas storage practices are essential for safety as well as keeping your gas stable and viable for a maximum length of time. A properly sealed can that is designed for storing gasoline should not leak vapor, but it’s still recommended that you store gas in a well ventilated area. Keeping the gas can out of the sun and excessive heat will minimize the expansion and contraction of the can. Add a fuel stabilizing product like STA-BIL or PRI-G (PRI-D for diesel) to the gas for long term storage and it will keep the gas fresh for 12 months. Just as with food and water storage, make sure to mark the cans with the storage date (the date that the fuel stabilizer was added). As your gas storage approaches the 12 month mark, pour it into your gas tank and refill the can with fresh gas.
So don’t neglect storing gas in your preparedness plan. Even if nothing disastrous happens, with the way gas prices have been fluctuating over the last year, buying gas while prices are relatively low means you won’t get pinched as hard when that roller coaster peaks again.
As a final note, make sure to check with your local fire department about any fuel storage regulations in your area."
-Thanks Survival and Beyond

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