Ten Minute Challenge

Two families take the Ten Minute Challenge to see if they can evacuate their homes in just ten minutes. Erica and Jason Bish have prepared ahead of time and know what to pack and who will do it. Alex and Steve Gorman have not. The Insurance Information Institute says the key is to plan ahead. Gather insurance policies, wills and deeds, marriage licenses, home inventory and other financial documents in one place. Be sure to pack medicines, toiletries, and clothing for three days. Families should ask themselves "If I had just ten minutes to get out, what would I take?"

Make a list of the things that you need to take with you in order of priority. The bottom of your list  you can add things that are wants. Then make assignments to everyone in the household of what they are in charge on. Here is a link to my family's evacuation plan to give you an idea.


March is Country Cream Milk and Palm Shorting Month. Orders Due March, 25th

March's Group order is for Country Cream Powdered Milk and Palm Shorting March 25th 

Country Cream Powered Milk:

I have attached a brochure and an order form for you to pass along. Please include your email address as many times we get orders with no way to let the people know when the order is in.

The Regular and Chocolate Country Cream milks are $15.99 each or $89.99 per case including shipping. The MilQ Milk Alternative for Regular and Chocolate are $14.99 each or $79.99 per case including shipping. 

Let us know if you have any questions about the milk!

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With food prices on the rise, we are excited to continue to still offer the organic Palm Shortening at $30.00 per gallon delivered to Texas. This is a great oil for your storage program (see below for more information). Find attached an order form and get your orders in by March 25th, 2013.

Organic Palm Shortening
Trans Fat Free!

What is Palm Shortening?
Palm shortening is derived from palm oil. In its natural state, palm oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, with most of the unsaturated fat being monounsaturated fat. 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!

Palm Oil : The Number 1 Dietary Oil for the rest of the World
Although scarcely used in the US any longer, palm oil is the most heavily consumed dietary oil in the world after soybean oil. If one were to exclude the US where most of the world’s soybean oil is consumed, palm oil would be the most popular dietary oil in the world. Palm oil traditionally has been used for baking, shortenings, margarines and deep fat frying, as it is shelf stable with a high melting point and does NOT require hydrogenation. Therefore, it contains no trans fatty acids. Saturated fats, such as tropical oils like palm and coconut, as well as butter, have traditionally been considered healthy fats and oils. In modern history, commercial interests have condemned saturated fats and replaced them in the American diet with polyunsaturated fats that are hydrogenised and contain trans fatty acids, which most people now consider harmful. These trans fatty acids were banned in some European countries as early as 2004, and food label laws in the US just forced manufacturers to list trans fats in their products last year. Some cities in the US are now banning trans fats in restaurants as well.

The reason I found the palm shortening was my frustration in having to throw away a bunch of vegetable oil in my storage because it had all gone rancid. I thought that there must be something that would have a longer shelf life, but be healthy (unlike Crisco). That is when I learned about palm shortening. Palm kernel oil is the most widely used cooking oil in the world. However palm kernel oil is a combination of saturated and unsaturated fats. It is the unsaturated fats that have the short shelf life as they are easily oxidized (turn rancid). So the manufacturer takes the palm kernel oil and separates the saturated fat from the unsaturated fat and the saturated fat becomes Palm Shortening. Saturated fats are very stable and do not oxidize (turn rancid) easily if at all. So the palm shortening, if unopened and kept in a dark spot at room temperature has an indefinite shelf life.Once opened it has a 2-3 year shelf life. That is perfect for food storage. Besides the shelf stability, palm shortening contains medium chain fatty acids that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. The latest research shows that there is no link between the consumption of natural (made by nature) saturated fats and heart disease (research available on request) Palm shortening can be used in any recipe that calls for oil, butter or margarine. It is tasteless so it does not change the flavors of foods and it also has a very high smoke point so it is great for frying. It is the perfect oil for storage.

For information on cooking with Palm Shorting Oil go HERE

Print out this form to mail in your order.

For a quick and easy checkout, you can pay with a credit or debit card or with PayPal. However there is an additional $1.17 credit card processing fee.

Click on the button below to place your order online!


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 15 Tips from FEMA Part 2

15 Preparedness Tips from FEMA Part 2

Preparedness Tip #9Practice. Conduct fire drills and practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are blocked or gridlocked. Practice earthquake and tornado drills at home, school and work. Commit a weekend to update telephone numbers, emergency supplies and review your plan with everyone.
Preparedness Tip #10
  • A community working together during an emergency makes sense.
  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.
  • Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis.
  • Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
  • Make back-up plans for children in case you can’t get home in an emergency.
  • Sharing plans and communicating in advance is a good strategy
Preparedness Tip #11What if disaster strikes while you’re at work?  Do you know the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace?  While many companies have been more alert and pro-active in preparing for disasters of all types since the September 11, 2001 attacks, a national survey indicates that many employees still don’t know what their workplace plan is for major or minor disasters. If you don’t know yours, make a point to ask. Know multiple ways to exit your building, participate in workplace evacuation drills, and consider keeping some emergency supplies at the office. Visit www.ready.gov and click on Ready Business for more information about business preparedness.
Preparedness Tip #12You should keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days. Build an emergency supply kit to take with you in an evacuation. The basics to stock in your portable kit include: water, food, battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first aid supplies, change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bag, wrench or pliers, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, trash bags, map, a manual can opener for canned food and special items for infants, elderly, the sick or people with disabilities. Keep these items in an easy to carry container such as a covered trash container, a large backpack, or a duffle bag.
Preparedness Tip #13Preparing for emergencies needn’t be expensive if you’re thinking ahead and buying small quantities at a time. Make a list of some foods that:
  • Have a long shelf-life and will not spoil (non-perishable).
  • You and your family like.
  • Do not require cooking.
  • Can be easily stored.
  • Have a low salt content as salty foods will make you more thirsty.
Keep the list in your purse or wallet and pick up a few items each time you’re shopping and/or see a sale until you have built up a well-stocked supply that can sustain each member of your family for at least three days following an emergency.
Preparedness Tip #14Take a minute to check your family’s first aid kit, and note any depleted items — then, add them to your shopping list. Don’t have a first aid kit? Add that to the list or build a kit yourself.  Just add the following items to your shopping list and assemble a first aid kit. Consider creating a kit for each vehicle as well:
  • First Aid Kits – Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing
  • conforming roller gauze bandage
  • triangular bandages
  • 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads
  • 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads
  • roll 3″ cohesive bandage
  • germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • (6) antiseptic wipes
  • pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape, 2″ width
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Scissors (small, personal)
  • Tweezers
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
  • First Aid Manual
  • Non-Prescription and Prescription Drugs
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Prescription drugs, as recommended by your physician, and copies of the prescriptions in case they need to be replaced
  • For more information about first aid kits, visit www.redcross.org.

Preparedness Tip #15Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person. Store a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation). Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and strenuous activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and people who are sick will also need more.


2012 Order Schedule

Order Schedule

March: Palm Shortening & Country
Cream Milk
DUE: MARCH 25, 2013
May: Dehydrated Meals in Mylar
June: Sun Ovens
Aug:  Palm Shortening
Oct: Dehydrated Meals in Mylar
Nov:  Country Cream Milk
Jan:   Family Grain Mill Grinders
(Jan. 2014)


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 15 Preparedness Tips from FEMA Part 1

15 Preparedness Tips from FEMA Part 1
Preparedness Tip #1Take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly.  What are the best escape routes from your home?  Find at least two ways out of each room.  Now, write it down — you’ve got the beginning of a plan.
Preparedness Tip #2Pick a place to meet after a disaster.  Designate two meeting places.  Choose one right outside your home, in case of a sudden household emergency, such as a fire. The second place you choose needs to be outside your neighborhood, in the event that it is not safe to stay near or return to your home.
Preparedness Tip #3Choose an emergency contact person outside your area because it may be easier to call long distance than locally after a local/regional disaster. Take a minute now to call or e-mail an out-of-town friend or family member to ask him or her to be your family’s designated contact in the event of an emergency. Be sure to share the contact’s phone number with everyone in the family. During an emergency, you can call your contact who can share with other family members where you are; how you are doing; and how to get in contact with you.
Preparedness Tip #4Complete an emergency contact card and make copies for each member of your family to carry with them. Be sure to include an out-of-town contact on your contact card. It may be easier to reach someone out of town if local phone lines are out of service or overloaded. You should also have at least one traditionally wired landline phone, as cordless or cellular phones may not work in an emergency. Visitwww.redcross.org or www.ready.gov for sample emergency contact cards.
Preparedness Tip #5Dogs may be man’s best friend, but due to health regulations, most emergency shelters cannot house animals. Find out in advance how to care for your pets and working animals when disaster strikes. Pets should not be left behind, but could be taken to a veterinary office, family member’s home or animal shelter during an emergency.  Also be sure to store extra food and water for pets. For more information, visit  the  Animal Safety section onwww.redcross.org or visit the Humane Society Web site at www.hsus.org
Preparedness Tip #6Go through your calendar now, and put a reminder on it — every six months — to review your plan, update numbers, and check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled, or changed. Also remember to practice your tornado, fire escape or other disaster plans.
Preparedness Tip #7Check your child’s school Web site or call the school office to request a copy of the school’s emergency plan. Keep a copy at home and work or other places where you spend a lot of your time and make sure the school’s plan is incorporated into your family’s emergency plan.  Also, learn about the disaster plans at your workplace or other places where you and your family spend time.
Preparedness Tip #8Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for help.  Post these and other emergency telephone numbers by telephones.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Navigating in the Dark

I saw this on Homesteading Self Sufficiency Survival and I thought it was a great idea! Glow In The Dark Materials For Guidance In Low Light Or Darkness

A quick and simple method for ensuring your ability to navigate in case of sudden power outages, emergencies, low light conditions that are dangerous or problematic and not easily fixed or even just in case of solar or alternative / off-grid power failures time to time - one can simply use glow in the dark materials. By either using glow in the dark tape or mixing glow in the dark powder with an epoxy or clear coat, one can illuminate or point out the edges of walls, doorways, walkways, staircases, low ceiling points, directional arrows for navigation in the darkness, etc.

You can find excellent glow in the dark marking tape here:
6 hour: http://amzn.to/WTj67W
10 hour: http://amzn.to/X9H3pO
24 hour!: http://amzn.to/Tes9SN

A good long lasting glow in the dark powder for mixing with clear coats, epoxy or paint can be found here:

Here are misc glow in the dark materials including arrows, etc - all 10 hour glow times:

And with the recent advances in glow in the dark materials, the standard green lighting will last anywhere from 6 to even a full 24 hours! More than enough time to even outlast the darkness of night! And with 15-30 minute charge times, these materials can even be used to line or aid in navigating underground storage, cellars or basements on solar lighting that is switched on for only 15 or so minutes at a time, making the room or area fully navigable while saving a lot of power for more useful things like cooking or refrigeration!

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