Preparedness Tip Wednesday: DIY Dehydration Remedy



Rehydration recipe:
3/8 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp salt substitute
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 2/3 tbls sugar
1 liter of water

Mix well. Drink 1 tsp every 5 minutes. If you have no vomiting or diarrhea for 1 hour increase their dose.

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May Orders: Dehydrated foods in Mylar Bags and heirloom seeds

Dehydrated foods in Mylar Bags and heirloom seeds
Order Forms are due June 3rd




To see what is offered in the different variety packs go here: Survival Seeds Variety Pack





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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: DIY Solar Light

How to build a Solar light with water, a plastic bottle and house hold bleach



These only work when the sun is out but it could be very useful in the event of an emergency and there is no electricity. 
The physics of the concept are straightforward: the bottles are placed in roofs – half outside, half inside – and their lower portions refract light like 50-Watt light bulb but without the need for a power source. A few drops of bleach serve to keep the water clear, clean and germ-free for years to come.







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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: High Valued Barter Items


16 Things with High Barter Value that you might want to stockpile


We found this list online and wanted to share it with you along with some more of our own insights

Cigarettes. I hate smoking, and can’t stand being around anyone that smokes. Having said that, I recognize that in a SHTF situation many others will be cut off from their access to cigarettes, so there is plenty of barter potential.
Soap. Bars of soap, and even those little cleaning napkins/wipes that you get at the BBQ restaurants could be very valuable in a SHTF scenario. Ever see “The Book of Eli?”
Bullets. Obviously, it’s a good idea to have a decent store of ammo representing all calibers of the weapons you own. However, it is also a good idea to store extra ammo in common calibers (9mm, .22, .38, 12-guage shells, etc.) as a potential barter. After all, a gun without ammo is just an inacurate throwing object.
* I would also add although ammo will be a valuable bartering item be cautious who you barter this item with. You wouldn't want it to end up being used against you in order for the person to obtain the rest of your supplies. 
Alcohol. Alcohol could serve a variety of purposes in a SHTF situation. It is valuable as a potential bartering commodity, and it also has medicinal uses. Did you know Vodka is a great home remedy to counteract the reaction to poison ivy?
MREs. More portable and easier to barter than larger 5-gallon buckets, or even #10 cans of dried foods, MREs are great to have on hand for bartering. Keep a variety of flavors and different kinds of foods because you could be holding something that could complete a meal for a hungry person.
Our food bucket work great for this as well because they come packed in smaller serving packets.
Silver Coins. Keep in mind this doesn’t necessarily mean only silver dollars with a full ounce of silver, but even older, less expensive coins with a high silver component (the 1964 Kennedy half-dollar, for example).
Detergent. Don’t think people are interested in bartering detergent? Check out the story about the recent rash of detergent thefts across the country. Apparently, Tide detergent on the black market is now referred to as “liquid gold.” Interesting.
Water bottles. To someone in bad need of water, a water bottle could be worth its weight in gold. Remember the rule of threes: you can live three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Store accordingly.
Matches and lighters. A box of matches is relatively inexpensive, but for someone needing to build a fire a pack of matches or a lighter could be very valuable. Be sure these are stored safely, and if they are not waterproof make them so by storing in a watertight container.
Sugar. My grandfather used to tell stories of things that were in limited supply in the Great Depression. Sugar was something he often mentioned. Imagine how easily you could win over a sweet-tooth with the promise of a bag of sugar in exchange for something you are short on.
Toilet paper. This one is rather self-explanatory, isn’t it? Sure, there are substitutes for Charmin, but who wants to keep using leaves when paper feels so much better.
Water Filters/Purifiers. Water purification drops and filters could mean the difference in offering family members treated water or potentially harmful, bacteria-infested water. Who’d be willing to trade for that?
Bleach. May be used to disinfect water, or keep living quarters and soiled clothing sanitized.
Batteries. Can be used to power up flashlights, radios, and other electronic devices.
Candles. Emergency candles would be a great barter item for those in need of providing some light to their living quarters without electricity.

What other items would you add to your barter store?
Chocolate
Medical supplies (bandages, Iodine, antibacterial hand sanitizer)
Tools
Pain Medicine



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