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Well, now I know not to prep for a direct overhead nuclear hit! Whew! Humor aside though, the general themes are great. A major push of civil defense in those days was having everyone prepared. Every single man, woman and child. Each was to know their role and how to react no matter where they stood the moment the emergency began. Take a look at the National Civil Defense Pattern:
"Should you happen to be one of the unlucky people right under the bomb, there is practically no hope of living through it."
1) The Individual - Calm and well trained
2) The Family - the base of organized self protection
4) Community - Puts civil defense into action immediately
5) Nearby Cities - move in aid as needed
6) Federal Government - Furnishes aid and supplies if needed
It starts with the individual - calm and well trained. Perfect. Then permeates to the family working together. Then the community coming together, then communities working together, and then finally and IF needed, the government. If being the keyword there. Compare that to modern day where you can basically guarantee immediate panic and complete reliance on government agencies.
Another nugget of simple wisdom I enjoyed from the concluding pages of Survival under attack:
"If you follow the pointers in this little booklet, you stand far better than an even chance of surviving the bomb's blast, heat, and radioactivity. What's more, you will make a definite contribution to civil defense in your community, because civil defense must start with you. But if you lose your head and blindly attempt to run from the dangers, you may touch off a panic that will cost your life and put tremendous obstacles in the way of your Civil Defense Corps."
Well said! In my training days as part of our local Search and Rescue team we were constantly drilled that we must always be conscious of our actions and abilities. If we were not able to operate at 100%, we were to voluntarily pull ourselves out of the operation. Keep your head on and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
And the last nugget for today:
"Civil Defense is everybody's business" - AKA - Everyone should be a Prepper. I couldn't agree more. You may enjoy poking through the following resources.
United States Dept of Civil Defense - Survival under Atomic Attack PDF
United States Dept of Civil Defense - Fallout Protection PDF
Federal Civil Defense Administration - A Day Called X - A 1957 film production about the evacuation of Portland. (27 min - grab some popcorn and enjoy this gem!)
This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
I don't post many casting calls here, but this one seems to target those who may want to put their survival skills to the test.
So I'm thinking I need to beef up my exit strategies. Should the main route be blocked or busy, what next? Do I just sit there in traffic like everyone else and wait for whatever to hit? I don't think so. I need to escape my escape plan. On to Plan B.
Next time your bored at lunch break, think through your exit scenario(s). Where are the bottlenecks? Where could the strategy break down? Think about who or what is going to get in your way? Then consider how you can alter the plan if you need to - to avoid the crowds and the man made glitches. Often the answer takes just a little more creative planning. If your plan B involves some 4 x 4 'ing, you may want to go for a leisurely stroll and case out the route to make sure there are no large boulders to bring an abrupt end to your joyride. If your plan involves ditching the vehicle, you may want to consider relocating your bug out bags (or placing a second set) just past where you foresee the bottleneck.
Whatever your scenario may be, think about the plan b. You just never know when you might need to escape your escape plan.
This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
A self Sufficient Woman
Inside of every female, is a Self-Sufficient Woman. Whether she knows it or not, the potential is there. A prime example is the fact that her body has the power to provide everything it needs to sustain and grow another human life. When it comes to living in a world that is growing ever more dependent upon others to survive, self-sufficient women will prosper because of the lifestyle they have chosen. Preparing more in all aspects of your life is a common theme that is followed by self-sufficient women. In a lot of ways, how self-sufficient and prepared you are can speak volumes about who you are.
Self-Sufficient Women Are GardenersThere are many obvious benefits as to why someone would want to grow a garden. Whether it's for the stress relief, a hobby or a family outdoor activity, there are many advantages to gardening. Self-Sufficient women often supply their own families with home-grown fruits and vegetables. A concern for health and nutrition is deeply tied with growing a garden. Not only are they providers of good healthy foods and nutrition, they benefit from the exercise, the calming effects and the creativity that gardening offers.
Self-Sufficient Women Are Financial PlannersMost people have been in stuck in that scary boat where they ask themselves, do I pay the car payment or the credit card bill this month? Women who are self-sufficient tend to stay out of debt and stockpile cash for emergencies. Investing in gold and silver is also a common practice to protect themselves from inflation. Making purchases with cash, saving money and preparing for financial burdens proves that self-sufficient women are planners, frugal and smart. It also says a lot about their self-control and discipline. Becoming materialistic or keeping up with the Joneses is not a concern for self-sufficient women.
Self-Sufficient Women Get Off The GridBecause being self-sufficient tends to mean, providing for all your needs possible, it often includes relying upon yourself for energy and power. This can range from wind turbines, solar panels, a well for a water source etc. Sometimes a place is purchased out in the boondocks which can be referred to as their retreat or safe place. This safe place can be used as an emergency living for when a natural disaster happens or just for the simplicity of privacy. Self-sufficient women prepare more and panic less.
Self-Sufficient Women Have Emergency PreparationsBeing concerned with the welfare of yourself and your family is a responsibility that self-sufficient women bear well. Because they are pro-active creatures, nothing gets past them. Stocking up on water, food, safety and security measures are top priorities for them. They comprehend that it's better to be well-prepared than ill-prepared. Food storage can consist of foods they canned or dehydrated from the produce from their gardens. A supply of fuel is always kept stored on hand and because self-sufficient women own firearms like a practical 9mm for security and protection, she will stock up on 9mm ammo.
Self-Sufficient women live a lifestyle that focuses on all elements of life that they depend on to not only survive, but to flourish in whatever conditions life throws at them. They're realists as they look at life boldly and courageously perform the tasks needed to be self-sufficient. They're creative and can find a use for everything. They're passionate about the way they want to live and they never give up. They travel the road less traveled on and they do not shun away when things get tough. Self-sufficient women see a beauty in life that is worth experiencing and in it, they are the ones that experience true freedom. There's few things better in life than no debt, a pantry stocked with food and supplies and a backyard ripe for harvest. A sense of pride is well deserved in a self-sufficient lifestyle. There's beautiful simplicity in a self-sufficient woman.
- Tuesday - the city issued a statement saying they were having trouble with the water plant keeping up, and asking residents to conserve water.
- Tuesday 3:20pm - the City figures things were under control as the water plant was catching up.
- Wednesday 8:30 am - City was asking residents to conserve water for another 24 hours.
- Wednesday 10:15am - the attitude changes, City is declaring a water emergency as the water plant completely shuts down.
- Wednesday 11:15am - local state of emergency declared due to critical water storage situation. City declares it only has an 8 hour water supply at normal usage.
- Wednesday noon - City asks residents not to hoard water, no dishwashing or clothes washing, only cooking and drinking.
- Wednesday 4pm - Boil water order is issued, City water is no longer drinkable, City's ability to provide fire suppression is at risk.
- Thursday 2pm - Boil water order still in effect
What I find interesting is how quickly the situation deteriorated, and our inability as a general population to navigate the unexpected. I'm sure workers at the City of Lethbridge are doing everything they can to remedy the situation. I'm also aware that money does not grow on trees, so every municipality can't build infinite water storage or treatment facilities, so I am by no means pointing any fingers. Nature happens.
The point to highlight and bold here in this situation is the government cannot predict and prepare for every situation possible - they just can't. We shouldn't expect them to, and frankly I don't want them to. And that's the whole reason why we as preppers exist and why more people should think twice about having some storage. It only took two hours from the time the water plant shut down in Lethbridge until the time the city issued a Do Not Hoard statement. Why? Because every single person was filling their bathtub and the water supply was taking a double hit.
Please take this unfortunate situation as a reminder to yourself, and pass it along to those you care about as well. Get some water storage happening in your home in whatever way you can. Get a big tank, or lots of little ones and FILL THEM UP. This is for all of you who have bought a Super Tanker from us and it's still sitting empty in your garage - fill it up! Then extend your water abilities by getting some filtration/purification. That could be some Lifesaver water bottles, an AquaPail or AquaBrick, or some Aquatabs. Lots of aqua there, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Just do yourself a favor and take this as a hint. Then when the snow melts too fast in your area for the local plant to keep up, you'll be ready.
This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
A Few Tips on How to Make your Camping Trip a Bit more Comfortable
Camping combines all of the best parts of sleeping on the ground, getting eaten by insects, and pooping outdoors. However, despite the fact that most of our ancestors got over “the call of the wild” about ten thousand years ago, nearly 50 million Americans annually decide to toss aside millennia of technological advancement, all for the opportunity rough-it outside and eat charred potatoes out of blackened tin foil. Hey, what can you do? Camping is an American tradition. Unfortunately, what many campers don’t realize until they’re hacking away at the frozen ground with a camping shovel while the pressure in their bowles slowly increases, is that the tradition itself is based almost entirely on discomfort. Discomfort is really what defines camping, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ideas on how you can make getting out in the rough go a little bit more smoothly.
1. Dress for successHaving lived for generations in the comforting embrace of internal climate control, many of us don’t really appreciate just how extreme the elements can get. Fortunately, all it takes is a night curled up in a shivering, frost-covered ball, or a day swooning from heat exhaustion to really drive the point home. Before you head out into the wilderness, check the weather forecast. See what the temperatures are supposed to be, and be sure dress appropriately. A pair of thick socks or heated fleece mittens could potentially mean the difference between a weekend spent in a tent and a weekend spent in your own private hell. Also, be sure to prepare for the worst. Even if the weather is expected to be nice, make sure to bring a warm, waterproof coat. Also, a pair of waterproof boots and several changes of socks are a must. Oh, and never leave home without waterproof matches, because it’s easier to stay warm and dry when you’ve got a fire going.
2. Location, location, locationSometimes, people who claim to hate camping actually mean that they hate camping in a specific spot. While you’re planning your trip, be sure to take location into account. Find out a few things early on, such as the availability of utilities such as water, bathrooms, or electrical outlets. Familiarize yourself with local plant and animal life, making special notes of any that are dangerous, or ones to which you may have allergies. Check for online reviews of the campsites, and determine how crowded the area is likely to be. Also, take travel time into consideration; if you use up all of your patience just getting there, then you won’t have any left over to deal with the camping itself.
3. You are what you eatCamping-food always seems like it’s going to be better than it actually is, but once you sink your teeth into the half-frozen, half- charred insides of a hotdog cooked on a stick, the reality of your situation quickly becomes apparent. Don’t just pack the kind of camping food that you always grew up eating; instead, get creative and come up with some meals that will be easy to pack, but still pack a punch in the flavor department. Do some research and see which of your favorite meals you could potentially put together over a cooking stove. Alternately, you could make a unique foil-dinner, by picking up a few of your favorite fast-food items and wrapping them up for easy reheating once evening rolls around (just remember, things like soft-tacos and chicken-nuggets work a lot better than hamburgers). Or, consider pulling a few dehydrated or freeze-dried meals out of your home’s emergency food storage for easy-to-prepare meals that are also nutritious.
4. Sleep it offMost of us have very specific sleeping circumstances that we seldom deviate from. And, for most of us, sticking with those preferences while camping is completely impossible. As such, you’ll need to know what kinds of things are likely to prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, so you can prepare for them. If you’re sensitive to hard or uneven ground, make sure you get some bedding that will offer support while still protecting you from the roots, rocks, and slopes that might otherwise bore into your back while you try to sleep. If you feel as though the sounds of nature will be anything but peaceful, bring along some earplugs. Consider including a sleeping bag liner or a hotwater bottle if you think you’ll get cold at night. Perhaps most important of all, make sure that you’re tired enough when it’s time to hit the sack that you’ll be able to sleep—even if you’re outside of your sleeping comfort zone. This means you need to make sure to get plenty of exercise during the day (hiking, swimming, fishing, playing, etc.) so that when you hit the pillow at night, you’ll be too tired to worry about being uncomfortable.
5. Always have an exit strategyHey, not every camping trip is going to be a success. If you get out there only to find that everything is going wrong, don’t be afraid to retreat. After all, discretion is the better part of valor, and knowing when to quit is the sign of a logical and realistic mind. Why not instead check into that motel you saw a few miles down the road? 50 million Americans go camping every year; one less won’t make much of a difference.
There is a new trend developing in the prepper community in regards to portable power. A multitude of new products promising to deliver renewable,portable power have emerged onto the market including this one: the Waka Waka power. This is the big brother to the Waka Waka, which is essentially an LED light with a solar panel. The difference with the new Power model is that is has a built in USB charger plug that will charge smart phones, MP3 players, E readers, or small tablets.
The Waka Waka (I love the name) is powered by a 2200mAh Lithium Polymer battery, which is a gell form of the more commonly known Lithium Ion cell. LiPo batteries have some interesting charging requirements and other characteristics which will become important later on in the review.
The first feature I will address is the output of the unit. Two LEDs make this a pretty decent light for power outages or other emergencies. If you're like me, the first thing you are going to do when you unbox your Waka Waka is look at the front of the unit, which is oddly mindful of a smiley face, and turn on the light. Please don't do this unless you enjoy seeing spots for at least 20 minutes. These 2 LEDs give off some impressive lumens at full strength. Luckily though, the brightness can be adjusted with successive pressing of the one and only control button. Personally, I think it would have been better to start it at the lowest setting and work up, but it is designed to do the opposite.
The flip open cover acts as a stand and can be used to position the light in almost any way you could think of, including being hung by a piece of para cord (or whatever else you have) and even placed on the top of a soda bottle. Keep in mind that although it is fairly light weight at only 200 grams, it will tip over an empty bottle, so make sure you have something in it.
For charging phones and other devices, you have a standard USB port on the side of the unit, so make sure you have the appropriate charging cord. Charged to full capacity, this unit easily and quite quickly charged an Iphone 4 twice (not from completely dead, but at about 30%) and still had some juice left over. It did not however charge my old Motorola flip phone, but no standard USB connection does either, so no surprise there. If the device you want to charge can be charged with a standard USB cord from your computer, you should be good to go.
There are 2 ways to charge this unit up. It can be plugged into a typical USB port with a micro USB connector, or with the built in solar panel, which occupies the entire back side of the unit. This is where the LiPo battery makes a difference, and unfortunately, not a good one. Lithium Polymer batteries are tricky to charge properly and need some very careful charging parameters near the end of the charging cycle. Most of the other reviews of this product that I read came to the same conclusion. The unit is very slow to charge past the 75% mark, and I had the same observation. Charging with a USB cable from my laptop was by far the fastest way to get the Waka Waka up to full power. The built in solar panel was well, disappointing. This really doesn't come as a surprise to me because no matter what a solar manufacturer claims, solar panels are inefficient, and don't work in cloudy conditions. Sorry, but they just don't.
The claim of the unit is that it can achieve 75% charge (notice that number?) in 6 hours, on a sunny day, at New York latitude. I guess that could explain the long solar charge times I experienced. In my tests, solar charging took 2 days of direct sunlight to get up to a full charge. In cloudy conditions, it was almost impossible to get the charge indicating LED to blink at all. When the unit was placed facing full sun, it did charge at it's fastest rate (indicated by 3 quick blinks of the indicator) but to keep this rate up, it had to be repositioned about every hour or so as the sun moved around in the sky. Given this, I think that the charge rate on a clear summer day outdoors would be OK, but don't rely on this during stormy conditions.
Certainly, this unit is better than nothing as a solar charged power pack. If you keep it charged with the USB cable, it makes an excellent portable charger. As a light,well, it works great. It is bright, or dim if you like, lasts quite a long time from a full charge and the positioning options are fantastic. From a full charge, and on full brightness, it lasted well beyond the claimed 20 hours, and that was continuous use. Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes, you can charge your phone and use the light at the same time.
You can get your Waka Waka Power for $69.00US here .
Now, if you think that is a bit pricey, consider this...
For every WakaWaka Power sold in the west, a donation is made to the Waka Waka Foundation to finance entrepreneurial education, micro-loans to women energy entrepreneurs, and subsidies for the very poor in countries like in Nigeria, Haiti, Nepal, India and Latin America to replace polluting, dangerous kerosene lamps.
We store lots of food when the grocery is only minutes away. We rack up gear not knowing if we will ever use it. We train ourselves mentally for scenarios that may never happen. We spend countless hours of our time that could be devoted towards other "hobbies" that may be more in line with worldy fashion. We take our hard earned money and spend it on MRE's and heirloom seeds, when we really would have liked something more instantly consumable.
Why? Why do we go against the flow in so many ways?
I believe we do it because this is how we show love to our families. This is how we show love for our friends, our neighbors and our country. We do it because deep down we feel that it's the right thing to do. Whatever the scenario, whatever the cause, we feel this urge to protect, fortify, and prepare ourselves. We do it because we feel an obligation to work through whatever may come, and somehow still be smiling on the other side. We'd rather take a possibly harder route today, if it makes tomorrow's route look all the more sure. It's the code. It's who we are.
We are Preppers.
This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
Updating Your Emergency Preparedness Plan
From time to time, people are reminded that their comfortable lifestyles could be torn from them by societal catastrophes or natural disasters. This has led many Americans to create emergency preparedness plans for themselves and their families. They often stash several months' worth of food, medicine, ammo, and other supplies. However, building an emergency stockpile is not a "set it and forget it" affair. There are some things that must be done in order to keep your stockpile up to date and reliable.
Rotate Food and Medicine Supplies
Many preppers boast of their enormous stockpile of food, but what they don't know is that their plans could be falling apart right under their noses. This is because even freeze dried foods commonly found in survival stockpiles can go bad. If they are not sealed properly, a spike in humidity can turn freeze dried foods into a moldy mess. Some preppers store their food stockpiles in the basement, where they may be vulnerable to flooding or pests. Even if the foods are completely sealed off from moisture, the nutritional value degrades over time. Rotating your food supply every few months will mitigate these problems.
Medications can go bad as well. Certain active ingredients break down over long periods of time, rendering the medications ineffective or even dangerous. Consult the packaging of your medications to find out the expiration date and shelf life. Remember that the rigorous conditions of a bugout situation could exacerbate any existing medical conditions, necessitating a higher dosage of medicine.
Keep Your Escape Route Up to Date
Every disaster preparedness plan should include an escape route that leads away from populated areas. Many people plan out such a route, but they sometimes forget to test it periodically. If your plan is to camp out in a secluded forest, your entire plan may be thrown into disarray if the forest has been bulldozed to make way for a shopping center. It is important to perform a "dry run" once in a while to make sure that your escape route is still usable. Moving to a new house can also necessitate updating your route; you must find a new one that is easily accessible from your new home. Neglecting to do these things could spell doom for your emergency preparedness plan before you even get out of town.
Maintain a Healthy Ammo Supply
If shooting is a hobby of yours, you may find yourself grabbing a few boxes of ammo from your bugout bag on range day while resolving to replace it later. This can be tempting during periods of high ammo prices and sporadic availability, but it is crucial to remember that the ammo in your bugout bag is only to be used for the most severe emergencies. You can avoid this situation by planning your ammo usage ahead of time. For example, if you are planning a trip to the range to shoot your new handgun, stock up on 9mm ammo a few days before to avoid depleting your emergency stockpile.
Remember that ammo has a limited shelf life. If stored for excessive periods of time or in undesirable conditions, it can become unreliable or unstable. Corrosion is also a concern; rusted ammo is likely to cause feed issues in your firearm. Ammo should ideally be stored in watertight and airtight containers. If you live in a coastal area or any other place with a humid climate, tossing a few packets of silica gel in your ammo containers will help it stay dry and free of corrosion. Keep the containers out of extreme temperatures if possible. The shelf life of ammo depends on the climate and storage conditions, but a general guideline is that supplies should be rotated at least once a year.
Update the Plan for New Household Members
Getting married, having a child, or taking in a relative are all events that require expanding your disaster preparedness plan. You will have to calculate their probable food consumption and add a sufficient amount to your stockpile. Be sure to store extra clothing, tools, and firearms (if appropriate) for the new household member. Take any special needs or medical conditions into consideration as well.
These are all perfectly legitimate questions,and luckily I have been sent a sample pack of Legacy Premium freeze dried meals to check out for you...courtesy of Total Prepare Inc.
The sample pack consisted of four entrees of four servings each for a total of 16 servings with the following menu options:
Classic Chili Mix
Enchilada Beans and Rice
So let's take a look at a few of the main concerns most people have when it comes to freeze dried meals...
Don't be fooled by the size of the package. Once cooked, these meals are enough to go around. Calorie wise, each of these meals offered up between 320 and 420 calories, depending on the menu choice. Some entrees have even more per serving, just check around the website for complete nutritional information.
Nutritional information is printed on every package and is available on the website as well. Of course it varies by menu choice, but I found some pretty impressive percentages for daily intake in relation to calcium, vitamins, and iron. The salt content may seem a bit high, but under stress, you will be sweating more and needing to replace that sodium.
It really couldn't be much easier. All meals are prepared with water. For the entrees I tried, I used a butane camp stove, as this is one of my go to stoves for power outages and camping. The directions are easy, usually consisting of boiling water, adding contents of pouch, and simmer. Hey, it was so simple even I didn't mess it up! Don't forget though, there is an oxygen absorber in the pack that needs to be taken out first.
First of all, I want to mention that all Legacy products are GMO free...That means no frankenfood!
If you have specific dietary needs, each package lists possible alergens such as soy, milk, and wheat. For those of you who want a gluten free diet, there are options and packages specifically for you, as well as many vegetarian options.
Shelf life is 25 years, of course, depending on conditions. If you are concerned about leaving food in your bug out location through the typical Canadian winter,well this is likely a great option for you as the product is not affected by freezing. Once opened, the life of the food is about the same as anything you get at the grocery store so use it up in good time. This shouldn't be a problem as the pouches are usually 4 servings instead of bigger #10 cans. Leftovers should be refrigerated, but I never had any when I tried my samples.
OK, so enough beating around the bush...how does it taste! Personal preferences aside, they were pretty good. Don't expect the kind of foods that all the new foodie chefs are putting out in restaurants these days, but it was actually more tasty than comperable products from the supermarket like the Lipton Sidekicks...and there was more of it too. If I told you that it was better than my wife's cooking, not only would I be lying, but I would be looking for a divorce lawyer too. Then again, my wife has an extensive spice collection, lots of time to tweak her meals, and no stress from disasters to deal with when she gets in front of the stove...luxuries you won't have if you're breaking into these meals.
Freeze dried foods definitely have a place in a preppers food storage plans. The Legacy line has some great menu choices, tastes better than average, has a good shelf life, even when stored at an unheated and unattended BOL, and comes in easy to grab buckets, ideal for the grab and go bug out situation. As with anything, try it before you need to rely on it. I found the pasta dishes a little on the saucy side, but that is personal preference and easily dealt with by using a little less water or adjusting cooking or resting times. Also, if you want some meat to go in your chile, they have that too...actual meat that is, not textured vegetable protein!
Drop by Total Prepare to have a look at the various packages and get more information.
This is a situation that shouldn't be ignored. You shouldn't have to hide your good intentions, nor should it be a cause of stress in your relationship. And it doesn't have to be a spouse, this can apply to any relationship, it could be a parent, friend, co-worker, or other relative. Lets try to fix this situation of yours up, so you can prepare with pride.
Most importantly, talk about it. You don't need to bring your gun collection out on the first date, but you shouldn't hide your preparedness goals from someone who you trust. Talk about what you are trying to accomplish. Even if your long term goal is a 5 year food supply for the whole town, thats fine, just break it down with your spouse and make it real. Month one we are going to buy two bags of wheat, month two a few more, etc. If your deeper into the relationship and communicating about prepping is already a tough sell, proceed to steps two and three.
2) Ease them in
Once again, I wouldn't recommend starting out by showing them your 100 strong gun collection, or by walking them down into the bunker. Start as simple as you need to. How about a first aid kit in the house and car? How about some flashlights and lightsticks spread around the house, just in case the power goes out? If your an outdoorsy couple, plan to take your spouse camping or hiking, and stop by the local prep shop together to pick up some stuff for your trip. Then when your out in the bush, pull out your 864 function multi tool and do something useful - make some tinder for the fire. Cut some rope to proper lengths for setting up your rain shelter. Show your spouse the simplest real life ways that "prepper" gear and food can be used for good. Note: DO NOT use that 864 function multi tool to bait, catch, skin and cook supper...however awesome that may seem. That can come later.
3) Show them how practical preparedness can be
Bring up a story or two from mainstream news (underline the mainstream!) about ice storms, massive blizzards or anything else that shut down normal society for a few days. Read those stories together and talk about how you'd like to have a few extra supplies on hand for peace of mind. Explain that preparedness is about "normal" issues like being stuck in your home during an ice storm, and isn't just about conspiracy scenarios. Bonus points here if you know anyone who has actually lived through something like this. Invite them over for supper and help the topic naturally come out. Real life survivor stories are powerful.
4) Take the financial stress away
Prepping can be quite the financial rabbit hole. There is always some new gadget out there that will make your personal survival man stats go up by x %. This can wreck havoc on any relationship when one of the partners is constantly racking up the Visa bill. Try to take away the financial stress by working together to set up a budget. Maybe its $200 per month, maybe more, maybe less. Then stick to the budget, or at least communicate if one month your going to save your budget and do a larger lump sum next month. If you need/want to, offer up a sacrifice to help this go better. Honey, I'm willing to drop one of my monthly wings nights to save $50 that I can also put towards this.
If your hobby is prepping and hers is knitting, trade. Make a deal that you each get to spend x time on your hobby, and once a month spend some time in each others hobby. Yes, you heard me, sit beside her and let her teach you knitting. Show her that you care about her and the things she feels are important. Thats relationships 101! And hey - knitting could be considered a really useful preparedness skill, who knows when you are going to need a new sweater after the SHTF? After you've spent an evening in her hobby, trade, and she spends an evening helping you prep your 72 hour kit. You've now accomplished three things - your relationship is stronger after two date nights, you have a new skill, and your fancy 72 hour kit is ready.
I have talked with many of you who find yourself in this scenario, and no doubt it's difficult. Remember that relationships are a key part of preparedness, its going to be really hard to survive out their lone wolf style should it come to that. Start with the relationships that are the most important, those close to you. Strengthen those bonds, secure those foundations and before you even purchase your first food bucket, you will find yourself 100% stronger and more able to deal with whatever may come.
This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
- Map out where you will be placing your garden
- Mow it as short as possible
- Leave grass trimmings in place
- Dig up and turn about one foot of soil breaking up the sod as much as possible
- If the soil is poor quality, dig another 6 inches to a foot and turn the soil so the sod lies on the bottom layer.
- The effort into the extra layer will result in a happier, healthier garden.
- Remember healthy roots lead to delicious fruits!
- Alternate the layers with as few or as many layers as you want, just make sure that it is packed loose enough that the layers can breathe.
- Make sure your layers are even, more greens than browns will create too much carbon dioxide.
- Leave the layers be, mixing them together does not speed the decomposition process and there is no benefits. Let them do their thing.
- Finish up with a layer of soil or a layer of brown straw or leaves.
- Keep it moist and water if needed
- Cover with plastic tarp if you want to speed up the process and keep out any pests.
- You can plant in the garden right away, but your best results will be next year when your soil is perfect!
Winter Storm Tips: Preparing and Surviving
Frigid cold is sweeping across the nation, and in some areas the cold weather, snow and freezing rain are so bad that people simply cannot leave their homes. And from the looks of things, the storm is only going to get worse. Whether it is this polar vortex, Hercules, Ion, or something else, this extreme weather brings to light the importance of being properly prepared for any situation. It might be more bad weather, it might be a natural disaster, it might just be a spate of personal financial trouble. Whatever it is, every so often we stumble upon times when we are forced to hunker down and wait out a storm, perhaps unable to even leave our homes. It is important to be prepared for such situations, and there are certain measures that, in extreme cases, could be the difference between life and death.
If there is an arctic storm about to hit your city, sorting out your travel plans might just be the least of your problems. However, it is travel season, and if you are planning on a vacation this winter, you may have to rearrange some things in order for it to go smoothly. The cold weather has caused disruption to many of the major airlines with delays and cancellations across the board. To save yourself a travel nightmare, it is important to plan ahead. Check weather reports for your destination as well as any potential delays. If you have a flight which you think might be cancelled, try to change it around so that you can still go on your trip. If there are other airports that are close to your destination, try to change your flight and get the train or bus if necessary. As a last resort, consider rescheduling your trip.
If you are struck by a blizzard or even just extreme cold, you may not be able to leave your house. If you find yourself in such a situation, you will be grateful for having made some preparations in advance. One of the most important things that you can do is to create an emergency food supply. Store enough nonperishable food items, along with plenty of water, in your home for about a week for each person in your house (not forgetting pets). Just because it is going to be stored for a long time does not mean that you have to store food items that are bland and unappetizing. Go through your regular meal menu and take note of the different things that you eat and could easily store.
Driving and Car Tips
When winter weather strikes, driving is one of the main causes of severe accidents or fatalities. Consider taking a course on safe winter driving, and prepare your car for extreme weather. At the very least, you will need to get your fluids checked and replace the windshield wipers. However, you might also consider getting snow tires and having your car checked by a mechanic. For all of your preparations and safe driving, however, you cannot rely upon other drivers to take the same amount of care. As a result, it is recommended that you cut out all non-essential journeys. Of course, if you are stuck inside your house, this won’t be a problem!
The problem is...how can you make bread during or just after a disaster? The stores are closed, the power is out, and the stove doesn't work! Well, there are a few ways you can turn your stored up flour into golden loaves.
Many of us see the need to mitigate short and medium term situations with a gas, diesel, or propane generator. The best way to use them is to start them up and run for a couple of hours, say twice a day. During these times, we can plug in the fridge to cool it down, charge our deep cycle batteries or NiMh cells, or any number of things. One thing we can do is to plug in a bread machine. I know, that's cheating right? Nope..anything that helps is not cheating, it's surviving.
Most bread machines use 500 to 700 watts of power, so there should be no problem powering one from a genset. There are 3 ways you can use one.
1 - basic bread setting. These setting usually last about 3 hours and produce a pretty good quality loaf from some very basic ingredients. There are plenty of recipes out there that use no milk, eggs, or other perishable items, with the exception of yeast. That problem can be solved by buying individual packets of yeast that can be stored in the pantry.
2 - Rapid bread setting. These settings last about an hour and are great time savers. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a recipe that produces a good loaf. Most of the time I get a very dense and sweet lump that barely rose, even though these recipes call for lots of yeast and sugar in an attempt to overcome the time restriction. However, in a pinch they work and will at least bake a bread like substance.
3 - Dough Setting. This is by far the most used setting on my bread machine. In about 90 minutes, all the mixing, kneading, rising, knocking down, re rising labour intensive work is done for me. Although bread machines are generally limited to 1.5 or 2 pound loaves, I can easily get a 3 pound dough done this way, which when turned out and put into pans, gives me 2 good sized loaves that I can bake in a dutch oven, outdoor bread oven, or even the sun oven...enough to go around the table filled with my prepper group.
This post by Deanna from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
Much like the summer field day held in June by another organization, amateur radio operators from all over will set out in a contest to make the most contacts possible. The goal, on top of having fun, is to practice setting up and operating communications equipment in a disaster situation.
While some hams will be working the contest indoors, many will be using RVs, makeshift emergency communications trailers, or even camping out in tents. The challenges are obvious, but not trivial. Setting up antennas outdoors in sub zero temperatures can be a frosty endeavor, not to mention keeping the radios and other gear, like computers warm enough to operate.
To learn more about amateur radio visit Radio Amateurs of Canada
To learn more about SPAR and Winter Field Day visit SPAR
Mapping a Road to Self-sufficiency
Self-sufficiency is defined as being able to take care of one's self without the assistance of others. This does not mean that self-sufficient person does not need other people, it means that they take their present and futures into their own hands as much as humanly possible. They accept responsibility for their own well-being by working, planning and saving for the future.
Mapping a road to self-sufficiency and developing an attitude of prepared
ness begins early in life with encouragement and teaching by family and others who care about children. Getting a good early education and preparing for the future by getting training or a degree that will lead to gainful employment are both strategies that help ensure self-sufficiency. There is also another side to self-sufficiency that people sometimes take for granted until they have no choice, and that is being prepared for a disaster, whether it is natural or man-made.
Being self-sufficient during an emergency situation requires some strategic planning sense no one is certain of when a disaster could strike. There are some plans that can be put in place which will work in any emergency situation whether a disaster or periods of unemployment. The following recommendations can help those who want to be self-sufficient when unexpected circumstances arise.
Food is a major concern whenever there is an emergency. Planning for emergency food is one of the most important aspects of thinking ahead and being self-sufficient during a disaster. Typically, about three days of emergency food should suffice. However, emergency foods should be those with long shelf lives, such as canned foods, dehydrated or freeze dried foods and similar non-perishables. These are best because they can be kept in a disaster supplies kit for longer periods of time. Such food should be kept in a cool, dark and dry place to maximize shelf life.
When planning an emergency food supply, keep in mind foods for babies and those on special diets and if pets are part of the family, they will also need food.
It is also important to choose foods that are not high in salt because these will increase the need for water, and water might be rationed during an emergency. Water is essential for survival. Each human and pet needs about one gallon of water each day and if the climate is hot, more water should be stored. Clean potable tap water can be stored for around six months. Water should be stored in clean and sanitized food-grade containers. Commercially bottled water can be stored and used in accordance with the expiration date on the container.
Other supplies that should be kept on hand for disasters and emergencies are paper products like cups and plates, disposable knives, forks, spoons, paper towels and manual can openers. Unscented liquid household bleach for disinfecting and sanitizing, batteries and cooking utensils round out the list. Baby diapers should also be kept on hand if their are babies or toddlers in the family. A first aid kit, flashlight should be a part of the emergency supplies kit. It is also important to save money and keep some cash on hand since ATM machines and banks will be affected by long-term power outages. Budgeting and saving money will also help when a family suffers a job loss.
Generally when cooking is done, it is on a charcoal grill or other non-electric source. Charcoal or gas grills should never be used indoors.
Planning for self-sufficiency not only helps the family that does the planning. It frees up resources to help others who for whatever reasons are not able to prepare. It also provides more time for an individual or family to attend to other important tasks since for the first few days they will not need to worry about finding the essentials.
Uniting The Blogs
In the past, the CPN was describes as a group of interconnected provincial blogs. We have decided to bring all the provincial blogs here under one roof so that Canadians from all provinces can intermingle under one unified blog. With this change, you will see articles by some of the former provincial bloggers, as the ones still actively posting were invited to continue to do so here. Also, we have at least one new blogger on board, and hopefully more to come. The links to the old provincial blogs on the left sidebar will now redirect to the Canadian Preppers Network Forum, where you can take part in discussions about anything prepper.
The sponsored post program started last year proved successful. There were some interesting prizes given away and we will continue to work with both Briden Solutions and Chylan Gear to continue this through 2014. In order not to over commercialize the blog, these posts are limited to once per week, on Fridays. Although this is an advertising opportunity for them, I am confident that their posts will continue to offer informative information as they have in the past.
New Bloggers Wanted
We are always on the look out for new bloggers. The posting method has been changed, so you no longer need to sign up for a Google account in order to post. If you think you can provide an interesting and prepper related article from time to time, please feel free to contact me. You don't have to commit to a schedule, just do what you can when you can.
I am confident that the Canadian Preppers Network will continue to be a leader in the education and unification of Canadian prepers as well as being a flagship blog promoting the mainstream acceptance of the preparedness mindset. May you all have a prosperous and safe year as we all prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
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