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We have been talking about this a lot the past week with the Little Man. We want to go camping this summer and want him to know what to do if something happens , like getting lost. The number one thing that you need to reenforce is that you have to stay calm. If there are many hours before sunset than you can easily just follow the path that you had been on back to where you were , but if you can't that follow these simple rules:

S is for Stop -  Stop moving. Stay where you are so that others can find you soon. Try and make a shelter if you have too.

T is For Think - After you have calmed down, think about who knows where you are. What is around you? How much time before it gets dark? What is the weather like and do you need a shelter? What do you have on hand that can be used as tools? Think and stay calm. Since you are staying in one spot you will be found soon.

O is for Observe - Look around you and get aquainted to the area that you are in. Is there water nearby? This will make it much easier for you to stay calm. If you get your bearings and use what you have nearby.

P is for Plan - Plan what you need to do and in what order they need to be done. What is the first thing that you need to do and so on. Planning and keeping yourself busy will help to keep you calm until you are found also. Plan on some way to give a sign that you are where you are. Can you start a fire safely? Or use big rocks to make a marker for someone to see from above?

If you ever get lost you will be alright and be able to survive if you stay calm and prepare.


Posted: April 16, 2014, 9:38 pm
Beginners Guide to Raising Meat Rabbits was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Raising rabbits for meat is one of the easiest ways to supply nutritious meat for your family. This book will teach you everything from choosing your breeding stock to butchering.

You may have been considering raising chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep or other small livestock for meat, but once you learn how easy it is to raise rabbits, you'll never consider another animal for a primary meat source.
  1. Rabbits have an extremely high reproduction rate. One healthy, mature doe can produce up to 1000% of her body weight every year. Owning just one female and one male can supply meat twice a week for a family of four.
  2. Rabbits need very little living space.Whether you're living in a condo or out in the country, you can always find space to raise a couple rabbits. No grazing is required and they're rarely classified as livestock which allows you to keep them virtually anywhere. How many apartment complexes would let you keep a chicken or goat in them?
  3. Rabbits are low maintenance. Check in on them every evening to feed, water and do quick health checks, clean their cages once a month and keep a simple breeding journal - that's all you need to do! Females take care of the young themselves and the only special tools you'll need are nesting boxes which you can even build yourself. No incubators or hand feeding required.
  4. Rabbits are virtually silent roommates. Aside from the mating shriek, rabbits are extremely quiet animals. They won't reveal your location to anyone, even if you're traveling with them. Who knows what a chicken, goose or duck is likely to attract, not to mention a rooster. If outdoor cages are well hidden and clean, neighbors may not even know they are there.
  5. A little rabbit feed goes a long way.  When bunnies are being weaned (6-8 weeks old), they are large enough for consumption. This allows you to skip giving most of the bunnies feed as you gradually cull the young, leaving only the adults to consume expensive rabbit feed.
  6. Rabbits are the perfect sized meal for a family of four. Rabbits are compact and usually butchered at "fryer size" (3-5 pounds), so you don't have to worry about storing or eating leftovers.
  7. Rabbit manure will make your garden love you. Rabbit manure is an excellent fertilizer for your garden that won't burn plants. Plus, if you vermicompost, your worms can be fed the droppings which will make them love you too.
  8. Rabbit meat is very high in protein and extremely low in fat and cholesterol. Very few other meats have nutritional values like rabbits, and none of them can be raised in your living room. Doctors have actually been known to prescribe rabbit meat diets to overweight patients.
  9. Rabbit fur will make an incredibly warm coat and is a great bartering item. On a cold winter's night, snuggling into a blanket made from rabbit pelts will keep your family warm long after the fire has gone out. You can also make hats or other accessories, and kids love getting a lucky rabbit's foot.
  10. Rabbits are relatively easy to butcher and clean. No one likes doing it but if you're going to eat them, they day will come eventually. Someone with experience can take a rabbit from cage to freezer in 15 minutes or less. No plucking is needed and there's very little cleanup.
Tiffany Savage is a suburban homesteader who has been living a more sustainable life for too many years to count. When she discovered how easy raising rabbits for meat was, she immediately wanted to share her knowledge with others. That's when she wrote the eBook Raising Rabbits to Survive!, a comprehensive eBook which gives even those who've never even raised a goldfish the courage to start on their own journey to freedom by raising rabbits.

 
Posted: April 15, 2014, 6:25 pm




                              Great map to show who will be able to see the Total Lunar Eclipse.


Posted: April 14, 2014, 12:49 pm

"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28

It is rare that Scripture, science, and history align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the “signs” that God refers to in His Word? If they are, what do they mean? What is their prophetic significance?

In this riveting book, New York Times best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee, explores the supernatural connection of certain celestial events to biblical prophecy—and to the future of God’s chosen people and to the nations of the world.

Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?
John Hagee authored New York Times best seller "Jerusalem Countdown" that at this writing has sold over one million copies. He is a nondenominational evangelistic pastor who stands in the pulpit every Sunday at Cornerstone Church filling his twenty thousand member church with the latest news in the world and how it relates to what God has in store. He is the founder and leader of John Hagee Ministries and national chairman for Christians United for Israel. His message goes out to 249 countries via radio and TV.

Latest Contribution

Hagee's latest contribution to Biblical prophecy is called "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change" that shows how history, science, and scripture are aligning with each other pointing to a coming time of great change on the earth.
Hagee brings into context the supernatural hookup of pointed celestial events to Biblical prophecy. He brings into relationship the future of God's chosen people and how it effects the other gentile nations of the world.

Clear Signs to Appear

He makes it clear that as in biblical times, God is the controlling factor of the sun, moon, and stars that will be sending the final generation a clear focused signal that something huge is about to transpire. The real question is will we watch for and listen to God's message and be able to discern his meaning when these signs occur.

Four Blood Moons and Eclipse

The title of his books tells of coming signs in the heavens in the spring and fall of 2014 & 2015 that just happen to fall on the Jewish Holy Days that also has a total eclipse in the middle separating the four. The significance of these signs is that they fall on the feast days and every time that they do they are linked to historical events in Israel, but what of the future?
Posted: April 14, 2014, 12:44 pm
Ultimate Guide To Soap Making was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Are you interested in learning more about soap making? Are you interested in making your own soap or starting your own soap making business, this A-Z guide will show you what you need to do, the resources you will need, and how to be successful in soap making
Posted: April 11, 2014, 3:03 pm
Natural Herbal Remedies: Ancient Cures, Natural Treatments, and Home Remedies for Health (Homemade Remedies, Natural Remedies, Herbal Remedies, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Herbal Healing) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Modern medicines work, but they are expensive, filled with chemicals unnatural to the human body and cause side effects.
There is a large number of common ailments that can easily be addressed by using the right herbs and other ingredients in the form of teas, oils and tinctures. These herbal remedies are natural, cheap and come without side effects. Humans have been using them since ancient times. It is ancestral knowledge that will never be outdated.

In my book, Natural Herbal Remedies, you will discover dozens of easy recipes for homemade herbal remedies that take care of 25 common ailments, such as acne, migraine, throat ache, athlete's foot, yeast infection and many more. You will also find an overview of 16 recommended ingredients and their health benefits.

Homemade Herbal Remedies


Here is a brief overview of what’s inside:
  • Dozens of recipes to deal with 25 common ailments
  • Health benefits of 16 powerful ingredients
  • Herbal remedies for acne, migraine, heartburn, and throat ache
  • No filler content, just the useful nuggets of information
  • Introduction to herbal medicines
  • A lot more!

For tens of thousands of generations, mankind used herbs, other plants and fungi to treat ailments. Over all of this time, we slowly built an archive of knowledge of these natural medicines. There is no need to seek out expensive products for every problem. Many can be solved easily and in a natural way, using simple ingredients.
Posted: April 11, 2014, 3:02 pm

In 2006, a group of people in San Francisco launched a project and a website called The Compact. For various reasons, these people pledged to go a full year without buying anything new, or really, anything at all. They made a few exceptions, such as underwear, medicine and emergency home repair, but even these they qualified as much as possible to fit in with their overarching values system.

Since this time, many have come across The Compact. This is just the sort of thing that many families in today's economy have already been thinking about doing. With The Compact, someone else has already thought through the majority of the details. You can tailor The Compact to fit your own situation and then launch your year of basically not buying anything. You can buy food, of course, and pay your bills, but this frugal year will definitely make you more conscious than ever to buy locally whenever it is at all possible.
Here were are some altered guidelines for the year, which I refer to as "the flexible, non-legalistic, non-trauma causing rules":

• Do not buy any NEW items for one year.

• Only buy items that you or your family members NEED.

• Do not buy any convenience foods when grocery shopping, with the exception of bread.

• Strive to eat in-season, buying as local as possible.

• Bring cloth grocery bags to the store.

• Do not go out to eat at a restaurant if you have the option of eating at home.

Most that attempt this challenge cannot honestly say that they did not purchase any convenience items, didn't go to restaurants or that they ate local, in-season food 100% of the time. However, overall, those that take this challenge seriously generally do accomplish what they set out to do. Many refrain from purchasing shoes, clothing, gifts and other items that are not really needed.

Most end up having a great, ultra frugal and enlightening year. It is amazing how a little intentionality - a pledge, a compact, a reflective decision - can change your life. It really helps to have the support of your closest friends and family. The temptations can be hard to bear; especially when friends or family are going out to eat, to the theater, etc. because you want to spend time with them, but fighting the urge will give you a bigger sense of accomplishment once your year has passed.

Of course, there will be times when you may need to dust off the old Compact and give it another go. Unemployment, a cutback in hours or a new addition to the family may influence you to challenge yourself again. A close friend did the same thing when her husband was unemployed for over two years-"You just don't buy anything," she told me, "You buy food and you pay your bills, but that's about it." It's funny how we sort of forget that is an option!

Whether your reasons are religiously motivated, environmentally motivated, or maybe you're just down-right stingy; an ultra frugal, buying freeze sort of year is possible. You can do it. And in the mean time, you may just find yourself more content than ever. Simplicity is the path to freedom.

Shawna Ruppert is the Editor-in-Chief of Moms Living Thrifty, a blog that focuses on saving money in all aspects of life. You can find a wide array of interesting articles, in addition to coupons, deals, recipes and more. Visit us today!

Posted: April 9, 2014, 11:35 pm

It is always a good idea to start a new project with a clear plan in mind. Work out a vegetable garden plan based on the desired outcome that you want. Consider your family size and then work on the assumption that roughly 100 square meters is needed to feed a family of four all through the year. Next consider the climatic conditions where you live; if it is cold you cannot grow vegetables all year round. In this case the garden you plan will need to be bigger so you can grow extra vegetables.

When planning a vegetable garden the climate is usually divided into cold, temperate and tropical. You will need to do some research on the type of climatic conditions that prevail in your part of the world and the vegetables that will thrive in this climate. This is the best way to plan a garden for growing vegetables. Once you have a plan and know what vegetables to grow and how to lay out the garden you can move on to the next part of the plan.

Identify a good store for your seeds and order them well before planting time so that you are ready for the growing season when it starts. You can choose to go with organic gardening methods which mean germinating the seeds separately and then planting them as seedlings. If you have big plantings on your list, stagger the seed germination so that you don't end up with all of them maturing at the same time.

Next you have to focus on the planting plan, what vegetables to grow where in your garden. Each plant has different needs and you will have to take that into consideration when you plan your vegetable garden. Plants that thrive in cooler climes and can withstand frost include cauliflower, turnips, brussels sprouts, broccoli, snow peas and onions.

Vegetables that include carrots, parsnips, leeks, lettuces, celery and cabbages need a temperate climate. If you try growing them out of season you could very well end up with nothing for your table. The warm season vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, beans, corn and capsicums will not survive frost and will die. The majority of their growth should be in months which enjoy warm weather.

Survival Seed Vault
You should do your own research and decide on what exactly you want to grow and when. Don't let nurseries talk you into buying seeds that will not produce anything because it is the wrong time of year to be planting them. Keep the following gardening tips in mind when you plan your vegetable garden.
  • Cold winds stunt the growth of your plants and hot winds dry out the soil and harm the plants; extra strong winds will break the plants. You may need to prepare a lattice windbreak to protect the plants.
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  • Where you locate your garden is important, it needs at least 5 hours of sunshine daily and that's direct sunlight mind you.
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  • Taller plants should not be positioned where they will block the sunlight for smaller plants. Before you start planting it may not be a bad idea to track the path of the sun through your garden first.
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  • Set up your compost pile and keep topping it up, it's the best way to fertilize your garden naturally. Plant rotation is good because it does not give the pests much chance to attack the garden.
Want to know more about how to plan your vegetable garden? Visit my website www.gardensetup.com for more information about organic gardening.

Posted: April 8, 2014, 3:08 pm
YUMMY! Make your own doughnuts at home - be frugal!

Easy Doughnuts

NEED:

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup of milk

1 beaten egg

2 tablespoon shortening

1 1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar

Combine the sugar, milk, egg, and shortening.

Blend in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir it lightly into the milk mixture.

Drop by teaspoonfuls into deep fryer that has been preheated to 365 degrees. Fry them for a few minutes each or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and then sprinkle with the powdered sugar.

YUMMMMMMMMMM

Posted: April 7, 2014, 2:55 pm
This is a great way to use up left-over hamburgers or left-over meat loaf. Cut it up into small piece. Combine 1 can of tomato sauce, the left - over meat , 1 teaspoon of chopped onion, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Heat it through in a skillet. While that is cooking , in a saucepan, cook 8 ounces of thin spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Drain it and add it to the sauce. Mix it well and pour it into a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake it in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Easy and frugal meal. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and serve with garlic bread and salad. 
Posted: April 6, 2014, 9:28 pm
This is a quick casserole to try and uses items that should be in your food storage.


Corned Beef Hash Casserole

NEED:

8 ounce bag of noodles

2 chopped onions - or dehydrated

3/4 of a green pepper , chopped - or dehydrated

1 tablespoon butter

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of milk - use dry milk to make this?

3/4 cup of grated velveeta cheese

1 can of corned beef hash

3/4 cup of buttered bread crumbs

Cook the noodles as directed and then layer in the casserole dish.

Saute the onions and green peppers in butter until tender.

Add the soup, milk, and cheese. Cook this while stirring until the cheese is melted.

Add the corned beef hash.

Add this to the noodles and cover with the bread crumbs.

Bake at 350 degrees for  about 30 minutes. Serve this with a salad.

Posted: April 5, 2014, 1:28 pm
I have used dry milk for years.It is great for cooking with and making shakes. Substitute it for whole milk and it is a lot healthier. Has less fat and is cheaper. Can save you a lot of money.

Here are some tips for making it more tasty for your family:

1. Mix it up in a blender at high speed.

2. You can add a drop of vanilla to each quart.

3. Use it to make healthy shakes. Any type of shake mix can be added to it. My son uses it for his protein shakes that he drinks before he works out.

Using dry milk is something that you should try. Great way to be able to stockpile milk in you food storage and a great way to save money in your everyday cooking.
Posted: April 5, 2014, 1:20 pm
This is super easy and super delicious.

Jiffy Beef Stroganoff

NEED:

1 pound of ground beef

1/2 of an envelope of dry onion soup

1/2  teaspoon of ginger

1 7 ounce package of medium noodles

1 3 ounce can of sliced mushrooms

3 1/2 cups of hot water

2 tablespoon of flour

1 cup of sour cream

Brown and the ground beef and drain it very well.

Sprinkle the soup mix and ginger over the beef and mix it up well.

Arrange the noodles over the beef and then add the can of mushrooms , undrained. Pour the water over the noodles. Cover and simmer until the noodles are done. Blend the flour into the sour cream and stir into the noodles and beef. Cook until thickened. Serve.

Posted: April 3, 2014, 11:38 pm
A super quick recipe for an easy meal. You can use all of your dehydrated veggies in this recipe.


Thrifty Burgers

NEED:

1 medium onion

1/4 cup of chopped green pepper

1/2 cup of chopped celery

1 pound of ground meat - beef, turkey, or chicken

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 can of chicken gumbo soup

2 tablespoon of ketchup

1 teaspoon worcestershire  sauce

hamburger buns

Heat up some butter or oil in a pan and saute the onion, green pepper, and celery. Cook for about 6 minutes. Add the ground meat , salt , and pepper. Cook it up until the meat is all broken up and not pink.

Add the soup , sauce, and ketchup. Simmer for about 30 minutes and then serve on the buns.



Posted: April 1, 2014, 2:42 pm
Todays free kindle book is A Kid's Book On Survival: Prepare For Emergencies. It was free at the time of this posting.

Expanded and reorganized in March 2014. This ebook is an introduction for children on the subject of Survival and Emergency Preparedness. The book explains in kids' terms what the dangers are in the big bad world, and how responsible adults relate to such dangers. It talks about destruction by nature, like hurricanes and tornadoes and flooding, and other subjects like looting and violence, and terrorist attacks. How to protect oneself and his family in the house and in the wild. What to stock in the home, and what to take along, what should be in the survival kit, both for the parents and for the child. There is a chapter on how to search for food and water, and a chapter on what dangerous foods to avoid. And a chapter on finding shelter in the wild and how to make a fire. The book is intended for middle-schoolers, say, from age 8-13, or to read to the child as the parent deems appropriate. Lot's of pictures to entertain and prompt discussion between parent and child.
Posted: April 1, 2014, 11:47 am
Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats

There are several things to consider when choosing oats to make your oatmeal with. While rolled oats are certainly the most popular type sold today, there are advantages to steel cut oats that many people don't know about.

Steel cut oats, or Irish oats as they're often called, are made when the groats are cut into smaller pieces. That's it. There is no other process. Unlike the rolled variety, which are further processed, these oats look similar to rice and have a more grainy texture when cooked. They are also more chewy and have a nuttier flavor. Some people, however, prefer the mushy taste of rolled oats instead.

Steel cut oats are definitely the best choice for consumers who are more health conscious. They contain no additives and nothing artificial and are usually sold either in tin cans or boxes. They are 100% whole grain, high in fiber, and very nutritious. A popular brand that is sold in the United States is McCann's Irish Oatmeal.
One of the advantages of steel cut oats is they have to be cooked longer than the rolled brands. This can make them very inconvenient for those of us who are often in a hurry in the morning and need a quick breakfast. While regular oats can be prepared in just a few extra minutes, steel cuts oats often take thirty minutes or longer to fully cook.

On the other hand, they are more flavorful than the rolled oats. The reason being that the process steaming and rolling oats takes some of the taste out of them. So it is a tradeoff between quality and flavor versus convenience. Depending on how seriously you take breakfast, sticking with the old fashioned Quaker brand may be a better solution. Really, it is a matter of personal choice.

If you look at the back of a box of steel cut oats and compare it to a brand of rolled oats such as Quakers, you'll find that the nutritional labels on each is virtually identical. So while there are a few health advantages to the Irish oats, the overall difference between the two types is negligible. You should simply choose the one that you like best. If you enjoy a chewy oatmeal, then Irish oats are a great choice. If you're used to rolled oats and don't want to change, then that is fine also. You aren't missing much.

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Posted: March 31, 2014, 3:07 pm
Survive the Global Crisis was a free kindle book when this post was written.

You can continue lying on your sofa and wait, until everything is totally messed up, swim around in your depression and feel sorry for yourself, blame everyone else for your sorrows, protest and occupy with the masses and close your eyes to reality, swear at and condemn those across the ocean or on the other side of the continent while everything reaches boiling point… Or you can grab this opportunity and contribute to real change; change within you, change in your environment and ultimately change around the world. SURVIVE THE GLOBAL CRISIS offers you 100s of practical tips!
Posted: March 29, 2014, 2:12 pm

You don't have to be a "Doomsday Prepper" to see that America is headed for some rough times, and learning how to prepare for an economic collapse makes sense. Take the following quiz and see how you measure up with preppers and survivalists.

1) If the cumulative inflation rate hits 100% for three years, then it is called what?

2) Name at least one country that has experienced hyperinflation in the last 100 years.

3) What kind of money is best to have during an economic collapse?

4) What causes food riots during economic collapse?

5) How are public services and utilities impacted by economic collapse?

6) What is the best way to pack dry foods in your food storage so that their shelf life is lengthened?

7) How long can wheat, oats and other dry foods last in your food storage and still be good?

8) How many drops of bleach are needed to purify a gallon of water?

9) Can water caught from your downspouts off the roof be considered safe to drink?

10) What is the best way to cook if there is a power outage and you have an electric stove?

Answers:

1) Hyperinflation

2) Germany before WWII is the greatest example, although Zimbabwe, Argentina and Russia are more good examples

3) Precious metals and foreign currency (like the Swiss Franc, which is regarded as one of the most stable).

4) Panic and supply chain issues. It is almost never caused by actual food shortages in the country, but rather distribution problems and a "run" on the stores.

5) Repairs and maintenance get put off and this causes breakdowns and power outages to make utilities much less reliable.

6) In sealed mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, in 5 gallon buckets.

7) If sealed as mentioned above, the shelf life is 10-20 years.

8) Sixteen drops per gallon, unless the water is cloudy or the bleach is old.

9) No, rainwater running off the roof is contaminated by the asphalt shingles on most roofs.

10) By using your barbecue grill or a propane camping cook stove.

If you scored at least 8 points, then you are really learning how to prepare for an economic collapse, and you have what it takes to become a real prepper or survivalist.

By the way, do you want to learn how to get started with an easy Food Storage plan? If so, download my free MP3 HERE.

And to learn what 5 things you should always have in your car to be prepared for any emergency, you can go HERE.


Posted: March 28, 2014, 12:10 pm
Survival Pantry: The Prepper's Guide To Food Storage, Water Storage, Canning And Preserving was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.


Survival Pantry

The Prepper's Guide To Food Storage, Water Storage, Canning And Preserving

* Over 5500 copies downloaded! Join the crowd and download now!

Our world is becoming more volatile each and everyday.  Large scale natural disasters, economic collapse, and terrorism are real world situations that threaten our way of life.  Preppers are prepared for any type of disaster, ranging from common natural disasters to unlikely large scale events. By being prepared to survive in an environment where our every necessity is scarce, preppers understand how to take action. How much you decide to prep is up to you, but having an understanding of this information and being able to utilize these techniques could mean the difference between life and death. This book covers food storage and techniques that could determine you or your family's survival should a disaster occur.
This Book Will Cover:
  • Why everyone should have a food storage system in place
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Different ways to store survival food
  • Comprehensive list of food you should stockpile
  • The pros and cons of different survival foods
  • Water storage and filtration
  • Food storage for those who lack space
Download this crucial guide today and learn how you can start your own food storage system even if you are on a budget or lacking space.  Join the crowd and download now!
Posted: March 27, 2014, 11:44 am
Homemade Cheese - The Ultimate Recipe Guide was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Cheese is an extremely versatile ingredient in the culinary world. It can be used to add flavor to sandwiches, to create rich sauces for entrees, or to complement a bottle of wine. But cheese can also be a pricey item at the grocery or gourmet store. Fortunately for your taste buds and your wallet, you can make your own cheese at home by using a traditional farmer's recipe. We have collected the most delicious and best selling homemade cheese recipes from around the world. Enjoy! 
Posted: March 27, 2014, 11:42 am
It is generally considered common knowledge that being underground is the best bet you can make when a tornado strikes, but what happens when you don't have a tornado or cellar available, and what do you do once you're in your safe area? If you live in a tornado prone area, it is very important to know what you should do when you hear a warning siren. Read on for some simple things that you can do to make it much more likely that you will survive if a tornado strikes.
Find The Right Shelter
Have A good Weather Radio!
The best place to be during a tornado is a basement or cellar. If you don't have a basement, go to an interior room of your home like a bathroom or hallway. Stay away from any windows, and if all you have is a bathroom get in the tub. Try to stay underneath a solid structure, like a staircase or large table. If nothing like this is available, pull a mattress over your head. Falling and flying debris can be a danger during a tornado, so coverage over your head and around you is ideal. Cover yourself with heavy blankets and sleeping bags for added protection.

Never stay in a car or mobile home during a tornado. The wind will make your car a very dangerous place, and mobile homes do not offer the protection of a home with a foundation. If you are caught outdoors in a tornado and can't find anywhere safe to get inside, try laying in a ditch or other low lying patch of land. The point is getting out of the path of wind and flying debris, so get as low as possible. Cover the back of your head with your arms and keep your face pointed down. Follow any official drill procedures if you are in a public area, since the primary objective will be getting you to the safest place in the area.

What To Have

Once you have decide where the safe area of your house is located, it is important to make sure there are a few necessities available if you and your family are there when a tornado strikes. Always make sure your safe area has a first aid kit and three gallons of water per person available in case part of the area collapses and you get stuck there for awhile. A radio and a charged cell phone are good things to have, as well as a flashlight and batteries for everything that needs them.

What Not To Do

Several myths about tornado safety are wrong and may get you killed if a tornado actually strikes. Never park and hide under an overpass during a tornado. The opening can act as a wind tunnel, making it more dangerous than the surrounding land. Never light any candles in your safe area while you wait for a possible tornado. If the disaster hits your home, your gas lines may rupture and ignite the flame. Don't waste time opening windows when a tornado is approaching. A tornado will break windows when it hits, and you don't want to be standing in front of them when it happens.
Posted: March 27, 2014, 12:27 am
Cherry Leather

 Wash and remove stems and stones from: 3 pounds (10 cups) ripe fresh cherries

 Puree the cherries in a blender or food processor, along with:

1/2 cup white corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 Heat the cherry puree in a medium saucepan just until boiling.

 Put wax paper onto pans that you can dehydrate this in. Grease dehydrator trays with vegetable oil.

Pour the puree onto the trays in even 8-inch-diameter circles. 

 Dehydrate in your oven at 135 degrees for 7 to 10 hours, or until firm but leathery.

 Roll up the leather while it is still warm; then cut each roll into 4 pieces. Let cool completely before storing in individual serving-sized bags. Kids love these and they are great for when you go hiking or camping. A good treat to have on hand.

Posted: March 26, 2014, 8:30 am
The Prepper's Emergency First Aid & Survival Medicine Handbook (Survival Family Basics - Preppers Survival Handbook Series) was a free kindle book at the time of this posting.


This book contains proven steps and strategies, from over 25-years of Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness, on how to build an emergency first aid kit with traditional items and non-traditional items, identify the signs and symptoms of life threatening injuries that occur during disasters, administering emergency first aid treatment, and having knowledge of essential survival medications both pharmaceutical and homeopathic.

As the roar of the destruction begins to fade in the background will you know how to provide emergency first aid to those around you?

When the public service announcement disrupts your favorite television show, will you know what do following a chemical attack?

After completing this book, you will:
• Be able to identify which injuries are most likely to occur with a disaster and know how to administer basic first aid that may make a difference between life and death.
• Have an understanding of manmade terrorism events and resources to keep you and your family safe.
• Soon view the common household items in your home as rescue items and survival medications.
• And much more!

During a disaster, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospitals are rapidly overwhelmed. All too frequently community centers and school football fields becoming make shift triage centers and morgues.

The best way to ensure that you and your family makes it out of a disaster situation with a positive outcome is to plan and Prep. That’s what we’re about to do, so let’s get started!
Posted: March 25, 2014, 10:37 am
Confessions of A Prepper- Prepper Mom: How To Plan And Protect Your Family And Friends During Any Disaster was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 Understanding how to prepare and survive a disaster scenario often times is the difference between life and death for a family. Unfortunately, many families only have one member of the family who is well versed in survival techniques--usually the male of the household. This trend can be very dangerous and can significantly decrease your odds of survival as a family. This book intends to change this trend and teach every member of your family how to prepare and survive and disaster.

Whether you believe the world is heading towards more violence or you want to prepare for natural disasters, this book is for you. We will cover basic tips and techniques you can use to prepare and survive common natural disasters. We will also cover numerous advanced techniques to help you secure your home and survive a long term disaster. Our tips and techniques can be used in numerous disaster scenarios and will increase your odds of survival as a family.

This book will cover:
Home security
Home defense
Food storage
Water storage
Sanitation
Canning and food preservation
Bug-out bags
Evacuation techniques
and much, much more!
Posted: March 25, 2014, 10:34 am




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