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12 DIY Cheap Wood Burning Stoves & Heater Tutorials — Homestead and Survival

Great  ideas and potential money savers. Wood stoves would be the best way to keep having heat in a shtf situation. I love wood burning stoves , but they can be expensive, so being able to make one for your family to use is a super idea.

Posted: July 28, 2014, 3:33 am
SURVIVE Infinite Dangers -- The Family Survival Guide of 21st Century Dangers was a free book for kindle when this post was written.

 FINALLY, a ‘survivalist” book written for the average suburbanite whose most dangerous task in life until now has been doing battle with crab grass. This book is not meant for the experienced outdoors type who enjoys solitary months “living off the land” in the backwoods of Alaska but, instead, is meant for people who are more at home at “camp Marriott”; someone who enjoys a walk in the park followed by a few hours in a hot tub. The author fits that description so this book was easy to write from first-person experience! You will not find instructions on which bug parts are edible or how to live in a dirt dug-out cave for a few years.

Most people just want to know (1) “what are these “dangers” in SIMPLE terms and (2) how do I best protect my family and others who join my group? You want information to tell you which disasters are not worth worrying about (that the media just scares viewers with for ratings) and which ones may be world changing. You won’t remember everything you read in this book but, keeping it handy, you will have a quick reference guide when a bulletin appears on a TV or radio station with “important information”. It could be anything from something that may lead to your life totally changing to something that won’t even be in the newspaper tomorrow. But you’ll probably have no idea as newscasters seem to love to repeat long scientific words given them by their producers. They also have no idea if it is important or not but they know to make it sound important!

People don’t want to spend hundreds of hours reading becoming an expert on every subject these media “talking heads” banter about. You don’t need to! You have no idea and you really don’t care. I’ve done all that for you in this book. All of these newly invented man-made “Infinite Dangers” that are easy to protect against make up at least 95% of the man-made dangers that didn’t exist twenty or even ten years ago. What exactly is “Infinite Dangers? Simple! Anything seriously dangerous to you and your family and/or group as well as a community, city, state, country or even the world! While the author is not an expert in survivalism, the information contained in this book comes from many expert sources and has been reviewed by experts for completeness and accuracy.

This book is more like 5,000 pages in length. Maybe even 50,000 if you count the contents of ALL the Web sites mentioned. No, that is not a typo. You’ll notice extensive mentions of Web sites. Why waste paper in this book to convey knowledge that is already extensively covered within many Internet sites. The Web sites referenced convey far more information than I could ever write in this book. They provide more detail and more information than I could jam into this book unless you want to buy a 5,000 page book printed in very small type. In fact, this book could be a six page list of small type Web sites except you wouldn’t know which sites are most important and you wouldn’t know what to do with the information. Thus, consider this your “reference book” that either has the information you need within this book, Web addresses of the sites that have the needed information or titles of other books you may wish to buy.

Unlike many books on the subject of surviving and living through disasters from minor short-term local ones to worldwide long-term disasters near the stage of Armageddon, this book does not divide chapters into specific disasters (both by nature and manmade) such as earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, nuclear radiation, pandemics, anarchy and a hundred other specific dangers but, instead, assumes that 90% of preparation and survival of all disasters is essentially the same. It does not waste time repeating the same information chapter after chapter. IF YOU PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING, YOU ARE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING.
Posted: July 27, 2014, 1:55 pm

The art of cooking on a camp fire is simple and very rewarding.  There is nothing better than the taste of fire cooked food.  To prepare and cook a whole chicken on a camp fire is easier than one might imagine.  The best way to cook a whole chicken in camp is basically in a fire pit.  The first thing needed is a good fire pit surrounded by stones; the stones should be approximately 1 to 3 inches in diameter.  Most organised campsite will have a contained fire pit which is ready to go. In this case all you have to do is find some stones, enough to pile alongside the fire pit but not directly into the fire.  If you have to build your own fire pit, dig out a hole about 3 to 5 feet in diameter, 12 to 24 inches deep, and line the base with gravel or sand.  You then take the larger stones and surround the pit with them, the more stones you have the better your containment wall will be.

Once your fire pit is ready, using your woodsman skills, start a fire using clean wood. Avoid at all cost using wood contaminated with paint or chemicals; this is harmful to the environment and is very toxic.  Let the fire burn until a good coal base is present and your fire has heated up the stones around the fire pit. The stones can be tested by throwing a bit of water on them. If they are hot, steam will be ready seen coming from the stones. You are then ready to cook the chicken. You will need one whole chicken, butter or oil, some spices (salt and pepper for starters), aluminum foil, and some vegetables like onions, carrots, and garlic if so desired.

To prepare the whole chicken, you first rinse the chicken with clean water, grease the chicken up with oil or butter. Spice the chicken to your liking, rosemary, salt, and pepper is usually good. Assure that you do not leave the bagged giblet inside the chicken. Butchers will usually leave the inner chicken parts in a bag inside the whole chicken. You can remove the giblets from the bag and reinsert them inside the chicken. This is not for everybody since they are a delicacy to only a few individuals. You can also add your favourite vegetables like onions, carrots, and garlic to the chicken. The veggies can be stuff inside with or without the giblets; this will give the chicken some flavour. Once the chicken is prepared, double wrap it inside the aluminum foil. Assure that the foil is tightly wrapped and that there are no holes puncture through the foil. This is important because you do not want any grease or heat to escape the wrapping, as well as any dirt or outside contaminants in. Depending on the thickness of the aluminum foil, more than a double wrap might be needed; this is a judgment call.

Take the foil wrapped chicken and place it on the stones that are piled up around the fire pit. The stones should be placed in a matter where they form a hole or a bowl. The stones should be hot so take care not to burn yourself, use cooking mitts or a good pair of fire retardant gloves that will prevent you from getting burned. Usually a small shovel or a heavy duty pair of forceps can also be used. The chicken should be placed as close to the heat as possible but not directly onto the flames of the fire. Once the chicken is settled inside the stones, use more hot stones to carefully and fully cover the wrapped chicken. Watch that the foil wrap is not damaged and ripped open by the stones. For better results you can dig a whole going under the fire pit, and then put stones inside the hole where your chicken will be inserted. The hole should be so that it will not cave in on itself.

Make sure your fire is well stoked and that it stays hot at all time. Depending on the size of your chicken and the heat of your fire, the chicken should be ready to eat within 40 to 60 minutes. If your chicken is well wrapped and well covered with hot stones, most of the time the chicken will not burn. It will burn if it is in direct contact with open flames. In this case the chicken can be left to cook and simmer for a long period of time. Usually the longer it stays buried by the fire pit, the better the chicken will taste. You can even cook a chicken over night while your fire is slowly dissipating, make sure the foil wrap is not leaking, this will attract unwanted nocturnal guess.

Dan 'The Gypsy Dad' Sauve vagabonding story can be found at [http://blog.themodernvagabond.com]. For more resources on traveling the vagabond way, visit [http://www.TheModernVagabond.com].

Posted: July 26, 2014, 8:46 pm
Global Incident Map Displaying Outbreaks Of All Varieties Of Diseases

This is a  great website for keeping up with outbreaks, earthquakes, and more.

Posted: July 25, 2014, 6:43 pm
Survivors Edge is a great magazine to have coming in the mail. Full of tons of information for the prepper.

From the website :

Survivor’s Edge will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each issue is action packed, and will help  you prepare as today’s world has changed, and every day presents new survival challenges. Survivor’s Edge will cover a wide range of survival topics, such as: Home & Self-defense tactics and products; Wilderness & outdoor survival skills; Disaster- specific planning; Firearms & Ammunition Testing; as well as Survival stories.
Posted: July 25, 2014, 4:02 pm
This is a yummy recipe that really makes for a great meal after a long day of hiking or whatever when camping. This recipe is very easy to alter to using freeze dried or dehydrated potatoes and onion.


3 potatoes that have been cubed

1 bag shredded cheese

2 cans of corned beef hash

1 diced onion

2 tablespoon olive oil

In a large skillet that will work over a campfire, place all of the ingredients except the cheese. Brown it up until the potatoes are done. Add the cheese and serve.

Posted: July 24, 2014, 8:22 pm
Beginner Soap Making: Simple Homemade Recipes was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.
 Why Make Your Own Soap?
My first reaction to this question is: "Why not make your own soap?"
  • Soap making has never been easier than it is today. 
  • Making your own soap is cost effective. 
  • You can determine exactly what quality of ingredients to use. If you have particular needs, you can address those in your ingredients. Love the scent of lilac? Add lilac oil to your soap.
  • Handmade soaps make great gifts. 
  • You can compensate for any allergic reactions you may have to the ingredients in commercially prepared soaps.
  • You can overcome dry skin ailments with the proper soap.
  • Cold pressed and hot pressed soap information and recipes
You will find all the information you need to get started with your soap making including:
  • Cold pressed and hot pressed soap information and recipes
  • Milled, milk and liquid soap information and recipes
  • Trouble shooting and tips and tricks
  • Along with additional information on additives such as essential oils plus loads more

We have designed this book so that all or our recipes are palm oil free as well.
Posted: July 24, 2014, 1:57 pm
How to Make Firebricks and Wood Stove Logs for Free! | Survival Sherpa

This is such an awesome idea. These would fit perfect in my  wood stove that I bought.

Posted: July 24, 2014, 11:35 am
I bought one of these, Portable Military Camping Steel Wood Stove Tent Heater for Fishing Camp Cooking, a few weeks ago.We haven't had a chance to put it together yet. Hubby hasn't been home enough. But, I did read the reviews and they say to burn it real hot outside to get the paint off. I just wanted this for a really bad emergency. Our winter was so so so so so so so bad last winter. We were stuck in our house for a few weeks and we could not even move our car! We really wanted to move , but it looks like we will be here another damn winter in the house and I wanted something. If our power goes out and we get frozen in again , we will have something! This even has a cooking area made on the top of it. Plus , the factor that my frugal hubby loved, was it was cheap. We had had a chance to buy a wood burning stove last year for $75.00 , but when I went to pick it up , the woman's husband was home and said that she was not supposed to sell it. That he was keeping it to put in their basement. I couldn't blame him. This little stove would work great in our little house. I have watched videos on youtube of people using this stove in tiny houses.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 1:46 pm
I had  to go to the Dollar Tree last night for trash bags and as always they had some neat new items. I need to go back and get a couple more of these. I  couldn't believe that they had these neat things. It actually works too.  An emergency charger for items that use USB! Like cellphones, tablets, kindles, etc. For $1.00!! It uses 2 AA batteries. Which I also got at Dollar Tree! LOVE The Dollar Tree!  Great to add these to your bug-out bag, get home bag, car, handbag, etc.
Posted: July 22, 2014, 12:33 pm
This is an easy and a healthy way to make a snack for children.

Grind 1/2 cup of oatmeal in your blender until very fine.

Add 2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup of flour, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

Cut in 1/4 of a cup of butter.

Add 4 teaspoon of buttermilk.

Roll it out very thin and cut out animal shapes.

Bake at 400 degrees until brown. About 10 minutes.

Posted: July 20, 2014, 9:24 pm
My local news station released a story yesterday about the USGS reassessing the risk of earthquakes. Our area is now in a high risk for a big one. Our Area Is One Of 16 States Recently Assessed As Having A "High Risk" Of A Damaging Earthquake!  There is tons of great info in that article. The USGS has reassessed the risk for 16 states. Read it to find out about your state.

Now is the time to have an Earthquake Kit ready! Have a plan for the whole family. 
Posted: July 19, 2014, 12:55 pm
I had been wanting to try to make some fresh tomato soup for a while now. Not sure why, but I just figured it would be something hard to make. But , it actually isn;t and it uses up your fresh tomatoes from the garden. This recipe for  Fresh Tomato Soup is the one I tried last night. Super easy and super yummy. Better than canned and healthier.Not all of that salt, additives, and preservatives.
Posted: July 18, 2014, 12:22 pm
My hubby is always finding some really cool things at truck stops. This past week he got a few of these, BodyCool Neck Buddys .These are so neat. You put them in cool water for about 30 minutes and then can wrap around your neck to keep cool. Really a good idea for off-grid, hiking, camping, and yard work. A real good use for these is for minor sprains and even headaches. They are non-toxic and are reusable for years. No refrigeration needed for this either. Find a cool stream while camping, hiking, biking , etc and cool down.
Posted: July 17, 2014, 5:21 pm
Surviving Self Sufficiency and Thriving: The Best Manual to Do-It-Yourself and Returning to the Simple, Happy Life was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Learn how to create a simple and happy life that lets you thrive!

Feeling like you can survive anything life throws you is good, but it doesn’t do much for the quality of your life. Your goal should be to create a simple and happy life that is defined not just by survival, but self-sufficiency and it should show through the way you thrive. This book shows you how to walk yourself from just surviving life to thriving by presenting easy to follow instructions and suggestions to transform every aspect of your life. You won’t just learn how to thrive alone, you’ll learn what it takes to surround yourself with friends and community that thrive with you.
Often the elements of what it takes to have a simple and happy life are complicated because authors present them separately. While you can spend years exploring each aspect of what goes into the self-sufficient and happy life, the reality is you need a cohesive and total plan on how to transform all the aspects of your life at once. With this approach you can walk yourself through creating a life that is safe, stable, happy and simple. Don’t complicate a simple life by making it too big of a process, all you need to know to start to thrive is contained in this book. One book, one life – it’s that simple.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll learn about:

  1. How to create spiritual wellness

  2. What you need to do to create a healthy spiritual life

  3. Why good sleep is essential to a simple, happy life

  4. How to create relationships that thrive

  5. Transformational relationship skills

  6. The importance of physical activity to keeping a happy life

  7. What to do to keep the simple and happy life you have created
  8. .

As soon as you start reading this book you will learn things that you can do to start changing your life so you can be happy. This guide isn’t going to talk about a lot of theory and reasons, it is going to walk you through actions you can take to create change. A simple and happy life starts by learning what it is you value. Once you know that – you can then move through each major area of your life to simplify and make yourself self-suffiencient.
One of the most powerful sections of this book is the practical method of understanding, and transforming, your relationships. While finances and health are covered, who we surround ourselves with and the quality of your relationships are what will define how happy you will be. You will learn practical techniques to change how you communicate, know what is important in a relationship and discover how to connect with like-minded communities to support you in your new life.
Better still, this book will also explain to you how to go about creating a financially self-sufficient life that allows money and material things to be a tool for improving the quality of your life. You don’t have to be a minimalist or turn your back on technology to live a simple life, you just need to know what you need and how best to get it. From how you look to how you feel to how you handle money and what you value – you will learn simple and proven techniques to move every aspect of your life forward to create the life you want.
If you want to be happy and if you want a life where you are in control and can survive anything that happens – this is the must read book for you. Read it TODAY and discover how easy being happy really can be!
Buy this book now and transform your life into one that is simple, happy, self-sufficient and yours to keep!
Posted: July 17, 2014, 2:36 pm
The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of survival) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 It's a beautiful sunny day in Southern California. Ben Harrington is arriving at work where he is project manager at a local nuclear power plant. He and his pregnant wife, Sara, live nearby. All is well until the unexpected happens. Suddenly the plant starts to roll and shake. What could NEVER happen.....does happen.

From there the plant workers, the people living in surrounding areas, and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions – stay with their homes, their families, their security. Or flee – if they can. All choices have have both good and bad consequences. All choices affect the character's lives both immediately and for a long time thereafter.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. No one can be so arrogant as to believe it might NEVER happen. History has shown us time after time that......what can go wrong....will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel.

As of January, 2011, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world. The United States has 104 of these plants, France has 58, and Japan has 54

Posted: July 17, 2014, 2:30 pm
I have been doing real good the last 2 months and keeping the food storage items coming to our house. This week we received 2 #10 cans from Honeyville. A Taco Flavored TVP can and a Chicken Flavored TVP one.

This friday I am going to focus more on medical supplies. We also have a plan on saving cash to have on hand if anything happens and can't use debit card or bank.

Posted: July 16, 2014, 9:23 pm
Homesteading Animals: Rearing Rabbits For Meat And Fur - Includes rabbit, duck and game recipes for the slow cookerwas a free kindle book when this post was written. In this Homesteading book by Best Selling Author Norman J Stone, Rabbits are in the spotlight. Perhaps one of the most underestimated and nutritional cheap food sources, rabbits have in recent years been on something of a come-back, and quite rightly so in this authors opinion.
The humble rabbit is high in protein, low in calories and only 4.5% fat - lower even than chicken! Not only that, it is easy, quick and cheap to rear; and produces meat and fur that can be used by the family or sold for profit - or both!

What You Will Find Inside This Book
1 - Choosing Your Rabbits: With so many rabbits to choose from how do you know what is best for you and your particular plans? Here you will find a selection of the most popular rabbit breeds., whether choosing your rabbits for the best meat production, pelts or indeed as pets!

2 -  Caring For Rabbits: If you want to get the best out of any livestock, then you must know how to care for them properly. Invaluable information on how to feed and care for your rabbits for best results.

3 - Costs & Considerations: How much does it cost to set up at rabbitry, and what could be  the profitability of such an exercise?
Case study to look at the possible costs and profitability of breeding rabbits, looked at from a commercial and domestic viewpoint. Subjects covered include the numbers to be expected over a 1 year period, as well as start-up costs for 1 Buck and 3 Does using the New Zealand White rabbit a an example.

4 - Killing & Butchering: If you are raising your animals for meat, then information on how to dispatch your rabbit cleanly and efficiently is absolutely essential. Here are details on just how to achieve this with minimal stress to the animal, as well as how to dress or prepare the carcase.

5 - Glossary of Terms: A selection of over 60 popular terms used amongst rabbit breeders. Do you know what Binky means? Or perhaps what to do if your rabbit is Kindling? Check out these and other important terms here.

6 - Rabbit & Game Recipes! A selection of tasty rabbit and game recipes courtesy of F. A Paris from her excellent slow Cooking book "Slow Cooking Heaven.'

Posted: July 16, 2014, 12:49 pm
Herbal First Aid was a free kindle book when this post was written. In this Book, you will learn how to prepare a simple herbal first aid kit for common emergencies. In addition you will learn how to prepare the herbs that are in ointments, oils and teas and you will learn what they are good for.

Herbal medicine is the great-great-grandmother of medicine. It is the body of medical knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation since the early days of humanity. It is the use of simple, whole plants, complete in their natural balance of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and active ingredients.

The human body in good working order is a natural balance of all the elements found in the earth and the plants that live on the earth. The common dandelion, for instance, has a composition of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and active ingredients almost identical to the human liver. As a remedy, the dandelion answers the needs of every liver complaint or imbalance you can name. A number of doctors refer their hepatitis patients to me because they have seen the results of dandelion in action. After three weeks of dandelion tincture treatment (ten drops taken four times daily), my hepatitis patients are well enough to go out dancing.

It is a truth that stands to reason that the nearer we stay to the whole and natural balance of the earth and its plants, the nearer we are to our own natural balance, which we experience as health.

Herbal medicine is accessible and effective. You don't need to be a scientist to know that marigold (calendula) is antiseptic. You simply have to put it on a festering wound and watch the wound heal within twelve hours. It may be simple, but it is as effective as any and more effective than most of the chemical equivalents. You don't have to be a technician to prepare a cup of herbal tea or a poultice. Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people, and despite the sophistication of modern western medicine, it is still the preferred medicine of 90 percent of the world's population.

An herbalist today has a much wider choice of remedies than the ancient herbalists thanks to the travellers over the ages who consciously or unconsciously carried with them the seeds of their native foliage. The humble plantain is called Englishman's Foot because it sprouted wherever the English stepped. Such instances have caused ecological disasters within delicate ecosystems, but they do give herb gatherers a wide variety.

No medicine chest would be large enough to house a complete herbal pharmacy. This book is a selection of a small number of herbs that most effectively treat the widest possible range of common emergencies and are readily available from health food stores, herbal pharmacies, and natural food stores in the forms described. The purpose of this book is a practical one: to fill in the gaps of information found in most popular herbals. What is the benefit of knowing that chamomile is good for the eyes if you don't know how to prepare it and how to use it?
Posted: July 15, 2014, 2:25 pm
THE COMPLETE ZOMBIE WORLD TRILOGY (THE ZOMBIE WORLD ORDER SERIES) was a free kindle book when this post was written. Welcome to the world of the Zombie World Order Trilogy, where the evil masters of The New World Order manipulate the masses through terror and psy-ops designed to reduce the American People into abject submission.

This is the complete Zombie World Order Trilogy,contained in one book, containing Part One, Two, and Three, with new illustrations.

In Part One, The Zombie World Order, total strangers are thrown together into apocalyptic mayhem to test a bizarre form of psychotherapy. Everything they have is to be burned away in the hope they will be left with the will to survive.

Suicidal and ravaged patients from a rehab are forced to participate in a reality show gone wild, ostensibly meant to document their recovery, in reality meant to publicize their horrifying deaths.

In an Orwellian acid trip, shadow government controlled hordes of Zombies are systematically unleashed upon the East Coast of America by the would-be destroyers of The American Constitution.

Only one person understands the true nature of this evil--Marie, the persecuted daughter of one of the conspirators. Using only her wits, courage, and sawed-off shotgun, Marie must lead the tattered remnants of America in the fight against a Zombie World Order.

In Part Two, Dead To Rights, Marie and her band of battered survivors again must battle an implacable foe, with their very lives staked on the outcome.

From the mountains of Afghanistan to the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C., Marie and her troubled band of misfits confront an insidious plot to create a New World Order Empire using Zombies as change-agents. Fighting against cunning forces eager to destroy the U.S. Constitution, Marie must outwit diabolical evil to thwart the plot to create a Zombie World Order.

Also contained in this book is The Lazarus Law, the epic, 326 page, 110,000 word conclusion to the Zombie World Order Trilogy,

A shadow government infiltrated by an ancient cult treacherously attempts to engineer a Zombie Apocalypse, to bring about the thousand year reign of The Anti-Christ.

Once again, Marie leads her misfit band of followers into battle against the forces of this ancient and evil cult. Mistrusted by both her friends and enemies alike, Marie faces treachery and deceit at every turn. Facing Zombie hordes created and directed to be weapons of mass destruction, she and her friends must overcome their personal struggles while facing an ever more ruthless foe.

Surrounded by Zombie hordes and shadow government betrayal, Marie and each of her friends must fight for spiritual redemption and physical survival.

“Troubled characters you might have spent time with in a cold clammy bar (at least those of us who have had that type experience) struggle to survive the purposeful creation of zombie armies.......Pulling strength and weakness from pasts which have crushed their souls and hardened their resolve to live, each struggles to survive an onslaught of organized, government created zombies hordes roving the Mid Atlantic states...."..

Posted: July 15, 2014, 2:17 pm
Norovirus: How to Stay Safe (Health Matters) was a free kindle book when this post was written. Norovirus is commonly called 'food poisoning' or 'stomach flu'. It causes over 21 million cases of stomach upset (gastroenteritis) every year in the United States and more than 800 deaths. As of January 2013, however, a whole new strain of Norovirus began sweeping throughout the globe and spreading from coast to coast in the United States, and is continuing to spread and even mutate in 2014.

In this report, popular health writer Carolyn Stone gives you the essentials on Norovirus: what it is, where it comes from, how people become infected, and how to prevent it, in order to keep you and your family safe. Learn the symptoms of norovirus infection and the best ways to stop it from spreading to the rest of your family, work colleagues and the general public if you do catch it.

Learn the best ways to deal with the main symptoms of norovirus, including dehydration. Find out how to deal safely with contaminated laundry to stop the spread of the disease.

Learn more about the major 'hot spots' in your home where the virus cold easily spread if you are not careful, and the best ways to keep all of the members of your family as safe as possible if one of you does become ill.

Discover valuable health resources, important research and findings related to norovirus, the best sources of the latest news on the virus, and much more.

Norovirus on its own is bad enough. It can also come at the same time as flu season, leading to even more misery. Foodborne outbreaks of norovirus happen all year round. It also spreads like wildfire from person to person in social settings, from schools, hospitals and nursing homes, to summer camps and cruise ships. Don't let norovirus threaten the health of the younger and older members of your family, or ruin your vacation. Take steps today to avoid norovirus. Even if you do catch it, learn all you can about how to stop it from spreading, to keep safe all those you care about.

You will also receive regular updates of this title while these severe outbreaks continue.
Norovirus: How to Stay Safe


CHAPTER 1-Norovirus: What is It?
CHAPTER 2-How is Norovirus Spread?
CHAPTER 3-What are the Symptoms if You Have Contracted Norovirus?
CHAPTER 4-What are the Best Ways to Prevent You or Your Family from Becoming Ill with Norovirus?
CHAPTER 5-When is it Time to See a Doctor?
CHAPTER 6-Household Hot Spots
CHAPTER 7-Hot Spots Outside the Home







Carolyn Stone is a freelance journalist and health writer who has worked in consumer health publishing and continuing medical education. She is the author of over 70 health and self-help guides designed to empower readers to live better lives.


Posted: July 15, 2014, 1:02 pm

I don't need to tell you why your family needs safe potable water as well as long term food storage, first aid kits, and other survival gear to survive the aftermath of an emergency or disaster.
People can live for days or even weeks without food but no one survives past 4 or 5 days without water. Living on very short rations an "average" person can survive on a minimum of one gallon of water for replacement of normal activities loss, per day. At that drastically minimal rate a family of four will need 120 gallons of potable water to survive for 30 days.
"...Drinking, sanitation and hygiene constitute the basic human survival needs for water. These minimum needs total about 50 liters (13.2 gallons) per person per day. In comparison, the average American uses well over ten times that amount...(1)"
Including drinking, sanitation and hygiene that same family of four would need 1560 gallons of potable water to survive for 30 days. Storing 120 gallons of water to meet subsistence-level needs is easily done, if that's how you visualize your family surviving. Storing 1560 gallons, while making your family's survival experience more pleasant, is problematic if you do not have the ability to replenish your water supply while off of the National Electric Power Grid.
What if one day after an emergency or disaster you turn on the tap and either nothing comes out, or what comes out is unsafe to drink? Water distribution systems require energy and what comes out of your faucet is there because the fragile and vulnerable Grid energized a pump.
The National Electric Power Grid is obsolescent and vulnerable to blackouts due to equipment failure, unintentional human error or recently and most frighteningly, malicious foreign cyber attack.(2) Water self-sufficiency off the grid, and independent of the weather, will ensure that your family has enough water to survive no matter how bad the situation becomes.
The basic component of water self-sufficiency is rain water harvesting and storage. This component requires storage tanks of sufficient capacity with connections to your home's rain gutter system. This component is weather dependent but based upon annual rainfall amounts and seasonal rains distribution in your area, rain water harvesting may well satisfy your un-purified water requirements if you plan properly.
In most parts of continental USA, with the exception of the Southwest, rainfall is fairly regular, reliable and predictably sufficient to be the primary source for your family's survival water self sufficiency. You will have to make a judgment call and decide how much storage capacity you will need to bridge dry spells.
Because we have become so dependent on the grid and the water distribution systems it enables, houses no longer have cisterns to store water for dry spells. Chances are your home doesn't have a cistern either, so you will need to acquire water storage capacity. Water can be stored in almost anything: one gallon water jugs you buy at the supermarket, hard-side metal or plastic tanks, or the much more convenient and less expensive collapsible "pillow" tanks.
We can safely discard the idea of buying, storing and then refilling 1500+ one gallon jugs as impractical. Hard-side tanks are more practical but are always the same size, full or empty, are difficult to handle, expensive and require permanent installation above ground or below.
A much better solution is collapsible "bladder" tanks which are constructed of polymer alloy coated polyester fabrics which meet FDA standards for potable water storage. Bladder tanks are relatively inexpensive and can be stored folded within their shipping boxes until you decide to deploy them.
The water stored in your tanks, while it may appear clear, is not safe to drink. The rain which fell on your roof and ran down your gutters became contaminated with bird feces, insect waste, decayed organic matter, chemicals and other pollutants. To make this water safe to drink it must first be treated or preferably purified.
Treatment involves adding proportionately large amounts of chlorine iodine. This method should be reserved for emergency or occasional use only, because ingestion of too much iodine may be harmful.(3)
The optimum solution is a water purifier which removes sediment and chemicals, kills pathogens and removes pathogenic detritus. An efficient water purifier would use both pre and post-filters and a high-intensity ultraviolet germicidal lamp. Such a device must be proven to have a bacterial kill rate up to 99.99+% including cysts (Giardia and Cryptosporidium), and microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa.(4)
This water purifier should be operable off the Electric Power Grid and capable of converting water from any available source into potable water.
You have acquired long term bulk food storage, first aid kits, tools, defensive weapons and other survival gear. Now you need to become water self-sufficient or all your other preparations are meaningless and your family will perish. WATER IS LIFE.
(1) Basic survival needs were stressed at the Mar del Plata conference, a major international effort to address world water problems organized by the United Nations... The minimum water requirement for replacement for an "average" person has been estimated to be approximately 3 liters (3.2 quarts) per day, given average temperate climate conditions...
(2) The Washington Post, "Checkpoint Washington" Blog, 11/18/2011
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/foreign-hackers-broke-into-illinois-water-plant-control-system-industry-expert-says/2011/11/18/gIQAgmTZYN_blog.html
(3) Heath Canada. Read more: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/disinfect-desinfection-eng.php
(4) University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, Tucson, AZ Copy of report available upon request.
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