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Foods stored in Pantry that are commonly infested include flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed foods, crackers, macaroni, cured meats, powdered milk, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn and spices. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, birdseed and ornamental corn. Insects may be present in several stages (egg, larva, pupa and adult) at the same time in infested products.
An infestation is often present in the form of small brown beetles, moths or worms in cupboards or on shelves. Upon closer inspection, insects may also be found in opened packages or containers of food and in the cracks and crevices of cupboards. Sealed packages may also become infested because some of these insects can readily chew into cardboard and foil packaging.
Once an infestation is observed one should identify the pest and try to locate the source. Occasionally, the source of an infestation can be very hard to find. Rats and mice will sometimes collect seeds or dry pet food and hoard them in walls, under cupboards or shelves where it is difficult to find infestations. So let us check out some commonly found pests and their prevention techniques.
Pests most often found in stored food products are:
Indian Meal Moth:The Indian meal moth is the most common food-infesting moth found in homes, grocery stores and any place where dried pet foods are produced or stored. It feeds on a large variety of stored food products, but home infestations often get started through dried pet food or birdseed.
Dermestid Beetles:They are especially common in flour and cereals, but also are found in candy, cocoa, cookies, corn meal, nuts, pasta, dried spices and many other dry foods.
Saw-toothed Grain Beetles:The Saw-toothed grain beetle is another very common pantry pest. It does not feed on intact whole grains, but feeds on many processed food products such as breakfast food, bran, dried fruits, nuts, sugar, chocolate and macaroni.
Cigarette and Drugstore Beetles:These small, stout beetles are common in homes where they attack pet food, cereals, spices, drugs, tobacco and other packaged foods.
Flour Beetles:In homes, these beetles can be found feeding on flour, cracked grains, cake mixes, beans, peas, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, spices and tobacco.
Spider Beetles:Spider beetles get their name because many actually resemble small spiders in appearance with their small head, prothorax and large globular-shaped abdomen.
Rodents:Rats and mice can chew their way into almost any sort of container and, in addition to eating the contents, will urinate and defecate all over your food.
Cockroaches:Cockroaches are especially problematic in warmer climates and/or multi-family dwellings. These are generally found in the places that lack hygiene.
Pantry Pest Prevention:
The following preventive measures may be taken:
- Purchase food in package sizes that can be used up in a short time.
- When purchasing packaged foods, be certain containers are not damaged and seals are intact.
- Store dried foods in insect-proof containers such as screw-top glass, heavy plastic or metal containers.
- Keep food storage areas clean and do not allow crumbs or food particles to accumulate, as exposed food will attract insects.
- As for bigger pests like rodents and rats, you can use traps and sprays. Depending on the kind of rodent, you will have to order your traps; you will find a wide variety of options at Havahart Traps:
Control of All Stored Food Pests:Inspection and identification of all potential food sources is essential for control of the infestation. Control requires locating and throwing out all infested items. Infested items can be thrown away or salvaged by freezing them for three to four days. Food can be heated in a 140ÂºF oven for an hour with the same result. Use vacuum cleaner for cleaning shelves or cupboards.
Do not use insecticides for controlling these or other insects in pantry areas. Washing shelves with detergent, bleach, ammonia or disinfectants will not have any effect on these pests since these insects lay their eggs on suitable food. Removing infested items and thoroughly cleaning with a vacuum is usually sufficient. As for rats and mice, they can be caught by using Havahart Traps.
So take good care of your pantry and keep it away from pests. But most importantly always remember to have regular clean-ups and check-ups of your pantry because you do not want your pantry to be infested again and again since pests grow at an enormous rate and if it gets too late, then situation can go way out of control resulting in huge losses.
About the Author:Robert Bryant is a blogger and writer. He likes blogging about Social Media, Online Marketing, Health & Food and Legal Issues etc. You can add him on Google+.
Creating a small backyard farm in can be a rewarding experience for the entire family. In addition to the fun you’ll have while taking care of plants and animals, the bounty you’ll enjoy can save a lot of money on grocery bills and help your family to be more “green”. Before you start turning over garden beds and picking out baby chicks, however, make sure you have some practical items in place ahead of time so that your mini farm can be fully functional.
Ample Storage SpaceShovels, hoes and rakes can rust quickly if they are left out in the rain, so having a a good shed is essential for small-scale farmers. Besides garden tools, you’ll also need a decent shed to keep animal feed, straw bales and any seeds you may be storing for the next growing season. Depending on the needs of your family’s backyard farm, you can find small eight-by-eight prefab garden sheds or large, two-story prefab sheds that look like miniature houses.
A Home For Your ChickensIf you buy baby chicks thinking you’ll have time to build a coop for them before they leave the incubator, think again. Having an outdoor home in place before adopting chickens will make the transition outdoors much easier on everyone. You can find portable chicken coops from http://www.shedsunlimited.net/ that are perfect for a small backyard flock. Add your own chicken run to increase the safe roaming area of your precious feathered friends.
A Composting StructureThere are many different ways to build a composting structure, and your backyard farm will benefit from having your chosen structure in place ahead of time. Whether you go with an automatic compost bin, a compost tumbler or a homemade worm bin, the nutrient rich organic matter a compost structure produces will be a key ingredient in your backyard farming success. A composting structure usually takes between three and six months to make its famous “black gold”, so start the process early.
An Automatic Watering SystemAlthough an automatic watering system for your backyard farm may sound too good to be true, they are actually surprisingly affordable. Treat yourself to this convenient farming technology by making a relatively small investment in a water timer and soaker hose. For busy backyard farmers, an automatic watering system can lead to increased yield and reduced stress by saving valuable time that would otherwise be spent bent over with a watering can.
ConclusionHaving the right supplies in place ahead of time will ensure that your backyard-farming venture is a relaxing and fruitful experience. When planned well, a backyard farm can be run smoothly for years, bringing immeasurable joy and fulfillment to those who participate in its daily operation. Although getting started may take an initial investment of some time and money, you’ll be rewarded in the long run for your efforts.
Chaleigh is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She enjoys writing and lifestyle photography. She writes about anything from wooden sheds in NY, to how to properly pave your driveway. In her spare time she likes to take pictures, snowboard, golf, and play ice hockey.
It goes without saying that severe weather causes issues, but in some cases the disarray was more than a little disturbing because it reflected how grossly unprepared everyone affected was. After all, if this much damage has been caused by a few weeks of difficult weather, imagine the chaos that could be caused by a sudden ice age, or shift in climate. It may seem unreasonable, since after all most people seem to fear the opposite: a planet that is becoming too warm. But, all it really takes is a large enough change to the surface of the earth (including under the oceans) to alter circulation patterns in the oceans and atmosphere and send us spiraling in either direction of climate change.
For example, an asteroid might hit the earth with enough force to knock it on its side, even slightly. The changed axis would result in an entirely different pattern of glaciation. Ice might appear near the equator, as many scientists expected it did somewhere between 800 to 540 million years ago, before the earth was righted to its current 23 degree tilt. If people were worried now, try to imagine the panic an even larger, unexpected shift to winter might cause.
Social media has been integral in communication of issues and news regarding weather concerns and closings, but it’s also been a factor in the reemergence of apocalypse discussion, which just goes to show how quickly worry can be transferred from one person to the next.
According to social media analytics tool Viral Heat, last Friday alone resulted in almost 100k tweets about the winter storms and nearly 5k Instagram posts of winter damage and landscapes. Images displaying states completely frozen over, like this shot of Michigan below, have also been trending.
It’s great that modern communication channels keep everyone up to date, but as we all know, misinformation can often cause a blow-up or exaggeration of events, which leads to panic, overreactions, and well, we’ve all seen the films. Imagine if the amount of images like this wrecked semi buried in snow on I-74 in Illinois tripled on your social media feeds:
You might find yourself feeling the urge to buy out your local grocery store, stock up on canned goods and bottled water, and prepare for the worst (which might be a good idea anyway). This kind of behavior creates even more panic, and soon enough the entire country will have convinced itself we are in a state of dire need, with food shortages, and sudden price increases on remaining supplies.
So what does this teach us? For one, not only should people be more prepared for unexpected weather, they shouldn’t expect the government and officials to be solely responsible for fixing unexpected issues. As Chicago has demonstrated, the process of implementing forces to keep urban areas running efficiently are costly, and budgets don’t allow for a ton of wiggle room. This is all the more reason why every person should think ahead to what his or her most dire needs are, in case a trip to the grocery store suddenly becomes a non-option. We can only hope that this winter will serve as a warning for future occurrences, but in case it doesn’t, be sure to prepare yourself.
Elizabeth Eckhart is a blogger and entertainment writer, currently surviving the winter storms in Chicago, IL. She can be followed on Twitter at @elizeckhart.
Be InformedKnow where to go for information during an emergency. Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked weather radio and regular radio. Do not rely upon technology in order to get information, as conditions may result in disruptions to telephone and electrical utilities.
Assess Your NeedsEach member of the family will have his or her own unique needs for emergency preparations. Perhaps one child has a fear of the dark; an extra flashlight and batteries may be good to have on hand. Take the time now to assess your needs as a family so that you can make your shelter in place and evacuation plans accordingly.
Stock UpSome emergencies may result in the need to shelter in place for a significant amount of time. In an event such as the contamination of the water supply, you will need to have plenty of potable water for consumption and hygiene purposes. Consider the installation of a Liquivault to collect and store rainwater for your hydration and cleaning needs. A supply of non-perishable, nutrient-dense foods is also essential. A first aid kit, over the counter and prescription medications and a few comfort items should complete your emergency supply rations.
Make a Go PackSome emergencies may necessitate leaving your home and evacuating to a safer area. You may only have a few minutes to gather your belongings before you have to leave your house. The pack should contain a change of clothing, basic personal care items, a small amount of cash and 2 to 3 days worth of bottled water and non-perishable food. A week's worth of medication should also be included.
Make a Family PlanKnow how to reach every family member at any time of the day. Decide on where to meet and how to contact each other during an emergency. Have a way to check in and account for each other.
Being prepared for the worst allows you the peace of mind that comes with proper planning. Acting now may reduce stress and allow you to respond to any emergency situation in a calm and logical manner.
Chaleigh is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She enjoys writing and lifestyle photography. She writes about anything from emergency preparedness, to how to properly pave your driveway. In her spare time she likes to take pictures, snowboard, golf, and play ice hockey.
In the United States, because hurricanes can be as big a threat to national security as bombings, emergency management and disaster response follows well-thought-out processes and procedures. That way, when it comes time to implement those procedures, the discussions about what to do, when and why, as well as the training regarding it, have already taken place. Here is a look at the dominant principles and logic of disaster response that aim to restore order and safety, mitigate suffering and bring relief to those who need it as quickly and efficiently as possible, whether those who respond are the Boston Fire Department or FEMA.
Search-and-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Are PrimaryWhen disaster strikes, it can be easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees — especially when there are a lot of trees, and they all legitimately need something. To most efficiently use resources to meet the tasks at hand, emergency responders focus on those needs that are most pressing: search-and-rescue and any emergency medical services. While some people may need shelter and others may need to find loved ones, in the immediate aftermath of a large-scale emergency, those very real concerns have to go on the back burner.
Widespread Injury Will Potentially Overwhelm Medical ServicesBecause the vast majority of the most serious injuries occur in the initial moments after a disaster, the need for medical personnel like doctors, nurses, surgeons and technicians is the greatest at the exact time their availability is the most stretched. Services are in constant use and so seem unavailable, and supplies like blood and medicines will also dwindle in supply and availability. During these moments immediately following an emergency, medical facilities, ambulances, infrastructure and the like are all pressed beyond their normal capacities, causing a further increase of strain on the health care systems trying to absorb the initial needs.
Shelter, Food, Water and Medicine Must Be Found
Assessing Ongoing RisksDisasters create an ongoing instability that lasts even after the threat has passed. Whether looters, unstable structures, the threat of water-borne disease or running out of supplies, a tenet of disaster relief is that ongoing risks must be continually evaluated and assessed to be met.
The Disaster Determines the Health NeedsDifferent types of disasters create different problems and needs, and thus they require different types of medical assistance. Earthquakes tend to result in broken bones and cuts, blunt-trauma and other weight-related injuries like crush syndrome. Hurricanes and floods can lead to water-based illnesses, upper respiratory infections, cholera, dysentery and the like. The injuries that result from explosions and bombings create similar types of health needs: massive blunt-trauma and blood loss, lacerations and lost limbs.
Logistical Flexibility Is EssentialEven with excellent preparation and training, service providers and responders must respond to a disaster and the havoc it leaves in its wake with both humility and flexibility. A rigid devotion to an emergency handbook or methodology can miss the needs and opportunities that a more loose and creative approach might be able to see. While training is heavily relied upon in order to get through the difficulties of a disaster and its aftermath, logistical flexibility must remain a priority.
Large-scale disasters are something no one wants to experience, but tornados and terrorists continue to exist. In order to respond as efficiently and helpfully as possible, disaster relief has developed its own version of best practices so that as few as possible will be lost.
Erica Taylor is a blogger who covers a wide variety of topics but specializes in topics concerning homeland security and emergency responses. You can find her on Facebook and Google plus.
Everyone wonders what they would do in the event of a natural disaster. Rather than finding the entire family unprepared when faced with natural disaster and subsequent power outages and food shortages, every family should do these four things to ensure that they are well-prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.
Have Plenty of Food Preparation OptionsEvery family can remain well-fed during a natural disaster with a little foresight, planning, and effort. Many families should consider making meals ahead of time that can be stored in the freezer and easily reheated. Also, families should keep in mind that gas stoves can be lit even if the power is out. This means that canned foods and frozen foods can be prepared on the stove for as long as there remains gas to power the stove.
Make Sure There Is Running WaterIn a disaster situation, there will be a great demand for clean water. Having a working water line coming into the house is of the utmost importance. If a family is concerned about having clean water, they should prepare by keeping large drums of water in the house (usually in the basement or garage) which can be used if, for any reason, the main water line becomes unusable. Ellen Kirk, a specialist from K & S Plumbing Services who works in water line repair in Houston, recommends that a household consider investing in an emergency water tank designed to connect with a home's water line. These are available in several sizes, and work to provide clean, running water in an emergency situation.
Secure The HomeSecuring the home means much more than locking the doors. Every home should have weatherstripping and insulation on all of the windows and doors. If there is a severe heat wave or blizzard and the power goes out, proper insulation will keep the interior of the home liveable. Keeping sandbags on hand is useful in areas prone to flooding, as these will keep both water and hazardous debris away from your property. When using sandbags, arrange in a u-shape, with the inner curve of the 'u' facing and sealing in the area you wish to protect.
Establish a Family Plan Before You Need itEvery family must have an emergency plan which allows them to handle dangerous and disastrous situations. Families should create a list of jobs for everyone to do, from locking down the house to locating candles and flash lights, as soon as disaster strikes. When family members know their roles and responsibilities in a potentially dangerous situation, they are less likely to panic and better able to work as a group towards effective self-sufficiency. If a family does not have a plan for dealing with natural disasters, something could easily be forgotten or ill-executed, resulting in a failed disaster management plan and wasted effort.
Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, old movies, and indoor rock climbing.
Disasters are events that happen without warning, so many of us are not prepared for one. However, it is essential for you to take the time to prepare for a disaster. There are several things that you will need to do to prepare for a disaster. Below are some essential tips:
Get Trained In CPR And First AidMedical emergencies commonly arise during or after a disaster. During a medical emergency, every second is critical to helping people. In many cases, if a person does not get help until the paramedics arrive, then he or she will not survive. That is why it is important for you to learn CPR and basic first aid. You may also want to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Furthermore, you should encourage your family members to do the same.
Put Together A Disaster KitYou and your family members could potentially be without power for a couple of days if a disaster occurred. It may also be days before you can get someone to help you. A disaster kit will help you and your family get by until help arrives. This disaster kit will need to have bottled water, non-perishable food items, first aid supplies, blankets, flashlights and batteries. One thing to never overlook – a portable water filter. Water is such a necessity, and having the ability to filer water anywhere is huge to survival. You can find great water filters at filterwater.com, if you’re serious about getting some.
If someone in your family uses medication, then you should put it in the disaster kit also. Make sure that you have enough supplies in the disaster kit to last at least three days. Update this kit every three months and put it in a place where you can easily find it.
Put Together A Disaster PlanYou and your family members will need to put a plan in place so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. This plan should include an immediate location outside of the home where everyone can meet, such as a community park or your neighbor’s home. It should also include an out of state location and a list of family members or friends in that area. Rehearse your disaster plan several times.
Disasters are unfortunate events that can strike suddenly. However, you will know how to deal with one if prepare for it. You and your family members should take a CPR and first aid course. It is also important to put together a disaster kit and plan.
Tricia Borren is a mom and a blogger from Beverly Hills.
In most cases you have a 30-120 second window to escape your vehicle before it is completely submerged underwater. You need to act fast. According to the paper, Automobile Submersion: Lessons in Vehicle Escape, more than 400 people die in North America every year because they don't or are unable to act quickly enough before drowning. To avoid sleeping with the fishes, the next time you find yourself bobbing up and down in the lake, employ these four steps:
Step One: Chill OutA lesson for any time-sensitive life threatening situation, keep calm. Hyperventilating, screaming, stunned frozen silence; these reactions may feel natural but they will also cost you your life.
Save the theatrics until after you are safely out of the car and calmly assess the situation to get yourself out as soon as possible. Take off your seat belt, cutting it if necessary, and go on to step two.
Step Two: Create an Escape RouteYour car is probably filling up with water at this point so you need to create a way out. If you can roll down your windows, this is obviously the easiest method. Cars that use electric windows may or may not be functioning, if they are you are good to go.
Do not under any circumstance try to open the door. First off, you probably couldn't if you tried. Second, the small attempt will if anything, only accomplish letting more water inside. This is where a tool such as the LifeHammer is really worth its weight in gold. Keep an emergency tool inside your vehicle at all times that will allow you to easily shatter your windows or cut your seat belt. Once you have a window opened, it is time to go. If for any reason you couldn't get out of the window you will have to wait until the vehicle completely submerges and the pressure alleviates. With a bit of muscle you should be able to get the door open.
Step Three: Save Small People FirstIf you have other passengers in your vehicle, specifically children, help them out first. As soon as you have gotten out of your seat belt and broken the window, help the children out of theirs. Small kids may have trouble fighting the current so do what you need to do to get them out of there. It may be necessary for you to carry them out.
Step Four: Swim to SafetyThe hard part is over, but you still need to swim to a safe place. Be mindful that there could be strong currents. Do whatever you need to do to get to dry land. If you are in a public area, this is probably a good time to start calling for help.
It is extremely important to be mentally prepared for any life-threatening situation you may find yourself in. Whether you study up on what to do when animals attack cars, or you do a mental run-through of escaping a sinking vehicle, a few steps can save your life.
Jessica Galbraith is a full-time writer and author of the travel blog The Fly Away American. Find her at Twitter @flyawayamerican.
Winter temperatures can vary from mild to frigid. A weather pattern known as a Polar Vortex sweeps arctic temperatures into regions that otherwise have relatively mild winters. Furnaces that have parts ready to fail are most likely to quit right when they are needed the most. Infrastructure such as public utilities and furnace fuel deliveries may be compromised or delayed due to the cold. However, if the heat does go out, there are ways to survive it.
Relocate to Another PlaceThis is the most obvious choice, and the survival is now all about the home without heat. Knight Plumbing recommends shutting off the water at the main water valve, and then opening both a cold and hot water faucet at the lowest and highest points in the home to allow the water to drain from the pipes. This will prevent broken water pipes if temperatures in the home drop below freezing. If a home is expected to go without heat for longer than a day in freezing temperatures, shutting off and draining the hot water heater along with draining water from toilets and P-traps is also necessary.
Stay in One RoomChoose a comfortable room in the interior of the house, preferably one that does not have walls that are outside walls of the house. Temporarily tack up a blanket over open passageways or keep the door closed. Prepare the room for sleeping with sleeping bags and plenty of blankets. Have everyone in the family sleep in the same room. Do not leave any space heater operating when everyone is asleep. The combined body heat of everyone being in a room closed off from the rest of the house provides a significant amount of warmth.
Use Space Heaters SafelyFirst and foremost, it is important to read and heed every detail of manufacturer instructions for any space heater. In fact, it is good to reread space heater owner's manuals each season they are used. No space heater is inherently safe. They can catch nearby objects on fire. Space heaters themselves can fail and catch fire. Fossil fuel burning space heaters are a potential source of lethal carbon monoxide poisoning. If space heaters are used, an awake person should be in each room where they are used, and only those completely familiar with their functions should refuel or operate them.
Develop a Relationship With a Heating Repair CompanyHeating installation and repair companies get swamped with calls when the temperatures take a nosedive. The longer the cold snap lasts, the more calls come in. An already established customer is going to go to the top of the list for service calls. It is easy to develop a relationship with a company by having annual inspections of heating equipment performed. This also greatly reduces the likelihood of the furnace being the cause of the heat going out in the first place.
Have a Permanently Installed Alternate Heat SourceThose who live in arctic climates where temperatures routinely drop to dangerous levels in the winter have a backup heat source permanently installed in their homes. During times that the public utilities are functional and the main furnace is functional, the backup heat source serves in a supplementary capacity. If the main furnace fails or if the fuel supply to the main furnace fails, the backup heat source then becomes the primary method of heating the home. Backup heat sources for homes typically use a completely different fuel source than the primary furnace. For example, homes heated by natural gas may have a wood burning stove installed as an alternate heat source.
When the heat goes out, it is imperative for everyone to think about staying safe. The winter season is the prime season for residential fires. Many are caused by careless mistakes made with space heaters or attempts to thaw frozen pipes. Prior preparation makes surviving the loss of a primary heat source easy to bear. Calling a professional Calgary plumber if pipes do freeze is also much better than homeowners attempting to thaw them on their own.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband.
What are the 11 functions do you ask?
- Can Opener
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- 4 Position Wrench (for various size nuts & bolt heads)
- Butterfly Wrench
- Saw Blade
- Direction Ancillary Indication (check out this link if you want to know how to do this)
- 2 Position Wrench
- Lanyard Hole (key ring hole)
This is a very cool tool. A nice and thin tool that you can keep on you all the time.
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Apocalyptic events seem like the stock of pop-culture shows and extremists, but just last week, the 9th largest city in the US came to a stand still for 2 days when a snowstorm hit the south. The year before, Super storm Sandy devastated areas of New York and New Jersey, causing looting and crime waves. Now matter where you live, you should be prepared for the possible, if not inevitable likelihood of a major disaster. This includes stocking up on those things that could be most helpful in an emergency situation.
Anything necessary in an apocalyptic moment is something that should be considered essential in the realm of our daily lives; always be prepared, right? Here are the must-haves for a prepared home, on any given day, zombies or not:
Chain Link FenceA chain link fence is light, portable, and easy to assemble. Use it to ensconce a wood fence, or double-up for maximum security. Insulates your property from intruders, keeps your kids and dogs in the yard. It can also come in handy should you need to raise your own poultry after a major disaster, or create a safe zone.
Nail GunA nail gun could be an invaluable tool in the event of a catastrophe. Whether you're looking to build some comfortable shelter, or just wanting to repair your home, a nail gun can save you a lot of time, and energy. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a small army of volunteers from nearby states poured in to Louisiana to help people put their lives back together. Those with nail guns were able to quickly provide short term and long term relief to the survivors. Having a tool that can quickly board up windows and doors could be a life saver if you get word of an emergency storm alert.
Ample Fishing SuppliesIf the shelves of the grocery store are empty, you'll need another way to find food. Some disasters can last a lot longer than you might hope or expect, and it never hurts to keep some fishing gear handy. Whether you live in a dense urban area, or in the middle of nowhere, you will likely be near some body of water that has fish in it. Keep a couple of poles, nets, fishing lures, and ample fishing line on hand. Even if you aren't particularly adapt at fishing, you can share them with someone who is and get some fresh food.
Power ToolsPreparing for a disaster is threefold, you need to have the supplies on hand to help you do some timely disaster prep, like boarding up windows, supplies that will help you during a disaster, like a radio and shelter, and supplies to help you after the event has passed. Power tools like band saws and skill saws can help you before and after a disaster to build shelter, and clear debris. A portable band saw, for example, could be used to salvage valuable metal parts and pieces that you might need, or to clear debris in tight spaces. If you do keep power tools on hand, be sure that they are well charged, and that you have replacement parts on hand. Chances are, the hardware store will be closed after a disaster, so pick up some extra batteries, or Makita band saw parts. You can get the supplies you'll need to keep your tools up and running at a local store or online at sites like http://www.mmtoolparts.com/store/tool-parts/dewalt-parts/dewalt-band-saw-parts
MatchesWhat an underdog. Your lighters will eventually run out of fluid. If you plan on eating anything warm after the power and gas grid fails, you best be gathering these endlessly useful flint-sticks in bulk. Get them for free! Fill your pockets at every restaurant, gas station and wedding you go to. Matches should be falling out of every drawer in your home. Even if you use them to barter for other necessities, matches will not be something you regret stocking up on.
No matter how convinced you are of an impending disaster scenario, it wouldn't hurt to have these five items around your home for day-to-day use, and for protection.
Marlena Stoddard writes on emergency preparation and energy independent homes. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn't spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.
Sometimes a power outage is a temporary inconvenience; in other situations, it’s a major problem that accompanies natural disasters. Regardless of their cause or duration, power outages can be prepared for in advance using the following tips:
Stock your WaterKeep two weeks’ worth of purified drinking water on hand, preferably bottled water. During prolonged power outages, water purification systems may not be functioning correctly and tap water could therefore be contaminated. Potentially unsafe water should be treated with water purification tablets or thoroughly boiled before use. If you don't have power, boiling may be difficult, so it's best to have some water on hand.
Food StorageKeep a week’s worth of non-perishable food on hand. Due to the risk of microbial contamination during prolonged power outages, refrigerated perishables should be discarded after four hours. Perishables in a freezer – or refrigerated perishables immediately transferred to an ice-packed cooler - can be kept for up to 24 hours.
Emergency KitMake sure to have the following essentials:
- A first aid kit containing bandages, gauze, and disinfectant
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Sanitation items and prescribed medications
- A battery-operated or self-powered radio
- A fully charged cell phone
- Extra pocket money
- A manual can opener
Protect your ValuablesProtect your electrical appliances by installing surge protectors. In the event of a power outage, disconnect all electrical appliances. If you like, leave one light on to tell you when power’s been restored.
Emergency DetectorsInstall carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms. Carbon monoxide detectors can warn you of electrical fires, which are almost impossible for homeowners to extinguish. Since most electrical fires occur within a building’s walls, the fire may appear smaller than it actually is. Know the location of the closest exit and call 911 as soon as you and your loved ones are safe. Be sure that your detectors have back up batteries if they are the type you plug into an outlet.
Back up PlanConsider purchasing a backup generator. This generator must have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician before it can be used to power your home. Never plug a portable generator directly into a household outlet. Operate gas-powered generators outside, away from doors and windows. If you aren't sure why your power went out, it's best to contact a specialist to come check on your home electrical wiring. If your neighbors power is still one, you most likely have a wiring problem.
Well-prepared households have a written safety preparedness plan that covers what to do in the event of a power outage and where critical supplies are kept. Since natural disasters often accompany power outages, the two can be integrated to prepare your family for a worst-case scenario. If necessary, make sure this plan accommodates the needs of young children, pets, and the elderly. This way, your family can be kept safe and comfortable even when the power is out.
Kandace Heller is a freelance writer in Orlando, Florida. She studied Communications and loves to read and write. Kandace loves doing research and sharing what she learns to help others.
Here are a few tips as to how to control mosquitoes in your garden effectively
Get rid of sources of standing waterMosquitoes are known to breed in and around stagnant water. Therefore, guard your house against standing water anywhere – bathroom, water accumulated at the backyard, swimming pool , pits near your house, even water tanks which attract a lot of mosquitoes since there is a vast number of germs breeding inside. Be very careful if your house area is a low lying area, since during rainfall, water logging at certain spots leads to stagnant water at many places. It is for this reason that the countryside places are mosquito induced since the maintenance level there is not as high as the niche towns.
Wear Light Colored ClothesIt has been observed that dark tones of color like black, brown, royal blue and others are the ones which attract the mosquito’s big time. So, especially when you’re outdoors in the evening, wear light shades like pink, lemon yellow, baby blue, peach, white, sea green and other pastel shades which are effective in keeping away the mosquitoes. Not only this, they are also effective in making you feel lighter, cooler and more comfortable during a hot and humid weather.
Essential Oils Help In Warding Off MosquitoesIf you are looking out for some natural remedies to ward off mosquitoes and do not intend to use mosquito sprays, fearing the harmful chemicals it contains, then here is a tip. Get some lemon grass oil and peppermint oil from the nearest store. Mix 100 ml of both the oils in a small bottle and shake well. Apply on your body before sleeping or even while going for your regular routine evening jog. The staunch smell of the oils repels the mosquitoes greatly and they fly away from whichever area smells of these oils. If you do not buy the idea of applying the oils on your body, then buy some candles which are burnt using essential oils and light candles in your house using this oil. The atmosphere would feel much conducive than before.
West Nile DiseaseWest Nile disease is a fatal disease which is very common in the North America and it is caused by a mosquito bite. The disease has a mortality risk and as if the infection caused in the body reaches the brain, the victim dies. The risk is the highest during early fall and late summers when people tend to get careless and relaxed about mosquito protection. However, the medical researchers in North have observed that the chances of West Nile disease in a more severe form increases with the people who are stung by mosquitoes late in summers.
Stay out of the garden when mosquitoes are most activeMosquitoes are usually very active either after sun down or early morning during the wee hours. So, one way to protect yourself from the mosquitoes is to stay away from your garden or any other mosquito induced place at those times when the risk of their presence of the highest. However, if you do not wish to restrict yourself or your family members, then instead of the regular measures, go for more natural gardening or organic gardening which usually involves the use of organic manure and other ingredients for keeping the grass and plants healthy but have a peculiar smell which drives mosquitoes away.
Make Use Of mosquito Mesh NetsWhile sleeping you are inactive and also unaware of the presence of any disturbances around you. And it is then, when you are most defenseless that mosquitoes attack you as they would get to suck your blood peacefully without receiving any defense in return. Therefore, choose to cover your bed with a mesh net whenever you are sleeping. Go for the ones which are fixed one time and do not require to be removed every day. The tiny holes in the net would give you the much needed oxygen while efficiently protecting you against mosquitoes.
When Outdoor, Choose A Breezy SpotYou must have observed that mosquitoes always fly to places which do not have proper circulation of air since their body weight is minimal and they cannot cover long distances. Therefore, mosquitoes are never able to fly very far. So, when you are outdoors, choose a place which is breezy in order to keep the mosquitoes at bay. If you are in sitting in a park, go for the spot which is right under the densely lush tree so that even if the breeze is light, you get to experience the soothing wind as well as keep yourself guarded against mosquitoes.
Remember To Change Water Of the Bird BathThe small place where water is accumulated for the purpose of creating a bird bath is surely a thoughtful way of helping out the thirsty birds during summers. However, always remember to replace the water there with fresh water at an interval of 2-3 days as after that germ build up would increase leading to breeding of mosquitoes.
Jaden Sanders is a blogger. He likes to blog about tips and tricks to keep animals away from home and garden.
Whether you are at home, on a hike, or on a hike that has become a dire survival situation, knowing how to appropriately care for wounds can save you everything from a trip to the emergency room to yours (or someone else's) life. While cleaning and dressing an open wound, keep in mind that everything needs to be clean: your hands, any surgical or cutting instruments, the area you're working on, and all bandages need to be as clean as possible to prevent infection.
Prepare the Wounded AreaOnce the wound has been located, remove clothing from the area by trimming with scissors or completely removing the article of clothing. Dirty clothing can put the wound in contact with harmful materials like debris and infection-causing bacteria. Remove any remaining foreign objects you see from the wound. Special care should be taken with sharp materials, to avoid causing further injury upon removal.
Stop the BleedingUsing a clean cloth, such as gauze, apply light pressure to the wound. This will stop up the flow of blood from the wound. Be careful to not apply too much pressure; this can cause tissue death and delay proper healing at the wound site. If the cloth soaks through with blood, switch it out with another clean cloth. Repeat until bleeding has stopped. Do not use a tourniquet unless bleeding is extremely severe, as in an arterial bleed. In this case, use the tourniquet sparingly and use a clean cloth, in tandem, to help stop bleeding.
Clean the WoundOnce the bleeding has stopped, use a cleaning solution to carefully rinse the wound. Both antiseptic wash and saline solution will work for this. In the event that neither is available, you can wash the area with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water. Slowly pour your cleaning solution over the wound; never rub or pat the area. Any remaining debris can be removed with clean tweezers, so long as it isn't deeply imbedded. If the wound starts to bleed again, apply a clean cloth until the bleeding has stopped. Debris from an urban injury, like road rash or glass cuts, can be extremely tough to get out and can cause severe tissue and internal damage if removed incorrectly. Use extreme caution for these instances.
Dress the WoundTo dress the wound, use a triple antibiotic ointment to cover it. The ointment will help protect against infection, while keeping the skin from sticking to the bandage. For a small wound, a simple bandage will suffice. If the wound is too large for a regular bandage, use gauze secured with waterproof tape. Repeat this step every twelve hours. Fresh bandages and triple antibiotic ointment help prevent infection and scarring.
Remember that, if you are not in a situation where field dressing is absolutely necessary and emergency medical care is available, do not attempt it. An expert in injury law, attorney T. Neal Brunt advises against performing certain procedures unless absolutely necessary, as you may be held responsible if your efforts put an injured person in further danger or were performed without permission.
Accidents can occur anytime, anywhere. If you plan on spending extended time outdoors, perhaps hunting or camping, it's a good idea to carry a first aid kit. Keep your kit stocked with bandages, gauze, tape, antiseptic and triple antibiotic ointment. Include a first aid kit in any emergency supplies or go-bags you have, as you'll never know when you'll need it. Keep in mind that the key to successfully managing an open wound, in combination with the steps above, is to remain calm and work quickly.
Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.
SurviveIn the event of a catastrophe, immediate survival depends on a few key things. Water is at the top of this list. With that in mind your car emergency kit should include enough water to last at least a day or two. The rugged Reliance Products Four Gallon Aqua Water Container is compact and storable, making it a leader in its field and a great choice for your needs. This container is designed for easy mobility and access - and because it is made of heavy-duty transparent plastic - you can see how much water remains.
Of course, there is a chance that you may have to also collect and store your own water. In these situations you will also need a water filter.
In addition to water and a filter, LED flashlights and/or headlamps, an emergency radio, fleece blankets, a reflective emergency sleeping bag, a multi-purpose knife, batteries, fire starters, work gloves, binoculars, light sticks, maps, walking shoes for every family member, sunscreen, bug repellant and face masks are all additional essentials. A first aid kit is also mandatory: the American Red Cross offers a number of them, including the Deluxe Family First Aid Kit.
SustainWhile the above materials will help you respond to an immediate disaster, long term survival depends on more sustenance. Pack items with long shelf lives that are lightweight but high in calories, such as energy bars, peanut butter, almonds, jerky, dried fruit, tuna fish, fruit cups, trail mix and seeds. Sports drinks and V-8 juice help replenish fluids while providing nutrients. Avoid chocolate which can melt in high temperatures.
SanitizeWhile these items may not be the most urgent on your list, you'll be grateful for them in any extended emergency situation. Toilet paper, baby wipes and disinfecting wipes are handy when bathroom access is in question. Practice good hygiene by bringing along hand sanitizer, soap, feminine protection items and dental supplies -- such as toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Trash bags and a variety of zip-top bags can help with everything from holding water to containing trash to covering uncertain surfaces. Travel-sized items are typically the most efficient when it comes to stocking a portable apace-saving kit.
SecureWhen the power goes out, so do ATM machines; a lack of cash renders you powerless. Shore up your defenses by making sure you always have enough cash for gas and an overnight stay at a hotel. In catastrophic situations, threats aren't just natural: a whistle and pepper spray can help ward off attackers. Lastly, keep a laminate list of emergency numbers readily available.
Before you head out for that next road trip or just to pick your kids up at school, take a second to imagine the worst happening. Are you prepared? Do you have what you need? If not, you have a new priority item on your daily "to do" list. Use this helpful guide to prepare an emergency car kit and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be ready when disaster strikes.
Joanna Hughes writes on all subjects, ranging from lifestyle, fashion and beauty to business and tech.
When we picture the end of the world, we often imagine the devastation of a nuclear bombing, or society collapsing into a total state of anarchy. However, if you prepare only for these scenarios, you may find yourself completely at a loss in the case of an insect apocalypse.
Sure, it may not sound like a glamorous way to go, but we are already extremely outnumbered by these tiny creatures. We may be closer to peril than we realize when it comes to locusts, mosquitoes and ants. What can you do to prepare for these situations and make sure you and your loved ones escape unscathed? Read on for some valuable advice.
The Locust PlagueLocusts are mostly known for the role they are said to have played in the ten plagues of Egypt, but most species of locusts are alive and well today. While these insects do not directly harm humans, they cause devastation through their ability to completely devour all the organic material in the area they decide to swarm. Therefore, if you are living off the land, or even depending on a small garden plot for most of your food, locusts can be a huge problem.
If locusts swarm your shelter, there’s not much you can do to stop them. A few precautions can help save some of your crops. Surrounding your garden in sturdy netting, cheesecloths or Flour Sack Towels may help save some of the damage, but remember that locusts can squeeze through gaps in the netting.
If the worst happens, and you lose your crops, remember that, surprisingly, locusts are edible, and a good source of protein.
Mosquito ApocalypseMost of us recognize mosquitoes as minor annoyances - their bites a given negative side to summer’s nice weather. However, did you know that mosquitoes can swarm, just like locusts? If conditions are right, fertile breeding leads to overcrowding, and the hungry insects will ruthlessly start sucking on the blood of any animal they can find.
Fortunately, mosquito traps exist which actually interrupt the breeding cycle. One of these devices is a must-have if you will be in a place teeming with mosquitoes, even if they’re not swarming. Beyond the trap, be sure to wear light long-sleeved clothing and gloves to protect yourself from bites, and consider wearing netting around your head to protect your face.
Ants Taking OverThe ground beneath your feet is teeming with another potential threat: hundreds of thousands of ants. The powerhouses of the insect world, ants have colonized nearly every landmass on earth besides Antarctica. In fact, ants of one particular species have colonized much of the world, forming one gigantic mega-colony that spans from Europe to Japan to the California coast.
As anyone who has seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull knows, ant swarms are terrifying – even when not elevated to a cinematic level. Fire ants can swarm in seconds and their bites can even lead to death.
In order to escape these bites, which tend to be incredibly painful, avoid wearing sandals or flip flops when walking through an area where you may not immediately spot an ant mound. Keep ants from swarming your home or shelter by creating barriers with substances ants dislike, such as soap, peppermint oil, cinnamon or coffee grounds. If they do enter your home, take advantage of insect control products designed to trap and kill them.
No matter what happens, remember that insects are less likely to be drawn to a clean space than a messy one. Make sure that any food you have stored is in air-tight plastic, glass or metal containers. Insects can chew through materials like cardboard and fabric, so never store food in these. Finally, be sure to keep insect repellent sprays and traps on hand; you’ll regret not having them!
Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.
7 Survivalist Uses for Duct Tape
Fix your tentYou’re at your campsite about to turn it in. Is that a tear you see when you open your tent? No problem. Use a patch of duct tape for covering the tear or hole. For added protection, mirror your patch on the other side of the tent, as well.
Keep your tent closedA damaged tent zipper can be a nightmare. You can become vulnerable to the cold, night air and bugs as your tent door flaps around in the wind. Use duct tape on the door to stick it closed instead.
Make a cordUsing duct tape, twist a few lengths of it into a rope or cord.
Reseal open food packagesBugs and critters invading your food stash is a survivalist’s nightmare. So, after opening packages of food, fold the tops over and seal them up tightly with duct tape. You can do the same thing with your canned foods, too. Just seal the top of the can securely with the miracle tape.
Protect your waterStrips of duct tape can be used to repair a pierced or cracked hydration bladder or water bottle. It’s even effective for reinforcing and strengthening them when they don’t need repairing. Simply wrap duct tape all around your water bottles to help prevent cracks and leaks. Just remember that duct tape doesn’t stick well to wet surfaces. So, dry off your bottles well first.
Fashion a shelterOut in the world with no tent or other type of shelter? Then, you need to make your own shelter. This will be a real test of your survivalist skills. All you need is some duct tape and trash bags, plus a wind break, sleeping bag cover or survivalist’s shelter roof. And, there you have it… the tools for a makeshift shelter.
Insulate your bootsSurviving Doomsday could mean lots of walking, running and hiking. Why knows where you may have to trek to find safety, warmth, shelter, supplies, even your family. Use duct tape to insulate the insoles of your boots, shiny side up. The silver side will reflect your feet’s warmth back inside the boots. Plus, with enough layers of tape, you may even create a cushion of comfort.
Chett Wright is the Online Outreach Coordinator for Food Insurance for 5 years and enjoys cycling and hanging out with his family.
It seems disasters are happening with more frequency in today's world. Mother Nature is becoming less discriminate about where and when she strikes with an earthquake, flood or famine. Disaster can also be created by humans rioting or going on crime sprees. You and your family must be prepared for any such emergency. While most people have a preset emergency response plan in case of a disaster, here are four things people often forget to consider:
ShelterEven if you have a pre-determined escape plan and general destination, you must have a shelter to go to. This could be a tent or even a tree house in a remote wooded area if a local shelter is not an option. If you are dealing with extreme weather conditions, your survival depends on having a place to protect you from the elements. Your life can be in danger after only a few hours of exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold. Even having a blanket or sleeping bag in your emergency supply kit can help provide temporary cover.
Fire starterMost people will know to have extra food and water supplies on hand, but many will forget the importance of having a way to start a fire. A fire serves multiple vital uses. It not only keeps you warm, it can be used to light your way in the dark. It also provides a way to cook your food and purify your water supply. Be sure your emergency survival bag contains lighters and tinder. Look for weather-proof igniters that can help you start a fire regardless of external conditions.
Alternative Currency OptionIf disaster were to strike an entire nation, or possible even the world, the entire economic structure could possibly fail. This would probably mean those dollar bills in your wallet or bank account could be meaningless. Having something that would be of value that could be used to buy food, water or other supplies is a good idea. When prepping for the worst, a lot of the doomsday professionals recommend putting away gold, silver or other precious metals. Paul Albarian & Associates, LLC Cash for Gold are a great example of a professional to consult about obtaining gold and other precious metals.
First aid kitIf you are surviving in the woods in unfamiliar territory, you might be more prone to cuts, scrapes, insect bites or bites from larger animals. You should have a first aid kit that includes alcohol or other disinfectants, gauze, bandages and antibiotics. Be sure to bring any medications you are taking. Because you may be exposed to unusual trees and plants, you should have anti-itch lotion on hand, as well as allergy pills, pain relievers and antiseptic ointments. Don’t forget tweezers, scissors and a few flashlights.
Make a checklist and study it often. Being fully prepared in an emergency situation can avert an even bigger disaster.
Chaleigh is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She enjoys writing and lifestyle photography. She writes about anything from restaurant reviews to how to properly pave your driveway. In her spare time she likes to take pictures, snowboard, golf, and play ice hockey.
Survival is not just about prepping or the amusing antics of a television survivalist. Every day, real people find themselves in situations where comfort, if not survival, hinges on their ability to be prepared with the skills and knowledge to get through natural disasters, accidents or other emergencies. Learning these useful survival skills now can save you later.
First AidAccidents happen every day, everywhere. Having a solid foundation in first aid can help you help others before professional help can be found. Books, classes and supplies can give you the knowledge to do good when it is needed.
Starting a FireFires are not just for warmth, although warmth is a necessity in winter conditions. Fires can help keep predators away, cook meals, boil water and provide comfort in a stressful situation. In normal life situations this can seem like a less important skill to have mastered, but in a wilderness situations this is a crucial skill that is needed to stay alive.
Building ShelterKnowing how to build shelter from whatever materials may be at hand can help you keep dry and warm in wet, cold conditions. Tree branches, grasses and man made materials can be used to build a cozy shelter to keep you out of the elements.
Hunting/Trapping/FishingBeing able to procure food is essential to survival if you are unable to reach standard supplies. Learn to set snares, build traps, fish with various lines and methods and hunt to ensure you can stay nourished in a survival situation.
Gardening/ForagingIn addition to hunting, foraging is a critical survival skill. Invest in a book about edible plants local to your region or find a mentor to show you what plants are safe. In a long term survival scenario, knowing how to garden will be one of the most useful skills you can obtain.
Physical FitnessWhether you are surviving in the wilderness or in your back yard, there is no question that surviving can be incredibly taxing on the body. By getting fit now, you will be better able to work and less likely to suffer from illness and injury by having an unprepared body in an emergency.
ResourcefulnessMaking do is an underrated skill. Practice making things with scraps and supplies you have on hand. Practicing allows you to develop an eye for the usefulness of different items, allowing you to use your ingenuity to survive with supplies others might overlook as useless.
DefenseDefending your home, family and yourself is important in any survival situation. Sign up for a martial arts class, a home defense class or to take shooting lessons at a gun range. Houston natives take advantage of local classes and instructors from institutes such as Memorial Shooting Center. In a widespread emergency, chances are good that someone else will want or need what you have.
But wherever you plan on storing your emergency kit, there are ten essential items that must always be included.
KnifeA fixed-blade knife or cutting tool. This is a basic survival tool and is an essential part of any kit. You never know when you will need to cut something. This can be something simple like food, or fabric if you need to make a bandage.
Matches/Other Fire StartersMagnesium fire-starters are popular and easy to use, as are lighters. Fire is necessary for warmth at night, cooking food, or signaling for help if you are stranded. Just make sure to have enough in case of a true emergency. Fire or warmth is a basic need and should be more then covered. Also consider carrying some kindling as well.
Map and CompassWhatever region you plan to be in, keep a good map handy. If you are planning on being off the road, then bring a topographical map. Otherwise a road map is fine. Also know how to read and navigate a map. Combined with a compass, you will be able to establish your bearings. In this day and age many of us depend on our GPS to get us from place to place. But there can be situations where a GPS isn't going to function. Having a map as a back up is a necessary item.
Flashlight and Extra BatteriesA LED flashlight is an ideal choice. Though LED flashlights consume less power, it’s best to have extra batteries handy. A hand-crank flashlight is also a good option, so you won’t have to worry about conserving power.
First Aid KitShould include the basics, such as gauze, tape, and band-aids. This is an obvious addiction. You really should have one of these in every location, house, car, mini one for purses. You never know when you will need it.
Stainless Steel Water ContainerNot only can it carry water, but can also be used to boil/purify water from other sources. This is something that can always be stored in cars in case of emergencies or in camping gear.
ParacordA minimum of 10-20 feet is reasonable for most ordinary uses such as lashing and tying down a shelter.
FoodThe type and quantity will depend on the location or purpose. When traveling, small calorie-rich foods are best. When at home, a larger selection of canned foods are preferable.
Extra ClothingEven during the summer, hypothermia can become a real possibility during a cold rain or in the night. Remember to dress in layers, so you can peel away clothing when it becomes too hot, or add them when it becomes too cold.
There are also a lot of cool clothing items that can be added to an emergency kit in case of random situations. Tecgen Select is one of many companies that offer flame resistant clothing to include in emergency kits. Check out your possibilities for a better idea of what might fit your needs.
Mylar Emergency BlanketThese are not only an excellent source of warmth, but in a pinch they can be used as an emergency shelter.
Keep in mind this list of essential items is only meant as a starting point for your own kit. You can customize it further to fit your specific needs. Remember, there is never any harm in being prepared.
The Dorcy L.E.D. Twin Globe Lantern in my opinion is a great lantern to keep for emergencies. For one, it uses LEDs in a variety of different brightness settings and also it is waterproof. Yes...it really is waterproof.
I love LEDs. They are not always the brightest, but they are bright enough and they last a long time. This lantern in its 160 lumen setting (two LEDs on) boasts up to 175 hours of runtime. That is over a week of being on with one set of 4 D-cell batteries. That is excellent for a lantern. Lets hope you don't need it longer that that. If you do, you can keep it on the one LED setting and should get up to 350 hours (two weeks). Optionally, its night light setting would get you up to 600 hours.
WaterproofYes it is waterproof. I simulated a torrential downpour and a flash flood to find out if this was really waterproof. I simply turned on the lantern, put it in the shower full blast, and closed the drain until the lantern began to float. The shower rained on the lantern for a good 30 minutes and then it was left to float for about 4 hours. There was no signs that it effected the lantern in any way. no dimming, no water on the inside, nothing. It just kept on working. The fact that it floats even with the 4 heavy D-cell batteries inside can come in very handy should you have a flooded basement, or if your boat capsizes or something like that. You won't have any problem finding it. It will be floating right on top of everything.
Dual LEDWith the switch set for both LEDs, you should get 160 lumens for about 175 hours. I kept this on for quite a while and it never did dim. I am confident that it will last a long time. The lens around the LEDs is designed to shine 360 degrees of light. I found it to be of reasonable brightness as well.
Single LEDWhile I didn't see a specific rating listed for just one LED turned on, I found it to be nice and bright as well. I would probably just keep it on one LED most of the time to conserve battery life unless I was reading or something. of course I would have some extra batteries as well.
Night LightThe night light is an amber colored LED and had a couple of ratings listed of about 600 hours (what it said on the box), and 700 hours (on a couple of web sites). When you are talking about that long on time, I don't think it makes that much difference. This is a ridiculously long time to test (over a month of on time) so I will just take their word for it. An LED by nature is reliable and long lasting so I will just have to assume that it will keep burning for quite some time even if it falls short of the 600 hours. If you do have to count on a specific length of time for some reason, I would gamble on the 600 hours but keep extra batteries just to be safe.
Other FeaturesThe base is very heavy because of the batteries mostly. This is nice to keep the LED portion somewhat upright when in water. It is also nice so it doesnt blow away. There is also a plastic hook built into the top so you can either hang the lantern by the handle or by the built in hanger.
This lantern is a great lantern for camping or for emergencies. There are several advantages of it being LED as well. It won't get hot, and it will last a very long time on your batteries. I don't recommend keeping batteries in this lantern if you don't plan on using it for a while. Leaving batteries in lanterns and things in this way is not a good practice anyway.
Overall, I consider this to be an excellent lantern. Keeping extra batteries for the lantern will keep this lantern lit for a very long time.
If you want more information on the Dorcy 41-3108 160 Lumens 4D LED Twin Globe Lantern, check out this link.
Midland's newest Weather Radio, the ER300, was just released in January. I am pleased to have the opportunity to review such a cool product.
In my opinion, everyone should have a weather radio that can wake them up in case a storm or something is happening in their area. The Midland ER300 Emergency Crank Weather Alert Radio is an excellent choice that is full of features.
Weather RadioFirst and most important of all is the fact that this is a weather radio. This radio receives signals from the NOAA/NWS, as well as AM and FM. Tuning is easy with the rubber tuning and band select buttons. Weather alerts can be enabled my toggling the WX ALERT button so that you will be aware of any alerts in your area. If you have trouble receiving stations, simply pull out the antenna to improve your signal. This alarm is nice and loud and should wake you up if needed without any trouble.
PowerThis is where I was the most impressed with this product. From standard AA batteries to solar to a hand crank, there are just so many ways to keep this weather radio powered up.
AA BatteriesPop open the battery cover and install six AA batteries to power it up. This works nice as a backup if you are not able to charge this by other means. I recommend keeping the AA batteries separate but nearby so they will last longer.
Lithium Ion BatteryWhen you receive this product, simply connect the 2000 mAh Lithium Ion Battery inside the battery compartment. Right out of the box, mine had some power which could be useful for those who buy and throw it right into their bug out bags. There is a switch on the side of the radio that toggles between the AA batteries and the Lithium Ion Batteries. Keep it switched to the LI position to utilize the hand crank, the solar panel, and/or the USB charger.
Hand CrankFor a nice quick charge, pull out the large hand crank and turn it for about a few minutes and you can listen to the radio for a few minutes. I found the crank to be a little awkward, but not too bad. I have large hands so I usually have trouble with these things anyways. The hand crank worked great for charging for short periods of time.
Solar PanelI really liked the solar panel. I found that simply keeping this in a well lit room seemed to keep it charged enough to keep monitoring for weather alerts. Naturally this is much more effective in the bright sun outside or other bright lights.
USBThe best way to keep this charged is to just plug it into a USB port, or you can get a USB outlet adapter for it and plug it in this way. The USB in is not the new micro USB connector that fits most cell phones just so you know, but the older style mini USB connector. A cable is included in the box so you don't have to search for one. Just be sure you keep it with your radio for when you need it.
Cell Phone ChargerThis is something that is very useful as well. Simply plug in your phone and it will disable the radio while it charges your phone. Very handy.
FlashlightA 130 lumen flashlight is on the front of the radio. This makes the radio an even more useful tool. There are two levels of brightness as well as a flash mode depending on what you need.
Ultrasonic Dog WhistleI am honestly not sure what the advantage of this is, but if you need one, it has it. I don't recommend putting this up to your ear to see if it works. It does work and can hurt your ear.
During my trial period of the weather radio, I got to hear the weather alert go off. We had a winter weather warning and was alerted with a very loud alarm. After canceling my alarm, it took me to the NOAA weather station to hear exactly what was going on. Very nice and easy if you are half asleep and want to know if you need to take shelter or just turn it off.
I believe this is an excellent weather radio. The size and number of features makes it a great multi function tool for your bug out bag, to keep bedside, or really just bring anywhere.
Midland ER300 Emergency Crank Weather Alert Radio Spec Sheet
There are few geographic areas where you can avoid potentially extreme weather during at least part of the year. In fact, if you live in an area like the Northeast United States, you are probably used to having to prepare for huge blizzards, tropical storms, or hurricanes depending on what time of year it is. In case you are new to the necessity of weather preparedness, or you are just looking for some tips you might not have been aware of, these are some tips to help you prepare for and survive a big storm.
Make a List of Important Contacts and Store it SafelyWhatever type of storm is heading your way, there is no way to predict exactly what will happen, or what services you might end up requiring. This is why it is prudent and even necessary to make a list of various contacts, and put it in a safe place. It is best to make this list the old fashioned way with pen and paper in case the power goes out, and your devices eventually lose power. These are some of the contacts to put on the list: Fire and Rescue, police, local government offices, local emergency management, nearby hospitals and other medical facilities, or the local media. Be sure to store these contacts someplace that will be safe and out of the way, yet easy to find in an emergency.
Put Together a Supply PackageThere are some supplies you will definitely need to keep on hand no matter what your predicted situation. Some of the most important supplies include as much water as possible, at least a gallon per day per person. Enough food for at least a few days, preferably all non-perishable items. First-aid supplies, a hand-crank powered radio, flashlights and batteries, extra trash bags, and a solar charger for mobile phones.
Protect Your PerishablesIn the event you lose power, do not immediately write off what is in your refrigerator or freezer. Assuming that you keep the doors closed, your food should last for up to 24 hours without power. However, it is important to remember not to open the freezer or refrigerator door to maximize freshness.
Protect Your PipesIf you lose heat during cold weather, your pipes can and will freeze. Keep some towels on-hand to soak in hot water -- use your stove if necessary -- and wrap around your pipes to prevent freezing. Make sure the rest of your house is properly maintained as well. Patch up any leaks in the roof, or call in roofers to make sure you don't have any weak areas. Be sure your other appliances are all up to date as well.
Keep Matches AroundMatches are another good preparedness tool. You can use matches to start burners on your stove if the electricity goes out, as well as heat up keys if your locks freeze.
These are some of the most important ways to prepare for a big storm. More than anything it is important to prepare thoroughly and conscientiously so as to protect your family and property from the unthinkable.
Brooke Chaplan is a writer and outdoor enthusiast living in New Mexico. She love to hike, bike and run. In her research on pipe protection she found that roofers in Atlanta GA recommend checking the attic pipes before a big storm. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Make your vehicle visibleEach year, hundreds of stranded vehicles are crashed into by oncoming traffic. In many instances, the driver of the vehicle failed to see the parked motorist. If the darkness of the night has arrived, the best approach is to turn on the emergency blinkers. In the event that the battery has died, a bright handkerchief needs to be placed into window.
Check your surroundingsBefore attempting to venture outside of your vehicle, be sure to first probe the surrounding area. If you need to call a tow truck service, you will need to provide at least a couple of landmarks to the operator. Even if you notice the glow of a gas station in the distance, the best option will be to wait for help to arrive.
Avoid sleeping while the engine is runningDepending on the outside temperature, you may be tempted to warm or cool the interior of the vehicle. Never leave the vehicle running for longer than a few minutes. If you fall asleep while the engine is running, you could inhale the potentially fatal carbon monoxide gases from the exhaust pipe.
Keep doors lockedAlthough there are some friendly citizens that may stop to help, always be weary of strangers. It is not uncommon for criminals to target stranded motorists. Keeping the doors locked is always the best decision. If you fear for your safety, do not hesitate to call 911 from your mobile phone. Many highways also have emergency phones available along the route.
Contact a tow serviceIf you are a member of a roadside assistance program, you are already one step ahead of the game. Numbers for the local towing companies can be attained by speaking with a phone operator. Motorists who own a large vehicle may need to contact a company that specializes in heavy duty towing. After calling, the tow service will usually give you an approximate time in which they are scheduled to arrive.
Being stranded is a scary experience that no motorist wants to experience. By keeping a clear head, you will be able to stay out of harm’s way.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Heavy duty towing in Houston, or any city for that matter, will ensure your vehicle is safely towed, should you ever find yourself stranded on the road.
Store Fresh WaterThough this might seem a bit “end of the world preparer” status, keeping fresh water—preferably in bottles—is a fantastic way to make sure you are well-supplied when an earthquake or tornado hits. Unfortunately, one of the most sensitive parts of any city’s ecosystem is the water supply, and you may find yourself without running water if the disaster is bad enough. So, if you have your own fresh water, stored in a cellar or even your attic, you may find things a bit easier to deal with while the disaster is underway.
Get a Survival KitIn the eventuality that fresh water is cut off, there are going to be other problems too. For instance, plumbing will be completely out of order, food may be difficult to come by and, unfortunately, there probably won’t be much in the way of electricity, at least for a while. With these things in mind, a survival kit might be a good thing to purchase, as they will come supplied with many different objects that could come in handy during a disaster of this magnitude.
From “honey pots”, to flashlights, to first aid kits, survival kits offer a ton that could make your post-disaster life quite a bit easier, so try to get one of these before it’s too late.
Stock up on BatteriesAgain, if the disaster you survive knocks out the water, more than likely you won’t have electricity, and you can’t be sure how long this will last. To help counteract the danger of this, make sure you have an emergency set of batteries, and appliances that are battery powered (i.e. flashlights, radios, etc.). This way, you won’t need to worry as much about the lack of electricity, and you will be able to hold on just a bit longer.
Store Non-Perishable FoodNon-perishable food is probably the most important thing you could have in the event of a natural catastrophe, as you could be losing electricity—causing your refrigerated food to spoil. The fact is, without food, you won’t have energy, and you might not have the power to help with relief efforts or even stay alive. With non-perishable food, you can keep all of those problems at bay. Here are a few tips on how to store your food.
Now, the likelihood of a natural disaster of this magnitude—that you would need all of this—is not very high; however, do you want to be caught off guard? If not, then follow these directions, and keep safe. You’ll thank me later, we guarantee it.
Tyler Fleck is a multi-purpose blogger who writes about many different subjects, from survival to health to fitness and more; however, this particular post was written on the behalf of SurvivalGearPacks. For more interesting blogs about survival, or if you are looking for some survival kits for sale, visit their website.
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