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Life can be really hard sometimes, especially on those occasions when we are struck by a natural disaster or some unfortunate accident occurs in our home. In such cases we first think about the safety of our loved ones. Only when the traumatic event seems to have come to its end, we realise that we need to take care of our homes, as well. A lot of people tend to resort to professional cleaning companies for the purpose, but if your budget is limited or you just want to restore the previous lustre of your place by yourself, here are some ideas for homemade products that will help you. Moreover, they consist only of ingredients that can be found in every home.



In the first place, I would like to share with you some recipes for universal cleaners that can be used in practically every room. I guarantee that they are all easy to prepare and are extremely powerful. They will make your home spotlessly clean again, eliminating all traces of destruction and anything that might remind you of the unpleasant accident.

Firstly, you will need equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix them in a sprayer bottle and your cleaner is ready. It is really suitable for cleaning countertops, floors, exterior surfaces of the toilet, tiles, windows, and many more. If the stains are harder to remove, you can heat the solution in the microwave until it is almost hot. This solution is used a lot from companies who offers deep cleaning solutions.

The next universal cleaner I would like to dwell upon contains the good old baking soda. Mix one cup of it with ¼ cup of Borax. Now you have a creamy non-abrasive product that is strong enough to clean all kinds of dirt.

If you want a special solution for your tiles and grout, you can try this one. You will need ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of household ammonia, ¼ cup of white vinegar, 7 cups of warm water. Mix in a container of your choice. I highly recommend to put the water first. Another thing that you need to take into consideration is that the solution should not be placed near anything that contains bleach.

In case you want something even more powerful for your windows, you might want to try the following mixture. You will need 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and your cleaner is ready. Mind you, shake it well every time you use it, for the cornstarch tends to settle on the bottom.

My next suggestion is for your wood laminate. You will need 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part 70% rubbing (Isopropyl) alchohol, and a few drops of liquid dishwashing product. Mix the ingredients together and pour in a spray bottle. That is, you will not need a bucket. I guarantee that this product is extremely effective and dries quickly. Moreover, it is generally safe for pets.

And finally, I would like to offer you a solution for dried blood. I really hope that less people would need to clean this particular type of stain, but, unfortunately, those are very likely to occur during a disaster or an emrgency. So if you have dried blood on your upholstery, you might treat it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water.

These are several cleaners that will certainly help you clean all the mess after all kinds of disasters and other emrgencies. They are all made of ingredients that are surely present in every home, which makes them cheaper than those from the stores. But I promise they are equally effective. And remember, what is most important in cases of natural disasters or other types of accidents is not to panic. Only this way you will be able to find the right solution to cope with the problems that follow them.


Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 22, 2014, 5:21 pm
A plumbing disaster can happen at any time. They take many forms and can involve everything from basement flooding to wastewater backup. You do not want to be caught unprepared for this type of emergency. You can prepare for a plumbing disaster in five ways.

Install a Sump Pump

A plumbing disaster could occur in the basement. Water from an upper floor could rush through your home and enter you basement. You should install a sump pump if you want to be prepared for a plumbing disaster. This pump will activate automatically if water from a leaking pipe or main starts to fill up your basement.

Elevate Appliances and Electrical Systems

A plumbing disaster could send a few inches of water into a room. This is enough water to damage appliances or electrical lines on the ground. You should elevate your appliances and electrical systems in order to prevent this from happening. Raising appliances just a few inches can prevent damage from rushing water.

Keep Buckets and Cleaning Supplies in an Accessible Location

You want to be able to mitigate potential damage when a plumbing disaster occurs. This is why you should keep buckets, rags, mops and other supplies in an accessible and central location. Keeping these items together will let you get to them fast so that you can start catching water or cleaning up puddles that could damage your floors.

Have the Number for an Emergency Plumber Ready

The single most important way to prepare is to have the name and number of a reliable plumber ready. Get the number for a business like Shorty's Plumbing & Heating Inc with emergency service available. Put the number on the front of a refrigerator or program the number into a cell phone. This will let you call the plumber fast if a plumbing disaster strikes unexpectedly.

Stock Fresh Water

A plumbing disaster could affect the water in your home. There could be wastewater streaming through your pipes and fixtures. You want to stock fresh water just in case this happens. The fresh water will allow everyone to stay hydrated until the problem is fixed. A gallon of water for each person in the home is usually enough.

Preparing for a plumbing disaster means looking at your home and assessing where water could cause damage. You want to take as few risks as possible when preparing. You also want to make sure that you can contact a professional plumber the second you realize a disaster has started.


Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:07 pm
good food
Disinfecting food before consumption is a great thing to do. It can ensure that your food is safe to eat. Produce can be contaminated in the soil it's growing or during preparation. If the surface you're preparing your food is contaminated, bacteria will spread on it, making it dangerous for you.

Germs that are found in food include E. coli, salmonella, yeast, listeria, and mould. That's why it is important to disinfect all the food before use. Proper handling of produce can make all bacteria disappear. If you don't know how to disinfect food, check this article. Below QualityCleaning Walworth give a few tips to keeping your food clean and healthy.

How to Disinfect Food


What you need:
  • Cutting board
  • Soap or dish detergent
  • Clean cloth/paper towel
  • Knife
  • Produce brush

Instructions:

Before you handle produce, make sure you wash your hands under warm running water for about 20 seconds. Use dish detergent or soap. Then rinse with cold water all the fresh produce and remove any damages or bruised areas. Use a cutting board and knife to cut any rotten areas.

Even if you intend to peel your produce, don't forget to wash it. Produce with a rough or thick shell should be scrubbed with a produce brush. For example, melons and cucumbers.

Rinse well with cold water. Make sure you remove all dirt and debris, then use a paper towel to dry the fresh food.

When you are ready with this step, wash all utensils, adding a dab of detergent. Scrub well and rinse.

Warnings and Tips:
  • Meat and fish products are disinfected during the cooking process. They need to be processed at a very high temperature.
  • When you are processing food such as raw meat, cooked food and fresh produce on a cutting board, be sure to use separate boards to avoid cross contamination.
  • Store produce and meat separately to avoid cross contamination.
  • Make sure you keep your cutting boards, food storage places and kitchen counters clean and sanitised.

Meat and Eggs


It is a well-known fact that salmonella is found in meat and eggs. This type of bacterium can reside both the inside and outside of eggs. The problem is, it's not visible and eggs seem to be normal. If they are digested lightly cooked or even raw, chances are you spend the next couple of weeks in hospital and under quarantine. That's why it's important to cook eggs well and at the right temperature. Salmonella can be killed at 160 degrees F.

Poultry must be cooked until a temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

More tips:
  • It is a wise idea to keep eggs in cool places. The best temperature for them is ≤40° F (≤4° C).
  • Do not keep eggs at room temperature.
  • Always make sure you eat eggs right after cooking.
  • People with weakened immune systems, children and elderly people should not consume raw, lightly cooked eggs or undercooked meat.
  • Symptoms of salmonella include: chills, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache, abdominal cramps, blood in the stools. If you notice anything like that, immediately contact your health care provider.

How to Wash your Utensils and Tools


Blender gasket should be hand-washed or, if possible, placed in the dishwasher. Wooden spatula can be either placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. Use hot water and a dab of detergent, Rub well, rinse and dry. Can opener can be washed in hot soapy water. Remove all the debris carefully, then rinse well with water. You can put it in the dishwasher as well. Before you do, scrub lightly.


Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:13 pm
Being a survivalist means being prepared for nearly any contingency possible. Firearms are part of that preparation, whether some of us like it or not. Despite the charming allure of guns and their power over man, they are above all tools, albeit dangerous ones. In a survival situation one may need a varied arsenal of firearms to hunt game, defend their home and practice skills. Much like the great pioneers who once survived for years in the wilds, firearms are something that should be treated with respect. But what makes a good survival gun? In this article we will focus on the handguns available on the market, which may be used in such situations. This list comprises of personal favorites, so it is far from being perfect. I'm sure many of you will disagree with my choices, however one thing remains true in the end: the reasons we love handguns. They are compact, powerful for their size and they are much easier to obtain than most firearms out there. This list focuses on durable and reliable handguns we can use in most situations, working with common ammunition we can find with ease. We begin with a popular law enforcement choice:
  • Sig Sauer P226

    This is a choice for many military and police forces personnel, a very popular handgun around the world as we all know. Its 9mm clip holds 15 rounds, weighing a comfortable 34 ounces when full. You can also find it in .357 and .40 calibers. Retail prices range around $800 to $900, though its quality is something worth paying for.

  • Glock 17

    One of the most popular handguns in the world, larger than the Glock 36, but the most common choice for most law enforcement officers. Weighing 32 ounces and sporting a nice 9x19mm, 17-round clip, it offers reduced recoil and control, becoming a great gun to train beginners. You can find it on the retail market for around $440. You can be sure this gun will be reliable and instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever held a firearm.

  • Springfield XD Service Model

    This service model includes a trigger safety much like the ones in the Glock handguns, offering a familiar feeling when you hold it. It has a beveled magazine well, helping with reload speed of its 16-round magazine. Although it may not be a great precision weapon, it still has mechanical durability and you can still score some tight grouping with the right ammo. Average prices are somewhere around $470 on the retail market.

  • Smith & Wesson .40 M&P

    A polymer-framed .40 caliber light pistol, this gun has a nice and comfortable grip with an equally comfortable grip tang for hand protection. It has a surprisingly low recoil for its caliber and it holds a 15-round clip which offers plenty of ammo. Retail prices are somewhere around $600 for those inclined to buy it.

  • Ruger RedHawk

    A classic, almost Wild West-looking piece with a double-action construction. Made of stainless steel and capable of handling the Magnum load it uses as well as the dangers of the elements. The RedHawk is great for self defense and serving as a back-up weapon. It holds 6 rounds in the .44 Magnum caliber and it weighs around 46 to 54 ounces. Its price varies somewhere around $990 to about $1050.



Written on behalf of: Pimlico home and office removalsHeather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 10, 2014, 5:14 pm
by Shane White

solar charger


How many times have you left the house to go out where there is not a place to plug in your cell phone or tablet hoping that you had just enough battery life to get by only to find that your device is drained long before you had thought it would be. What's worse, you have to check your email since you are expecting something important. As a blogger, it happens to me far to often. This is why when Sunjack Solar sent me the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, I was very excited! Never would I be without a charged mobile device again!

After using this product for a few weeks, I have found that this product is even better than I hoped it would be. What makes this awesome is the solar charger and the battery combination. This means that I can charge from the charged battery at night, or the solar panel when the sun is out.

Solar Charger

It has four large solar panels (14W monocrystalline solar) that are each about 6-inches by 9.5-inches and folds neatly into a tablet sized case that you can easily stow away in your glove box or survival bag. It is also a nice light weight.
  • The solar charger has four large solar panels that are around the size of a large tablet.
  • There are two USB outputs on the solar charger assembly so you can charge two devices at the same time.
  • You can charge the battery and charge the device from it or you can charge your device directly.
  • Folds to 6.25-inches by 9.75-inches by 1.75-inches thick.
  • Weighs 2 pounds

Battery

This battery is powerful enough to charge any device that can be charged with a USB cable. It had no problem charging my ridiculously huge smartphone. I have a Galaxy Note 3 which is pretty much the biggest smartphone out at the time of this writing. In fact, it can charge my phone several times with one battery charge.
  • Fully charged in about 5-hours with the solar panels in direct sunlight.
  • Can be charged if plugged into a wall outlet.
  • (1) 2 Amp Micro USB input
  • 2 Amps to charge the two USB outputs.
  • The 8,000mAh lithium-polymer battery which can be charged in just a few hours of direct sunlight.
  • This should be good for 1000 charge cycles
  • There are LED power level indicators and an LED light.
Why do you need a solar panel and a charger? Think about it this way. The sun doesn't always shine. At night or in a storm, you have no way to charge your phone if you just have a solar panel. Alternately, if you just have a battery, it will drain after a few uses if not recharged. I suggest using your solar panel to keep your battery charged when it is sunny so you have your battery ready whenever you need it. If you have access to an outlet, you can charge it by plugging it in as well.

Imagine a worst scenario where you are stuck without power for hours. Frustrating isnt it? Now imagine if you power is out for several days. This isnt as uncommon as you think. I have been in several situations like this in my life and read about them almost every week. If you need your phone to reach loved ones or emergency services, you cannot be without your cell phone. Especially in a world where land lines are becoming a thing of the past.

Maybe your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and your battery is dead from trying to restart it or maybe you are lost in the woods. What do you do then?

With the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, it will be very difficult to run out of battery power in your mobile devices. I recommend this product to ensure that you are always charged.

Sunjack Solar was initially funded through Kickstarter, which I find cool and has donated many Solar Chargers for humanitarian efforts. They also offer a 20W Solar Charger kit with 2 batteries, and a USB powered Camplight 8 LED bulb which is quite bright (340 lumnens). Be sure to check them out.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 7, 2014, 5:20 pm
For many, living in a home entirely self-sufficient is a dream come true. As society edges closer to a word of complete sustainability, there are still some modern designs that you need to heavily consider before officially pulling the plug.

Water Collection

You need water to survive and going off the grid means you lose an entire infrastructure designed to provide clean water to your home with the twist of a faucet. One of the most popular answers to this is drilling a well or pulling from a local lake or stream. On top of that, you’ll need to implement a holding system for water you need immediately as well as a pump and filtration system. Rainier climates also employ rain barrels.

Waste Disposal

What comes in must go out, and you definitely do not want the waste accumulating anywhere near your home due to sanitary issues. No matter where you build your home, there will be sewage regulations to comply with that were set in place to protect the environment. The best way is simply a septic tank and drainage field. Kamloops Septic Service does excavating and septic service up in Canada. They would be the first to tell you that a well maintained septic tank means you have a reliable waste disposal system when the worst happens. Also, a new addition is the composting toilet.

Power

You can live without electricity entirely, but many off grid still enjoy the modern day comforts of electronic appliances. Take your electric bills and determine just how much energy you consume in a year. This will kick start exactly how you approach designing the generation. It can be solar, wind fueled or even geothermal. On top of that, you will need a way to store the electricity and have a backup generator in case of failure. Whichever you choose, the best plan is to always go with a variety of sources just in case the sun is covered for a week.

Design

Finally, you want the house to be as energy efficient as possible, and this goes as far as the direction in which you build the house in order to maximize on natural light and heat. Solar orientation and siting of the home are the base of the design. From there, architects then figure out the building envelope and, finally, the systems that need to be put in place to power the home. Before ever sitting down with an architect, really determine the purpose of building such a home to make sure it is tailored to you.


Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that is from NYC. She spends most of her days in front of the computer. When she isn't tapping away on the keyboard, you can find Chaleigh exploring the big city or traveling around the country.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:27 pm
If somebody was to ask me to define the difference between a truly prepared person and one that just calls himself that, I would say that it's in the way of thinking. A true prepper will know that he/she can never be completely prepared and will recognize that when SHTF it will be a lot different than we imagined it.

It will call for a lot of improvisation, creative thinking and flexibility.

So, why not start developing that mindset right now. What you can to do make that one first step is shift the way of thinking from predicting different scenarios and adding stuff to his BOB to thinking about flexible items that can cover scenarios we can never think of.

Enter multi tool.

Now, I am not here to discover warm water and tell you that a multi tool is one of your BOB essentials. I am here to offer some guidance on how to choose wisely and get the biggest bang for your buck:

Here's what you can expect from this short guide:

  • what's really a multi tool and what you can expect from it
  • what it isn't
  • what to look for in one to get value for your money and get a piece that's just right for preppers
  • just to be specific - I'll share what I have in my 72-hour BOB

  • So, let's dive right in.

What is it?


A multi tool is an essential prepper sidekick. In a survival situation, it can become your best friend.

Why?


Because it is so versatile and offers so much chance for improvisation. Anything from simple stuff like opening cans and bottles to more advanced jobs, like fashioning wire snares and traps.

If you've ever been hunting or hiking with a backpack full of blades and tools, you probably know what I'm talking about.

I know that after my first hike with a bunch of metal/tools in my backpack and after that hike ended up with me using my trusted Gerber for 70-80% of the tasks, I was able to shed some serious weight from that backpack for the next hike.

Now, I know that a hike in the Rockies is not doomsday, I am just mentioning this to get my point over.

What is it not?


A multi tool is not a piece that will ever be good enough for you to lose all the tools and blades from your BOB.

Never.

Remember, they make these things to fit 10 or 20 pieces in one tool that's usually the size of pliers. So they make compromises.

I know this very well, because the "they" in the previous sentence used to be "us". Yes, I worked in a multitool factory for almost a decade, and I know the industry inside out.

So, it will not replace a good long knife, solid set of scissors (there's a catch here, I'll share it when I get to the part where I tell you about what's in my BOB).

Let us get to the gist - what to look for when choosing a survival multitool

  1. Versatility


    Let me ask you this: "Do you see yourself picking your teeth with a toothpick from your multitool when everybody is running for their lives?" I am guessing NO.

    My point here is that a lot of what goes into a majority of multitools out there is glitter and stars that's there just to sell the product. For a survival situation we are looking for a heavy duty multi tool that will be free of all that fluff and will only include what we really need:
    • sturdy pliers and a wire cutter
    • two well-made blades, regular and serrated
    • a saw
    • regular and phillips in a couple of sizes
    • bottle and can opener
  2. Quality of the materials


    We want something that we can depend on. A piece that will not break or start rusting in a few days.

    Let me be specific - my ideal multitool would be a combination of 420 stainless steel, 154cm stainless steel and titanium.

    Here's why:
    • 420 stainless steel is stronger "by size" that titanium and has very little chromium (12%) that's just right for most tools except the blades
    • 154cm steel for the blades because this holds edge 3 times as long as regular steel
    • titanium for the rest of the tool because it's corrosion resistant
    Looking for red flags on the label:

    If you don't know your stuff, the weak sides of the tool can be right there, in front of your nose, presented as a good thing that sounds expensive.
    • Stay away from "dye coat stainless steel" - this is regular steel dyed to look like stainless steel but will rust before you can cay say: "Oh, look darling, a zombie..."
    • Look for "titanium coated" - this looks oh so nice and shiny, but it's just money from your pocket if you go with it. It will peel under mechanical influence, and you'll be left with whatever is beneath that glitter...
    • This last one is just my two cents, but I stay away from anything that's not made in the USA
  3. Usability


    This one is really simple - just look for something that will be convenient to carry on your belt and that will deploy easily using one hand.

  4. Design and safety


    When I say design here I don't mean something that will match your eyes or look good on your camos.
    I am talking about 2 things:
    • easy to use and deploy (this one ties into the previous entry on the list, one hand deployment of crucial pieces without cutting yourself)
    • safety locks

What I have in my BOB


You remember I mentioned that there's a catch about the scissors.

Well, here it is - since I'm always looking for ways to shed weight and increase the flexibility of everything I have in there, my BOB includes Raptor medical tool. It's probably the only tool out there that features scissors that are as good (if not better) than most standalones.

And my main multi tool is Charge TTi. It doesn't meet all the criteria I listed in "my ideal multi tool" , but it's as close I could get with the pieces on the market today.

I am not saying that these are the best multi tools, they just tie really well into how I planned my BOB.

Final thoughts


I am here as your industry insider to point out what to look for and what to avoid. But what will find it's way into your pocket or BOB is all you. By all means, do your research, read multi tool reviews and choose the best multi tool that suit your specific needs.

If anything of what I said here sticks, neither my time writing this or your time reading it is wasted.

Stay safe and make wise choices


Morry Banes is an avid blogger in the field of multi tools and preparedness.

He is an ex multi tool factory worker and today he is a husband and a father, owns a hardware store in Tigard and he's an editor of bestmultitoolkit.com where he writes and reviews best multi tools.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 4, 2014, 1:30 am
by Shane White

Slingshot
The folks at Montie Gear gave me the opportunity to review this cool slingshot. The Y-Shot Slingshot. At first glance, it looks pretty ordinary, but the more I look at it the more I like it.

This slingshot is capable of firing up to half inch steel balls up to 150 feet per second. It is made with a half inch water jet cut aluminum frame and is wrapped with 550 paracord. It uses a TheraBand Gold band with 16 pounds pull weight. It is also the perfect size and shape to cram into your already packed bug-out bag. Let me tell you about more of its features.

Handle

The most important part of a slingshot in my mind it the handle. The handle of the Y-Shot is wrapped with 550 paracord. I can't tell you how much, since I figured that I would never rewrap it as nicely as they did. The paracord wrapping makes this slingshot very easy to handle (no pun intended). Montie Gear also has a wrist rest accessory that you can get with some slingshot kits or as an optional accessory. I didn't get a chance to try this out but I will try to get one in the future for mine.

Accessories

Seriously...these people have everything a slingshot could ever need! They have iron and fiber optic sites, arrow kits, replacement bands, double bands (increases pull weight to 35 pounds), slingshot holsters, magnetic ammo holsters, thumbscrews (if you like to take it apart without tools), and various sizes and types of slingshot ammo.

Options

If you like your slingshot a certain way, they can deliver. Here are some of the ways you can get yours:
  • Frame Colors: There are three at the time of this review. Black Powder (what I got), Clear Annodize (metalic), and Pink if you prefer a pretty one (pink costs a bit more though).
  • Wrap Colors: You can always rewrap with any color or style paracord you like, but the colors of the 550 paracord you can order it with are Digital Desert Camo, Digital Woodland Camo, Black, Pink, Safety Orange, and Zombie Green.
  • The tactical version comes with their fiber optic site, a wrist brace, and a picatinny rail.
  • The Zombie Apocalypse version comes standard with a zombie green handle, extra ammo, extra bands, and targets so you will always be ready.
  • The D.I.Y. verson is the one you need if you want to save a few bucks, would like to put it together yourself, or need to paint yours or whatever. It has all the parts and instructions you need to put it together yourself.


This product was a thrill to play with. They don't recommend using rocks since it can damage the band. I need to pick up some more ammo soon so I can play with...I mean practice with my newest survival tool.

This is not a toy! This is a very useful tool. Don't let your kids play with it unless they have been properly instructed how to use a slingshot and you are comfortable that they know it can be how to use it.

If you want to know more, check out Montie Gear's website. If you have questions, every time I have been there, Montie has been available to answer questions.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:48 pm
For September 2014, we have teamed up with Vigilant Trails once again to give away a Vigilant Trails survival fire kit.

The Survival Fire Kit includes six different ways to start a fire and four different kinds of tinder. Click the image below for more details.

Survival Kit


All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On October 1st we will select the winners.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Be sure to check out the Vigilant Trails web site! Good luck!

If you don't win, buy one. They have great stuff.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 1, 2014, 5:00 am
You don't really need to live in a disaster area to be prepared for the unforeseen. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and the albeit unlikely bacteriological/viral threat are all still out there, potentially waiting to happen. Some situations require you to be prepared with a great backup plan and survival kit that keeps you on your toes and ready to go, so you need to focus on preparing such a kit just in case. Although an end of the world scenario is likely, but not necessarily looming over the horizon, you would need to be ready for more than just power outages and water shortages. Creating a good food bank of sorts for such disasters is an absolute must if you want to be ready. The following tips will give you an idea how you can prepare for it:
  • Picking the right location is the first thing you have to consider, since it will largely dictate what you can do with the rations. You must pick a dark and cool place for this purpose, such as your cellar or basement, as it will get the job done well. You must make sure you have secure shelving units and pallets to get it done. Additional cupboards will also be needed if you have the space as well. Do remember that you really don't have to put all your eggs in one basket, since some items will have a longer expiration date and sturdiness than others.
  • Pick a good, balanced diet for your supplies, since the human body will need different sustenance to survive extended periods of time. A balanced and diverse diet is necessary for survival, since not sticking to one can lead to health issues or even scurvy. Eyesight issues, skin diseases, infections, heart and organ failure can all happen due to vitamin and mineral deficiency, so our bodies must receive those through our food supply. You need balanced rations containing grains, cooking oil, legumes, honey, spices, salt and maybe even powdered milk and sugar.
  • Water storage is another thing you have to pay attention to, since the need for uncontaminated drinking water during an emergency will be high. Human beings may be able to survive for weeks without food if need be, but without water you only have a couple of short days before your body starts shutting down. Never underestimate your supply and keep it fresh, looking for long-term storage solution and replacement no matter how calm things look at this moment in time.
  • Military rations are an excellent solution to your long-term storage issues. They are meant to survive the apocalypse in most cases, so they will last a long time. Although you won't really enjoy their taste that much, they will save you when it counts so this makes them a prime choice for such a food cache. The greatest thing about them is that they are compact and lightweight enough to be carried around during reconnaissance. US-made MRE packs have been around for a long while now, so if you live in the US or have access to surplus MRE packs, then you might want to go for it. The greatest thing about them is that you may also have a much easier time moving if the need arises, as they can be packed with ease in compact bundles or boxes.



Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 28, 2014, 5:04 pm
Zombies are not really going to be an issue – most likely. However, a big economic crash, government failure, or other widespread society melt down is definitely possible. In the middle of this catastrophe, money in the bank, gold in your home, or collector’s antiques aren’t going to matter too much. What is going to matter are skills. What goods or services can you provide that will be useful for others?

During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.

First Aid, CPR and Herbal Remedies

With the possibility of illness and injury, knowledge of first aid, C.P.R. and using proven natural, home remedies will be necessary. Medical commodities will be extremely in demand in a national melt down situation. The more you are able to treat on your own, the better.

Keep in mind, if you can go to the doctor or hospital, and use conventional medication- DO IT. You may want to have friends who know how to run a medical clinic.

Water Treatment

Without water, humans cannot survive. The estimated survival period for humans without water is three weeks. Knowing how to store and purify water will be essential. If you can store large amounts of water, not only will you be a good provider for your family, but for friends and local communities as well. Boiling water is one sure way to remove contaminates.

Welding

The ability to build strong structures is relevant across so many different categories. Welders from Advantage Manufacturing Ltd work on everything from auto transport, to home equipment, to other specialized tasks regularly. If you can work metal, you are an asset to transportation, construction, and community defense.

Food Preservation

Not being able to jump in the car and go to the store, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop will be an adjustment for most of us. Knowing how to produce and preserve your own food will be an essential skill. Those who can make this adjustment will likely be the ones who will survive.

Being at the mercy of what the land can yield will be something new to us. Vegetables only grow in seasons, unless you have a greenhouse (recommended).

Canning, jarring, making jams, jellies, and jerky will keep food in the house when food prices drastically increase, and when you lose the fridge and freezer.

Caring for Clothes

Keeping clothes is decent shape is something to consider. Inability to replace a wardrobe because simple items like t-shirts, socks and undergarments could cost a fortune that cannot be afforded could be problematic. Learn how to sew with a single needle and thread, instead of a machine, same with the laundry, washing by hand. Weaving and quilting could also be helpful skills.

Climate Survival

With the climate being as it is, heating, cooling, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather disasters are something to be prepared for. Dressing for the elements using common sense will help. The simple act of knowing how to start a fire, without matches or a lighter will come in handy. Try a magnifying glass or prescription glasses and the sun, if rubbing sticks does not work.

Communication Compensation

It’s widely accepted that the fall back form of communication will be HAM radio in the event of a widespread disaster. Operating one of these puppies is no small task. Special training and hands on experience are required to properly use them. However, the ability to communicate on a massive scale will be extremely valuable.

Most of the information currently available on the Internet will only exist in books. Best recommendation, do the research now and keep reading.


Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 26, 2014, 5:13 pm
These days, the number of victims of home burglary is quite alarming. According to FBI data American homes are robbed every 15 seconds. In any given time, especially if you live in a high-density area, your house may be next.

Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.

No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.

Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.

  1. Make your house a chore to break into.

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  2. Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:

  • Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
  • Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
  • Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.

  • Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.

    If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
    • Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
    • Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
    • Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.

  • Make your house look occupied all the time.

    Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
    • Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
    • Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
    • If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
    • Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
    • Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.

  • Maintain the privacy of your home.


    Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
    • Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
    • Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
    • • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.

  • These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.

    Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.


    Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for PlanItDIY.com. Circle him on Google+

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 20, 2014, 5:40 pm
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    Whether at home or at work, when there is an injury from a small cut to a twisted ankle, it can be frightening. Keeping a clear head and doing a few small things while waiting for help can make a big difference. According to 911 Industrial Response Inc., a leader in industrial safety services in Grande Prairie, you can make a difference in an injured person’s recovery time and severity of the injury by following a few little tips.

    Burns

    If someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.

    Breaks and Sprains

    If you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.

    Cuts, Scrapes and Bleeding

    If someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.

    Animal Bites and Stings

    If you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.

    When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.


    Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 19, 2014, 5:30 pm
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    Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:

    Fire

    Vulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

    Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.

    High Winds

    Vulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.

    Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.

    Tree Collapse

    Vulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.

    While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.

    Flooding

    Vulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.

    Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.

    Hail

    Vulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

    A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.

    Extreme Heat or Cold

    Vulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.

    Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.

    It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.

    Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.


    Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 14, 2014, 5:20 pm


    While unfortunate, a natural disaster has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to a business. Even in areas where natural damage is rare, it is still something that needs to be accounted for. Most of today's leading businesses have developed disaster recovery plans that incorporate the potential for a natural disaster. To prepare for the worst, below are five different ways that you can protect your business from a disaster.
    1. Formal Plan

      The most important action that businesses need to take to prepare for a natural disaster is to develop a formal plan. This plan can be shared with all individuals at a company to ensure that everyone knows what they need to do in the event of a disaster. By doing this, businesses will also protect themselves from potential civil and criminal liabilities. A formal plan can also work to help employees feel more secure at their workplace.

    2. Add a Fence

      In the event of rioting or other civil unrest, having a fence surrounding the business will be able to protect it from harm. In some cases, a quality fence, such as the ones offered by City Fence, may have already been placed around the facility, but adding a second fence can be advantageous. By making the business more difficult to loot than neighboring properties, a second fence can act as a deterrent.

    3. Coordinate With City Government

      Most local governments are willing to work with businesses to ensure that their natural disaster recovery plans are optimized. When these plans are shared with a local government, it will be easier for first responders to coordinate with employees and the business itself. During a difficult time, this has the potential to save lives and even financial costs.

    4. Insurance

      Insurance provides businesses with a way to financially recover in the event of a natural disaster. Problems like flooding, fire, war, and other issues can all be insured. In most cases, even abstract losses related to lost time working and future profit losses can be covered under these insurance plans.

    5. Backup Power

      Even if a natural disaster is not devastating, it is possible that a business may want to stay open. By adding an additional power source, businesses will be able to continue operating even if the power goes out. This can be especially helpful for businesses that deal in information technology were computers are necessary to maintain operations.

    By following these steps, businesses will be more protected from the potential for a natural disaster. Although unlikely, it is always good to be prepared for the worst.


    Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 13, 2014, 5:21 pm


    In a recent report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012, it was revealed that the number of U.S. violent crimes known to public authorities jumped to approximately 0.11% in 2011.



    Given these figures, many Americans have made home security one of their primary priorities in life now more than ever. You can never be too sure about the security of your well-being, everywhere you go. You may find yourself pondering on ideas about how to achieve home protection easily, struggling to make efforts to protect yourself from impending dangers in your own home.

    Worry no more as you can always find ways to secure your home’s safety all day and night. A little bit more experience and exposure sure does maximize your knowledge on how to keep your home safe.

    Keep the Police Updated

    If you’re going to be away on vacation longer than a week, advice the police that you’ll be gone for a while. The police may just drive by your home on patrol and watch out for any intruders.

    Install security systems, and entrust your house key and code with a neighbor. Give the entrusted neighbor’s name and phone number to the police and the alarm manufacturing store. Get involved in a local neighborhood watch area project, if available. Encourage other members of your household to take part in projects that endorse neighborhood crime awareness. You may just get some additional insights from your family you may not otherwise tap into on your own.

    Keep up to date with how things are going while you’re away. Call your entrusted neighbor once in a while to remain in the know about any changes that may take place around your home surroundings.

    Assign a Safe Room

    Reserve a safe room in your home. Inform other members of your household to hide in this room in case burglars or other intruders break in.

    Secure your home and hard-earned property in this room, away from intruders’ sight. This room should have a landline phone and flashlight for easy access to help needed. Propel doors on hinges that swing in an outer fashion. These doors are harder to break into, as compared to doors that swing inside the room.

    Keep the existence of your safe room a secret to other people, even to your entrusted neighbors. Keep the safe room’s door locked and put the key in a secure place. It’s better to take additional safety precaution and think one step ahead of intruders.

    Smartphone as a Security Camera

    You may install alarm systems on your smartphone security camera to easily avoid crimes before they occur. The alarm systems call your attention when an intruder is suspected to have been lurking around in your home.

    A smartphone security camera lets you observe the surroundings of your home, on the go. You may easily spot possible crimes from your bedroom, or even when you’re out of the house! The smartphone doubles as a device you can easily use to make calls to authorities, once you detect a suspicious activity in your home’s surroundings.

    Don’t forget to leave your smartphone’s number to loved ones and friends, too. Doing so will allow these people to easily reach you if they suspect an intrusion in your home that you may not be aware of.

    Secrecy and Hidden Cameras for a Good Purpose

    Avoid talking about a planned vacation in advance with other people. You just never know when word about your vacation will spread to possible intruders’ knowledge. Avoid talking about your vacation plans when eavesdropping is highly possible. Safeguarding hidden home security to ensure family's safety maximizes home security without any extra inconveniences.

    Hidden home surveillance cameras help you outsmart intruders when they attempt a break-in, even while you’re not at home. Not knowing you have cameras in your home disarms intruders from smartly navigating your home for intrusion. Think the way they think, and craft your own strategies to combat their presence.

    Emergency Supply Kit Survival

    Maintain home security against an earthquake by keeping an emergency supply kit. The kit should have 1.9 liters of drinking water, and other water supplies for hygiene and miscellaneous uses.

    Always be prepared in case an earthquake destroys your home. The emergency supply kit tools should give you all the things you need to survive if you lose your home. Prepare the emergency supply kit in advance to have it ready before earthquakes even occur.

    Keep a Fire Extinguisher within Easy Reach

    Place your fire extinguisher, preferably within easy reach. You never know when a fire will strike. Better keep the essentials within easy reach to avoid panicking when it a fire does strike.

    Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with how to use a fire extinguisher in advance to prep yourself in case disaster strikes.

    Halt Mail Delivery



    Look at all angles when implementing awareness on how to keep home safe from intruders.

    Enhance home privacy and security by halting your mail delivery while you’re away on vacation. Cripple the intruders of possibly finding ways to pretend to be a mailman to break into your home.

    Ask your entrusted neighbor to immediately report to authorities any suspicious mail delivery activities detected while you’re away.

    You may want to consider having your mail delivered to a neighbor’s home while you’re on vacation. Make sure to inform all your mail contacts about the temporary address you’d like your mail to be delivered to, if you decide to push through doing this.

    Ensure home security by being courageous enough to learn the ropes of combating disaster-causing events. Your efforts can go a long way in securing your entire household’s well-being on a long term basis. Do what you need to do before it’s too late. Remember, one careless move may instantly cause a lot of severe damages more than you can handle.


    Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:20 pm
    Homes located in low lying areas are prone to flooding if steady rain occurs. Home flood disasters are sometimes unpredictable. In other cases, a person can prepare an advance for an inevitable flood. Here are six ways to prepare yourself for a home flood disaster.

    1. Consult with an electrician. An electrician can help you elevate your furnace, equipment and water to a safe level that is well above the natural water levels in your area should a flood occur. Electrical components like switches, sockets and wiring can all be increased to at least a foot.

    2. If there is a basement in the area, one should hire a plumber. A licensed, experienced plumber can be consulted with to install an exterior or interior backflow valve. The backflow valve can ultimately prevent sewage from entering the basement if significant flood occurs.

    3. It is important to prepare an evacuation kit. This kit should include a wealth of documentation. Items to be included are insurance documentation, copies of prescription and other information that you’ll need when you are far from home.

    4. The sump pumps in the home should all be inspected to make sure that they are prepared to handle sudden flooding. The sump pumps and drains should ideally have a battery backup. There should be extra batteries on hand.

    5. The fuel tanks around the home should be anchored. The unanchored fuel tank can contaminate the home with oil if it drifts. It could also float downstream and cause damage to nearby homes in an area.

    6. All appliances located in an area should be elevated. This can be done with masonry or cylinder blocks. Appliances like washers and dryers should be at least one foot above the level of water anticipated should a flood occur.

    If there is an evacuation order issued, you should definitely leave the area. When preparing for a flood, take the evacuation kit and only the essential items. Remember that timing is of the essence when it comes to preparing for an area flood. If the home happens to have a garage, then consider having a flood barrier and seal kit installed for the home. Companies like The Garage Door Co Ltd offer products like these that can be easily added to a home.


    Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 7, 2014, 5:11 pm
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    When you know the boating safety rules and have the proper safety equipment on your boat, you and your passengers can feel confident and relaxed out on the water. Required boating safety equipment may vary from state to state. Following is a list of seven safety items that should be on every boat at all times.

    Floatation Devices

    Life jackets for you and every passenger may seem obvious, but many boaters don’t wear life jackets or have one for each passenger. All passengers must have a properly fitted jacket. Arm floats for small children are an extra safety measure. Jackets should be inspected each time you take your boat out and replaced if they’re damaged or show signs of wear. Life preservers and sturdy rope designed for marine use will aid you in rescuing someone who has fallen overboard or gotten into trouble while swimming. Rope can also be used if you need to be towed or to tow another boat.

    Emergency Kits

    You should have a first aid kit designed for boating. General first aid kits may not be waterproof. Your boating first aid kit should contain:
    • Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide wipes
    • Waterproof adhesive bandages
    • Tweezers
    • Elastic bandages
    • Sunscreen for skin and lips
    • Lotion for sunburn
    • Insect repellant
    • Products for insect bites
    • Dramamine
    • A sterile knife or scalpel
    • A sterile needle and thread
    • A tourniquet
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Burn cream
    • Sterile gauze pads and rolls
    • Cold packs
    • A first aid manual

    You almost certainly have some tools in your tackle box, but you still need a separate tool kit. A boating tool kit should include:
    • Needle-nosed pliers for removing fish hooks objects
    • Wire cutters to assist in taking fish hooks out of skin
    • Duct tape
    • Electrical tape
    • WD-40
    • An all-in-one screwdriver set
    • A ratchet set with sockets in metric and English sizes
    • Spark plugs and an extra socket
    • The manual for your boat’s engine

    Eyewear

    You should have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts for yourself and a couple of extra pairs of sunglasses for yourself or your passengers. It’s a good idea to have safety glasses in case you have to work on some part of your boat. Binoculars can help you spot dangers like sandbars, judge whether distant clouds are storm clouds or see other boaters behaving dangerously.

    Fire Extinguishers

    Never go out on the water without a fire extinguisher designed for use on boats.

    Lighting

    Make sure that your boat has the front and back lights required by your state. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on board, and flares in case you get into trouble on the water.

    Bottled Water

    Bottled water in a cooler can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke if you’re stuck and waiting to be towed.

    A Kill Switch

    A lanyard worn around your wrist and attached to a kill switch can stop the boat if you fall overboard.

    These items can help save lives or get you back safely to shore if you run into trouble while boating. Always make sure that you have any other items required by your state.


    Aubrey Moulton is a writer for strobesusa.com. In her spare time she loves to read and go hiking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 6, 2014, 5:16 pm
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    Disasters occur without warning, so it’s important to always have a plan in case catastrophe strikes. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or other act of nature, your essential documents and records can be destroyed in an instant. This is why it’s a good idea to store your vital documents in a safe place. Being able to easily access your documents after a disaster will speed up the recovery process and return you to normalcy as fast as possible.

    Choosing Which Documents to Safeguard

    If you were to permanently lose your most vital documents due to a catastrophe, it could be difficult and time-consuming to make insurance claims. You may also need to jump through hoops just to have new records drawn up. To avoid complications, be sure to safeguard any records which provide identification, including but not limited to birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports and marriage certificates.

    It’s equally important to protect financial documents. These include insurance cards and policies, bank account information, mortgages and other loans, credit cards, Social Security data and income tax records. Track down any titles, deeds and registrations for vehicles or properties as well. If you have investments, trust funds or wills, you’ll also need to preserve any documentation of those.

    Storing Your Records Properly

    When securing valuable documents, keep all original paperwork and irreplaceable items in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution. If you want to store your will this way, place a copy in the box and leave the original with your attorney. Give him or her the key, or leave it with someone else you trust. You can also give that same person printed copies of your essential records.

    If you choose to keep your documents at home, an Alberta safe specialist from Dial Locksmith Ltd recommends storing them in a fireproof safe. To do this, place the essential documents in plastic covers for water protection, and leave the safe key with a trusted person or in your safe-deposit box. For added peace of mind, scan important documents and create digital copies. Keep these files on a CD or flash drive, and store them securely. You can also back up files with cloud storage or your own email.

    By taking the necessary precautions and preparing for any disastrous scenario, you can make things easier for yourself and your family in the end. The key is to keep your documents accessible while protecting them from damage. Knowing exactly which records are important enough to safeguard and storing the copies in a variety of places is one of the best ways to prepare for a calamity.


    Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 5, 2014, 5:14 pm
    It seems like every day the news throws up a new potential threat to the human race. Anything from the Ebola virus to a super volcano has the potential to cause catastrophic damage and turn our fragile societies upside down, leading to death and destruction at every turn.

    It’s important to get prepared for any oncoming apocalypse – which is why I created this handy guide!

    Step One – Initial Threat

    The majority of the western world would treat any serious initial threat with apathy. The constant inertia and bombardment through media has made a lot of people weary over news of potential doom. Any threat would initially be dealt with by scepticism from the masses. People would still post selfies of themselves at this point.

    Step Two – News Spreads

    Depending on the speed of the threat, a groundswell of real panic and first-hand accounts would have most right-thinking people in a panic. The beginning stages of mass panic would cause flights to be delayed and traffic jams. A scramble for resources at the local supermarkets ensues and large riots would form. Preachers and homeless people would claim that the end is nigh.

    Step Three – Media Blackout

    The sight of news reporters hurriedly leaving their desks screaming for their lives would be a common occurrence and news reports would ground to a halt as realisation of the oncoming threat reaches. It’s every man for him-self at this point. Prisons and hospitals become deserted. Social unrest creates chaos in all the major cities. Some people, however, would still take selfies.

    Step Four – Global Epidemic

    Whatever the threat is, this is the point when the mass population dies a slow and painful death.

    Step Five – The Scramble for Survival

    The few survivors are left to pit their wits against each other. A few people band together against the threat of other dangerous folk. Anyone with weapons or transport would mow other humans down in the street.

    Step Six – Mass Starvation

    Resources are in short supply. A large proportion of those left behind don’t have the knowledge to survive. Any reserves of food are kept for the super rich who have managed to set up vaults of reserves. They would be the only people eating cereal at this point.

    Step Seven – Total Chaos

    Animal populations grow out of control. Nature would take back the city streets and the rule of mankind is all but over. Cannibals would begin to prey on their own kind. The fashion-conscious people would wear human bone jewellery and animal skins. To emphasize the chaos Tina Turner and Mel Gibson would inexplicably still be alive.

    Step Eight – The Last Pockets of Humanity

    Groups of humans in the far reaches of the world may continue to grow and survive depending on the nature of the epidemic. Basic societies would begin to form once more. Mankind might just survive...

    Step Nine – Weapons

    The difference between a modern humans starting again and our ancient ancestors is the technological advances in warfare. Could the remaining humans cope with weapons of mass destruction before any form of state and law could arise?

    Step Ten – Further disasters

    Any further environmental disasters would leave the few survivors to fend for themselves and ill equipped to do so. Knowledge and civilisation would drift away and become something of a distant memory. The remaining people would need to learn different survival skills other than taking selfies.


    Author Bio

    Richard is a writer from Manchester who is working with the experts at snorecentre. If thoughts of the end of the world are getting you down and giving you sleepless nights, a trip to this London sleep clinic could cure you, but not from any upcoming pandemics.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 4, 2014, 5:13 pm
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    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 1, 2014, 5:00 am
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    They ability to manage a large-sized vehicle in challenging conditions is important, especially in survival situations. This will enable you to safely transport more cargo, navigate different forms of terrain and even overcome partial or full barricades. Following are 7 reasons why you want to know how to drive a truck in emergency situations.

    Moving Your Stockpile

    The most important step in disaster preparedness is to stock up on food, potable water, medical supplies and an array of durable items for creating a basic shelter when necessary. Having these things on hand, however, does not automatically mean that people will be able to survive challenging and unexpected developments. Changing locations could be critical for avoiding contamination of food and water stores and for the preservation of life. The ability to drive a truck will make it much easier to fit all people and goods into a single vehicle so that families are not split up and rations are not unnecessarily divided.

    Extreme Driving Conditions

    Chances are that you will be facing extreme conditions in survival situations. According to Valley Driving School in Richmond, B.C. extreme weather conditions include extreme cold, extreme heat, wet roads, icy roads, extremely dry environments, snow, high winds and fog. Larger, more rugged vehicles are equipped to handle these types of conditions, however expert training is advised for some conditions.

    Going Off Road

    The ability to go off road in a 2wd vehicle is an important skill to master. Learning how to do this in a 4wd vehicle, however, will get you and your group where you need to go far faster and much easier. Larger trucks make great bug-out vehicles, even though they are more conspicuous than smaller autos with fewer navigation abilities.

    The Ability to Transport Your Own Fuel

    Small-sized autos will rarely be sufficient for transporting all people, water, food items, clothing, medical supplies and shelter materials. They will also lack adequate space for storing extra fuel. A large-sized truck, however, will allow you to take several fuel cans in tow. This will make it possible to drive further without having to plot a route that is heavily reliant upon having access to gas stations.

    Overcoming Blockades

    Many trucks will also have the ability to overcome or move past temporary blockages that have been established by authorities or private parties. In emergency events, creating feasible routes to safety will often require people to travel off the beaten path. Small obstacles that might cause problems for small-sized vehicles could be easily bypassed when riding in a large-sized truck.

    Picking People Up

    In the interest of self-preservation, most survivalists will not be eager to add to their group when leaving potentially life-threatening circumstances behind them. When time allows, however, it could be advantageous to pick up like-minded individuals who have stored resources and tools that will compliment your own. This can even enhance the collective skill set. With a larger vehicle on hand, you will invariably have more options in terms of who and what you are willing and able to transport. Trips into densely populated areas to replenish fuel, food or medical supplies can be more productive as well and these can therefore be limited.

    Safe Shelter

    When all else fails, a large-sized vehicle will provide safe shelter from the elements and will not require any modifications in order to do so. This will create a comfortable space for performing a wide variety of activities and could be far preferable to building a temporary shelter outside. Trucks as shelters will even provide limited access to a fairly reliable power and heat source. Using the truck as an alternative means for shelter will additionally make it easier for groups to quickly pack up camp and head to new areas when problems arise.


    Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 30, 2014, 5:13 pm
    Emergency preparedness is neglected in many homes, but it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for different events. Emergencies can involve anything from being stranded on the road in cold weather to natural disasters requiring immediate evacuation. Here are five tips you can use to make sure you’re ready in case the worst happens.

    Keep up with Car Maintenance

    It doesn’t matter how great your first-aid kit is if your car breaks down because the oil wasn’t changed. Keep up with regular maintenance so that you can count on your car working when you need it the most. This includes changing the oil, checking the battery and contacts, replacing worn windshield wipers, the cabin and engine air filters, having the tires rotated and replacing spark plugs.

    Fix the Cars

    In the event of an emergency, you may need more than one car to get out of town with the entire family, your pets, the possessions most important to you and some basic living supplies. When evacuating for a tornado, it’s impossible to know when the area will be safe to return, so you’ll need to take extra clothes and items along. If you have a broken down car, this is the time to get it fixed.

    Basic Comfort

    People in northern climates routinely keep at least one extra blanket in the car in case they’re trapped on the road during a snowstorm. However, this is a good item to have in all regions. It can become cool at night even in warmer climates, and you need to be prepared for anything. Include some basic comfort items in the emergency bin that will stay in your car. Consider blankets for warmth, work gloves, a complete change of clothing for each family member and a few rolls of toilet paper.

    Necessities for Survival

    In an emergency, everyone in town may be heading in the same direction as you are. Stopping at the grocery store may not be an option. Leave a case of water in the trunk of the car along with some food like trail mix, protein bars and other items that can take the heat. Purchase new supplies every few months and cycle them out so you don’t wind up with stale water and spoiled food.

    Other Items to Consider

    In addition to the standard first aid kit, remember a few other items. Even if cell service goes down for a while, it will hopefully come back up. Keep an automobile phone charger in the car so that you can maintain communication with loved ones. Pack flashlights and extra batteries. You should also have a basic tool kit and a set of jumper cables. Even though your car is in top condition, someone else may need your assistance with theirs.

    Make sure that every car you own is packed with an emergency kit. If you have to leave the area in an emergency, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something essential in your rush to leave. If you’re stranded in a traffic jam or break down in bad weather, you’ll have the supplies on hand that you need.


    Chaleigh Glass is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from tow truck companies in Kamloops that sell recycled truck parts like: Mike's Auto Towing. Other topics include things like how to spice up your love life to how to live off the grid. In her spare time she likes to golf, snowboard, and take lifestyle photos.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 29, 2014, 5:11 pm
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    1. Over Communicate

      This one is so basic it should be second nature, but so many people leave out this one thing that could save their lives. If you are traveling alone make sure you have a check-in buddy. This person should know how to contact you (if possible), where you are going (as specific as you can be down to trail), when you are going and when you are expected to be back. Every detail that you can give them is important and could be the piece that leads to your rescue should you become lost, injured or incapacitated in the wild.

    2. Carry a Handkerchief

      This simple and classic item should be in every preparedness-minded person’s pocket or within easy reach. It is the very spirit of the multi-tasker, and it is one survival item that is appropriate and accepted anywhere. Your handkerchief can serve countless purposes:
      • Bandage
      • Carry Container
      • First Stage Water Filtration
      • Fuel for Fires
      • Dust/Debris Mask
      • Signal/Marker
      • Oven Mitt
      • Cold Compress
      • Sling Shot
      When you start thinking about it, you will come up with 100 more uses for the simple handkerchief that will make you appreciate it in a whole new light.

    3. Use Everything

      When you are in survival mode, everything is useful and nothing is sacred. Understanding that things can be replaced will help keep you in the mindset that you are staying alive and ensure your priorities are in order. Whether it is stripping out the interior of your car for materials that can be used for clothing or shelter or busting up a dead phone to get a fire-starting spark from the battery; nothing you own is more important than staying alive. Many people have failed to survive catastrophe while they carried the very keys to their salvation literally on their back.

    4. Don’t Ration Water

      Many a stranded man and woman have been found dead of dehydration, their bodies found parched- next to a half-full canteen. Sound crazy? It’s more common than you might think. It’s a commonly held belief that you need to make the water last as long as possible, so you start to ration out whatever supply you have. This mistake is 100% fatal. Your body requires 2 liters per day- minimum. Taking a few sips to preserve the supply will do nothing but quench the superficial thirst. The saying is true, once you are thirsty- you are already dehydrated.

      Water is one of your critical needs, and you should always be on the lookout for a clean or cleanable supply. Drink what you have to stay hydrated, or your brain and body will cease to function at a high level. Eventually, they will cease to function at all.

    5. Relax, Seriously

      The last thing that most people in a survival situation think about is relaxing. It is a critical life and death struggle; there is absolutely no time to stop focusing on survival, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. Your mental well-being and morale are critically important. Most experts will tell you that your bug out bag should include a book, or a notebook and paper or some playing cards. It is these small things that will allow you to keep your mind from going into panic mode. Just like you take breaks from any work or project, so much you from survival. It has been said that survival is 90% mental, and that has been proven in survival stories time and time again. Take some time to breath, take a nap or hum a song- anything to clear your mind. Your focus will be stronger, and your morale higher- giving you the greatest chance of survival.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 23, 2014, 5:10 pm
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    Whether you live alone, are walking through a big city, or driving in an unfamiliar area, it is important to always remember safety procedures. Most of the time, actions taken to ensure personal safety fall into the "common sense" category, but there are also several pieces of equipment which are helpful to have on your person at all times.

    In the Car

    Many car accessories manufacturers sell kits containing a lot of tools that become necessary in the event of an emergency. For example, there are window-breaking hammers which can be mounted to your dashboard. These come in handy when you are trapped underwater or in an overturned vehicle.

    Another piece of equipment important to car safety is a fire extinguisher. If your car catches fire, it can move to the fuel or oil lines and cause an explosion. Fire extinguishers remove that possibility.

    First aid kits are also important to have at your fingertips. Wounds from car accidents commonly become infected, since most victims do not immediately stop the bleeding or cover the wound. To limit the ill effects of car accidents, first aid kits are a necessary part of your emergency equipment.

    On Your Person

    Flashlights are always a good thing to have immediately available. Small flashlights that can be connected to your key chain are good to bring around with you wherever you go. Walking along roads with a flashlight will also alert cars to your presence, so they will not accidentally hit you.

    Pepper spray or mace is also important to have in case of animal attack or attempted assault. These, like flashlights, come in keychain form and can be easily carried anywhere you need to go.

    A pen and paper are surprisingly useful tools in emergencies. You may need to write a note on a car you've accidentally backed into, write down your contact information for police or others involved in an accident, or even signal for help with a hastily-scribbled note to a stranger. In these circumstances, you'll be glad you remembered to bring your pen and paper.

    In the Home

    Extra batteries are always good to keep in the house. If the power goes out, you'll be relying on batteries for light and heat. Gallons or bottles of water are also important to have, in case your water turns off in the middle of a disaster. For a long-term water supply, keep a filter or chemical purifier in your home, so you can get clean water from natural sources, if it comes to that.

    Always make sure you keep these essential pieces of safety equipment readily available. The world can be a strange, exciting and dangerous place, so be safe out there!


    Informational Credit to Nutech Safety Ltd


    Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: July 16, 2014, 5:16 pm




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