Must Know Tips For Emergency Water Storage
Food storage is a common topic these days, especially since the world seems to be throwing its finest-disaster curve balls at us lately. Being prepared for an emergency situation is a machine with many working parts. We have come a long way since the days of living in caves and wrasslin up lunch with our bare hands, and we have grown accustom to certain luxuries. We are lucky though; food storage today includes certain items that allow us to maintain those comforts even in a crisis situation. Ingredients are better, tastier, and come in a wider variety.
However, this isn’t about the tremendous improvements in flavor and quality that food storage has made in the past few years; this is about the importance of water. More specifically; this is about the why, when, and how you should be rotating your water storage on a regular basis.
Two words: bacteria and algae. If these two little buggers decide to start setting up shop inside your water containers, you now are the proud owner of an undrinkable water source. If you have purchased your water at a store, make sure you are paying attention to the expatriation date on the container. Although water does not “expire,” the plastic that is used contains BPA.
BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and resins since the 1960’s. The possible health effects from being over exposed to this chemical can be on brain function, behavior of prostate glands in fetuses, infants, and small children and in some cases it has been linked to forms cancer.
Studies have shown that ingesting small amounts of BPA is basically harmless (think water bottles), but if the water source you completely rely on is constantly exposed to it, there is the possibility of ingesting harmful amounts. The risk is not worth the outcome.
If you store your water properly, in a dark and cool area, you could actually get away with rotating your water rarely or possibly never. However, as a good rule of thumb, you should be checking your water once or twice a year.
What are you checking for?
This part is simple. First, find an area that is open and can get wet, such as the driveway, garage, or lawn. Second, get a bucket of warn water and add mild soap. Third, using a cloth that has some scratchiness to it, scrub the inside of your container thoroughly. Fourth, rinse and repeat until you feel like you have banished all harmful elements. Make sure you rinse your container well, it is important to make sure no soap residue or chemicals remain inside.
Treating and Preserving Your Water Storage
Even though there are techniques out there that allow you to treat and preserve your water, it is still a smart idea to check your water from time to time. Better safe than thirsty.
How To Prepare Your Vehicle For Survival
by Robert Foster
Preparing your car for traveling can sometimes inflict severe headaches, especially if you are heading to an unknown place. You have to be aware of everything that may happen: if you get lost, if the car is broken in the middle of nowhere, if the weather conditions don’t allow you to proceed with your journey or if another inconvenience occurs. We have prepared here some tips on how to prepare your vehicle for traveling and in case of emergencies.
The most important thing is to check your car thoroughly. Firstly, the service man does the visual inspection of the car. The professionals in this business should see clearly if there are any hidden problems such as off-center alignment, bad shock absorbers and so on. After this, checking tires is obligatory, not only for safety but also for the economy. If your tire gets deflated in the middle of nowhere, it may become a problem. Checking electric power and motor of the car is also very important. You want to be on the safe side when it comes to this, so it is better to check every single detail. You never know what may happen.
Second most important thing is first aid kit. Of course, this is obligatory car kit in many countries but you should revise it once you decide to go somewhere far away. Bandages and ethanol (medical alcohol) are important, as well as gauze and gloves. So, in case of injuries you have everything to proceed with first aid and you will be sure that nothing gets infected. It wouldn’t harm you if you bring some anesthetics or pain killers, but prior to purchase check with your medical advisor.
In some cases, fire distinguisher is obligatory so before you decide to go let’s say to a seaside, please check if this is necessary. Yet again, it isn’t so heavy so maybe you can keep it in your car always.
Make sure all of your gadgets are fully charged. Mobile phone or lap tops, or anything that may serve as a communication tool should be fully prepared. In case you are lost somewhere, you can check maps or call for help. When it comes to maps, make sure you have downloaded a map which doesn’t require internet connections so you can use it whenever. Also, make sure your GPS is up to date.
Food and liquids come next. As we said earlier, you can never know what may happen while you are on the road. It is recommended that you bring a lot of food and drinks. If everything goes well, you can always return food home. Hence, there is no such a thing as too much food to bring. Food in cans is always welcomed but please do not forget can opener. No matter how silly this may sound, you would be surprised to know how many people actually forget this item and are thus disabled to open a can. There are many meals in cans nowadays. Beans, corns, meat dishes… You can always prepare some sandwiches and have them near you. One of the best things to bring is a mini cool fridge so you can put drinks and some of the food there. When it comes to liquids, water is the top one drink you should have in your car. But, of course, you can always bring some juices. For example, if you have issues with lower sugar level, a glass of sweet juice will raise it immediately, faster than a bar of chocolate for instance, because liquids get faster to our bloodstream.
Clothing is important. You always have to have something to change. If you are hit by a hard rain, and you get wet somehow, it is good to change because you will come down with flu if you stay in a wet shirt or pants. Also, weather conditions may vary so it is always go to adjust to it. Shoes are important as well. If you travel, the best option would be sneakers or some flats, so your feet will be comfortable.
The last, but not least – weapon. God forbid you need it, but it is better safe than sorry. Unfortunately, there are so many inconvenient situations outside, and we are sure that you only want the best for you and your family and friends. Please make sure you have a valid and certified license for weapon use. Otherwise, we do not recommend carrying weapons with you. You can perhaps use it just to frighten an animal or give a signal, so it may come in handy for less dangerous situations.
Having this all ready and set, you are free to go anywhere. However, one has to be ready for every possible scenario. When you have all of this ready, you have nothing to worry about. We wish you a nice and safe trip, wherever you decide to go.
Robert Foster is a 30-year-old fitness instructor, nature survivalist and a part-time blogger for http://prosurvivalist.com/. He spends most of his free time outdoors and if you can’t find him for a couple of days, he’s probably somewhere on a biking, cycling or a hiking holiday again.
PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE UNEXPECTED EVENT
Numerous individuals in finance and government are suggesting that it is prudent to prepare for possible event that could have high impact.
Many are convinced that the Obama’s goal in Washington is to fundamentally change America from a Constitutional Republic to a Socialist/Marxist form of government. Some economists are so pessimistic about the future; they are predicting the end of the world as we know it. However, predictions are frequently wrong. Many in government, finance and technology were predicting that Y2K was going to usher in a financial meltdown, but they were wrong. Economics is not a science, and even respected economists contradict one another, and are frequently wrong. I pray that God will spare America from the economic devastation that many see coming, but we need to put feet to our prayers, and do what we can to protect our families. For an in depth analysis of America’s financial condition read, Government of Deceit by Patrick McConnell, and the book, It’s Over by Ron Martin www.its-over.info or one of the many other books, videos that are available.
I pray that these suggestions are helpful, but there is not anyone as interested in the welfare of your family as you. You are the final arbiter of how to best protect yourself. I am not a financial advisor. These are suggestions from many people who are more knowledgeable than I am. It is general information only, and should not be taken as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any security or financial instrument, or to participate in any particular investment strategy. Investment decisions are dependent on your specific situation. Consult your legal counsel, tax advisors, and investment advisor before making investment decisions.
· 39.4 million Americans are on food stamps.
· Millions of Americans have filed for bankruptcy.
· Nearly all pension funds are underfunded.
· 39 States are nearly bankrupt, and 11 are near collapse.
· The Federal Government has 109 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities, and pays 4.2 billion/day on interest.
· The dollar has lost 95% of its value since 1913 when the Fed was established.
CURRENCIES: There are no truly sound currencies in the world, but the Swiss Franc is probably one of the most stable. An account denominated in foreign currencies can be established atwww.Everbank.com
HYPERINFLATION: Twenty hyperinflations have occurred throughout the world since 1980. Milton Friedman said, “Inflation is a disease, a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease that if not checked in time, can destroy a society... The fate of a country is inseparable from the fate of its currency.” The Federal government is borrowing, and spending money at the fastest rate in the 230 year history of our Republic. Studies have shown the tipping point based on historical models is when government deficits reach 20% of their annual outlays. Obama’s 2009 budget projections confirm deficit spending will amount to 40.1% of the federal budget! If China and the rest of the world lose faith, the dollar will collapse, commodities will increase in price, shortages will occur and social unrest will likely ensue. Many believe that in the short term we are likely to have deflation followed by a prolonged hyperinflationary depression. Here is what happened in Germany. "] In July 1922 the exchange rate was 493.2 Marks to dollar. By November 1923 the exchange rate was 4,200,000,000,000 to the dollar! (Yes, trillion!) [Source: Gordon Craig, "Germany 1866-1945 For information on the true rate of inflation see www.shadowstats.com.
BANKING: 2009 saw the largest number of bank failures in 17 years, and the FDIC is in bad shape. Make certain your bank is financially sound by an independent rating surface such as: Veribanc www.veribanc.com 800-44-BANKS Due to the possibility of a bank failure, many believe it prudent to have some cash available to purchase necessities.
FOOD: Many believe societal unrest could result from any number of conditions, and lead to a situation in which food could become unavailable in supermarkets. Therefore, they recommend that families obtain nonperishable food sufficient for 2 - 6 months. The Mormon Church has long advocated this principle. A number of companies sell dehydrated and freeze dried foods such as: Alpine Aire, Mountain House, and WaltonFoods.
PRECIOUS METALS: Many people believe a core position in actual ownership of precious metals is advisable. Recommendations range from 5 — 25% of an investment portfolio in precious metals as a hedge. Precious metals can be held either in a safety deposit box, or hidden. Precious metals should be considered primarily as insurance against unstable governments and unstable currencies rather than as an investment. Most knowledgeable people suggest holding precious metals in the form of bullion. For the small investor silver is probably the most practical. A problem with silver is storage due to its increased bulk. However, silver coins are recognizable, and will be a more negotiable instrument than gold, and many believe that silver has a greater upside potential than gold. One method of owning silver is to obtain coins minted before 1965 that are composed of 90% silver. There is concern about confiscation of gold as Roosevelt did in the early 30’s. However, only one person was ever prosecuted. Gold denominated IRA’s and 401k’s are another method of investing in precious metals. You can also buy mutual funds and stocks of various gold mining companies. Read this article regarding precious metals:
STOCKS: Many people in the equity markets lost a considerable portion of their net worth in the downturn of the market in 2008. You have to decide what stocks to buy or sell, or whether or not you should even be in the stock market.
BONDS: Martin Weiss in December 2009 cautioned investors to beware of bonds which he believes are going to crash. Weiss states that the U.S. Bond market is almost TRIPLE the size of the U.S. Stock market. Rising inflation is a disaster for long term bond investors. Weiss recommended keeping your liquid funds in 12 week Treasury securities or Treasury only money funds.
PRACTICAL IDEAS TO HELP YOU THROUGH ANY CRISIS
GROW A GARDEN: During WWII many people had Victory Gardens. You can grow a significant amount of food in a relatively small space which will provide exercise and save money. If you plant a garden, obtain non-hybrid seeds which will allow you to plant a new garden every year. Companies supplying non-hybrid seeds are: www.waltonfeed.com www.alpineaire.com www.emergencyseedbank.com
DEVELOP MARKETABLE SKILLS: Knowledge is always in demand. Turn off the TV and spend time reading and learning additional skills. Make yourself invaluable to your boss. If you are retired or need additional income, perhaps you can use your expertise or turn a hobby into an income producing business. For instance, I pay a retiree to help me with my computer. Others advertise services by placing a sign on the side of the road stating, “Baby Sitting 24/7 – Call 0000, Detail Your Car – Call 0000, Clean Your House – Call 0000. There are many needs to be filled which do not require any investment other than your time and energy. Be creative.
ELIMINATE DEBT: Many people have tremendous debt burdens. The worst kind of debt is credit card debt. Pay your credit cards off monthly, and for information on the best credit cards www.creditcards.com/best-credit-cards.php www.creditcardtuneup.com For information on managing money, and getting out of debt read books by Dave Ramsey or www.crown.org
LOWER YOUR COST OF LIVING: Inflation will cause difficult times for those who fail to anticipate higher expenses, and fail to make adjustments in their spending habits. A good adage is; Use it up. Wear it out. Make do. Do without. Here are some good ways to save money, and remember; almost everything is negotiable. You can save a substantial amount of money purchasing from discount or consignment stores. Many items are available for sale at significant saving on
www.amazon.com and www.upillar.com. Don’t buy a new automobile. Thousands can be saved by buying an automobile that is several years old with low mileage. Only buy a home you can afford. Don’t buy prepared foods, and eat out less often. Burger King & McDonalds sells coffee to seniors for about 80 cents – much less than Starbucks! If you’re retired you can find good information at www.retirernentliving.com Insurance is becoming increasingly expensive. The following online insurance companies may save you money:
www.esurance.com www.ehealthinsurance.com The U.S. General Services Administration publishes an annual Consumer Action Handbook that offers tips on being a smart shopper, avoiding rip-offs and seeking justice. It is free and can be obtained by phoning (888) 8-PUEBLO. You may be able to share a residence with someone, and there are numerous elderly people who might let you stay rent free in exchange for housekeeping and cooking. If you have a home perhaps you can rent out a room. To obtain discount coupons go to www.coupons.com www.restaurant.com
www.printable-coupons.com Daily deals and steep discounts are available from restaurants, hotels and attractions online from websites such as www.LivingSocial.com www.Bloomspot.com and www.DealOn.com. www.Yipit.com and www.Citiesonthecheap.com compiles all the deals happening on that day from a variety of daily deal websites. Sometimes there are tax credits available for energy-efficient home upgrades. www.energysavers.gov www.energytaxincentives.org One way of making your home more energy efficient is to turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees and set the air conditioner at 80 degrees in the summer.
BARTER: The underground economy is growing. www.Barterquest.com and www.Craigslist.com are reporting an 80% increase in activity.
TAXES: Make certain you are receiving all the deductions you deserve. Don’t overpay the government. You can do this by simply increasing the number of exemptions you claim on your W-4 form with your employer. Consult your accountant regarding this.
PRESERVE YOUR HEALTH: Get adequate rest. Try to avoid stress. Eat plenty of vegetables, and cut down on red meats and carbohydrates. Use supplements and above all exercise. A major difference between Americans and Europeans is that obesity is rare in Europe! If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or hypertension, ask your physician to give you a prescription for a years worth of medication. The American Red Cross has information on how to provide first aid and emergency medical assistance. Products you should consider obtaining are hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, and bleach for sterilization.
RETIREMENT: Consider establishing a retirement fund such as an IRA or a Roth IRA. Don’t rely on Social Insecurity for your retirement. Some suggest establishing a Roth due to the fact that they anticipate taxes to substantially increase. However, every situation is different so check with your accountant.
PHYSICAL SECURITY: It is not going to be helpful to have food, if you don’t have the ability to protect yourself. Consider obtaining and learning how to safely use a weapon to protect you and your family. The first thing that tyrants do when taking over a country is to confiscate weapons. If there is any one thing that is an unmistakable signal that government is about to totally eliminate individual freedom, it would be passage of a law mandating registration or confiscation of firearms.
BECOME EDUCATED: Form local citizens groups, educate your neighbors on their rights, and inform them about the grave possibilities we face in the event of a government declared emergency.
HOPE FOR THE BEST BUT PREPARE FOR THE WORST: Never allow your gas tank to become less than half full, have a generator, candles and an alternative heat source in case of a power outage. If the pundits are wrong, you can eat the food, use the gas, and spend the cash in good times rather than bad. Think about it. If hard times come, and you are sitting back with no need to worry over your basic necessities, what type of ministry opportunities would possibly present themselves?
CONCLUSIONS: We are in a battle to preserve the Republic. It is much better to fight now to preserve what freedoms remain, than to reach a point where we lose all, and have to fight to survive with very slim hope of regaining that which we’ve lost. I spoke with a man who immigrated to the U.S. when Nicaragua was taken over by the Communists. He said that what he sees happening in America reminds him of what happened in Nicaragua. However, he added that he had some place to go, but that if tyranny comes to America there isn’t any place in the world for us to go.
SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH OTHERS: Christians should be prepared to provide not only for their family, but for others who are in distress, or who may find themselves in distress if conditions deteriorate.
www.survivalblog.com www.shadowstats.com www.chrismartensen.com www.trendsresearch.com www.thestreet.com
SEND THIS LETTER TO ALERT OTHERS
I have a great concern which is, how should or how can I respond if there is a significant event that will make it either difficult or impossible for people to obtain needed essentials. As a Christian I want to do whatever I can to help my fellowman, but the scope of an event could be so great that it would be impossible to help even a fraction of those in distress. The best thing I can do is to encourage others to prepare, and I’ve sent the following letter to friends and relatives. Here is the letter:
My reason for writing this note is due to my concern for you and your family.
Numerous events could have a great impact upon our way of life. If you are aware of what happened in south Florida during hurricane Andrew or New Orleans during Katrina you probably realize that you can’t depend upon government. Regardless of the cause or timing many informed people in finance, government and the military believe America is poised for a prolonged event which could disrupt life as we know it.
An event with the potential to disrupt life as we know it could happen anytime, or it could be a year or more away. I view being prepared in the same way as I view fire insurance. I don’t expect a fire, but I want to be covered in the event of a fire. Everyone desires ‘normalcy’, i.e. most people do not welcome a major unexpected change in their lifestyle. However, please consider. If a significant event should occur your friends and neighbors will be busy trying to provide for their own families, and will probably not be able to help you. Here is an excerpt from an article which I read recently that discusses this issue:
“Many believe that those who have stored food will share with those who have not. Though that is a nice thought, dispel that notion: When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves, we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord: “That the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer." In other words, do not expect your neighbor to feed you. For if he has obeyed the counsel to store up for his family, and you have had the resources, but instead procrastinated, which one of his children should he let starve in order to feed you?
If it is not a priority for you to save yourself and your family, why should another family have to take of that responsibility? ... Some confuse the commandments of sharing and taking care of the poor and needy with sharing their food with the rebellious. There is a huge difference in sharing with the poor and needy and sharing with the rebellious – those who could afford to get their food storage, but don't because other things, buying a big screen T.V., vacations, the latest fashions, take precedence”
In a major event it may be very difficult for a single family, even if they have provisions, to survive. Consequently, I have decided to join with others. One of the provisions of the group’s bylaws states: “I will only bring immediate family members to the designated area if an event should take place. Immediate family will be defined as one of the following: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Spouse, Children. Members agree to these strict guidelines and will be expelled from the group if they violate the guidelines.” If you wish to consider joining the group let me know, and I will discuss the procedure.
Everyone has different needs, but here are some suggestions that pertains to everyone.
An absolute necessity. If there is not a supply of safe water it is possible to sterilize water by adding 16 drops of unscented bleach to one gallon of water.
Consider having a minimum food supply. This is what you need in order to provide for the needs of one adult for 30 days: 5 lbs of lentils, 25 lbs of grain, 5 lbs of sugar, 1 lb of fats & oil, 8 lbs of dairy. This list is meant to prevent desperation on your part. It is not a balanced menu, but a good multivitamin such as Centrum can help fill in the shortfalls. This supplies the basic amount of food for a very small investment. For more information see:
You should also consider how to protect your family should rioting or anarchy result from an event which disrupts the economy or the power grid. History shows that following major disruptions looting is a significant problem. It’s not going to help having supplies if you can’t protect your family.
KNOWLEDGE is power and there is a great deal of information on this issue at these web sites.
I hope you will consider the above. Most people are unable to obtain everything needed all at once, but this information can help you get started, and if you would like to discuss it further give me a call.
Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities
A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the city’s code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard. She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden after becoming unemployed as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self sufficient. She filled her yard with things like, fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.
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Communication Infrastructure – Preparing for Chaos
In terms of preparedness, emergency communications should be at the top of your list. In times of crisis, the ability to send and receive information could mean the difference between life and death.
As part of our infrastructure series, we are going to take a look at our country’s communications infrastructure.
Who is Listening?
Let’s face it; every time we talk or transmit messages through our modern communications infrastructure, we put ourselves at risk. From bored teenage hackers, to more sophisticated criminal groups, hundreds of thousands of hackers are hard at work trying to steal every piece of data they can get their hands on.
If you use one of these modern forms of communication, (cell phones, the internet, email, etc…) there’s a good chance that your information will eventually become compromised.
The technology is out there, and it’s getting easier for criminals to use it.
At a security conference a couple years back, a group of hackers showed how easily they could intercept just about anyone’s cell phone conversations. With under $1,500 worth of gear, the security expert built a device that mimicked a cell phone tower. The device tricked cell phones into routing their outbound calls through the device, allowing the hacker to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear.
During the demonstration, the security expert was able to get 30 phones from people in the audience, to actually connect to his simulated tower. Read more...
Antibiotics if needed
In a crisis Antibiotics will be in short supply. Even a simple cut can get infected and without treatment can cause death. Antibiotics used in aquariums are human grade and can be bought over the counter. Apparently, fish are sensitive to impurities and as such their antibiotics must be pure. Here is a list of products and links. Do I suggest you take them now ? NO ! but if SHTF some antibiotics are better than none.
**IMPORTANT:FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY**
Please do your own research.
Fish Cillin, 250 mg Ampicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline Forte, 500 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline, 250 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Flex Forte, 500 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Flex, 250 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Mox Forte, 500 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mox, 250 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mycin, 250 mg Erythromycin, Non-prescription
Fish Pen Forte, 500 mg Penicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Zole Forte, 500 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Fish Zole, 250 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Freeze Dried Vs Dehydrated foods
Freeze drying is a process where food is cooked and then flash frozen. After it’s been flash frozen, it is brought to a lower temperature to help evaporate any ice and as much of the food’s
Moisture as possible.
The food is then placed in a sealed moisture and oxygen-proof package to help ensure freshness when it is opened.
Once water (hot or cold) is replaced in food that is freeze dried, the food regains its original flavor, aroma, texture and appearance.
Why Freeze Dried?
With foods that are freeze dried you keep the freshness, color and aroma, as well as maintaining both a long shelf life and reduced weight (due to water removal)
Food this is freeze dried also give you advantages over frozen food, dehydrated food or canned goods.
Foods that use the freeze dried method DO NOT REQUIRE LOWER TEMPERATURES for storage, don’t lose freshness over time as easily as canned foods,
And they maintain their flavor and texture over dehydrated foods.
Originally produced for the U.S. Military and NASA, freeze-dried food has several advantages over frozen or dehydrated foods. Frozen foods retain flavor and nutritional value, but require low temperature storage conditions. Dehydrated/canned foods are shelf-stable, but lose flavor, texture and nutritional content. Freeze-drying is the best of both worlds, preserving freshness, color, and aroma, while being completely shelf-stable. Freeze dried retains nutritional value and keeps for 25years.
Do not forget to have a stash of any medicines you are on … as well as aspirin, peroxide, cough stuff, flu stuff, any over the counter common crap…bleach (can purify water), female hygiene products, toilet paper, soap, paper plates, forks, cups (no water…throw away)
Top 12 Benefits of Aloe Vera
Liquor…. For bartering, and for numbing pain
Guns and ammo….do we need to discuss why…you have food…others won’t….
There is also a company called www.sunoven.com
can cook without electricity.
Seeds…NON HYBRID seeds…can plant a garden and used for barter….
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