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Monday, February 16, 2009

Second Half - Emergency Evacuation Kits

To the second half of the blog about emergency evacuation kits. You will find videos/podcasts, instructions, and other information about the subject for this week.


Emergency Disaster Preparedness B*O*B (Bug Out Bag)

Note: Don't, Do Not, Never use a gas can for water storage. You will poison yourself and your family.

Note: Instead of cutting off you shirt sleeves, roll the sleeves up. If you think you are going to need a pair of shorts, pack shorts.

Patriot Armory - The Bag Out Bag (Part 1)

Note: Just so you know, a little bit of a potty mouth.

Part 2

PAW Productions - Survivalist B.O.B.

Note: Watch the rest of the videos. There are four parts; additionally, this group has many more informative videos.

Bug Out Survival Essentials 1/4

Note: Watch the rest of his videos, too.


Other Information:


Alpha Disaster Contingencies

Original: http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2009/02/second-half-emergency-evacuation-kits.html

A Must Read Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Original: http://texaspreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/02/must-read-obituary.html

Audio Podcast: Dealing with Venomous Snakes

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I am a reptile enthusiast and have always both loved and respected snakes. Today’s show discusses identification of venomous snakes, avoiding bites and basic first aid. I also am continuing to tell you what our stimulus bill could have been spent on. Don’t forget what these clowns have done, don’t go back to sleep!

Tune in to hear…

  • How the new number of 790 Billion could buy a 2KWh Solar System for every owner occupied single family home in America
  • The 4 Types of Venomous Snakes Native to North America
  • Identifying the coral snake vs king snakes and scarlet snakes
  • The story of my Copperhead bite and what it taught me about the “least” dangerous of North America’s venomous snakes
  • Why 90% of more of venomous snake bites are completely preventable and not the snakes fault
  • How harmless snakes are killed via identification
  • What to do when a dangerous snake is in an area where it is not acceptable to leave it alone
  • Why making noise won’t scare a snake at all but walking heavily will
  • The basic first aid that can be helpful when you get bitten
  • When you have to break the rules a bit to save your own life
  • A plea to “cure your ignorance” if you believe the only good snake is a dead snake

Resources for Today’s Show

Original: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-140-dealing-with-venomous-snakes

Gardening in the Desert

There is so much information about "Gardening in the Desert" that I never knew existed. I cannot post everything (of course) about desert gardening and landscaping, but I will post a lot of wonderful online resources. Thank you to Natalie, Kimberly & our guest speaker Brandy for LOTS of great information!!

Gardening with Kids

Kids Gardening has a wonderful website with an email newsletter than you can sign up for.

Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening.

  • Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
  • Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
  • Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
  • Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
  • Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
  • Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
  • Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots.

Vegetable Gardening

A few gardening/planting tips (for Las Vegas):

  • Remember: just because our nurseries sell it, doesn't mean it grows well here.
  • Typically vegetables like location, timing, sandy loam soils, good drainage, deep watering and fertilizer.
  • There are Warm Season vegetables and Cool Season vegetables - just follow the planting times here from Linn Mills (Review Journal Columnist). Master Gardeners also has a Warm Season list and a Cool Season list.
  • If you have $1.00, spend .90 on soil and .10 on seeds.

A couple of great books to have:

  • Western Garden Book by Sunset
  • The Edible Garden by Sunset

Helpful websites:

Original: http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/2009/02/gardening-in-desert-srs-meeting.html

Surviving A Hurricane

Unfortunately, we’ve all see the disaster and chaos a category 5 hurricane can cause. Hurricane Katrina brought devastation and civil unrest in its path, and hopefully we’ve all learned some lessons.

Preparation is key during hurricane season. With winds up to and exceeding 150 mph, there is no hope for anyone without adequate shelter and supplies. Fortunately, ample warning is usually provided when a tropical storm becomes a hurricane - the unpredictability of what category will actually hit gives some a false security. It won’t be as bad as they think…..think again!

When preparing for a hurricane, most experienced people will board up their windows, turn off their gas, secure their boats and get out of town for the duration. Evacuation is the best method of surviving hurricane strength storms. Have a family plan ahead of time that includes keeping your vehicles fueled and in good running condition, survival bags with essentials and a complete list of what to do and what to take with you as you evacuate. Leave nothing to chance, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when the evacuation orders come down and forget the most basic necessities like water, clothing and food.

Keep in mind thousands of others may be evacuating also. Plan two different routes, and try to be on the road before everyone else. Don’t linger in your decision, that’s why a written plan that the whole family understands is crucial - any hesitation is a waste of time and will put you right in the middle of the crowds leaving town. Often times there are locations designated as shelters that are available for everyone in the community. You want to consider these locations when developing your plan, some will be well stocked with volunteers to oversee the plans. However, there have been times when shelters haven’t been the most comfortable or safest places to be. Consider all your other options before deciding on a local shelter - family or friends living in other areas may be able to provide a safer place for you to ride out the storm.

If you are caught at home, the best place for you is a small interior room without windows. Stay away from any glass including mirrors and items that could fall on you if the roof or walls were to collapse. If you live in a motor or mobile home, your only option should be to evacuate to a safer location.

Drinkable water could be very scarce following a hurricane. If flooding occurs, the standing water will be contaminated and you should purify before using it for drinking or washing. Make sure you have enough drinkable water stored for your family - you cannot survive without water. As I mentioned in the other disaster posts, make sure your stock of food and water is in a safe place and won’t be contaminated by flood waters.

Think ahead and prepare, keep your radio handy and listen for notices from your local government. Keep safe and evacuate if necessary. Preparation is the key - make sure you’re ready!

Original: http://survivallady.com/?p=199

Cooking with Basic Food Storage: Potato Flakes Chicken

Now that the church's home storage centers are selling potato flakes instead of potato pearls, I thought I'd better find some potato flakes recipes to share. This recipe looks so good that I might make it for dinner tonight!

Potato flakes mixed with grated parmesan cheese give this chicken a delicious flavor and a golden, crispy coating.

Potato Flakes Chicken
2/3 cup mashed potato flakes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)
1/3 cup butter, melted

In a shallow bowl, combine the potato flakes, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. Dip chicken in butter, then coat with potato flake mixture. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 4 servings.

Source: Taste of Home, Jamie Saulsbury

Original: http://preparednessmatters.blogspot.com/2009/02/cooking-with-basic-food-storage-potato.html

How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack

This tutorial is created courtesy of my husband who made me this can rotating rack for a Valentine’s Day gift and agreed to document the process to share with all of you! The great thing about making your own racks is that you can customize the depths to fit your cupboard, and build however many you want for whichever cans you choose to store. Plus they are FREE! Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see a video of my new rack in action.

How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack

Step 1
Print out the shelf diagram (this great comes from the Pantry Panel blog). Decide which size you want to make. I opted for the soup can size to start out.

Shelf Plan

Step 2

Take a large cardboard box (either 1-ply or 2-ply) and measure out the pieces you are going to need. We decided to combine the sides and back into one long piece to make it sturdier and have less pieces to glue. We used a carpenter’s square to measure and make straight lines, but any ruler will be just fine. Here’s what our pieces measured as per the diagram:

  • Sides/back combined - 28 3/8″ long x 10 1/2″ high
  • Upper and middle shelves - 9 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ each
  • Bottom shelf 12 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Top front piece 3 1/4″ x 6 1/2″
  • Bottom front piece 1 1/4″ x 6 1/2″

My husband decided to make the two front pieces a little bit taller because he wanted them to wrap underneath the shelves to make them sturdier. So our pieces actually measured 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ and 2 1/4″ x 6 1/2″. He also recommends adding an extra 1/8″ to each shelf width (so they’d be 4 1/2″) as ours ended up a tiny bit too tight for the can to roll smoothly.

Step 3

Cut out all of your pieces using an exacto-knife or other sharp blade. We couldn’t find our exacto-knife so that’s why we used this pocket knife. It didn’t make perfect smooth edges but it worked just fine. You could actually even use scissors if you want. If you used a long piece for the side/back pieces then you’ll need to bend the side pieces in to the right shape. We used our carpenter’s square (ruler) to help bend a straight line.

My husband wanted to note here that the bandaid on his thumb is NOT from cutting THIS project. So don’t worry!

Step 4

Take your side and back pieces (either glued together or folded in) and make sure that your can will fit inside properly. Then measure 2 3/4″ in from each edge of one side and draw a vertical line on the side pieces. This is how far in the shelves need to be glued so that the can is able to roll through them. The measurement will vary depending on which size of unit you are building.

Step 5

Glue the pieces together. Supposedly you can use Elmer’s glue but my husband was getting irritated that it was taking too long to dry. So he found a tube of caulk (yes we’re the kind of family that has caulk on hand most of the time) and that was faster but still not a great or sturdy long term solution. He highly recommends purchasing a quick-drying tacky or gel type of glue. Here is the order that we glued the pieces in:

  • Top and bottom shelves glued to one side and to the back piece
  • Middle shelf glued to that same side
  • All three shelves glued to the opposite side
  • Front pieces attached with extra tabs adhering to sides and bottom of shelves

If you didn’t cut the sides and back as one long piece you would need to glue those together first.

Step 6

Cut some little notches out of the side pieces near the bottom to enable you to pull the cans out more easily (we forgot to do that step before I took these pictures). Put your new unit in your pantry or on a shelf and load it up with cans! YAY!!!

In the instructions it says you can paint all of the cardboard pieces but we didn’t feel like taking the extra time and I don’t really care if they look ugly. Plus every time I look at my WonderMill box I can think about how much I love my wheat grinder. Hehe.

Original: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/16/build-your-own-can-rotating-rack/

Can You Afford To Keep Your Job?

If I was to describe what we as US citizens are confronted with right now, I would have to summarize it as a “shit-storm-sandwich”. I would also be the first to point out that our friends to the north and south, along with neighbors across the pond are also dealing with the same level of urgency as we are here in the States.

But rather than make a world-wide blanket statement, I will be concentrating primarily on the US in this post. Clearly, we are facing a number of issues from all sides that make it seem as if no matter how hard we work, we are stuck.

Here is a short list of reasons why:

But hey, let’s all get a JOB as surely this will help us weather all of the challenges above. Sure, you will have no means of earning more money once the dollar eats its own face and goes to hell, but hey - at least you are “employed”, right? Give me a break.

In this article, I will be outlining a plan that you can put into practice today to survive the downturn in this economy. It will be tailer made for things as they are now, realizing the limited number of options for both the skilled and unskilled. And at its core, will encourage you to ask the question: “Can you afford to keep your job?” We have already explored why getting a job is a huge mistake. But what about keeping one in this economy? Working just to be laid off later on does not seem like you would be building anything up for the future really…

Unless your job falls into one of these growth categories, I tend to doubt it.

If nothing above looks viable or there is the fact that you need something in place now, today, then I do have some thoughts for you.

  • -Assess your skills. Be honest with yourself, then consider what you are best at.
  • -Realize that despite what seems like a risk, you will at the end of the day, be self-employed. This beats being unemployed!
  • -What ever you used to do, try approaching opportunities as a contractor rather than an employee. Businesses like this as it translates into using you only when they need to. Plus taxes are your problem, not the business you are working with.
  • -Utilize social networks like LinkedIn and start a blog with free services so that you can remain in the public light as possible.
  • -Get outside and socialize. I am not talking about at job fairs, rather make yourself known to the local chamber of commerce as someone with “XYZ set of skills” that are available and of value. You would be surprised how much work can be landed this way.
  • -Consider freelancing if you have a skill set that fits. Do not let the people charging less than you scare you off. Just put together a good portfolio of what you can do and get yourself out there!

Still think a job is more secure? Let me put it this way. No matter how bad things get, I know that because I am in charge of my own paycheck, I will be able to find work at some level no matter what. The advantage of working as a self-employed person is that you can set your own value, rather than allowing your employer to do it for you. Think about it.

Original: http://www.economicsurvivalblog.com/can-you-afford-to-keep-your-job/