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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bug out Games for Kids when on an exercise

By Joseph Parish

When assessing your Bug out procedures and you are in the process of having an actual exercise, it is always necessary to try to put ourselves into the place of our children. Let us face it we as adults can converse with each other during the trip however often times the children are stuck in the back seat of our BOV with nothing whatsoever to do. To me this is very unacceptable. Not only does it turn the children off to the concept of survival but it also does not teach them anything but contempt for emergency actions.

A variety of things has been tried in an effort to appease the youngsters when taking these sometimes-long drives. During the survival exercise drive, group singing and the telling of various stories has traditionally occupied a small bit of a child’s time, however stories and songs can go only so far and children tend to get bored of them in a short period of time.

I personally have found that the “Dollar Tree” offers many interesting pocket type games enclosed in their own little plastic cases at a cost of - you guess it $1.00. I have purchased chess and several others in the store as well as a couple of board games. They have their own small plastic case so each of them can easily fir in a backpack. The cases are about 2 inches by 3 inches and take up little room.

I also require my grandson create his own BOB for entertainment purposes. In this bag, he holds various card games such as old maids, fish, etc. as well as several coloring books with crayons, notebooks, pencils, pens, etc. Things to keep him occupied when we are traveling and when we arrive at our destination.

The internet is crammed with various children’s games that are available for the download. I keep a set of CD’s ready to depart with me in the event of an emergency. On these CD’s are all of my survival files. I have also included files for children on them, such as puzzle and games. It is interesting to know that I maintain a laptop dedicated for emergency BOV use. This Laptop serves a dual purpose in that it also tends to occupy my grandson both in the BOV and at our base camp when we setup. He takes both movies and games with him on CD. He generally watches the movies on his DVD player, which I have found to be an excellent investment for him.

Most of the physical games are best left for when we have arrived at our destination and the children are no longer confined to the rear seats of the vehicle. They can finally get out and stretch their legs, run and play for a while. Any library can provide you with books of games from which you can always copy the games that appeal to you and your children.

Copyright @2008 Joseph Parish

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Improve Your Survival During Storms and Emergencies with a Weather Alert Radio

Once again we’ve had some pretty crazy weather this spring so far. Blizzards in the Dakotas and heavy rains in other parts of the country. Warm weather one day, winter revisits the next. Maybe it’s not so unusual, since spring is a volatile time of year for weather, but it means being on the alert for changing conditions.

That’s where a weather radio with alert function comes in handy, and these days the alert feature is being used for more than weather. For example, you may hear Amber alerts and emergency announcements about immediate dangers from chemical spills or forest fires. I’ve heard TV and radio stations promoting weather alert radios, and I think it could be partly for this reason.

Yes, several media outlets hype their ability to give you the best weather coverage, including the availability of text alerts via cell phones. However, most often you’ll get official alerts faster from the National Weather Service on a weather radio.

Of course, you can’t always be near a radio or TV, and there are times when you might be in an area where cell phone service isn’t so good. When you’re asleep, you’ll likely miss announcements from radio, TV and cell phone. A weather radio alarm will wake you right up, I can almost guarantee it.

A very good option when you’re away from home is a portable radio you can take when you’re traveling, camping, boating, etc. You can program a weather alert radio to receive alerts from the location where you’ll be. Click here to find county codes from the National Weather Service. If you don't have codes programmed, you can at least tune to the strongest weather station signal where you are and listen to the forecast and any updates when skies look threatening.

You want a portable weather radio, such as the Oregon Scientific Alert Monitor with cradle. We’ve featured this radio before, but its features are worth mentioning again. Here’s what CampingSurvival says about it.

“This portable Public Alert Radio provides emergency alerts anywhere in the U.S. When traveling, boating, hiking or working outdoors, use the WR103NX to receive weather information and emergency broadcasts from the National Weather Service. With the non-volatile memory built-in, no need to reprogram your SAME codes when the batteries run out. Includes convenient stand (to hold unit) and AC Adapter.”

To order the Oregon Scientific Alert Monitor with cradle, click on the CampingSurvival banner below. On their home page, type WR103NX in the search box, and you’ll be taken to a page featuring the radio. Click on the picture of the radio to be taken to a page with more info, and place your order by clicking “Add to Pack.” Right now CampingSurvival has a great sale price on this weather radio, and there’s no better time to get one than the present. Your survival depends on staying informed and staying safe.


Week Eight - Health/Medical
Buy a first aid kit. If you already have some first aid supplies, put them together, inventory, and/or organize your first aid supplies in a centralized location.
I am not a doctor. Nor, do I play a doctor on tv. As with all of my blog posts, links, videos, instructions, and other information provided by me, you are responsible for any death, injury, harm, or saved lives that the use of this information provides.
Use at your own risk.
Blog Post:
In all the wars, humans have had, infection and disease are the number one killers. So the best way to prevent a medical problem/emergency is through prevention.
Let us look at an extreme example.
If you hangout with drug using/dealing felons, you are more likely to be shot. If you live in a neighborhood with rival gangs that deal drugs, you are more likely to be shot.
So to prevent being shoot, hangout with law abiding citizens in a decent neighborhood.
OK, let's come back to reality, for most of us.
To prevent being sick from the cold; wash you hands. Avoid people who are sick, and the surfaces they have touched. Keep your fingers out of your nose, eyes and mouth.
To prevent catching the flu, wash your hands. Avoid people who are sick. Keep your fingers out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. Get a flu shot.
The washing of your hands is a common factor in preventing most diseases. Use the bathroom; wash your hands. Shake hands; wash your hands.
Another common factor is keeping your fingers out of your nose, mouth, and eyes. If you shake hands, and can't wash your hands, keep your fingers away from your face.
The last common factor, I will mention, is to avoid sick people and their things.
There is another way, of preventing diseases, it is to get vaccinations.
The US military has a long list of standard immunizations that all soldiers receive. If a group of soldiers are deploying overseas, they may receive other specific immunizations for the overseas area.
Another method of preventing diseases, is to control disease by controlling vectors. Vectors are the animals and insects that carry a disease.
One example, that most people have heard about, is the bubonic plague that wiped out 1/3 of Europe's population from about 1350 to 1400 A.D.
To recap the bubonic plague, fleas living on rats carried bubonic plague. The fleas bit the rats; the rats died of plague. The fleas, looking for a new host, jump on humans and bite the person. The person, most likely, dies of plague.
A more recent example is malaria. A mosquito carrying malaria bites a person; the person comes down with malaria. The person may or may not die. Either way, life will suck for anyone catching malaria.
Now, there are various ways of controlling vectors. One method is to prevent the vector from living.
You can do this by interrupting the vector's life cycle. For mosquito's, you make sure every container holding more than a teaspoon of water is empty of water. This works because the mosquito larva can only survive in water.
Another way to interrupt a vector's life cycle is to kill it. You set a trap. The trap kills the rat; keeping the rat population under control. This reduces the number of fleas.
You have to be careful using traps. The bigger traps can break your fingers, if they are caught in the trap. Traps with dead animals in them also expose you to the diseases carried by the dead animal, so you have to have a safe way of disposing of the dead animal.
You can do this a number of ways. One method is to design the trap, so the trap is disposable. The inexpensive mouse traps you see in the home/farm stores, usually 2 for $1 are designed to be thrown away when they kill a mouse.
To dispose of this trap, put on a pair of medical gloves, pick up the trap, place it in a piece of newspaper and dispose of it in your outside trash can.
Another method is to design the trap to dispose of the critter for you. One trap is the bucket trap. Basically, you take a 5-gallon bucket, fill it with water, get a board to act as a ramp to the top of the bucket, and bait the trap with peanut butter.
To empty, all you have to do is take the bucket and throw the water and dead critters out by your property line.
Another method, of protecting yourself from vectors, is to prevent vectors from biting you.
You can do this in a variety of ways.
One example is using a sleeping net. The net protects you from mosquitoes as you sleep. If global warming is actually happening, the changing climate may increase tropical diseases in the southern maybe even the whole United States. Some of these diseases are carried by night-time mosquitoes.
Another method of protecting yourself, from biting insects, is to wear DEET. DEET is the active ingrediant in bug spray.
Preventing medical emergencies is not limited to preventing diseases. It also includes preventing accidents, and there are many ways to prevent accidents.
Don't store medicines next to candy, and don't tell your kids that medicine is candy. Because when they want "candy," they may eat all of your medicine as candy. Just like you said.
Don't store fuel, gasoline, diesel, and/or propane, in your home.Don't smoke in bed. Heck, just quit smoking.
Don't put power cord under rugs.
The don'ts could and do continue forever. There are many of them. You will need to use common sense and do research on your specific situation.
Just like the "Don'ts," the "Dos" are endless.
Do wear the proper safety equipment when using any equipment. Goggles and safety glasses are needed to protect your eyes. Ear plugs or ear muffs protect your hearing, Gloves protect your hands, and a hard hat protects your head. Climbing harnesses protect you, if you fall from your roof. But all of this equipment will only protect you, if you are wearing and using the equipment properly.
Sleep is also important. Get enough sleep, so you are rested before doing something potentially dangerous
OK, you have taken steps to prevent accidents. What happens if there is an accident. What do you do?
Call 911. Cool
What happens if emergency services are too far away?
You could provide "First Aid." Don't know first aid!
That's OK. The Red Cross will teach you first aid for a small fee.
Don't have any money. You can download the U.S. Army's first aid manual, and you and some friends can practise on each other. If you don't know how to get the U.S. Army first aid manual, read the "Second Half-Health/Medical" for instructions.
If you are going to provide first aid, you are going to need a quality first aid kit. Now, don't go to the store and expect to buy a quality first aid kit for $19.95.
The inexpensive kits are ok, if you are expecting to only treat minor cuts and scraps. If you expecting to treat broken bones, severe bleeding, gunshot wounds, and other severe injuries you are going to need a better kit.
There are several different ways of getting a better first aid kit.
One way is to buy it. When buying a prepared kit, you are paying someone to assemble the contents of the kit. This cuts into the amount of supplies you have. Plus, you don't know the quality of each individual item in a prepared kit.
Another way is to prepare the kit yourself. Do some research and buy the equipment and supplies, you think you need.
Another way is to make or improvise the items you need. Some things, you will have to buy. Some things you can make, such as backboards from plywood and bandages from bed sheets; addtionally, you can improvise wound compresses from maxipads.
So you have a first aid kit, but you feel the need for something more. You can obtain further medical training.
Usually, people check out the local community college. These community colleges offer classes on becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Nurse, and beginning courses for people later transferring to medical school to become Physician Assistants (PA) or Medical Doctors (MD).
Avoid "Doctor Assistants" schools. They usually teach people to be paper pushers for doctors.
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American Lung Association: The Common Coldhttp://www.lungusa.org/site/c.dvLUK9O0E/b.35873/k.A28F/Cold_and_Flu_Guidelines_The_Common_Cold.htm
Kid's Health: Infections-Common Coldhttp://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/common/cold.html
Hands On Health-South Carolina-How can you prevent influenza?http://www.handsonhealth-sc.org/page.php?id=1300
Mouse Bucket Traphttp://www.kountrylife.com/content/gal1017.htm
Women: Stay Healthy at Any Agehttp://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/healthywom.htm
Men: Stay Healthy at Any Agehttp://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/healthymen.htm
Preventive Care Timelinehttp://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/timelinead.pdf
Hooah For Health-Deployment Immunization:http://www.hooah4health.com/deployment/immunizations.htm
Deployment Medical Information Sheets:http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/dmis/
Public Health Pest Control Manualhttp://vector.ifas.ufl.edu/manual.htm
U.S. Navy - Shipboard Pest Control manualhttp://www-nmcphc.med.navy.mil/od/documents/us_navy_sbpc_manual_sep03.pdf
Armed Forces Pest Management Board Technical Guide #36http://www.afpmb.org/coweb/guidance_targets/ppms/tg36/tg36.pdf
DEET - Frequently Asked Questionshttp://www.deet.com/faqs.html
Accident Preventionhttp://www.noah-health.org/en/healthy/home/index.html
Accident Preventionhttp://www.preparedness.info/npi/accprev/default.htm
First Aid Kithttp://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/firstaidkit.htmlhttp://www.redcross.org/services/hss/lifeline/fakit.html
Wilderness Medical Systemshttp://www.wildernessmedical.com/
Survival Unlimited-Expedition First Aid Kithttp://www.survivalunlimited.com/firstaidkits/expeditionamk.htm
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Posted by Someone You Know at 8:30 PM

Original: http://gsiep.blogspot.com/2009/04/week-eight-healthmedical.html

72 Hour/Disaster Kits for Babies/Toddlers

Due to popular demand (and thanks to Amy on our Fun With Food Storage Forum) we have put together a comprehensive list of things you may want to consider including in your disaster kit if you have babies or toddlers at home. Remember these are only guidelines, and you should customize everything to suit the needs of your own family. Hopefully we will be able to get these ideas incorporated into our Emergency Preparedness Plan eventually so it’s all in one place!

If you have an infant or a toddler at home, consider including these items as you put together your disaster and 72 hour kits for your family:

  • Instant formula. Make sure to buy the kind you do not need to mix with water. Also, track expiration dates and rotate through them frequently.
  • 5 small bottles for the formula. You can fill them with purified water to provide extra drinking water in your kit.
  • Refrigerated bottle bag. This is helpful in case you get the chance to warm up or cool down the formula you can keep it at that temperature for around 4 hours.
  • Plenty of diapers. The exact number needed depends on the age of your child. I recommend including about 20 disposables and also 3 cloth ones that can be washed, dried and reused in case you run out.
  • A travel package of wipes. These are great for washing as well. If you have space I’d recommend just storing a full box of wet wipes.
  • Pacifiers. Put in two just in case. If you’re stressed the baby will probably be stressed and it’s a comfort for them.
  • 3 cotton/flannel wraps, and 2 muslin wraps.
  • Baby food. Depending on the age of your child you will probably want to include some jars of baby food. Once your baby can eat mostly regular foods just pop these out of your kit.
  • Washcloths. Stored around 10 small ones, it’s an eventuality, you’ll require them at some point.
  • Small comfort toy/s. If you child has a specific toy or blanket that he/she really loves, try to grab that in an emergency. But if you can’t, then try to have a usable substitute that will help comfort the child in lieu of their favorite item.
  • Clothes - and plenty of them! This is a tough one as babies grow so fast. One trick I recommend is that as you swap out their closets to put in the next size of clothes to remember to do that in the disaster kit at the same time. Make sure to include clothes for all types of weather and include lots of spares.
  • Ziplock bags. These work great for storing used diapers or anything else that is dirty, or clean for that matter.
  • Bulb nose syringe and saline. Saline loosens mucous and syringe sucks water/mucous/misc out of ears, nose, mouth etc. You never know if you’ll need one so it’s great to keep in your kit.
  • Infant tylenol/motrin. It never fails that kids get sick as soon as you are somewhere WITHOUT your medicine. So this is a definite requirement for any child disaster kit.
  • Desatin or other diaper rash cream and travel-sized baby powder. The last thing you’d want in an emergency situation is a sore bum and nothing to treat it with. This will be especially useful if you have to resort to using cloth diapers.

The most important thing to remember is to always be thinking about what is appropriate for your child’s age and stage of development. For example, if your child is no longer drinking bottles then there is no reason to keep formula in your disaster kit.

Original: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/03/25/72-hour-kits-for-babies/

Food Storage Recipes: Homemade Chili and Cornbread

My mom (known as Grandma Lori around here) used to make homemade chili that had lentils in it. I remember always hating chili growing up because of those darn lentils. In fact, I am still working at overcoming my loathing of lentils (see my lentil sprouting post for proof). When I first got married my husband requested that I learn to make a good chili. Well, I definitely didn’t want to ask my mom for HER recipe (sorry Grandma Lori) so I called up my husband’s mom and she gave me her famous “Real Chili Beans” recipe. Needless to say it has become a family favorite.

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So what side dish is a necessity with chili? Cornbread of course! I have always purchased boxes of Jiffy cornbread mixes in the past. But when I got my WonderMill Grain Mill I decided to take a crack at grinding up some popcorn to make fresh ground cornmeal for homemade cornbread. Oh boy, I will NEVER go back to boxed cornbread again. Now that I have you salivating over my family dinner tonight … I have to go ahead and share the recipes with you :)

Marilyn’s Real Chili Bean Recipe:


1 lb. lean hamburger 2 tsp. salt
2 c. dried pinto beans ¼ tsp. paprika
8 oz. can tomato sauce 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
1 lb stewed tomatoes 1 T. oregano
2 T. oil 1 pinch chili pepper flakes
1 large onion (chopped) 3 T. chili powder
1 clove of garlic (finely chopped) 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions: Soak beans overnight. Drain and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours. Drain and add to crock-pot. Sauté the chopped onion and garlic in oil until limp. Stir in all seasonings. Add tomatoes and sauce and simmer for 20 minutes. Brown beef in small fry pan. Drain and add to crock-pot. Add chili sauce and 5 cups of hot water to crock-pot. Simmer in crock-pot at least 7 hours.

Better Than Jiffy Cornbread Recipe:

Grind: ½ cup of popcorn kernels to make ¾ cup cornmeal
Combine: ¾ c. cornmeal, 1 ¼ c. flour (I used whole wheat), ¼ c. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt
Add: 1 c. milk, ¼ c. veg. oil, 1 large egg, beaten; stir until dry ingredients are moist
Bake: At 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean