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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Individual Preparedness Efforts Necessary

With recent flooding taking place in Fargo, along with snowstorms in the Midwest and Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the South the need for planning in advance of a disaster should be very apparent. This planning is not only important for individuals and families within their homes but also for schools and places of business.

Business owners need to give thought to what would happen if their building was destroyed or in a danger zone where they could not get to it to conduct business. What plans do they have in place to preserve vital records? What plans are in place to allow customers and clients to contact them during a disaster? These are just some of the questions businesses need to think about and plan for.

Individuals and families need to prepare as well. Having a NOAA All-hazards Radio is a big part of the preparation process. Having a plan that addresses where to meet if disaster strikes, who to contact if family members become separated from each other, and escape routes from your home in events such as a fire is extremely important. These are not the only issues to consider but they are part of the process in being prepared for disaster. The thought of such events as floods, tornadoes, or hazardous materials spills is not a pleasant one but having plans in place in advance of the event will make coping with such events more successful.

As part of the preparedness and planning process you should become familiar with your neighborhood. Know who your neighbors are and be aware of any special needs they may have which you may be able to provide help with in an emergency. Designate a relative or friend in another area as a point of contact in case your family becomes separated in a disaster. This will give everyone in the family a place to check in and receive information about the whereabouts of other family members and hopefully provide some peace of mind in what would be a very stressful time. Assemble a disaster supplies kit for your home and vehicle. This kit should contain such items as drinking water, non perishable food, flashlights and batteries. Other things to include would be blankets, matches, and a portable radio. Important papers and records should be stored in a secure and safe place to protect them. More information is available on what should be included in these kits by visiting www.ready.gov .

It is the responsibility of all of us to be prepared for disasters and plan ahead. This is true for individuals and families as much as it is for business and industry. A few steps taken in preparing can make a huge difference if disaster strikes. Have a plan and practice the plan to achieve successful results.

Original at: http://www.wqow.com/Global/story.asp?S=10147948

Found @:http://survival-training.info/articles11/IndividualPreparednessEffortsNecessary.htm

Swine Flu

Perhaps we have dodged a bullet this time, it seems that swine flu news has gone off the radar, but I wouldn't let my guard down just yet. Cases are still multiplying here in Maine there are 13 confirmed cases with only six of those being directly related to the person either having vacationed in Mexico or been in contact with someone who has been to Mexico.

Flu season is coming to an end in the US but be prepared next fall for it to come back. If you have holes in your preparations now would be a good time to close the holes. Formulate a plan on how you will deal with a sick person in your home. Do you have a plan if you become sick? Who will care for you?

In our local paper the protocol from the hospital was to call first if you suspect you have the flu. They wanted to minimize exposure of sick people to healthy people or other people sick with other illness which is wise. One person I know that was feeling ill called and was told to stay home and monitor symptoms.

We wrote down our flu plan on paper. I suggest you do the same. We designated and area of our place that will be the quarantine room. We have established a protocol for dealing with the sick person. Everything from when to take temperatures, how to document fluid intake, precautionary measures to take, etc etc etc right down to who will give the care and when to call for emergency assistance.

In the 1918 pandemic it has been said that the use of medications to reduce fever may have caused some deaths. Fever is your bodies attempt at killing a virus. Fever should be monitored closely and not allowed to get out of hand but fever does serve a purpose. That said be prepared to bring a fever down as people, especially children, can take a turn for the worse fairly quick with a high fever. We all know that the use of drugs like Tylenol and Asprin can bring down a fever. Do not give asprin to children. Stock up on tylenol (or generic store brand) and follow dosing instructions.

Fluid loss is another danger of the flu. You can minimize the loss of fluids with a couple simple at home recipes that will replace electrolyte loss. Copy the recipe and keep it with your flu preparedness materials. Make sure you have on hand the ingredients as well.

ELECTROLYTE and FLUID Replacement Recipe
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon "Lite Salt" (by Morton*)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
10 teaspoons table sugar
1 quart or more of water, plus ice if possible.

and from the WHO
1 quart water
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons sugar

Original: http://mainepreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/05/swine-flu.html

Is there a walkie talkie in your survival kit?

By Joseph Parish

We all can remember those times in our youthful days when we would have an inexpensive set of walkie talkies and try to speak back and forth with a friend several houses down the street. If you notice I said try for most of the time the walkie talkies that we had available were scarcely sufficient to get from one room to another in our home. This provided a very nasty taste in my mouth towards these electronic devices for many years afterwards.

Today it is not uncommon to find that the cost has decreased on these communication devices while the effective range has been drastically extended. With all the positive information that has been floating around concerning the current two way radios I thought it would be best for me to reconsider my previous stance.

As I began to search for a two way radio I quickly found that not only are they available in a vast array of price ranges but they also have a hefty amount of options that you could obtain as well. These options range from an interference eliminator to a built in weather alert signal. Some units even have an emergency button installed that would transmit an emergency SOS signal if needed. A few even sport a hands free operation which is really a great safety feature.

When planning your purchase avoid the usual “toy” units and make sure that you purchase a pair of radios which operate on the GMRS band as well as the FRS band. The GMRS band has an effective power output level of 1 to 5 watt while the FRS boasts a mere 1⁄2 watt.

If this is starting to sound good to you allow me to explain the potential catch here. In order to use the more powerful channels of this radio you are suppose to purchase a five-year license through the FCC at a rate of $75.00. It is unlikely however that any one actually follows through on this and pays the registration fee.

The transmission range that the companies typically promote is up to 20 miles although according to the terrain you would be lucky to actually reach a 2 mile limit. Being trained previously in electronics and radio in particular I find the handhelds to be only as effective as a line of sight signal. If you encounter a hill or mountain you can just about be assured that you will not be able to communicate at all.

When communicating with another person in the immediate area the walkie talkies will work fine as long as you are within the two mile range of each other. I will be using them on my next outing to communicate between cars as we bug out to another adventure in the great outdoors. Hopefully they do not disappoint me as the ones of my youth did.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles11/Isthereawalkietalkieinyoursurvivalkit.htm

Locust can save your life

By Joseph Parish

In 2004 Israel experienced a severe incursion of locust which reached biblical magnitudes. This famished swarm of gluttonous vegetarians devastated a significant amount of vegetation leaving little in their wake for human consumption. The locust was promptly approved for human applications and several recipe books were composed instructing the public on how to prepare these creatures for the dinner table.

Swarms of Locust can cover from one to as much as 100 kilometers in range. They are typically spread geographically by means of the wind. A single locust can consume two grams of plant life daily. What this amounts to is that a million locust can eat as much food as 5,000 people per day. It is not bizarre for a locust to eat its own weight in food daily. These insects will scoff just about anything which will grow and can strip every bit of vegetation from an area when they attach.

Approximately 70 percent of this vast insect family devours specific species of plants. Locusts however, are considered to be general feeders who crave a very broad array of plants.

Locust as a food has never caught on as a delicacy but has been used mostly for feeding the impoverished people within many third world countries. You won’t find them in your local butcher shop all cleaned and prepared to eat however there are several ways that are preferred for eating locusts. The best of these methods would be the old fashion Egyptian way. The early Egyptians rejoiced at locust visitations. They would rush to gather the creatures up and proceed to fill barrel upon barrel of salted brine with them. It is often said the best way to enjoy the locust is having them pickled.

During the above quoted invasion it was recommended to the Israeli’s that they fry the creatures as a means of preparation. You will find that locust readily provides one with a healthy meal which is rich in protein. They are a tasty snack which can gamely be fried, boiled, grilled or roasted. It is fairly simple to prepare these foods and in an emergency situation they could very well save your life. One simple method of preparation will require the following items:


A thin Stick

A means of starting a fire

You will begin by first collecting a lot of locust. When I say a lot I really mean a lot. You will require a good number of them in order to satisfy your needs. Grab the locust by its thorax and gently and slowly pull on the head. When properly done this will not only remove the locusts head but additionally remove the stomach and the guts.

Now take the thin stick and continue to remove more of the guts from the inside of the locust. Run the stick around the head cavity and scrape it out completely. If you push the stick completely through the head cavity and directly through the locust you can prepare it as a kabob. Lastly, place the stick close to the fire to roast slowly. A word of caution would be sufficed here. Make certain that you cook the locust very well otherwise you risk obtaining a case of tapeworms.

There you have it – the simple and quick survival way of preparing the locust. Now I would like to give you a few recipes that you may wish to try in your home. They are listed below. Many of these recipes originated from the “Israel Insider”.

To make Tinjiya you must first remove the hind legs and the wings from the locusts. Boil them in a small quantity of water until they are soft. Add a bit of salt and spices as desired. Now fry them until they are a golden brown in color.

Another recipe that you can try is Sikonyane. This is a Swazi recipe and requires a few preliminary steps. Start by preparing some hot embers to roast the whole locust. Make sure to remove the various body parts such as wings, head and legs as you will eat only the breast part of the insect.

An interesting note here is that the roasted locust can be ground to a very fine powder. This locust powder will keep for extremely long periods of time and can be used in survival situations.

In Cambodia the cooks will take several dozen adult locusts and stuff a peanut in the slit abdomen of the insect. They will then grill the locust in a wok adding oil and a pinch of salt. Be sure not to overcook the insect.

A particularly tasty recipe is to Barbecue the locust. Prepare your charcoal as you would for any BBQ. Place about a dozen locusts on your skewer being sure to stab each of them through the abdomen. Keep in mind that several of these skewers might be required for each person. Place the completed skewers on the hot embers and turn continuously to avoid burning the locust. When done they should be a golden brown color.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles11/Locustcansaveyourlife.htm

Survivalists and Fear

By Joseph Parish

Nearly everyone at sometime or other has experienced the sensation of fear. Fear is normal for any living thing to experience and acts as a danger threshold for our body. Human bodies are frail and often times the owners of those bodies fail to comprehend the limits that Mother Nature has imposed upon us but fear tends to balance this out and warn us of impending perils.

There are several ways that one can react to this emotion when exposed to a survival situation. In the animal kingdom the intended victim is presented with two choices. As the moment of attach is quickly approached the attacker will let loose a fearsome sound. The animal being attacked then has two avenues from which to retaliate. The victim can freeze solid in their tracks in which case they will likely be food for the attacker in a short period of time or they can quickly dash off perhaps avoiding their assailant and living for another day.

Humans are similar to animals in this respect. If we freeze up in a time of emergency it could very well end up being our last few moments however if we react with confidence and purpose we could survive and actually be made a bit stronger for the next encounter. An interesting note here is that often when our brain goes numb with the onset of a situation our body automatically reverts to our training which we have received. This is a concept that I learned well while in the military. When terror strikes us our bodies will respond as they have been trained to do. Often times you will read about someone who has recently experienced a dreadful experience and as a result they usual remark that “if I had only done…” This kind of frozen response is a result of the lack of training. If the person had received the proper skills needed they would have acted immediately under just about any circumstances.

Few survivalists realize the value that training in escape and invasion can have on our ability to survive emergency situations. For those who may not be familiar with it, escape and invasion is a training exercise used in the military to prepare fighting men and women to respond to enemy capture. The concept is simple – you try to keep from being captured. This type of training allows our body to fully function efficiently during those times when our minds tend to freeze up. Let’s be realistic here as there will continually be fearful situations in our life whether they relate to survival or not. In these cases we will experience fear and even when properly prepared a specific amount of fear will still be present. The object is to get the proper training so that we are not paralyzed by fear when it strikes.

I have always tried to approach my fears head-on. If I feared climbing a tower then I often found that by doing the thing that I feared the most usually made the fear non-existent. Once we can accomplish a feared task it losses all of its ability to harm us. Remember the old saying that “all we have to fear is fear itself”.

Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles11/SurvivalistsandFear.htm