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Thursday, July 16, 2009

INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Store What You Eat

Author: The Survival Mom
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Hard-core survivalists could probably get by long-term on a diet of rice and beans, but I know my family would revolt after a day! In an emergency situation, your family will be stressed out enough without, suddenly, being subjected to strange, unknown foods. Comfort foods are called, “comfort foods” for a reason!

My own kids are at their most stubborn when I try to get them to eat something “weird.” Now is the time to begin moving your family’s tastebuds toward what is in your long-term food storage.

Here are a few tips to help guide your family toward eating what you have stored.

* Continue stocking up on what your family already eats and enjoys.
* Add basics, such as beans, rice, and wheat in bulk.
* Research new recipes using these bulk ingredients, and introduce a new recipe every week or two.
* Focus on vegetarian recipes, since meat may become very expensive and/or scarce.
* Keep only the recipes that receive a high approval rating!

As time goes on, your family’s appetites will broaden to include meals using the staples you have purchased in bulk, and so will your recipe repertoire. You’ll have a great Survival Recipe Book for now and into the future.

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9 Things You Must Know to Survive a Mumbai Like Attack

Author: Nomad
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During the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, India, The lives of 200 people was saved by the actions of the restaurant staff at the Italian restaurant located near the Oberoi Hotel. The Staff members quickly locked the doors and ushered the patrons through the kitchen into a large banquet hall where they rode out the attacks until police were able to rescue them.

Derek Bock, one of the potential victims, stated in this article ,that the hotel security was not manning the metal detectors at the doors and that the hotel security staff were all unarmed.

In this current world, security standards must be raised. Lax security along with the notion of,"it won't happen here," opens the doors to the unexpected. Had the terrorists noticed a well armed, well trained security staff, maybe they would have looked elsewhere for their targets.

Personal Security awareness must be raised to new levels. Gone are the days where one can drift blindly through life, paying attention only to the roses. Throughout you day to day operations you must become ever increasingly more vigilant. As the saying goes, "it's the details that'll kill you." By following the simple steps below you will be much more prepared should a terrorist attack happen in your area.

* Be aware of your surroundings.

* Leave the area if you feel uncomfortable or if something doesn't seem right. Trust your instincts.

* Take extra precautions when traveling. Heed any Department of State Warnings. Beware of anyone acting suspicious or unusual.

* Do not accept any packages from strangers.

* Do not leave your luggage unattended.

* Report anything that is unusual, suspicious, or unattended packages, or strange devices to the Police or Security Personnel immediately.

* Know exactly where the emergency exits are for all buildings you are in. Plan how to get out during an emergency.

* Be prepared for all electricity to be shut off, along with Natural Gas, Phones, Computers, etc.

* Always keep and maintain a small battery-powered radio and a small flashlight along with extra batteries for both. Also a small, first-aid kit and manual should be kept on hand at all times.

By following this list you will be better equipped to deal with a terrorist situation should you find yourself trapped in one. One very important tactic to follow is to remain calm. Clear thinking will enable you to prevail.

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Define Your Disaster

Author: The Survival Mom
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Until several months ago, the most likely disasters in my life involved my nail tech quitting or my husband insisting on a homemade dinner! How times have changed. Now when I think of disasters, I’m thinking more along the lines of The End of Days scenarios with an unsettling feeling they could happen now, in my lifetime.

For which disaster, or disasters, should I prepare? These days of hard, uncertain times it’s a little like playing the odds. Hmmmmm, should I prepare for a nuclear attack? If so, I’ll need an enormous amount of sheet plastic, duct tape, and I read somewhere that you’re better protected if you have a few feet of earth piled up against your outside walls.

Wouldn’t our HOA love that?

Really, is my very first concern a nuclear attack? No! The odds are much better for a dramatic increase in crime and riots in certain parts of our city. Even better odds favor a deep decline in our incomes and possibly losing our home to foreclosure. It just makes sense to, first, define the most likely disasters, and then prepare for each as best you can.

Since the catastrophic event most likely to affect us is loss of income, that’s where my focus has been. Some time ago I turned our spare room into a pantry, and my goal has been to store at least six month’s worth of food. We may lose our home, but baby, when we slink out in the middle of the night, we’ll have full tummies! I’ve also fought hard to save every penny I can.

If we lived in an area prone to earthquakes, that would be near the top of my priorities. Urban dwellers may put personal and home protection at the top of their lists.

If you’ve been into the survival mode for a while, life changes over time and so will your concerns and priorities. It’s worth taking a second look, now, to see if your prepping needs adjusting.

Here are a few possible disasters to consider. Which ones are most likely to affect you?

* natural disasters — Mother Nature at her worst: wildfires, floods, earthquakes, drought, hurricanes, and more

*personal disasters — loss of job, decreased work hours, illness or injury affecting your ability to work, your mother-in-law moving in

*nuclear events — including, but not limited to, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse and actual mushroom clouds

*terrorist attacks — use your imagination. Terrorists certainly do!

*social unrest — riots, car-jackings, increased violent crimes of all types, prison escapes

* war of any kind

*biological catastrophe — spread of diseases/pandemics

*loss of your sense of humor ;o)

After thinking it over and talking with my husband, here is the list I wrote for our family.

1. loss of income
2. loss of home
3. an event of any kind that occurs while my family members are scattered at different locations around the city
4. violent crime against my children, my husband or myself
5. pandemic disease (The recent H1N1 has me a little concerned, still.)
6. decrease in water supply (We live in the desert.)
7. Electro-Magnetic Pulse (everything electronic gone in a moment, forever. Hello, 10,000 B.C.)

With some planning and prepping, you realize you have more control over how these events will affect your family than you might think. The key is to identify likely calamities and then take action.

What is Number One on your list? The first item will be whatever you believe is most likely to happen. Once you’ve made your own list, you can begin planning what to do to prepare for each one.

Simply taking this step puts you light years ahead of millions of people, and I believe it will give you and your family some peace of mind no matter what happens.

Share your list with the readers of this blog, when you’ve finished. I’d love to see how your planning is coming along!

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A Prepping Essential: The Grab-n-Go Binder

Author: The Survival Mom
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In a panic situation, which happens around my house quite often, actually, people lose their wits. The extra adrenaline produced by the human body at such a moment causes confusion and the sense of events happening in slow motion.

It can even cause some of the same symptoms as a heart attack.

Can you imagine the level of adrenaline in your body if you suddenly got news of a dangerous chemical spill in your area or of a wildfire that had taken an abrupt turn toward your neighborhood?

Officials tell you to evacuate now.

Where on earth do you start??

Being prepared beforehand will calm your nerves and give you focus. A Grab-and-Go Binder is a vital part of your Family Preparedness Plan, and is one of the first things you should put together. This binder will contain all of the most pertinent information in one place for any type emergency.

You can be at least one jump ahead of all that adrenaline because you’ll have your important documents all together in one place. It may take some time to gather all the records you need, but start now with what you have. In my opinion, “prepping” is no time to be a perfectionist. Do what you can, when you can, and you’ll be far more prepared than the average person.

For this project you’ll need a 1-2″ three-ring binder, a set of tabbed dividers, and a copy machine. A box of plastic page protectors will keep your documents clean and unwrinkled. Your binder will be unique to your family, but here are some suggestions to get you started.

Financial Documents:
1. copies of the fronts and backs of debit/credit cards
2. copies of house and car titles
3. copy of your will
4. names, addresses and phone numbers of all our banks
5. other important documents related to employment and/or a family business
6. copies of your insurance policies (life, health, auto, homeowners, etc.)

Personal Documents:
1. names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of relatives and close friends
2. include copies of:
* marriage license
* birth certificates
* drivers licenses
* CCW permits
* pet vaccine records
3. a list of firearm serial numbers
4. legal documents pertaining to child custody matters
5. recent photos of each family member and each pet
6. color photos of your house and each room in the house
7. photos of anything of particular value
8. passports — put them in a plastic page protector and seal the top with tape

Medical Documents:
1. copy of health insurance cards
2. a list of blood types for each family member
3. names, addresses and phone numbers of all doctors
4. medical histories of each family member
5. immunization records

With your finished Grab-and-Go Binder, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your family can focus on a quick bug-out, without trying to retrieve important family records.

What’s in your Binder? I’d love to hear of anything unique to your family that you included!

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Instant Survival Tip: Busy Children are Happy Children!

Author: The Survival Mom
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The kids have been out of school for what, a day and a half and already they’re whining about being bored? Busy hands and minds are less likely to get into trouble, so why not teach them two or three practical, lifetime skills?

Fishing, sewing, orienteering and knitting are examples of fun, real-life skills whose inherent value are more satisfying than a high score in a video game.

Skillful people will always be in demand, even in difficult economic times.

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