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Sunday, February 21, 2010

With the changing weather, rotate your BOB items

A Bug out bag is basically a big survival kit that contains all of the items you would require to survive after a disaster. A Bug Out Bag allows you to grab what you need quickly and evacuate should a disaster happen.

Most experts suggest that your BOB should contain enough supplies to last for at least seventy two hours. Since most major disasters can disrupt services and normal life for longer than 72 hours. Make sure your Bag is built to fit your needs. When putting your bag together take into consideration any special needs or items that you or your family might need.

These are photos of my wife’s bag. I choose a full frame backpack with an adjustable hip belt for her because of the distance she would have to walk if there were another earthquake and the freeways are shut down again.  This bag is designed with the idea that she walks to a friends house one day, another friends house another day, and on the third day walk home.  The car always has a case of water and she will add that to the pack before she begins to head home.

The bag includes:

Walking shoes and extra socks

Pair of Pants

2 First aid kits with extra bandages, tape, tylenol, and feminine personal hygiene items.

Pocket knife

3 Flashlights, extra batteries

Matches and a lighter

Toilet tissue

Moist wipes

Big trash bag

Bite and Sting Kit

Protein bars and drinks


Can of soup (can to used to boil water for tea)

Spoons and forks

Extra hat



550 cord



Fuel siphon pump

Road maps

Face Masks

Deck of playing cards

Soap and Towel

Small Blanket

Road maps

Duct tape

Hand Sanitizer

Gold Bond Foot cream

Sleeping bag

Every BOB will be different so pack one according to what your immediate needs will be.  With the change in the seasons, you should update and rotate your BOB items.  I usually update hers when I change the water filters in the refrigerator.

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Spreading The Word About Preparedness

Convincing others on preparedness has proven to be one of the most difficult tasks that I have ever come across.  Discussing matters of the preparedness nature does have it's setbacks.  My husband thinks I'm a hoarder despite evidence in the world of our failing economy and the weather around our nation.  Co-workers roll their eyes and jokingly say "well, we're all coming over to your house if anything" and a few select family members think I'm a nut.  Despite how others think I still find it imperative to continue on this path of preparedness in leaps and bounds.

Approaching a conversation on preparedness with friends, family, relatives or co-workers can be an uphill battle but with a little effort and finding different avenues does make people think.  I've noticed progress begins to take root when the right seeds are planted in the minds of those who would never have thought of preparing for anything.  When I point out and highlight areas such as the economy, job loss, higher taxes and the rising costs of food this in itself automatically grabs their attention because all of these issues affects us all.

I've also noticed that people become distracted in their daily tasks and issues at hand which is understandable we all do but don't lose sight of what is going on around you and on a larger scale.  It's a good idea to always remember what happens today will affect many tomorrows and being prepared today by making the proper choices and decisions will definitely have a positive impact on all of your tomorrows.

To be aggressive might not be the right approach when speaking about preparedness issues to deaf ears.  Having an awareness approach I find is far greater reaching.  Knowledge is power and power is knowledge.  No school or college ever teaches survival or preparedness skills, the kind that we know of like how to survive and prepare for an earthquake.  Nor do they teach you how to deal with the rising taxes, they can't even teach you how to not lose your job in a failing economy.  I'm not saying that schools are useless, I'll let you decide that one for yourself.  I think the educational system structure in certain areas surrounding our daily lives should be implemented more than others and maybe gut-out a lot of the useless subjects by replacing them with more how-to's and DIY type of subjects and offer kids skills on survival in any type of environment.  An expandable degree would be really ideal in a sense where it will take you in several areas of your life throughout your life adjusting you in all times of economic growth or non-growth.  It's always a good idea to go into something that is recession proof and of necessity, chances are you'll always be in demand before and after the lights go out.
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Do Dehydrated Foods Add Nutrition or Just Calories to Food Storage?

Adding fruits and vegetables to your food storage is like choosing your elective classes in school. They enhance and round out your supply, but the choices are up to you. A common question regarding produce in #10 cans is, “Does it retain its nutritional content?” I often address this when I give a class on food storage, but until a recent comment on this site, I hadn’t realized I’d overlooked it here.
Dehydrated (freeze-dried) foods are very nutritious. In contrast to their water-packed, canned counterparts, these foods retain much more vitamins and nutritional content. They are excellent for everyday cooking as well as long-term food storage. Freeze dried foods have 98% of their moisture removed, but they retain nearly all of their fresh-food flavor, vitamins and nutrients. Dehydrated foods keep their nutritional value because the vitamins have not been cooked out in the initial process.
Aside from nutrition, dehydrated foods are desirable for food storage because they are so light weight. With pits, peelings, and nearly all of the water removed from these foods, they are very light and convenient to store or take with you in an emergency. They are also economical. Generally, dehydrated foods have double the yield of regular canned food, which makes them a smart buy.
Dried foods, however, do lose nutrients due to the use of heat to dry them. They also become concentrated calories. For example, one cup of fresh apricots contains about 74 calories, while one cup of dehydrated apricots contains more than 4 times that amount: 313 calories! The good news is, dried fruits do retain all of their fiber and iron. Drying foods slowly with a home dehydrator is the best method to retain the most nutrients during drying (much healthier than commercial drying).
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Breakfast from Food Storage

I just tried a yummy new whole wheat waffle recipe. This one uses both whole wheat flour and nonfat dry milk from your food storage. (I’m always looking for ways to rotate that powdered milk!) We topped these with a berry topping and whipped cream, but they are just as good with maple syrup.

ww waffles
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (I like hard white wheat flour)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. nonfat dry powdered milk (non-instant)
1/4 c. oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. sugar
Enough water to make the right consistency
Stir dry ingredients together, then stir wet ingredients together and combine. Add water last until the batter is the right consistency for waffles.  Cook on hot waffle iron.