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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Emergency Survival Rations - Pemmican Recipe

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Pemmican, which was originally a food of Native Americans, has become a very nutritious food item that works well as an emergency survival ration. It is generally made from several different types of foods that can be combined to suit the personal tastes of almost everyone. Here is a simple recipe that can be used to make pemmican.

Pemmican Recipe
1/2 cup Fruit (raisins, apples, apricots, etc.)

1/2 cup Cereal (wheat germ, graham crackers, granola etc.)

1/2 cup Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)

1/2 cup Nuts (walnuts, peanuts, cashews, etc.)

1/2 cup Powdered milk

1/4 cup Honey

2 teaspoons Lemon juice

Option: Add shredded jerky or dried sausage to make a meat pemmican. You will need to make sure that the sausage or jerky has a very low fat content.

Use at least one item from each of the different kinds of food. Coarse grind the dry ingredients and then combine with the dried milk, lemon juice, and honey. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together and shape your pemmican mixture into small rolls about the size of your finger. Wrap each individual roll of pemmican separately using either foil or plastic wrap to make your own emergency survival rations.
The choice of ingredients can be varied to suit the individual tastes of your family members.

You can also find an excellent recipe for making pemmican here:


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Burning Characteristics of Wood

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Burning Characteristics of Wood

Here's a pretty good site with information on the burning characteristics of different types of wood.

It lists wood from almost 50 different species of trees, and includes information about green and dry weight per cord, BTUs per cord, percent of ash, ease of splitting, smoke, sparks, coals, fragrance, and overall quality.

I'd reprint the chart here, but the site is copyrighted. Here's the link:


Selling Your House? Here's Some Safety Tips

We are currently in the process of selling our house. We have had lots of showings but no (reasonable) offers yet. When a realtor shows your house, they like it if you are not there. That's fine with us, but we still take some precautions because we don't know who is coming into our home and, well, personal safety is pretty important to me. Here's what we do:
  • We have a realtor lock box on our home. The only way realtors can access the house is by using their computerized access to the key box. As soon as they open the box, a text message is sent to our realtor telling him who is entering the house and when.
  • The house is "staged" for showing. In addition to removing stuff to make the home look larger, we have put away many personal possessions which was suggested by the realtor since it allows the viewer to imagine their stuff in our house. I also think this is a good idea because I don't want everyone who comes into my house to see some of the things that people commonly display in their homes (ie: things that can identify your military service, your special skills, your accomplishments, your travels, your family members, etc).
  • All jewelry, firearms, mail, personal records (bank statements, investment statements), and other valuable items are put away, usually under lock and key. Again, this avoids the temptation of someone lifting your stuff and/or knowing too much about you.
  • Stuff that I don't really want people to see are disguised as well as possible (ie: I don't want people to know where my gun safe is, don't want them to know that I have about six months worth of stored food, etc.).
  • I have a half dozen computers in my home (all laptops) but I only leave one on display; the rest are put away. I don't want people who come to see the house to have any reason to come back and burglarize our place so our house is "staged" in a generically bland way. Obviously I'm not going to take all of the TVs off the wall, but other stuff such as the Wii, digital cameras, etc. are put away.
  • After the house is shown and we return, we always check all of the doors and windows to make sure nothing was left unlocked. I also take a cursory glance around to see if anything looks disturbed.
Some of this stuff may sound a little paranoid, but my main objective is basically to remove the temptation for people to steal or for them to gain any of our personal information. Just being careful...

Tip of the Week…Auto Kit for Quick Exit from the City or When You Can’t Get Back Home

Emergency Lights
When living in the city or commuting a distance you should always be prepared with a good kit in your car. For city dwellers we all know we can be “stuck” at work for the night due to power outages, civil disruptions, weather, or a variety of other reasons. Having a good kit in your car can make this overnight an adventure rather than a drudgery. If you should have to, or choose to, leave the city due to a disaster of any kind having a kit already to go in your car may save valuable time as you attempt to beat the inevitable traffic nightmares.
Some of the basic items to include:
  • Jumper cables
  • Flare and/or Emergency 12 inch glow sticks
  • Two quarts of oil
  • Gallon of antifreeze
  • Extra fuses
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Tire inflator (such as a Fix-A-Flat)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Work Gloves
  • Set of maps marked with evacuation routes
  • Emergency contact phone numbers
  • Cell phone charger
  • 70 feet of Rope
  • Rescue Tape
  • First aid kit
  • First Aid Guide
  • Wool or Wool blend Blanket
  • Number ten can to be used to scoop snow or water, build a fire, heat food, etc.
  • Water proof Matches or Fire Starter
  • Mylar Emergency blanket
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (not stored in flashlight) and/or 6 inch Glow Sticks
  • Rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Towelettes
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Spray bottle with washer fluid
  • Rain Poncho
  • Ice scraper
  • Pen and paper
  • Help sign
  • Survival Energy Bars
  • Survival packaged water
  • Whistles
  • Change of clothing
  • Sweater and/or jacket
  • Hat
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash in small denominations
Begin today and gather the items you already have around your home. Place items in a back pack so should you have to leave your car and walk you will still have hands free to deal with debris or to help children, the elderly, the injured or pets.
Just a reminder, because of my concern for rising food prices,  I will send any new subscribers to the Totally Ready Newsletter
a copy of our March issue which includes the information you will need to store a nutritionally balanced three month supply
designed for your family’s needs, not a generic list you may find other places.
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Flooded House Do's and Don'ts

OAKVILLE, IA - JUNE 16:  Hogs with their snout...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
By Carolyn Ethington

If your home has been hit by flooded due to a broken pipe, spring runoff, or backed up sewer, your first instinct is probably to start removing the water right away by whatever means are readily at hand. However, there are right responses and wrong responses to a flooded home and for safety's sake it's essential to know the difference. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you mitigate the problem quickly, safely, and effectively and preserve as many of your belongings as possible.
--The first thing to do is always to safeguard the safety of your family and pets. If the flooding is severe, have them stay at a neighbor's or family member's house at least until help arrives.
--The second thing to do is to call a good disaster cleanup company in your area: you want professionals on the scene as soon as possible who have the right equipment and the right training to bring about the most positive outcome to a negative situation.
--Do remove paintings, other art objects, and priceless photographs to a safe place right away: this involves making very fast mental prioritizations and then acting on your decisions quickly. Remember: the expensive stereo can be easily replaced, but photos of your children cannot.
--Do use buckets, clean towels, and mops to remove as much of the water from the afflicted rooms as possible. Use white towels on carpets and furniture to prevent bleeding.
--If the ceiling above is bulging with water, do place a bucket underneath the spot and poke a small hole into the ceiling to relieve the pressure and let water through: proceed with care, however.
--Do place sheets of aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet.
--If the weather is nice, open all windows to allow air in and remove as many belongings as possible to dry outside in the sunshine.
--If flood waters include sewage, vacate the house immediately and leave all cleanup duties to the disaster cleanup company.
--Don't attempt to remove standing water using your vacuum cleaner
--Don't turn on electrical appliances in rooms where flooding has occurred
--Don't turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet
--Don't leave colored clothing, magazines, or newspapers on wet hardwood floors or carpeting since discoloration may occur.
--Don't go into any rooms where you feel you may be in danger.
Any level of flooding in a house is serious, since the possibility of mold growth is always present under these conditions. Whether you need Utah disaster cleanup or similar services in Atlanta or Houston, make sure you partner with a disaster response company that can offer you fast professional help when you need it most.
Carolyn Ethington

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