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Sunday, March 20, 2011

FEMA says, Get a Survival Kit

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A public service announcement from FEMA is suggesting that we all get a survival kit, in case our ‘world is turned upside down’. Very interesting… and good advice.
I wonder if they know something coming up that we don’t know… (grin)
Get a Kit
Make a Plan
Stay Informed
The following is a pretty good basic list of items for a survival kit based on ready.gov recommendations. While any survival kit is better than no survival kit, and I know that many people have developed some pretty elaborate kits, and varieties of kits specifically for their own purposes (vehicle, bug-out-bag, home, etc…), this list of items is a good starting point.
Just know that getting started on a survival kit is all it takes. You will probably find yourself adjusting it from time to time. A challenge can sometimes be keeping it reasonably sized (e.g. 72 hour kit for your vehicle, bug-out-bag). At home though, the sky’s the limit. Have fun with it.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Survival Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to a Survival Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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Bug Out Fishing Kit

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Wanted to see what everyone is carrying in their bug out bag fishing kit. What are your thoughts on what to carry, how much of each thing, and what is most important to you? Here is a video of my long term bug out fishing kit and I think it includes just about everything someone would need. You can always add more but I put my emphasis on lightweight! Look forward to hearing some new ideas from everyone.Thanks!

Hard Times are approaching

By Joseph Parish

Let’s be real for a moment and look at the state of the world around us at this time. We have revolutions taking place worldwide along with wars raging from one side of the globe to another. Economic chaos is threatening every major economy. More and more people are losing their jobs in America as the workload is transferred to foreign nations. We see on a daily basis the possibility of a market crash that could top that experienced in 1929. 

What happens when the infrastructure comes falling down? First off we can expect to see shortages of food in our local grocery stores. With the cost of fuel on a continual rise this overhead has to be recouped somewhere and unfortunately it will be the consumer who must pay the price. Those items of food found at the market will likely be over-priced and out of the average persons economic reach. We are slowly witnessing this event now as the cost begins to skyrocket. This makes it more important than ever to be able to grow your own food supply.
Gasoline stations will lack the necessary supplies to keep America on its wheels so staying at home will quickly become fashionable. Learn as much as you can on things that your family can do together without leaving home. Camp out in your back yard, having a board game night or sit together and watch some television as a family unit. 

Your local medical facilities will suffer as well with their inability to receive updated medical supplies. Take courses or teach yourself the principles of medical sufficiency. Learn of effective alternative methods to treat the common ailments which often plaque a family. Don’t hesitate to take a local first aide or CPR class as you never know when you will need it. Stock up a good reserve of emergency supplies while they are available.

Save up a few extra dollars for an emergency. If the infrastructure begins to fall you can believe that the social security, any types of government checks, pension payments or welfare will rapidly come to a halt. It will be entirely up to you to support yourself and your family. Perhaps you should invest in some silver to hedge this issue should its ugly head rear up.

People are losing their homes to foreclosures on a daily basis. No money and with no home forces complete families out onto the street. Consider your investment in emergency food and supplies as a form of insurance policy again the hazards of our changing life style. Know how to deal with the loss of electrical power or be familiar with alternate means of heating your home. The more you learn the better prepared you will be. Is anyplace really safe? 

As a survivalist or prepper we have to be prepared for emergencies as they get to us. It is absolutely necessary to have certain supplies stocked up in order to last the duration of the crisis. In the past we have covered foods necessary to get a family by this type of an ordeal so now I would like to discuss the topic of miscellaneous supplies that a family should store up on. After you have accumulated your emergency food supplies your next step should be to gather up miscellaneous supplies. These are also useful bartering assets in the event it comes to that.

* 24 bottles of dish detergent
* 24 bars of hand soap
* 50 pounds of laundry soap
* 55 gallons of kerosene
* 12 bottles of shampoo
* 146 rolls of toilet paper
* 16 gallons of unscented bleach for sanitation or laundry use
* Personal products, such as toothpaste or deodorant
* Pet foods and livestock feed as necessary
* Sanitary napkins as needed

The writing is clearly on the wall and we should be taking advantage of this time to gather and store those items we will need when the hard times fall upon us.

Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish