6 Ways To Prepare For A Natural Disaster


clock September 26, 2013 08:20 by author PrepperHelper

Contributed by Dirk Puckett from Dailybread.com

 

Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood or wildfire, natural disasters disrupt how people live, eat, sleep and stay safe. Natural disaster preparation consists of preparing a survival kit for each member of the family. Each survival kit should have enough supplies to supply everything you need to sustain you for 3 to 5 days.

 

You can prepare for a natural disaster by building up resources in these 7 areas:

 

1. Know the Risks

Understand the natural disaster possibilities in your area. If you live in the Midwest, explore survival guidelines for tornados, blizzards and flooding. If you live on the East coast, hurricanes should be part of your risk assessment plan. Once you know the potential for natural disasters in your area, you can better prepare to meet the specifics of each one.

 

1. Water

Humans cannot survive for more than a few days without clean drinking water. When a natural disaster strikes your area, you can’t guarantee that your tap water will be drinkable. It could be contaminated with a range of microbes, heavy metals, chemicals or sewage. Gather 1 gallon of water per person, per day.

 

2. Food

Assemble a supply of non-perishable food that you and your family will eat. Examples include canned food, cereal bars, trail mix, peanut butter and crackers and other meals that are ready to eat. Concentrate on high-calorie foods that have a long shelf life and make sure it’s food you like for a psychological boost during a stressful time.

 

3. Shelter

Consider the possibility that you won’t be able to stay in your home during a natural disaster. You can assemble what you need to shelter yourself, whether you use a tarp and some rope or pack a small tent. At the very least, include some thermal blankets in your survival kit as well as some rain ponchos that can double as a shelter if needed.

 

4. Health and Safety

Make sure your body stays safe and healthy in a natural disaster by including a complete first aid kit in your survival gear. Prescription medication, extra diapers for infants and a range of over-the-counter medications are other examples of supplies that will keep you and family members as healthy as possible.

 

5. Communication

In a natural disaster, regular communication can break down. You may not have access to TV and radio in a power outage, for example. Invest in a battery-powered radio and keep it tuned to the emergency band or local access station. Learn the basic evacuation plan for your town as well as the location for evacuation centers. Create a plan about where to meet up if family members get separated.

 

6. Money

In some natural disaster scenarios, you might still be able to purchase essentials you might need, such as gasoline. Keep some cash with you in your survival kit to use, especially when ATMs, credit cards and debit cards won’t work due to power outages.

 

 

 

Dirk Puckett enjoys writing about camping, outdoor adventures, self-sustaining practices and family emergency preparedness. For more survival kit tips, look into Daily Bread freeze dried food to supplement your family’s needs during a natural disaster.



Possible War and How it Affects your Prepping


clock September 1, 2013 10:48 by author PrepperHelper

Contributed by Christopher Parrett from LDS Avow

 

Fellow Preppers: 

Just moments ago I received notification that President Obama has submitted a formal request for Congressional Authorization to use Military Force in Syria.

With that in mind I offer up a few thoughts on preparedness for a war with Syria...

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I'm not going to get into the who's right, who's wrong discussion...not gonna spend the time.

Oh, I've got my opinions, and I'm voicing them via my congress-critters. In the larger game, though, I think this die is unfortunately already cast. Like it or not, any President willing to ignore Congress 

Here, though...let's keep it simple. What's the rationale response to the situation developing before us?
What are the practical steps we can/should take, from a prepping perspective? 
    YES, keep your vehicle fuel tanks filled up as much as reasonably practicable.

    YES, rotate and re-treat your stored gasoline.

    Especially if you're in a bug-out situation...make sure your vehicle is COMPLETELYchecked out...by yourself or a GOOD mechanic. Follow your owner's manual for guidance. At a minimum: good tires, good fluids, good brakes.

    YES, if you have a Faraday Cage...it is probably time to ensure you've got the right stuff stored in it.

    YES, buy some extra batteries. Then buy some more. Then, MORE YET. All sizes, but focus on the batteries that YOU need in YOUR electronics. Personally, I STRONGLY recommend Sanyo Eneloop batteries. You'll get something like 3,000 recharges out of the newer versions, compared to 500 or 600 for "normal" rechargeable batteries.

    YES, if you have some known shortages in your food storage program...no time like the present to fix them. If nothing else, LOAD UP ON SPICES!

    YES, ensure you attend Church, attend to your duties, say your prayers, tend to your family, attend the Temple, etc. Stay right with the Lord.

    NOdon't head for the hills/retreats just yet...unless you're due a lot of vacation time, and can make a graceful return and exit. Be ready, spring-loaded even, for a rapid departure/bug-out...but don't do things to risk your job/livelihood. Not yet, anyway.

    NO, it isn't lost on me that there's a whole lot of Biblical predictions wrapped up around Syria and Iran and Israel, etc. If this is the time the Lord has chosen, then it will happen. If not, then it won't Don't lose sleep over it, you're going to need to be fresh to make good, timely decisions.

    You should already have your self-defense items prepped; if not, have a TV night for the family, clean and lube all your weapons, make sure they're fully operational. If you've been meaning to get some spare parts...this would be a very good time to do so. Sharpen your knives, if needed. Make sure to grab some good-quality cleaning supplies/gear, plus a GOOD-quality lube.

    Realize that if our nation does enter a crisis mode...some societal groups might see that as an opportunity to take advantage of the situation. Their intentions might range from settling old scores to opportunistic looting of either homes or stores. Be alert, be ready.

    YES, keep  ldsavow.com/forums
up on your computers. If you haven't already, join the AVOW Alert system (see Christopher's various emails for info). And for the duration...you're probably justified in checking your smart phone every time a message comes in.

    I've said it in many fora over the years...but for most LDS preppers, they STILL have big gaps in their water filtering/treatment capabilities. Your five 55-gallon barrels are GREAT, but it isn't going to last NEARLY as long as you think it will. So, get a GOOD, high-quality water filter that doesn't require electricity to operate. Personally, I recommend and use the Katadyn POCKET Microfilter, which utlilizes a silver-impregnated ceramic cartridge. You can easily filter 13,000 gallons of water with a POCKET, just cleaning the ceramic filter occasional. . No, it isn't cheap. Yes, it is worth it. If you get a water filter with paper filter cartridges, get LOTS of spare cartridges. You're going to need them. The Church sells Seychelle water filters via Distribution Center...those are perfectly acceptable for about 98% of all scenarios (I'd prefer the POCKET, but YMMV). But, the Seychelle filters are a heck of a lot cheaper.


I'm skeptical anyone is going to start lobbing nukes around over Syria, so don't lose too much sleep over that. However, there could very well be a substantial conventional fight, involving multiple countries, which could lead to massive upheavals in markets and supply chains around the world. Be prepared to hunker down (if you're in a safe location), and QUIETLY prepare for a rapid exit if your situation/survival plans require it. 

If things get to the point where it looks like some crazy fool MIGHT start lobbing the big boomers around...trust in the Lord and in his Prophet. 

Enough said. I wish everyone the best in this potentially chaotic period. Earnestly prepare, but don't lose your common-sense, either


My Prepper Helper Tutorial 4 of 4 Entering Data


clock July 7, 2013 18:20 by author PrepperHelper

 

Entering Data

Navigating through the App to enter Data to include the Quantity, Packaging size and Expiration dates of each item.

You have the ability to enter multiple expiration dates for the same types of food.

You can assign multiple locations to each item so you will know where you have them stored and how much of each is at each location.

The Food Progress Bar will be at various locations throughout the App to show you how close you are to the goals you have set for amount of food needed.

Use the Feed Back Tab to the right of the screen to ask any questions, make any comments or make any suggestions.



My Prepper Helper Tutorial 3 of 4 Navigation/Adding Custom Items


clock July 7, 2013 18:18 by author PrepperHelper

Categories include:
Food
Water
Shelter/Household
Defense/Hunting
First Aid
Clothing/Sewing
Tools
Hygiene/Sanitation
Fuel/Power/lighting
Gardening
Communications/Orienteering

Main Categories are blue, Sub-Categories are red.
 
Meal Readiness bar show your progress towards your goals as you enter your quantities. There are bars for the overall App as well as each individual food type.

Some categories may have multiple pages that can be navigated through at the bottom of each page.

Entering custom items:
Click Add an item to this Category
Select the Location
Enter the Item Name
Enter a Description if you desire
Enter the Quantity
Enter the Size or Weight of the packaging
Select the unit of Measure
Click Save



My Prepper Helper Tutorial 2 of 4 Bug Out Bag


clock July 7, 2013 18:16 by author PrepperHelper

Using the 72 Hour Kit/ Bug Out Bag feature of My Prepper Helper.
Create Multiple Bug Out Bags
Entering Data in the App
Entering custom items
Alerts via email twice a year to check and change items.



My Prepper Helper tutorial 1 of 4 Introduction


clock July 7, 2013 18:12 by author PrepperHelper

 

This is an introduction to the My Prepper Helper Preparedness App.
A general orientation to acquaint the user to the capabilities of the app and the components.
Need for email.
Using the Food Calculator.
Setting up your locations of stored items.



Preparedness is NOT Just for TEOTWAWKI


clock June 1, 2013 08:59 by author PrepperHelper

So many people look at Preppers and think that we are crazy people that are preparing for the End of the World. While this may be true for many, the majority of Preppers are practical and prepare for many different kinds of disasters.

 

The last few weeks have really made me glad that I have supplies available. We have had tornados in TX, OK, KS, MS, IL and throughout the Midwest.

 

Today is the first day of Hurricane season. FEMA has warned that the predictions this year are for a very active season and urge residents of hurricane prone areas to have supplies ready, evacuation routes planned, and to prepare their families for when a storm may hit their area.  http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/05/24/hurricane-season-approaches

 

As I have been watching the news of the tornados over the last few weeks and they are showing so many people that were leaving their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, all I could think was “where are their Bug Out Bags”? If they all had their BOB’s handy they would at least have a change of clothes, some food for a few days, copies of their important legal documents, shelter, and the list goes on. http://www.prepperhelper.com/post/2012/07/20/The-Ultimate-Bug-Out-Bag.aspx  Something so simple and easy can make a huge difference when a disaster hits our homes. Being able to grab a backpack that I know has everything that I need to survive for a minimum of three days gives me and my family a great amount of peace.

 

While the government has put in place many disaster recovery plans, there is no possible way that they can provide the necessary supplies to take care of everyone that needs help. It is important that each family take the time to decide what they need for their household, get those supplies ready, then have them easily available in the event of evacuation. Sit down as a family and make a plan. Many times the family will not be together when a storm hits. Have a plan and location to meet up. Have a backup location and established times to wait before going to that backup location. Remember that cell phone service may either be out or busy with everyone else trying to reach their family members. If possible have other ways to reach each other. Practice your plans, meet up at your planned locations, drive your evacuation routes and have alternate routes in case your primary is blocked for some reason.

 

Make Get Home bags for each vehicle. These are similar to a Bug Out Bag bug with a little less stuff in them. They are designed to give you the supplies needed to get you from work, or wherever you may be, to home on foot. I know some people that keep their Bug Out Bag with them in their vehicles all the time. They are ready to go from wherever they may be.

 

Whatever you do, do something. Anything is better than nothing. Having even a small amount of supplies ready and available in the event of a disaster can make a huge difference for you and your family. Now is the time. If the recent storms are not enough to get you started then nothing will.

 

Plan, plan, plan then plan again, then have 10 contingencies for your plans.



A few Prepper's Pointers from OK Tornado


clock May 25, 2013 13:39 by author PrepperHelper

Contributed from an OK Prepper at LDSAVOW

 

We just went through the Oklahoma Tornado and learned a few things, some which were surprising:

(1) Storing all of your preparations at home may not be a good idea. Police prevented homeowners from returning to their homes EVEN IF they could prove that they were residents.
(2) Don't depend on phones or cell phones. We have all become comfortable with cell phones and being able to call whomever we want whenever we want. Cell phone towers went down, and what little coverage was available was reserved for emergency responders.
(3) Have a family "evacuation and meet" plan. Our family was spread out across 20 miles.
(4) Use real keys, not garage door openers. My SIL was stranded OUTSIDE of his home because he uses his garage door opener instead of a key. If you can't carry a key, at least hide one somewhere safe in your yard
(5) Have some preps in your car, particularly clothing. Daughter and SIL were both away from home and could not even pick up a change of clothing.
(6) Make sure you have phone numbers memorized, and that there is someone in another area with a LAND LINE that everyone can contact to relay and receive information.
(7) Be prepared to invite extras into your home. Glad we haven't down-sized yet - plenty of room to accommodate extra bodies for as long as necessary.

The Lord blessed my daughter and SIL. They were spared from total devastation by only a few hundred feet. But in all, stuff can be replaced, and grateful for their well-being and safety. We are blessed.

 

Plan, plan, plan then plan again, then have 10 Contingencies for your plans.



Pickling 101 for Preparedness


clock May 11, 2013 11:45 by author PrepperHelper

Contributed by Wise Foods:

pickle jars

 

 

Most people think of “pickles” as pickled cucumbers and only as a garnish. Did you know you can pickle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables? Pickles of one kind or another have been made for more than 4000 years and are so popular in the United States that at one time 40% of the pickle production was earmarked for soldiers in the field.

Pickling is great way to preserve food because you create an edible, anti-microbial liquid. It seems that nobody has ever come across a pickle gone bad but general consensus is that pickles can keep for up to 18 months.

Pickles have significant health benefits - as long as they’re made without sugar. Fermented foods are thought to be good for the digestive system and many people believe that the vinegar kills “bad” bacteria in the digestive tract and contributes to better health. Pickles are also a good source of vitamin K, the hard-to-get B vitamins, thiamine and vitamin A. But beware, pickles are made with generous amounts of salt, which can be a problem for people on sodium restricted diets.


What Can I Pickle?


Pickling is the answer to almost any abundance of fruit or vegetables:

 

  • Beets
  • Green or red tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Jalapenos
  • Celery
  • Okra
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli stems
  • Radishes
  • Melon rinds
  • Grapes

 


Pickling Methods:


There are two methods: chemical and fermentation pickling. The chemical process involves soaking the food in edible liquid such as brine, though technically there are other liquid “pickles” such as oil and alcohol. In fermentation pickling, the food is preserved by creating lactic acid.


How to Pickle


The chemical method is the easiest (especially now that you know how to harvest salt!).

 

  • Combine 3 cups of distilled white vinegar, 3 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of salt.
  • Add flavorings like Bay leaf, mustard seed, coriander, turmeric, dill, cumin, garlic, ginger or peppers. (If you add peppers or ginger, note that the longer the pickles soak, the hotter they’ll be!)
  • Gather clean glass jars.
  • Wash and cut up vegetables or fruit into bite sized pieces.
  • If you’re using beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, ginger, green beans, okra or peppers, give them a quick dip in boiling water followed immediately by an ice bath (known as blanching).
  • Place vegetables or fruit in jars then fill with brine. Don’t screw the lids on too tight because the fermentation will create carbon dioxide and you’ll need a little room for air exchange.
  • Let the pickles sit and pickle for two to four weeks

 


The fermentation process is exactly the same, just eliminate the vinegar. If the food has enough moisture, the salt will draw out the excess liquid. Note if your top vegetables aren’t immersed in water they may mold. You can place a smaller glass jar filled with rocks or pie weights (called a “follower”) on top of the vegetables to keep everything submerged.

 

 

 

Wise Foods

 



Like Crossing a Stream on a Broken Ice Pack


clock May 11, 2013 11:02 by author PrepperHelper

RusherJim was kind enough to let me share this from his post on LDSAVOW.com

 

 

Navigating the current situation is like trying to cross a turbulent stream, rich with ice melt and chunks of big ice...

 

...and your stepping stones are pieces of broken-up ice pack, roaring downstream from further up the stream.

 

The only footing you have are those pieces of floating ice...but it's treacherous, as they rush by with the speed of the current, bounce off of underwater rocks and each other, and some with sink with your weight.

 

You don't HAVE to cross the stream right now; however, there is a BIG ice dam further upstream, holding a lot of water back...and it is slowly melting and will eventually break loose and send the BIG flood down your nice little river valley.

Do you cross the stream now...with all of its dangers? Or wait for the danger to subside a bit (it might not, of course)? Wait for some bigger ice chunks on which to step across the stream...because they'll be more stable? Or take the risks NOW, hoping to avoid that big bust-out that is sure to come?

If I compare our preps to where we started (seriously, for the first time) in 2005...we've come such a long, long way. We actually have a good chance of surviving a LOT of scenarios.

But then, I'll get pensive...and remember all of the GAPS and shortcomings we have in our long-range preps plan. If I allow myself to ponder on it too long, it can be depressing...even scary.


There are times to hesitate and deliberate...to analyze and prioritize...so that we're getting the biggest bang for our prepping buck.

Following this logic trail...there must necessarily come times when it is TOO LATE to hesitate, deliberate, analyze or prioritize; when ACTION must seize the day! Or, you're too late. It's the difference between being a Jew who emigrates away from Germany in 1930-35...vs. one who TRIES to emigrate away in 1939 (by which time it was pretty impossible).

As an example of this last principle...to a large extent, the opportunity to stock up on ballistic wampum (ammo) in meaningful amounts may well be behind us now.

 

  • Whatever the reasons for the ammo shortages...at the consumer level they are very, very real.
  • I might have all the money in the world...but if I can't find any ammo, I simply can't buy it.

 

The same might be said of silver and gold right now...

 

  • Whatever the CAUSES of the very real shortages at the consumer level...
  • And whatever is (or isn't) happening in the paper markets for gold/silver)...they have also become meaningless in the event horizon we now face.
  • If you don't already OWN the requisite gold/silver, it is quite possible you simply may be unable to obtain it...at least in the quantities you probably think you'll need.

 

OTOH, FOOD STORAGE is still relatively plentiful and available...but for how much longer? I'd guess we're certainly down to single digit years, in the very most optimistic case. If we take a purely pessimistic scenario...that time line might be down to months...perhaps even weeks. No, I can't make a hard prediction on that...and you should be skeptical of anyone who claims they can. ('No man knows the day,' right?)

So, then, what temporal advice might I offer a 'somewhat' prepared son or daughter facing the current situation? (Since we should ALL be pursuing the Spiritual aspects already, I'll assume you're doing that, and now we're simply discussing the concrete temporal questions.)

 

  • FOOD is still the priority, as long as you ask yourself the question 'Do I have enough,' and the answer via the Spirit continues: 'not yet.'
    • Food storage, of course, has to include the key tools, such as how to process and prep that food (e.g., grain mills & sprouters & dehydrators), how to store it (buckets, etc.), and cook it (sun ovens, rocket stoves, etc.)
  • SELF-DEFENSE is the second priority...but you're going to have to be more flexible in choosing the tools you'll be using for that defense! You'll probably have to accept your 2nd, or even 3rd or 4th, tier choice for a rifle in the semi-auto. The real limiter, though, is that the DRIVER in weapons selection right now is going to have to be AMMO...without ammo to feed your weapon, it's nothing but a club...and probably not a very good one at that. Get both handgun and rifle training...plus martial arts if you can.
  • MEDICAL SKILLS and SUPPLIES are close behind self-defense...every member of your family AND your prepping/support group is precious--their skills will be needed. Make sure you have the supplies so you don't lose them to the simple things (infected gums or skin cuts) or if at all possible, the worst case scenarios (IFAK (blow-out or trauma kits) for bullet wounds or severe cuts).
    • No single family could ever store all of the medical supplies that are going to be required.
    • However, if we all make good-faith efforts to store what we can...and follow the Spirit's promptings in what we acquire...then it will all work out in the end.
  • KEY ENABLING CAPABILITIES such as a generator (preferably tri-fuel), stored fuel supplies, communications capabilities (and training therefor), rifle scopes, night vision capabilities, smart preparation of your expected defensive space, sand bags, traps, snares, fishing trap lines, etc.
  • Notably missing on the list above...are SUPPORT GROUPS/ALLIANCES. I've saved them for last because not everyone CAN find a support group/alliance. If you live in a notoriously liberal state or a big city, for example, you may find it nearly impossible to find other Preppers that share your moral imperatives.
    • And THAT is crucial for a support group/alliance. If you hastily join in with a group that doesn't share your morals and ethics...you'll soon find yourself compromised, become very unhappy, and then have to leave the group. Except that the GROUP is going to be unlikely to allow you to take your preps/stores with you, after the balloon has gone up.
  • LAST on this list...are the precious metals. Oh, you should DEFINITELY get at least some pre-1965 U.S. silver coins (colloquially known as 'junk silver') and stash them safely. If you have the budget (and can find them...), then get some Silver Eagles and Gold Eagles. If you live near Mexico, get some silver pesos...if you live near Canada, get some sold or silver Maple Leaf coins...if you live out of the U.S.A, get some appropriate silver or gold coins from nearby (hopefully safer) coins.

 

And now...a word about trade-offs!

 

  • Each Prepper/Prepper family must start playing the "get something now, vs. getting something perfect later" trade-offs game.
  • Most of us only have X amount of dollars to spend...we're on a budget, whether we like it or not.
  • So...a trade-off you might be facing is...DO I BUY 50 OF THOSE SWISS FIRESTEELS RIGHT NOW...OR SAVE THAT MONEY TO TRY AND BUY SOME 22 LR AMMO WHEN/IF/WHERE IT FINALLY BECOMES AVAILABLE!!
  • Fire steels are a good item to have both for personal use...AND for barter. But if you spend that money NOW...you'll probably not get that 22LR that you know you really need, should it suddenly drop out of the sky at Wal-Mart at the EXACT moment you're walking past the counter. If you've already spent the funds, you won't be able to use it for ammo, right?
  • The list of potential trade-offs for ITEMS NOW vs. ITEMS IN THE FUTURE is ginormous! I can't begin to tell you what exactly YOUR priorities and inflection points should/must be, as I don't know enough about YOUR particular situation.
  • But you need to do enough thinking, planning and prioritizing...so that when you DO see something drop out of the sky...you can run to be the first person grabbing it for purchase. Remember, HESITATION is the enemy of preparedness at this point in our common history. DO NOT HESITATE, or you end up with nothing but a bunch of unspent greenbacks...and those probably aren't going to hold their value real well, long-term.

 

REMEMBER, the priorities suggested above must be adapted and tailored to fit YOUR particular situation, the ENVIRONMENT you live in, the SCENARIO(s) you expect to cope with, and your own long-term OBJECTIVES (survive in place or bug-out; high-profile or low-profile; active or passive defense strategies), etc. These priorities are NOT the be-all or end-all of prepping; however, but they are a good starting point for prepping priorities, given where our world is right now, at this moment of time in May, 2013. Use them as the starting point to tailor your OWN priorities!

And to sum up an old football coach of mine: don't just stand there watching the grass grow!!!! Whatever you're doing...DO SOMETHING!!


RusherJim

 

 



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