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As you do what you can to prepare your family to survive a catastrophe, you may focus your energy on food and water. While these are clearly some very important components of survival, you may also want to expand your prepping to other areas that can make survival a little easier. When it comes to planning to survive an extreme situation, there is something called the Law of 3’s that all survivalists live by. As a person preparing to survive a drastic situation, you too need to be aware of this rule so you can prepare a little better.

Keep your family protected and safe.

Keep your family protected and safe.

Law of 3s

3 Hours to Find Shelter
3 Days to Find Water
3 Weeks to Find Food

You have taken care of the food and water and you are probably planning on bugging in or holing up in your home, which will take care of your shelter needs. However, your home isn’t going to be quite as comforting as it once was. You won’t have power and without power you won’t have lights, warm water or even a way to cook or recharge any of your electronic devices.

You can give yourself the joy and luxury of electricity by planning ahead. Many people will invest in portable generators, which are great, but they require some kind of fuel to run. Fuel will be in short supply after a major event and depending on what kind of situation you are dealing with, it could take months or years before fuel is returned to store shelves and gas stations.
Alternative energy is the answer. Solar power is growing in popularity and becoming very mainstream. That means; it is becoming much more affordable as well. As demand continues to increase, the technology continues to improve. Think back to the first computers. Remember how big and bulky they were? Well, solar panels are following the same path as computers. They are no longer these giant, fragile panels. The solar cells are small and mounted directly to a home’s roof or you can create small panels that produce enough electricity to give you a sense of normalcy.solar

You don’t have to go all out and switch your home to solar energy. You can buy a few panels to use if there is a major failure of the power grid. Get familiar with solar energy and how you can use it to keep your home up and running when the rest of the country is in the dark. Check out the options available to you that are perfect for survival situations.

Preparing for Winter Weather Driving

With summer coming to an end and a forecast for a brutal winter ahead of us, it is a wise decision to prepare an emergency kit for the car. You never know when you are going to be left sitting in traffic due to an accident or possibly being in an accident yourself on some deserted road. There have been too many stories of people getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Some of these people have attempted to walk for help and unfortunately, there are plenty who didn’t make it. A winter storm can take you by surprise. This is why you always need to be prepared. You need to be prepared to survive for several hours or possibly days with what is in your car.snowyroad

These are some items you will want to include in your emergency car kit.

• First Aid Kit
• Power Bar or some kind of energy bar
• Trail Mix
• Bottled water
• Cell phone charger
• Emergency blanket
• Flashlight and extra batteries (LEDs are best)
• Book or magazines to keep you entertained
• Wool socks
• Wool blanket
• Rain gear
• Hat and gloves
• Camp shovel

Those are the items necessary to keep you alive while you wait for help to arrive or for the road to clear enough that you can safely continue on your journey. You should also keep a small car kit on hand just in case of a breakdown. If you can fix your car so you don’t have to sit on the side of the road that is always the best option. Take the time to learn some basic car repair skills. Keep these items in the trunk of your car, just in case. stuck

• Jumper cables
• Fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, washer fluid
• Screwdrivers
• Duct tape
• Road flares/reflective signs
• Bright cloth or sign to alert other drivers to your position
• Fuses

You can find road kits that include everything you need in a single case for easy storage. Now is the time to prepare for winter driving. Adding these things to the trunk of your car can mean the difference between life and death.

Water—Difficult, but Necessary Component of Survival Storage

Water is likely going to be your biggest challenge when it comes to creating a healthy emergency survival supply kit. Water is big and bulky and is just kind of obnoxious to store. But, it is absolutely crucial to your survival. You need to store at least 1 gallon of water for each member of the family per day. If you are building up a 30-day supply, things can get out of hand pretty quick. There are a few options that we will discuss here.

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These are huge space savers! You can store a little or a lot with these individual containers that are constructed to stack together neatly. Each container holds just over 3 gallons of water. There are several different options to use when it comes to building up your supply. Start out with a few containers and buy a few each month to create a wall of water or spring for the large waterbrick container kit that holds 112 gallons of water. The best part about these containers is they have handles. Once a container is empty, you can carry it to a lake, river, stream or wherever to fill it up again. Carrying 3 gallons of water is manageable so you won’t have any trouble getting the water back to your retreat.

Jerry Cans

jerrycanLtBlue_lg_200These look a lot like gas cans, but they are foodsafe, meaning you can carry water in them. Sometimes it simply isn’t feasible for you to store a month’s worth of water in your home. If you live near water, you can use it to supply your family with their necessary water. However, carrying it home can be a huge problem. Using pots or empty water bottles is inefficient. The jerry cans are perfect and since they have lids, you won’t have to worry about the water splashing out.

Filters/Purifiers

All water you collect or manage to draw from your tap after a disaster of any kind is considered dangerous. ALL water. You must filter and/or purify it before drinking. Deadly bacteria and viruses are hiding in most water sources. If you have collected water, you need to purify it by boiling it or using a chemical treatment (water purification tablets) or run it through a filter. Don’t risk your life by drinking tainted water.

Water is tough to store in the house, but using the proper containers can make it easy and keep you from having to walk miles to the nearest water source on a regular basis. Investing in water containers is one you won’t regret.

Top 10 Things To Disappear After a Disaster

firewoodIf you are preparing for some disaster that will leave you forced to rely on yourself and what you have stored away, you are ahead of the game. Storing food and water is important for survival, but there are other things people tend to overlook when building up an emergency supply of food and water. It isn’t all about the food! There are some other items that are going to fly off store shelves within hours and days of a major disaster. You are probably going to be surprised to see the top 10 things that are going to be in high demand.

Check out this list and consider adding these items to your emergency preps.

• Generators. We love our electricity! Electricity is one of the things that makes us feel normal and somewhat safe and secure.
• Water purifying methods are going to go next. Water is crucial to survival and people will be scrambling to get their hands on tablets, filters and purifiers.lifesaver bottle
• Toilets—those little portable toilets available in the camp section of stores will be in high demand. People have to use the bathroom and when the sewer system is out, they have to go somewhere.
• Dry wood for burning is going to be at a premium. You can’t just run out and chop down a tree and expect it to burn. Wood needs to be dried for at least 6 months or up to a year to make it suitable for wood heat.
• Oil for lanterns and lamps goes next. People need light and when the generators are gone, it is going to be all about lanterns. Stock up on oil for your lights.
• Fuel for your campstove is fairly inexpensive today. Those little propane tanks will be invaluable when there is no electricity. Buy them now before they are gone.
• Guns and ammunition are the seventh item to disappear. People are not immediately going to start raiding the stores for guns, but they will eventually. If you need a gun, it is something you will want to purchase before a disaster.
• Little kitchen tools like manual can-openers and manual beaters are going to be pretty important. Canned food will be in great supply, but if people can’t open it, it doesn’t do any good.
• Sugar! Anything sweet will soon be gone. We all have a sweet tooth and when things are rough, cravings for sugar will be in full swing. Sweets give us comfort and when things are haywire, that is going to be important.sugar
• Dried foods finally make an appearance. Wheat, rice and beans are all going to become very valuable.

Now that you know the top 10 things that are going to disappear first, it is time to take a look at your food storage and adjust accordingly.

Heirloom Seeds—Does It Really Matter?

self-sufficient gardensIn the survival world, you will hear a lot about people storing seeds in their long term emergency storage. It isn’t just seeds they are storing. No, people are storing what are known as heirloom seeds. If you have ever gone to the store to buy these seeds because it seems like the thing to do, you have probably noticed they cost twice to three times as much as the cheap seed packets that are sold for about a dollar. You may think it seems silly to spend that much money on seeds when they basically all produce the same veggies. They don’t!

seedsHeirloom seeds are more expensive because you will have a steady, renewable food source with those particular seeds. Unlike the more common and less expensive seeds on the market, heirlooms seeds produce vegetables with seeds that can be replanted. You may not have realized this, but the common seeds produce veggies with seeds that are not suitable for replanting. The seeds will either not sprout or will produce plants that don’t produce actual vegetables.

Heirloom seeds are typically defined as those that were used before World War II or basically, before scientists got their hands on the seeds and created various hybrids that were easier to grow by the average gardener and produced a lot more. While this is a win-win for most, the hybrids may be plentiful, but they are not quite as delicious as their heirloom counterparts. Taste was not a big factor when those hybrid seeds were being created. Sure, a homegrown tomato from a typical seed is probably still better tasting than one you would find in the grocery store, but a homegrown tomato from an heirloom seed is absolutely fantastic.

The bottom line is this—in order to grow a garden that will produce year after year, you need heirloom seeds. After things have gone sideways, you won’t be able to run to the garden store to buy new seeds for the new growing season. You need to have a way to keep your family fed with fresh fruits and vegetables. Heirloom seeds truly do matter. Don’t settle for anything less.

Canned or Freeze-Dried Food–What’s Best for Food Storage?

Preparing to survive some kind of catastrophe, whether it is a natural disaster, an act of war or financial collapse has become very mainstream as of late. People have seen what happens to those who are not prepared to survive in their homes for days or weeks without running to the grocery store or are forced to rely on the government for help. Basically, it is every man or family for himself. You need to keep a pantry stocked with food, water and other essentials in case of an emergency.

What do you stock?

If you are new to the prepping world, you probably have a few questions about what you should stock in your food pantry. Non-perishable foods are your best bet or foods that have long shelf lives. Your goal is to build up a food storage that will feed your family for a minimum of 30 days. Some ambitious preppers will shoot for a 6-month or even 1-year food store. It is up to you.

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Canned foods are typically the first thing you think of when it comes to food you can store in a pantry for a long time. You would be thinking right. However, there are some things you need to know about canned food.

• Canned food can spoil over time. When it does spoil, it can become lethal to consume.
• High temperatures can cause cans to swell and botulism is a strong possibility.
• Canned foods are heavy and difficult to transport
• Canned foods take up a great deal of room and require a very sturdy shelving system

With that said, one of the major bonuses to canned food is price. It is extremely cheap and you can stock a great deal of food for very little money.

Dehydrated/Freeze-Dried Foods

healthy freeze dried foodYou have seen these packs of food that are often used on backpacking trips. Any outdoor store will have a variety of these meals that are easily stowed away in a backpack or bug out bag. They have long shelf lives, with some extending up to 10 to 15 years. All that is required is a little water and a short wait and a meal complete with meat, vegetables and noodles are ready to eat. Military have been using meals like this for decades. They are often referred to as MREs or Meals Ready to Eat.

Lately, these freeze-dried and dehydrated foods have made the transition from single-serve packages to bulk cans and 5-gallon buckets. If you have seen the price tag on these items, you may initially cringe and quickly head back to the canned food aisle. Before you do, check out the benefits to storing dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.

• Lightweight and easy to store on shelves
• Long shelf lives when stored correctly
• Bulk cans can be resealed after use for up to 30 days
• No risk of food becoming spoiled or potentially deadly if consumed
• Large variety of meals including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats and pasta

When it comes down to it, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are the best choice for your food storage needs. The cans and buckets do cost more up front, but when you consider the price per meal, these foods are much less expensive than canned foods. The dehydrated foods are more nutritional and you will be amazed at the variety of food available. When you are preparing to survive a situation, living off of canned veggies and beans is certainly an option, but if you could eat scalloped potatoes covered in cheese with a delicious chili, what would you choose? You can supplement your food stores with canned foods, but ideally, you will want to spend your money on the freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.

5 Survival Lessons to Learn From Bear Grylls & Man vs. Wild

 

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Have you thought about what you would do in a survival situation? Most people know about the show Man vs. Wild. We love this show!

You can survive almost anywhere
With the right training & knowledge about your surroundings, you can literally survive almost anywhere you are placed. You don’t have to be a Bear Grylls to survive extreme circumstances, but training, experience & research can still help your chances.

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10 Things You Should Have in Your Family Emergency Preparedness Kit

Keep your family protected and safe.

Keep your family protected and safe.

Is your family prepared for an earthquake? For a fire? What are you doing now to be prepared?

Preparation is critical to your family’s safety in the event of an emergency. This article will present 10 items that you should have to be prepared for an emergency.

There are two types of survival kits.

1. Wilderness Survival Kits

2. Family Emergency Preparedness Kits

We will be addressing the needs of the emergency preparedness kits for a family.

You should have your survival kit in an easily accessible location in your home. A backpack is a great place to have these items stored. This survival kit will include supplies and tools that are both helpful and often critical in an emergency situation.

In preparing a survival kit, you must consider the number of people that will be using them. For instance, in a traditional family of four individuals, these things are a must to have in a survival kit:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Water Filtration Device/Water
  3. 72 hours of food
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Making Your Own Greenhouse – Video Tutorial

For those of you looking to make your own greenhouse we just found this great tutorial. It’s a full 18 minute video on ideas for making a greenhouse. This is a great way to prepare your family for emergency by growing your own food. The ability to survive the extremes of life through growing your own food is very important to the modern-day prepper.

As you watch this video, here are two quick questions to think about: Continue reading