Archive | August, 2012
The weather finally cooled down enough to do some work around the homestead.
I framed out and insulated some more of the shop/barn this week. I also bought something for my tractor, a set of Land Pride bucket forks.
You clamp these forks onto the bucket of the front end loader and you can use it like a fork lift! I need something like this because I hate to admit it, but I am not as strong and manly as I once was. I need help picking up and moving heavy objects I once could just man-handle and move anywhere I wanted. These forks should just give me the advantage I need to get some heavy objects moved around on the homestead.
Some people think prepping is illegal hoarding, and feel the government has a right to take your prep goods for the good of everyone. More and more people are concerned about the economy and getting prepared. I found this on the Allstate Insurance Blog today. It just goes to show prepping is going mainstream. This is good information for those who are unprepared, by the way.
4 Things to Hoard for an Emergency
Post Type » Article, Expert content
Some people call it hoarding. I just call it smart. Devastating natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, and last year’s catastrophic earthquake in Japan have awakened many to our vulnerabilities. Add to that a spiraling housing market, jittery economic climate, and mounting job losses and it’s no wonder there’s growing interest in emergency preparedness among families.
Here are four emergency disaster supplies you should store up—hoard, if you like—to better face the unexpected:
Whether for cooking, driving or heating, a backup supply of fuel sources is a necessity (if you have a generator, you know how vital a fuel supply can be). Gasoline can be safely housed in 5-gallon containers and rotated through every few months. Diesel fuel is an even safer option when it comes to storage. If you have a propane-powered grill, good news: Propane is one of the easiest and safest fuels to store. A supply of seasoned wood is also a necessity if your emergency plans include the use of a fireplace, wood-burning stove or cooking over a campfire.
Emergencies and gourmet meals aren’t exactly compatible, but you can still eat well when the power goes out or grocery shelves are bare. Just store foods that do not require refrigeration: items like tuna, dried fruit, granola bars, peanut butter, jerky, and V-8 juice provide energy without any preparation. Few people feel up to the challenge of cooking hearty meals when a crisis hits, so the simpler the better.
A few additional items to consider: pudding cups, seeds and nuts, packets of instant milk, and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), which can be purchased online and in emergency supply stores. By the way, if you store canned food, don’t forget to also keep at least one manual can opener at the ready!
Light Sources and Batteries
It’s surprising how many emergencies bring power outages with them. Earthquakes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes are just a few ways that nature can take down power lines, plunging homes and businesses into darkness. Have a supply of flashlights (LEDs provide the longest battery life), headlamps and lanterns along with plenty of batteries.
You can also bring solar pathway lights indoors when the sun goes down. Be careful about using candles with open flames as a light source, though, especially with young children around.
The most basic of the basics, clean water becomes more precious than gold when it’s unavailable. You’ll need stored water for drinking, cooking, sanitation, bathing, and, at some point, laundry. (Yes, neither storm nor sleet nor dark of night will put off the need to do laundry for very long!)
Store plain tap water in cleaned out 2-liter soda bottles and stock up on cases of bottled water. If space allows, larger water containers can be store outdoors.
In addition to water, be sure to also have at least two ways to purify water. Unscented bleach is a good option: it takes just eight drops of bleach to purify a gallon of water, 16 drops if the water is cloudy. But be forewarned: bleach has a shelf life of just one year, and begins to lose potency after just a few months. Buy a new bottle every six months and begin using the old one for laundry and cleaning purposes.
Another easy way to purify water is to boil it, but this requires a fuel source. Plan ahead if you choose this option. A third easy alternative is the SteriPen, which uses UV light to purify water, a system that has long been used in hospitals.
[Editor’s note: For more advice, read our Q&A with Lisa Bedford where we talk about preparing your family for everyday disasters]
Lisa Bedford, author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios, also blogs at www.thesurvivalmom.com. She believes there is power and peace in being prepared.
I hope all of you are safe and out of harms way of Hurricane Isaac. But you know I just couldn’t let this pass without saying something about preparedness. I have already discussed this basic preparedness several times, and if you are reading this blog you are probably already prepping. But, for those of you unprepared, let’s go over the basics. At a bare minimum, you should be prepared for a 3 day emergency at all times. First, you should have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. 3 gallons would be better, this would allow for flushing the toilet and taking sponge baths. If you have advance warning like this hurricane, you can fill up all of your bathtubs for extra water. Next, make sure you have a 3 day supply of all you medications, especially the life saving meds. If you are taking allergy pills or pills to lower cholesterol you won’t die if you miss a few days. But, some meds you do have a critical need for, so be sure and have extra. If you have infants, you will need a good supply of food, formula and diapers for them. Next have a source of light; flashlights and plenty of batteries, candles, lanterns, etc. A battery-powered or crank up radio is good for keeping up with the latest news and warnings, as well as entertainment until the crisis passes. Next you need to have food that can be eaten without cooking. If you have a secondary means of cooking, that is great. Otherwise be sure to have canned goods and perishables such as chips, cookies, crackers, and bread. They should stay fresh for several days to get you through. You should also have enough food for your pets, and they will also need water so plan for that as well. Another good idea is to have all your vehicles full of gas in case you have to evacuate. There are a lot of other things you can do to be prepared for an emergency. But, this is just a very, very bare minimum to have on hand, and this can be done without a lot of expense, especially if you build it up over time. ( Not too expensive except for the gas that is. ) The oil companies have used this as an excuse to raise prices 15 cents just in one day, who knows what it will be tomorrow. Be prepared.
I ran across this while reading my blog list recently. As we get closer to the election, I won’t be able to stop myself, I will be posting more political entries. I was really surprised Ray would put out something so political, I guess he doesn’t get many Democrats at his shows! Ray Stephens is best known for his novelty songs like the Streak and Ahab the Arab ( I wonder if he still performs that song in his show? ) But Ray can also actually sing. The second one below is one where he is not acting goofy, give it a listen.