Wow! We have moved... Moving forward with 100 Essentials

This past month has been so crazy with moving to a rental house, Preppercon 4 days after, home for a week and off to a very cold Prosser, WA event, and Grants Pass Sustainable Preparedness Expo.

Now it's time to get back to the business of getting Prepared! Clothes Pins/Clothes Line/Hangers are #31. This can be as simple as paracord with clothes pins. In the house that we are currently renting there is a cloths line in the back yard. Have you ever been to a hotel where their is one in the shower?? We have! 

If you grew up when I did in the 60's and 70's, you might have had one in your back yard. I don't know why, buy things always smell better when the warm sunshine and wind make them dry. Give it a try if the rain ever stops...

 

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Item #32 Coleman Pump Repair Kit for $12.99 includes the following:  includes everything you need to repair the pump on your fueled lantern: a plunger assembly, pump cap, pump cap clip, push-on nut and cushioning spring. This kit fits most Coleman® lantern and stove models except 222, 226, 229, 400, 440, 442, 445, 450, 550, 3022 and 3024. Look on Amazon for this as well and maybe some local camping stores. 

Item #33 Fire Extinguishers for all types of fires. These are easily obtainable at a Big Box Store, Cash and Carry ect... Make sure that you have what you need for when you might need it. Large Boxes of Baking Soda in every room as well. Stock up so that you have what you might need. A case or two on hand might not be a bad idea. 

Families use Baking Soda in hundreds of different ways. It cleans, deodorizes, helps bake up perfect cookies, and more! Safe around kids and pets, no other product does more throughout your home…all for under $1. 

• Sprinkle a little in smelly shoes to deodorize them

• Make a paste to gently scrub away scuffs and crayon marks from walls. 

• Sprinkle on a damp sponge to clean stainless all around the kitchen without scratching

• Mix a pinch with your facial cleanser for a gentle, yet effective, exfoliant

• Sprinkle on carpets, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum up smells

• And much more

Baking Soda is natural, so it’s no surprise ARM & HAMMER™ is the product of choice!

Sorry for the delay in getting back to posting my weekly Blog! Life happens and time just slips away. Don't delay on getting your family prepared! A little bit every week and in no time you will be better prepared for what might come your way! Stay tuned for next week. Thank you for following along!

Gardening with Lucinda Bailey! Texas Ready Seed Banks

This week I am so excited to have a guest Blogger, my very good friend Lucinda Bailey of Texas Ready Seed Banks. Spring is almost here in the Pacific Northwest so get your garden ready with this fantastic post from Lucinda!

WHEN TO PLANT

It is recommended that you obtain your area’s exact spring and fall “frost” dates–they will be different for individual counties. Don’t go from memory. Check on the internet by typing FROST DATES + your zipcode.  Or contact your Agri-Life County Extension Agent and/or the Master Gardener program at the same office. They will have the right dates. Call them—your tax dollars pay for their services.

 

The dates for my county are March 17 and November 15 – but what does that mean? If I were to set plants out, either by seed or six inch transplanted seedlings, on March 17, I have a ten percent chance of there being a freeze, which in turn, could kill any plants which are frost sensitive. A ten percent risk is one I can live with. Freeze dates DO NOT mean that it can’t or won’t freeze after that date. Regarding the fall frost date, I have a ninety percent chance that my crops will experience a freeze after November 16 each year—therefore; I plan the spring planting and concluding harvest dates accordingly. The appendix in All New Square Foot Gardening is excellent as it illustrates when to start seeds in trays, when to transplant, how long it takes for the individual plants to mature and when you should harvest.

 

Obviously, frost dates are guidelines, and Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Thus far, this winter has been extremely mild in my area, so I was willing to bump up my planting date by about thirty days. If we did experience a freeze, there would still be time to reseed or replant. I have plenty of reserve seed and know I’m taking a slight risk. There were two days in the mid-forties, so I have had to replant cucumbers and melons. Everything else flourished. Tomatoes, which are very sensitive, I kept in the hoop house because to regrow them from seed is very time consuming.


In addition to the risk of planting too early, there is also a risk in waiting too long to plant. For example, peppers, don’t set fruit well if the nights are hotter than 70 degrees F.  

 

 

PREPARE YOUR BEDS

You can do this even if your last frost date is a couple of months away.

 

1)     If you haven’t done this already, clean up all the previous garden debris. Send it to the compost heap. Because we teach survival gardening, Texas Ready does not recommend loose mulch, broken up leaves or grass clippings on the surface of your garden beds. We don’t want to provide bugs a place to hide.

 

2)     Take a forked tool (a rake won’t get deep enough) and lightly loosen the soil to a depth of eight inches. If you see squirmy little worms or grubs, kill them. If you have chickens either give them the worms and grubs as a treat, or better yet, assuming you can fence them away from whatever may be growing in your garden, let them scratch around in your beds. They’ll become virtual “rototillers” with an attitude. I prefer this strategy because it gives my twenty hens a little exercise and they avoid the boredom of living confined in a pen.

 

3)     Get a metal window screen—I use one about 2’ x 3’ in size, and a wheelbarrow. Head for the compost heap. I am a lazy composter—meaning I don’t turn my pile like I should—I simply take four inches of finished compost from the bottom of the stack once a year. I put a few shovel fulls on top of the screen and sift the soil into the wheelbarrow, sending back to the compost heap anything that didn’t fall through the screen. The result is a very fine top dressing which my plants love. Alternatively, using the Mittleider Gardening method of 75% sawdust combined with 25% course sand, I level the soil in my garden boxes (aka raised beds).

 

4)     Take the wheelbarrow full of beautiful soil and spread enough to bring the beds up to the top of the 8” boards. We recommend that your garden boxes (aka raised beds) utilize 2x8 pressure treated boards. The pressure treating process is now safe—twenty years ago this was not the case. Eight inches of material is enough to prevent the sun’s UV rays from activating perennial weed rhizomes.    

 

5)     Repeat the process until all your beds are ready. Lightly water the top dressing in. Repeat the watering process when you notice the beds are dry. Now the hard work has been done and the fun can begin.

 

6)     If you are an over achiever, 6 weeks before frost date, get some heavy plastic painters drop cloths. Get at least a 12 foot square one. Cut it in half. Put it over your beds, securing the sides with heavy objects like bricks or boards. You are now going to let the sun solarize your soil. This will irradiate some garden pests (insect, fungi and viruses) and kill weed seeds at the same time.

 

MAKE YOUR OWN POTTING SOIL

You’ll want a basic potting mix—your box stores have this (expensive). You don’t want a lot of fertilizer built into this soil. If there is a lot of nitrogen the seedlings can get leggy and the stem won’t ever be able to support future fruit. (In gardening terminology, we call all that plants produce for us to eat “fruit”—even if the plant is a vegetable. Go figure.)

 

Or you can make your own, like I do from a recipe obtained from Rodale’s Institute for Organic Growing.

Make sure that any chicken or horse manure has been aged at least a year (preferably two) and that your compost heap was heated to at least 140 degrees F for about two weeks so weed seeds will not germinate.

 

4 parts finely screened compost from one year old shredded leaves and aged animal manure

1 part perlite

1 part vermiculite

2 parts peat moss

 

You’ll want to mix this outdoors in a wheelbarrow. Lightly moisten the ingredients to keep the dust down. I like this mix because there is a good balance between moisture retention and good drainage. Without good drainage you will struggle with “damping-off” which is a fungal disease that causes newly germinated seedlings to weaken, topple over and die. I like using finely shredded leaf compost because that way you get a timed release of good nutrition.

 

Wow! This is a lot of information! Next week we will continue with Lucinda and more on getting your garden growing. Want to see Lucinda live??? She will be with us at two Preparedness Expos in May! Prosser, WA and Grants Pass, OR. 

Lucinda Bailey-Owner of Texas Ready Seed Banks

March 2017-Week 13! (Powdered Milk, Clothes Lines and More)

As we move forward with the items on my list of 100 Essentials, were moving forward with Powered Milk. I remember well Carnation Powdered Milk growing up as a kid of a single Mom. We were very lucky to have regular Milk but from time to time we had Powdered Milk. If served Cold, it's really great tasting. Today, we have better choices with  Honeyville Great tasting with a long shelf-life. While at the Honeywell website, pick up some of the Ova Easy Whole Egg Crystals (Best on the Market). We have used Ova Easy Eggs several times over the years. Even have some in our Camp! When adding to your food storage always buy extra!! 

 

 

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Honeyville Food Products

The next item on our list are Seed Banks and we prefer Texas Ready Seed Banks. I have asked Lucinda to be our guest Blogger next week so you can find out more about this fabulous product directly from the expert in this area. Stay tuned-You won't be disappointed!

Item #31 ClothesPins/ClothesLine/Drying Rack & Hangers (A Must). Some of you might remember having these when you were going up, I sure do. How about a Solar Clothes Dryer! Check out this video!!!

Having repair kits for your Coleman products are a must in case you have a breakdown of any kind. If you have a different brand of Stove or Lantern, make sure you have everything the you need for repairs. 

Our last couple of items for this week are Fire Extinguishers and Boxes of Baking Soda for every Room (Large Boxes). We all know that Fire can happen so we just need to be ready in case it does. 

Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories, based on different types of fires. Each fire extinguisher also has a numerical rating that serves as a guide for the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle. The higher the number, the more fire-fighting power. Know how to use your Fire Extinguisher. 

Baking Soda has so many uses but works great on putting out Grease Fires Too! Purchase the large boxes. (1 per room)

ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda, 13.5 Pound
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Another week of adding to your Preparedness. Follow along next week and see what Lucinda has in store from Texas Ready Seed Banks. 

How Many Are Following Along?

Well, the question this week is?? How many of you are following along?? I hope that you are and would love to know your thoughts so far, in regards to getting prepared with your 100 Essentials! http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

The items that we have discussed so far can be purchased anywhere you can find them. I have been adding the links to purchase them through Amazon, but Sportsman Warehouse, Cabela's, Fred Meyer and Orchard Supply are additional resources for you. We also love Farm and Ranch stores for supplies. Wherever you love to go, you will find something to add to your preparedness.

Remember to set your budget and plan on adding to your preparedness every month. Love to hear from you!

 

March 2017 Week #12 Household Items to Stock up on!

Get ready to stock up on Aluminum Foil Regular & Heavy (Cooking & Barter Item), Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal), Garbage Bags all kinds and sizes (Impossible to have to many) Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels. These items are essentials and you can't have enough, so stock up now! Buying in bulk is a must for all of the items listed above. Look at the Big Box Stores like Costco or Sam's Club to get low prices. Get your 100 Essentials now: http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

Aluminum Foil has so many uses from BBQ grilling, baking and keep food covered as well as a great barter item for someone who needs this product. Once again, Gasoline Containers are a must have for Diesel and Gasoline. Have enough on hand and once again another great barter item. Without Gas or Diesel you won't be running your Generator or Tractor. Check Craigslist for 200 gal Gas or Diesel containers as well as pump and values. The item below is great to have on hand as well.

 

Garbage Bags all kinds and sizes from Kitchen to the Black Contractor Bags are just a few to have on hand. You will want to have enough for at least 2 years. 

Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels are essentials as far as I am concerned. Once again you should have enough on hand for 2 years for your family. All of these items are available online. 

Kinda boring this week, I know but still essential. So remember to stock up now, so that you never have to run to store when every one else is. Thank you for following along and let me know where your at with your 100 Essentials. See you next week! 

March 2017 Week #11

We hope that you're moving in the right direction and getting better prepared for 2017! This is the second week in March and we going to talk about items #21 to #24 on my list of 100 Essentials. Download your FREE copy now if your don't already have it.

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Let's get started with Item #21, Feminine Hygiene/Hair Care/Skin Products. All of the men out there might be asking why do I need these products. Think outside the box and realize that Feminine Hygiene products are used to soak up large amounts of blood. These products are great  for wound care as well. When Kotex Pads are applied to a wound, aided with a Israeli Trauma Bandage or Ace Wrap, you can stop bleeding. 

You might be asking why would I need Tampons? Well, these are great for Nose Bleeds or possibly gun shot wounds. Are there better options for Gun shot wounds? Yes but by stocking up on all of the necessary items there might be more then one use. Having a variety of items for multiple uses will work best. For Gun shot wounds we do recommend our Chest Seal Kit. 

Make sure to stock up on your personal hygiene products and have enough on hand for 2 years. You know what you use on a daily basis so make sure that you have what you need, when you need it.

Item #22 Vitamins, Over the Counter Medications (Urgent Get Now Item -shortages will occur early & fast). We buy in huge quantities every month and you should too. Generally these are very affordable and you won't want to be without. The big box stores are great resources for these and if you purchase them every month you have a huge supply in no time. 

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Item #23 Thermal Underwear & Tops to keep you warm in cold weather. Many of you are aware of layering in cold and warm weather. Make sure you purchase good quality Thermal Underwear & Tops. We personally have several sets of each and different weighs as well. 

Duofold Men's Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Shirt, Black, Medium
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Duofold Men's Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant, Black, Medium
Duofold Men's Sleepwear - Layering & Thermals

This week ends with Item #24 Bow Saws, Axes, Hatchets, Wedges,Sharpening Stones, and Honing Oil. We purchase a lot of these items at Trade Shows, Antique Stores, On-line and Garage Sales. We have a great collection of Hatchets and Saws. I would add that a great chain saw should also be on your list. I purchased a Stihl 032 AV Chainsaw for David back in 1984 for over $500 and it's still running strong. These saws are built to last and you never know when you might need one. My friend Rod, who uses a chain saw everyday for his work in the Santa Cruz Mountains prefers the saw below. Either way buy one!

Sharpening stones and honing oil are necessary items for maintenance on all saws and hatchets. . You should have everything that you need to maintain all of your equipment. 

With another week completed in my Blog, I truly hope that this is helping you with your preparedness goals. Please let me know what you think so far! I would love your feedback. 

March 2017-Week #10

This year is already flying by!!! March 2017 is upon us. This week we will cover the following items: #17 Coleman Lanterns – Get extra mantles! #18 Baby Supplies (Diapers, Formula,Ointments, Pedialyte, etc), #19 Washboard, Mop Bucket, Heavy-Duty Wringer #20Cook Stoves (Silver Fire Hunter, Coleman) 

Let's get started with #17 Coleman Lanterns and lots of extra mantels. Colman Lanterns and Antique Lanterns as you know are part of my passion. W.C. Coleman could see the light for the darkness. The young salesman was taking a stroll after a hard day’s work selling typewriters, and spotted a new type of lamplight in a drugstore window in Brockton, Alabama. This new light burned with a strong, steady white flame and was fueled by gasoline.

The standard lamp of the era burned kerosene and produced a smoky, flickering, yellowish light. W.C. was stricken with very poor eyesight, and was very interested in this new, steady white light that enabled him to read even the smallest print in books and on medicine bottles. Coleman saw potential in the new light, and through his vision a new company was born that would put America’s farms and ranches in a new light, and would eventually make his name synonymous with outdoor fun. Find out here how to date old coleman lamps.  http://www.oldtowncoleman.com/date.htm

 

 

 

 

Baby Supplies (Diapers, Formula,Ointments, Pedialyte, etc) are an essential for every family. Stock up on all sizes of Diapers and Pull ups, you never know when your going to need them or someone else in your family. Formula, Bottles, Ointments, Pedialyte and Baby Food.

What is Pedialyte®?

Pedialyte is a medical-grade hydration solution specially formulated with the optimal balance of sugar and electrolytes needed to help replenish vital fluids, minerals, and nutrients, which, when lost, can lead to dehydration.

Adults and kids can use Pedialyte for everyday hydration. But for over 50 years, Pedialyte has been helping people recover from more challenging moments of dehydration.

https://pedialyte.com/products

All of these items are supplies for your babies and toddler needs. You just don't know how much to stock up so buy something extra every time you go to the store. Order online in bulk and save!!! 

Were moving onto one of my favorite subjects! Washboard, Mop Bucket, Heavy-Duty Wringer. A few years ago, I saw a Antiques Washer made by GE, I wish that I had bought it. Look for some good antique washboards. Heavy Duty Wringers and Mop Bucket are easier to find. Purchase may 2 of each so that you have a back up set just is case. 

Good stoves are the txt times on my list. We prefer Silverware Stoves and Pots. Coleman Stoves are great as well but I prefer the first ones and here is why. Silverfire Stoves can burn pretty much anything from sticks, dried manure, pine needles, pinecones and anything else that burn. Here I am cooking on my Hunter Stove. http://www.silverfire.us/stoves-backpack-stove-fixed-chimney-gasifier-rocke

Coleman Stoves are great to have as well but you need to have fuel on hand at all times. Coleman stoves are reliable and have stood the test of time. 

By now you should be pretty much on your way to being prepared. Still need to download your list?? Get your here now!!! http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

February 2017-Week Nine!

This past week while we were in Texas, we had an opportunity to visit a homestead ranch of a very good friend. Can we say PREPARED!! Wow, we were blown away by the Livestock, Garden, Poultry, Hogs and her endless food storage. This homestead has enough supplies for a family of 4 for over 2 years. 

As we move forward with Item #11 Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil, Crisco. These are everyday items that you should aways have on hand in large quantities. You need to store these items in a cool and dry place. 

 

Get ready to stock up now on Item #12 Charcoal, Lighter Fluid, Stick Matches and Long Lighters. The great thing with these items, Check out these 10 uses for Charcoal from This Old House: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/10-uses-charcoal. Charcoal in the Compost Pile, I would have never thought of that one. Great ideas! Share some of yours with our readers. You can never have enough of the items listed above. Stock up every month if you can. 

 

 

 

 

 

Water containers we talked in a earlier Blog post, so check out Week Five to refresh your memory if you haven't already purchased these items. 

Mini Propane Heaters are Item #14. We love our Heater Buddy!!! We also have what I call our Blast Furnace that we have used a lot at the ranch while we move forward with building the barn. 

We hope that this is giving you some great ideas to add to your preparedness. Next week were moving onto more items on our list of 100 Essentials. 

Hand Cranked Kitchen Aid Mixer

First saw this at a Dutch Oven Bake Off in Utah and thought what a great idea. I know that you can send your Kitchen Aid Mixer off to have converted. Recently I purchased a vintage working Kitchen Aid Mixer and will be sending it off for the conversion. Here is the information:

This Amish machine shop converts the Kitchen Aid 5-Quart mixer to a hand crank mixer for off-grid use.

It functions just like the electric mixer. The creative adjustable crank handle allows you to adjust the speed so you do not have to speed up cranking for whipping. Simply loosen the black set screw on the end of the crank and adjust the handle speed for whipping creams, and sauce

Kitchen Aid Mixer has been converted into a Hand-Cranked Mixer!

Kitchen Aid Mixer has been converted into a Hand-Cranked Mixer!

February 2017-Week Eight!

Hard to believe that were already on our 8th week of planning and preparedness for 2017! We're moving on to items number 8, 9 & 10 on our list of 100 Essentials. What's that you might ask??? Click here to download your copy today: "100 Essentials"

This week is going to be really easy. You might already have most of these items gathered in your preparedness supplies.

Item #8 Hand-Cranked Can Openers, Egg Beaters, Whisks. I prefer these long handled heavy-duty commercial grade hand crank can openers. Remember: One is none and two is one. It is always a good idea to have a back up!

Hand crank egg beaters are easy to find at antique stores, yard sales or your grandmothers kitchen. You should consider having at least two of these. Keep them clean using hot soapy water after each use.

Wire Whisks are necessary for mixing and whipping. Every kitchen should have several of these  in different sizes on hand. Again thesis are easy to clean with hot soapy water. 

item #9 is Honey/Syrups, White & Brown Sugar. Have you heard of Tupelo Honey? Well, this is the only honey that won't crystallize so it's great for long term storage. For best storage in plastic use HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic but glass is always preferred.  Here are some facts:

  • Tupelo honey from white tupelo trees in the Florida Panhandle
  • Tupelo honey is a healthy substitute for pancake syrup.
  • Raw honey from your local beekeeper.
  • Made by the bees, bottled by hand, all in the U.S.A.

While sugar is a no brainer, you might ask what is BEST for long term storage? White sugar stores for a very long time. In fact, according to the C&H Sugar website, “Sugar, properly stored, has an indefinite shelf life because it does not support microbial growth. … Moisture makes granulated sugar hard and lumpy. Once this happens, there is no way to adequately restore it. Always store granulated sugar in a covered container in a cool, dry area.” White sugar can also be purchased in No. 10 cans or buckets for long-term storage."

Brown sugar stores well in original bags as purchased from the grocery store, if stored in a cool, dry place. According to C&H, brown sugar has an indefinite shelf life, but for best flavor should be used in six months. However, I have not noticed any significant difference in flavor if brown sugar is stored longer. I like to store as much brown sugar as I can get through in about two years.

For easy rotation, date bags and stand them up in a shoe box so the oldest bag can be taken from the front and new bags can be added in the back. Brown sugar can dry out and become hard. After opening, transfer a bag of brown sugar to a sealed container to maintain moisture until it is used up. If brown sugar becomes hard, simply add a half slice of bread to the container for a day, which moistens the sugar nicely.Powdered sugar can be stored in original bags in a cool, dark place.

item #10 Rice, Beans and Wheat. There are a few options for you for long term storage of rice.  Some are easier and less expensive than others, but they all have their advantages.  The things you want to protect your long term food storage from are light, heat, moisture, and pests.

 #10 Can. Really the way I prefer is to get the rice into a #10 can with an oxygen absorber.  It is a good usable size for most food products which also makes it a nice size for storing–not too heavy when it’s full or so big it won’t fit under your bed if that’s where you want to store it.  However, to pack your bulk foods into a #10 can, you will need a can sealer. 

Honeyville is my favorite for long term food storage. Weather its rice, flour or beans, Honeyville will be able to supply your long term storage needs. You can always do this yourself with mylar bags or food grade plastic buckets and lids. Here are a few of my favorites.

Were all about Practical Preparedness and I hope that this is helping you get better prepared. Thanks for following along! See you next week...

February 2017! Week Seven!

Well, this week is all about Propane, Guns, Ammo and much much more! Still haven't downloaded your "100 Essentials" list? Get it here: http://www.amp-3.net/resources/ Let's get started!

This week we will be covering a lot of items but this is in no way complete. You should look at my list and then add any additional items you might feel necessary. 

Item #6 Propane: Energy for our Past, Present and Future. Why Propane you might ask? Well, it is a really clean fuel. Using propane reduces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Plus, it is American made which mean Jobs! As of 2012, more then 145,000 jobs have been produced just from Propane. Propane is also abundant and affordable. Remember: propane comes in a variety of sized containers. Small containers are great for cook stoves, lanterns, Buddy Heaters and much more. 

 

 

On to item #7 (Guns, Ammo, Pepper Spray, Bear Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bat and Slingshots) Wow! This is a very long list so it's going to take sometime to inform you on all of these so I am enlisting some help! 

Really excited to let all of you know that this week I have invited a guest writer to help me out with my blog. He is an expert in the field of firearms, so I asked him to help me with item #7 on our list which is a really complex issue. You may have different opions but here is his:

One of the more common discussions for the or self reliant community is the loaded (no pun intended) question of "if you could only have one gun during a SHTF or WROL which would it be".  Well you might as well be talking about religion or politics.  It means that much to people.  It is the age old question Ford or Chevy and more important 9mm or .45 cal.  All too often the discussion comes down to the hardware and I would suggest that it is more important to be concerned with the software, that is for another article. 

No matter what gear you have and (this is true with anything not just guns) if you are not capable of using it to its full potential you are wasting the potential of the item.  Let's establish a couple truths for this concept.  

The gun should have the ability to be used on a number of fronts, personal protection as well as harvesting food.  Since the scenario is WROL we are not concerned with a gun that needs to be concealed.  Also a handgun is by most, considered a defensive weapon not an offensive weapon.  The old saying is you fight with a handgun to get to your shoulder weapon.  Let's go a little further say that you are on the move and not defending a static location.  Weight and durability needs to come into consideration as does weapon maintenance (parts, lubrication, reliability).  

Lets look at what we want the weapon to do.  First and foremost it must be capable of protecting your life. In order to do that it must be reliable every time you press the trigger.  The number one reason for a gun malfunction is the shooters error in loading the weapon.  That is a software issue (training).  The second most common reliability issue is a bad magazine.  Springs weaken and cause malfunctions.  For this article we are talking gear so let's eliminate that the best we can.  This gun has a feeding tube not a traditional exterior magazine.  Next, the weapon must have the ability to deliver enough kinetic energy to stop the threat that you are protecting yourself from.  

The other aspect you want in a survival weapon is the ability to harvest food.  Squirrel, bird, opossum and even larger mammals such as deer, moose or bear.

Most of you gun enthusiast probably know the gun that is being described.  Yes the great Remington 870 Shotgun.  The "manual" pump of the gun makes it very reliable.  It is easy for a novice to use and train with.  One can use #8 birdshot and fulfill the bill for small game and birds.  Load up with the rifled one ounce slug and the gun will take any animal in North America on four or two legs.  With minimal training this gun with open sights will give you the accuracy to accomplish all of your survival needs.  

The pump shotgun is not as sexy as the M-4, AR-15 and .338 sniper rifle.  However, it is very versatile and in the right hands you can accomplish most survival tasks with the gun.  The ammo can be reloaded easily and if you are not a reloader, shotgun ammo is comparatively inexpensive to other rifle ammo. Having 100, one ounce rifled slugs on hand and 250 rds of birdshot will give you a start in learning the capabilities of this gun that has been around for decades.

Always remember " Be careful of the man that owns one gun as he probably knows how to use it.  -Anonymous
 

Let me just take a moment and talk about Bear Spray. A very good friend of ours recommended this to keep in our car. Why you might ask? Great question! Bear Spray can be stored in your car door and used against an intruder. Bear spray is NOT just for Bears!

  • Maximum stopping power - maximum strength allowed by the EPA/Health Canada - guaranteed via in-house lab
  • Greater protection - allows for greatest distance between you & bear with industry max 35-foot range
  • Proven - field tested and proven effective with a 3-year shelf life from date of manufacture
  • Immediate accessibility via hip holster and glow-in-the-dark safety
  • Maximum coverage thanks to heavy fog delivery

 

The other mentioned items for #7 are items that are very easy to acquire. Well, that's it for this week, we hope that you will continue to follow along each and every week. Invite your friends to join along!!!

February 2017-Week Six!

February is here, so lets continue to go through our list of 100 Essentials. Don't have your list as of yet, Here is the link to download yours now. http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

This week were going to talk about items three, four and five (Portable Toilets, Firewood and Oil Lamps) on our list. These may seem a now brainer but the options you decide on now,  may help you get through the tough times that may lie ahead.

So lets get started! Item #3 is all about Portable Toilets. So many options from simple to complex. Let's start with simple! A bucket, human waste liners and a lid for under $20

Another great option for a Portable Toilet,  that is great for Camping as well as preparedness. This runs about $75 but might be a better option if your have a family. Remember: With portable toilets, you will want to use the RV type toilet paper for best biodegradable results .

 

Moving on to item #4 on our our list. Firewood, Kindling, Fire Starters and More! Seasoned Firewood is essential is keeping your family warm. Dense hardwoods like maple and oak have a higher energy content per cord and so release more heat per firebox load. Click the image to get more information. Remember: You can never have enough seasoned wood!

 

Last for this week is item #5. Lamps, Lamp Oil and Wicks. As some of you may know, I have a large collection of Antique Oil Lamps. I started collecting a few years ago and currently have about 45 and all of them are in working condition. I prefer to use odorless, smokeless and unscented lamp oil for all of my lamps. The lamp oil I use is Sterno Candle Lamp Soft Light Lamp Oil. I buy this 4 gals. at a time! Always have 8 ready to go!

Some of you may know that I am a collector of Antique Oil Lamps. At this time I have about 45 US Made Oil Lamps and some German made ones as well. A few years back, David bought me three of the lamps pictured below. I love these for the consistence of burning, ease of operation and level of lighting. I really love oil lights and the warm glow they omit. Add these to your preps and enjoy them for many years to come.

 

Well, this pretty much takes care of another three items on our list. Continue to follow along and before long you will be prepared! Have an amazing week and I will talk to you again next Monday!

Week Five is all about Water-Water is essential!

Everyone knows that you can last about a week without water and this depends upon the conditions such a extreme heat or exercise. Going three or four days without water will be longer then most of us will be able to do. At lease 60% of our bodies are made up of water and we need water to keep our bodies going. Water acts as a lubricate for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration and helps flush waste.

 

In preparedness, water is at the top of the list of what you need to have on hand. How much is always the question but you will never have enough. We have ten 15 gal water containers filled at all times. The Reliance Aqua-Tainer from Sportsman Warehouse are affordable and great to have on hand at your home or office.

In Portland, OR about 2 years ago, there was a panic that the Bull Run Reservior was contaminated. People were racing to the store to buy water and all the shelves were striped clean very quickly. We didn't have to worry because we already had out containers filled. 

Some other items to have on hand are The Berkey Water Filter system. Berkey water filers provide the ultimate in waterbourne contamination removal. Get the largest one the you can afford and an extra set of filers. The Berkey can serve 4 to 150 people with a single unit. You should consider having one of these at your work and home. You never know where your going to be when your going to need it. You will happy that you have this when the time comes that you need it. 

We believe in a layer system for your water needs. Having multiple systems will give you the flexibility to have systems and home as well as in your bug out bag while your on th move. While on the move, think about having The Life Straw. These are affordable, mobile and make contaminated water safe to drink. A stream, lake, water trough the life straw will remove bacteria and protozoa. We have these in our bug out bags and have used them in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. 

We hope that this will help you with your water preparedness needs. Share your ideas with others!

January, 2017 Week Four!

Well, getting going is easier then you think! If you read last weeks blog post, I gave you a couple of ideas about stocking up on food and what we have personally been doing for the past few years. This week, were going to continue using our list and look at different options for the #1 item. The Generator or two!

We currently have two gas powered generators, that we have really put to use over the past 2 years while were building our new barn. Some of you may have seen that on David's YouTube Channel USNERDOC.  The first generator that we purchased at Costco over 15 years ago, and it's a 5000 watt Generac Gas Generator for about $600,  When we purchased our current home we had a "Transfer Switch" wired in our garage. The cost of the transfer switch and installation was about $800 and allows us to hook up the generator and power our appliances and some lights when the power is out.

Our Honda EU2000i, is a great addition to our generators. For about $1000, you can have a dependable super quiet light weight inverter 2000W 120v fuel efficient generator with parallel capability & oil alert. 

Generators can be expensive but you might be able to find a good used one on on Craigslist or your local newspaper. If maintained well, these will last a very long time but it needs to be on your list. 

Solar Generators are great if you live in an area where you received five our mores hours of sun daily. The sun is needed to charge the batteries that run the generator. 

Our good friend, Nick Meisner has an excellent course called "Off Grid Boot Camp". If your looking to go off grid, you might consider this online course to help you out. David, has taken it and thought that is was well worth the $$ that it costs to take Nick's course.

 

Well, that's all for this week. Hope that this helps you to power you home in the event of an emergency. 

It's Never Too Late!

With the latest snow storm in the Portland, Oregon area, I saw how un-prepared Portlander's really are. With the pile up of cars on the side of the road, the long lines the local grocery store and people taking to the streets to walk due to a failure to plan. This storm was predicted and they still didn't prepare. You have to ask yourself are you prepared?

Getting your car prepared for winter weather should start in November! Start by getting your car winter-ready by bringing the routine service up to date. Plan on getting Studded Snow Tires (Approved in Oregon and Washington), Tire Chains, Road Flares, Hand Warmers, Blanket or Sleeping Bag (For Warmth), Water, Snacks, Window De-Icer (Prestone Windshield De-Icer), Yaktrax (Traction for your shoes-Yaktrax), 

Extra Jacket, Hat and Gloves. All of these items can be in your trunk in a Plano 56Qt HD Storage Tote (Sportsman Warehouse). Add other items that you feel would be helpful for your personal preparedness.

November is a great time to stock up on supplies for your home as well. You will need to stock up on food, water and heat for yourself, family and your animals and any unprepared neighbors. It is especially important to check on elderly neighbors to insure they are doing well. Places like Costco, Cash & Carry and Dollar Tree are great stores to buy in bulk and will save you $$ in the long run. We also have freeze dried food which has a shelf live of 25 years or more (Honeyville). Buy some extra Animal Food so you have it available in case you can't get to the store. We also have (5)15 gallon water storage containers (Reliance Aqua-Tainer). Waiting until the event happens is to late to get prepared, avoid the panic and get prepared now!

Once a winter storm rolls in you may arrive home to find a few inches or feet of snow. As soon as the snow stops, get out and start shoveling your sidewalk and driveway. Starting clearing your walkway and driveway early and frequently will make your life much easier. Here are a few additional items to think about having at your home. We think the Orchard ABS Scoop Shovel (Orchard Supply Hardware) is the BEST shovel for snow removal. We own 3 of these shovels. The large D-handle is comfortable to hold and the big scoop lifts plenty of snow. During the last snow storm we were the only ones in our neighborhood that had a clear driveway! Ice Melt is another must for your home as you are responsible if someone slips and falls on your driveway or sidewalk in front of your home. (ULine) The best way to spread Ice Melt is with a hand-held fertilizer spreader.

Generators are another useful item to have at home in case the power goes out. With a gas generator and a transfer switch (installed by licensed electrician), you will be able to run your refrigerator, essential lights and small heater. This time of year, you never know when the power might go out! Staying warm can save your life. Extra gas for the generator and your car will keep you moving and warm through out the winter months. Remember to run your generator in a safe open air location!

Another great idea, is to have extra medications, prescription glasses and cash (Small Bills) on hand in case of emergency. 

Don't wait until the next disaster to get prepared!

Starting With Week Two!

With the beginning of every new year, comes new possibilities and resolutions that we try to achieve. We start of the year with a list to lose weight, read more, save more money and the list goes on and on. This year is no different then the years before. The possibilities for this year could endless but you should have a plan in order to achieve some or even all of them. 

This year 2017, we are staring off the year with a better plan then last year so we will see how it goes. It's the second week of the new year and our list starts with storing more food. As the months go by I will be sharing with you, our readers as to what were add this week or month. 

Starting today, January 4th, 2017 we are adding more food storage to our pantry. . The item that I love best is Honeyville. From Bakery Products, Fruits, Vegetables, Gluten Free, Flours, Grains and on and on. Honeyville has the best tasting and long-term freeze dried food storage and more. Set a budget from $50 or more and use that to add to your preparedness every month.

Now, you might say that's not the best way to buy food and you might be right, however with a 25 year shelf life, you really can't go wrong. We started purchasing Honeyville over 4 years ago and will continue to do so from today and moving forward. You see, you can never have enough food and with winter here and snow on the ground it's better to order online.

We are saving $$ for the next item,  as they are expensive but hope to order one of these by the middle to the end of the year.  The Harvest Right Food Dehydrator is manufactured in the USA and uses food that either you grow or have bought. Watch this video to learn more. 

Canning and Preserving will be essential for your long term food storage as well. Start collecting Quart and Pint jars and lids to have for canning later in the summer. Look for deals on these now as they might go up in price once the season gets under way. Look at your local bookstore for books and magazines on canning and preserving. More on this at a later date. 

 

Happy New Year! Why 2017 will be successful!

Well, today is January 1st 2017 and the beginning to another year. The year ahead should be great for most but here is why I believe that. The Chinese New Year 2017 begins on January 27, 2017 with the Year of the Rooster. This will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures.

Time will tell if President Trump's economy will be the greatest in our Country's History. Steven Moore has this to say "[Economist and former Secretary of State] Larry Summers, Obama's economist, has been running around saying 2 percent is the best we can do. That's nonsense. We can grow 4, 5, 6 percent with the right growth." 

Small businesses will see the advantages with better websites, more customers and more US Made products. With products made here in the US, that will mean more jobs for working Americans. With more Americans working the US Debit at currently $19,879,151,754,933.53 we will need more workers to pay this off. How long that will take, I have no idea.

Social Media will continue to aid businesses to grow with advertising and the massive numbers currently on social media will continue to grow. The reduction of taxes on small business will also aid in them growing and adding new employees.  

Amp-3's year ahead looks pretty full. We will be upgrading some of our product line, discontinuing some of our product line and adding to our product line. Were really looking forward to new trade shows including a couple of Tiny Home Trade Shows and some kits made just for tiny homes. As we transition to our Medford property over the next few years, David and I will continue to keep Amp-3 growing. Preparedness for us is not a game but an everyday mind set. The property will keep us moving in the direction of a self stainable living. Stay tuned in the weeks to come with some of our ideas on what you should have to be more self reliable. Remember you can't do this alone!!!

Mountain View Ranch! More coming soon.

Mountain View Ranch! More coming soon.