I am writing this Blog to help out the Preparedness Community to be prepared for whatever might come your way. You are part of this community and I hope that you and your family are using this Christmas to add to your Preparedness. Will you challenge yourself and others to use the 100 Essentials with your Christmas shopping needs. If you add a few items from this list you will that much further ahead when the new yer starts.
I suggest that you print off the list, cross out everything that you already have and start with what you might be needing. Remember some of these items are very affordable and some are more expensive. Since we started working on Mountain View Ranch in 2014, we have used our Honda Generator everyday that were there almost 24/7. What a great investment! I have seen them on Sale over the Christmas Season for up to $200 off! Look on Craigslist for a used one. You won’t be sorry to have this in case of emergency. You will also need oil and gas on hand as well.
What a great Christmas gift this would be for your family. As many of you know, I love Vintage Oil Lamps. This time of year, I have them in our home for ambiance but if the power goes out, I am ready with one almost always lit. I love the warm glow of old oil lamps.
I am looking forward to have the kids home this week with lots of Baking, Christmas Movies, Driving around to see Christmas Lights and so much more. I have my Christmas Shipping almost done and David is going to love the Christmas Surprise under the tree this year. Yes, it will be used at the Ranch!
Share with me your Christmas plans and what your going to add to your Preparedness!
This time of the year seems to go by so fast! With shopping, decorating, cooking, family, friends and parties!. Where does the time go? Well, here are a few tips to keep all of this is perspective.
Head out early in the morning to get your shopping done, easier parking, less crowds and the deals will still be there. This year, I shopped at the mall on Cyber Monday. The Mall was empty and I really enjoyed the process of picking out jus the right gift for my family and friends. This week should be about the same, it you can get to the stores early.
Shopping online has never been easier but be careful! Only use a Credit Card when shopping online as Debit Cards are not a secure. Order early so that you ensure you will receive your orders in a timely manner.
If you have packages to ship out of town, I usually shop for them first and get them in the mail weigh away. This morning, I actually shipped all of my out of town packages. Feels great to have them off my list... Remember the later you ship your packages, the more it costs to get them for Christmas.
Can't think of gifts this year, give the gift from my 100 Essentials List and start your family and friends on Preparedness. Just a thought!
The Christmas season is all about spending time with family and friends. This year, I will be baking some Christmas Cookies and I will share some of my favorites. Here are two from last Christmas! Yum...
Christmas is such a special time of the year if you can plan ahead, take each day as it comes and enjoy the process. We getting excited to have time to spend with our family, friends and we hope that you do too!
Well, its been awhile since my last blog post. This year has been a year of changes with Chemo and Radiation treatment ending in August. Really glad to have that behind me. Here I am on my last Chemo treatment!
David and I celebrated our 38th Wedding Anniversary down at the Ranch!
As far as our preparedness goes, I started working on our “Under The Bed” emergency kits. These are plastic tubs that currently have the following items in them. Here is the list so far of what we have in them:
Leather Gloves, Bandana, Flashlight, Batteries, Street Map, Knife, Large Pack Hoo-Ahhs, N95 Masks, Pair of Socks, Shoes, Duct Tape,
Amp-3 EDC (Everyday Carry) , https://www.amp-3.net/amp3-support-kits-1/edc-every-day-carry
Amp-3 PDK (Personal Disaster Kit) https://www.amp-3.net/amp3-support-kits-1/pdk-personal-diaster-kit
Hand Warmers, Head Lamp and Light Stick. I have yet to add the Hard Hat and Clothes.
You might ask yourself, “Why Would I Need This”? We live in earthquake country and found out the hard way what it’s like to not be prepared. When a larger earthquake hits, you might have broken glass on the floor and you DON”T want to just step out onto that.
This tubs is prefect and slides right under the bad and ready in case of emergency.
You never really know when you might need this but I would rather be ready when I do. Seems like every week or so, I am adding to this kit with something. Go ahead and plan ahead for whatever emergency you might have heading your way. Let me know what you think too? Your thoughts are always important to me.
We live in Oregon but no matter where you live, preparedness is for everyone! In Oregon, we need to prepare for the big one! Have you heard about the Cascadia Subduction Zone? Watch this!
Are you prepared with a Go-Bag? How about a Ham Radio? Do you know how you would get home if you had to walk? This is going to be a very bad day no matter how you prepare. Be smart NOW about how you prepare. FEMA tells you to be prepared for 3 days, how did that work out for the folks of Hurricane Harvey? Not well, they needed to prepare for 2 weeks instead. That is about what you will need here in Oregon for this very bad and disastrous day!
Two weeks of preparedness means, without help from the outside! You need to self sufficient for this time with your neighbors and surrounding community. Will you be able to live without running water, without being able to flush your toilet or electricity? It's more then just stuff that you will need to be prepared with.
Preparedness isn't easy, it takes time and you have to have a plan. Do you know how to shut off your Natural Gas? Do you have the tool need to shut it off? Do you know how to shut off your water?
Do you have satellite radio in your car? If you have a newer car, you probably do but you pay the $$ each month to use it. You will be able to get information about your area via Satellite radio in the event of a disaster. . Communication is key during any disaster.
Do you have a meeting place for your family. Have you practiced getting to this place. Remember, you may be walking to this meeting place be ready with a good pair of walking shoes.
When experts talk about a 9+ earthquake hitting off the coast of Oregon, this is not a small event. It will effect the entire West Coast.
The scenario Cascadia earthquake would be an unprecedented catastrophe for Oregon and for the United States. It would impact every aspect of life for all Oregonians and for the residents of northern California, Washington, and British Columbia. The effects of a Cascadia subduction earthquake will be greatest on the coast, which is right next to the subduction zone fault, and will diminish as one goes inland. This, in combination with Oregon’s mountainous geography, divides the state into four impact zones: within the tsunami zone, damage will be nearly complete. In the coastal zone, shaking will be severe, liquefaction and landsliding will be widespread and severe, and damage will be severe. In the valley zone, shaking will be strong, liquefaction and landsliding will be common but less severe, and moderate damage will be widespread. In the eastern zone, shaking will be mild, landslides and liquefaction sporadic, and damage generally light.
The impacts of a great subduction earthquake on Oregon are impossible to predict accurately, but several studies have estimated damage and casualties, and those estimates give a sense for how far- reaching a disaster the next great earthquake will be. Estimated consequences include:
Earthquake deaths ranging from 650 to 5,000, with another 600 to 5,000 deaths due to the tsunami.
24,000 buildings completely destroyed, and another 85,000 with extensive damage requiring months to years of repair.
Approximately $32 billion in economic losses.
27,600 displaced households.
These high levels of damage and loss reflect both the great size of the earthquake and the fact that many buildings, roads, bridges, and utility networks were designed before Oregon’s building codes and practices recognized any significant earthquake threats, and most were designed before codes began to take great subduction earthquakes into account. Lifeline systems, such as highways and pipelines, are particularly vulnerable to ground failure, which will be widespread in the next great earthquake. As a result, the vulnerability analyses done for this plan are grim. For example, if the earthquake were to happen tomorrow.
Estimated Time to restore services:
One to three years to restore drinking water and sewer service in the coastal zone.
One month to one year to restore water and sewer in the valley zone.
Six to twelve months to restore partial function of the top-priority highways in the valley zone.
Two to four months to restore police and fire stations in the valley zone.
Eighteen months to restore healthcare facilities in the valley zone, three years or more in the coastal zone.
I am not really sure how you totally prepare for this situation but you still have to be aware and prepare the best you can if you live anywhere in Oregon.
What are Schools, Universities and Churches doing to prepare for this scenario? Have they even begun to talk to teaches, students or congregations on what to do in the event of this disaster? I am not really sure!
Let me know your thoughts and what your doing? What is your plan?? We would really love to hear from you.... https://www.amp-3.net/resources/
Sorry, that I haven't posted on the Blog in awhile but we have had a lot going on lately. We traveled to Salt Lake City, UT for Preppercon, last week, sold our beloved Camp 216 and will be placing an order for a new one in July. Like I said a lot going on!
Well, today I had my 3rd infusion of Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer with one more to go in June. Follow that with 6 weeks of Radiation Therapy and I will be done. Here is my photo from this morning! Notice the hair!!
Feeling pretty good so far and keeping busy with Amp-3, planting vegetables in our garden, hanging flower baskets and feeding hummingbirds. This is what you do when you have to be pretty close to home.
David has been down at the ranch, mowing and weed whacking. Check this video out!
Granted this video is a bit old, that is because David needs to shoot some new ones when he's down at the ranch this week! I will get on him about this.
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Well, that's all for this week! Let me know what you think by adding a comment! Amp-3 is here to help you with your preparedness needs. Thank you for following along!
Wanted to let all of our Amp-3 family and friends know, that Beth was diagnosed with Stage 1 B Breast Cancer in Feb of this year. Following surgery on March 9th, Beth was going to have radiation for 4-6 weeks following that but a test result changed that last week
Tomorrow, Monday April 16th, Beth will be starting 4 treatments of Chemotherapy spaced 3 weeks apart and then 6 weeks of radiation. Beth is feeling really good, God is so amazing and the support has been overwhelming!
David, Kelsey and Matthew along with Beth's family and really close friends have known about this since Jan. and she is really am doing fine. David will be going with Beth to all of her Chemo treatments and the support from him has been thoughtful and caring.
Amp-3 will be up and running during this time of treatment but orders may get delayed depending on how Beth is feeling.
Thank you for all of your support and your love!
Beth and David
This week, I have two guest bloggers that raise and hatch chickens. You want to learn how?? Read this Blog Post and get started hatching your own eggs!
By Chris and Deanna – Chris and Deanna homestead on 33 acres in Southwestern Oregon where they raise most of their own produce, as well as chickens, rabbits and goats. They have a combined 30+ years of experience across a wide array of homesteading skills.
Recently we decided to increase the size of our flock of Jersey Giant chickens. Up until now, we have always bought chicks either from local feed stores or through online sources. This time, however, we decided to take a more “homestead” type of approach and hatch eggs from our own flock of 2 roosters and 30 hens. It was much easier and far more rewarding than we could have ever imagined.
We started by doing lots of research on the various methods and equipment needed to hatch our own chicks. There are varieties of opinions on how hatching and brooding chicks should be done. We settled on an incubator kit by Little Giant that featured everything we would need, including an automatic egg turner accessory. It has a capacity of 41 eggs. We decided to hatch fewer than 41 eggs since we really had no idea what we were doing and did not want to get in over our head.
We chose 10 nice eggs for our first try at hatching. Using the instructions supplied with our incubator kit we candled the eggs to try to make sure they were fertilized. We set the incubator up on our kitchen table so we could keep our eyes on the process. The instructions were clear on how to maintain humidity in the incubator, which we would later find out, is crucial to getting a good result. During our research we found that there is normally a 60% hatch rate on eggs. Our results were just about there.
In went the eggs…and then the wait began. At day 22 we started to notice that some of the eggs were starting to move around a bit. This is normal when they are about to hatch. The next day six of the chicks began to “pip”. This is the term for the first hole they peck in the eggs and is a sure sign that the hatch has begun. At this point, humidity levels are even more important. We did not find out until later that our son had been opening the incubator and moving the eggs so the “pip” was facing up. This created havoc with the humidity in the incubator.
Two chicks hatched normally on day 25 while three seemed to be having trouble and one did not progress beyond the “pip”. We left the process alone and monitored, keeping the humidity up as best as we could. It quickly became apparent that the two chicks having trouble would need some help. Turning to “YouTube University”, we found that you can help chicks having a hard time by actually peeling some of the shell and gently opening the inner membrane for them.
This is something you will want to study up on because there are some specific recommendations to follow if you are going to try it, and it will help you hatch more chicks. Following the information we found, we helped the three chicks hatch by hand. It was an incredible process. All three that were having trouble had a condition known as “shrink wrapping”. This happens when humidity levels vary wildly after the “pip" stage, which is where our helpful son figured into the picture. Every time he was opening and closing the incubator, he was messing up the humidity levels. The lesson learned here is do not open your incubator unless you have to, and then, only keep it open for a few seconds.
At this point, we had five chicks hatched. The sixth that only “pipped” never hatched. We did our own chick autopsy to try to figure out what happened and we found that the inner membrane of the egg was dry and had make it impossible for the chick to hatch.
After the five living chicks were fully dry, about a day later, we transferred them to a brooder. One poor little fellow was born with deformed feet and he did not make it. We feel that this was due to the “shrink wrapping”. The four remaining chicks grew quickly and went to an outdoor brooder when they were about 3 weeks old. We ended up with one hen and three roosters, which was not what our plan was since we wanted to hatch more hens, but we were grateful for what we got and the learning experience we had. We likely will never buy chicks again now that we know how easy and rewarding it is to hatch our own. Do not be afraid to hatch your own chicks. You will make your homestead more self-sustaining and can even sell your chicks!