100 Essentials

Just Recorded! Prepare to Be Prepared!

Well, I have done it! Just recorded my first podcast but it will be awhile before I have it up on iTunes. The experts that I have been followingPat Flynnand Sunny Lenarduzzisuggest to have 10 Episodes available before putting them up in iTunes. The more I do, the faster I will get for sure. I really am loving this!

Preparedness is what we do and what we love to teach about. Now, do we have everything that we need in case of emergency? No, but we work at every month. We have almost everything on my list of 100 Essentials but with building Mountain View Ranch, we have some ways to go. This summer we hope to add electricity to the property! This will be huge for us to have shore power. We will continue with Off-Grid options? Yes! The problem with having only Off-Grid options, you limit the folks that could purchase the property if we or the kids every decide to sell. You can’t get a mortgage on a property without shore power or a home on the property. These will all be on our property.

David and I decided about 10 years ago that we wanted to have property and live pretty much self-reliant. With the kids out of the house and getting along with their own lives, this became more of a reality.

For about 4 years we looked in Colorado, Idaho and Montana for the perfect piece of property. Never did I think that we would stay in Oregon. Looking a Landwatch.com one day, I saw this amazing piece of property now known as Mountain View Ranch. David and our son Matthew came down to look at this piece of property while I was doing a show in Prather, CA. David only looked at the property from the road and never walked the property. He asked me, can you stop on the way back and check out this property? Of course!

Driving up to the property, I saw White Vinyl Fencing and fell in love but I had to walk the property to make sure. In calling the realtor, he stated that a couple was flying out from Arizona the next weekend and he was pretty sure they were going to put an offer in on the property. Well, I got out of the truck and on that beautiful sunny March day, I walked this property. It had a very old barn that was leaning over so bad that the owner had put up aircraft cable with pulleys to prop up one side of the barn. It was pretty scary but the rest of the property was absolutely beautiful. Two ponds that were full, several streams were flowing here and there, wildflowers and green grass. 

The Original Barn was falling over and not safe!

The Original Barn was falling over and not safe!

While, I was walking on this beautiful property, I heard God’s voice saying, “This is it! This is it, this is it!” You know that feeling that you being told by God what to do? Then you know that you had better act.

After talking to the realtor again, I let him know that we would be down on Thursday to walk the property and possibly put in an offer. Well, needless to say we did drive back down and put in our offer. Initially it was rejected by the owner so we waited. I knew that this was the property that we were supposed to have. After mulling it over for about 12 hours, we put in a full price offer and now have our 68-acre ranch know as Mountain View Ranch! 

New Barn Built By David and Steve when the contractor we hired baled!

New Barn Built By David and Steve when the contractor we hired baled!

David and my brother Steve (Oak as he’s also known)

David and my brother Steve (Oak as he’s also known)

Without Agnes (Our Scissor Lift) we would have never gotten our Barn done! Steve is also a Painting Contractor that helps as well.

Without Agnes (Our Scissor Lift) we would have never gotten our Barn done! Steve is also a Painting Contractor that helps as well.

Drone View of our Ranch!

Drone View of our Ranch!

Now, I feel like I have gone on and on about the ranch but it’s a huge part of our Preparedness. Where ever you live you need to be Prepared for whatever might come your way.

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Do One or Two Things!

Preparing for an emergency such as an earthquake or wildfire can feel like a daunting task at the outset. What to pack? How much water? How much food? Where to meet? Who to call?

That's why I encourage everyone to take baby steps and check off one item at a time using my list of 100 Essentials or one initiative called Do One Thing!

With this in mind, let’s get started on becoming better prepared for natural disasters or what ever might come your way. Every month take 2 or 3 items from the list to add to your personal preparedness. Remember, slow but steady progress toward the ultimate goal of better emergency preparedness.

Getting your go bag ready, you can take a whole month and find some things for your go bag, get that ready, put it in your car, put it in a place in your house. Then the next month you can focus on getting a two-week supply of food and water. You get the idea! Have items for you and your family that you know you will eat. Purchase food items that have a long shelf life. We prefer. Honeyville has everything that your family will need! We order from them on a regular basis.

I think most people just really like to think it’s not going to happen to me! That’s when you know you are not prepared. If you live in an area that has forest fires you need to understanding that you’re in a hazard area or that it can happen to you is probably one of the greatest things you can do to begin with. Better to be prepared then to think it’s not going to happen.

Consider having a storage locker to store all of your preps. This should be fire proof and water proof to protect your valuable preparedness supplies. We currently have two storage places as we have two properties and depending on where we are, we want to be prepared.

Plan, Prepare and Practice are the three pillars of Preparedness. Summer coming soon so plant your garden and can your produce!

Let me know your thoughts and keep preparing for your family and your future!

Christmas Time is Here!

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.

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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.

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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!

From our Family to Yours! Keep Christmas with you all the year through!

From our Family to Yours! Keep Christmas with you all the year through!

Just had to share! Sustainable Preparedness

Your going to want this in your library! Now is a great time to order! Thank you Lisa and Nick for putting this together! Click on the picture below and watch the video. Great Christmas Gift if your looking for any ideas! Sustainable Preparedness Holiday Special

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Water Storage! 100 Essentials

Since we moved into the new house here in Oregon, we're just are not as prepared as we need to be. Water, is something that we have to have so we can up with this solution.

Check out your local grocery store for 5 gal water containers. They might even have a fill station like the one that I used. Even if your on a budget, like we are and purchase something every month to add to your preparedness, you can do this. 

I purchased four water containers and the water for less then $32. Realizing that you need one gallon of water per day per person (Don't forget your Pets). If the water is coming from a city source, it will already be chlorinated and you won't need to add anything to it to keep it for a year. If your not sure, then add a few drops of bleach.

 

5 Gallon Water Bottles for $6.95 ea. You need a Gallon of water per person per day...

5 Gallon Water Bottles for $6.95 ea. You need a Gallon of water per person per day...

Water filling station at the grocery store! .30cents per gallon

Water filling station at the grocery store! .30cents per gallon

20 Gallons Ready to use! Less then $32

20 Gallons Ready to use! Less then $32

You can start with this but realize that, you need enough for your family and pets for at least 2 weeks to start. Adding more will only give you more backup or share with your neighbors. 

Preparedness doesn't have to be expensive but everyone should be prepared!

Let me know your thoughts and your suggestions! Keep adding to your 100 Essentials! https://www.amp-3.net/resources/

January 22, 2018! Part 2 from Jerry D. Young!

Hope that you enjoyed last weeks post from Jerry D. Young on his plan for Preparedness. This week we will continue along that theme and give you the 2nd half of his plan.

The best place to start is usually getting the basic human needs taken care of first, no matter what scenario you are preparing for. First you need to figure out what those are, but that is pretty easy. I have a list. The rest can come when you have learned more and not only have, but have practiced with, the initial items.

Begin to study and learn all you can now, and as you go along. Preps without knowledge aren’t nearly as effective as they are when you know the why-to and when-to in addition to the how-to. Do not feel like you must do everything in the order listed. You will need to do many of the things, especially these first ones, concurrently. Some things can wait, depending on your specific situation, but the basic human needs should all be met as quickly and completely as possible.

1.  Air:

Fortunately, it is still free and available, for the most part, for most scenarios. If there is a problem with air supply, special equipment and supplies are necessary. Not a beginner’s subject.

2.  Water:

Has to be contaminate free, naturally or with other means. And a lot of it. Store a lot, locate a reliable future source, get water treatment/purification. A few 15-gallon water drums, a couple of stainless steel water bottles with cups for the BOBs, a quality water purifier, either a high cap camping filter or a combination of a drip filter for the BIB and a smaller hikers filter for the BOBs. Scout out locations for long term supplies of water.

3.  Food:

You can go for a while without it, but not long or you become useless. No cook, add hot water only, & easy-cook shelf stable foods, heavy on meats, fruits, and comfort foods. For both BOB and BIB. Buy in bulk or in case lots when possible. At the least, buy extra of the things you want and use on a daily basis when they are on sale. To build up longer term supplies, double buy each grocery day. Soon you will have a good pantry.

Learn to garden and grow as much as you can as soon as you can. Ditto home canning when you get the garden going. Don't be afraid of the commercially produced crops like wheat and oats. You can grow non-hybrid/organic types in a home garden. 

4.  Sanitation:

You gotta go when you gotto go. You need the safe means to do so. Chemical toilet, TP, hand washing means, bug spray, antiseptic cleaners, shovel to bury wastes. Toiletries. Charmin camper’s toilet paper and cleansing wipes for the BOBs. Infectious diseases protection supplies, face mask, gloves, goggles and hand sanitizer. And the ladies, and especially soon to be ladies, need large supplies of their needs on hand. 

5.  Environmental protection:

You need appropriate clothing as well as housing. Sometimes it is more important than food or sanitation in extreme circumstances. This includes being able to make and control fires. The right clothes for the season. Basic camping gear in case the house becomes unlivable.

You are probably already doing the right clothes for the given season, though here in Reno I see people going from heated homes to heated cars, to heated business and back again wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops in 20 degree weather with snow on the ground and coming down hard (I am not joking). Have what you need to keep you comfortable in the weather.

And the camp gear is for when the house cannot be lived in and you need to camp out in the back yard or evacuate. Or even stay in the house when nothing is working. Fallout/blast shelters, like air purification, are another specific topic that deserves separate consideration. Put it in the budget, and start saving, but don’t short the other equipment and supplies unless war is imminent. 

6.  Security:

Beside protection from the elements, there can be a need for protection from dangerous animals, including other humans. Light is your friend. If you cannot see the threat, you cannot protect yourself from it. Lights and vision devices are an important part of a security plan, as well as all around useful. Once you know you can see it, you can get the actual means to protect yourself from those things in your threat analysis you decided were the biggest dangers. From wild domesticated animals, wild animals, and self-defense in those cases where it might be needed. Training, weapons, defensive measures. For some this is a much higher priority. Evaluate your needs and make the decision. 

They tend to be expensive, so set up a long range budget and start saving money for them now, even if you can’t get it yet due to the overall expense. But as soon as you can, get something that is at least reasonably effective, even if you prefer something else in the future. Don’t put off protection items to get the penultimate weapons system. Train, train, and train some more with them. And don’t forget Operational Security. Be very careful who you let know you have preps. There can be repercussions if other people do know.

7.  Fire/Lighting/Sharps:

These are important for safety and utility. You will want several means to start a fire, and a couple of items to contain fire. Fire steel, Lifeboat matches, lighters with some tinder for the BOBs. To heat one room in the house, an indoor safe propane or kerosene heater with a supply of fuel stored outdoors. 

You will need lighting for indoors & outdoors. A couple of crank flashlights for both BIB and BOB, candles, propane lanterns, battery lanterns. Tactical lights for defense. Get some lighting specifically for preps, even though you probably already have a couple of flashlights with weak batteries and non-working bulbs. 

You will need sharps to cut with.  Knives/SAK/Multi-tool, axe, saw, etc. I’m fairly sure you have a knife or two in the house. Probably suitable for most uses, except lacking a sheath. But there are some blades that are better for field use and Swiss Army Knives (SAKs), and multi-tools can be handy, and if you need to build shelter or an outdoor fire, axes and saws will save you much labor.

Just purchased this slick little fire starter for David. American made! Click on image to get more information. 

Just purchased this slick little fire starter for David. American made! Click on image to get more information. 

8.  Heat/cooling/Cooking:

There quite probably will be a need to maintain acceptable temperatures in home and in the field such as indoor safe propane and kerosene heaters. Gas grill w/tanks, various camping stoves for home or field to cook food when possible (but not in the house). No-cook, and add-hot-water-only foods are desirable in the early stages of a situation. But a hot drink and hot meal can raise the spirits and supply needed warmth in many situations. Not critical at first in some climate, but nice later on.

Others will need to up this on the priority list if in a cold climate and suitable clothes for the weather won’t be available. This could include a generator in addition to non-electrical means so a refrigerator, freezer, AC, stove, medical equipment, fans, etc. can be operated. 

9.  Medical:

Maintaining everyone’s good health should be a priority all the time. But in some of the scenarios you probably came up with include medical emergencies. Knowledge and the right tools are literally life and death in some instances. Extensive first-aid kits, heavy on the trauma treatment for at the scene and in both BIBs & BOBs and the rest of the alphabet.

These are supplemental kits to your regular home first aid kit. It’s is fine for minor cuts, abrasions, stings, and bruises. In a disaster the injuries are likely to be not only worse, but in great numbers. Stock up with quality in mind and with as much quantity as is possible. Another item to budget early on to get a bit later. And get some training.

Make sure to rotate items that have expiration dates. You can use some of the outdated items in training exercises. Dispose of over the counter medication and any sharps safely.

***A note on prescription medications. Unlike OTC meds, prescriptions medications are limited to how much that can be obtained and stored. Some things, like narcotics, are limited to a single 30-day prescription. Other prescriptions can often be written for a 90 day supply. Work with your doctor to get as large of a supply of your prescription medication as you can get and can afford. 

10.  Morale/Welfare/Recreation:

If you need to be using preps, that means there is a lot of stress involved. The means to help relieve that stress can be very important. Games, some small toys and some paper and pencils, religious books, movies, books. Something to keep the kids quiet and busy, adults entertained or comforted, or just to break the monotony.

There are many more things on the list, but the first ten are the most important, in most circumstances. If your threat analysis includes certain scenarios, things like HAZMAT preparations climb up into those first ten.

Jerry has given all of us several items to think about and get prepared. If you have followed along from the beginning, some of these have been covered before by me in 2017 when I covered my list of 100 Essentials. Need a list??? Download it by using the link below. 

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 Thank you so much for following along and as always your Comments are always welcome! 

 

 

What's Your Plan?

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What would your plan be if this were to happen where you live? http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/01/13/ballistic-missile-false-alarm-terrorizes-hawaiians/

Do you have your 100 Essentials ready to go? Do you have a plan on dealing with Radiation? Here is what we have. iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, 130 mg (14 Tablets) available through Amazon. 

We also have three 1950 Radiation Detectors similar to these. Just found two about a year ago at an Antique Store for $40 ea. 

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This is a different world that we are living in and anything can happen at anytime, it's a matter of how you handle the situation.

Be safe and be prepared!

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Happy New Year!

Wow! 2018 is already here, where did 2017 go? So many important events happened in the past year so let’s reflect on just a few....

America elected a new President, Donald J. Trump! Some of you may be angry about this but personally, he will take our Country back in the direction that our Founders set forth for our Nation. Hopefully, everyone has more $$ in their pockets in 2018 and less in the Governments.

The Natural Disasters that hit our country and Puerto Rico were so devastating, the many are still trying to put their lives back together. A good friend of ours Todd Albi (Silverfire Stoves) was in Puerto Rico and here are a few images from his trip. https://www.silverfire.us/home

Isabella: Takes care of her infirm father, 5' of ocean water ran through home destroying all.  Water boiling in wok.

Isabella: Takes care of her infirm father, 5' of ocean water ran through home destroying all.

Water boiling in wok.

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She's proudly lighting her new stove!  This is her kitchen, her former gas stove ruined in flood and Hurricane surge.  Over 100 days with no power.

She's proudly lighting her new stove!  This is her kitchen, her former gas stove ruined in flood and Hurricane surge.  Over 100 days with no power.

Looking forward to cooking and surrounded with free fuel in yard from storm.  Why buy fuel?

Looking forward to cooking and surrounded with free fuel in yard from storm.  Why buy fuel?

Cement power pole in 1/2 from 175 mph wind, commercial roofs gone.

Cement power pole in 1/2 from 175 mph wind, commercial roofs gone.

Our Government needs to help these people and we are but we have to do more. They are estimating that it will be 8 months before power is fully restored. What would your plan be?? How do you get through something like this? We all must think about that and get provisions in place to help our family and our neighbors. No one can do this alone....

Over the past year 2017, I blogged about my 100 Essentials  https://www.amp-3.net/resources/  

I hope that you followed along. Amp-3 's biggest mission is education for all of you out there. Getting prepared for whatever might come our way is our goal and our duty. We love what we do and the people that we get to meet make this very satisfying and rewarding. If you missed any of the past Blog posts, please scroll down and there they are!

Some of you may be struggling right now or maybe loss of love one over the past year. Please remember that your never alone. Reach out and ask for help to a friend, relative, or pastor. They are there for you and always will be. 

The year 0f 2017 will be in our memory banks for a very long time with good memories, sad memories and some bad memories but together we can make it through anything.

Hopefully, all of you have had gains in your Retirement Accounts and 401K's with the surge in the Stock Market over the past year as well. This only means you need to be diversified in your investments. 

This brings up the need to have Gold, Silver and extra $$ on hand in case of emergency. I suggest that you have a minimum of $100 per person in small bills $1, $5 and $10. The more you have the better your situation if something were to happen to our power grid. Power Outages can be for a few minutes or months like in Puerto Rico. You justnever know...

For the Ranch, this past summer we purchased a Woodsman 505 wood boiler on Craigslist. Installing one of these will save us a lot of $$$.

 

David, Steve (My Brother) and I, went to pick this up and needed a little help. Watch this video!

Super excited to have this installed to heat the new home and barn. The projects never seem to end when your developing a Ranch. David would love to have one of the Skid Steers but at $72,000 it's not even on the list of my 100 Essentials...

I know that I have mentioned it before but one to the BEST investments that we have ever made was our Camp. Mike and Weston Wheeler, the builders of our Camp are working on opening a NEW Facility in Mt. Pleasant, UT and will be building Camps once again. 

Interested in a Range Camp like Camp #216? Call (435) 262-0601 and ask for Mike Wheeler

 

This Camp it totally off GRID and it's perfect for the Ranch but it's our Travel Trailer as well. This past year we went to Yosemite National Park and stayed in our Camp outside the park in Oakhurst. We loved driving though the Gold Country once again and antiquing along the way. Very Hard to find a place to park Red and the Camp though on this Winding & Narrow Road. Would have loved to stop at a few more shops but just not possible. 

Fall brings may leaves to the Ranch so clean up is pretty consistent. Nothing is better then the smell of burning wood and leaves, which we have an abundance of. There really is something peaceful about standing over a fire, watching it burn and adding more to the pile as it burns down. 

Before Winter turns to Spring, Summer to Fall, and the holidays once again come speeding around the corner, let’s all take a moment to consider the months ahead. Time has a way of marching ever onward and it’s up to all of us to get the most from those precious moments, whether you’re working a hundred head of cattle or simply need to pick up pellets for your wood stove. We believe it’s not what we say, but what we do that matters most. 

This has been a busy year for us and were already gearing up for 2018. In the year ahead, I will be adding several guest bloggers to my weekly blog. Are you interested in adding information to my Blog? Do you have something your passionate about to help my readers with their preparedness? Then I hope to hear from you! Send me a message on my Blog and I will get in touch with you. This isn't about one person but a network of people who want to reach as many as possible and get prepared. 

That’s why you’ll find us here, enjoying the ride and working hard to make 2018 a year to remember. Let me know what you think and if your wanting your name added as a contributor. 

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and May 2018 be the best year yet! Looking forward to hearing from you!!

It Took A Year!

Well, my list of 100 Essentials, is coming ot an end but it's really the beginning! Were moving on to Item #95 (Olives, Green Chilies and Canned Vegetables including Mushrooms). These items are need to spice up your receipe's. Stock up and have plenty on hand. Olives are great in bread too! Yum...

Item #96 consists of Mustard, Ketchup, Taco Seasoning, Bread Crumbs and all other spices. These items I get at my favorite store (Cash & Carry) or Cash and Grab as my brother calls it! This is a food service store open to the public and I am sure you have something like this store where you live. It's affordable and convenient for everyday shopping. Like Costco or Sams Club but better!

Well, item #97 is one of my favorites for sure! Cookbooks on Food Storage, Canning, Gardening, you name it! Heading to Goodwill later today and I will be checking out the books there for sure! Yard Sales, Estate Sales, Salvation Army or Goodwill are great places to pick up some extra books.

Item #98 Canned Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg. Once again, Cash and Carry or a similar store will be the place to stock up on these items. This is the time of the year to find them, so why not stock up!

Well, our good friend's Ben & Heidi Gilmore own a company called Tech Protect Mylar Bags. Great for your electronics and many more uses. Watch this video!

Remember, you want to have Food Grade for your Food as well as a Heat Sealer to seal them. This is the one that we have. Works great and we have used it a lot over the years.

Well, here's Item #100!!! CASH $$$ remember small bills $10 and less. A minimum of $100 per person in your family. More is always better because you never know when you might need it. Silver and Gold are also important to have on hand.

Thank you for reading along, even though I received only a few comments, I hope that this helped! 

Merry Christmas!!!

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Wow! This Year Is Going By So Fast...

With Thanksgiving,  all ready come and gone, Christmas is on its way and I am on to items # 90 to 94. 

#90 is really easy, Chewing Gum, Mint and Hard Candy! Choose your favorites and stock up on them. Personally, I love Lemon Hard Candy, so I have that on hand all the time. I also love Jolly Ranchers!! What about Salt Water Taffy? Whatever your favorite, stock up so you always have it on hand. 

Item #91 Powered Eggs! We love OvaEasy Eggs. Just delicious however you want to use them. We have stocked up on these for the past 5 years and my kids love them. Easy to use and affordable enough to keep on hand. 

Have you ever heard of sun-dried tomatoes? We decided to take a hint from Mother Nature and copy her at her best. We've discovered a way to use the same principles that go into making sun-dried fruits and apply it to one of Mother Nature's most amazing foods...egg!

OvaEasy crystal freeze-drying process is special because it works at low-temperature and doesn't damage the flavor or functionality of the eggs. We start with wholesome fresh eggs and gently evaporate the water, leaving only little crystals of pure egg. That's why we call them Egg Crystals! When you go to cook our Egg Crystals later, they taste just like fresh eggs! Order yours today (Click On the Photo)

 

Item #92 Pasta, Pasta Sauce & Pizza Sauce are staples for any home. So add these items to your preparedness and make sure that you rotate you stock. Use the oldest date first. 

#93 Dried Fruit, Dried Beans and Dried Vegetables are essentials to have on hand for rounding out your pantry. Having a variety of foods will keep your family well fed and healthy. 

Once again, I will bring up the Harvest Right Food Freeze Drier. This is a huge expense but in the long run, you will be able to have the foods items that your family loves when and if times get tough. Click on image to order yours!

Well, with Christmas just around the corner, I hope that I have given you a list of 100 Essentials to add to your preparedness! May the Blessings of Christmas be with you always. Remember the reason for the season is Jesus Christ the King of Kings....

100 Essentials #81 to #86

This week kind of ties into last week, so here we go with with item #81  GardenGloves, WorkGloves & Warm Gloves. Garden and Work Gloves for Spring, Summer and Fall and Warmer Gloves for Winter. Stay warm and free of blisters is always my goal and my need for gloves. Most of you already have these in your homes but if not we love the local farm and ranch stores. Can we say Coastal Farm and Ranch!

Item #82 Lantern Hangers. These items just make seeing at night a whole lot easier. Also great to play cards by in the evening with some hot chocolate!

Moving onto # 83 Screen Patch Kits, Glue, Screws, Nuts and Bolts are the next item on our list. Buy in bulk and save when you can. We recently went to a garage sale, at a home where the man had lived for 80 years.

He had everything in while plastic jugs. We purchased a lot of these items there. Look for Garage Sales, Estate Sales, Barn Sales and Hardware Store Sales. Don't wait until you need these items. If your always looking your will find what you need.

Watch this video and learn how to repair a Screen Door or Window.

Item #84 Screwdrivers, Hammer, Wrenches, and General House Tools. Once again, I love Made in America when it comes to tools. The older the better, so i look at Antique Stores, Estate Sales, Garage Sales, ect. Lately, I have been collecting old Ford Tools, I love anything Ford so the hunt is on...

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Now this next item is a must for everyone who prepares. #85 Cigarettes, Cigars, Lighter, Paper Book Matches (Getting Harder to Find). Now we don't smoke (anything) but we have these in our preps to use for bartering. Some folks just can't do with out and will gladly barter to get them. We have a few cartons on hand just in case. 

 

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#86 is another bartering item to have on hand. Wine and Liquor. Purchase the travel size and stock up. These will be great to have on hand and enjoy a couple if you choose. Love these stored in Mason Jars. Great idea!

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Hopefully, I have given you a few more ideas on items to add to your preps. Stay tuned as were winding down my list of 100 Essentials. Let me know what you think and items that you have so I can add them to mine. See you next week! 

100 Essentials #76 to #80

This week we start with #76 (Roll On Window Installation Kits) Save $$ with reducing escape of heat or cooling through your windows with this inexpensive window treatment. You can do this! 

Item #77 (Graham Crackers, Saltines, Pretzels, Trail Mix, & Beef Jerky) These are great for the kids and I love them too. Stock up  and place in heavy plastic containers to help prevent rodents from getting in. 

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Here is a tip on keeping Saltine Crackers fresh:

Stay Fresh

If pantry pests, such as weevils, aren't an issue, you can store crackers in their original sealed packaging. Store crackers in an airtight bag, or glass or plastic container after opening the package; glass containers work best for keeping pests out of your crackers. You can store sealed crackers for up to eight months in a dark, cool pantry, but they retain their maximum freshness for only about one month after opening.

Refresh Stored Crackers

Heat can refresh crackers that lose their crispness but have no other signs of spoilage, such as mold or an off odor. Spread the crackers out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 425-degree Fahrenheit oven for two to four minutes, or until they become crisp again. Store refreshed crackers in a sealed container.

Item #78 (Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts, Jam and Jelly) We love all of these! Grab a large whole wheat tortilla, spread on Peanut Butter, add Banana and yum!!! Nuts, well we love them to. Always have about 10 cans on had at all times. You can never have enough nuts! Healthy and filling for you and your family. Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds and more. Make sure you have enough to last when you need them.

 

Item #79 Lumber. You will need this to repair buildings or make items that your family will need. Best to stock up when on sale or if someone is moving and doesn't want to take it with them. All sizes and all types as you never really know what you might need or when you will be needing it.

Item #80 Wagons, Wheelbarrows & Carts (For Transportation and Work). These are necessary items and can be picked up anytime you see them. We look at Estate Sales, End of Season Sales, pretty much if we find them at a good price then we will pick them up. Extra parts for these items are also great to have extra of. You never know when something is going to break down. 

Sorry about the delay in getting this post done. To many projects and not enough time. As always, let me know your thoughts and how your doing on getting your 100 Essentials list completed.

 

Preparedness Items #37 to #41!

You might think that some of these items are a no brainer! Duh, but you have to ask yourself?? Do I have these stocked up and ready to go???

Probably not! We all think that these items are easy to get and why would I need to stock up on them? Good question but I even need to stock up on some of these items.

#37 Garlic, Spices, Vinegar and Baking Supplies. Big box stores like Costco, Cash & Carry or Sam's Club are great place to stock up on these items. Just go isle to isle and put them in your cart. Remembering to have enough for at least 2 years. Especially stock up on the ones you use the most. Some  of these stores you can also order online! Check them out here...

 

Item #38 is Pet Supplies! Make sure you have enough Pet Food, Pet Treats and all other pet supplies for 2 years. Feed you pets the highest quality pet foo that you can afford and your pets will thank you for that. Don't forget about medications that your pet may need as well.

#39 Flour Yeast, Salt & Pepper! Check the stores out above for this items. For David, we need to have a 5 year supply of Pepper as he can never have enough!!

#40 Wooden Match Sticks and Propane Lighters. Every time I go to Cash & Carry, I add these items to my cart so I know that I will never be without. 

#41 Writing Paper, Pads, Pencils, Sharpies and Solar Calculators. You might want to consider Rite in the Rain Paper as we live in the Pacific Northwest and it rains here a lot! Stock up on these items as they might be a good bargaining item in the future.

 

That's all for now! Thank you so much for following along and I will see you again next week.

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!

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 #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.