Preppers

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!

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!

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. 

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.