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Guide for Preppers

If you are a beginner prepper, then you might find many things confusing. When reading on the internet, you will find out that experienced preppers use some particular words. You might think that preppers have a specific language that you can’t understand. To make it easier for you, we made a list of all the unfamiliar and strange words. Once you go through it, you will know the secret language of preppers. 

Mason Jar: A glass jar with an airtight lid for storing food.

N95 mask: A mask that covers your nose and mouth used as a part of a strategy to protect you from infections. These can protect you in a case of fire or contagion. It isn’t suitable for toxins. 

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New gun owners accounting for a large percentage of sales

New gun owners accounting for a large percentage of sales

A new survey from Rasmussen Reports shows that support for greater gun control in the U.S. has dropped from last year’s all-time high. As the country deals with race riots and a surge in crime, not to mention the coronavirus crisis, just 52 percent of Americans now say that they support stricter gun control laws.

When the same poll was carried out in 2019, 64 percent of Americans said they supported stricter gun control. This means that 12 percent have changed their view in light of recent events. Meanwhile, 42 percent say they are opposed to additional gun control. The survey questioned 1,000 likely voters on August 5.

In addition, the poll showed that those Americans who already own guns are increasing their supply. A full 27 percent of Americans who owned guns have bought at least one more during the last six months.

That isn’t surprising as 2020 has already been a banner year for the firearms industry. Sales continue to climb, especially among first-time gun buyers, and much of this is coming in response to the rioting being seen throughout the country and widespread calls to defund the police.

Firearms sales have already topped last year’s figures thanks to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, they’ve outnumbered sales from the previous year by as much is 85 percent. The recent unrest has only fueled even more sales.

Statistics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) show that 40 percent of total sales are to new gun owners. In addition, women are accounting for 40 percent of first-time gun owners this year, and many of them are coming from states that lean to the left, like California.

The NSSF’s Mark Olivia said: “You’re seeing a reaction to people’s concerns about being able to provide safety for themselves and the ones that they love.”

The preferred firearm among panic buyers this year appears to be semi-automatic handguns, with shotguns coming in second place.

The owner of Coliseum Gun Traders in Uniondale, New York, Andy Chernoff, told Fox 5 New York they’ve been having trouble keeping up with demand since the coronavirus crisis began, and another spike was seen after the riots began. He said his shop’s phones have been ringing nonstop and lines sometimes wrap around the building. “We’re running out. Literally running out,” he said.

Meanwhile, PRK Arms in Clovis, California, is reporting a rise in first-time gun buyers since the start of the pandemic. Many of these buyers are opting for personal defense weapons.

After four police officers were shot in St. Louis County, Missouri, a similar spike was seen. Many gun stores are reporting that people are buying guns out of fear for their safety and that they are having trouble keeping ammunition in stock.

According to Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, 1.7 million guns were sold in the U.S. in May, which was an 80 percent rise over the same time last year.

The effects of the unrest have also been seen in the stock market, with the stocks of prominent firearms companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. climbing. Law enforcement product manufacturer Axon Enterprises, who makes products like tasers, has seen increases of as much as 21 percent.

It won’t be surprising to see these numbers continue to rise as cities across the nation actually move forward with their poorly conceived plans to defund their police departments while left-wing mobs continue to terrorize communities. People are starting to realize that if they cannot rely on the police to protect them, they will have to take matters into their own hands if they wish to keep their family safe.

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OMG democrats gonna take away your guns!
ponder this geniuses; if all of the democrats magically disappeared off the face of the earth,
the very first thing that the republicans would do is take away your guns.
idiots.

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I understand now the importance of the old quote: “Socialism or Barbarism”.
Barbarism means no sharing and poverty and therefore more crime.

Is that simple!

Who takes those polls thinks everyone is stupid… Australia and New Zealand were disrmed on fake shootings and they became “legalized terror” states under a fake pandemic when only the globalist governments have guns…

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

daily actions toward becoming better prepared for societal collapse

Glad I have 2. One in the front yard and one in the meadow. Thanks for the info!!

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Do It Yourself or Do Without It

Do It Yourself or Do Without It

The term “pioneer” evokes a gritty, somewhat romantic image; the first people in a new land or frontier to start carving out civilization from the wild and sometimes hostile bounty of nature all around them.

In every culture around the world it is the pioneers who command a certain respect and not a little bit of awe.

They are taking a big risk heading off into the unknown to expand the borders of their nation or empire. Throughout it all, they will have only themselves and their skills, along with possibly a few of their fellows as neighbors, to rely on.

Do you ever stop to consider how much you get done or achieve in your own life that is partially or even mostly dependent upon the goods, services and infrastructure made possible by the work of other people? Or indeed made possible by the legions of our forebears that came before us?

This is not to say you don’t work hard to accomplish your goals, but we all benefit everyday from the foundations of society that were laid down ahead of us. We can thank the pioneers of old for that!

As preppers, we can be far better prepared for the unexpected, including society toppling events, by taking inspiration from our pioneer ancestors and indeed swiping a couple of pages out of their playbook.

They, by necessity, had to practice a radical form of self-reliance: there was no calling in the experts for them; they were the experts! In today’s article I will be offering up 10 pioneer skills that are worthy of learning by modern-day preppers.

The pioneers of ages past lived lives of intense toil in which their continued existence was anything but guaranteed.

These are people that had to show up to raw, untouched places in the wilderness of a brand new frontier or even a brand land and do everything from scratch with what few tools and materials they brought with them, which were always limited.

They had to create shelter, learn the lay of the immediate area and the surrounding region, discover and then identify which plants and animals were helpful, and which ones were harmful, learn to hunt wild game that was good for eating, prepare the land for planting and so, so much more.

To say these people had grit is possibly the understatement of the century! If they needed something done it was up to them to figure out how to do it if they or someone in their party or burgeoning settlement didn’t possess the required skills or know-how.

Information and expertise were precious, precious things and we all benefit to this very day from the lessons they learned, bought-and-paid-for, in sweat, blood and tears.

But the result of all the toil and struggle was a people and later citizens who were profoundly self-reliant in all things. This is perhaps the most important lesson we can learn as preppers; extreme self-reliance should be an everyday value, not some pie-in-the-sky achievement that we will one day attain.

We don’t need to go back in time and live their experience to benefit from this wisdom. Instead we can adapt it for our own time and our own struggles.

In the sections below, I will share with you 10 pioneer skills lost to time our ancestors were intimately acquainted with. Ones that we should adopt again to improve our own self-sufficiency!

Many preppers today are acquainted with the importance of shelter in an outdoor survival situation, as it is one of the most crucial tasks when it comes to staving off death from exposure.

That being said, the pioneers of yesteryear would run circles around us; where your average prepper can probably slap together a primitive shelter like a lean-to or erect a tent, your average pioneer was at least skilled enough to build a small house or cabin for himself and his family.

Building even a small cabin sounds like a pretty intimidating undertaking foremost preppers today!

Correctly siting the structure, ensuring the foundation is sound, harvesting and preparing the timber, laying on the roof and then building the chimney and fireplace from locally-sourced stone. That requires a variety of real skills!

But these are skills you should endeavor to learn, even if you are never more than a journeyman.

It is far from out of the question that a SHTF event could be severe enough on a regional, national or even global level that it is literally society-toppling in scope and scale. That means you might be rebuilding society the old-fashioned way- house by house!

It might require a tremendous investment in terms of energy and material, but for serious long-term survival you will want a proper dwelling to survive in for the long haul, not some shabby lean-to or tent.

Land navigation is seeing a renaissance among modern preppers and that is great news, but it is still not nearly the ubiquitous skill that it used to be. We should all strive to correct that!

Pioneers that were moving into any new and unexplored territory oftentimes only had the vaguest idea of where they were heading based on word-of-mouth directions from people who have been ahead of them, scouts, or primitive and oftentimes hideously inaccurate maps.

The smart ones depended upon their own observation and their own instrumentation to ensure they did not get lost. You had better believe that any pioneers worth the name who were moving into deep wilderness had with them a compass, and knew how to keep a pace count while moving from place to place.

This was the only way they had of determining which way they were heading and how far they had travelled. Together, and sometimes with a map if it was dependable, these elements would help them more or less accurately ascertain their position, and whether or not they had made a wrong turn, or just overshot the mark.

We have it easy today with the proliferation of GPS devices in our phones and as standalone tools, and while these things are wondrously accurate and absolutely worth having, we probably will not be able to depend on them forever in a particularly bad SHTF scenario.

What we can depend on (if we take the time to learn how) are our analog navigation tools, namely maps and compasses. We are especially lucky today that our modern maps are extraordinarily accurate, affordable and available almost anywhere.

You will be both lucky and wise if you obtain these maps for your area and the surrounding region well ahead of time, and make them part of your survival stash. But then the real work will begin: you need to learn how to use both together in order to accurately plot your course across the wilderness!

For the old-time pioneers, intricate knowledge of the flora and fauna in their region wasn’t just a hobby, and wasn’t relegated to a just-in-case skill; wild plants provided medicine, food and material.

The local animals were much the same. If they wanted to make use of these materials, they needed to know where to go to locate them and how best to harvest them. This required committing to memory a fair bit of nature lore.

Also just as important was a thorough knowledge of the plants and animals that can hurt them, or even kill them. I have often stopped to wonder how many unlucky pioneers blundered through nettles, poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac before it was well and truly understood that these were plants you wanted to give a wide berth at all times.

I have also sometimes pondered what unfortunate soul first picked and ate a poison mushroom after confusing it with a similar look-alike. You can wonder much the same about a variety of dangerous or at least annoying animals and insects!

You can learn from the pioneer example by becoming intimately familiar with a variety of helpful and harmful plant and animal species in your region and even beyond, throughout your home country.

Your medicine might run out and your food supply could be all gone or spoiled, but you can replenish both with an intricate knowledge of the plants and animals that are good to eat and where you can find them or how you can catch them.

This takes a significant amount of study and a sharp eye for detail, but doing so will allow you to replenish your stocks from nature’s bountiful pantry.

This is another skill that any pioneer worth the name would be at least competent at, and for a whole host of things. If something wore out or broke down that was needed, they had to be able to fix it if they wanted to make use of it.

If this was an essential item, the success of their expedition and their efforts would literally hang in the balance. This is one of those things that will suffer no excuse when the chips are really down.

Of course it is an easy thing to say “be skilled at repairing things” and another thing entirely to actually be good at it. If you stop to consider how many varied items that a pioneer might have to take care of all by themselves, it turns into quite an impressive feat that they were as independent and self-sustaining as they were.

In the course of a single day a pioneer might have to mend a hole in his clothing, repair a broken leather strap, reattach and true the wheel on a wagon, fix a leaky roof, and replace rusty or broken nails holding some contraption or structure together.

In order to do this he would have to know how to make primitive glue, sew, perform carpentry and blacksmithing, roofing, and more.

Of course there was no “standard of capability” in some pioneer handbook, and not every pioneer was equal in depth or breadth of their skill, but all of them would be expected to be generally capable of tending to their own tools and their own problems.

We should absolutely strive to do the same. You should be able to diagnose and repair problems with your dwelling, your vehicle, your firearms and even your BOB and your clothing.

And for any of you guys out here who would shirk at the idea of doing a little sewing, you can drop that right now; there is nothing girly about repairing your things when they need fixing, and a busted strap on your BOB could spell disaster when you can least afford it!

Many pioneers made trapping their primary endeavor. This served important economic as well as provisional purposes for themselves, their families and their neighbors.

Hunting skills are of course excellent and can definitely put meat on the table, but the big shortcoming with hunting is that you can only be hunting in one place at one time.

Trapping, despite the modern connotations, is a highly efficient form of harvesting animals because traps work round-the-clock whether you are there to babysit them or not, requiring only periodic checking to see if they have nabbed any quarry or require resetting in case of a miss or failure.

A skilled trapper can set up a field of traps in various environments in an effort to bag a variety of animals. Trapping, on the whole, is a skill unto itself and a person could spend a significant fraction of their life mastering it.

Trapping successfully on a large scale requires intricate knowledge of the game you are after, what traps work best and in what environment and a sense of strategy, since you will be placing traps to catch animals interacting with their environment in different ways in different seasons.

The great thing about trapping is that you can fashion a variety of traps from various natural materials as well as discarded man-made detritus and expect both to work to excellent effect so long as your construction and your placement is good.

With little more than a knife and some quality cordage you can rig a variety of lethal or non-lethal traps just like your ancestor pioneers did.

This is definitely a skill you will want to add to your repertoire, especially if you are planning on surviving on your own or in a small group where manpower will be at a premium. A hunter may sleep, but a trap set never tires!

This may come as a surprise to some of you but back in the day a pioneer could not simply run down to the local department store or shopping mall and pick up a bunch of new clothes.

Particularly egregious, if you ask me, was the lack of Bass Pro Shops. What were you supposed to do when boots, waders and other cold or nasty weather gear was required?!

All joking aside, pioneers instead made use of what they had to the best effect possible. As it turns out, what the pioneers had at their disposal for clothing and other goods was the skins and furs of the animals they caught.

But this was enough most of the time. With more time, labor and the right materials skin could be converted into sturdy leather, useful for all kinds of things, and as you know it is a material we still use in abundance today. Even more valuable in cold climates was the fur of animals equipped with a warm coat.

Rabbits, foxes, bears and other animals could furnish a skilled hunter or trapper with a pelt that could then be converted into insulating outerwear of all kinds. Animal pelts and leather were also valuable trade commodities that could purchase a pioneer anything he could not craft or obtain for himself.

If you are thinking about long-term survival in an austere environment after the world goes pear-shaped, but you are only planning on harvesting animals for their meat and nothing else, you are planning to throw away extremely valuable materials in the form of the animal’s skin and pelt.

But these materials will do no good if you don’t know how to correctly harvest them, preserve them and use them in a meaningful way.

This is something you should absolutely undertake as a prepper. It is oftentimes gross and smelly work, but the result of your labors will be material that is priceless for crafting warm clothing and durable soft goods. With a little time and effort, you will look like a veritable pioneer yourself!

Before you become too certain that you’ll be eating complete meals of high quality meat procured from the wild game you’re going to shoot or catch, ask yourself if you know what you’re going to do with it once you catch it.

Specifically, do you know how to best process the carcass of the animal in order to make the best use of the meat? This is important not just for preparation at dinner time, but also for preservation, which we will get to in a minute.

You had best believe that the pioneers of old did, and had to be uniformly excellent at it. Shoddy or amateur butchery could see valuable meat wasted, or at worst even ruin the meat that you worked so hard to get.

This is a sustainment skill like any other that a typical pioneer would rely on. It was not enough to have a camp butcher, although most camps and settlements did. If a pioneer was alone or out working as part of a duo in remote country, they would need to be reasonably skilled at preparing meat that was caught for eating.

You will be under the same auspices whenever you are living off the grid in a bug-out situation. Most animals cannot be roasted whole (like fish can) and will require varying degrees of preparation both for health reasons and for efficiency.

Correctly prepared meat cooks more evenly and tastes better than meat that is haphazardly hacked off the carcass. This is another instance of hard, gross and often smelly work, but it is work that must be done if you want to prosper in the wild! Of course, vegetarians need not apply…

For pioneers, any kind of waste that could be avoided was anathema, and this edict was doubly true for any provision as essential as food. Pioneers knew how to preserve all kinds of food in order to maximize their return on investment when it came to their efforts.

Vegetables, fruits and meat were all preserved when possible in order to pad the pantry for the long winter or time of lack that would inevitably come.

The pioneers from long ago did this using all kinds of ingenious methods that are still viable today, including salting, pickling and smoking.

This was an especially popular approach with meat, since the harvest of a large game animal could produce a quantity of meat that even a couple of families cannot hope to eat before it spoiled.

Preservation was the only way to keep them viable for any amount of time after a kill. It was also done to ensure rations were available for long journeys into unknown territory.

Pemmican, jerky, dried berries and more were all popular trail food and produced by some of the most common methods of preservation available to pioneers.

We do plenty of our own food preservation today, including such ubiquitous methods as canning, but our preservation is typically made possible by modern technology, and the conveniences built-in to our modern kitchens.

That is all well and good, so long as you know how to put them to use in order to prolong and preserve your food supplies to keep them fresh.

But even so, you will not have those “luxury” appliances after the end, and for that reason it is a good idea to keep one or two primitive methods of preservation under your hat!

Humans have raised animals on farms for millennia, and pioneers who had the skills and the breeding stock to start with certainly did for the benefit of everyone.

Farm animals can be raised for all kinds of products: chickens for their eggs and meat, cows for meat and milk, pigs for delicious pork of course, and goats for meat as well as milk, though this is less popular today.

Other animals can be raised for their wool or hair, another source of comparatively rare fiber for the pioneer.

Raising and taking care of animals is an awful lot of work, and requires many specialized skill sets along with a fair bit of room, unless someone only wants to raise a handful of chickens or goats. But the results are so often times worth it, and serve as one of the best hedges against starvation that anyone could hope for!

But aside from the occasional backyard chicken coop, people who did not grow up on a working animal farm often have no idea whatsoever what is required in the raising and care of animals.

The pioneers did, and those skills were often passed on through the generations of a given family, father to son, on and on down the years.

It might not be a skill you have considered before, since most animals are not particularly portable and if you are planning on bugging out your animals will likely not be going with you, but none the less you should learn the basics of animal husbandry.

There are farm animals all over the world, it is not impossible to domesticate certain species of wild animal and breed them in captivity.

These are skills that are worth passing on, and more importantly, are an essential part of any self-reliance plan for preppers. Take the time to get at least a basic education in animal husbandry; you might yet be glad you did.

Gardening and the planting of crops on a larger scale are not lost skills in the greater sense of things, but unless someone is a serious enthusiast or a professional farmer they are highly unlikely to understand the mysteries and the intricacies of planting to ensure a bountiful harvest.

I can promise you pioneers did, even if they were not farmers by trade. This was just one more way to ensure they had the materials and the food they needed if they could not trade for it, gather, or otherwise get their hands on it.

Most folks are not green thumbs, and that is not a surprise. Pretty much everyone knows that you can stick a seed in the ground, cover it with dirt, water it and have a reasonable expectation of seeing some green sprout in a matter of days or weeks.

But that is where most folks’ working knowledge of gardening or cropping ends. There’s so much more to it than that, including such arcane subjects as soil composition and health, crop rotation, seasonal planting, pest prevention and deterrence, and much more.

This is yet one more permaculture skill that any serious, long-term survivor should endeavor to learn even if it is not their primary method of producing food and other resources.

Much like trapping, the planting of crops, even if it is just a small garden, will produce returns out of all proportion with the effort that went into it up front, and once your plans are established all they require is periodic upkeep and regular watering. They will take care of themselves from then on, until it is time to harvest them!

Like so many other lessons, history provides us with many examples of ingenuity, skill and tenacity that we can learn from in order to improve our own performance today.

The pioneers of eras gone by can furnish us many such lessons in self-sufficiency, and the skills that they typically possessed can serve as a useful template for our own prepping.

Review this list of lost pioneer skills above and see if some or all of them do not warrant inclusion in your SHTF survival plan!

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Simple Tips to Start Your Prepping Journey

Simple Tips to Start Your Prepping Journey

Looking to be better prepared for emergencies, but find the info online confusing? Check out our Prepping for Beginners – Emergency Preparedness Checklist where we made it simple and easy! Follow the basic prepping steps below to get your affairs in order and be ready for any major or minor disaster that could strike!

In today’s world, bad things can (and unfortunately do) happen. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, pandemics, riots are becoming all too common. Instead of getting overwhelmed, you have chosen to take the first steps towards being prepared! Bravo!

Rest assured, you are not alone in your journey. The prepper movement is filled with very rational people (not all the doomsday type) who are simply looking to prepare their family for things that could happen.

I started my Prepper journey after having kids and realizing how unprepared we were during a winter storm power outage. From that day on, I have been taking steps to be as prepared as possible for the inevitable events that will impact our lives (COVID-19 for example).

While we can’t cover everything that could happen, by preparing with a solid foundation you will be prepared for most anything that may come your way.

When you search for “Prepper” online, you can find some extreme advice. There are things you can do to be 100% prepared for anything, but some of the advice you find online is not worth the effort given the likelihood of the event.

You will find our advice to be simple, reliable, and effective!

Prepping is a lifestyle change for many people. It takes years of practice to get into the mindset of a prepper, to advance your survival skills, and to find out what works for your family and what doesn’t.

There are some common mistakes that beginners make that can easily be avoided. Check out some tips and tricks that can help you jumpstart your prepping.

The first step in your Prepper journey is taking account of your key risks and major pain points in the event of a major emergency.

Start by assessing your location and the top natural threats you may encounter.  Some of the big ones to consider include Hurricane, Fire, Tornado, Heat Wave, Flooding, Winter Storms, Ice, and Earthquake. Other things to consider for few individuals would be things like Landslides, Dams Breaking, Nuclear Accidents, and Volcanic Eruptions.

Here is a great resource to help identify your top risks (Natural Disaster Map).

Next consider your current family and community situation. Do you have kids, older relatives, or neighbors that you would need to care for? Do you have anyone with a medical condition or critical medications that would need additional attention? Take stock on your key vulnerabilities and use these to help guide your planning.

Finally consider your current home and community. Do you live in a congested city, suburb, or country location? Depending on your answers to these questions, you may make a different decision on bugging in vs bugging out.

Is there the possibility of riots, crime, or looting in your area? If so, is your home protected and defendable?

Bugging in is the route that the vast majority of preppers will take when a disaster strikes. At the end of the day, it’s much simpler and safer than trying to bug out, especially for new preppers. In addition, most of the preparations you will make for bugging also serve as the foundation for bugging out successfully.

We’ll cover the basics of everything you need to bug in for up to two weeks, since this is the recommended minimum amount of time that you need to be able to survive in your home during a major storm or attack. The essentials are the same regardless of what level prepper you are, although more advanced preppers can check out our in-depth guide to bugging in.

Having a food supply is absolutely critical to prepping. You should have at least two weeks’ worth of food on hand in your house at all times, and more if you want to be really prepared.

Your food supply should be non-perishable, since you won’t have access to refrigeration if the power is knocked out. Most preppers use canned food as the base of their food stockpile, since it’s easy to store and has a long shelf life.

Freeze-dried foods are my preferred option. They can be very cost-effective when you consider that they last for up to 30 years!

It can be tempting to simply go out and buy two week’s worth of canned food from the store, but the best way to go about stockpiling food is to do it slowly over time. If you buy a few cans every time you go to the grocery store, you spread out the expense of prepping over time.

Plus, not all of your food expires on the same date, so you won’t run into the nightmare scenario of finding out that all of your cans have expired when you actually need to open them.

Ideally, you should try out the cans once in a while, too. This allows you to make sure the food isn’t spoiled – you can’t always trust expiration dates – and to replace some of the older cans in your stockpile (ie rotation).

It’s also essential to diversify the food in your stockpile. Although you hope never to have to eat your entire stockpile of food, morale is going to be very low if you’re eating the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two weeks in a row.

Make sure you get items that you’re actually excited about eating. You can also do yourself a favor by including items like raw honey or pemmican, which are highly shelf stable and add some sweetness or protein to your diet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your food stockpile requires some accessories. For example, you’re going to have a hard time accessing your food if you don’t keep a can opener with all of your cans.

Having a portable stove and plenty of fuel to run it is also critical to making the most of your food supply.

The last thing to think about when collecting food is how to store your stockpile securely. Your food should be in a dry and cool area, like a basement or storage closet. More important, it needs to be packaged so that it’s watertight, airtight, and pest-proof.

Your food should be able to stand up to flooding and needs to be completely protected from both bacteria and insects. Cans and jars satisfy all these requirements, but you can also use hardware buckets with watertight lids.

If you want to simplify your food stockpiling, there are some prepper-ready food kits that can help. For example, Augason Farms makes a 30-day food supply that has a shelf life of 25+ years and comes in a watertight, pest-proof canister.

Having access to water is just as important, if not more so, than having food on hand. Without water, your body will succumb to dehydration within just three days.

How much water do you need? As a rule of thumb, you should have at least one gallon per person per day. You may need even more if you live in a hot or dry area.

Keep in mind that this estimate also doesn’t account for water you’ll use for rehydrating freeze-dried foods, so make sure to plan on having extra if your food stores require water.

The best way to ensure you have water when bugging in is to stockpile it, just like food. While you can buy jugs of water from the store, it’s much more cost-effective to simply fill your own jugs from the tap.

Make sure you buy food-grade, BPA-free containers, as non-food-grade containers can contaminate your water with harmful bacteria.

The key part of storing water over the long term is to replace it frequently. You should dump out your water, clean your jugs, and refill them once a year to make sure that no bacteria can grow inside your supply.

This maintenance is something of a pain in the butt, but it’s important to make sure that you’re not relying on potentially contaminated water when you do need to access your stores in an emergency.

In addition, every prepper should have a plan for getting more water in case the situation lasts longer than your water stores. Depending on the area around your home, you can either use a rain barrel to collect rainwater or find a creek to fill your jugs. In the worst case, you can even build a DIY solar still or evaporation trap to collect water in your yard.

For any of those water sources, purifying the water before you drink it is an absolute necessity. Creeks carry giardia and other disease-causing bacteria at the best of times. After a flood or earthquake, who knows what’s in that water?

The best way to purify your water is with a portable water filter. We like the Katadyn Hiker Pro, but any filtration system that eliminates bacteria and protozoa and that can be easily cleaned without tools will work. You can also use household chemicals like bleach or iodine in a pinch, although this can leave a pretty unpalatable taste in your water.

The last best option for purifying water is to boil it. Boiling is extremely effective at killing bacteria, but it won’t remove impurities from dirty water that you collect from a flooded creek. Boiling also requires a lot of fuel, and you’re better off saving that fuel for cooking your food supplies if you can.

The bottom line: keep a reliable water filter (or two!) with your stockpiled water.

Unfortunately, the toilets in your house may stop working during an emergency, but your body doesn’t. While less critical than ensuring you have access to food and water, waste management is another important aspect of bugging in that you need to plan for ahead of time.

The problem isn’t just that human waste smells bad. It also causes disease. It’s important to keep waste completely separated from the rest of your shelter and, if you’re putting outside, to make sure it can’t contaminate any of your potential water sources.

The details of dealing with waste vary based on how your home’s plumbing is set up. If you’re connected to a septic tank in the yard, you’re in luck – your toilets will keep flushing. You just need to add water to the tank (make sure you stockpile extra for this). The same is true if your town’s sewer lines are also running, although this is a lot less likely.

If the toilet doesn’t work at all, you’ll have to either bury your waste outside or bag it. If you bury waste, make sure that you dig a hole that’s at least six inches deep and 200 feet from any water source. If you’re bagging waste, keep it in a garbage can or somewhere else it can’t runoff into your yard or a creek if it rains.

In an ideal world, emergencies would only strike during stretches of nice weather. But in the real world, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and storms can happen at any time of year. So, depending on where you live, you need to be prepared for extreme heat in the summer or extreme cold in the winter.

In summertime, your only good option for keeping cool while remaining in your house is to power an air conditioner (or shelter down in the basement). You can use a small, quiet generator to run a window air conditioner.

If you have a standby generator, you might be able to power your normal whole-home AC system. Just keep in mind that generators can attract unwanted attention from looters if society starts to break down after a week or more without power.

In winter, you have a few more options. Stockpiling blankets with the rest of your emergency supplies is a good place to start. If you have a fireplace or wood-fired stove, make sure you have enough wood to get you through several weeks without power going into the winter months.

Alternatively, you can buy a portable propane or kerosene heater. Both propane and kerosene can be stored for decades without going bad, so these heaters are a good insurance policy against blackouts. As always, it’s important that you stock up on fuel far in advance of when you could need it.

In a survival situation, even small injuries can turn deadly. There won’t be an ambulance available to call if someone gets hurt, so you’re on your own to deal with a medical emergency.

So, it’s essential that your emergency cache includes a medical kit, and one that includes a lot more than simple band-aids. We like the Doom and Bloom Deluxe Gunshot Trauma Kit because it includes everything preppers need to assess and stabilize major wounds. If you opt for another kit, make sure it has advanced trauma tools like a tourniquet, artificial airways, and clamps.

Of course, truly preparing to deal with medical emergencies requires training as well. There are tons of resources available to help you develop skills as a first responder. Gaining medical training is beyond the scope of most preppers who are just starting out, but it’s critical as you progress.

In many disaster scenarios, there’s no way to safely remain in your home. When that happens, it’s time to bug out.

Bugging out shares a lot of essential elements in common with bugging in. For example, food and water are still your primary concerns. You’ll be able to use some of your food and water stockpiles when bugging out, and items like your stove and water filter will be equally handy on the road as they would be in your home.

The main difference to bugging out is that it requires much more detailed planning and flexibility. That’s because you need to get out in a hurry after a disaster strikes, so there’s much less time to evaluate the situation.

You also need to know where you’re going and how you’ll get there. For more advanced details on how to evacuate during an emergency, check out our complete guide to bugging out

The key to bugging out is picking the right destination. After all, the whole point of bugging out is to end up somewhere safer than where you started.

The complexity of bugging out lies in that you need to plan multiple destinations for different scenarios. You might be able to go stay with your relatives in another state to escape a hurricane, for example, but that same plan probably wouldn’t be appropriate during a nationwide blackout.

It’s important to think of a variety of different events that could happen and to have a specific bug out destination for each of them.

When choosing a destination, the main considerations should be the same as those for bugging in. Your destination should have access to enough food and water to last for as long as you need. You’ll also need shelter, although depending on the season and location you may be able to manage this with a simple tent. For the worst-case scenarios, isolation and defensibility are also important considerations.

Distance also comes into play. The further you have to go to get to your chosen bug out location, the harder the journey is going to be. Chances are, there are going to be a ton of other people on the roads during a regional or national catastrophe, and key roads may be blocked or destroyed. There probably won’t be any food or gas along the way, either.

Given that, your bug out destination should ideally be as close as possible. Always have a backup location planned that you can reach on a single tank of gas or less.

Almost every bug out plan relies on your car, so it’s absolutely critical to keep it in a state of readiness. That means first and foremost keeping the gas tank as full as possible. The more time you spend driving around with less than half a tank of gas, the more you expose yourself to the possibility of not having enough fuel to get to your bug out location when a disaster strikes.

Keeping a spare gas can in your car or garage is also a good idea, especially if you live far from most of your primary bug out locations. Just remember that gasoline only lasts six months, so you’ll need to cycle through your stockpiled gasoline relatively frequently.

Ensuring your car is ready to go during an emergency also means stocking it with everything you need for the roads between your home and your destination. If your route calls for crossing a mountain range in winter, for example, you need to keep winter essentials in your car even if it’s warm and sunny around your house.

Time is of the essence when you’re bugging out. You should have a bug out bag stocked and ready to go either already in your car or easily accessible at your home. That way, when a disaster hits, you don’t need to waste precious time packing supplies or searching through your outdoor gear for items you need.

So, what goes in your bug out bag? You can check out our full bug out bag list of essentials, but these are the basic items:

You’ll notice that some of these items, like your water filter and stove, are also part of your bug in cache. It’s a good idea to leave these supplies in your bug out bag so they’re ready to go. If you decide to bug in, you can grab them out of there.

Food is another major component of your bug out kit. Some preppers like to put food in a bag of its own, but this bag should always stay in the same place as your bug out bag. Ideally, keep the most lightweight components of your bug in food cache, like freeze-dried foods, in your bug out bag. Plan on having about three days of food ready to go, assuming you’re able to get more at your destination.

In addition, every member of your family should have their own bug out bag – including your kids and pets. That way, they can carry their own clothes, snacks, and individual survival supplies. In the event that you get separated, this also ensures that each person has enough stuff to survive for at least one night.

Bug out bags are so important that we highly recommend packing your own and customizing it to your need. But, if you want to simplify the process, there are a number of premade bug out bags that you can buy. You can even buy premade bags for your dog or cat, which are filled with all the supplies your pet needs to bug out with you.

What should you do if an emergency strikes and you are away from home? This is the perfect scenario to consider what you carry with yourself everyday (everyday carry – EDC) and what you keep in your car.

A good way to think about how you might organize a list of EDC gear is to consider these two groups:

If you think about your EDC kit in these two categories, it can be a bit easier to understand what you should consider keeping handy.

Its also worth noting that local laws and regulations might also determine what you can and can’t carry with you. Some states and countries don’t allow certain types of firearms or have strict regulations on knife blades, sizes, and action mechanisms. There’s no point in buying EDC gear if it’s illegal and you’re not allowed to have it.

Having these items handy can be a life saver if an emergency happens and you are away from home.  Its always best to be over prepared than under!

If you find yourself driving frequently (vs taking public transportation) – keeping basic roadside or inclement weather gear handy is essential. These items can be kept in a handy bag in your trunk just in case.

Prepping is not only more fun as a community. Working with your neighbors to prep for a disaster has a number of advantages.

To start, your neighborhood can form a cooperative island in the midst of an emergency. You can barter with each other for different types of food and tools, as well as offer collective security through a neighborhood watch.

Prepping with your community also allows different families to specialize in different survival skills – like medicine, hunting, or water filtration – so you can split up tasks. Instead of being completely on your own, a prepared community can offer a microcosm of society even as the rest of the world falls apart.

Ahead of an emergency, you can even cost-share resources with your neighbors. For example, generators, which are one of the more expensive pieces of prepping gear you can buy, can be split among several families.

It’s also a good idea to share knowledge. If another prepper in your network has found a stockpiling system that works for them or is learning a new skill set, you can learn from them and share your own tips and tricks in return.

That said, it’s a good idea not to overshare your prepping plans. If too many people, especially unprepared people, know that your home is filled with food and water, you can quickly become a target as the social fabric starts to break down.

Be careful telling anyone other than family your specific plans for bugging in or bugging out, or reveal exactly where your food and water are being stockpiled.

Having plans in place to bug in or bug out and knowing how to seamlessly execute those plans are two different things. That’s why prepping requires practice.

One of the major benefits of practicing your plan execution is that it serves as a stress test. For example, if your plan simply calls for getting in the car, a dry run may illustrate that it’s not so easy when you or your partner are at work or your kids are at school. The best way to see which aspects of your plan work and which need tweaking is to put it through the wringer.

Practicing also has the advantage of getting your family on the same page. If everyone knows exactly what to do – what bags to grab, where to meet, and what the contingency plans are – you can save a significant amount of time when trying to get out the door after a disaster starts.

Those minutes can make the difference between escaping your city before everyone else gets on the road and getting stuck in endless traffic.

The need for practice doesn’t just apply to bugging in and bugging out, either. If you learn specific skills that can be useful in an emergency, like how to treat trauma, riflery or archery for hunting, or self-defense techniques, those need to be practiced as well.

If you don’t keep up your survival skills, they won’t be there to serve you when the time comes.

Remember, your plans are only as good as their execution. Practicing ensures that you and your family know exactly what the plan is when the time comes, so you can maximize the chances of everything going in your favor.

Prepping is more than just an insurance policy against catastrophe. It’s a lifestyle with a community of like-minded people who want to be self-sufficient no matter what happens. By starting to prepare yourself and your family, you’re taking the first step on a journey that can help you learn new skills and offer peace of mind in your everyday life.

From here, there are tons of resources that you can turn to in order to learn more about the ins and outs of prepping. The Level 1 Prepper Guide is a good place to start. Or, check out the detailed guides to bugging in or bugging out. You can also start to build your own prepper library at home to keep references that can come in handy while you’re bugging in.

Most of all, remember that your prepping should be flexible and that practice is essential. The more you address the assumptions in your gear, supplies, and plans, the better your chances of surviving whatever the world throws at you.

Building your survival skills over time and continuously reassessing your plans, stockpiles, and every other aspect of your prep will ensure that you’re fully ready will be ready when the time comes to put it to work.

One of the most important decisions you’ll need to make in an emergency situation is whether to bug in or bug out. Bugging in means sheltering in place, usually in your home. Bugging out means evacuating, often to an unaffected area but also to a safehouse or an area that offers more options for survival.

The decision to bug in or bug out will typically be made as soon as a disaster strikes, or even beforehand in the case of an approaching storm. So, when should you remain at home and when should you flee?

Bugging in should generally be your first choice in an emergency. Your food and water stockpiles are probably at home and you may not be able to take all of them with you if you bug out. If you have a generator, that will do you the most good at home since that’s where all of your appliances are. Of course, your house is also a ready shelter with tons of supplies that you can use in a pinch to keep warm or filter water.

Another benefit is that you’re probably more familiar with the area around your home. There are neighbors who you can band together with to trade supplies and form a collective defense if needed. Plus, if the government does come in with aid at some point, rescuers will have a much easier time finding you than if you’re hiding out in the woods somewhere.

The main reason you would bug out rather than remain at home is an imminent danger. A coming storm could threaten your safety with high winds or flooding, or an earthquake could be followed by aftershocks that could bring down your house after it’s already been rocked once.

During prolonged emergencies, social breakdown could increase the risk of staying at home if you live in a crowded area. You may also need to bug out if you’re running low on food and water, and there’s no way to get more resources around your house.

Ideally, if you’re going to bug out, you should do it as soon as possible. It’s much more dangerous to bug out a week into a disaster than right at its outset. Every minute matters when bugging out, since roads can become clogged, violence can break out in urban areas, and someone else can beat you to your planned destination.

To understand what prepping is, it’s helpful to look at an example of how a disaster can unfold much more quickly than anyone anticipates.

Take power outages. In most cases, the power goes out for no more than a few hours or a day at most before being restored, and the outage is typically local.

But what if the power grid was deliberately brought down by a foreign cyberattack – a possibility that is frighteningly real and for which the US grid is, according to most experts, entirely unprepared? In that case, the power could be down for weeks.

Consider the situation you’re left in if you haven’t prepared at all for this scenario,. There’s no heat or air conditioning, no way to keep perishable food cold, and the pumps that deliver water and natural gas to your home are likely to be offline. Gas stations won’t be able to pump gas, grocery stores will be shut down or immediately bought out.

As these shortages pile up and the blackout continues without an end in sight, the likelihood that society breaks down increases. The situation will only get more dangerous for the unprepared.

Chances are, there’s no help coming anytime soon, either. To start, city, state, and federal governments be in disarray responding to a regional blackout – especially if electronic communications are severely disrupted along with the power grid.

Even then, governments approach large-scale catastrophes like a blackout, hurricane, or earthquake with the goal of saving the most possible lives or mitigating damage to infrastructure. Your and your family’s specific survival isn’t necessarily the government’s primary goal.

So, there’s no rescue mission, you don’t have a reliable way to get weeks’ worth of food or water, and you can’t evacuate because gasoline is impossible to find. Your chances of surviving something as seemingly innocuous as a loss of electricity for a few weeks have dropped dramatically.

Prepping allows you to achieve self-sufficiency during a disaster and maximize your chances of surviving unscathed. The most important element of prepping is captured by the term itself – preparing ahead of time.

Preparations for an emergency need to start long before one actually arrives. As the blackout example demonstrates, you’re going to be largely out of luck if you wait until the catastrophe is already in motion to get food, gas, and water. But, stockpiling resources is only one component of prepping. Having multiple contingency plans, practicing them, and having everything ready to go at the moment you need them is equally important.

With prepping, you make your and your family’s survival during a disaster a tangible goal and do everything necessary ahead of time to ensure you come out alright.

Chances are, some of the habits you already have at home fall under the umbrella of prepping. For example, if you keep cans of food in the back of your pantry or have jugs of water stowed away in the basement, you’re well on your way to creating the stockpiles you need.

If you’re a hiker or hunter, there’s a good chance that you also have a fair amount of survival gear already in your kit. For example, you may have a water filter, a portable stove, a lightweight tent, and all the other items you need to shelter outside for a few nights.

Prepping can be financial, too. Having a stash of emergency cash around your house can come in handy when the power goes down, since ATMs and credit cards will immediately stop working.

These examples just go to show that prepping isn’t as difficult as it sounds at first. In many cases, you won’t have to go too far out of your current routine to start preparing your family for a disaster. It just requires a different, more proactive mindset – ensuring that the cans in your pantry aren’t nearing expiration or that your camping gear is always in a bag ready to go.

If you take this same proactive mindset to thinking about emergency scenarios – What will you do if someone gets injured? What will you do if a gas main breaks? What will you do if you have to abandon your house? – you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of prepping.

There are a lot of different aspects to prepping, and no two disaster scenarios will be exactly the same. But, the prepping basics can get you most of the way towards surviving just about anything that happens. Food and water are by far the most important aspects of prepping. If you have these covered, your options in a disaster expand greatly.

Another major thing to think about right from the get-go is how long you need to be prepping for. In general, you should have enough supplies to survive up to three days if you are going to evacuate and head to an unaffected area. If you plan to remain at your home and wait out the emergency, you should have enough supplies for at least two weeks.

For more information about how to maximize the time window that you can survive, check out our guides for different levels of preppers. You’ll be ready for Level 1 prepping after this guide, which means you should be able to manage up to one week in a disaster.

Level 2 preppers will dive into more advanced planning topics and should be self-sufficient for up to one month. Finally, Level 3 preppers will have extensive enough strategies, resource stockpiles, and survival skills to last more than three months on their own.

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Winter vs. Summer Savory

Winter vs. Summer Savory

If you’ve mastered growing basic herbs like basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme, it might be ready to tackle another new herb – savory.

There are two main types of savory, winter and summer, but both are relatively uncommon in most peoples’ backyard herb beds. There’s no good reason for this, either, since savory is incredibly easy to grow.

Add it to your herb garden collection, and you’ll have a comprehensive herb cabinet that will equip you with the ability to make all kinds of delectable dishes!

Here are some tips on how to plant and grow winter savory – and how to harvest it at the end of the season!

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Winter savory, or Satureja montana, is a herbaceous perennial that is hardy to USDA zone 6. Summer savory, on the other hand, is generally grown as an annual.

While there are a few small differences between summer and winter savory, they are, for the most part, similar in terms of their care and growing conditions.

Both can be used in a variety of recipes, although winter savory is generally described as having a more pungent flavor than summer savory. Savory helps provide and enhance flavor in your dishes without requiring the use of salt and pepper.

You can use savory fresh in a variety of recipes or you can also use it dried (the leaves are frequently added to potpourri, vinegar, butters, and tea).

A small semi-evergreen bush, winter savory produces woody stems and dark green leaves. Once established, there is little that you will need to do to care for it. It’s native to the Meditrrneanregion and grows low to the ground, going dormant during the winter months.

For the most part, there is only one main variety of winter savory. However, you may want to consider Satureja montana ‘Nana,’ a dwarf cultivar, or Satureja montana ‘Prostate White,’ which produces ornamental white flowers. This later cultivar is a bit smaller than the traditional winter savory plant too.

Winter savory can be grown from seed or as a transplant.

However, since it likes warm weather, most gardeners recommend sowing seeds inside, then transplanting the started seedlings to the garden once the soil warms. This will give you a necessary jumpstart on your growing season.

Plus, winter savory can be hard to find in stores. Often, purchasing seeds and starting your own plants is much easier than trying to find plants near you.

Sow seeds thinly in flats. You should do this about four to six weeks before the last frost. Sow directly on the top fo the soil. You do not need to cover the seeds with additional soil because they need to remain exposed to the light for germination. You will likely notice seeds in just 10 to 14 days.

While your seeds are emerging, it’s important to keep them nice and moist (though not sodden). Once the seedlings each possess three to four sets of healthy leaves, they can be transplanted to the garden as soon as the danger of frost has passed.

Make sure you harden off your seedlings before transplanting to reduce the risk of transplant shock!

Transplant your winter savory to a spot where it will have room to spread. Usually, this plant grows to about 6-12 inches in height and 8-12 inches wide.

It thrives in full sun and needs at least six hours each day. The soil should be well-draining, with an ideal pH around 6.7.

Prepare the soil before planting by adding a mixture of organic matter, like aged compost, and some sand. The sand will help promote good drainage.

You will want to pick a planting site that will allow the plants to remain undisturbed since winter savory is a perennial in many climates, you need to think about your long-term plans so you don’t plant winter savory in a spot where it will be inconvenient later on.

Some gardeners like to mix a bit of bone meal in at the planting site when they plant. This can add calcium to the soil, and encourage healthy root development.

Otherize, you can pick just about any planting site. Many gardeners use winter savory in vegetable and flower beds to help repel pests, but since it tolerates drought than poor quality soil well, it can also be planted on a slope or rocky bank. Its ornamental and aromatic flowers also make it a good candidate as an edging species.

When you transplant, your seeds should be roughly 10 to 12 inches apart. Set them into position and backfill into your planting holes, gently padding the soil back around the roots of the plant.

You may also be able to grow winter savory as a propagation via cuttings. To do this, take cuttings from the plant (the tips of new shoots will work) in the late spring and put them in pots of wet sand.

As soon as the cuttings root, you can transplant them to another container or directly into the garden.

Although you will want to water immediately after planting – and on a regular basis until the plants are established – once they’re settled in, you only need to water every few weeks.

These plants handle dry spells well, and actually do best when the soil is allowed to dry a bit between waterings.

As a general rule of thumb, you should water your plants when the top inch or so of soil is dried out. This plant is drought-tolerant once you get it established and you’re better off letting it get a bit dried out rather than too waterlogged.

Winter savory requires very little fuss and care, but it’s a good idea to apply a top dressing like compost in the spring. This will provide it with the nutrients it needs to be healthy without creating an ambulance. Avoid using liquid fertilizers, as savory doesn’t respond well to these.

You will need to prune your plants in the first part of spring before any fresh growth appears. Just remove the old seed heads from the previous season. Usually, this will be about a third of the overall plants’ growth.

The older your plants get, the more often they will require regular pruning. This will encourage them to develop healthy growth and a full form.

While your winter savory plant is getting established, do your best to control weeds. This can be tough when the plant is small, as you’ll need to weed carefully by hand to prevent uprooting the delicate plant.

However, once it’s a bit larger, weeding will be an easy task. In fact, the tall, spreading nature of winter savory will prevent many weeds from growing nearby at all.

Once it is established, you can put down a one- to two-inch thick layer of natural mulch. This will not only help to keep weeds at bay, but it will moderate soil moisture, too.

Winter savory offers a variety of benefits to nearby plants. It can help keep bean weevils away if you grow it alongside beans. It can also be planted near roses, where it can reduce the likelihood of aphid and mildew infestations.

Winter savory also helps to repel cabbage moths, so it’s smart to plant this herb near cruciferous vegetables.

This plant is highly attractive pollinators with its bright flowers. Therefore, it is often planted near beehives. Not only did it help bees stay healthy, but it can add a wonderful piney flavor to honey as a result, too.

Winter savory is cold hardy to about 10 degrees. If temperatures regularly dip this low in the winter, you may want to insulate against the cold during the winter months. Something as simple as a five-inch thick layer of mulch can help protect against freezing temperatures.

You will need to remove the mulch itn he spring. You could also use a cold frame to protect your plants during these coldest days of winter.

Winter savory has no major pests or diseases to worry about. In fact, due to its strong aroma and flavor, most pests are encouraged to steer clear.

There are occasional issues with spider mites and spittlebugs, along with leafhoppers, but usually, these pests cause insignificant amounts of damage.

Winter savory, like other herbs, is remarkably easy to grow in a container. You will just need a pot that is at least 12 inches wide, and equally deep.

Before you plant, fill the container with potting mix and a bit of loose sand to encourage drainage. Space your plants far enough apart that they get decent air circulation.

Put your container in a cool window that receives plenty of sunlight – six hours per day is ideal. You can also position your winter savory under a grow light. Make sure you water your container-grown savory whenever the top inch of soil gets dry.

The best time to harvest winter savory is first thing, right at the start of the day. This is when essential oils in the plant are at their most flavorful and useful.

Winter savory goes dormant in the winter and puts on new growth in the spring, when it is grown in a temperate location. You will want to prune your plant regularly to keep it from getting woody, as well as to encourage fresh growth.

Some people choose to harvest winter savory during the winter months, but the flavor will be better during the main growing period in the summer.

When you cut, select sprigs only for mature stalks. Leave about half of the stalk on the plant for the health and growth of the plant.

Winter savory has a ton of uses in the kitchen. Mostly, it is used as an herb on beans and meat. It works best for lighter meats, like turkey or chicken, and is often used in stuffing. However, it can also be used in sauces and soups. It loses a bit of its pungent flavor the longer it is cooked.

Winter savory also has a variety of medicinal uses. It is aromatic and also offers antiseptic and digestive benefits. Some people even use it to claim the itch and burn of bee stings!

When consumed, winter savory is believed to be a remedy for various digestive ailments like nausea, diarrhea, and sore throat. It can be used both fresh and dry.

The easiest way to preserve winter savory for later use is to dry it. You can do this by bundling the stems with some twine and hanging them in a cool spot out of direct sun, like the garage. You can also dehydrate the stems in a food dehydrator for a couple of hours.

Once the sprigs are dry, remove the leaves from the stems and store the leaves in a container that is airtight. Keep them in a cool, dark location, where they will last up to four years.

When you add the herb to your cooking, make sure you take the time to crush them. They will taste fantastic!

Unfortunately, winter recovery is the longest-lived plant out there. In fact, it will likely need to be replaced every five years or so when you are growing it in your garden (more often for container-grown plants).

That said, winter savory offers gardeners a ton of benefits. It’s not only beautiful to look at, but its flavorful sprigs can be used when cooking all kinds of foods, from peas and beans to chicken. You can even add it to cheese bread!

Grow a few winter savory plants in your garden this spring, and you’ll enjoy its piquant, spicy flavor all year long.

Rebekah is a part-time homesteader. On her 22 acres, she raises chickens and bees, not to mention she grows a wide variety of veggies.

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How does this relate to my fantasy?

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I have a little fantasy which I’ll tell you about it in a moment. First, let me digress to an article I read several years ago. I regret I don’t remember enough details to do an internet search on it, but here’s the gist:

A man committed some sort of misdemeanor crime. He retreated to his rural home and stubbornly refused to appear in court. Rather than instigate what could easily become an armed standoff, authorities informed the man he would be arrested the moment he set foot off his property.

They cut off his water. They cut off his power. (I don’t know if they cut off his mail.)

And yet – he and his family stuck it out for TEN YEARS. For ten years, they were entirely self-contained and made no outside trips at all. After that ten years, the authorities apparently decided the man had been sufficiently “punished” for whatever crime he committed, and lifted the injunction. Then, and only then, did he emerge from his self-imposed exile.

I must admit – putting aside whatever misdemeanor he committed – I have to admire this guy. I’m not saying those ten years were easy or fun. I don’t know how close he or his family came to starving. I don’t know what kind of untreated medical issues they had to deal with. I don’t know how they handled laundry or other sanitation matters.

But they made it. They survived. Whatever your views on this fellow’s shenanigans, you have to admit it was a neat trick.

Wouldn’t it be something to be completely self-contained for ten years and still manage to stay alive? That said, I’m afraid it will remain a fantasy. I’m currently 58 years old and my husband is 63. We’re in excellent health, but our peak strength is behind us. So, in lieu of being able to self-isolate for ten years, we’re concentrating on becoming anti-fragile instead, a far more achievable goal.

I found the term “anti-fragile” in an American Thinker piece entitled “How to Fight the Woke – and Win” in which the author stated, “In war, you must always secure your supply lines. One of the Woke’s most powerful weapons is economic pressure, so take that away from them as much as possible. Being anti-fragile will allow you to stand firm when you need to speak the truth.”

Between the pandemic, potential food shortages, social unrest, and possible economic collapse, we are living in uncertain times. Many people are terrified of the cancel culture, which essentially is a cult of bullies. It’s hard to speak up or fight back when doing so could destroy everything you’ve worked for – your job, your business, your career, your home, your family’s security, even your physical safety.

“My husband has been dealing with this at work for nearly 20 years, and yes, it has recently gotten noticeably worse,” one of my readers said. “We are brainstorming ways to increase the number of income streams that are not dependent on him having the job he currently has, because the conditions are NOT going to improve.”

There are even some warnings about the cancel culture in a cashless society.

Addison Wiggin on the Daily Reckoning wrote, “But there’s another angle to the cashless society that hasn’t gotten much attention:  What if the powers that be can ‘cancel’ people with unpopular political opinions?”

That’s why it’s important to become as “anti-fragile” as possible. The less vulnerable we are, the more we can stand tall and fight back against the bullies.

Consider these options:

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Obviously these are difficult steps for many people – which, sadly, means they’ll have to continue what they’re doing (shutting up and keeping their heads low). Nor can any of this be done overnight. It takes time to pay down debt or cultivate alternate income streams.

The point is, the more you can become self-sufficient, the less people can tell you what to do, threaten your livelihood, “cancel” your existence, or otherwise bully you into submission. Becoming anti-fragile won’t be easy, but it’s a goal worth striving toward.

This is not a new concept. There’s a story about the Greek philosopher Diogenes. Another philosopher named Aristippus had obtained a comfortable position at the court of the tyrant-king Dionysius. One day, watching Diogenes preparing a humble meal of lentils, Aristippus observed, “If you would only learn to compliment Dionysius, you wouldn’t have to live on lentils.” To which Diogenes replied, “If you would only learn to live on lentils, you wouldn’t have to flatter Dionysius.”

This sums up the tactic of being anti-fragile. Maybe you can’t self-exile for ten years, but at least you can give the middle finger to the cancel culture.

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Asymptomatic VS Presymptomatic

Asymptomatic VS Presymptomatic

We have seen a lot in the news about asymptomatic vs presymptomatic spread of COVID-19. This can be confusing because, how do you spread something if you don’t feel sick?

Below, you will learn the difference, as well as ways you can keep yourself healthy and prepared for any pandemic. 

Both people who are asymptomatic and people who are presymptomatic can spread COVID-19. But, what is the difference between the two? 

If a person is asymptomatic, it means that they have the virus, but they don’t have any of the symptoms. In fact, the person may not feel sick at all. Additionally, an asymptomatic person will not ever have symptoms. 

So, if people don’t have any symptoms, then how do we know they actually have the virus? 

Well, this is found out through mass testing. For example, you can find people who have infections and are asymptomatic by testing:

Basically, we have found cases of asymptomatic people through testing, testing, testing. This means that if someone has tested positive for COVID-19, they will have to be tested until they have a negative test result.

If the person gets to a negative test and has never had a symptom, they are considered asymptomatic. 

Because they don’t have symptoms, it is really hard to prove that asymptomatic COVID-19 people are driving the pandemic. Yes, they are contagious because they have the virus.

However, it seems that the viral load is bigger in those with symptoms. This means those with no symptoms or mild symptoms have less of the virus to spread. 

It is also unclear how long an asymptomatic person is contagious. What we do know is that those with symptoms can spread it up to 20 days after the onset of a symptom according to this website (UC Davis Health FAQS). Some websites state 14-15 days. Who is right, it makes you wonder who is correct? The CDC says space yourself 6 feet apart, now they are saying on TV it needs to be 30 feet, who is right?

Thus, it is implausible that an asymptomatic person would be contagious longer than one with symptoms. 

Follow-up is necessary in determining if a person is truly asymptomatic. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 88% of women tested before delivery, were asymptomatic.

In addition, another review said that about 40-45% of positive cases are asymptomatic. However, there has not been any follow-up to determine if any symptoms were developed later. 

If a person is presymptomatic, it means that they have the virus, but do not have symptoms, YET! Most people who may seem asymptomatic do eventually end up with symptoms. Thus, they are no longer considered asymptomatic and were merely just presymptomatic. 

With every virus or bacteria, there is an incubation period. An incubation period is the time between when you are infected and when the onset of symptoms show up. During this time, you are presymptomatic. With COVID-19, people are usually presymptomatic for 2-14 days. Most begin to get symptoms 5-days after infection. 

So, if people who are presymptomatic do not have symptoms yet, how do we know they are presymptomatic? 

Just as with asymptomatic people, we find out someone is presymptomatic through testing. So, if someone you work with tested positive, and you must get a test, and you test positive, you may be presymptomatic or asymptomatic.

Once you develop symptoms, you know that when you got the test, you were Presymptomatic. 

Just as asymptomatic people are contagious, presymptomatic people are contagious as well. Those who are presymptomatic may have a higher viral load than those that are asymptomatic, which means they would be more contagious. 

There is no way to tell if someone who is asymptomatic will become symptomatic. Thus, if someone doesn’t have symptoms, they may just be presymptomatic, depending on how they test and if the symptoms appear later.

Most people develop symptoms about 5-days after being infected. However, symptoms can develop 2 to 14 days after infection happens.

So, if you have the virus, you can in fact spread the virus for 14-days before you even know you are sick, and that’s where the real challenge comes in trying to curb the spread of the virus. 

Let’s face it, no matter what virus you get, you will be presymptomatic before you feel sick. As stated above, there is an incubation period. So, in essence, everyone who does not have symptoms and tests positive is presymptomatic unless they never get symptoms. 

Because you can spread the virus without feeling sick for several days, or even at all, contact tracing is important. Contact tracing is like detective work where experts break down the chains of transmissions of the virus through a community. 

So, if someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19, and lets the experts know they were around you within the incubation period, you should be contacted. Even if you are not feeling sick, you are asked to quarantine for the 14-days to ensure you do not spread the virus unknowingly. 

To learn more about contact tracing, check out my post: Everything You Need to Know About Contact Tracing

One of the reasons we as preppers prepare for any emergency is so when a pandemic comes about we have things in place to help weather the storm, so to speak. When pandemics like COVID-19 strike, things vanish from the stores, we can be quarantined in our homes for a long period of time, and basically, SHTF. So, what can you do right now? 

You could be quarantined for a few weeks, especially if we have a second wave of COVID-19 as predicted. Be sure that you have enough food and water to last you for 2 to 3 weeks, or even longer if possible.

However, due to things vanishing from the shelves, I would suggest stocking for much longer than this. At least 3-months. 

Not only do you need food and water, but you need to have medical supplies in case you do get sick or have to quarantine. Stock up on things like Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough medicine, cough drops, Vicks, or anything you take as a prescription or when you feel ill. 

For several months you couldn’t find toilet paper anywhere. I’m now able to find it in stores and it looks to be in stock on Amazon as well. Now would be the time to start stocking a backup supply of toilet paper.

I don’t know about you, but my stocks definitely saved me during the first wave of this pandemic. Keep in mind that some stores still have limits on how much you can buy, so you may have to go to a couple of different stores. 

I have several pandemic posts that can get you going in the right direction if you are just starting out with prepping. They also help you to think about things you may not have considered. Here are some posts you need to check out:

Besides stocking up on all the essentials, you should strive to keep yourself healthy. Eating the right foods, getting sufficient sleep, and taking vitamins is an excellent way to help keep yourself healthy enough to fight a virus should you get it. Since most gyms are still closed, you’ll need to figure out how to get enough exercise at home, or away from congested areas.

Check out my post: How to Prepare for the Second Wave of COVID-19 to find ways to keep yourself healthy. 

Knowledge is power concerning Asymptomatic VS Presymptomatic situations for you and your family! The more you know and the more you continue to stay informed, the better you can prepare for what’s going on around you.

Knowing the difference between Asymptomatic VS Presymptomatic is not to spread fear about COVID-19, but to help you understand the things we are learning so that you can better prepare yourself.

Stay safe and stay well. May God bless this world, Linda

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Good post, Linda. Thank you for the information.

Hi Janet, thank you for your kind words, that means a lot to me! Linda

Thank you, Linda! What a lot of research…but schooling remotely makes much more sense with this information, as difficult as it will continue to be.
Staying safe in S. Oregon,
Shirley

Hi Shirley, I have a post going live tomorrow morning on “Is Homeschooling Right For Your Family”. This year has been crazy and hard for so many families. We will survive but with consequences, I pray every day that the suicide rate does not surpass the COVID-19. God bless you and your family. Stay safe and stay well, Linda

Linda, I rarely disagree with you but one statement ” those with symptoms can spread it no more than 8 days after the onset of symptoms’ , I wonder about? If this were true, why do those hospitalized for weeks/months have to be quarantined until they show repeated Negative tests for the active virus? Your article was timely as my BIL had a co-worker who was exposed, did stay home a day and reported this, then tested positive, with only a slight fever. The co did do sanitizing, while having other employees work from home for a week. But, as the positive employee no longer had a temp, she could come back too. My sis is a bit worried. She works in healthcare, has a master’s degree, but also used to manage 5 labs so you know she understands about transmission. She happens to live in a state that dismisses this virus.

Hi Wendy, thank you for catching that. I was looking at all the CDC stats. Plus other sites, and it seems it changes every day. I just looked and the UCDavis California Health is stating 20 days since the FIRST symptoms appeared. Some say 14 or 15 days. I will change it to worst-case as of today-20 days. Man, my daughter was tested twice and she was told 14 days. Who is right, I will put 20 days. What’s hard is who knows when “the symptoms” really started. Thanks again, Linda

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Bugging Out Is Going to Be Rough

Bugging Out Is Going to Be Rough


16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane Season

While we’ve all been busy worrying about the pandemic and rioters destroying our cities, the calendar has been marching on. Time, they say, doesn’t stand still for any man, and apparently it doesn’t stand still for a virus either. We’re already into the hurricane season, with two tropical storms behind us.

According to the National Hurricane Center, this is probably going to be a worse than average hurricane season. I’m not sure how accurate their predictions are, but it doesn’t matter. This will be the first hurricane season we’ve faced with COVID-19, let alone any of the other problems the year has brought us. That’s enough to guarantee that it’s going to be a rough hurricane season.

If you live in a hurricane zone, then you really need to be ready this year. More than any year in the past, bugging out, if necessary, will be a real challenge this year. The biggest problem is going to be in finding someplace you can go, should you need to bug out.

This problem actually contains two parts. The first is finding a hotel where you can go. That’s always a problem, but this year there’s the added problem of social distancing. Hotels in some states are required to implement social distancing measures this year, just like restaurants do. So you may have to drive farther to find a hotel with available rooms, than you would have had to in other years.

On top of that, some cities may not welcome you in, especially if you come from a hotspot. There have already been several states which have instituted travel restrictions from other states which have high COVID-19 case counts. I doubt they’ll lift that for a hurricane.

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The solution to these potential problems is three-fold:

Before you say anything, I realize those three things contradict each other. Even so, they should all be part of your plan. Think of them as plans A, B, and C. Then decide at what point you’ll need to put Plan B (bug out) into effect. That will probably be something like a Category 4 hurricane heading right for you.

If you’re like a lot of us, you’ve probably dipped into your prepping stockpile already this year. The numerous shortages that have existed in our grocery stores have caused us to use food, cleaning supplies and paper products that we had set aside for an emergency. That’s okay, that’s what they were there for, but I’d take this opportunity to do an inventory and restock everything, as much as possible.

Don’t think of a hurricane as a three day problem. It has been clear in the case of every major hurricane since Katrina, that things don’t get back to normal quickly and relief supplies don’t arrive on time. In every case I’ve been able to check on, people were literally dumpster diving, looking for food, weeks after the hurricane hit.

Besides that, there are some specific things you should stockpile to make it through the first COVID hurricane season:

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonIf you’re going to stay home, then you need to be ready to cover your windows with plywood.

Taping the windows, as some people recommend, isn’t enough to keep them from breaking, especially if something hits the glass. All that does is help hold the glass in place.

Many people wait until it’s too late to buy plywood and the stores run out. You’re better off having covers for your windows prepared and kept in the garage or basement, so that you have them. Cut them to size, make sure they’ll fit, and then mark them, so you know which window they go on.

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Blue plastic tarps are great for protecting your home from further damage, should it become damaged by the hurricane. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about roof shingles coming off, or a tree branch crashing through a window. You can cover up the hole with a tarp and a staple gun.

Of course, you don’t want to try and put those tarps on your home in the midst of the hurricane. That would probably just result in the loss of the tarp and you getting soaked. But once it is over, you’ll want to protect your home from further damage.

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonFew people bother to stockpile gasoline, mostly because it doesn’t keep well. You can only store it for about six months, maybe 12, if you add a life extender to it.

Even so, you should have a couple of cans of gas stockpiled for a hurricane, over and above trying to keep your gas tank full. You can always replace that gasoline later, burning it in your car or lawnmower.

One of the problems with any mass evacuation is that gas stations run out. Then people are stuck along the road, waiting until trucks can bring in more gas. That’s obviously not a good position to be in. Keeping an extra 5 or 10 gallons of gas on hand will help ensure you can get to your destination, even when others can’t.

If you can, I’d recommend keeping that gas in metal gas cans, rather than plastic ones. While the plastic ones are safe for gasoline, they’re really not designed for long-term storage. When the gas heats and expands, it puts a lot of pressure on the material the gas can is made of. I’ve had that cause more than one gas can to leak.

With COVID-19 still raging across the land, there’s always a chance of a family member coming down with the disease. Besides that, we’re heading into flu season, with all the misery and discomfort that entails. Between the two, it’s a good time to stock up on over-the-counter medicines that help treat symptoms of respiratory illness. Granted, those medicines aren’t going to cure COVID, but they might help you deal with the symptoms. They’ll definitely do that for the flu.

If you have to bug out, you want to make sure that you take any prescription medicine which family members need to take for chronic conditions. I’d suggest trying to get your doctor to give you a prescription for some extras, so that you can keep those in your bug out bag or vehicle.

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonThere’s always a high chance of injury in the midst of a natural disaster. The forces that nature can unleash are so far beyond anything that mankind has invented, that we have trouble dealing with them.

A hurricane, especially a Category 4 or 5, has winds so high that it can turn loose objects into projectiles, causing injury when they hit.

I’m not talking about a $19.99 kit from you local pharmacy here, but rather a good trauma kit. That small, low-cost kit might be good for a paper cut or a skinned knee, but that’s about it. You need something that can take care of larger injuries. Better yet, you need two, so you can keep one in your vehicle.

If there’s anything that’s standard prepping supplies, other than food, this is it. We can’t count on the city water supply remaining on during a hurricane, especially if there is flooding. That could cause contamination of the system, forcing officials to shut it down. Not only that, if you have trouble finding somewhere that will accept you, in the case of a bug out, you may have to purify water that nature provides.

Once again, this is something that you want in both your home and your vehicle. Don’t just count on a straw-type water filter either. The water purifier in your car must be good enough to provide water for your whole family.

Chances are very high that any hurricane will cause power outages. Our electrical distribution grid just isn’t strong enough to withstand the high winds and there is always the chance of broken tree branches bringing down power lines. Making matters worse, if you cover your windows with plywood, it’s going to get real dark inside your home.

Most people talk about having flashlights and spare batteries for emergency lighting. That’s fine, as far as it goes. But if you’re going to count on flashlights, be sure that you have plenty of them to go around. You don’t need a good flashlight, you need one for every member of your family, plus a couple of spares.

I’d also recommend having some other lighting source, such as the old-style Coleman “dual-fuel” lanterns. Those will run off of gasoline, so since you’re going to have gasoline anyway, that will hopefully ensure that you’ve got plenty of fuel for those lanterns.

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonIf the power goes out, so does your ability to cook, if you have an electric stove. Chances are pretty good that the gas will remain on, but you can’t be sure.

You can’t really count on cooking with wood in a hurricane either, as it will most likely be raining and windy.

Even if you try and wait it out, you’re still going to have the problem of your firewood being soaked to deal with. It would be a good idea to have a camping stove, along with a good supply of fuel, that you can use.

My preference is the Coleman “dual fuel”, which will run off of gasoline. I still remember watching my dad cooking on one of these when we went camping. They haven’t changed much.

You’re going to need to keep up with the news about what’s happening and the easiest way to do that is with a radio. Be sure to get a good one, preferably with an extendable antenna for extra range. It has to be battery powered, so that you can use it when the power goes out. Make sure you’ve got plenty of extra batteries.

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That radio isn’t the only thing you need extra batteries for. You should also have an extra battery pack or two for your phone, so that you can recharge it when there is no power. We depend on our phones for so much today, including getting the news.

Don’t just depend on having a charger, or even a car charger. Something could happen to your car, where you can’t use it to recharge your phone. Make sure you’ve got something that’s totally independent, even if it only allows you to recharge your phone once or twice.

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonIn this time of COVID-19, you’ve got to have masks and gloves to protect yourself with. That would be especially true in a mass evacuation, where everywhere you go is likely to be crowded with people.

I seriously doubt there will be much possibility of social distancing, unless you do what I suggested earlier and go camping when you bug out.

Don’t count on being able to buy these when you bug out. There are still a lot of shortages, especially of gloves. If you’re caught with a lot of other people bugging out, they’ll probably empty the stores. Be sure to keep at least a box of each in your car, just in case.

Like the masks and gloves, you would better count on bringing your own hand sanitizer in the event of a bug out. While manufacturers have been churning hand sanitizer out and you can find it just about anywhere, that may not be the case when bugging out.

Keep some in your car, just to be sure you’ll have it. Since bugging out means you’ll be traveling, you’ll probably go through more than if you were staying home, so be generous in how much you take along.

16 Things You Must Have in Your Stockpile for This Year’s Hurricane SeasonIf you are fortunate enough to find a hotel that you can stay in, you probably shouldn’t count on the quality of the disinfecting process the housekeeping staff has done.

While I’m sure there are excellent people out there who are doing an excellent job, I’m equally sure there are those who are just giving it a lick and a promise. It makes sense to disinfect your own hotel room, as soon as you go in.

Avoid bleach as a disinfectant, as it can discolor bedspreads and upholstery. However, you can use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide without problem. I’d be sure to have a spray bottle, as well as disinfectant wipes. The spray bottle will allow you to spray down the bedding, before using the beds.

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As I mentioned earlier, your Plan C should be camping out. That means having the right equipment to do so. While most of us have camping gear for a bug out, it might not be the kind of camping gear you really need. For one thing, few of us have tents and sleeping bags.

Think it through and ask yourself what your family would need, if you were forced to live in it for a couple of weeks. It probably won’t be that long, but better safe than sorry.

Finally, make sure you have plenty of cash available. With the risk of power going out, your credit and debit cards may not do you the least bit of good. In that case, the only thing that makes sense is to have cash. Think in terms of how much you’d need to have to rent a hotel room and try to have that much on hand. Avoid large bills, as those can be harder to use.

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you don’t put food – much less store it – in anything like an ammo box >> new or otherwise – you get food grade containers for the purpose – off brand “Tupperware is cheap as hell and you then store that in a pop cooler for protections & some security …

Good article, timely and with food for thought about where to go when the hotels aren’t allowed to reach full capacity because of social distancing, and other states may not want anyone from wherever it is we’re from. Even if we plan to camp out in our “steel tent” if it comes to that, we still need other supplies and equipment, as this article reminds us.

Regarding charging the phone: An extra battery can be quite costly, but most of us can charge a phone using our laptop’s battery, or the battery backup box on our main computer, at least a couple of times if not more. That’s a good reason to keep our laptops charged up at the end of the day, even though it’s good for them to run out some of their charge during operation of them. I charge mine up when it gets down below 50%, and at the end of the day regardless of where it is.

Regarding flammable liquids in a home or vehicle where young children are present: It might work out OK but that’s not part of my plan, given that any or all of my four grandchildren, all 5 and under, could conceivably end up here. My next purchase will be a Kelly Kettle or similar, and I’ll keep enough kindling-sized sticks pre-cut for it in an open box inside my garage. This article is a good reminder for me to get on that.

Having food on hand that doesn’t require cooking, enough for several days, also seems like a good idea.

Here’s a childhood memory this article sparked: Mom serving us cereal and milk for dinner by candlelight during a power outage caused by a hurricane. She didn’t want to let the milk spoil as the fridge gradually came up to room temperature. We kids all thought it was fun having breakfast for dinner! Dad was less amused as he set up and operated the big pump we had for the cellar for times like this. I don’t know if it was gasoline powered or some kind of hand pump–I was too young at the time to help, and none of us were allowed in the cellar when it was flooded. Good policy, for lots of reasons.

Me too! As a kid my parents decided to build a vacation home in the middle of no where, at least at the time. I remember spending three seasons there with no electricity, no phone, no gas, no heat, and no car. My dad and my uncle would come out on there days off. The rest of the time, it was my grandmother, mother, aunt, cousin and my sister. Our only luxury for some time was a working pump and a good well! We had delivery by a local milk man once a week and an ice man. There was a block of ice in the bathtub which was our refrigeration. My sister and I would forage with our grandmother. We would fish and clam. We would ride 3 miles on our bikes to a local farm for eggs and vegetables. My mother would cook in the fireplace. We would play cards in the evening by candlelight! My cousin use to cheat at gin rummy! Aside from that, life was good! We were living in paradise. Folks still do that in parts of Scandinavia. Work in the city and escape to small cabins the wilderness whenever they can. We weathered many a hurricane there. Never had to worry about losing electric because we never had any in the first place!

Hide from the wind; Run from the water.

As Ron White said, “It’s not THAT the wind is blowing, it’s WHAT the wind is blowing.” Still waiting to see Cantrell airborn. He shows up in Navarre and everyone crys.

Claude: Please inform Rich M that ammonia is not a disinfectant. It is a household cleaner. There is a distinct difference between the two.

This is the second time in a week that Rich M has stated that ammonia is a disinfectant. I thought we had cleared that misconception up several articles ago.

Ammonia can be used to clean items that otherwise might be resistant to ordinary cleaning methods but it does NOT kill bacteria nor viruses and to posit that it is a germicide is to pass false information.

Ammonia is an excellent degreasing agent (the caustic family members are).

Absolutely, but not a germicide as Rich M. stated. There is a huge difference between a degreaser, no matter how powerful and a germicide.

I have a press degreaser that is no longer available that is so strong it can take cosmoline off in one wipe. I most assuredly wouldn’t use it to clean up a suspected contaminated spot on my kitchen counter.

Hi Left Coast Chuck,

Thank you so much for your comment and for your continuous contribution to the website.
I have edited the article accordingly.
Best Regards,
Claude

Solar powered lights have come a long way in recent years and make a suitable source of alternate lighting. Many of the solar panels on solar lights are sensitive enough that they don’t even need full sun to charge. In any event, if you have several, you don’t need to use them every night. Charging the lights by the window for a couple of days will bring them to full charge.

Unless you are going to be doing something that needs intense light, you really don’t need 1,000 lumens in order to see at night. Remember that our ancestors did quite well for quite a long time with just the light cast by a fireplace or a single candle or oil lamp.

The Coleman lantern is great for outdoors camping but is overpowering inside a normal room. We used to use them every time the electricity went out due to a typhoon on Okinawa, so I got a lot of experience in Coleman lanterns during my twenty-six month vacation on that island.

In addition, if the weather is hot and muggy, a Coleman lantern will add to the discomfort because it really throws a lot of heat too. A solar light with a mirror behind it will throw quite a bit if illumination and be a lot cooler.

A Coleman lantern is at its zenith indoors in the winter time when it provides both light and heat.

we were there from 77-81. you?

’56 to ’58. 3rdMarDiv. HqBn Camp Courtney, Called Camp Tengan when we first opened it after being closed for some years.

Would be helpful if there was more info about a trauma kit. What’s in it? How to put one together or where to buy and what to look for. I’m assuming also, there needs to be training. I still have my HS Red Cross First Aid Book. Back in the day, had to pass that Red Cross first aid class and a water safety and swim class test in order to graduate HS.

CC: Check to see if your first aid book advises not to use a tourniquet. If it does, it is outdated. If it describes how to apply a tourniquet, even if it is from 1943, it is now current. What was old is now new. No more mouth-to-mouth stuff. Just chest compressions which used to be called artificial respiration back in the dark ages. It works. I used it to get a small Okinawan girl breathing again after I pulled her out of a deep tidal pool.

The new method doesn’t describe turning the vic over so that any water coming out of the lungs won’t be regurgitated which is important, especially in a drowning incident.

For a trauma kit, think burns, deep cuts, deep puncture wounds, arterial bleeding, collapsed lung, broken bones, gunshot wounds.

While one may consider that gunshot wounds meet a lot of the above criteria, they also present their own peculiar problems. Often they are two-sided wounds, so with gunshot you always have to check for an exit wound as well as an entry wound. It doesn’t do any good to get the entry wound all nicely patched up to have the vic bleed out due to the missed exit wound on his back.

A wound to the buttocks is not the laughing matter most would think it is. My very first investigation involved a .45 wound to the buttocks. Didn’t even exit. Not much bleeding from the entry wound. Although the ambulance was only a quarter mile away and the corpsmen were on scene in a very short time, the vic bleed out before the corpsmen could even start to administer aid. The slug has severed his femoral artery and he had bled out internally. His buddies thought he was faking when he lost consciousness.

Even if he hadn’t bled out when he did, he would have by the time they got him to the hospital and into a surgical suite. So, if you are treating a wound to the buttocks, do not assume that it is a minor matter.

The other thing with gunshot wounds is that they take the crud from the powder and what is in the barrel that sticks to the slug, plus whatever junk the slug has passed through on the way to the vic, plus whatever junk is on the vic’s clothing as well as his clothing deep into the wound. That’s why you should never stuff junk into the wound to stop bleeding. You are just pushing all that junk carried into the wound further in where it can fester and lead to an overwhelming blood infection.

During WWII and I suppose even now, Marines going ashore to capture an island were ordered to don clean clothes before going over the side into the landing craft. The thought was that although they were going to get dirty mighty fast, as soon as they hit the beach almost, with clean clothes, it would at least lessen that source of infection if wounded.

It would be nice if the member who posted that he had 30 years of experience as an EMT would write an article on treatment of gunshot wounds in the field with emphasis on what you might have to do if there is no immediate medical care available. HINT HINT HINT.

I am sure in 30 years he has had plenty of experience in treating GSWs even if he was not an EMT in a battle zone such as Detroit, Baltimore, Neuyauwk City or Nawleans.

Oh, silly me, I left out The City of the Angles (wow is that a misnomer) and, of course ‘Frisco — but if he worked in ‘Frisco, he wouldn’t have a chance to treat GSWs because they don’t have any guns in that city. They are outlawed.

Now, if he were in Oakland, that would be a whole different story. The battle of Fallujah would just have been a warm-up for a slow Saturday night in Oakland, CA.

Sorry, I got off on a political rant. Back to the main topic. The 30-year experience EMT would be the ideal person to write about what is absolutely necessary, what is nice to have and what you really don’t need (like tampons). Hope to hear from him.

God Bless you for taking the time to respond with so much gusto! I am grateful for every word! For some years, I never thought much about things like this. I always depended on my dad. He spent 35 years in the NYFD. Always new what to do in any emergency. Recently there was an incident on my block. I thought it was an accident. Busy cross street always problems. So I did what I always did, went out to see if I could help. Well, this time it was a shoot out. Drug dealers took over the corner house which was for sale and got into an argument with each other! As soon as I opened the door an officer yelled out at me, lady get back in the house! That got me thinking about what to do and the first thing that came to mind was to bone up on first aid! Yes, my book does include that information. My son gave me Israeli bandages. He said they were good to have on hand. Next time I know to go upstairs too and stay in the center hallway. And there will be no more looking out the window let alone going outside. For one evening, my normally quiet neighborhood turned into a war zone. Hope it never happens again, but if it does, next time I want to be better prepared! Thank you again so much for this help. It is very much appreciated!

CC: To go along with the Israeli dressings, start acquiring a stock of 4 x 4 pads. They are good for wound cleansing, make good bandages and if the paper is intact they are supposed to be sterile.

While tourniquets are becoming commonplace they are a little lower on my list of must haves. Any belt will serve as a tourniquet although in my opinion, I think web belts work better — for me at least— than leather.

Many thanks LCC! Will do ASAP! With the hurricane, I expect everybody will be out and about soon buying milk, bread, water and toilet paper! The stores maybe a little crowded tomorrow, but I should have no problem picking up what I need!

I have the essentials to heat, cook, surgical repaires, batteries and flashlights with a solar battery charger. Camping tent, mess kits, air mattresses and sleeping bags. Et. I have tarps, nails, screws, and more for temp repairs to my home. Don’t have window coverings. We don’t live near either coast.
I keep bbq sized propane tanks filled at most times. I own 2 generators q400 and a 9k. Keep 15 gallons of gas in rotation to keep it fresh. Have additives if needed to keep it fresh longer.. Have 10 gallons of diesel on hand for tractor. Have power tools and hand tools for most jobs. We use little electricity and heat with wood or pellets and can cook on that heater. Have propane water heater, cookstove and a Mr Buddy heater. Have several old fashioned kerosene lanterns and mirrors to multiply the light. Have candles. Multiple fire starting methods. Food stored for a year or more. Beverages and mixes to last a long time. 20 gallons of water plus 2 or more cases of water bottles. A well with a winch. Plan to order a new well bucket soon that fits down the 4″ well casing. A new toilet plunger and 3, 5 gallon buckets for doing laundry. A years worth of laundry supplies.
Herbs, sprouts and micro greens grow in the kitchen window. A lovely garden outside, and equipment for future hydroponics and winter heater in a greenhouse.
We plan now to bug in, under most circumstances. Wildfire would be the exception. Several bags and camping gear packed and stored in a bench by the front door. Easy to grab and go. Vehicles never below 1/2 tank gas.
2 bows and arrows, 1 cross bow and 18 bolts and two more formidable weapons all handy to grab and go. Or just handy for loose dogs after my critters.

Hurricanes are something we worry about in Arizona. No hurricanes, no monsoon rains. No rains, we dry out in a hurry. Best bet for rain are storms coming up the coast of western Mexico, then inland. I keep telling weather people, ask for global warming freaks to come in and give a lecture why we’re in a drought, then it might snow in August. I get a lot of LOL and yeah, God is laughing at them again. 🙂 niio

I have been enjoying your site for a few years now, but never felt it worth writing, as you cover things well, and I don’t need to load up your site with my own prep lists, just saying I pay attention to yours.
But,,,,,I just wanted to mention here that, as long as you are bringing up Hand Sanitizing products, it might be good to caution people that currently there are a good number of products out on the market that were RUSHED onto the shelves as a result of the China Virus, that have methanol in them, which is toxic if a goodly amount is absorbed into the skin. I ended up seeing some of the stuff I recently got had methanol in it, from finding a recall on it. Luckily, the store accepted the return, and had a suitable replacement.

The FDA has a site listing the ones to look out for,
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use

Seems most of the recalled stuff is from Mexico, but check these out, please.
Love your postings, often forward them to friends and family. Thanks for all you do.

The only alcohols to apply to your skin are ethanol and isopropyl alcohol also known as IPA. Methanol is what is used in the most effective paint strippers. It’s the stuff that advises to use rubber gloves and use only in a well ventilated space. Actually using it indoors makes you wish you had move the item outside even if the indoor space is “well ventilated”.

Ethanol is grain alcohol. It is what you put in your stomach that makes you think you are twenty years old, six feet tall and in perfect physical condition. It has a tendency to make one say, “Watch this” while doing really dumb things.

I agree with you, kind sir. You seem to be one of the more prolific responding people I see on here, and I have enjoyed your treatises. I even adopted some of your China Virus protection methods and incorporated them into my wife’s and my protocols. Thanks for contributing your many decades of life experiences.
I just didn’t want anyone here to inadvertently use the wrong stuff, as it was clearly NOT marked on the bottles I had.

Hi Hi-Style,

Thank you so much for your comment and your wonderful feedback.
I really appreciate you took the time to let us know about methanol.
God bless,
Claude

I live in N Fl and fortunately this storm ISS… whatever has moved out to sea for the time. Thought something was up when feeding horses and the wind was from the West. But trying to find hand sanitizer of ANY make has been out of the question since this China virus started. Right now if a bad one comes I will be staying at home so can better care for the horses and dogs. Better to let out in the fields than go anywhere, plus I do not have a trailer to take them anywhere. Just put up all the missile hazzards that I use every day and for the most part will be ok.

Sounds Like a very sensible plan. Soap and water is still our best bet. I have been in FL on business many times when the state is preparing for hurricanes. On the whole, id say after Andrew’s wake up call, the state really does a pretty good job! As a matter of fact, this City Chick was downright impressed! If you go further up the coast to the northern states, they do absolutely nothing! Even after Sandy, the response to which was a total failure, they still haven’t gotten the message. When the National Guard arrived at the local armories, there was no supplies and no equipment. Cuomo sold whatever was in storage and spent the money on something else. They had to borrow a generator in Manhattan from a fashion show to set up a computer. Bloomberg told homeowners that the city did a great job! He basically told them to go scratch when they were washed out. No one was prepared at home. Everybody thought everything should somehow magically be provided for them. People really had a hard time. Many still along the coastal areas still haven’t recovered financially and are still dealing with bureaucratic red tape. Good luck to you this hurricane season! I have many friends and family in Florida.

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When you’re stocking your own pantry or helping others in need, non perishable foods should be on your shopping list. These foods are great for emergencies when the power goes out, for camping, or simply for planning ahead. (Food prices almost always go up, not down.)

We’ll help you choose the best non perishable foods that last for months (or years). Plus, we have storage and organization tips, and a printable list of non perishable foods with estimated shelf life.

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Non Perishable Foods are safe to eat for long periods of time without refrigeration. They are also known as “shelf stable foods”.

Some foods can last a few weeks to months on the shelf.  Others can last for months. The longest last 10 to 20 years or more, such as freeze dried food or military MREs. 

Note: In spite of some silly prepper shows might say, it is not recommended to live off of nothing but MREs for an extended period of time. They are nutrient dense, but can be hard on your guts.

A young reporter took the 21 day “nothing but MREs challenge” in 2016.

He wrote, “I would alternate between vicious cycles of spending hours in the bathroom and then not being able to go at all.”

Non-perishable foods don’t require refrigeration, but are best kept cool and dry. If it sits on a shelf in the grocery store, it’s safe on the shelf in your home.

Temperature: Store products at less than 75°F (24°C) or lower, if possible. If storage temperatures are higher, rotate your food to maintain quality.

Moisture: Keep food storage areas dry. Keep containers off the floor to allow for air circulation.

Light: Keep food in opaque containers out of direct sunlight.

Insects and rodents: Protect food stored in foil pouches, cans, jars and bottles from rodent and insect damage.

Keep air out.  Store your food in meal sized portions, or a package size you can use up in less than a week once opened. If you buy in bulk, reseal in smaller packages.

Air is the enemy of long term food storage. Use vacuum sealed containers or Mylar for longer shelf life. Oxygen absorbers and/or vacuum sealing provide the longest shelf life.

See “Preparedness Storage – Finding Room and Keeping it Safe and Sound” for more storage tips.

The following tables give shelf life estimates for an assortment of foods. These estimates vary widely, depending on which reference you use, so we opted for more conservative estimates.

Start with the “best by” date, but use some common sense. If salt has been hanging around in the earth for thousands of years, it’s not going to go bad sitting in your pantry.

Do not use food with obvious signs of spoilage, like bad odors or bulging containers.

Note that whole wheat flour and brown rice have significantly shorter shelf lives than white flour and white rice. This is because they retain more fat, which goes rancid in storage. Don’t use whole grains or whole grain products with a rancid or bitter flavor.

Some of my favorite flours for bread baking are Gold and White by Natural Mills and King Arthur. These companies dry down their products more than most processors, increasing their shelf life.

If you want to freeze dry your own emergency foods, home freeze dryers are now available through Harvest Right. Learn more here.

Click Here to Download the Printable PDF Version of the Shelf Life Chart

If possible, ask your local food pantry what non perishable foods they need the most. Normally they are grateful to be asked.

Our food bank prefers canned meats and shelf stable proteins and meals, because those are not donated as frequently. They are, of course, thankful for any donation in good condition. (Don’t donate items that are many years out of date. They can’t use them, either.)

We have over 100 emergency preparedness post on the site, all sorted by category on the Common Sense Preparedness page.

They include:

Foods to Stock Up On (for Daily Use or Emergencies)

Home Freeze Drying

5 Best Freeze Dried Foods – Quality Long Term Food Storage

Home Food Preservation – 10 Ways to Preserve Food at Home

Emergency Cooking – 10 Ways to Have a Hot Meal When the Power Goes Out

Storage and Shelf Life of Over-the-Counter Medication

If you have preparedness or food storage questions, leave a comment below. We also appreciate it when you share tips that have worked well for you, since we have readers from all over the world, and everyone’s situation is a little bit different.

Allison says

August 12, 2020 at 3:36 am

Hi, have enjoyed your website. Lots of good info! What do you recommend for food storage for folks that don’t have a lot of land to grow in bulk or underground food storage? I live in a neighborhood with a decent sized raised garden bed, but a regular sized pantry. Also, are there options for above ground root cellars?

Thank you!

Laurie Neverman says

August 12, 2020 at 9:10 am

Hi Allison.

Check out this post for ideas for extra spots to store food and supplies outside of a pantry – https://commonsensehome.com/preparedness-storage/

And this one for above ground “root cellar” type options – https://commonsensehome.com/above-ground-root-cellars/

Even if you don’t have a lot of land to grow huge amounts of food yourself, you may be able to buy in bulk from local growers or farmers markets or even the grocery stores when they run a good sale on fresh produce. Many of our local grocery stores partner with local farmers for certain fresh foods in season, like corn, bean and apples. Buying direct from growers will usually get you the best pricing and freshest produce, but sometimes you need to work with what’s available.

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