Friday, March 15, 2013

Emergency Planning for Pets

If you live with furry friends it’s important to plan for their well being and safety in an emergency, too. Few of us will forget the images of pets struggling for survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lesson was learned hard and fast, and animal welfare in an emergency took a quantum leap forward via legislation, public awareness, emergency services and owner preparedness.

Take some time to prepare for emergency scenarios befitting your geography. Every pet owner should have a grab-and-go plan for evacuating a home quickly and some geographies require a plan for extended absences. Here are some tips from the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States:

Get a Rescue Alert Window Sticker that lets emergency workers and others know how many pets are inside your home. Stickers are free from the ASPCA and from some pet stores or veterinarians.

Make an Emergency Supply and Travel Kit that is easy to carry. It should include:
  • Pet first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibiotic cream, instant cold pack, gauze, alcohol wipes, sting relief, scissors, blanket and tweezers
  • 3-7 days of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays and litter (aluminum roasting pans are the right size)
  • Liquid disinfectant soap
  • Garbage bags for clean-up
  • Food dishes
  • Extra collar and leash
  • Waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires
  • Bottled water for at least 7 days
  • A traveling carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (useful for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys, chew toys, and enough cage liner to last a week.
Arrange a Safe Haven and Caregivers. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets, so don’t leave them behind. Not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative to make an evacuation plan for them ahead of time including identifying hotels outside of your immediate area that accept pets and asking friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet. Establish a permanent caregiver should something happen to you.

Evacuation Preparation. If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced:
  • Keep emergency kit handy or load into vehicle
  • Make sure pets are wearing tags with up-to-date identification
  • Bring pets indoors. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  • Call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.
  • If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, determine which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows and flying debris.
  • Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
  • Fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
  • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.
If you keep other kinds of pets, the ASPCA lists special considerations for birds, reptiles and small animals that are important to read.
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

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The number of folks choosing a vegetarian diet is expanding. You can get all the nutrition you need with a smart vegetarian diet; however, the biggest concern for vegetarians is getting enough protein, which can be particularly challenging when relying on emergency food or survival food. Still, it’s not difficult with a little bit of pre-planning.

How much protein do I need?

First, let’s talk about protein. As a general rule, between 10 percent and 15 percent of your total calories should come from protein. A gram of protein has 4 calories. Earlier we talked about how to calculate your BMR number. Once you have your BMR, multiply it by .10 then divide by 4.

BMR x .10 / 4 = grams of protein you need per day

Generally, women need about 40 grams and men need about 50 grams of protein per day.

Before you figure out how to get enough protein, it’s helpful to understand what protein is:

What is protein?

Proteins are chains of amino acids connected by peptide bonds. Humans use 20 amino acids to build muscle and other parts of the body. Of the 20 amino acids, humans can only make (synthesize) 11; the other nine (leucine, isoleucine, valine, lysine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, phenylalanine and histidine) must be obtained from food. Vegetable sources of these proteins are low in fat and deliver lots of other essential vitamins and minerals at the same time, so it’s no wonder one in seven Americans has gone vegetarian.


Some vegetarians eat fish, dairy and eggs, qualifying for the lengthy technical title ovolactopescatarian.

  1. Fish - with few exceptions, fish is low in fat and the higher-fat kinds contain “healthy” fat, so fish is a great protein option.
  2. Eggs contain about 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein each, or stick with the whites and you’ll get 4 grams of protein with 0 fat.
  3. Dairy - milk and cheese comes in full-fat and reduced-fat varieties. Save the full-fat for special occasions and enjoy reduced-fat dairy for around 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fat per ounce.

Options for everyone:

Whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore or something in between, getting some of your protein from vegetable, whole grain and legume protein is going to improve your health and expand your horizons. Here are the powerhouses of vegetable-based protein that everyone can enjoy.

  1. Quinoa - a little grain from South America that is a protein dynamo with 18 grams of protein per cup
  2. Beans, lentils and peas - around 14 grams per cup. Garbanzo beans (chick peas) are even higher.
  3. Soy - 7 grams per cup and can be found in everything from soy “sausage” to soy ice cream. Some recent research suggests soy can affect hormones - both beneficially and adversely - so do a little homework before you rely too much on soy milk, tofu, and the many soy-based meat substitutes.
  4. Nuts - around 8 grams per cup - but be mindful of the high fat content of nuts - you don’t want to eat a whole cup every day!
  5. Vegetables and fruit - dried apricots (8 grams per cup), avocado, asparagus and spinach (5 grams per cup) are MVPs when it comes to combining vitamin C, fiber and protein.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

To Prep, or Not to Prep? That is the Question.

 Whether or not to prep for upcoming disasters is totally up to you. You cannot make a one size fits all preparedness plan. There are a lot of things to decide on when you are prepping. Everyone has a unique situation such as, you live in an urban area, you live in the suburbs, or you live in a rural area. When living in an urban area such as, New York City, Boston, any large city. You have to prep differently than if you were in a suburban or rural area. I am also a person, that is never too late to start prepping. Even though, the economic and social collapse of the United States government is close to fruition. I’m going to give you some basic ideas about prepping an urban area. You can take these with a grain of salt if you want but I do feel that these are just some of the things you might want to do.

 You need to come up with a plan whether you are going to be able to put out or or bug in. You may want a bug out plan, if you live near the edge of an urban area. This is only if you have adults and older children that can travel quickly between same zone to safe zone. There are several suitable and cost-effective bug out bags online. On the other hand, if you have to bug in, because of young children below the age of 6 or you have elderly parents they need to take care of. If this is your situation, you need to come out with a bug in plan.

BUGGING OUT- First thing is you have to come up with an exit strategy. I wouldn’t just plan one exit strategy, I would have several at least three ways to get out of town. Just in case and areas blocked off by either the government or roving gangs. Like I said before, this is only for adults and older children, because they will be able to run quickly and hide quickly. In this case, you just want to have a bug out bag. Most bug out bags have 72 hours worth of food, first aid kit, and miscellaneous items that you need to survive in the works for 72 hours. This means that you only have three days to get out of the city. I recommend that a family should bug in for a couple weeks and let the smoke blow over and then try to get out of the city. So this means you will need some storable food and potable water stored and have enough for family of four or whatever your family size is, for two weeks to a month. The longer you stay out of the hands of FEMA, the better chance you have of survival. If you have to walk around your neighborhood and draw a map. Find areas where you can hide along the exit route, because you have to walk out of the city, because the streets will probably be littered with cars that are empty, run out of fuel, any number of reasons why. Know your exit route very well because if something gets your way to where you can’t go your exit route you have to adapt and change your plan as you go. This is the reason why a map of the area is so critical. I’m not talking Street map! The map should be handmade street maps doesn’t show the hiding places that buildings provide,  you’ll need to get out of town.

BUGGING IN- I would only bug in, if I had obligations such as, taking care of elderly parents and young children. If you live in the center of the city, you might want to bug in you also. If you are bugging in, you need to calculate how much food you would need for your entire family to survive several weeks, if not several months. Many online storable food websites have food calculators for those people who have mixed family of adults, elderly and children. You will also need storage for potable water for the same amount of time, depending on your water usage and depending on the side of your family you should decide on how much you need. I KNOW I’M NOT GIVING A LOT OF ANSWERS AND THAT IS BECAUSE EVERY FAMILY’S NEED TO SURVIVE IS DIFFERENT. I know a lot of survival websites will give you a lot of advice or tell you exactly what you to do. I’m not here to do that.

The basic items you will need, if the lights go out and electricity just stopped working. Any disaster where you don’t have the basic necessities these suggestions might help you. If you live in an apartment, in the middle of the city and are limited on space.  I would suggest getting a storage locker that is close to you to store food and water in, because more likely than not have enough room in your apartment to store some of the stuff you’ll need.
1.       A large army duffel bag.(More depending on family size.)
2.       a solar powered flashlight.
3.       solar or crank radio.
4.       solar or crank recharger for cell phones (just in case their generators are still working at the cell towers).
5.       Several candles.
6.       5 gallon bucket for human waste.(Maybe more based on the size of your family)
7.       as much peanut butter as you can get.(This is a cheap way of getting something that is high in protein and I can be eaten on the run.)
8.       Make sure your storable food has individual servings in a bag.(Just in case you have to run you can take much of your food with you.)
9.       A hunting knife.(For self-defense because most major cities are gun free zones, but that doesn’t come into play, if there are other people with guns.)
10.   A folding knife.
11.   A multitool.(Such as a Leatherman)
12.   Handgun, if you can, with nine clips of ammunition.
13.   First aid kit.(The large first aid kit is best.)
14.   Liquor or any kind of alcohol.(For purposes of trade and barter)
15.   find people in your building that think the same way you.(Allies are always a good thing.)
16.   Extra oxygen and medications for the elderly and young children.
17.   Sewing kit.
18.   Heavy winter clothes.(You can always take off clothes in the summer but you can never have enough clothes in the winter.)
19.   Have several escape plans. (Even if your bugging in because you can’t stay there forever.)
20.   Have extra sharpened stakes to set booby-traps.
21.   Learn self-defense.(krav maga, knife fighting, basic tactical training, anything that will give you an advantage.)
22.   Stay in shape.( If you’re not in shape or fit. You will not be able to escape.) Even if that means walking every day, because every day you can walk further.
23.   Take a tactical weapons class. (This will come in handy even if you don’t have a weapon because you may be able to acquire one later.)
24.   Read as many survival books as you can.(Every survival book has something a little different that you can learn. Even if you’re in an urban environment, you can’t stay there forever sooner or later you’re going to have to leave. Just don’t read one type of survival book reads several different types survival in the woods, suburbs, anything dealing with survivability)
25.   Be adaptable.(The more adaptable you are to your situation or any coming situation the better off you will be. ADAPTABILITY IS KEY ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.)
26.   Sometimes you’re going to have to do things to protect your family, that you would not do in a civil society. PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.
Now whether to prepare yourself for a disaster of any kind, or not. This is purely up to you, if you’re real man and you want to take care of your family during a disaster, start prepping now. The government is not going to be able to help you in the time of the disaster. They have proven themselves to be inept and unable to really help people in their times of need. These are just suggestions, they are not guidelines. Prepping is an expensive endeavor, but it will save your life and your family’s lives. People who depend on the government to help them in the time and need have basically made their family worth nothing. How much would you spend to ensure the safety of your family. As for myself, there is no price high enough to ensure the safety of my family. Whether you choose the prepper not, you need to ask yourself a question how much is your family really worth. there is no price

Sunday, March 3, 2013

“Doomsday Prepper” versus Disaster Preparedness Engineer

I know this is basically a play on words but but if liberals can play on words than I should be able to play on words. People have bad perception of what a “doomsday preppers” is! What is a doomsday prepper? A doomsday prepper is a person who is preparing for major crises like collapse of the US economy, collapse of the US government, major disasters that have an impact on the way we live our lives today. Doomsday preppers make provisions and stockpile weapons, food and may have bunker of some type. They are the ones that have over a years supply of food, thousands of rounds of ammunition for several different types of weapons, which isn’t a bad thing but many people who think that FEMA will be there and their time of need think doomsday preppers are a bunch of crackpots. But as soon as FEMA doesn’t show up within the first week, the people who are not prepared are all of a sudden seeking help. I don’t like the wording of doomsday prepper. I don’t think it should be used anymore. Instead of using doomsday prepper, we use ”disaster preparedness engineer.”

A disaster preparedness engineer is a person or family, that prepares for any natural, environmental and man-made disaster. These disasters include; a nuclear meltdown at a power plant, a biochemical spill, volcanic eruption, hurricane, snowstorm, intruders, the power going out, or any other emergency that may arise. Just because you’re prepared for an emergency does not make you a crazy person. I was a Boy Scout when I was young man I was always talk to be prepared. The government is not always going to help you, especially at the time when you really need help and that is usually immediately. Not two weeks later, when FEMA finally arrives.