Showing posts with label preparedness kit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label preparedness kit. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Finding Water with None in Sight

Dear Readers,
This is a guest post by Jason E. Hill about finding water. If you are interested in more information from him, he can be reached at No Jokes Survival.
Please enjoy!
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The Daily Prepper News
You’re out hiking when you come across a neat looking trail. You follow it for a while, taking pictures, when you realize the trail is gone and you do not know where you are. It is getting hot outside and you are really thirsty. Your short hike has now turned into a survival situation. This scenario plays out frequently in National Parks and trails all over the country.
There are numerous ways to find and collect water in a survival situation. When in survival mode, you want to do as little as possible to preserve fluids and energy. Transpiration is a very easy method which requires minimal materials and minimal effort.
What is Transpiration? Transpiration, in generic terms, is when plants ‘sweat’ the moisture inside them. TheFinding water with no water in sight.amount of water shed will depend on heat, humidity, sunlight and the amount of water inside the plant. The way that we can harness is this wonderful and natural occurrence is with the use of a plastic bag…and the rays of that burning mass of gas called the ‘Sun’. Here are the steps:
  1. Find a tree or bush with as many green leaves possible. Avoid plants like poison oak, etc
  2. Use a plastic bag you find or one you brought with you, because your prepared, and place it around a big bunch of leaves.
  3. Bundle up the open end of the bag against the main branch and tie off with rope, shoestring or whatever you have available.
  4. If the bag is not naturally hanging low, tie a string to the branch and tie it to something low to the ground. This will allow the water collecting to pool in a corner of the bag.
  5. Allow the bag to be exposed to as much sunlight as possible. This will heat up the plastic bag, the plants will ‘sweat’, and the water will condense on the inside of the bag and eventually drip and collect in the corner.
  6. Enjoy clean fresh drinkable water that needs no filtration or purification!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Disaster Survival Lists, Guides and Tips

Home Safety & Survival Tips:
  • Get an Emergency Weather Radio and make sure you know how to use it. Listen to your radio during an emergency for any further instructions, officials may call for evacuation in specific areas.
  • Be ready to take care of yourself with your ownWater Storage, Emergency Food, & Survival Supplies that you have prepared and stored. Don’t expect the government or anyone else to be available for a rescue, you are responsible for your own personal well-being.
  • You may not want to think of adding this option to your survival lists... but it is important to consider Self Defense Products to protect yourself from the looting, unruliness and panic that often follows a major emergency or disaster.
  • Chemical or airborne hazards require a special response, this is calledShelter-In-PlaceHere is a guide provided by the American Red Cross to help you fully prepare for that type of event.
Another very smart preparedness tip is becoming educated and prepared to take care of yourself and others around you by learning basic First Aid and CPR.
Thanks to the availability of computers, it is no longer necessary to leave your home to obtain a certificate for either of these life-saving techniques.
Here are two recommended courses that are available at a very reasonable cost and can be completed at your convenience:
  1. First Aid Skills Certification - Expert Rating Online First Aid Certifications.
  2. CPR Skills Certification - Expert Rating Online CPR Certifications.

Evacuation Tips For Your Survival Lists:

  • If your plan calls for an evacuation, get out early. Don’t wait until gasoline is in short supply and the highways are clogged.
  • Always have a backup travel plan, with various routes to and from home, work, school, etc.
  • Plan ahead with friends or family to stay in a distant city that is unlikely to be affected by the same disaster.
  • Plan a meeting place you have identified in advance with each member of the family, certain buildings around the city are set up as shelters, but if at all possible identify your own "safe house", so you won't be trying to beat thousands of others into a shelter.
  • Each member of the family should have their own Grab-bag. The purpose is to be able to grab-it-and-go, thus avoid running around the house packing it during an emergency. 1-3 days of emergency supplies should be in the bag. Suggested survival list items for the bag are included in the printableAll-Things-Emergency-Prepared 72 Hr Emergency Check List, if you would like to build a Grab-bag yourself.
  • Have a plan ready for your pet survival lists, your Dog and Cat Emergency Evacuation Kits, a pre-arranged place to stay with your pets (motel or hotel), or a place for your pets to stay if they cannot travel with you.
  • Keep Some Cash Available. During blackouts or power outages, cash registers, ATM's and other things that we use to get cash or make purchases, will not be available. You will be unable to swipe credit cards or access ATM's. Having cash readily available will allow you to make critical purchases that you need.
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Emergency Water Tips:
Drinking Water Storage:
  • Fill all available containers, pots and pans with water.
  • Keep safe drinking water methods on hand, such as:
    filtering and disinfecting.
Emergency preparedness includes safe drinking water. The AquaPod Safe Emergency Drinking Water Storage Kit fits in your bathtub. The KIT lets you store 65 gallons of water, a 14 day supply for a family of 4 - Use it when a flood or hurricane is predicted that could interrupt a safe water supply.
General Use Water Storage:
(Do not use the following options for drinking, water can be used to flush toilets, wash your hands, etc.)
Increase your water storage quickly with items that most people already have:
  1. When fore-warned of an event, fill your bath tub, and sinks almost to the top.
  2. Additional water is available in your water heater, pipes and toilet fill-tank (don't use the bowl).
  3. Put two or three heavy-duty plastic trash bags inside each other. Then fill the inner bag with water, you can use your trash cans to give support to the bags.
  • Preserve water by saving the water from washing your hands, clothes and dishes to flush your toilets.
Emergency Home Made Water Purification System:
*This home made system is only for an emergency situation where you have no other means of purifying the water - 
  • This is a pour-though filtering system that can be made in an emergency, it will remove many contaminants, but should only be added to your survival lists as a "last resort" for water purification.
  1. Take a five or seven gallon pail (a 55-gallon drum can also be used for a larger scale system) and drill or punch a series of small holes on the bottom.
  2. Place several layers of cloth on the bottom of the bucket, this can be anything from denim to an old table cloth.
  3. Add a thick layer of sand (preferred) or loose dirt. This will be the main filtering element, so you should add at least half of the pail's depth.
  4. Add another few layers of cloth, weighted down with a few larger rocks.
  5. Your home-made filter should be several inches below the top of the bucket.
  6. Place another bucket or other collection device under the holes you punched on the bottom.
  7. Pour collected or gathered water into the top of your new filter system. As gravity works its magic, the water will filter through the media and drip out the bottom, into your collection device. If the water is cloudy or full of sediment, simply let it drop to the bottom and draw the cleaner water off the top of your collection device with a straw or tube.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Emergency Essentials For Urban Survival

Emergency essentials, include a wide variety of survival items needed for urban survival in case an emergency were to hit home. The first and foremost idea every home owner should consider is a cache of water, The human body cannot go any longer than three days without it. Having a 55 gal barrel would be ideal if a known emergency situation was going to arrive. You could fill up the bathtub and sinks as well. Having stainless steel cookware would be ideal for boiling water if the known water source has become contaminated. Stainless steel will not rust, can be cleaned easily and is extremely durable. This emergency essentials guide is depicting a scenario that would be 7 days long.
Since this survival situation will be occurring at home, shelter would not be the next item to secure. In a urban and wilderness survival situation water, shelter, fire, food is how one would prioritize his or her actions.
Communication would be a high priority. You and your family will need to know what is happening in the outside world in order to base a decision on which appropriate action to take. Having a hand held magneto type shortwave AM/FM radio with a built in flashlight would be a good choice, they do not rely on batteries and with one minute of cranking you would have two hours of airtime, Depending upon the severity of the crisis cell phones may be unreliable and ought to be kept powered down to preserve battery power since there would be no way to charge them, except if you have invested in a home gasoline powered electrical generator.
An emergency essentials checklist would include a resource for fire. Ultimately in a home environment a white gas backpacking stove would give you a means for cooking food, as well as disinfecting water, This ought to be performed in a separate ventilated area to ensure nobody gets carbon monoxide poisoning. In the event this emergency predicament fell in the heart of a frigid winter. The household will need to position themselves in a single area with all the insulating materials that could be acquired. One's body heat alone should keep everybody comfortable. Some could be tempted to use the stove as a method to obtain heat within the safe room but left unattended falling asleep may very well be fatal.
Survival food, everybody knows what happens when NOAA is forecasting 6 inches of snow or more, people go bat crazy and wipe almost everything off of the store shelves. What would happen if a regional emergency was forecasted involving a total power outage or some thing of that nature? One would not really want to be on the road, let alone going to any food supply chain. Possessing a couple of weeks worth of canned goods and water needs to be considered. If a crisis never comes about good, but if it does...
Lastly emergency essentials must include cash as well as a firearm. More than likely credit lines will be down and cash would be your only exchange for goods provided there is electrical power. Survival preparation needs to be viewed as a social obligation, one that every individual owes to his / her loved ones and community and his or her nation.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Prepper Tips for Babies and Children

Emergency situations and natural disasters are never picture-perfect situations. When emergencies strike, we all need to be prepared to survive until the crisis is over. But, there are special circumstances when we have to put the needs of others before our own. When it comes to babies and children, they will turn to the adults around them for survival. That's why there are special preparations that need to be made for preppers who have children in the home. These tips are also valuable for businesses, such as schools and daycare centers, who serve children. These essential items should to be included in your emergency survival kit to ensure that babies and children have what they need:
Emergency Prepper Tips for Babies Babies have unique needs. These needs must be met, even during a crisis situation. Here are some tips for preparing an emergency kit for babies:

  • Formula – Even if your baby is breastfed, exclusively, your kit should include formula for your baby. During an emergency, many women go through stress. Some even become dehydrated. Both of these factors can affect a mother's ability to breastfeed. Be sure to store formula with a long shelf life, such as canned formulas or powdered formula.
  • Diapers – It's always wise to store extra diapers, just in case. Emergency preparedness experts recommend cloth diapers for emergency kits. They take up less storage space than boxes of disposable diapers. They can also be washed out by hand to be re-used over and over again.
  • Clothing – Your storage should contain full outfits for each baby to last three or more days. It's best to store various sizes, just in case your baby goes through a growth spurt after your kit has been put together.
  • Baby Medication – As you know, your baby can't take medications made for adults. During a disaster, your baby may feel your stress. This could lead to minor colds, allergies, even stomach aches. Be sure you have baby-grade medications stored just in case your baby gets sick during an emergency.
  • Baby Carrier – As soon as a crisis hits, your first instinct will be to grab your baby. In a matter of seconds, you'll realize that you need to grab many other things, such as your emergency kits. It will be much easier to handle all of this at once if you can simply attach your baby to your body and keep moving. Have a convenient carrier ready for this purpose. Then, your hands will be free to grab other things as you and your baby run out the door.
Emergency Prepper Tips for Children There are two major additions to your preparedness kit that must be included if there are children in your home:
  1. Emergency Food – Children can be notorious for being picky eaters. In a crisis situation, this can become a very serious problem. If your emergency food storage is filled with foods your child doesn't like, they may refuse to eat any of it. This can cause malnutrition, low-energy, low-blood sugar, and various other health risks. Be sure to store foods that your children actually enjoy eating. This will ensure that they get the vitamins, minerals and caloric intake they need to stay healthy during the crisis.
  2. Entertainment – Many parents may not feel like entertainment is essential during an emergency. However, a major tragedy can cause stress in children. Having entertainment that can help them escape from the stress caused by the disaster can help them maintain mentally. A good prepper should store a variety of games and puzzles, as well as other forms of entertainment for children.