Climate Change and Global Warming

Climate Change and Global Warming

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Why Books Should Be Part of Your Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is an emergency store of sufficient food, water and whatever else might be deemed necessary to survive for up to 72 hours following the occurrence of a natural disaster or major catastrophic event.
Bug out bags, also called go-bags or good bags (Get Out Of Dodge) must be portable and therefore of a reasonable weight. After the addition of water, which is almost certain to be the heaviest necessary commodity, there is not an awful lot of leeway for other items. Many survivalists lay in a stock of electronic gadgets and gizmos, believing that these will be able to carry enough information to get the party safety back to civilisation. It is unwise to place too much faith in delicate electronics which can be disabled by electro-magnetic pulses and GPS systems which rely on satellites for navigation – depending on the nature of the emergency, the satellites may not be functioning properly. Even the relatively simple matter of a vital cell-phone tower being knocked out of action could be enough to scupper a survival plan that relied entirely on a mobile signal.

Despite books being made of weighty paper and taking up a fair amount of space there are several books which certainly should be included in a bug out bag.

Atlases

To cover for the event that satnavs and mobile phones are not working after a disaster, every bug our bag should contain an up to date set of road maps and detailed atlases showing all the features of the surrounding area. Maps must be updated regularly, possibly even yearly if that is feasible. This information can be invaluable if a party is trying to navigate safely to a predetermined meeting spot, saving time-consuming detours and backtracking.

First Aid Books

A medical encyclopaedia with anatomical diagrams, information about common illnesses and their symptoms and treatments as well as information on basic medical knowledge, and step by step first aid treatment are a vital part of every bug out bag. These must be kept up to date to stay on top of the latest medical treatment processes.

How to… Survive books

People are always fascinated with the idea of being cast away on an island, lost in a desert or stranded in impenetrable jungle, and publishers have long been aware of this fact. When choosing survival books for the bug out bag be sure to choose those that deal with survival in a setting that is relevant to your particular area or terrain – desert survival is not going to be much help to someone stranded in a wintry city! Make sure that as many people as possible have read through the book, long before any disaster strikes as it is foolhardy to assume that one specific member of the family will be healthy enough to take charge, the designated first-aider may be unconscious and in need of care!

We human beings have not changed too much from our caveman ancestors on a primal level. We still have only three basic needs: shelter, food and warmth. Sure, we like our televisions and computers, but we can survive without them if necessary. Being able to cater for these three needs can ensure our survival until such time as we can return to safety or begin to rebuild our lives in a wake of a disaster.

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Benefits of Preppers Giving to Charity and Storing For Strangers

disaster_response-8348500I have heard from people and seen people commenting that being a prepper is a selfish lifestyle.  I personally don’t understand this mentality. The first thing I think about when referring to selfishness is someone who only cares about themselves and will do anything to satisfy their own desires. While there are selfish people in every parts of life I don’t feel that selfishness is the mentality of most preppers.  I feel that the real words that describe preppers are responsible and independent.

Storing More than Just for your family

I think just the independence portion of prepping actually makes preppers a benefit to society instead of a hindrance. The idea of prepping is actually very selfless in that preppers want to be able to take care of not just themselves, but also there families and in many cases friends and others who need help. So just being able to be independent frees up a prepper to do other things in an actual time of trouble.  They may be able to help the less fortunate and become leaders in a TEOTWAWKI situation instead of having to resort to unethical ways to get food and stay alive.

Should we really have more than we need?  While I am not talking about hording I am talking  about having a storage of food and resources that can be a benefit during society. Before an actual disaster we may think those people that didn’t prepare are just idiots and why should we have to support the people who did not do the responsible thing and prepare for the future.  While I understand this (and even agree to this in many scenarios)  there would probably times that being able to give to others will be very fulfilling and it would even be hard to not help.  A couple situations I can think of are a little child who by no fault of there own has no food to eat, or a person who has prepared but for some reason or another no longer has there storages (this could be because they were on a vacation when the TEOTWAWKI situation struck, or they may have even had their storages stolen and were able to escape for their life), and also having more food will be good to reward those people that have done something nice or beneficial for you or your family.

I am not saying give all of your food away or have your family go without because you are helping others.  I think we need to take care of our family so I would say first get your storage to a level that makes you feel comfortable and able to provide for your family, but if you are to that level it may be a good idea to have a little extra for those unforeseen good Samaritan opportunities.  Being able to help in a TEOTWAWKI situation may actually boost your morale, because I know when I am able to do something good for someone, during their time of trouble, I feel good about myself.

Helping others and Giving to Charity Before a TEOTWAWKI Situation

Being a Conservative Christian I have always felt that government is not the answer when it comes to helping those less fortunate.  I think we really need to be the ones to help each other.  Like I said before you should be prepared yourself and not giving everything you have away or you just become a liability when there is collapse of society, but being able to give back to others is not only uplifting, but it can also help them become more prepared.  I strongly believe that each person that is prepping is one less person that will give me a problem in a TEOTWAWKI situation.

The main thing we think about when talk about helping is giving money to a charity.  The charity that I really like and also relates directly to prepping is Convoy of Hope.  They are an organization that are a non-profit disaster relief company.  They go in after disasters and help those directly affected.  They help people get back on their feet by helping them rebuild and getting people food, water and other necessities to survive.  If you would like to give to this Christian organization just click here to Donate.

Giving donations to charities is only one of the many ways we can help each other and in the process help ourselves.  Think about some of these other options.

  • Teaching people the value of Prepping (each person preparing is on less person that will be a problem in a SHTF scenario)
  • Volunteering at an orphanage or a Group home (every child that we can help become a good citizen is a benefit and will help society)
  • Helping the elderly in your city (most of the elderly have helped us in one way or another through our lives and have helped shape us into the people we are now so why not give back to them)
  • Being a Neighborhood watch volunteer (This is a great way to meet others in your neighborhood and is a step to being a leader and being able to have some form of community and plan if we are forced into a TEOTWAWKI scenario)

I know there are many other things I have not listed that would be beneficial to help our society and minimize the problems that come with TEOTWAWKI.  Comment and let me know some other ways that we can help our communities and in the process prepare others. I think showing others that we care is the best way to show others that they should also be prepared.  Being prepared should also not be a selfish act, but a selfless act.

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How Our Food Storage Helps Us in Times of Typhoons

A tropical country, like the one in which I live, generally experiences more or less 20 typhoons in a year, some more devastating than others. Personally, I experience around seven typhoons in my part of the country every year, two or three of them disastrous.

If there is one thing I learned from my struggles with typhoons is that it is more important to have a full storage of food and supplies than a wad of cash or a wallet full of credit cards.

Having lived through typhoons that are bad enough to cause flooding and for us to have no electricity and running water for several days, I learned many things from each calamity that I feel more prepared when the next typhoon comes around. Obviously, the basic needs that must be met are food, water, clothing and shelter. While these things are supposed to be common sense, most still overlook them. I made the same mistake the first time I took charge of my family during a typhoon. However, I have since learned my lessons well and I would like to share some emergency food disaster preparedness and supplies storage tips so your readers will find comfort at the thought that, when disaster arises, their families are provided and cared for.

Having a well-stocked pantry is a good place to start when preparing for typhoons and other disasters. It is important to have food inside the house.  Food.  Not cash, not credit cards, but food. You see, the very first time I experienced a typhoon where I had to be in charge, I thought it was good enough to have cash at home, I thought I could just go to the nearest convenience store in order to feed myself and my son. Boy was I wrong. There was intense flooding a few blocks from my house so I could not even get out of the village to buy food. When the flood did subside, stores were closed because their inventory was mucked up by flood.  ATMs were either offline or had no cash to dispense. I was in dire straits. I learned that lesson well.

Building and maintaining a pantry of staples and other essentials do not have to be expensive or complicated. The trick is to build one’s stock over time. Personally, when I do my grocery shopping, I always buy an extra can or two of food like canned vegetables and the like. On the next errand, I would buy two extra boxes of soap. The following week, I would purchase extra batteries or toiletries, and so on. In time, the pantry will have enough food and supplies to last a week of disaster, maybe even more.

The point is to buy food that the entire family would eat. There is no point in buying canned beans if no one in the family would touch it with a ten-foot pole. Keep to the basics, the family’s staple food. Aside from food, it is also important to store drinking water. Finally, the pantry or stockroom must be at a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

I cannot stress just how vital it is to have well-stocked food storage for a family’s survival in typhoons. My son and I actually had to make do with very little food on those three days of the typhoon, flood and blackout and I never want to experience that ever again. For more tips on building and managing food storage, follow food insurance on twitter.

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The Perfect Prepper Home

wp_20130615_028-300x168-3716508I apologize to my readers that I have not gotten out an article in a while.  I have been with busy with home projects as my wife and I just bought our first home two weeks ago.  As this is right now taking most of my time I thought a post about what a prepper may want to get when buying a home.  Here are some things to consider when buying a home and how will it benefit your prepping and keeping your family safe during a TEOTWAWKI situation.

Neighborhood and Neighbors

First off while living in a poor neighborhood may be your only option with a first home, this could definitely be a problem.  In a poor neighborhood many people may be on government assistance and most are not self-sufficient.  This means that these areas are more susceptible to riots and violence not only in normal times, but even more so during TEOTWAWKI.  These areas are normally urban as well so not the best location for a prepper.  If this is where you must live you may want to have more security devices and weapons to protect yourself.

wp_20130615_006-300x168-3019945So would an off grid home with 40 acres and no neighbors be the best bet? I wouldn’t see any reason this would be worse than an urban bad neighborhood.  Having an off grid home also gives the benefit of being out of the way and possibly invisible to those who do not know it is there.  The main problem you will have here is that you are basically on your own and may have to do more work than those that have good neighbors they can trust.  For a bugout location I would definitely want off grid.  Another problem with off grid homes is most lenders will not lend so many times the home must be bought with cash.

The home we were able to buy has the benefit of having a decent neighborhood.  Each lot is 1 acre so we have some space while still having neighbors.  One of the first things I noticed was that both neighbors have chickens and gardens.  This clued me off that both of the neighbors understood self sufficiency and would be at least partially beneficial during TEOTWAWKI.  I also noticed that one of the neighbors had an archery target setup so he was probably into hunting and guns as I am.  The benefit I see with living in a rural or semi rural area with neighbors is that you can help each other as well as being able to barter goods and services.  I do believe you need to make a plan or at least talk to your neighbors about how things would go down.  Instead of having to do everything whether strengths or weaknesses the more people the more strengths you can focus on.

Storage Space

This is one of the most important things to consider.  If you are prepping in an apartment it is going to be much more difficult than if you were to have a home with a garage or spare rooms.  Just the food and water you want to keep is going to need a lot of space to be stored and most likely can’t be just stored outside because fluctuations in weather and the critters that may try to get to your supplies.  Then we have all the other necessities like toilet paper, batteries, and the many hygiene products.

So having a place to store your preps is definitely something to think about when buying a home.  A basement can be a great place to store food.  In our area there are really no basements so we have a few other places.  We will have a large pantry when we finish moving the washer and dryer to another part of the home.  We also have two other huge areas to store food the first is an enclosed carport that is now a large room.  At the moment it is really not being used. The second spot is a separate structure next to the home that is about 10 x 10 and is more of a hobby room with electricity.  Another great area to store things that are not food items are attics.  Many times attics can be easily made into great storage areas with some plywood and nails.

We also have a few other small structures.  There is on old roofed but open horse stable that works great for storing wood and keeping it from getting wet.

Self-Sufficiency

While the best type of home for this would be a totally off grid home, as there would be little change to how you live other than using your storage food and hunting for food, many people don’t live in these types of homes.  So what can we do in homes that aren’t so self sufficient.  There are quite a few things to do in homes like I have gotten.

First off in many areas you are able to have solar panels.  This not only will reduce your electric bill, but can also be wired to a battery bank to provide power in grid down scenarios.  Another way is to have a wind generator, in towns you may not be able to have them there are many rural locations that have no restrictions on them.  Having  a propane or diesel powered generator can also be a lifesaver.

The best way to get water would be from a natural spring or a well.  In the area I am in we have signed an agreement with the private water company that we will not drill a well, this is not a huge problem as it is very deep to drill a well in our area anyway.  It would cost $50 to 70k just to drill and install a well so it is not economical.  So we will be installing a water catch system from our gutters.  It will be caught in Food Grade IBC water totes which will bring a decent amount of water storage to water gardens and in case of TEOTWAWKI.  Make sure to have a water purifier on hand.  Also watch out that your area allows you to catch water, there are many places including Colorado that has all but outlawed water collection.  Water storage with water bottles, water tanks and gallon jugs is also a great idea.

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Having a fireplace or a wood stove in the home can be very beneficial.  Even if your stove does not heat the whole home during TEOTWAWKI there will be no problem with sleeping near the stove or fireplace.  The Mr. Buddy propane heaters are also great to have as many can be used indoors and can be used with bigger propane tanks with the correct hookups.  Most of the times you will have extra blankets on hand, but in hard times this can be a life saver.  Just keep extra blankets at your home for power or gas loss.

There are numerous ways to cook without electricity or natural gas.  It is good to have a propane or charcoal barbecue not only for TEOTWAWKI, but it is fun and delicious to grill your food.  There are numerous other propane stoves and cook tops you can get.  Also don’t forget the trusty solar oven they can work great and can be a lifesaver.  The one other thing to use is your wood stove.  Our home has an area for a wood stove but it had been taken out.  We were lucky enough to find a wood parlor stove that has a cook top.  Just make sure they are air tight.  The wood stove that can be used for cooking is really a kill 2 birds with one stone appliance, you will be able to heat your home and cook.  If you have enough room you can always have a bon fire outside which makes for great times and is great for cooking.

Currently we only have a Coonhound dog he is not only a companion, but a guard dog and he keeps the yard from being infested by prairie dogs.  We are also looking at getting chickens.  The great thing about chickens is many cities allow chickens in your backyard so they can be used in many areas.  You will need a chicken coop to house the chickens and keep them warm.  There is a chicken coop on our property that just needs a little love and we should be able to get it going.  There are also 3 other animals you may think about getting.  They are  goats (for the milk and cheese), pigs(for the meat) and rabbits (for the meat they also reproduce quite quickly).

Having trees and gardens are fantastic.  The best types of trees are those that produce some type of fruit.  Remember to find trees that will work in your climate zone.  Most of the trees that are sold in the nurseries in your area should be fit for your climate zone.  They not only produce fruit but will bring shade and also some privacy.  Like fruit bearing trees gardens can also produce lots of food.  An area for a green house or garden should definitely be on the top of your lists when figuring out what you want in a home.  In the area where I live it gets below 0 in the winter so having the green house to protect plants and be able to grow early will be necessary.

Working Space

wp_20130615_003-300x168-2411204By working space I mean an area where you have your tools and work benches and can make and repair things.  Most of the time this will be a garage or a shed.  A garage is probably the best way as you can also work on vehicles and there is a garage door so you will be able to have large things stored in it.  We were lucky enough to find a home with a 25 x 40 quonset hut garage with 220 power.  In TEOTWAWKI there will be much more reliance on yourself and your skills to fix and build things as there will not be a Walmart down the street.  So having an area to work will be invaluable.

HOAs

Personally I hate HOAs and that was one of the things we ruled out.  In many HOAs a lot of the self sufficiency things are banned.  So watch out and make sure you check the by laws for what you can and can’t do if you are buying a home with an HOA.  There are many varying levels of HOAs from what color you could paint your house to where your trash can must be put.  I personally was not a fan of all this ridiculous regulation.  There was one home we looked at that said there was a $70 a year HOA fee, but the only thing it was paying for was use of a horse arena, which I personally had no problem with.  So just make sure you know what you are agreeing to before you are buying a home.

There are probably a million other things that you may prefer in a prepper home, but I hope this list has gotten you thinking.  If there are other things that you couldn’t live without in your prepper home leave a comment and let me know what else you would want.

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7 Essential Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

If you’re like most car owners, chances are there’s some junk in your trunk. Time to clear it out and make space for some items that just might save your life one day. You probably think that you already have them—but then again you might not. Time to pop the lid and take a look at the 7 things you do not want to be caught in your car without.

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  • Fully charged fire extinguisher –

Unlike the seatbelt law, there is no law that says you have to keep a fire extinguisher in your car. But should your car or the car of another motorist you come upon ever catch fire, you’ll be glad you have one on board. Note that the above title reads “fully charged fire extinguisher,” which means that once you obtain your fire extinguisher it should be checked periodically to make sure it is fully charged and functional. Although most car fires are electrical, the fire extinguisher you purchase should be rated to handle all types of fires. You should also become acquainted with the proper use of a fire extinguisher, as using it incorrectly could result in a serious injury.

Sounds obvious, but a flat tire has stranded many a motorist because they neglected to make sure they had the full tire-changing setup in the trunk. A fully inflated spare tire, check. Jack, check. Lug wrench, check. Chock or block of wood to keep the car from rolling if on an incline, check. Once the complete setup is assembled your work is not yet done. You must now make sure that you and everyone who is going to drive the car has a working knowledge of how to change a flat tire. The best way to accomplish that is to give a tire-changing tutorial wherein you physically go through every step.

  • Reflective signs or road flares –

You can’t control where your car breaks down, but you can be prepared to warn other drivers of the road hazard your car has become. If you’ve ever taken a defensive driving course, you would know that road flares or reflective triangles are essential emergency items that very well could save your life and the lives of other motorists.

There’s nothing like the sinking feeling you get when you go to start your car and discover that the battery is dead. Fortunately, most motorists will be willing to give you a jumpstart. But don’t bet on them having jumper cables. It’s best to carry your own set. Make sure your cables are in good shape and that the positive and negative clamps are clearly marked and corrosion free. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you know how to use them correctly.

  • Fully functional flashlights –

Flashlights are another important item to keep in your car. Other than providing light at night, a flashlight can also come in handy when looking under the hood, under a seat, or in the trunk during the daytime. Buy a flashlight especially for your car. If you live where it rains a lot, a waterproof flashlight is a good idea. And while you’re at it, keep a set of fresh batteries on hand so you’ll have a nice bright beam when you need it.

You never know when you may need to render first- aid while on the road. Your car first-aid kit should contain the basics, such as bandages, tweezers, and antibiotic ointments. Over the counter pain medications and instant cold or heat packs could also be included. For those with medical conditions requiring prescription medications, a one-day supply should be included in the event of being stranded. Make sure to check all expiration dates to make certain all items in the kit are in date.

In the event of a road emergency that leaves you stranded for any length of time or requires exertion, such as changing a tire in extreme weather, you’ll want to keep several bottles of water in the trunk to make sure all passengers stay adequately hydrated. On that note, for those who live in areas where being stranded in inclement weather could be a real possibility—particularly during the winter—it’s best to be prepared by storing extra blankets and warm clothing.

From Global Change:  A few other things I would have is a tool kit like the one in the picture.  I have used that goodyear one in the picture for about 7 years with no problems.  I would also recommend having a hammer, crescent wrench and vise grips. I would have some beef jerky or some type of food like datrex emergency bars in your vehicle.