Skip to comments.DID YOU KNOW ITíS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH? HERE ARE TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS ON HOW TO BE READY
Posted on 09/05/2012 11:35:26 AM PDT by Kartographer
What does emergency preparedness mean to you? For some, it means having a flashlight (bonus if it has working batteries). Others are a bit more advanced with a 72-hour kit or bug out bag basically the essentials to maintain life for a short period of time. Then there are those who build bunkers and go on extreme coupon benders to stock up on supplies.
Given that its National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness month hosted in September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, TheBlaze decided to speak with some of those in the preparedness movement that were familiar with (via The Marketplace by TheBlaze) and get some practical tips about getting ready for emergencies.
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My prepper purchase of the day: 20 boxes of 250 wooden matches each, for $20. That struck me as a nice price for an item that will have significant value in trade or as gifts to neighbors if things get unpleasant. I have many ways of starting fires, but this is one of the easiest, so it’s a good one to share in hard times.
I have a day after plan. Why wast good resources when I will know exactly what I need the day after, how big of a hole to dig and such. Boy wasn’t Y2K a disappointment?
I have flint and steel on my key chain and a years worth of dryer lint mixed with 1 bottle of Vaseline = 30+ chip dip containers of excellent fire starter ...
Then for fun I bought 500 strike anywhere matches and dipped them in wax (only had 6 empty pill bottles so the balance is in a shoe box) then took the left over wax and made those tuna can and cardboard candle stoves
Teaching the neighbor kids how to sharpen knives and tie knots
Prepping can be a fun hobby
Can't wait for Autumn nuts and berries. Yum. Better than store bought by far.
Ever torch an ant with a magnifying glass when you were a kid? Remember, a glass bottle or eye glasses can start a fire ( and a thief wouldn't think of stealing a broken glass bottle.)
I married a former Boy Scout. So I’m good.
Yep. I married a hunter, a fisherman, a trapper, a builder, a bee keeper, and ex-military man. If it's manly, he's done it. I'd follow him anywhere.
Prepper Purchase of the Week: a 14 cu. ft. stand-up deep freezer. Major expansions to the pantry are planned for the rest of this month.
My thought is people who get on prepper threads and post comments like this will be among the first to report you and your hoarding to the powers that be (That is if the don’t rob you themselves or blackmail stores out of you) in their efforts to make sure you too suffer just as they do. These are the type who hold preppers in such disdain that they will have the overwhelming need to punish you for having proving them wrong. May will go as far as blaming you for the ‘trouble’ thinking in their twisted minds that your prepping is what brought on the disaster. They seem to be conservatives, but they aren’t and place yourself and your family in danger if they learn of your preps. OPSEC always. Listen to what they say, think of this quote from one of my favorite westerns Open Range: Most times a man will tell you his bad intentions if you listen, let yourself hear. Ive heard their intentions and they arent good.
Zombies, Deniers, Sociopaths, Schemers and Protectors:
I am grateful that I had my prep supplies over the last few months. Meals would have been rough or non-existant without them.
One thing I ran through was canned fruits. It's not something I normally think about, and I did forget to resupply those last week on my big shopping trip. I'll probably increase the amount I keep on hand.
With the ups and downs in my income, I have to be a prudent steward and put stuff by when I can. Besides, it's not like stuff I buy going to get any cheaper.
Yeah those 3 weeks people spent without electricity after hurricanes were great.
I ate pretty well, regardless of the situation.
I’ve been there, only eating what was in our pantry. I thought we had 2-3 months in the pantry but it was empty after a month.
So now I don’t guestimate in my planning but count actual meals and calories.
I count calories and have a tally sheet showing how many 2,000 calorie days of food are stored. It's enough to carry our family rather well, even without supplementing with squirrels, birds, gardening, and other sources. A family of four should need just over 1400 man-days of food to last a year.
Be careful with mustang grapes. Wear gloves or you’ll likely get a burning allergic reaction when picking them.
My brother once went with me on a shopping trip, and I kept doing calculations on items. He finally asked what I was doing. Told him I was calculating the Kcals/$ value of each product.
It makes a difference when stewardship is required. Check out chocolate sometime on the Kcal/$ scale. ;)
Glad you ended that staement right. I was beginning to think you couldn’t hold a man. LOL
Homeland Security has a program CERT to train people for an emergency. They suggest buying dried foods while other parts of Homeland Security claim you are a criminal if you do.
As I posted on another thread, last week Anderson Cooper had a show about prepping.
He asked the audience for a show of hands of those who had a three day supply of water, food, and needed meds.
Realize this was an audience of about 60 people, no doubt mostly middle class soccer mom types.
My jaw dropped. Not more than about four hands went up.
Saying a chain saw is the most important tool so you can clear streets/roads for other people to travel (it said something like that), is ridiculous.
And, don't upset anyone when you talk about an emergency - it might turn them off or scare them. Hogwash.
Search out people who need help and give it to them. I guess that means your water and food.
That whole thing is simplistic and not realistic. No wonder FEMA went with that article. It was confusing. Somewhere it spoke of self reliance and that was the best two words in there.
I would say if you let FEMA know anything about you and your preparedness if they show up on the scene, you are nuts.
Y2K was a good thing for me. That caused me to do an evaluation of preps I had (always had preps in case of hurricane every year) and what I needed to add to that for a longer term emergency. I have survival equipment I would not have if I hadn't done that evaluation.
It sounds like you may not prep for anything. If you have a family, maybe FEMA will house and feed/water you - good luck with that.
“My brother once went with me on a shopping trip, and I kept doing calculations on items.”
My long term food came from Walton Food - the Rainy Day food they produce. It would be too confusing to buy those foods and have no idea about menus and amounts of food of each item to get.
I planned menus, calculated the amount of food for each menu, and did that to amount to a year with additional food added for good measure. That was for two people.
Stored grocery store food would be eaten first, then transfer into the long term food.
It does require planning and calculation to do it right but when it’s done, there is a sense of security. If trucks can’t get here, I’m okay.
Are you feeling well now?
I spent 6 years feeding 1500 of my closest friends in the USAFR (2 years deployed), so I can do the logistics on serving sizes, etc... Think multi-page spreadsheets. ;)
Having lived off of my stuff several times over the last decade, I've got it just about right for my needs.
Feeling better. I expect I'll be back to 100% by tomorrow.
I poisoned the house until the catz got sick, and backed off a notch, to make sure there weren't any more spiders lurking.
I live in a section of 61 townhouses and we have a gate with a code to get in. Most of the people are retired.
Three hurricanes have come through here since 2003. Why don't these people have preps all the time? They don't. They rush out to the grocery and grab bottles of water and cold cuts and bread and eat cold sandwiches the days power is off. This last time power was off for five days. They have no way to cook or heat food or make coffee. Based on that, they probably had one flashlight.
I can't save all of them so none of them know what I have. I was cool and had hot food and coffee and light and working phone and working TV even though power was off.
I just don't get the mind of people who have nothing as your comments indicate those people didn't, except for 4 people who had three days of food.
People are trusting others for what they need to live - to live, actually keep on living. I trust me more than someone else.
I think I've said before I can't compete with you on just about anything related to survival. I am really good because I have studied and planned and had to use my preps several times due to hurricanes, but I won't ever be as good as you are.
Glad you poisoned the house. Hope kitty didn't get too sick from that. Could you show pictures of spiders to kitty and ask kitty to kill one if he/she finds one?
What kinda spidee bit you JR?
My s.i.l. got bit by a wolf spider yesterday... multiple trips to the ER to get her stabilized!
Hope you’re ok now!
some say clearing the streets others say creating choke points and firing lanes, i wouldnt say its the most important, but its not a bad thing to have