• Cooking Off Grid

    Have you ever considered how much of our lives are spent in the kitchen? For many, these are delightful hours spent in creative bliss. For others, it’s get in, get out, and move on to other less tiresome activities. Either way, preparing food is an essential part of daily life, and an activity that can be greatly disrupted in an emergency.

    During a natural disaster or home emergency, you might not be able to stay put. Even if you can reach your kitchen, your power or gas might be out, rendering appliances worthless. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have ready an alternative method for cooking, so you'll be prepared when it comes to cooking off grid.

    One option is the Cube Stove. The Cube Stove is a lightweight, stainless steel frame in which you light fuel disks while setting cookware on top. Selling for under $40, the Cube Stove is lightweight, folds easily, and is something you can take with you anywhere you go. It’s a great option not just for emergencies, but also for taking out with you camping, fishing, or hunting.

    Other alternative cooking options are Solar Ovens. For Between $115 and $350 you can harness the power of the sun, cooking without any other fuel source! Of course, daylight is an essential, yet unpredictable part of solar oven cooking success. But when it’s shining, these solar ovens get hot enough to bake a loaf of bread or roast a chicken, even on cold December days.

    Do you have alternative cooking options in your arsenal? As a member of the Prep As You Go program, we’ve arranged special deals for you, offering both the Cube Stove and the Sport Solar Oven at the best prices ever.

    Also, during the month of June, we are encouraging everyone to go out and practice their prep. Practicing your preparedness is a great way to find out just how ready you actually are. Couple cooking outside on camping trip in the wildernessWhy not take your portable Cube Oven or your Sport Solar Oven outside and cook up some of your emergency food storage?

    Now is a great time to get your alternative food prep plan in place, then have fun practicing how you will get coking in an emergency.

    Posted In: Emergency Cooking Tagged With: alternative cooking, solar oven, off grid, Cooking off grid, emergency cooking

  • Why Should You Have Solar Power?

    Following the devastation of the Nepal earthquake, thousands of volunteers flocked to the hard-hit regions to lend a hand and provide aid. These volunteers brought water, food, and shelter to help give life to the survivors.

    And while they bring life, others bring light.

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    SunFarmer is just one of the organizations working hard to bring energy and power to the devastated Nepalese cities, towns, and villages. The goal of SunFarmer is to bring the reliable resource of solar energy to developing countries. Nepal definitely fits the bill.

    Not to be outdone, Gham Power is a Nepal-based solar power company that rushed to the aid of its fellow countrymen. Since the earthquake, Gham Power has set lights and recharge stations to help aid workers and those still living in that area.

    While these companies and organizations work to provide light and power to the survivors, my thoughts are brought back to us, today. What would happen if our grid went down? How would we get power? Of course, even before the earthquake, electricity in Nepal wasn’t the most stable of commodities. This solar initiative could help change that, however. Just how stable is our grid? And what’s our backup?

    Following Hurricane Sandy, over 8 million U.S. homes were left without power for days, and some even weeks. That, my friends, is a lot of dark days and even darker nights. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that such a power outage could even happen here. But, if one super storm can wreck the grid like that, who’s to say it won’t happen again? And when the grid goes down, you’ll definitely want an alternate power supply.

    Power and light are very important to us as human beings, both in our every-day lives and as survivors of a disaster. The CEO of Gham Power in Nepal explained why being left without power is so discomforting:

     

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    “First, you don’t want to be in the dark, as it’s scary, you don’t feel safe, and it is also very cumbersome to get, or administer relief without light.

    “Second, in this day and age, your first instinct is to reach out for your loved ones to check if they are okay and let them know you are okay, and when you reach for your mobile phone, it’s dead and there is no place to charge it.”

     

    Without power, life really can be much more difficult. Fortunately, we live in a day and age where we don’t have to rely on just one source of power. As we’ve seen from the examples of Gham Power and SunFarmer, solar power is a viable option for providing ourselves with power. Of course, there are other sources of power out there (wind, hydro, etc.), but solar power can be used in most every part part of the world, regardless of geography. Except maybe the North Pole during the winter, where night can last more than 24 hours. But other than that, you should be good.

    Another reason why solar power is so great is that it can be a portable energy source. This means you can have power for your phone, laptop, or TV not only during emergencies, but anytime you’re away from a wall plug, like while you’re out camping.

    Check out our line of solar products and other alternate energy sources to find something that would fit your needs. Be prepared with power whenever you need it, wherever you need it.

     

    What is your preferred source of alternate energy?

    Posted In: Alternative Energy, Disaster Scenarios, Equipment Tagged With: Alternative energy, solar power

  • Procrastination: A Recipe For Disaster(s)

    Why aren’t you prepared for a major emergency?

    According to a recent survey of 3,000 people, the majority claim they just keep putting off getting prepared. These people have even taken First Aid courses, so we know they’re interested and even want to be ready. Procrastination is keeping us from being prepared.

    Procrastination and emergency shelter does not mix.We all know disasters like to make an appearance when it’s least convenient for us, and when we least expect it. The recent 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake should be a smack back to reality. One moment life is good, the next…, well, it’s quite literally in shambles. This earthquake is just one reason we should not just be thinking about preparing, but actually doing it. And if you don’t think such a disaster can happen to you, just remember the earthquake that struck Michigan earlier this month. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that "It's rare for Michigan to experience earthquakes, but as we were reminded today, it does happen.”

    And if it does happen, why do we still procrastinate?

    Mike Lloyd of News 1130 thinks that starting to prepare can be a little overwhelming, and he may be right. That’s why St. John Ambulance is providing people with 15 Easy Steps to Emergency Preparedness. St. John Ambulance is trying to remind people about the basics and also other things that people tend to forget about.

     

    1. Make An Emergency Plan

    It all starts here, folks. As Ben Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Does anybody ever really want to fail? And yet we plan on it – all the time – when we don’t plan ahead for disaster. Make a plan. To get you started, here are some things you should think about when planning:

    • Exits and evacuation routes
    • Family meeting place
    • Emergency contact
    • Plan for pets
    • Important documents (Social Security cards, birth certificates, insurance, photos of family members and pets, passports, health information, prescriptions, etc.).

     

    1. Emergency Kit

    This is pretty much the go-to for every disaster. Make sure you have a kit, because when disaster strikes, hospitals could very likely only be taking in those that are most seriously injured. Your emergency kit should help you survive the next three days after the disaster. But you might not even be home when the disaster hits, to the people at St. John Ambulance suggest to plan ahead for that, too.

     

    “You may be in a vehicle, so you need a kit for on the road or at work. You may have high-heeled shoes on at work – how are you going to walk? You may not get home for many days.”

     

    If you’re unsure where to start in building your emergency kit, ready.gov has some good resources to look through. Or, if you’d prefer getting a kit already packed and prepared by experts, check out our wide-range of emergency kits.

     

    1. Emergency Food and Water Storage

    We are all encouraged to be able to sustain ourselves for at least three days following a disaster. Having an emergency kit will definitely help with that, but without food and water (especially water), it’s going to be most unpleasant.

    Water storage doesn’t have to be difficult. Start by filling up 2-litre bottles from your kitchen sink and storing them out of direct sunlight. Each person should have about a gallon of water per day, so if you’re planning on using 2-litre bottles, that’s going to be about 6 bottles per person per day. If you have more room, consider investing in some water jugs, or even water barrels. These will help provide you with more water, so if you do need more than just three-days’ worth of water, you’ll be prepared. At the very least, make sure you have enough water for 72-hours. Every six to 12 months, you should get out your water storage and switch out the water so it always tastes fresh.

    Food is also fairly simple to store these days. Freeze-dried food can last up to 25 years, so if you get a can or two of your favorite meal to keep on hand, you’ll have a three-day supply of food without any hassle on your end. Best of all, freeze-dried meals are delicious and easy to prepare – just add hot water, wait about 10 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a full-on meal!

     

    Procrastination is unpreparedness.So you see, preparing for disaster doesn’t have to be hard. You can even start today by filling water containers and stashing them in your storage room. That will take about five minutes.

    Now’s the time to start preparing. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Even if nothing happens, there is peace of mind that comes in knowing that if a disaster did strike, you would be ready for it. Don't let procrastination get the best of you. Prepare today!

     

     

    What strategies have you found that help you get motivated to prepare?

     

     

    Drought Procrastination - Dont' Do It

     

    Posted In: Emergency Cooking, Emergency Kits, First Aid and Sanitation, Food Storage, Insight, Planning Tagged With: procrastination, disaster preparedness, emergency preparedness, water, First Aid, Emergency plan, food storage

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