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  • Baby Steps: Add a Map to Your Prepping Supplies

    iStock_000016393748XSmall_family camping

    When you think of your prepping supplies, what are the most important items for your survival? To me, food, water, and a fully stocked emergency kit are pretty high up on the list. However, a printed map displaying alternate routes to avoid traffic and congested areas could be equally important to your survival as a #10 can of food!

    This week we came across a great article from Commonsense Homesteading that gives advice on how you can use a map in your prepping gear to keep you out of harm’s way during an emergency. This article gives tips for how to use your map effectively if you live in the country, city, or the suburbs.

    Here are some helpful tips for using a map in an emergency:

    #1. Print out a map of your area, laminate it, and put it with your prepping supplies (you might not be able to rely on Google Earth, Mapquest, and GPS on your phone or in your car during an emergency).

    #2. “Know your exit routes, map them.  Have multiple exit routes, don’t plan on just one.” Depending on the emergency, some common routes may be unusable or totally congested. You’ll want to know what your alternatives are.

    #3. Get to know your neighbors. If you live in the country, map out where their homes are within a five mile radius on your map, how long it will take you to get there, and what resources you could potentially share, trade, or sell to them in the event of an emergency. If you live in the city, get to know your closest neighbors and get their contact info. Have the contact info for local authorities.

    *As our recent "Hurricane Sandy: Neighbors to the Rescue" post suggests, those who get to know their neighbors and work together with their communities are more likely to get through an emergency situation than those who do not.

    #4. Know the Terrain and high-risk areas including rivers and other waterways or flood zones, bridges (which could be vulnerable to collapse), or highways prone to fog or ice.

    #5. Map out routes to your family or friends for shelter. Also map routes to storage units or other places you might have supplies waiting.


    For more information, tips, and tricks for getting the most out of printed maps during an emergency, check out the article at commonsensehome.com 

    For more information on evacuating during an emergency, learn how to build a car emergency kit and practice your family evacuation plan

  • Customer Review: Emergency Essentials Food Storage “Delicious and Easy to Prepare”

    I recently received this review from Deborah in Oklahoma. Thanks for sending it, Deborah! It’s always great to hear when we win over a teenager with food storage!

    (How about you? Are your kids fans of the food storage meals you've made? Or are you working to help them get over a food storage phobia?)



    My husband and I went on a 3 day camping trip with our 16 year old niece. I thought it would be an excellent time to field test some of our freeze dried foods from Emergency Essentials. I also wanted to get my niece Kayla's opinion. She has never eaten freeze dried food before so I was curious to see her reaction. We used our Emergency Essentials foods for breakfast each day.

    We made sausage & egg breakfast burritos with the freeze dried eggs & sausage crumbles. They were wonderful!!! The last morning of the trip, we had French Toast and Yoders canned bacon. I used the freeze dried egg & freeze dried milk powder reconstituted to dredge my bread in, then grilled it in a skillet. It was so good!! We used the Emergency Essentials milk pitcher to mix the milk and it worked beautifully!! The Yoders bacon was great!

     Breakfast Burritos with Emergency Essentials Food Storage

    We really enjoyed all our Emergency Essentials food. Even our niece gave it a thumbs up. That’s saying something when you can impress a teenager! The Emergency Essentials food made the trip so much easier. I didn't have to worry about refrigeration for the eggs, milk and sausage. The food was delicious and easy to prepare. I highly recommend Emergency Essentials products!!

    Deborah White

  • The REAL Signs of Drowning

    Mother and daughter swimming in pool with inner tube


    “Help! Help, I’m drowning!”
    That’s what most of us expect from a drowning person, along with splashing and waving arms. These are signs of “aquatic distress,” in which the person recognizes that they are in danger—but they are not yet drowning. Actual drowning is a much quieter process, and can happen within feet of other swimmers without them even noticing. In fact, a drowning person can appear so calm and quiet that we think they’re just fine!

    How does drowning happen, and what are the real signs?
    Drowning happens as a response to water coming in contact with the larynx, or voice box. After an initial gasp, the person holds his breath and the larynx goes into spasm. With no breathing occurring, the oxygen levels in the bloodstream quickly deplete and the body becomes highly acidic, which in turn causes cardiac arrest and a lack of sufficient oxygen to the brain. The victim may or may not aspirate water into their lungs, depending upon whether the larynx remains in spasm or relaxes, allowing water in.

    Signs that should alert you to possible drowning:

    • Head low in the water, with mouth at water level
    • Head tilted back, mouth open (a child’s head may fall forward)
    • Body vertical in the water
    • Eyes glassy, unfocused, or closed
    • Hair over eyes or face
    • Hyperventilating, gasping, or not breathing
    • Trying to swim but making no headway
    • Trying to roll onto back

    Drowning swimmer

    What’s happening to cause these signs?
    In order to cry out for help, the victim must be able to take a deep breath and expel it through the voice box—and with the larynx in spasm, no calling or talking is possible. In the final stage of drowning, the victim has little or no voluntary use of their arms—they may appear to be pressing down on the water in order to lift his body above the surface. For this reason, they can’t reach out and grab a lifesaver, rope, or floating object even if it’s right beside them. Their body will be upright in the water, with little kicking or leg movement. Their mouth may be momentarily above the surface, but not long enough to exhale and inhale before going under again. This stage lasts from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

    What are the most dangerous conditions for drowning?
    We think of deep water, a strong undertow, whirlpools, and heavy seas, but the fact is, drowning can occur in only a few inches of water, as with a child in a kiddie pool or bathtub or an unconscious person face-down in a puddle. Do not leave small children in any amount of water even for a minute or two! Make sure other responsible people with you also know the signs of drowning. Even good swimmers can drown; cramps, a sudden blackout or seizure, heart attack, or a simple aspiration of water from an unexpected wave can start the process.  Be vigilant!







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