Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Almost Here—your Black Friday Deals and Discounts!

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    Hooray, shoppers—tomorrow’s the big day! Here’s what you can look forward to on beprepared.com for Black Friday Deals.

    FREE SHIPPING!

    Tomorrow all online orders over $50.00 (placed between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time) qualify for free shipping (one order limit)! That makes Black Friday the perfect time to purchase all these items you’ve been wanting to buy for yourself or as holiday gifts. All items, not only those on special sales, qualify for this free shipping promotion.

    Remember, all Mountain House cans are on sale (25% to 50% off) starting tomorrow through Thursday the 5th of December, but only those orders placed on Black Friday with your other items will qualify for free shipping.

    DOOR BUSTERS

    Here are just a couple doorbusters to give you an idea of the savings.

    Freeze Dried Tomatoes—A large can for $14.99, regularly $49.99 (Limit 18 cans per customer). These tomatoes are great to use as a side dish, in soups, stews, or sauces. A saving of 70.01%!

    Black Friday Deals: Freeze Dried Tomatoes

    Venture 6 Tool—Sale price $9.99, reduced from $21.95, a saving of 54.49%. Limit 3 per customer. A versatile multi-function tool that can serve as a saw, shovel, hammer, or hatchet! Perfect for your emergency kit and handy to have around the house as well.

    Black Friday Deals: The Venture 6 Tool

    You can see more of our doorbusters on our Black Friday Deals Page.

    ADVERTISED SPECIALS

    Hand Grain Mill—Sale price $44.99, reduced from $89.99 for a discount of 50.01%. This easy-to-use mill can turn out ¼ to ½ cup of flour in a minute, and is also great for making cracked wheat cereal.

    Black Friday Deals: Hand Grain Mill

    Gamma Seal Lids—On sale for only $6.49, regularly $10.00 apiece, saving you 35.10%. This item comes in white, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and black to help you organize your storage buckets. Each lid comes in two parts: the ring and the screw-on lid. Fit the ring on your bucket, add the lid, and you’ll have an easy-access, tight-fitting combo that turns your 3.5 to 7.0 gallon bucket into a permanent storage container. Great for storage foods that you want to access from time to time, as well as for such items as pet food, birdseed, gardening materials, camping gear, and more.

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    Note:  There are more unadvertised specials as well. You can also review those on the Black Friday Deals Page and see how much you can save. Now:  ready, set, shop!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: deals, Emergency Essentials, sale, black friday, food storage

  • Black Friday: Are You Ready?

    Are you ready for Black Friday?

    Black Friday is almost upon us! It’s time to get out your protective gear—helmets, elbow and knee pads. And be sure your cell phones or walkie-talkies are in good working order, so you can communicate with your shopping buddy to coordinate your plan of attack.

    Ah, Black Friday shopping—it’s practically the most popular contact sport of the season! Although Black Friday Shopping is a fun tradition for some, it can turn sour if aggressive, determined shoppers line up in the wee hours to swarm the stores and grab the best bargains, sometimes forcing fumbles from other players so they can recover the prize and run for the checkout counter first. For some people it seems that he or she with the most toys wins.

    If the long lines and competition aren’t exactly your cuppa’ tea, you can log on to www.beprepared.com from the safety of your own home and score your bargains with nary a scrape or bruise!

    So tomorrow give thanks, enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie,  relax, and enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones. Log on to our blog or website to get a sneak peek of the sales. Then, early Friday morning (8am MT, to be exact), visit our Black Friday page and GO FOR IT! Good luck!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: sales, sale, black friday

  • It's Coming--Black Friday is this Week!

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    It’s almost here! With all the preparations, planning, and travel for Thanksgiving, don’t forget the exciting day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday, when all the amazing sales happen! They’re happening here, for sure. You won’t believe the door busters and other bargains—up to 70% off on selected items!

    But until then, you’ll want to become familiar with our Black Friday rules to get the most out of your shopping experience.

    Here are the rules:

    1)      Door buster and special pricing are limited to one order per customer. Subsequent orders won’t qualify for these discounts.

    2)      Order early in the day, as our door buster and special pricing will end when the product sells out. Once a product has sold out, it will no longer be available to purchase. Sorry, no rainchecks!

    3)      Door buster and special prices apply only to the 48 contiguous states.

    4)      These sale prices apply to online orders only, placed on Friday, November 29, between 8 a.m. and 11:59p.m. Mountain Standard Time. (For the corresponding hours in your time zone, see below.) NO phone or mail orders, please, on this promotion.

     

    In Eastern Time Zone, the sale hours are 10 a.m. to 1:59 a.m.

    In Central Time Zone, the sale hours are 9 a.m. to 12:59 a.m.

         In Mountain Time Zone, the sale hours are 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    In Pacific Time Zone, the sale hours are 7 a.m. to 10:59 p.m.

     

    5)      Some items may have “per-customer” limits. Items must be added to your shopping cart after 8 a.m. MST to receive promotional pricing. If the pricing doesn’t appear to be correct, you will need to refresh your browser before submitting your order. (To do this for a PC, click on F5; for an Apple, click on Apple + R.)

     

    Come back to our blog and follow our Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter to watch for more information on these great buys! 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday, Emergency Essentials, sale, black friday

  • Guest Post: Kelly Kettle Customer Review

     

    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    A few weeks ago, we purchased a Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Base Camp.  This purchase was made after many trips to the store to look at it, and some hours spent researching it on the internet.  We purchased the kit, which includes the kettle, pot stand, cooking set and fire starter.

    Our main purpose for the purchase was to use it for camping and hiking.  We take many day trips, and it’s perfect for heating the water for camp meals or coffee.  The first time we used it on our back patio, just to try it out.   We boiled water in about 4 minutes, which I thought was awesome, considering the fact we were using the kettle in a blocked area, with not a lot of airflow.

    After using it just once, you realize just how amazing this product is.  The great thing about it is you don’t have to carry any special type of fuel.  All you have to do is round up some sticks and twigs and you’re ready to go.  We have access to pine cones, so we use small ones.  Not only is it good fuel, but it smells great too.

    After using the Kelly Kettle, and thinking about it a bit, I realized that it has many uses other than just camping.  Earlier this summer, an auto accident caused the power to go out at our home for about 24 hours.  Now, we have electric appliances, so, making meals during this time required some creativity.  If we would have had the kettle, we could have easily made emergency meals since we keep them around for camping and hiking trips.

    When hiking, you can also get your water from a lake or stream, especially if you carry a water filter system as we do.  Not to mention you are boiling the water anyway.  This will save you from packing water around.

    Give the Kelly Kettle a try; it’s an awesome product.

     

    Jeff W, UT

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency cooking, Customer Reviews, Survival, water, guest post, warmth

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Road Trip

    Take precautions when heading out on your road trip

    Want to put your Christmas plans in perspective? According to AAA’s yearly holiday travel forecast, an estimated 93.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from their homes this holiday season. 90% of those trips will be by car, and 54% of those road trips (you still following the math?) will be undertaken by just one or two adults. See if you can calculate how many cars that puts on the road between December 22nd and January 1st.

    Add to those fun numbers the possibilities of nasty weather, drunk drivers, car trouble, and carsick children, and you’ve got tons of reasons to be extra prepared this December. In terms of peace of mind, a little planning can go a long way. Take these precautions, and turn your Grinch-y road trip into a jingle-all-the-way adventure.

    • Car maintenance – Before a long trip, be sure everything’s working properly on the car and check fluid levels. And a quick wash might seem counterintuitive before a snowy haul, but clean headlights will help you see in dark or stormy weather (and help others see you). 
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    • Route plan – Know where you’re going and which route you’re going to take. Share your route plan with a friend or family member, and let them know when you expect to arrive. Mostly importantly, stick to your route, insofar as weather and traffic allow, and don’t take shortcuts or change your plans without telling anybody!
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    • Emergency pack – Aside from the typical travel luggage, be sure you make room in your car for a substantial emergency pack. Consider the possibility of being stranded in your car, and keep enough of the right things on hand to sustain everyone in the car—especially food, water, blankets, medications, and a first aid kit. A phone charger is an absolute must. And don’t forget car maintenance items, like jumper cables, snow chains, roadside assistance numbers, and a headlamp (ever tried changing a tire in the dark?).
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    • Weather – Plan around bad weather. Check the forecast well before your trip, and build extra hours into your travel plan to accommodate unexpected bumps. Ideally, allowing a window of a few days when making travel plans can help you avoid dangerous storms.
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    • Fatigue – Drowsy driving puts everyone in your car at risk, even if you don’t actually fall asleep. A sleepy driver’s reaction time slows down and their awareness of their surroundings decreases. Beat the odds by taking a lot of breaks, staying hydrated, and singing Christmas carols at the top of your lungs.

    And, for a bonus round, here are three quick tips for air travel:

    • Delays – Basically, plan on them. Carry on as much as possible, in case you can’t get to your luggage for a while. Keep things like meds, toiletries, a change of clothes, snacks, and cash handy.
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    • Communication – Keep friends or family informed of delays, canceled or missed flights, or changes in your plan. Again, a phone charger will be a life-saver.
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    • Kids – The two biggest travel-meltdown inducers are hunger and boredom. Stave off tantrums by packing high-protein snacks and an assortment of books, small toys, or games. These Airplane Travel Games for Kids and these 50 Ways to Keep your Toddler Busy are genius.) 

     

    Vacations, road trips, and all sorts of other activities make this holiday season a magical time of year. Drive smart on the roads and factor a few extra hours into your travel plans to get to your destination safely this season!

     

    Sources

    http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/aaa-travel-services/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: drive, road trip, winter preparedness, emergency preparedness, preparedness, Winter

  • How to Winterize your Home

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    Winterize your house before the storms hit

    The minute winter is over and the temperature creeps up above 40 degrees, I know exactly what I’m supposed to do. Spring cleaning? Bring it on. Paint touch-ups? Love it. Garden prep? Couldn’t start soon enough. But somehow I’m never as enthusiastic about my preparations for winter. Maybe it’s because I’m too wrapped up in Jingle Bells to think about the important, practical things (like my house making it through the stormy season). So this year, I’m mending my ways. Amid all my plans for caroling and drinking eggnog, I hereby commit to winterize my home. You all heard me, right? Somebody’s got to hold me to it…

    If you’re in a similar situation, there are plenty of places to look for good tips and checklists. I’ve listed some of the best at the end of the post, but most of the advice shakes down into these three basic categories:

    1. Energy efficiency

    In most parts of the country, winter is the season of skyrocketing utility bills, as we pay to heat our rooms, our water, and our toes. Reduce costs by checking the basics first: open heat vents, make sure your insulation is up to snuff, and check doors and windows for heat leaks—a little caulking or a weather strip is far cheaper than the fuel it takes to raise your home’s temperature those few, critical degrees! Another clever trick I found is to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans, if you have them, pushing the heated air downward and keeping the room warmer.

    2. Seasonal use items

    Winter means putting certain things away and pulling out others that haven’t seen the light of day in nine months. Make sure the former are stored properly and the latter are in good repair for winter use. For example, drain lawnmowers and weed-eaters of gasoline to keep the engines from gumming up in the cold. Remove window-unit air conditioners, or winterize central AC units by draining water pipes and covering the unit with plastic.

    Before the weather turns really nasty, have the chimney cleaned and/or the furnace serviced. Stock up on your supply of firewood or pellets, if you use a traditional fireplace or wood stove. And make sure snow shovels, ice scrapers, and snow blowers are all functional and accessible.

    3. Storm and cold prep

    Winter weather can be pretty brutal on your home and property. You can’t anticipate everything, but you can prepare. Here are some common problems and troubleshooting tips.

    Heavy rain or snow – Clean gutters and unclog downspouts. Gutters weighty with debris and water can pull away from the siding or (worse) leak into the house. Similarly, replace worn shingles on the roof before you have to fix a leak.

    Ice – Drain sprinklers and hoses, insulate outdoor faucets, and turn off the outdoor water supply to prevent frozen or cracked exterior pipes. Keep sand, salt, or ice melt on hand to keep porch steps and walkways safe in freezing temperatures.

    Wind – Check trees close to your house for rot or overhanging branches that could come off in a windstorm (or heavy snow). Cover and store patio furniture and stash pots and planters in the shed or garage.

    Most of all, don’t forget your emergency kits! Double check your supply of candles and blankets, in case of power outages, or invest in a Yeti Solar Generator to keep the basics powered in case of a blackout. Make sure you have the needed supplies to help you weather any storm.

    Don't forget to Winterize your Car too! Check out these links for handy checklists, and stay safe and warm this winter!

    http://www.realestate.com/advice/a-checklist-for-winterizing-and-weatherproofing-your-home-66175/
    http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/3899/20121015/winterizing-home-60-tip-checklist-saving-energy.htm
    http://www.bobvila.com/articles/502-winter-preparation-checklist/
    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/winter-home-checklist#b
    http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/11/09/15-ways-to-winterize-your-home/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: house, winterize, emergency preparedness, family, preparedness, Winter, skills

  • Holiday Gift Guide: $50 and Under

    Holiday Gift Guide: $50 and Under

    The holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still time to get a jump on your holiday shopping this year.

    Over the past two weeks we’ve given you gift ideas that’ll help your loved ones get prepared. You’ve seen options for gifts $10 and under and for gifts between $10 to $25. Here are some ideas for gifts between $25 and $50.

    My family is crazy into outdoor adventures—rock climbing, backpacking, skiing/snowboarding, canyoneering—all of it. We’re always looking for new gear that’ll make our trips more comfortable. Whether your loved ones are diehard adrenaline junkies or just love the outdoors, these gifts will bring a smile to their faces.

      1. Suisse Sport K-2 5° Sleeping Bag-- $49.99
         
        This sleeping bag is perfect for three-season camping (fall, winter, and spring). The Suisse Sport bag features a durable outer shell, with an inner double layer quilting and insulation to provide maximum warmth. It also has a full chest battle and draft tube to keep your body heat from escaping.  So if you enjoy winter camping, or hate being cold even in the crisp temperatures of spring and fall, this bag will keep you toasty warm.
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        Holiday Gift Guide: Suisse Sport K-2 5° Sleeping Bag

         

      3. Castlepine™ Internal Frame Backpack (green)--$34.95
         
        When you have to carry all your gear on your back (I’m thinking 50 milers, campouts, or other backpacking trips), it’s important to have a pack that’s strong enough to hold the weight you need, and durable enough to last as long as you do (and likely longer). This pack is great for backpacking trips or larger-scale emergency kits with its 3,200-cubic-inch capacity. Available in red and navy.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Castlepine™ Internal Frame Backpack (green)

      5. Gerber Gator Combo Axe II with Saw--$50.00
         
        This combo is great because in one compact item, you get an axe and a saw. The Gerber Gator Axe II is longer than the original, giving you a stronger striking force. The handle is covered with the Gerber Gator texturing to give you a better grip, even in wet conditions. This is a gift that can be used in an emergency or in your regular outdoor adventures.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Gerber Gator Combo Axe II with Saw

      7. Katadyn MyBottle MicroFilter--$49.95
         
        Having clean water is essential no matter where you are. The Katadyn MicroFilter is a great filter for on-the-go expeditions because you can filter water as you drink it. The microfilter removes bacteria and pathogenic cysts (such as Giardia and Cryptosporidim).  This MicroFilter gives you clean, fresh-tasting water.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Katadyn MyBottle MicroFilter

      9. Twin Peaks Mountain Trails Tent--$49.99
         
        This is another great gift to give outdoor enthusiasts. Tents can be complicated, intricate, and just plain user-UN-friendly. But this lightweight, easy-to-set-up tent provides a quick shelter for 3-4 people. On backpacking trips, a quick set-up is ideal for when it starts to downpour before you’ve had a chance to set up camp—or if you just want to get through setup and focus on the fun stuff.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Twin Peaks Mountain Trails Tent

      11. Goal Zero Rockout Speakers --$39.99
         
        When we go climbing, my brother always brings along his phone and speakers to pump us up. These Rockout Speakers would be the ideal gift for him. They provide a great experience during outdoor adventures, playing your music while keeping your device nestled safely inside. These portable and lightweight speakers have an internal battery that prevents it from draining your device’s battery, so you don’t have to worry about your phone or other device dying so quickly.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Goal Zero Rockout Speakers

      13. Optimus Crux Lite Canister Stove--$39.95
         
        This lightweight stove is ideal for when you’re on the move. Being able to eat well when outdoors is great; being able to eat well in an emergency is luxury. This high-quality stove is built to last whether your loved ones need it now for adventures, or to store for future emergencies. Within 3 minutes, this portable stove can boil 1 liter of water—that’s pretty quick!
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         Holiday Gift Guide: Optimus Crux Lite Canister Stove

      15. MyChoice™ Hot Cocoa Combo (4 cans)--$25.95
         
        My family loves to drink hot chocolate with our dinner when we’ve just gotten off the snowy slopes and need to warm up. This combo gives you four delicious flavors (French Vanilla, Mint Truffle, Milk Chocolate, and Raspberry) for one price. This gift is a great option for all of your loved ones—whether or not they’re outdoor enthusiasts. Hot chocolate just makes the evening complete when you cuddle up to watch a movie or read a book with the snow falling outside your window.
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         Holiday Gift Guide: MyChoice™ Hot Cocoa Combo (4 cans)

      17. Goal Zero® Switch 8 Recharger--$49.99
         
        This power pack is fantastic outdoors or in emergency uses. The Switch 8 can power smart phones, flashlights, GPS, tablets, laptops, or anything else that powers with a USB. It can be charged with a USB plug or a solar panel, and is no bigger than a fat marker. It’s simple to use for when you are canyoneering, skiing, or need to charge your device on the go.
      18.  Holiday Gift Guide: Goal Zero® Switch 8 Recharger

      19. The Reliance Fold-n-Filter--$47.50 
         
        The Fold-n-Filter is water storage with built in water treatment. You can filter up to 200 gallons of water by simply squeezing the container to dispense the water you need to use. It even rolls up for storage and weighs in at just one pound. The filter is great to hang from a tree when camping, or to have on hand during an emergency. This is a great way to store clean, filtered water for you and your loved ones

      Holiday Gift Guide: The Reliance Fold-N-Filter

      So there you go—a few gift ideas costing between $25 and $50. Preparedness items (and the principle itself) are the gifts that just keep on giving.

      If these ideas don’t seem to be quite what you are looking for, check out beprepared.com for all of our products or our Pinterest gift boards for other great ideas.

      Happy shopping!

      -Kimberly

       

       

       

       

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday, emergency preparedness, emergency kit, preparedness, gifts, food storage

  • Crazy for Christmas! Holiday Gift Combos

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    Round here, at what some like to call the “North Pole” Santa’s little helpers are getting pretty stoked about the coming holidays. In fact, try as we might, we haven’t been able to restrain them from singing carols and obsessively checking the Naughty/Nice list.

    The bad news? Reindeer droppings in the office. The good news? Early deals on great gift ideas.

    Two of our favorites are the holiday gift combos. No wrapping paper? No time? No problem. These little babies come with 10-12 gifts, along with the same number of gift bags and bows. You can have the perfect little present assembled in seconds, with zero time spent hunting through red and green bins for bits of ribbon or tissue paper. Buy in bulk and you can check neighbors, teachers, co-workers, the bus driver, and the mail lady all off your gift list in one fell swoop. Genius!

    Right now, we’ve got two holiday gift combos available. Get one of each, and spread twice the Christmas cheer!

    Hotspots Holiday Gift Combo 

    Caroling, sledding, snowball battles—all our favorite winter outdoor activities are more fun when we can feel our fingers. Give the gift of warmth with 10 [Hotspot heat packs]. The packs are reusable and stay warm for up to two hours. Great for emergency storage and seasonal use—and the cheery color scheme looks so festive with our transparent gift bags and bright green bows! The Hotspots Holiday Gift Combo comes with 10 Hotspot heat packs, 10 gifts bags, and 10 holiday bows—each gift only coming to about $2.50!

     HotSpot Gift Combo

     

    Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    Need something a bit more substantial? How about 100 hours of peace of mind for that special someone? These smokeless, odorless emergency candles not only look snazzy in red, but lend themselves to all sorts of sentimental metaphors (“light of my life,” “you light my way,” “I’ll be your candle on the water…”) (Too much?). A thoughtful gift that can be used in an emergency or for every day, the candle gift combo comes with 12 candles, 12 gift bags, and 12 bows—and it’s currently more than 40% off the regular price! Each one of these candle gifts you give your loved one only costs you about $4.20.

     Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    We’ll keep you posted as more fantastic gift-giving deals become available…but right now, there’s an elf stuck in the Xerox.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency lighting, emergency preparedness, gifts, warmth

  • How to Winterize your Car

    How to Winterize Your Car

    Winter is coming: the sparkling snowfalls, the unexpected storms, the chilly nights. Are you ready? Amidst the rest of your holiday planning, don’t forget to prep your car. Vans, trucks, cars, and SUVs all handle the winter weather differently, but there are five universal parts of your vehicle that you should winterize before the weather turns:

    Brakes

    Before a storm comes your way, get a standard inspection of your brake pads and brake fluid to make sure they’re working properly. Remember to give yourself extra room to brake during bad weather. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, then it’s better to pump your brakes when trying to stop to avoid spinning.

    Tires

    Cold weather means less air pressure in your tires. Make sure to refill your tires as the pressure decreases to enhance their performance and your gas mileage. Also, it’s a good idea to fill your spare tire, just in case you need it during a particularly crazy storm. According to TireRack.com, “Proper tire inflation pressure . . . stabilizes the tire's structure, blending the tire's responsiveness, traction and handling.” Underinflated tires can lead to loss of steering accuracy and stability, and even tire failure.  For those of you who are living in a new area, check with the locals to see if you should be carrying snow chains with you (I’m lookin' at you, North Dakota).

    Well-worn tires can also pose a threat in the wintertime. Your tire’s traction is all that stands between you and an accident. If the tread depth of your tires is worn away, make sure to either buy new tires, snow tires, or get your “balded” tires siped.

    Engine

    You can easily have your engine and anti-freeze checked at any car stop. Just make sure you don’t replace your anti-freeze with water! As temperatures decrease, the water will freeze, expand, and crack your engine.

    Windshield Wipers

    As relentless winter storms blow around you (especially if you live in areas that get snow), your wipers are what stand between you and seeing the road. Make sure your wiper blades are relatively new and that the wiper fluid is filled. Don’t use water, though. If the temperatures get too low, the water will freeze on your windshield and then you have a whole new set of problems.

    Headlights & Brake Lights

    Lastly, get your headlights and brake lights checked. If you can’t see, and more importantly if others can’t see you, then you’re just asking for trouble. Get your headlights aimed properly—keeping your low lights aimed low to reduce glare from storms (if you live in an area that gets snow).

     

    Finally, just in case something does happen this winter, don't forget your Emergency Car Kit, or your Auto Tool Kit and toolbox.

    It goes without saying that the best way to winterize your car is to keep up on your regular maintenance checks (but we are going to say it anyway). These checks will keep your vehicle in prime condition no matter what time of year it is. Now that you’re all set to brave the winter weather on the road, good luck with your other winter prepping!

    -Kimberly

     

     

    Sources:

    http://autorepair.about.com/od/regularmaintenance/a/winterchecklist.htm

    http://www.uvureview.com/2012/11/12/how-to-winterize-your-car/

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/travel/news-10-easy-steps-winter-reay-car-and-you

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=1

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Survival, emergency kit, preparedness, prepared, Winter, skills

  • Record Breaking Tornados Hit the Midwest

    Midwest Tornados

    According to CBS News, several late-season tornadoes hit the Midwestern United States on Sunday, November 17th, 2013. The biggest impact of the storm was felt in Illinois, where at least six people have been confirmed dead and hundreds of homes were flattened. The Chicago Tribune states, “Since 1986, there have been 194 tornado warnings issued in the month of November in Illinois: More than half of them, 101, were issued Sunday, according to the Chicago Weather Center.”

    After interviewing National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Skilling, the Chicago Tribune quoted him as saying, "It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes storms of the past five decades." But Illinois was not the only state affected by this massive storm.

    The storm traveled through parts of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky on Sunday night. These tornadoes were accompanied by hail and damaging winds, knocking out the power in several communities across these states. At least 75,000 people lost power in the Chicago area and many are still without it.

    To learn more about the Midwest tornadoes, check out these links.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57612737/at-least-6-dead-as-dozens-of-late-season-twisters-pummel-midwest/

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-tornado-disaster-area-20131118,0,5469499.story

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Tornado, natural disaster, Survival, storm

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