Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Chalkboard with an image of the Philippine islands and the words "Thank You"

     

    Thank you so much for the efforts you made to help us outfit Charity Vision’s advance team. Those who were already on the ground in the Philippines are setting up their base camp and have connected with a local church so they have a safe “home base” for their operation.

    We delivered the supplies we promised to CharityVision last night, and the remaining members of the advance team (those who weren’t already in the Philippines) will fly out with those supplies on Saturday. Additional contributions that come in today will help to provide even more supplies.  Here is an excerpt from an email sent by one of the group members who is already in the Philippines. We hope it gives you an idea of what they'll be doing:

     

    "Here's the news so far!

    My goal is to have a base camp established and staffed by the time you [the rest of the advance team] arrive in Ormoc. A local church is organizing volunteers to handle facilities, outreach, internal security (along with police), organizing and controlling crowds, [and] sourcing victims to treat. Their women’s group will be in charge of water, cooking, cleaning and assisting with medical triage.

    The goal for those of you who are medical will be to hit the ground running. Those who are logistics or search and rescue will be making sorties into areas that have not had relief to clear roads and bring in those in the worst shape.

    Given the security concerns, my goal is to bring a massive show of relief to the city… We'll create a distribution model for health care and food. In order to receive either they [will] have to have been screened by the local volunteers and given a pass to get into the facility."

     

    You may also be interested to know that the supplies we send with CharityVision will be left behind in the Philippines when their team leaves, so those tools and supplies can continue to benefit the local communities.

    Thank you for your efforts, donations, and purchases—not only are they making this advance team’s medical, logistics, and search efforts possible, but they are facilitating the efforts of the larger group who will follow them to the Philippines shortly!

     

    We also want to give a special shout out to these vendors, who partnered with us to provide many additional supplies to the CharityVision team:

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Hurricane, Relief Efforts, typhoon, philippines

  • Know your Avalanche Safety

    With winter sprinting towards us, all sorts of backcountry activities race to the front of our minds—skiing, sledding, snowshoeing . . . Although sparkling, fresh snow presents a gorgeous landscape, it can also lead to destructive (and deadly) avalanches.

    “When it comes to avalanche safety, the statistics are grim. Skiers and snowmobilers are the most likely to suffer an avalanche fatality. The odds of survival, if you get completely buried, are less than 30%. After 15 minutes, your chances of rescue drop significantly.”

    Check out our Insight Article Avalanche Safety to learn of three crucial avalanche safety “tools” you can’t carry with you, but that you’ll need in the great outdoors.

    Love winter outings and snow-filled fun? Check out these additional articles for tips to keep you prepared and safe:

    Winter Camping (and Other Signs of Insanity)

    http://beprepared.com/blog/10584/winter-camping-and-other-signs-of-insanity/

    Staying Warm in the Outdoors

    http://beprepared.com/insight/7142/staying-warm-in-the-outdoors/

     

    Kim

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, Winter, preparedness, Survival, emergency preparedness, natural disaster, avalanche safety, avalanche

  • Looking for a unique DIY present? Why not give the gift of soft, sweet-smelling laundry all year long . . . (and no, we unfortunately don’t sell a laundry-scented 100-hour candle . . .)

    Last summer, we wrote a post about how to make DIY Laundry Detergent, so we decided that we needed to make something for your dryer, too. DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls are a great present to give to your family, friends, and neighbors. I think they’re meaningful gifts and something that is useful to everyone.

    DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

    The benefits of DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

    • They reduce your drying time
    • They are free of chemicals often found in store bought dryer sheets
    • They reduce allergic reactions because they don’t include fragrances or chemicals
    • They fluff your laundry and reduce static cling
    • They are inexpensive to make (It only cost me $5.49 for the yarn. I already had the other supplies around my house)

    What You’ll Need

    • 100% Wool Yarn (not labeled ‘superwash’ or ‘machine washable’)—I found my wool yarn at Hobby Lobby. The brand was called “I Love this Wool.” Check your local craft store’s website for 100% wool yarn before making a trip there.
    • Scissors
    • A pair of old pantyhose
    • A blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook (a pen cap or tooth pick would work as well)
    • A little string or acrylic yarn (optional)
    • Essential Oil (optional)

    How You Make it

    1. Wrap a strand of wool yarn around the index and middle fingers of your non-dominant hand about 20 times. Pinch the wrapped yarn in the middle and pull it off your fingers. Wrap 4 or 5 loops of yarn around the center of this bundle to hold it securely. Using the bundle as the center of your ball, continue wrapping yarn around it in different directions, turning to achieve a fairly-tight ball shape. Continue until the ball is at least the size of a tennis ball.
    2. Use a blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook to tuck the end of your yarn under several layers of wrapped yarn until you can no longer see the end. Repeat the process described in steps 1 and 2 until you have 5 or 6 balls.
    3. Cut one leg off of an old pair of pantyhose (or use a knee -high stocking). Put one ball into the toe of the stocking, followed by the other dryer balls. Use the little string or acrylic yarn to section off each ball from one another (or just put one ball in the stocking at a time and tied a knot between them with the pantyhose). Tie off the open end of the stocking so that you have a “yarn-ball caterpillar.” Make sure you tie them tight! You don’t want them coming out in the washing machine.
    4. Throw the “yarn-ball caterpillar” into the washing machine with a load of whites or towels in hot water to begin the felting process. Then throw the caterpillar into the dryer.  You will want to wash and dry the caterpillar at least 2-4 times so that the yarn will felt and won’t come apart.
    5. Remove the dryer balls from the stocking. Then toss the balls into your dryer with a load of wet laundry. If you’d like, you can add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls to scent your laundry as they work.

    How do they work?

    For each load of laundry, the dryer balls will bounce around in the machine, separating your clothes, and allowing more hot air to circulate through the clothes. This excess air will allow your clothes to dry faster and the tumbling dryer balls will help to make the laundry soft and decrease wrinkles as they hit the clothes.

    How long will they last?

    This is the biggest question I had while making my own dryer balls: How long will they last? I scoured the internet for an answer to this question. The common consensus seemed to be 5 to 8+ years—they’ll last you for quite some time. However, if you use Essential oils, you’ll need to re-apply them regularly to the dryer balls to infuse that scent into your laundry.

    Wrap Em’ Up!

    These DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls would be an excellent present because they are the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year (and beyond!)

    Place your wool Balls into a small wrapped basket or box and include a batch of our Emergency Essentials DIY Laundry Detergent to make a complete present. You can even leave a little note explaining how to use the dryer balls and what their purpose and benefits are.

    -Angela

    P.S. Speaking of laundry . . . top off your present with a Mobile Washer (hand operated washing machine). The Mobile Washer is perfect for washing clothes during a power outage or on a camping trip. All you need is a bucket, a little bit of your DIY Laundry Detergent, and a little bit of muscle to get your clothes clean. Check out how the Mobile Washer works in the video below.

     

    Sources:

    http://erinslittlesecrets.blogspot.com/2012/05/homestead-challenge-3-making-felted.html

    http://bodyunburdened.com/diy-wool-dryer-balls-natural-fabric-softener/

    http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, gifts, baby steps, DIY

  • Pennies for Prepping Banner

    Hi, friends.

    For my prepping this month, I set aside $30 at the beginning of the month, and so far I’ve saved an additional $4.09. Adding that to the $9.08 I had left after my October purchases, I had $43.17 to work with this month (anything I save for the rest of November will go toward December purchases).

    Here’s my haul for the month—a lot of smaller purchases, but good’uns that I really needed to add to my supplies.

    2 - Splinter Out 10-pack ($3.98 for both)

    Pennies for Prepping: Splinter Out 10-pack

     

    I got a splinter earlier this month, and it took me about 15 minutes to get the stinking thing out of my finger. I had a pair of tweezers, but they were still too bulky to be helpful. I wished 2 or 3 times during that process that I would have had a Splinter Out on hand.

    1 - 11-function Survival Tool ($1.29)

    Pennies for Prepping: 11-Function Survival Tool

    How genius is this? 11 functions in one flat, credit-card-sized tool. I can slide it right into my wallet and always have it on hand. I’ll probably end up getting one for each of my emergency kits, but for now I’ll just get one for my everyday carry. Looking for a super-affordable holiday gift for your friends or coworkers? This is one that is functional, doesn’t take up a ton of space, and is easy to wrap (just slap a sticker-back bow or gift tag on it).

    1 - Wool Blend Blanket ($11.49)

    Pennies for Prepping: Wool Blend Blanket

    I’ve been eyeing this wool blanket for a while now, and I finally snagged it this month. I’m going to drop it in the trunk of my car to go with the rest of my car emergency kit. Being stranded on the road in the winter won’t seem quite as bad with this puppy in my trunk (and the plethora of hand warmers I’ve got stashed in my car kit).

    1 - P-38 Can Opener ($0.50)

     Pennies for Prepping: P-38 Can Opener

    I’m going to include the super-awesome crank-turn can opener in my emergency supplies, but for now I’m just going to grab this P-38 to stick in my emergency kit. I don’t have any canned foods in my bug-out bag—mostly MREs and Milennium bars—but it may be helpful if I find canned food (or in some other application).

    1 - MyChoice BBQ Sauce Mix ($8.99)

    Pennies for Prepping: MyChoice BBQ Sauce Mix

    No explanation needed. It’s delicious. You should get some. (BBQ chicken, pork, or beef in an emergency? Yuuuuuuum.)

    1 - #10 Can Apple Cinn. Pancake Mix ($9.99)

    Pennies for Prepping: Large can Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix

    What is better than hot pancakes on a crisp morning while camping? Apple-cinnamon pancakes, that’s what! This tasty mix brings a fun flavor to your flapjacks, and all you need to do is add water and get the griddle going.

    1 - Fox 40 Classic Whistle ($5.95)

    Pennies for Prepping: Fox 40 Classic Whistle

    Since I’m at the office as I type this, I’m trying to remember if I have a whistle in my emergency supplies. I don’t think I do, but even if this Fox 40 Classic Whistle ends up being a duplicate, there are so many applications for a whistle, I plan to have several anyway. This particular whistle is going in my purse so I can use it for personal safety or emergency situations I may encounter every day (can you tell I’m building up my everyday carry?).

     

    So, that’s what I bought with my to-date November savings. I can’t wait for next month, when I’ll not only show you my December purchases (I’m eyeing a few things, but haven’t made any final decisions), but I’ll provide a recap of how much money I spent over the whole year and what I was able to get with just my spare change and extra cash I was able to set aside each month.

    What items have caught your eye this month? Anything you’re saving up for? Let me know in the comments!

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Urban Girl, Prepping on a Budget, tools

  • Winter Camping Tips

    For some of us, winter brings a whole new set of adventures that summer just can’t offer. Some ski or snowboard, others snowshoe, and still others love to sled. For many outdoor enthusiasts, winter camping sparks their excitement; they see it as an adventure and a challenge. One of our bloggers, Stacey, says that her “own husband is one of these lunatics enthusiasts who believes that unless there’s 18 inches of snow on the ground, it’s not a real campout.”

    Whether you ski, snowshoe, sled, or go winter camping, it’s important to know what supplies you need for the weather you may face.  In her Insight Article, Stacey focuses on tips that every winter camper should know before heading out the door.

    For more information on how you can stay safe and happy while enjoying your frosty adventure this winter, check out Stacey’s Top Ten Tips for Winter Camping Insight Article.

    To get yourself totally prepped for this winter season (especially those of you who plan to be out in the cold), check out these other articles:

    “First Aid for Hypothermia and Frostbite”

    http://beprepared.com/blog/8804/first-aid-for-hypothermia-and-frostbite/

    “Emergency Shelter”

    http://beprepared.com/insight/7136/emergency-shelter-2/

    “Staying Warm in the Outdoors”

    http://beprepared.com/insight/7142/staying-warm-in-the-outdoors/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, preparedness, camping, Survival, emergency preparedness, winter camping

  • Philippines Typhoon - Typhoon Haiyan

    Last Saturday, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines and left thousands destitute and alone in its wake. They are without food, clean water, and other necessities. But you can help. For each of the featured items below sold in the next 48 hours, Emergency Essentials will donate $20 of supplies to help with relief efforts in the Philippines.

    We are working through Charity Vision, an established and reputable non-profit relief organization, to outfit a relief team of medical and other professionals who will be on the ground in the Philippines. With our supplies they’ll stay fed, hydrated, and healthy so they can prepare for 50 more of their colleagues to join them in providing relief to Haiyan’s victims.

    For every featured item sold in the next 48 hours (until 6 pm MST on 11/14) Emergency Essentials will donate $20 in supplies to CharityVision’s relief efforts for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Below is a list of the featured items that you can purchase to help with CharityVision’s mission. These items are all available for purchase on the Typhoon Category Page at beprepared.com.

    Freeze Dried Beef Entree and Vegetable Combo

    Freeze Dried Beef Entrée and Vegetable Side Combo- $124.95

    Freeze Dried Poultry Entree and Vegetable Side Combo

    Freeze Dried Poultry Entrée and Vegetable Side Combo- $129.95

    Entree Variety Combo

    Entrée Variety Combo- $179.95

    Beef and Chicken Entree Combo

    Beef and Chicken Entrée Combo- $142.95

    Trekker IV Four-Person emergency Kit

    Trekker IV Four-Person Emergency Kit- $160.95

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    Trekker II Two-Person Emergency Kit- $97.95

    ReadyWise II Two-Person Emergency Kit

     ReadyWise II Two-Person Emergency Kit- $185.95

    ReadyWise I One-Person Emergency Kit

    ReadyWise I One-Person Emergency Kit- $117.95

    What is CharityVision?

    Due to our work in this industry, we have connected with charities and organizations we trust—organizations that are credible in helping with emergency situations. CharityVision is one of these groups.

    CharityVision provides medical care for those in need. Employing skilled physicians to serve each at-need community, they provide medical supplies, financial resources, medical facilities, and optometry services to developing countries. To learn more about CharityVision, check out their website http://www.restoretheirvision.org/

    In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of CharityVision’s representatives was stuck at an airport in the Philippines during the mayhem. He was able to get a first-hand account of the needs of those affected and is asking others to help. Check out his Facebook Post on CharityVision’s Facebook page that lists items needed (work gloves, medical supplies, tarps, and much more), the address of the organizations’s home office in Alpine, Utah where you can send needed items, and other ways to donate to this charity.

    The Impact of Typhoon Haiyan

    Help the Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

    Images and reports of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines have reminded us of the severe and sudden impacts that natural disasters play in altering our way of life.

    According to the Washington Post, as of Monday, “The super-typhoon that tore through the Philippines and left a feared five-figure death toll (an estimated 10,000) touched down in central Vietnam early Monday, already ranking as one of Asia’s most destructive natural disasters in recent decades.” Entire regions still remain without food or adequate supplies to help people recover from the storm or get proper medical attention. This is why relief and aid are needed now.

    Our thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes go out to all those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Let’s all do what we can to help alleviate the suffering.

    Sources

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/philippines-fears-massive-death-toll-after-typhoon/2013/11/10/2bd314f4-49dd-11e3-b87a-e66bd9ff3537_story.html

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/10/typhoon-haiyan-philippines-vietnam/3488431/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: sale items, charity relief, featured items, CharityVision

  • Thanksgiving Made Easy

    In my family, my mom’s usually the one caught up in the kitchen all of Thanksgiving Day making the holiday memorable. And we all know that cooking Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of hard work. With so much needed preparation, and so little time to pull it all together, we, here at Emergency Essentials, want to help with your holiday feast.

    The Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, only $126.04, gives you all of the delicious flavors of Thanksgiving, but with less work and less stress; making your cooking time shorter, and giving you more time to spend with family and friends.  Succulent, tender turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, crunchy green beans, and a sweet, decadent raspberry crumble—all memories of holidays at home—are included in this new combo.

    Here’s What We Did

    Freeze Dried White Turkey

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:White Turkey

    A dish that usually takes all day to cook, took me less than 10 minutes—of course, it wasn’t a whole turkey needing to roast.  The freeze dried white turkey is precut into pieces to make your job simpler. This dish tastes great on its own or even in a turkey casserole. Simply follow the instructions on the can to reconstitute and voila!—you have your main dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Spice It Up:

    I added Provident Pantry Iodized Salt and Provident Pantry Black Pepper to my turkey to give it a little more flavor--you’ll also want to add the chicken gravy that comes in the combo so don’t worry too much about the turkey flavoring yet.

     

    Instant Mashed Potatoes

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Mashed Potatoes

    These are the easiest mashed potatoes I've ever made. Simply follow the instructions on the can, adding the right quantity of potatoes for your guests to boiling water.

    When the water begins to boil, pour your instant mashed potatoes into the water, immediately stirring them together. It will foam a bit and then turn into fluffy mashed potatoes. Personally, I’m not a potato type of girl—I can’t ever eat potatoes plain. If you’re like me, or would just like to add a little flavorful kick to your potatoes, try spicing it up some.

    Spice It Up:

    I sprinkled on some Provident Pantry Ground Black Pepper and Provident Pantry Garlic Powder to give my potatoes a flavorful taste. Add as much flavoring as you and your family would like, taste testing it every once in a while to make sure you have your desired blend of seasonings (Hey, there’s always an excuse to taste test . . .)

     

    Chicken Gravy Mix

    Turkey and mashed potatoes are just not the same without gravy. Simply add water to the gravy powder, mix, and you’ve instantly made traditional gravy that adds moisture, flavor, and overall satisfaction to the two most crucial dishes of your Thanksgiving dinner.

     

    Freeze Dried Green Beans

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Green Beans

    Simply reconstitute your beans, and enjoy the familiar taste of this fresh, crunchy vegetable.  These green beans are great to use as a side all by themselves, or to create a fun, tasty dish. These green beans will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal and to your table throughout the year as well.

    Spice It Up:   

    My family’s favorite way to spice up green beans is to add some Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Mushroom Slices.

    While my green beans reconstituted, I sautéed the reconstituted mushroom slices and Provident Pantry Minced Garlic over medium heat. After sautéing them for 3-4 minutes, I added my green beans. I sautéed them for another 2-3 minutes until the mushrooms turned golden brown.

    This dish is unique and flavorful, giving your dinner a tasty surprise. (Be careful, even a little too much garlic can be overwhelming.)

     

    Corn Muffin Mix

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo:Corn Bread

    Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix is great for making individual muffins for every member of the family. I love this food storage item because you can choose exactly how much you want to make.

    I made half of a batch (6 muffins) which was eaten up immediately! Simply follow the instructions on the can for a delicious, fresh out of the oven side dish. After 20 minutes, my batch came out golden brown on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.

    Spice It Up:

    To mix it up a little, try adding Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Red or Green Diced Peppers before baking for a spicy taste. You could also add butter and honey afterwards for something a little more sweet.

     

    Raspberry Crumble

    Thanksgiving Dinner Combo: Raspberry Crumble

    After dinner is all cleaned up, who wants to spend even more time cooking over a hot stove for dessert? This decadent dessert is created by simply adding boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes.

    Spice It Up:

    To make a complete, beautiful dessert, add some vanilla ice cream to the side. Mmm!

     ***

    This is what I did to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner using the Thanksgiving Dinner Combo, but you can also supplement other side dishes to go along with the combo to give you the perfect Thanksgiving for your loved ones.

    For a more complete meal, try adding sweet potatoes, veggies, or rolls.

    So however you celebrate the season, enjoy this time with your family, friends, and loved ones.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Kimberly

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, preparedness, dehydrated, freeze dried, #10 cans, holiday, Thanksgiving

  • Holiday Gift Guide: $10 to $25

    Gifts Under $25

    “Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat,” goes the old song—or maybe it should be “Christmas is coming, and the days are flying fast!”  When I was a kid, Christmas took forever to arrive, but now the days between October 25 and December 25 seem to telescope into a blur. We’re already well into November and holiday shopping is in full swing. Doing our best to help you out with yours, we offer here some fun and practical holiday gift ideas that fit into the $10 to $25 range of your budget:

     

    1. Warmth Emergency Kit--$14.92

    For those on your list who are all-weather campers, winter sports enthusiasts, or faithful football game attendees, this gift is ideal to keep them warm.  With 6 Hand and Body Warmers, 4 Adhesive Body Warmers, and 2 Hand Warmers, your gang will be toasty no matter the weather. This holiday gift is also nice for just walkin’ in the winter wonderland!

     Holiday Gifts: Warmth emergency kit

     

    1. 4-Tray Seed Sprouter -- $13.95

    Know a frustrated gardener who’s waiting impatiently for spring? Give the gift of indoor gardening all year long with our 4-Tray Seed Sprouter.  Perhaps couple it with a copy of The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore on sale during November for only $10.99 (regularly $11.95)—or a 1 lb. packet of “Savory Salad” Organic Sprouting Seeds for $6.50.

    4-Tray Seed Sprouter 

    1. Extra Large Backpack-- $19.95

    This holiday gift could be very useful to get someone started on their prepping by encouraging them to fill it with food, water, first-aid supplies, tools, and more for a bug-out bag (72-hour kit, emergency evacuation kit, etc.) Or they might want to use it for a car emergency kit, with tools and supplies for road emergencies.

      EEI Extra Large Backpack

    1. ASAP™ Silver Solution--$25.00

    Give the gift of enhanced health with this safe, bacteria-killing liquid that boosts the immune system and helps fight off sickness and disease. Silver has long been used by doctors and hospitals to prevent infection and aid healing. More effective than traditional colloidal silver, this solution is useful for both children and adults in fighting off bacterial infections of all kinds. It may be silver, but as one happy customer puts it, it’s “worth its weight in gold!”

     ASAP Silver Solution

    1. Kitchen Plus™ 2000 Hand-Powered Food Processor-- $16.95

    Practically any cook would be delighted to have this food processor in their kitchen anytime, and not only when the power is out. This handy appliance has dozens of functions, including whipping, beating, chopping, slicing, grating, citrus-juicing, and more. It’s easy to use, with rustproof, stainless steel blades and a safety handle to protect fingers. Rave reviews from customers mention the versatility of the food processor in using it to make salsa or hash browns.

    Kitchen Plus 2000 Food Processor

    1. Marlene’s Magic Food Storage Book--$24.95

    Do you know someone who’s new to food storage, and seems a little bewildered about what to do with all those cans and pails? Give the gift of knowledge this holiday season with Marlene Peterson’s 260-page cookbook, Marlene’s Magic Food Storage Book. Full of easy to prepare recipes such as English muffins, homemade noodles, cottage cheese, tortellini shells, and much more. This book gets great reviews from customers—even those who don’t like to cook. 

    Marlene's Magic with Food Storage

    1. Nokero™ N200 Solar Powered Light--$19.99

    Give everyone the gift of light for a time of darkness with this high-efficiency, portable, solar-powered light bulb. Once fully charged with its built-in solar panel, it provides six-plus hours of rechargeable, directable, adjustable LED light in a dark room. It automatically turns off in bright light to conserve its charge.

    Nokero N200 Solar powered Light

    1. Solar Spray™ Portable Shower--$11.95

    Your gang’s been camping for a couple of days, and they’re beginning to smell as smoky and gamey as last night’s barbecued pork. Ah, for a warm shower—but alas! They’re roughing it, and no facilities are available. They’ll never face that situation again with a Reliance™ Solar Spray Portable Shower. The lightweight, leak-proof tank holds 5 gallons of water. Set it in direct sunlight for about 2.5 hours, and three people can grab a quick, warm shower.

    Solar Spray Portable Shower

    1. H-25 Strike Master™ Fire Starter--$12.95

    This is a safe, dependable fire-starter, with shavings from the handle acting as excellent tinder to catch the sparks. It’s a great back-up when you have no matches, and in fact, some people prefer it to matches. Each flint gets up to an amazing 25,000 strikes. So whether you’re camping or in an emergency, this fire starter will provide you with the necessary tools you need to stay toasty warm.   

    H-25 Strike Master Fire Starter

    1. Champion™ Lid Lifter--$14.95

    A true champion among tools, this multi-function aluminum tool opens any storage bucket, unscrews most bung nuts on water barrels, and turns off your main gas valve. When you need a tough job done, the champion has got your back.  It’s sturdier and longer lasting than plastic versions.

     Champion lid lifter

    If none of these gifts strike you as just right, take a few minutes to look through our print or online catalog for more holiday gift ideas in this price range.

    Happy shopping!

    Sharon

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: gifts, preparedness, family, Survival, emergency preparedness, holiday, holiday gifts

  •  Drowning swimmer: 20 survival tips

    According to Popular Mechanics’s recent article, “How Not to Die: 20 Survival Tips You Must Know,” “accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. men 18 to 50 years old.” What’s most surprising about this article is that many of the unintentional deaths described occurred while the victim was performing an everyday task like mowing the lawn, watching a live baseball game, or getting snacks from the vending machine!

    This article illustrates how easy it is to misinterpret or fail to register signals of imminent danger in various situations. So Popular Mechanics offers its readers signs to recognize these easy-to-miss risks and ways to avoid or survive them. Some of the risks that they talk about include things like electric-shock drowning, ATV accidents, effects of using generators incorrectly, and health-related issues like hypothermia and what can happen if you drink too much water!

    Check out more of the Popular Mechanics article, “How Not to Die: 20 Survival Tips You Must Know,” to learn how to protect yourself from unseen dangers.

     

    Also, to beef up your survival skills check out these articles:

    Preparedness Tips: Portable Generators Need Maintenance?!

    First Aid for Hypothermia and Frostbite

    The Real Signs of Drowning

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, emergency preparedness, survival skills, danger, risks, avoiding risk, accidents

  • Windstorms can cause all types of emergencies

    In the nine months that I lived in the UK, I saw some pretty rotten weather, but nothing like the windstorm that battered Europe last week. The NY Times reported 99 mile-per-hour gusts, the most severe wind to hit the continent since 1987. Power outages, infrastructural damage, halted public transportation, and (thankfully few) deaths have been reported, and it will likely be a while before the full extent of the damage is calculated.

    Windstorms, like the one that hit Europe last week, require more specialized preparation than simply having an emergency kit and lots of batteries. Most windstorm-related fatalities result from fallen trees, with loose debris (rocks, bricks, etc.). Thus, windstorms also require you to make preparations around your home (securing items that may fall) and your surrounding property to make sure damages are minimal.

    The following resources can help you prepare yourself, your property, and your neighborhood against the possibility of a severe autumn windstorm and other emergency situations:

    • Our insight articles can help you learn how to prepare for, react to, and bounce back from a disaster.

    • The Mother Nature Network has a simple, straightforward list of ten tips for preparing for tornadoes, wind, and hailstorms.

    • FM Global, an East Coast insurance company, provides an extremely thorough checklist  for neighborhood ERTs, individual properties, and families.

    • My home state of Washington is fairly accustomed to the seasonal windstorm. This wa.gov brochure lists what to do before, during, and after a storm.

    This seattle.gov one-sheet is a slimmed down version of the same info.

    Although many of us may live in parts of the world we consider safe from the dramatic weather events—tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes—that routinely plague other places, we should still prepare just in case. Mother Nature is nothing if not fickle, and reminds us over and over the importance of preparedness.

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