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  • Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of our resolutions or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we are talking about Outdoor Gear. Click here to check out Last week’s resolutions for Indoor Gear.

    Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers plan on getting to take with them into the great outdoors in 2014.

    Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions: Outdoor Gear

     

    Prepper Style New Year’s Resolutions : Outdoor Gear

    Sharon

    I resolve to get some good fire-starting supplies, such as the nifty little Sparkie Fire Starter, a can of Fired Up!, and some Waterproof and Windproof Matches. This would make it so much easier to start a campfire or get the charcoal grill going quickly, especially in windy conditions.

    Sarah

    If you’ve followed the Pennies for Prepping series, you may know that I bought a bit of outdoor gear last fall, including the Teton Outfitter XXL 1-Man Quick Tent and a Klymit Static V sleeping pad. I already have a sleeping bag, but I’d like to get something warmer this year, ideally before I go winter camping—maybe to something like the High Unita Gear Sleepy Ridge 10-Degree Sleeping Bag. I also want to get an Optimus Vega canister stove. Because, if I’m going to get a canister stove, it might as well be one that will work during all four seasons.

    Angela

    My New Year’s Resolution for outdoor gear is to learn how to make awesome shelters for different situations. I want to read and research about different shelters and how you make them in the Sense of Survival. Then, I want to go and test it out with a few materials I already have on hand at home. I want to do this so I can figure out what items I would need to make a stellar, warm, and insulated shelter. So I already know that I really want a ripstop tarp or two, duct tape, and maybe a tent like the Mountainsmith Morrison Two-person Tent if I can’t figure out how to make a shelter from natural materials. . .

    Kim

    This year, I’m going to learn how to start (and extinguish) a campfire. To learn this new skill, I want to add fire starting tools to my family’s emergency kits and camping supplies. Our family loves to camp, but not knowing how to build a fire can ruin the adventure pretty quickly on a cold night.  We will be adding the Sparkie, Spark-Lite, and H-25 Strike Master fire starters to our kits. We want to have a variety of fire starters on hand to ensure that we have a reliable method of lighting a fire, no matter the situation. (What if I lose one? If that’s my one and only method of starting a fire, I’m in trouble). By the end of 2014, my family will be campfire starting (and extinguishing) experts!

     

    What’s Your Advice?

    If you had to survive in the outdoors, what else would you bring?

    This is our last week for New Year’s Resolutions.  Now, let’s see how many of them we can keep! Check back here to see how we are making progress on our goals in the coming months.

    Check out all the Prepper Style New Year’s Resolutions from the beginning of January on our blog.

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

  • Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of our resolutions or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we are talking about Indoor Gear. Click here to check out Last week’s resolutions for Preparedness Skills.

    Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions: Indoor Gear

    Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers plan on purchasing as Indoor Gear items for 2014:

    New Year’s Resolution Prepper Style: Indoor Gear

    Sharon

    I resolve to get a Kitchen Plus 2000 Hand-Powered Food Processor. Based on its great customer reviews, I’m quite sure I’d use it often—not just on the rare occasion when our power goes out!

    Sarah

    I love the indoors. I really do. Even though I’m committed to learning more skills and spending time in the outdoors this year, climate-controlled spaces with running water and plumbing are really more my cup of tea. However, just because I love the indoors doesn’t mean the plumbing, A/C, furnace, or electricity will always be working—especially following a natural disaster.

    This year I’m buying some gear that will make hunkering down at home easier if some of the utilities or other comforts of home aren’t available… things like, ahem, a Tote-able Toilet, Double Doodie Bags, and packets of enzymes (it’s just reality). Because I’m a wimp when it comes to being cold, a Mr. Heater is in my future, in case the gas and/or power goes out in the winter. I also really love to cook, so I’ve got my eye on a Kitchen Plus 2000 for food processing without electricity and, if I can swing it, a Bosch. Because…who doesn’t want a Bosch? It’s the Rolls Royce of food processing, if you have power.

    Angela

    A couple of summers ago, I went to church with my mom and the speakers talked about the importance of communication in an emergency. One of the speakers learned how to use a HAM radio and was part of the local HAM radio network. He gave a brief overview of how the HAM system works.

    For my New Year’s resolution for indoor gear, I’d like to study up on HAM radios and I’d also like to research and buy different phone apps and radios like the Kaito Voyager that can get access to NOAA and other weather/warning update systems that will help me to stay in communication and know what’s going on during an emergency if I have to shelter in place.

     

    Kim

    This year, my husband and I will be condensing all of our “stuff”, especially in the kitchen. In 2014, I plan to purchase a Bosch Universal Plus Mixer with Blender Attachment and Cookie Paddles  with the Metal Whip Driver. This will help us prepare for when we move into a smaller apartment when my husband goes to grad school. Bosch Mixers do practically everything. Not only can you make bread, cake, and cookies, but, with the blender attachment, you can cream smoothies, malts (my specialty!), sauces, meringues, whipped toppings, and more. With the one mixer that does it all, I can get rid of my bulky stand mixer, toss out my low-power blender, and eventually, as I add on more attachments, get rid of the other bulky items that take up space in my kitchen.

     

    What types of indoor gear items do you want with you if you have to shelter in place? Let us know in the comments. 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: communication, emergency preparedness, Sanitation, emergency cooking, food stroage

  • Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of our resolutions or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we're  talking about Survival Skills. Take a look at last week’s resolutions for Food and Water Storage.

    Prepper style New Year's Resolutions for Survival Skills

    Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers plan on doing to hone their Survival Skills in 2014:

    New Year’s Resolution Prepper Style: Survival Skills

    Sharon

    I resolve to experiment with and learn different alternative cooking skills, such as basic thermos cooking and one-pot meals on a Single Burner Folding Stove with a Heat Cell Canister. I hope to get a Volcano Collapsible Grill with an Oven Lid and learn to use it for both grilling and baking using the Volcano Dutch Oven. I also plan to continue learning how to grow vegetables successfully in pots. (Last summer’s results were mixed: the cucumbers and peppers were great, but the eggplants were so small I kept waiting for them to grow large enough to harvest while they were actually growing old!)

     

    Sarah

    You may or may not know that, growing up, I used to go camping and hiking with my family all the time. As I grew older, I kicked my inner tomboy to the curb and embraced the world of stilettos and manicures. This year I’m letting the pendulum swing back to middle ground and I’ll be spending some more time outdoors, practicing and learning some survival skills (like building a fire or a shelter, orienteering, etc.). I’m also going to do some canning and dehydrating this year, which will be a totally new experience for me. There are dozens of skills I want to learn, but I’m trying to pace myself, so the first thing I’m going to do is a winter camping trip where I’ll practice building an emergency shelter and a fire. (Wish me luck. But if you’re worried about me, also know that I’m absolutely taking a tent. And an armful of hand and body warmers.)

    Angela

    Sometimes my husband acts like he’s a “dead body” and tells me to try to carry him out of a “burning house” (yes, I know this is weird). It’s annoying when he does it, but I fail at dragging him even two feet every time. This makes me think that I need to strength train to be able to get him to safety if something happened. So my New Year’s Resolution for skills is to learn various methods for carrying another person, strength training (so that I can lift more than 30 pounds . . .), and exercising more in case we have to evacuate on foot, or build a shelter.

     

    Kim

    Once upon a time I was CPR and First Aid certified . . . that was like 6 ½ years ago. This New Year, I resolve to relearn (and get re-certified) in First Aid and CPR. I just hit my one year wedding anniversary this last December and it’s made me realize that I want to be able to be self-reliant in protecting my family, if it comes to that. My husband and I ski . . . a lot. By developing First Aid skills, I will be better prepared to take care of my husband if he gets hurt while we’re skiing (before ski patrol arrives, of course). Knowing CPR and First Aid will also help me in the future when I have children. Learning these skills now will give me confidence to heal/help my children when they are ill or get injured.

     

    What type of Survival Skills do you want to develop in 2014? 

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  • This year, along with the traditional New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, eating less treats, or being more financially savvy, consider making some Emergency Preparedness Resolutions for 2014.

    Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s resolutions. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of ours or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we’re talking about Food/Water. Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers are doing to prepare in 2014.

    New Year’s Resolution Prepper Style: Food/Water

     

     Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions

     

    Sharon

    Since I have lots of basics such as beans, wheat, rice, pasta, and milk, and a few just-add-water entrées, I resolve to concentrate on fruits, vegetables, and meats. I know if I have a supply of such items as sausage crumbles, ground beef and chicken, I can combine them with other ingredients to make lots of different meals. The freeze-dried fruits I’ve tried have been absolutely delicious, both as snacks right out of the can and rehydrated, so I know I’ll want plenty of those. My favorites so far are the Blueberries, Peach Slices, and Cinnamon Apple Slices. Yumm!

    Realizing that our water supply is pretty old, I resolve to change it out this year and be sure it’s fresh and usable. I plan to get a new siphon hose and bung opener to help with this task.

    Sarah

    My food storage is getting a bit of extra attention this year. I’ve got a smattering of random food storage items I’ve picked up over the years, so this month I’m going to sit down, enter what I’ve got into the Food Storage Analyzer, and determine what I need. I know I’m missing a lot of the basics like wheat, honey, and powdered milk, and I really want to have a food supply that’s nutritionally balanced and that includes food I love. So I’ll be taking a good look at my Food Storage Analyzer results and watching for sales on the items that will fill in the caloric and nutritional gaps I’ve got in my supply.

    As far as water goes, I’m focusing more on storage and purification than filtration this year. I’ve already got a Katadyn Vario microfilter that I love, so my basic filtration needs are met. I also have a 160-gallon Water Reserve… that’s totally empty. So this month I’m pulling out the hose (even though it’s COLD outside) and filling up my Reserve. I’m also grabbing a few packets of MicroPur tablets so I have something available that will kill any microorganisms in the water sources I come across (since many viruses are too small for microfilters to catch).

    Angela

    Um, my resolution is to actually get and store a supply of food and water . . . My husband and I have a couple of cans stored, but I realize those few cans won’t last us for long. I’ve been thinking about what type of cook I would be in an emergency and have decided that I would be an MRE/Mountain House Pouch kind of girl—just add water or just eat straight out the pack. So for my New Year’s resolution, I’d like to gather and store more MREs and Mountain House pouches, but I’d also like to get a couple of #10 cans to make food for special occasions (and for when we get tired of the MREs) during an emergency.

    I’d also like to get a water filter like the Katadyn Hiker to take on camping and hiking trips during the summer.

    Kim

    This year, my family is going to build out our food storage, which, as of now, is no where near where it should be. We want to add #10 cans and MyChoice cans of our favorite meals to our emergency supply and begin incorporating them into our menu. The first few food storage items I want to add to my pantry are Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice , Mountain House Diced Chicken , Provident Pantry Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken, and Yoders Bacon.

    We will also be adding a 15 gallon water barrel to our pantry to help us store water in case of an emergency where we are unable to access clean water. Along with the barrel, we’ll add a siphon hose—I mean, we have to have a way to get our water from the barrel to our table.

     

    What are you doing to get your food and water supply prepared in 2014? Let us know in the comments! 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, water, water storage, emergency preparedness