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  •  brunette woman drinking water from a bottle on a warm day

    Every cell in our bodies contains water, and we need a constant supply to stay alive and healthy. We can do without food for a surprising period of time if we must, but we survive only a few days—3 to 4 in hot weather—without water. When we are dehydrated, our kidneys begin to shut down, our heart races, our body temperature rises, and our electrolytes get out of balance, causing fuzzy vision and thinking (making it even harder to find sources of water).  

     

    How much water do we need to store?

    Whatever kind of emergency arises, we soon realize that clean, drinkable water is the most important substance we need. At least one gallon per person per day is recommended—not only for drinking, but for cooking and hygiene. It’s wise to store at least two weeks’ worth (14 gallons) for each person in your household.

    What kind of containers are best?

    Water is heavy—8 lbs. per gallon. It’s great to have a couple of 55-gallon barrels for sheltering in place—but once filled, they can’t be moved. If you had time in an emergency situation, you could siphon some of that water into 1 or 5-gallon containers to take with you. We suggest, however, that you store some water in small, portable containers that you can grab and go in case of an evacuation order. Keep some in your car for unforeseen situations. Here is a list of the types of containers that work best for water storage:

    Small Containers

    • You can purchase water in small boxes—AquaBlox or Datrex metallized (Mylar-type) pouches for total convenience.WS-P100
    • Be sure that whatever containers you choose are BPA-free, Polyethylene-based plastics or those numbered #1, #2, or #4, or “Mylar” are safe for water storage. It is true, however, that plastic is porous (even though it doesn't appear to be), and eventually allows the water to absorb odors and tastes from the environment. Because of this permeability factor, we do not recommend using plastic milk bottles or similar bottled-water plastic gallon jugs for long-term water storage. Another reason is that they usually allow light through, and light encourages growth of any microorganisms that might be present. It’s difficult to get all bacteria out of a milk jug, for example.
    • For your personal water bottle that you carry with you, be sure it also is BPA-free. If it’s marked with a #1, “PETE,” or “PET,” it should be fine.

    Water Barrels and Combos

    • Large, shelter-in-place storage containers start with the 160-gallon reserve. It is made from an enhanced plastic which is BPA-free, UV resistant, and non-permeable, and which has a faucet for easy access. These can be stacked two-high.
    • Our water barrels (55-gallon, 30-gallon, and 15-gallon) are made from thick, durable food-grade plastic, blue in color to limit light-exposure and discourage bacterial and algae growth.
    • You will need a siphon and a bung wrench to fill and access these barrels. For both the barrels and the 160-gallon reserve, it’s advisable to place them on a wooden pallet rather than a cement floor, and away from sunlight.

    Siphon water from larger containers into portable containers

    Portable water containers and Aqua pods

    • Several other portable water containers are available as well, including 5-gallon Mylar-type bags which are good for short or long-term storage, and jugs with handles and spouts which are useful in case you must carry water from your large container to your kitchen or fetch water home from another source such as an emergency relief truck.
    • A unique, temporary water storage device is the AquaPod Kit—a giant bladder that fits into your bathtub and holds 65 gallons of clean water. This is excellent when a hurricane is threatening, or when you know ahead of time that your water supply is going to be cut off a while for repairs.

    How long does water keep?

    Since water (unlike food) does not “go bad” or expire, you can safely store it for an indefinite period of time in clean, appropriate containers. It can, however, become contaminated if chemicals or microorganisms get in, so there are ways to treat and purify it—see our next blog on that subject! If it makes you feel better, you can rotate your water supply every year or two to be sure it’s still good. Any “stale” taste in stored water can be quickly overcome by pouring some back and forth between glasses or pitchers to re-introduce oxygen into it.

     

    However you choose to store water, it’s a gift to your present peace-of-mind as well as a protection against possible dehydration—and in any emergency situation in which your water supply was disrupted or contaminated, you and your family would be very glad for your foresight!

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    Talking with kids about disasters, personal safety, and emergency preparedness could be an emotionally draining task for everyone involved. Playing outdoor survival games may be a good way to approach the subject in a fun, memorable, and safe environment.

    Before or after you play: Talk with your Kids

    Talk to your kids about the types of emergencies or personal safety situations they may encounter and what they can do to be safe. Create scenarios or role plays to act out and come up with solutions together. Here are some survival skills that you could talk to them about:

    • The Family Emergency Plan
    • Emergency Kits (how and when to use each item appropriately)
    • What to do if they are lost
    • What to do if a stranger approaches them
    • Outdoor Survival Skills (plant and animal track identification, building a shelter or fire, using a compass)

    Talking with them about these issues will help them to understand the importance of the games and the reasons why they are playing them. After playing the games, you can even ask them what they learned about emergency preparedness or survival.

    Rules and Regulations for Parents and Kids

    Parents:

    • Don’t try to cover everything in one day!
    • Teach one skill at a time and have a game to go along with each
    • Make sure that games are age appropriate
    • Make sure games are supervised by an adult

    Kids:

    • Show respect to the environment
    • Be kind to the gear that you use
    • Stay within the playing area 

    Let the Games Begin!

    Bases (ages 6-12+)

    This is like extreme hide and seek that teaches you how to use the environment as a natural hiding place (good for hiding from intruders, hiding for safety outdoors).

    Number of People: 6-8 people (the more people, the better!)

    How to play: Select one person to be the seeker (this could be the adult supervising). Seeker picks out 6 “bases” that all the hiders must touch/reach during the game within the playing area. The seeker stands at the last base. The goal for the hiders is to get to all the bases without being caught by the seeker.

    The seeker will count to a certain number each round, as hiders run to hide behind each base. Every round the number of counts will be different. As the seeker counts they can count very fast or very slow using the “dot system.” For example:

    • The seeker will announce the counts before they begin counting by saying “10 Slow” or “3 fast”
    • If the seeker wants to count slowly they will count saying—“one, dot, two, dot, three, dot”
    • If they want to count fast they will say “one, dot-dot, two, dot-dot, etc.”

    If the seeker sees anyone poking out from their hiding place after they are done counting, the seeker will call out their name, signifying that that person is out. The person who gets to the last base first without being seen is the winner.

    Other Survival Skills Games to Play:

    Naturalist Scattergories-http://www.twineagles.org/fun-outdoor-games.html (ages 6-12+)

    One player selects a category (example: types of trees), players sit in a circle and have ten seconds to say a type of tree. Answers can only be said once, the last player remaining in the circle wins. Best with 6 players, but can be played with 2. Can also be played using emergency items (name items in an emergency kit, items to bring on a camping trip, types of shelters, etc.)

    Shelter Skirmish-http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=45983 (ages 8-12+)

    After reviewing types of shelters and talking about how to make one, have players compete to make a lean-to shelter with items from the yard. After they work for a while, give them items to help such as a few strips of duct tape, some rope, or a poncho. See who can make the best shelter from a couple of items.

    For More Survival Games Check Out:

    For More Resources for Teaching Kids Survival Skills:

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  • This September, we are having a Mountain House sale that will knock your socks off. For the whole month, ALL Mountain House #10 cans are 40-50% off! If you love Mountain House products, now is the time to stock up and get incredible savings on your favorite items.

    If you’ve never tried any Mountain House products, there’s no time like the present to try some and stock up on the items you like. Mountain House #10 cans are ideal for long-term food storage. It’s been scientifically proven that Mountain House #10 cans have a shelf life of 25+ years, getting you the best value for your buck.

    Here’s a preview of some of the great Mountain House products you can get during this awesome sale:

    Entrees

    Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef- 40% off! On sale for $15.89 (originally $26.49) A savory combination of macaroni, beans, and ground beef mixed in a delicious tomato based chili sauce. A personal favorite (it’s SO good).

    Mountain House Chili Macaroni at the dinner table

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries40% off! On sale for $23.99 (originally $39.99). This great breakfast item is easy to prepare and delicious. Just add water to a bowl of granola, and enjoy the familiar taste of granola, blueberries, and milk.

    Check out more Mountain House Entrees on sale this month

     

     

    Combos

    Since Mountain House Combos include Provident Pantry items, you’ll receive 30% savings on all Mountain House Combos. The Mountain House items within the combos are discounted to go along with our September sale and bring the combo price down by 30% overall.

    Breakfast Combo- 37.3% off!  On sale for $99.99 (originally $159.48). This combo includes granola, scrambled eggs with bacon, scrambled eggs with ham, sliced strawberries, milk, and orange drink mix. A hearty and simple breakfast that is ready in minutes.

    Beef Entrée with Vegetable Side Combo- 31.4% off! On sale for $104.99 (originally $153.06). This combo contains four of our most popular beef entrees (Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stew, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and Chili Mac with Beef). Includes freeze dried broccoli and super sweet corn. All of the meals in this combo are fast and easy to make. Just add water and wait 10 minutes.

    Check out more Mountain House Combos on sale this month.

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    Other Favorites

    Mountain House Strawberries- 50% off! On sale for $15.24 (originally $30.49). Add to granola, cereals, or French toast. MH strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C that is a great natural sweetener. Perfect for smoothies and jams. Rehydrates quickly and retains much of its original color, and flavor.

    Mountain House Freeze Dried Chicken Dices- 40% off! On sale for $29.39 (originally $48.99). The perfect addition to stir-fry, pasta, or casseroles, MH Freeze Dried Chicken Dices rehydrate quickly and retain their original shape, color, and flavor. A great gift for someone just starting their food storage.

    Check out all the Mountain House items on sale this month.

    Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s time to get shopping! Don’t miss out on these incredible savings. For the whole month of September Mountain House #10 cans are on sale for 40-50% off!

    Limited Time Offer!

    Mountain House has offered us a limited quantity and special buy on cans of a few varieties that were manufactured in 2011 and 2012. These cans are scientifically tested to store for 25+ years, leaving over 22 years remaining, and at a terrific discount – 50% off! No tricks or gimmicks, just a fantastic opportunity we are passing along to you. Mountain House cans of freeze dried foods offer terrific flavor and quality, and now you can enjoy their foods at an unprecedented price.

    Varieties included in this limited-time offer are:

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    Assortment of Breads

    What could smell more appetizing than the fragrance of baking bread?

    It conjures memories of visits to Grandma’s house or our favorite bakery, but to the novice, the prospect of making bread seems daunting. This fear of not having your bread turn out as perfectly as Grandma's is what has made bread making a (nearly) lost art. Actually, with a few tips, it isn’t difficult—and it’s immensely rewarding! Using a bread mixer can expedite the process, but you can also make excellent bread by hand. If you’re interested in a high-quality mixer, consider the “Bosch Universal Mixer.” Otherwise, you will need a large mixing bowl, a sturdy spoon, measuring cups and spoons, several loaf pans, and a non-stick surface on which to knead the bread (a pastry sheet, parchment paper, an oiled baking sheet or a clean, floured countertop should work).

     

    Whole Wheat Bread

    Ingredients:

    7-8 cups of wheat flour freshly ground if possible, medium-texture. If you’re nervous about using all whole wheat at first you may substitute 2-3 cups of white flour for the same amount of whole wheat.

    1/3 cup granulated lecithin or 3-4 Tablespoons of dough enhancer. (Our Provident Pantry Dough Enhancer helps make fluffier and stronger dough with great flavor and less of a tendency to be dry and crumbly when baked. It also adds to the shelf-life of the finished bread. This product is a blend of natural ingredients, not chemicals.)

    1/3 cup oil (canola is preferred)

    1/3 cup honey, molasses, or sugar

    1 tablespoon salt

    3 tablespoons yeast You may want to test your yeast before mixing to be sure it’s live and viable. In a large (4-cup) measuring cup, combine 1 cup of warm (not hot) water and 3 tablespoons of yeast. Wait about ten minutes and if the yeast has grown and puffed up to the top of the cup it will definitely leaven your bread.

     

    Directions:

    In large mixing bowl combine 3 cups warm water, lecithin OR dough enhancer, oil, honey, molasses, OR sugar, and salt. (Mix with an electric mixer if you have one.)

    Stir in 5 cups of flour and mix until moistened, using a spoon if it gets too thick.  Let this mixture rest for a few minutes.

    Add yeast and water from measuring cup and mix well.

    Add about 1 ½ cups more flour, stirring until dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, adding small amounts of flour at a time until that happens. (You don’t want your dough to be too stiff or the bread will be dry.  The dough should be about the consistency of soft chewed bubble gum—stretchy and pliable.)

    Oil your hands well and turn the dough out onto an oiled or floured surface. Knead gently with heels of your hands, then fold dough over and punch to get rid of air bubbles—this may take 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is satiny and holds together.

    With oiled hands, divide dough and form into balls that fill about 2/3 of the greased loaf pans you are using without topping the rim. You don’t have to pat down the dough—it will expand to fill the pan as it rises and bakes. Rising times are approximate, depending upon temperature and humidity in your kitchen. If it’s a cool day, you can place your bread to rise on the top rack of an unheated oven with a pan of very warm water on the lower rack. 80 degrees is the perfect temperature for dough to rise.

    At this point, if you’d like to make some dinner rolls you can form them as you desire:  Three small balls placed in the cup of a greased muffin tin will give a cloverleaf shape. A ball formed with an oiled ice-cream scoop will give a round dinner-roll shape. If your menu includes hamburger buns, roll part of your dough out on a floured surface about ¾ inch thick, and use a round cutter (a large jar lid will work) to cut the buns out. (Buns can be topped with sesame or poppy seeds or sautéed onion bits if desired.)  Carefully move dinner rolls or buns to an oiled baking sheet and set that plus your loaf pans on a double-thickness of towels in a warm, level place. Cover with another towel. Allow the dough to rise for at least 45 minutes or until it has doubled in bulk. Bake as follows:

    Bread:  approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees

    Dinner rolls:  12-15 minutes at 400 degrees

    Hamburger buns:  20-25 minutes at 375 degrees

    Check your bread about halfway through baking time to see if the top is browning too quickly.  If it is, cover with a piece of aluminum foil to slow that down. When bread should be done, tap the top crust—if it gives a “hollow” sound your bread is done.

    Turn bread out onto racks to cool immediately as allowing them to cool in the pan will cause a “steaming” effect of the crust. Bread may be sliced as soon as it is cool enough to handle.  Prepare to enjoy!

     

    Storing your bread:  Completely cooled bread should be wrapped in foil or plastic.  Do not refrigerate unless you know you can’t use the bread within a few days. Bread can be frozen. Wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. Unbaked dough can also be frozen successfully for up to 3 or 4 weeks.

    Yummy variations: 

    Cinnamon Rolls

    Roll half the dough out on a nonstick surface in a rectangular shape about ½ inch thick.  Spread with softened butter or margarine and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.  Add raisins or nuts if desired.  Beginning at one end of the rectangle roll the dough into a cylinder shape, then cut into slices about ¾ inch thick.  Allow to rise till double in bulk, and bake 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees. Frost as desired.  (Do not freeze frosted rolls—frost them once they’re thawed.)

    Orange Rolls

    Hold the cinnamon, nuts, and raisins, and instead add a sprinkle of orange zest (finely-grated orange peel) to the buttered, sugared rectangle of dough. Roll, cut and let rise and bake like cinnamon rolls. Frost with a powdered sugar/orange juice glaze.

    Dilly Bread

    Use half white and half whole-wheat flour, ¼ cup honey or sugar, and add 1 beaten egg, 3/4 cup cottage cheese, ½ tsp. baking soda, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion and 1 Tablespoon dill weed (and/or dill seed, if preferred) to the first mix of ingredients as you prepare your dough. After dough is kneaded, allow it to rise in an oiled bowl until double in bulk, then punch down and knead again.  Form into 2 large balls and place each in an oiled round casserole dish. Allow to rise again for about 40 minutes then brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  This bread smells heavenly baking and is delicious with cheese, pot roast or ham—or just buttered for a snack or treat.

     

    Sources:

    www.foodnetwork.com/recipe-collections/bread/index.htm

    www.ehow.com/way_5157110_homemade-whole-wheat-bread.html

    www.cooksrecipes.com/bread/dilly_bread_recipe

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, wheat, Food Storage Tips

  • iStock_000001837107XSmall_honey_bee

    When it comes to First Aid for bites and stings, prevention is the most desirable route to follow. Here are some tips for avoiding the annoyance (and pain) in the first place:

    • Avoid wearing bright, flowered clothing when camping, hiking, or picnicking so that you won’t look like food to insects, and use unscented toiletries so that you won’t smell like food!

    • Keep food, especially sweet or greasy food (such as fried chicken) covered, as well as pop cans, lemonade, and even water bottles in dry places.

    • Don’t flail your arms around to frighten the critters away—they might interpret that as aggression and attack.

    • Use a good insect repellent.

     

    If a bite or sting occurs despite your best efforts, treatment depends upon the insect and the severity of the injury.

    Bees, Wasps, Hornets, & Horseflies

    Honeybees

    Description: Small, golden with brownish stripes on abdomen

    Nest: in hives (domestic or in hollow trees)

    Venom: Acidic; can only sting once, then bee dies.

    Treatment: Remove stinger by scraping in one direction with flat side of knife or credit card (not tweezers, as they can squeeze more venom into the wound). Wash with warm water and antibacterial soap; apply non-sudsing ammonia or baking soda/water paste.

    Bumblebees

    Description: Large, fuzzy yellow and black stripes

    Nest: On or under the ground, wood, or bricks

    Venom: Acidic. Can sting multiple times.

    Treatment: Same as for honeybee stings

    Carpenter Bees

    Description: Large, shiny black abdomen

    Nest: under eaves, in outbuildings and in walls

    Venom: Acidic. Females can sting.

    Treatment: Same as for honeybee stings

    “Killer” Africanized Hybrid Honeybee

    Description: Similar to regular honeybees, slightly smaller, extremely nervous and aggressive

    Nest: Anywhere they can find a hiding place, or on the ground

    Venom: Acidic, like honeybees, but they attack in swarms when disturbed, causing multiple stings

    Treatment: Usually need medical care because of number of stings; can be fatal

    Yellow Jacket Wasps

    Description: Black & yellow like bees, but with a “tightly-belted” waist. Highly aggressive

    Nest: On the ground

    Venom: Protein-based, pH neutral, paralyzes prey for easy transport

    Treatment: Wash, apply antihistamine cream (like Benadryl) and ice—10 minutes on, 10 off, as long as needed. Can apply a paste of aspirin or meat-tenderizer. Multiple stings: take oral antihistamine as well; seek medical treatment.

    Paper Wasps

    Description: Dark color, sting multiple times

    Nest: Under a ledge or roof

    Venom: Same as Yellow Jackets

    Treatment: Same as Yellow Jackets

    Hornets

    Description: Large black and white wasps

    Nest: in trees, shrubs, and under eaves

    Venom: Same as Yellow Jackets

    Treatment: Same as Yellow Jackets

    Horseflies

    Description: Large flies—may be black, have green heads or yellow stripes. Long antennae.

    Nest: Live and breed in marshy areas, attracted to water

    Venom: No venom. Horseflies tear a little chunk out of the skin then lick up the blood. Bites are painful, easily infected.

    Treatment: Wash wound, apply antibiotic ointment and bandaid. See a doctor if it doesn’t heal properly (watch for increasing redness or red lines.)

     

    ANT BITES

    Regular ants

    Description: May be large or small; red, red and black, golden, brown, or black

    Nest: Usually build hives on the ground

    Venom: Formic acid, bites both sting and itch.

    Treatment: Ice, baking soda paste, non-sudsy ammonia, or calamine lotion

    Fire ants

    Description: Usually very small and red, throughout southern tier of states

    Nest: Near water or on watered lawns, or under something on the ground. In the open, they build tall mounds up to fifteen inches high

    Venom: Alkaloid, unlike other ants. They both bite and sting, first biting and then while holding on, injecting venom in a circle around the bite with the stinger near the tail. Aggressive and able to “call” friends to join the attack. Causes burning pain, itching, raised red areas or pustules, swelling, flu-like symptoms, and abnormal heart rhythms.

    Treatment: Wash site for two minutes, flooding with rubbing alcohol, Betadine, or hydrogen peroxide, then apply a cortisone anti-itch cream such as Benadryl. A little later, apply antibiotic ointment and bandaids; bites are very prone to infection. For multiple bites, seek medical attention.

     

    SPIDER, SCORPION, AND CENTIPEDE BITES AND STINGS

    Most spiders in the United States are venomous, as they use venom to paralyze their prey, but luckily most of them either cannot bite people or their bite produces only a mild itch or irritation. Three spiders, however, deserve special mention.

    SPIDERS

    Black Widow

    Description: Females (the dangerous ones) have a rounded, polished black body with red spot(s) on the top or underside of the abdomen, sometimes in hourglass shape. Usually not aggressive, but bite in response to disturbance or touch.

    Nest: Untidy, tangled webs of strong silken fibers to trap their prey

    Venom: the neurotoxin latrotoxin, which in black widows is 15 times stronger than rattlesnake venom. (Fortunately, they only inject a small amount!) Bite feels like a pinprick at first, but soon causes breathing difficulties, chills and fever, adominal cramps, stiffness, anxiety and restlessness.

    Treatment: Get medical help; antidote available. Cleanse bite, apply a cold compress and elevate. Some symptoms continue for weeks.

    Brown Recluse

    Description: Narrow body, tan to brown with violin-shaped marking on its back. Usually more active at night than in daylight. Non-aggressive, bite when caught in clothing or trapped by person’s body.

    Nest: Indoors or out, in a dry, dark, protected space. Web threads go in every direction. Habitat from Nebraska to Ohio, and south to Texas, then across to northwest Florida. Related species in desert southwest.

    Venom: Necrotic (flesh-destroying) poison. Bite is hardly noticeable, then site develops pustule, redness, blister, purplish color, then a black scab that falls off, revealing an open ulcer.

    Treatment: Requires medical treatment with anti-venin, corticosteroids, antibiotics, and surgical removal of damaged tissue. Do NOT apply heat!

    Tarantula

    Description: Large, hairy brown or black bodies with long legs. Often kept as pets.

    Nest: Usually burrow in the ground, prefer warm, dry climates.

    Venom: Paralyptic to prey. Painful bite, but no more dangerous than a honeybee unless you have an allergic reaction.

    Treatment: Apply a paste of meat-tenderizer and an ice cube.

     

     SCORPIONS

    Description: Shaped like a small lobster with stinger in the tail that curls over its back. Reddish, blond, brown, or black.

    Nest: Favor warm climates, especially Arizona (poisonous Bark Scorpion). Most burrow in the ground.

    Venom: Neurotoxin. Sharp burn followed by sensitivity to touch and tingling or numbness.

    Treatment: Cleanse wound with soap and water, elevate if possible, and apply a cold compress—ten minutes on, ten off. Keep victim still and administer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, Aspririn, Motrin, or Advil. Don’t give food or liquid, as swallowing may become difficult. Call Poison Control (1-200-222-1222) for advice on whether to transport person to a hospital. Alarming symptoms would include blurry vision, roving eye-movements, muscle twitching, and difficulty walking. Children are at most risk. Anti-Venin drug Anascorp is approved.

     

    CENTIPEDES, MILLIPEDES

    Description: Long, segmented, wormlike bodies with many legs. Brown or tan to red. Front two “legs” inject venom.

    Nest: Burrow in soil and leaf litter; prefer warm climates

    Venom: Painful sting, similar to bee venom. Large centipedes are the most dangerous.

    Symptoms: Weakness, swelling, chills, fever, itching.

    Treatment: Wash and dry site, apply first warmth to relieve the pain, then cold if there is swelling. Give ibuprofen or acetaminophen; apply cortisone cream for itch. Seek emergency care for any sign of allergic reaction such as swelling of lips or tongue, difficulty swallowing or breathing.

     

    Sources:

    www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-insect-bite/FA00046

    www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000033.htm

    www.ehow.com/how_213678_treat-insect-bites-stings.htm

    www.firstaid.webmd.com/tc/insect-bites-and-stings-and-spider-bites-home-treatment

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  • iStock_000011013432XSmall_generator

    A portable generator is a pretty handy accessory to have in your emergency preparedness supplies. Imagine trying to save your refrigerated and frozen food from going bad when the power is knocked out during a hurricane or thunderstorm. If you have a generator, you can restore power so you can keep your appliances running.

    However, as North Carolina’s WRAL news team suggests, “buying a generator is only the first step—you also have to keep it in working order with proper installation, storage, and maintenance.” If you don’t take the time to store or maintain it correctly, it may “bug out” when you need it for an emergency.

    Dave Trezza of Consumer Reports offers a few suggestions for using your generator safely and correctly:

    -          Buy at least a 5,000 to 7,500 watt generator with a 240-volt outlet

    -          If your generator is hooked up improperly, it could be a fire hazard

    -          If the generator is too close to your home, you could be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning

    -          Change the gas in your generator every 6 months; a generator will not work well on old gas

    -          Generators can use 8-22 gallons of gas a day

    For a more in-depth explanation on Trezza’s suggestions, read more of the article “Generators Need Maintenance Work in an Emergency.”

    It sounds like “traditional generators” require a lot of work and could be potentially dangerous. This is why Goal Zero developed the Yeti 1250 Solar Generator kit for your emergency preparedness supplies.

    The Yeti 1250 provides a silent and indoor-safe source of power— you don’t need gas to run this generator! There are no fumes emitted or fuels to store, protecting you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. This also means there are no dangerous moving parts, making it safer to have the Yeti near kids or pets. The Yeti stores 1250 watt hours of power to run multiple devices. It can charge your smartphone up to 100+ times and can run 12 v lights for up to 400+ hours of use.

    If you don’t think that you’ll be the best with keeping up maintenance on an outdoor generator, consider turning to the power of the sun.

    --Angela

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: solar power, preparedness, emergency preparedness, Yeti 1250 Solar Generator

  •  Pinto Beans with Scoop

    Here's a quick update from Kevin in Oklahoma. Thanks for spreading the word and helping people prepare, Kevin!

    --Sarah

     

    "I wanted to let you know that I brought my extra catalog to the machine shop where I work as there are at least a dozen people either using the other brand or looking for a good storage food company. As I type this there are four customers of the other brand making up orders (some for several hundred dollars’ worth) to make purchase from you! As one person put it, "I can buy a super pail of pinto beans for less than two number 10 cans of the other brand would cost me." I will probably have at least three orders put in this week not counting my own!

    I had the president of the company asking about it also—may see about doing a taste test for the whole plant! Most will take my word for it that it tastes great, and when the others get their orders and start raving about it you should get several more customers. I have been pushing the idea of re-purposing part of their monthly food budget into daily usable food storage. By the way, the person who commented on being able to buy the super pail of beans cheaper is a brand new [competitor] consultant! He has dropped his consultancy as of today and is now buying from Emergency Essentials! How's that for an endorsement!"

    --Kevin, Oklahoma

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    We’ve all heard the saying, “practice makes perfect.” If you want to get better at fishing, playing the violin, knitting, or emergency preparedness . . . you need to practice. If you have a Family Evacuation and Emergency Plan, you’re ahead of the game, but how often have you practiced it? Just like with learning a new hobby or skill, we have to practice our Family Evacuation and Emergency Plans so that we know what to do and where to go if an emergency hits.

    But how should you practice? Where should you start? What should you do?

    Consider mapping out your Evacuation and Emergency plans over a series of family nights/meetings. Since discussions about the various supplies you’ll need and situations you may encounter during an emergency may be overwhelming, talking about it all in one day may kill the enthusiasm your family has (or you’re trying to build) for prepping . . . Try to get everyone involved in the discussion in some way.

    As a family discuss what your meeting place will be, what types of items to include in your emergency kits, who your emergency contacts will be, and what methods of evacuation you could use (bike, foot, scooter, car). Our Family evacuation plan provides a comprehensive chart on how to create and record  info for your emergency plan if you are unsure of where to start.

    Practice Time!

    Once your family has mapped out your emergency evacuation plan, it’s time to practice. To build excitement and motivation for your drill, you may want to make it into a friendly competition. The ultimate “winner” could choose a treat or favorite dinner if they win. And since you are practicing consistently, everyone will hopefully get a chance to win while also becoming prepared in the process!

    Begin your practice with a goal:

    •  Get all family members to the in-city meeting place by a specific time
    •  Get all members out of the house and on the lawn in _________ minutes
    •  Time the amount of time it takes to get all family members to the out of city contact on _________mode of transportation
    •  Have each person pick one important or special item and get out of the house in ________ minutes (items could be a computer drive, diary, photos, a favorite book or doll, medicine) How long will it take them to decide what’s most important and get out of the house?

    Try to make your practice drills feel like real situations.

    •  Have everyone practice carrying their emergency kits with them as they go to the meeting place
    •  Have them pretend to be asleep in bed and have to get out of the house—have shoes, a flashlight, or glow stick by the bed for easy access
    •  Have them practice using the secondary exits of the house, if the primary exits are inaccessible
    •  Have them practice contacting your emergency out-of-city/state contact to let other family members know where you are (warn your out of city/state contact to expect several calls if you choose to practice this skill)

    Another fun idea for practice is to do an emergency preparedness scavenger hunt/choose your own adventure. This could be both fun and challenging for teens. For instance, leave them notes at pivotal spots on their evacuation route with situations that need solutions:

    • If they go to get their bike to evacuate you could leave note that says “oh no, there’s a flat tire and not enough time to fix it to meet the family in time. What do you do?”
    • Or if they get to the emergency spot, you could leave a note that says “everyone’s late. Who do you call to find out what’s happened?—the emergency contact” and have them call the contact (warn your contact beforehand though that this is just a drill . . . )

    The depth of your practice can range from quick and short basic skills to more intense survival situations. It’s up to you and your family to determine what types of practice will work best. Perhaps start out with the basic skills like just getting out of the house and onto the lawn with an emergency kit. As your family masters the basics, you can then move up to more complex tasks.

    After Practice

    After each drill, evaluate how you did or where you need to improve upon your plan. Additionally, having a good fitness regime will also help you and your family to evaluate how they can improve physically to execute the emergency plan.

    Try to make your practices a consistent part of your family’s life. Consider picking one day every three months to practice with your family. How often you practice really just depends on what works for your schedule. But practicing consistently is key to helping your family become familiar and comfortable with what to do during an emergency.

    Happy Prepping!

    --Angela

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  • Tips for Wildfire and House Fire Preparedness - Emergency Essentials

    Wildfire season has already started, and high-profile fires have already started in California and Colorado in the last several weeks.

    This news article gives great tips and suggestions for preventing wildfires and house fires—practical tips, and some I hadn't thought of before, including where you park your car when you’re out and about. Click here to read all 8 tips in the original article. Here’s my favorite:

    Target shooting

    Did you know that by July of 2012, 20 fires had been started last year by target shooters, including the Dump Fire, which burned 5,507 acres and cost $2.1 million to fight? The heat of bullets mixed with the hot, dry earth can be a very dangerous mix. Consider either visiting indoor shooting ranges or taking a couple months off from target shooting during the summer.

    Another tip includes having an evacuation plan. Your plan should include an emergency kit, bug out bag, or go bag, as well as a meeting place away from the house where everyone can meet in case of an emergency evacuation.

    Maryn McKenna shared her first-hand experience with an unexpected fire via Wired Magazine in her article, The Risks You Don’t Think of: A Plea to Pack a ‘Go Bag.’ She and her husband packed for a possible evacuation from their home because of a tree that had fallen on an electrical transformer next to their house. They packed their bags, and ultimately didn’t need them. Here’s what she said about her packing:

    To be honest, I give myself a C. I grabbed the cat’s food and dishes, but didn’t think to take the medication I give her twice a day. I took all the devices that access my stuff in the cloud, but didn’t recall that I keep some things out of the cloud for security; I should have taken the external back-up that sits on my desk. And, if things went very bad, I might have had a hard time dealing with the details; I relied on having web-based banking, but I didn’t think to take the phone or account numbers for any of the utilities. And I committed those fails despite minimal things to distract me: my spouse (aviation engineer) and I (epidemics and disasters journalist, pilot) are pretty accustomed to emergencies; we had only one pet to wrangle; and we didn’t have any small children or mobility-challenged elders to keep calm. And, most fortunate of all, we ended up not having to run.

    In the case of a large-scale evacuation, you will most likely have a few minutes to pack (versus a home fire where you need to evacuate immediately), but only a few. Keep emergency kits, important documentation, and precious keepsakes or photos where they can be packed quickly; that will help ease the stress of an evacuation and leave you with the assurance that you got everything vital out of the house.

    Think you’ll be able to “wing it” when an evacuation order comes knocking at your door? Evacuation: The 10 Minute Challenge, a video created by the Insurance Information Institute, shows the difference planning ahead will make—because those ten minutes will go by a lot more quickly than you’d expect:

    Get ready now for the possibility of a house fire or short-notice evacuation. Check out our pre-assembled emergency kits, get an escape ladder for each second-story bedroom, and learn more of the basics for Before, During, and After a fire in our Insight Article about Emergency Fire Safety.

    Be careful this summer, and stay safe!

    --Urban Girl

     

    P.S. I have my own tip for you. A couple of years ago we had a kitchen fire at my house (and no, I’m not the one who started it). We started chatting with the firemen who came, and they said that many house fires are started by toasters that short out in the middle of the night. So keep those electronics unplugged when you’re not using them.

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  • 2013YetiCombowithFREEsolarPanel

    From June 9th through July 7th, when you purchase a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Kit you will receive an extra Boulder 30 Solar Panel (a $240 value) for free!! This extra solar panel means that you can charge your Yeti from the sun even faster, allowing you to power your devices in less time and with less waiting. You can also power devices for your daily use while cutting down on your electricity bill.

    This special offer includes all of the benefits from the regular Yeti 1250 solar generator kit. Each generator kit includes:

    • 1- Yeti 1250 Solar Generator
    • 3 Boulder 30 Solar Panels (the third panel is free! For a limited time)
    • 1 Fabric Carrying Case for Panels
    • 1 Roll Cart

    The Yeti 1250 Solar Powered Generator stores 1250 watt hours of power to run multiple devices. It can charge your smartphone up to 100+ times and can run 12 v lights for up to 400+ hours of use. The Yeti is also great for powering laptops and tvs and can even run a refrigerator (note: these averages are based on the most popular brands of these devices).

    In addition to charging from the sun, the Yeti 1250 can also charge from the wall in 18 hours so it will be ready when you need it. The Yeti kit also includes a roll cart to use for your everyday/recreational use.

    The Yeti 1250 provides a silent and indoor-safe source of power— you don’t need gas to run this generator! There are no fumes emitted or fuels to store, protecting you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. This also means there are no dangerous moving parts, making it safer to have the Yeti near kids or pets.

    Take advantage of this offer from June 9th to July 7th. Buy a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 kit and get a third Boulder Solar Panel for free! Check out our Goal Zero Product page to see other great products that let you create and store energy from the sun.

     

     

     

     

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