Monthly Archives: October 2012

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    During the first week of Preptember™, we published a guest post about making a paracord bracelet. I followed the instructions and made myself a bracelet. It was fun, easy, and it

    felt good to have some back-up cordage.
    We received a comment on the blog post that said, “Not to sound stupid, but what would I use this for?” That’s a great question.  Remember that a paracord bracelet is supposed

    to be extra cordage. It’s good to keep at least fifty feet of paracord in your emergency kit.
    Paracord has seven thinner strands of nylon string inside a sheath. Each inner strand is made of two or three strands. This gives it a tensile strength of 550 pounds. Theoretically,

    you could get about 120 feet of cordage from the eight feet of paracord in your bracelet (if you take each inner strand apart). Of course, the strength of the cord diminishes as you take it apart.



    Tip: If you need to cut the cord but don’t have a knife, you can use paracord to cut itself. First, find the point you want to cut. Next, tie the cord to two sturdy objects with the cut point in the middle (leave plenty of slack). You can also use your feet for this; just make sure the cord is held firmly in place. Take a length of cord and run it behind (or under) the point you want to cut. Pull against the cut point with one end of the cutting section in each hand. Rub the extra length of cord back and forth vigorously at the cut point until the friction melts through the cord.

     

    So, what can you do with a paracord bracelet? Here’s my surely-not-exhaustive list in no particular order:
    1.   Tying just about anything to just about any other thing. Like a bottle or knife to a backpack or belt, or a rack on a bike, motorcycle, or car.
    2.   Repairing broken items like bootlaces, belts, backpack straps, rifle slings, zipper pulls, camera straps, or just about any kind of strap.
    3.   Lashing things together. This would be particularly handy for building an improvised shelter, raft, spear, etc.
    4.   Carrying stuff. I learned the hard way that carrying a heavy bundle by a single strand of thin paracord can be very painful. Try braiding or improvising a handle if you need to do this. If you have other paracord with you, a paracord bracelet actually makes a nice handle.
    5.   Traps. There are several types of traps you can make to catch wild animals. I don’t know how to make any, but there are plenty of books and videos on the subject.
    6.    Making a bow for a bow drill. See #5 above to find out what I know about making fire with a bow drill.
    7.   Hanging stuff. You can hang food up in a tree to keep in away from sneaky critters. I saw a guy rig up a hammock with paracord and it actually held his weight.
    8.   Making lanyards and “dummy cords.” Attaching useful items like keys, cell phones, flashlights, knives, compasses, etc. to your pack or clothes can help you hang onto them longer and keep them easily accessible.
    9.   Making a net. You’ll need enough cordage and some skill to do this. You probably couldn’t make a very big net just from your bracelet, but the seven inner strands add up to about 56 feet of cordage plus the eigh-foot-long sheath. Dave Canterbury (of Dual Survival fame) has made an instructional YouTube video on making a rope hammock (which is essentially a net).
    10. As a guyline or ridgeline (the main support) for a tent or tarp shelter.
        11. Anything else you can think of.
    The point is, paracord is useful. You can find tons of information and instruction for making paracord items on the internet—some more practical than others. I don’t like wearing bracelets, so I watched a bunch of videos online and was inspired to make my belt. It took a lot of time and trial and error, but it was worth it.
    You can make plenty of useful items out of paracord. I think it’s fun. If knot-tying isn’t your thing, it’s easy enough to wrap the cord in a bundle and throw it in a bag. Either way, you’ll be glad to have cordage in an emergency.  

    - Prep-Daddy

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    If you or someone you know are in the path of Hurricane Sandy, check the National Weather Service radar image loop to see total rainfall in each area.

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  • We’ve had a lot of fun this month celebrating 25 years of “Helping People Prepare.” Along with our weekly giveaways, we’re saying thanks by having a great sale.  There are only three days left of October, so don’t act fast. Here are some sale items you won’t want to miss out on:

    - On sale this month for $1,749.99 (individual component price: $2,245.75)
    A combination of food storage basics, gourmet mixes, and high-quality freeze-dried and dehydrated foods
    - Includes 126 #10 cans, 14 of whichare Mountain House® freeze-dried entrées (yum!)
    - See a detailed list of contents on BePrepared.com
    - On sale this month for $1,199.99 (individual component price: $1,578.99).  
    - Adds variety and nutrition to your food storage
    - 60 #10 cans of freeze-dried entrées, fruits, vegetables, and drink mixes.
    - See a detailed list of contents on BePrepared.com)


     
    - On sale this month for $84.99 (MSRP $155.00).
    - Nomad 7m Solar Panel is an ultra-compact yet powerful solar panel that enables you to charge  electronic devices using built-in USB and 12

    Volt DC charging ports
    - Lighthouse LED lantern provides light and charging capabilities.  
    -(See more details BePrepared.com)
    - On sale this month for $65.99 (MSRP $99.95).
    - I Includes AM/FM and NOAA weather alerts
    - Time, calendar, and alarm functions
    - LED flashlight and 5-LED reading lamp
    - Power with the built-in hand crank charging system or adjustable solar panel and
    - use the built-in USB port to charge your small electronic devices       
    - See more details BePrepared.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
      
    These are just a few of the great items on sale this month. Check out the rest of our October sales items. Thanks again for 25 wonderful years!

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  • Storm surges from Hurricane Sandy have already caused significant flooding in Atlantic City, NJ today and the unprecedented storm is projected to make landfall there sometime tonight according to ABC News. GreenwichTime.com reported that city officials continue to sweep the city for those who didn’t evacuate Sunday according to the evacuation orders given. If you’re in the storm’s path, stay safe and be sure to follow local evacuation orders.



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    If you’ve been watching the news, you already know that hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and she’s headed toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US coastal areas.
    If you live in an area that may be impacted by Sandy—anywhere from Virginia to Boston— check your emergency kits and fill your car with gas so you can be prepared to evacuate if the time comes that you’re asked by the authorities to do so. And stock up on supplies that will keep you warm, fed, and hydrated if you have to evacuate or shelter in place without utilities for a while.
    Some supplies we suggest having on hand:

    More steps you can take right now while everyone waits to see what Sandy will do:

    • Fill your tank. Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full so you can evacuate quickly if needed—lines at the gas station will be long, and stations can quickly run out of gas if deliveries are interrupted.
    • Evacuation location. Reach out to anyone who has agreed to host you in case of an evacuation to see if they are still on board.
    • If you don’t have a host already in place, reach out to family and friends out of the hurricane area to see if they would be willing to let you stay with them if you’re required to evacuate
    • Stock up on water and food storage if you don’t already have them.
    • Prepare for disrupted utilities. Get alternate sources of light, warmth, and communication in case utilities are cut off.
    • Extra clothes. Put some extra changes of clothes in your kit so you’ll have warm, dry clothing options if you have to go out in the storm.
    • Coordinate. Talk to your family members, roommates, or neighbors about your evacuation and sheltering-in-place plans—coordinate any neighborhood efforts that may have already been established to be sure everyone is still on the same page. 
    There are several resources available to track the path Sandy is following—and your local authorities will certainly be keeping you up to date if you live in Sandy’s potential path.
    [Click here] to check the predicted path hurricane Sandy will follow. (weather.com)
    You can also [click here] to see a Google map of Sandy’s path and locations of active shelters in your region.
    Are you in an area that could be affected? What are you doing to prepare? We’re praying and crossing our fingers that Sandy heads back out to sea, but do everything you can to get ready—it will give you more confidence should a crisis occur.
    For more information on Hurricane Preparedness, check out the mini-series we published earlier this year:
    Part One  --  Part Two  --  Part Three  --  Part Four  --  Part Five
    --Sarah

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: hurricanes, hurricane preparedness

  • Today's giveaway is the last blog giveaway for our 25th Anniversary month!

    Last week's giveaway winner is Sarah from Virginia! Here's what Sarah has to say about winning the Goal Zero (TM) Lighthouse LED Lantern and Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel:

    BePrepared.com is my favorite website for emergency supplies! Living on the east coast we have to be prepared for hurricanes in the summer and ice storms in the winter. Thank you for this wonderful prize! What a comfort it is to be better prepared for the next power outage.

    --Sarah in VA

    Congrats, Sarah!

    Before we get to this week's giveaway, take a look at these posts from the past week:

    We added another module to Prep School. This one's all about Emergency Kits.

    We also highlighted the Mountain House Assortment Buckets that are on sale this month.

    Now for this week's giveaway... How would you like to win a Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Combo? I know I would love to win one (but I can't enter--lucky for you guys!). It's on sale this month for $104.99--that's a savings of over $22 over MSRP!

    The Combo includes:

    • Large Kelly Kettle Base Camp (Stainless Steel)
    • Kelly Kettle Cook Set
    • Kelly Kettle Pot Support
    • Can of Fired Up! Emergency Fuel and Fire Starter

    The Kelly Kettle Combo is an awesome setup for emergency preparedness, because you can boil water in practically no time flat (3-5 minutes), and simultaneously cook something on top of the kettle. If you've got freeze-dried and dehydrated foods in storage (and I'm guessing you do), the Kelly Kettle is a great item to have so you can boil water for meals in a short amount of time.

    So, here's the way to enter today's giveaway:

    1) Leave a comment on the blog post telling us what you're focusing on next in your preps.

    2) Fill out the form below, and copy/paste your comment into the form.

    We'll notify you by email if you're the winner, so be sure to add social@beprepared.com to your email contacts--because our email going to the junk bin and you losing out on the prize would just be tragic.

    Good luck!

     

    All entries will be verified. We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased - whichever you prefer.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, WordPress or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

    The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

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  • Did you know we now offer some of the most popular Mountain House® entrée pouches in Classic and Essential Assortment buckets? They're pretty new, and they're on sale this month!

    These buckets offer an assortment of Mountain House meal pouches at a great value. They also allow you to open only the number of servings you need immediately and keep the rest sealed for future use. The pouches have a shelf-life of 25 years if stored properly, and the bucket makes them easy to store, stack, and transport.




    On the 8th I received this email from Dawn in Oklahoma with her thoughts on one of the Mountain House® Assortment buckets:
    I love the new Mountain House Essential bucket. I was planning on putting together just such a bucket for my grown kids for Christmas this year.  They are in their 20's

    and don't realize yet how important it is to be prepared for any emergency that comes along. 
    I had already bought them the water/sanitation boxes from Emergency Essentials and had started collecting hand warmers, matches, candles, 1st aid and such.  This makes the rest of my shopping so easy.  I'll also save a lot of money off the per pouch price and I won't have to purchase a bucket to put it all in as it comes in one.  What wonderful timing on the part of Emergency Essentials to have these just before the holidays so we can give such a great gift to all of our loved ones that are not as well prepared.
    Shopping with Emergency Essentials is so easy and delivery is always quick.  I have always had the best service when dealing with this company.
    Dawn

    W. in Oklahoma
    Have you considered purchasing one of the Mountain House® Assortment buckets for yourself or as a gift? Have you already purchased one? We’d love to hear your feedback.
    Thanks, Dawn!
    --Sarah

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  • This giveaway has closed.

    We have yet another great giveaway for you this week! It's round three of our 25th Anniversary weekly giveaways.

    Before we get to the giveaway, here’s a list of our most recent blog posts, in case you missed any:

    Recipe: Creamy Sausage Crumble and Vegetable Stew by Sarah

    The Easiest Way to Use Wheat by Prep-Daddy (hint: it involves a thermos)

    Food Storage: Insurance You Can Eat

    Prep School: Food Storage 101

    What do you think? Anything strike you as particularly useful for the preps you're making right now?
    Aaaaaaaannd the winner of last week’s giveaway is… Tina from South Carolina! Here’s what Tina had to say about winning the Freeze-Dried Fruit Variety Combo:


    "This is a great addition to any food storage. I am just getting started. Thanks so much! The fruit combo is great!!!"
    Congratulations, Tina!
    This week we’re giving away a Goal Zero™ Lighthouse LED Lantern & Nomad 7 Combo (on sale this month for $84.99, a $155.00 value).
    Enter to win by:
    1) Posting or replying to a thread on our BePrepared Forum (if you aren’t already a member you’ll need to sign up to participate).
    2) Coming back to this post and entering your name, email address, and forum username in the form below to enter.
    (NOTE: If you sign up for the forum, allow for up one business day for our moderators to approve your account. We have to keep spam robots out. Thank you for your patience)
    It’s that easy! Plus, you get to be a part of our awesome forum. Bonus!
    All entries will be verified. We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased - whichever you prefer.This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

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  • Recently, Faye from West Virginia submitted a recipe through a product review of the Preparedness Pantry™ Sausage Crumbles. I gave it a whirl in our test kitchen, and the results were pretty tasty!

    Faye calls it Sausage Crumble… but since that’s also the name of our product, I took the liberty of re-naming the recipe to Creamy Sausage and Vegetable “Stew.” It's a really versatile recipe-- you could even substitute chicken for the sausage (or keep it as-is) and use it as a chicken pot pie filling. (Yum!)

    Yield: 4 medium servings, 6 small servings
    Serving suggestions: serve over toast (how Faye suggests serving it), mashed potatoes (how we tested it), rice, biscuits, quinoa, or wheat berries.
    Variations: Add diced tomatoes, sour cream powder, carrots, or other varieties of cheese to suit your tastes.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup water + 3/4 cup Provident Pantry™ Creamy Soup Base
    • 1 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ Garlic Pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ onion powder
    • 2/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ green peas
    • 2/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ sliced mushrooms
    • 3/4 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ sausage crumbles
    • 1/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ shredded cheddar (do not reconstitute before adding to mixture)
    Directions:
    1.     Set a medium pot of water on the stove to boil.
    2.    Put the peas, mushrooms, and sausage crumbles in a

    medium mixing bowl.
    3.    Once the water has started boiling, pour enough into

    the mixing bowl to cover the sausage and vegetables. Let sit for five minutes

    while you make the cream mixture.
    4.     Measure the creamy soup base, garlic pepper, and onion

    powder into a small mixing bowl. Add one cup of water, and whisk until smooth.
    5.     Serve over mashed potatoes.
    *Please note that this is different than the directions on the can.
    This recipe was a big hit in the office—everyone who tried it wanted a second serving.
    Enjoy! (And thanks, Faye, for the great recipe idea!)
    --Urban Girl

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  • The Easiest Way to Use Wheat

    As my family and I work toward building an emergency food supply, we’re starting with a three-month supply of food we already like to eat (especially the kids, who are notoriously picky eaters). After that, we plan to work toward a year supply of food storage basics.  In the meantime, I thought I’d experiment with some long-term storage items. The item I’m most interested in is wheat. It super versatile and is a key ingredient in my favorite food—pizza. So, I obtained a small amount of whole wheat kernels to experiment with.

    There I was with a about a pound of wheat and no idea what to do with it. I don’t have a wheat grinder, so making bread was out of the question. I’m not into wheatgrass. I was lost. Then I remembered a conversation I had recently with Don Pectol, one of the owners who has been with Emergency Essentials® since 1989 (see Don in our TV commercial here). He told me about the easiest way to incorporate wheat into one’s everyday diet.


    Here’s what he said to do:
    1- Boil some water.
    2- Pour the water into a thermos (leave some space).
    3- Add ¼ cup of whole wheat kernels.
    4- Close the thermos lid (tightly).
    5- Leave it overnight (about 8-12 hours)
    6- Drain water
    7- Add hydrated wheat to any food item or eat alone (Don said it takes on the flavor of

    whatever you add it to).
    I tried this method of thermos cooking and it was amazing. The prep time was about ten minutes, then I left it overnight (about ten hours). The next morning, I had some nice hot cereal waiting for me. I added some almond milk and stevia sweetener and it was delicious. My wife tried it and liked it. The little ones are another story. My daughter, age seven and our pickiest eater, refused to try the thermos-cooked wheat and I know better than to push her. My son, age 3 and a less-picky eater, tasted it and said, “Mmm,” then didn’t eat any more. Still, I’m going to keep trying, adding it to other foods without telling the kids.
    By itself, the wheat has little taste, so it takes on the flavor of whatever you add it to. This means I can add it to foods to boost nutrition without my kids even noticing. Plus, it gets our family used to eating wheat. Since I can prepare wheat without much effort or energy, I can make it every day. I can even make it “on the trail,” only using the amount cooking fuel needed to bring a few cups of water to a boil. I could do the same thing in an emergency, which is a lot more comforting than the thought of grinding wheat into flour on a rock. Ok, I could use a hand-powered grain mill if I had one (which I don’t). Still, who knew a thermos was a survival tool?
    -Prep-Daddy   

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