Monthly Archives: April 2010

News of the Day

Stock up on meat

http://preview.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-25/carnivores-dilemma-widens-as-pork-signals-record-meat-prices.html

Politicians say debt is unsustainable- A friendly reminder of what debt can do.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/DN-debt_28bus.ART.State.Edition2.4c20b43.html

Exercise

So in your mind you are preparing for the road of life’s bump in the road, and you are thinking “Hey, this isn’t too bad.  I think I will be ok.”  But what if the lights go out for a week like they did here in the middle of winter?  What then?  Can you shovel snow everyday?  Can you go to the gas station and haul those 5-10 gallon containers without wrecking your back?  My point here is to illustrate that when one of the systems of support goes down as you have planned for it creates extra stress in your life.  Is your body able to handle the extra stress?  Are you regularly exercising?  If not it should be part of prepping plans.

Exercise

Do not make this too hard.  If you have not been exercising go for a walk.  Slowly build until you can start running.  If you want to join a gym by all means do so if it is within your budget.  You do not have to.  Realize you can get many of the same benefits by exercising at home by using your own bodyweight and you do not have to drive to the gym.

Go here for some low cost ideas

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/HQ00694_D

Exercises without weights

http://exercise.about.com/cs/exerciseworkouts/l/blnoweightwkout.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Work-out-Without-Weights

For those of you at work, here are some exercises you can do

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-at-your-desk

Exercising releases those endorphins, and you feel better.  When you feel better you are able to accomplish more.

Weight Loss

I am not going to get into the nitty gritty of weight loss, but lets say that almost everyone is not at their ideal weight.  You do not have to be ripped.  If you need to loose some weight then do so.  It will improve your psyche and your fitness.  It is not easy.  First try to cut back on the bad things you eat.  Second, eat healthier things.  The less processed food you eat the better.

Turn off you TV

Enough said.  Limit your exposure.  The more time you are not consuming content the more you can accomplish.

Sleep

Sleep allows your body to rest and recuperate.  I know there is a tendency to try and do to much which makes you crash.  I have found that when I have 10-15 minutes, to occupy that time with something productive rather than wasting that time.

Here are some ideas if you are not sleeping well.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep/HQ01387

We can’t run faster than we have strength.

Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.

News

City boy vs. country girl

http://www.ajc.com/news/backyard-farm-movement-yields-491119.html

News of the Day

Economics-

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/an_economics_lecture_no_studen.html

Charity

Originally in Latin the word caritas meant preciousness, dearness, high price. From this, in Christian theology, caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word agapē, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others, such as the love of God. This much wider concept is the meaning of the word charity in the Christian triplet “faith, hope and charity”. However the English word more generally used for this concept, is the more direct love.  Credit wikipedia.

It this the love you have for your fellow-man?  That “direct love”.  Part of prepping is helping those around you.

As we continue down the prepping road, there are some things that I have observed are intrinsic among preppers, though not exclusive to them.  Charity is one.  When you have been blessed with the ability to look forward and to prepare your life for the inevitable, you realize your neighbors may not share the same outlook or may not be as far along as you.  You realize your next door neighbor is getting up there in age and may not be able to completely take care of themselves if there is an emergency.  Who should?  Why you of course.  Since you know this you are also preparing for the time when you will have to help them.  Your ability to be charitable defines you as a person.

Prepping is not about hoarding.  It is not about saying I have more than you and you should have prepared. It is about helping those around you that may have a greater need than yourself.

What if your neighbor is just barely making it, and they lose a job?  Are you going to say, “Should have saved some money?” or are you going to help by providing support and maybe some meals because your were a little more fortunate?  Our effort should be at helping and not casting judgement.  Of course we wish everyone would prepare for those things that may happen, but they don’t.

Make it a goal to continue to help those around us. Maybe you are saying what can I do? Here is a possible list

  • Volunteer with a local community agency.
  • Support community events such as service projects.
  • Participate in local school programs.
  • Volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
  • Help in community literacy programs.
  • Make a meal for someone
  • Help plant a garden
  • Make humanitarian kits
  • Give a class on prepping

One of the hidden advantages of serving those around you is you get to know them.  You are able to befriend them, to find out a little more about them.  Maybe you form a new friendship or maybe you put a smile on someone elses faces.  What could be better than that?  When was the last time you felt bad about helping someone else?  That’s what I thought.

Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.

In the News

Peak Phosphorus

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/04/20/peak_phosphorus

America’s largest aquifer in danger.

http://www.aolnews.com/earth-day/article/time-water-running-out-for-ogallala-americas-biggest-aquifer/19446923

Water Storage



Water-
When we store food it is incumbent upon us to also store water.
You can survive about 2-3 weeks without food, but only about 2 days without water.  It is essential to life.  How much do I need?  What do I put it in?
How much do you need?
My recommendation is 2-3 gallons per person per day.  More if you have room and can afford it.  Those around you may not have the ability to do so, so let’s remember them.  I highly recommend as you are preparing your water storage you think about longer term water purification.  If you are building your 3 month supply of food and are doing the same for water you would have 1350 gallons of water on hand (3 gal x 5 people x 90 days=1350 gal).  That is 24 55 gallon drums! WOW!  Do you have that much room?  I know I don’t.  Actually I do but it is not cost feasible or wife feasible to have that many drums.  So think about the ways you can bring water into your home as you need it.
What do I put it in?
Commercially bottled water in PETE (or PET) plastic containers may be bought. Follow the container’s “best if used by” dates as a rotation guideline. Avoid plastic containers that are not PETE plastic. I recommend having both commercial and self package.  The commercial bought is much more portable.  Self packaged in larger containers will be much cheaper.
If you choose to package water yourself, consider the following guidelines:
Containers

  • Use only food-grade containers. Smaller containers made of PETE plastic or heavier plastic buckets or drums work well.
  • Clean, sanitize, and thoroughly rinse all containers prior to use. A sanitizing solution can be prepared by adding 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) to one quart (1 liter) of water. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used.
  • Do not use plastic milk jugs, because they do not seal well and tend to become brittle over time.
  • Do not use containers previously used to store non-food products.
I recommend buying some 55 gallon drums and some 5 gallon containers.  If you have to leave your house 5 gallon containers are more portable. If using a 55 gallon drum consider how you might extract the water.  You will need a hand pump or the ability to put the drum on its side or siphon water out.
Water Pretreatment

Water from a chlorinated municipal water supply does not need further treatment when stored in clean, food-grade containers.

Non-chlorinated water should be treated with bleach. Add 1/8 of a teaspoon (8 drops) of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) for every gallon (4 liters) of water. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used.
Storage

  • Containers should be emptied and refilled regularly.
  • Store water only where potential leakage would not damage your home or apartment.
  • Protect stored water from light and heat. Some containers may also require protection from freezing.
  • The taste of stored water can be improved by pouring it back and forth between two containers before use.
  • If storing water on concrete put a barrier (i.e. a piece of plywood) or elevate the containers off the floor.
Additional resources
Water Purification Guidelines
If your water supply is not known to be safe or has become polluted, it should be purified before use. Water purification is generally a two-step process.
Step 1: Clarify
Cloudy or dirty water must first be made clear. It may be passed through filter paper, fine cloth, or other filter. It may be allowed to settle and the clear water on top carefully drawn. Filtered or clear settled water should always be disinfected before use.
Step 2: Disinfect
Boiling Method-Bringing water to a rolling boil for 3 to 5 minutes will kill most water-borne microorganisms. However, prolonged boiling of small quantities of water may concentrate toxic contaminants if present.
Bleach Method-Adding 1/8 of a teaspoon (8 drops) of fresh liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) to every gallon (4 liters) of water will kill most microorganisms. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used. The use of bleach does not address toxic contamination.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site provides additional information about water purification.
Commercial Water Filters
Commercial water filters can effectively filter and purify water contaminated with microorganisms, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals. Their effectiveness depends on design, condition, and proper use.
Some recommendations for water filters
I also recommend you buy a filter for your 72 hour kit.  Here is a good website to peruse your choices.  http://www.libertymountain.com/shop/index.asp?c=288

I like having a water bottle that can act as a filter and some purification tablets.

Please do not forget water. It will be equally if not more important to you if you need it.

Remember that if it doesn’t make your life better then it’s not worth it.

Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.