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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:40 pm

Grab a Ladder !

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, November 3rd. Reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors in addition to turning back their clocks.

Go one step further- make it a monthy habit to push the "test" button to make sure the batteries are still working.

If you don't have a smoke detector, have one installed right away ! If you can't afford one, contact your local fire department. They'll not only give you one for free, they'll come to your house and install it for you.

Be safe.
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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:57 am

It's February and time to look around at prepping supplies...

Go through all canned goods, packages, bottled water. Look for expiration dates of 2014 and use these before the end of summer. Move all 2014 items forward, and replace them with 2015 and beyond. Just because predictions about Comet Ison and other concerns did not happen, we still face the harsh reality of weather, natural and un-natural. We should not relax and ignore certain things that are happening on our planet.

Continue to stock pile food and water supplies on a weekly/monthly basis. Check over the counter medications and toss out those that have expired. Replace them as soon as you can. I'm not suggesting you purchase the pharmacy, just have certain medications on hand for fever and headaches. You can always stock up on herbal remedies, herbal teas and other organic medications.

February is the month for Presidents. Get to know two of them up close and personal. That would be Lincoln and Washington. Do not for a moment think paper money is "out." No, more than likely paper money is "in" and credit cards and personal checks are questionable. Starting today, pay yourself first. Meaning...all small bills are placed in a envelope and all larger bills should be spent. Divide the fives and ones and keep them in several places on you, your home and some tucked under the car seat. How foolish to have large bills that no one can make change for in an emergency. Same applies for quarters. Don't spend them, instead, roll them up and keep them in a safe place. Coins are legal tender and when they're rolled, most stores and gas stations will accept them.

You should have a water filter by now. If you can afford it, buy a few more. Water filters make great barter items, so do boxes of ammo. And, of course pint bottles of 100% liquor can always be traded as well.

Two more items you need to buy- Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Buy a two year supply. Find a place to store bottled water, in your home !

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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:58 pm

My heart goes out to those who are still without heat, hot water and electricity. Perhaps this winter has taught some of us about being prepared for anything.

The kind of natural disasters you are likely to experience depends on your location, as will the type of supplies you to need to face the elements in your area.

Earthquake- Keep sturdy boots and a flashlight near the beds or better still front and back doors. In the event of a quake at night, you and your family should be ready to go in 3 minutes or less. Go-bags packed, keys and supplies at the ready.

Floods- You'll need rain gear, waterproof boots, and depending on the time of year, insect repellent, sunscreen and snakebite kits. Give some thought to keeping a camera handy so you can take photos of the damage. Don't be foolish and go back for anything. Rushing floodwaters can overwhelm the strongest swimmer. Having a safe and secure place to go on higher ground is the most important decision you'll make. Houses and possessions can be replaced, families cannot.

Hurricane- Rain gear, work gloves, boots and tools in case your family needs to evacuate. The tools will be needed for boarding up windows and doors. Don't try to ride the storm out. If an official order has been given to seek shelter elsewhere, then do it. Hurricanes pick and choose the direction they want to go. The last place you want to be is in that whirl wind.

Tornado- In the aftermath of a tornado, you'll need long pants and waterproof jackets. And heavy duty gloves if you decide you want to pick through the rubble. Be cautious of downed power lines and gas lines.

Wildfires- Store tools in a safe area where you can reach them in seconds. You'll need rakes and shovels in case you have to put out small fires close by. Don't forget the axe. Buckets for hauling water if necessary for putting out fires close to foundations. Don't wait until you see the flames. That old cliche` "where there is smoke, there is fire." So if you smell smoke, get out right away.

Winter storms- We know how devastating and quickly they can overwhelm us. Store a few bags of sand and cat litter in the trunk. Warm clothes, boots, gloves and hats. Flashlights and extra batteries and blankets. Weigh the decision carefully if you wish to wait for rescue or leave your vehicle during a snow storm or blizzard. You'll need water too and some high energy protein bars. If you leave the engine running, open the window an inch or two so fresh air can circulate in the car. Keep a fully charged cell phone with you at all times.

I added 3 new items to my supplies today. Bicycle helmets, hard hats and some used football shoulder pads. The helmets are for protection in case a tree limb drops on my head, same goes for hard hats. They will protect your head in case of falling limbs or bricks. The shoulder pads? I'll wear these in case I have to carry a heavy tool bag on my shoulder. It will protect my shoulders and collarbones from the straps.

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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:42 am

March 9th, 2014- Spring forward.

Don't forget to check the smoke alarm and change the battery. Once again, if you cannot afford a smoke detector, contact your local fire department, and they will install one free of charge.

Check wires for any wear or fraying, and outlets to make sure they're not overloaded.

Clean the filter in the air conditioner before using.

Rotate water supplies and use them before they expire. Replace them as soon as possible.

If you're planning a garden, start seedlings this month for setting out in late April.

Pick up a copy of the Farmers Alamanac. It's the best magazine on the market for practical advice about gardening, keeping livestock, how to prep, how to can and freeze-dry foods.

Go through all bugout bags and check for out-dated food and medicines. Replace them right away with fresh.

Have a beautiful spring. Blesssings to all who come to this forum.

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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Sat May 24, 2014 8:22 pm

Just in case MERS becomes pandemic: I'm not implying that it will. This is a prepping thread, and part of prepping is being prepared for anything. MERS has entered the U.S., and we can't ignore the fact that becoming infected with MERS could result in a possible 30% fatality rate. We should take it seriously. We can't avoid going out in public and coming in contact with people. But, there are many things we can do to protect ourselves, our families and our homes.

Wash your hands as often as you possibly can.
Don't touch your face with your hands.
Don't put money or keys in your mouth.
Keep your fingernails short and wash the clippers after trimming your nails.
Eat a healthy diet, and take vitamins every day, especially C and D.
Stock up on Clorox wipes, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, paper towels, toilet paper.
Buy some bottled water, fruit juice, canned soups, fresh oranges and lemons, herbal teas.
Think seriously about buying paper masks or even a face shield and goggles.
Avoid shaking hands if at all possible. A simple nod is more than enough to acknowledge someone in public.
Oil of oregano is a fabulous antibacterial item. Buy a bottle and keep it handy.

Here's an article about Oil of Oregano.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/oil-oregano-guide
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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:56 pm

Prepper Tip for November, 2016

Get your Library in order. Buy the books you need now ! They don't have to be new. As a matter of fact the older, the better. Start looking this weekend for books about tools, homesteading, gardening, herbal medicine, sewing, first aid, basic survival information. Once the grid goes down, and it might, you will no longer have access to the internet. How To Books will be worth their weight in gold ! Check out thrift stores, yard sales, second hand book stores.

Once you begin collecting books, buy some heavy duty Ziploc bags and a jar of Diatomaceous Earth [ Food Grade ]. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon in each bag, close the bag and give it a good shake. Open the bag, insert the book, and close the bag. The Diatomaceous Earth will protect the books from wood roaches, paper weevils, moths and other insects. It will not harm you if you handle the powder. You can find Diatomaceous Earth At Home Depot, Sears, Amazon, Lowe's, or any store where garden supplies are sold.

Better get ready people, it's going to get rough out there.

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Re: Best Prepping Tips

Postby cml-2012 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:14 pm

No place to store water? Think again ! No one really knows what's coming. A brown dwarf, comet, asteroid, take your pick. This much we can see with our own eyes- Earth is heating up, Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fires, massive animal die- offs. This much is certain- only fools and gamblers are not prepared for what could be an extinction level event [ ELE ]. I'm sure most of the members/viewers of this site have some water stored, mostly for drinking and hygiene.

Did you ever consider replacing your current bed with a water bed? A bed for sleeping and also in an emergency, water ! Maybe not good to drink, but good enough for staying healthy. Think of the gallons of stored water that you could use for bathing and cleaning, etc. It doesn't have to be a new bed, check Etsy, eBay, Craig's List, classified ads for used water beds. If you have a spare bedroom, set the bed up in there. Or do as many have done in 2016- they have replaced their beds with water beds.

We all like to think if SHTF, we'll make out okay. I'm sure many of us will. But life might be a little easier if you had a source of water, if for no other reason than this fact- staying clean and having access to some water for basic hygiene could make a difference in avoiding skin infections and dysentery. Not to mention infections from common bacteria and germs !

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