Just the other day I’d decided to check on my smoke alarms and fire extinguishers and while I was at it have my youngest son try to put out a very small (and controlled) fire in our driveway just so he had an opportunity to hold and use a fire extinguisher which I don’t think I’ve ever had him do.
Well, as it turns out the first fire extinguisher I grabbed indicated “red” meaning it needed replaced; I gave it a try anyway… it was dead as a door nail. So I grabbed another one that indicated “green” and with a quick test THAT one didn’t work either!
I thought, “Uh oh… when’s the last time I checked these?” Believe it or not, I used to keep a good list of all the prepping tasks I needed to check on and when but, sadly, I can’t find the list anymore let alone remember the last time I even looked at it.
As it turns out it’s probably been a LONG time since I’ve actually looked at one of my fire extinguishers and, sadly, I found another one that needed replaced too. Surprisingly, the extinguishers I have in our vehicles still worked even though I would have assumed they–if any of them–would be bad since they’ve been exposed to both extreme hot and cold for many years… go figure.
The good news is that this has caused me to create a new prepping tasks list and, of course, to replace my fire extinguishers too.
I did briefly look into trying to refill them but apparently the type I have can’t (or shouldn’t) be refilled because they have plastic heads as opposed to metal ones and are prone to leaks… perhaps that’s why they don’t work any longer.
Anyway, just last night my wife was cooking dinner when the kitchen smoke alarm went off which isn’t unusual and so I didn’t bother to move from the basement couch as my wife was sort of yelling something incoherent which I did my best to ignore. As it turns out one of the burners had something stuck to it and caught fire. It wasn’t a big deal but I’ll take that as a sign I need to replace my fire extinguishers sooner rather than later, lol.
My suggestion: go check on your fire extinguishers and while you’re at it your smoke alarms just to be sure they’re still in working order.
Ok, inflatable might be the wrong word to describe this sandbag as inflation implies air is involved, but it is certainly different than the traditional “fill your own” sandbags we’ve all come to despise, lol.
Anyway, I just recently ran into this SoSaveBag.com which perked my interest as it’s apparently a sandbag that actually swells when contacted with water:
“SOSAVE sandbag is an innovative instant sandbag sandbag. It is a jute bag with another inner bag as a special double layer structure bag. When it is dipped in the water, the functional material contained in the bag swells and increases its starting weight up to 50 times.In this way its volume becomes a flood defense barrier in case of water overflow.”
Interesting. I do wonder what the inner water absorbing material is… I can’t seem to find that out.
Regardless, it’s apparently reusable, biodegradable, lightweight, easily packed, etc., etc.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a price for these either as ordering is via email which I didn’t have the patience for, plus I tried downloading some catalog but that failed too.
Seems there’s some work to be done on the website so I haven’t a clue how “above board” these folks are, especially since it’s all in China. Hopefully, these “sandless” sandbags are the real deal and something people can start to make use of.
Let me know if you have any experience with them or a similar product. Thanks.
Recently, while I was sitting at the orthodontist waiting for my kid’s braces to finally get removed, I began to think about “what if SHTF” and I we didn’t have an orthodontist (or dentist) readily available who know what to do with such things?
After all, I don’t have a clue how all that orthodontics gear works and since my youngest still has many years of orthodontics to go, I should probably get a clue. I know the braces are cemented in there somehow but besides that I’m sure I would do more harm than good if I tried to do any of it off on my own, let alone try to keep their teeth properly aligned either… that won’t happen at all, lol.
SHTF Problem #1: Your Teeth
You’d be surprised but in a truly long-term SHTF situation teeth may be a much bigger problem for many people than they realize.
Besides just having cavities, who knows what types of additional–and sometimes very serious–problems you might encounter, here’s a few I can think of:
Abscess teeth. I’d wrote an article a long time ago about how it killed my wife’s uncle. It’s a much bigger problem than most realize and can lead to a variety of serious health problems.
Crowns that come out. This would leave the root uncomfortably exposed and probably indicates a much bigger problem. While the usual SHTF remedy for “bad teeth” is to just pull it, that might not be as easy with a crown removed and probably rather painful I’d imagine.
Orthodontics, various appliances. Really, anytime you’re in the middle of a process that takes years to complete, I’m guessing you’d also need the knowledge to know if it’s working properly and I’m also guessing that you could quickly do more harm than good. My gut-reaction is to remove the braces (or whatever) but, again, I don’t know how.
I’m sure there are more significant problems to be aware of here and while I have various extraction tools I do wonder how useful they may be with crowns, for instance. And considering that an abscess tooth is such a problem it would be a good idea to have appropriate antibiotics.
SHTF Problem #2: Birth And Babies
This is another big concern that many of us could have but not even consider until that “surprise” hits us. Obviously, this can be minimized by having and using appropriate protection, though, there will still be plenty of instances where people will have babies post-SHTF, wanted or otherwise.
Now, women have been having babies for as long as humanity has been around and doing so relatively successfully, the process isn’t without it’s complications to say the least.
And, of course, while most people choose a hospital with all of the medical benefits… they just won’t be available or accessible in a long-term situation. About the only solution would be to befriend an OBGYN or midwife and hope for the best. Lucky for me I’m married to a midwife. 🙂
Besides concern for the baby, such as being able to resuscitate them, complications with the mother are just as serious, especially hemorrhage. Both of these problems may result in death if you don’t have a knowledgeable resource to take charge and even then the worst may happen simply because they didn’t have appropriate drugs or equipment.
Again, having babies is no joke (and fraught with many serious complications besides what I mentioned above) in good times with all of the support structure we have in place. Afterwards we’re back to hoping and praying of the best.
I won’t get into potential complications with newborns as I don’t know about these types of problems to offer any sound advice.
SHTF Problem #3: Pets
Most of us have little idea what to do when we run out of pet food and, more important, may find ourselves torn between feeding our pets from our dwindling food storage foods or not. Granted, many of us may not be torn at all and simply just feed our pets as if they’re our children. 😉
I do wonder just how well most pets (and I’m thinking of dogs and cats mostly) will do with a significant change of diet from their typical dog or cat food to all human food? I’d suspect they will manage somehow.
What about potential medical issues? Again, if there’s no vet about the best we can do is to care for them as if they’re human and then hope for the best.
For us, we have a dog and then also guinea pigs who, sadly, would be the bigger problem because they eat mostly vegetables, hay, and pellets. As much as I really like them they probably won’t last long post-SHTF.
Anyway, what problems can you think of? What SHTF concerns would you have that you may not have thought about?
A while back I was asked if I would be willing to contribute to the 2017 Prepper Bundle and I said “sure, sounds like fun.” But it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how massive this prepper bundle truly is…
You see, I recently had a chance to find out just what’s included in this prepper bundle and who’s involved and I immediately realized this was going to be big!
For instance, you’ll find contributors like Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, Todd Sepulveda of Prepper Website, Misty Marsh of Simple Family Preparedness, Lisa Bedford of The Survival Mom, Melissa Norris (of her own website), Jodi and Julie of Food Storage Made Easy, Paul Wheaton (he should need no introduction), and plenty of others besides myself.
Anyway, it’s a huge group of knowledgeable folks who contributed their expertise on quite a wide range of topics to get you better prepared. Here’s some of the resources to get you salivating a little (author’s book description follows the title with the occasional redaction to speed this up, lol):
The Guide to Primitive Survival Traps – A book for all outdoorsmen and survivalist who enjoy the sport of trapping and wilderness survival. With an easy, basic read and images for an easier understanding, this book provides you with instructions to making primitive survival traps.
Meal Planning for Long-Term Food Storage -Start building your food storage today! This kit is the easiest step to building your long-term food supply. Including 7 different recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Recipes are basic and easily converted for food storage cooking. Each group contains a shopping list for 1 week, 1 month or 3 months to help facilitate easy gathering of a family’s food supply.
Build Your Own Emergency Off-Grid Power System – This book began as a project to prepare ourselves to survive without electricity for an extended period of time, maybe as long as a year. We share our research into battery-centric, electricity storage devices that most people refer to as “Solar Generators” using solar panels to collect electricity to store in batteries.
Fifty Ways To Make Survival Tools From Trash And Household Items – This is a collection of “how-to’s” from the writings of Ken Youngquist as he explains the uses of “trash” as they apply to emergency and survival scenarios. Who knew that duct tape can be used as a magnifier? that a plastic bottle can start a fire? That a soda can combined with a potato chip bag can pasteurize water? Learn these “how-to” techniques so that you can be better prepared for what lies ahead.
Canning 101: A Primer – Start building your food storage today, from scratch! Canning provides a means to build your pantry, one batch at a time…of homemade, shelf stable food for you and your family. Not only build up your stock of healthy ‘convenience foods’ for your everyday pantry needs; but build a long (or short!) term food storage. Everyone has a ‘rainy day’, eventually. Be Prepared for it! Learn to what you’ll need to start canning, where to find it and how to get started safely canning your own healthy, delicious food and meals.
Mini Seed Saving e-Course – Learn how to seed save your own garden seed every year from someone who has been saving the same strain of green beans in her family for over 100 years. Gain the foundational knowledge of seed saving, including cross-pollination, and never purchase seed from the store again. This course walks you through the amazing living history of heirloom seeds and how to start creating your own seed bank.
Prepared Kids – Our children are the next generation of adults in the world, and we get to help raise them! Whether we are their parent, grandparent, guardian, or family friend, we can raise children that are responsible and self-reliant. In this book, I share ideas that our family and others have used in raising our children that have helped foster in them an attitude of self-reliance and preparedness.
Homemade First Aid Kit – Have you ever wondered how to make your own homemade first aid kit using natural products? Then this is the book for you. It tells you exactly what natural items you need in your first aid kit, what to use them for plus covers miscellaneous items-like tweezers – that you might accidentally overlook when making your own first aid kit.
The Prepper’s Guide to Disaster Water Security – When disaster strikes your community, are you going to be one of the 1000’s waiting in a FEMA line every day for your ration of water? Or are you going to be the hero, the person who planned ahead and can take care of your family in the comfort of your home during the disaster and subsequent recovery? If you want to be the hero, you need The Prepper’s Guide To Disaster Water Security your complete guide to building a bulletproof water program.
…and those are just the ones I bothered to highlight. Of course, there’s my contribution too:
My Contribution To The Bundle…
How to Stop Burglars Dead In Their Tracks – Inside my report, “How To Stop Burglars Dead In Their Tracks” you’ll uncover who these criminals really are, how they plan heists, what factors deter them, which items they want most, 27 actions you can take right now to stop them (including easy security measures) as
well as a dozen hiding spots no criminal will suspect.
I know this doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s directly related to being prepared but you’d be dead-wrong when all your stuff gets stolen because you took your security less seriously than you should have. In my super-biased opinion it’s probably the MOST important of all the topics covered in the bundle. 😉
That bit of sarcasm aside, there’s a lot more included I haven’t even mentioned yet covering a wide range of topics, including: first aid and survival skills, general survival, shelter, food and water, managing and organizing your preps, and more… you really should check it out for yourself.
There’s Still More To The Prepper Bundle…
Prepper Supplies Checklist – Looking for a list of survival gear that can help you determine the right preparedness supplies for you and your family? Prepper Supplies Checklist is a workbook designed to help the user develop an emergency preparedness plan. It is presented in an easy to read format that includes stories, photos, illustrations, helpful tips, and some great survival gear ideas!
Building A Cob Style Rocket Mass Heater – A rocket mass heater (RMH) can heat your home with one tenth the wood of a conventional wood stove. A RMH is a DIY project that usually takes a weekend to build and about $200 in materials. This DVD will show you two rocket mass heater builds featuring the most popular style: cob.
Wonder Oven Recipes – For those interested in Wonder Oven style thermal cooking, this e-book is a convenient way to get all of My Food Storage Cookbook’s printable recipe cards. It begins with a 6 page explanation of Wonder Oven cooking (including best practices and tips) and is followed by 28 recipes. All in one, baby!
6 Steps to Your Quick Win Emergency Kit – Once you know the peace of mind that a stocked and ready emergency kit can bring, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to finish your own! This 4-week course helps beginners put together their emergency kit. We’ll cover how to identify the likely disasters for their area, how to put together a simple kit to cover basic emergencies, and then how to put plans in place to personalize individual and family kits.
…and still plenty more not even mentioned yet.
What’s The Bundle Cost?
By now I’m sure you’re wondering how much this costs and you’ll be shocked (and pleasantly surprised) to hear it’s all ONLY $29.97 for the online, immediate access version. Better yet, you can pay a bit more and get the online version plus a USB thumb drive with the same content for $59.97! That way you can get it now and have it for ready reference should SHTF.
The Prepper Bundle Bonuses…
As if all that’s included weren’t enough there are some awesome bonuses as well, such as a very good savings on the All American Sun Oven (my personal favorite solar oven), access to the Pioneering Today Academy, the Trayer Wilderness Academy, and plenty more… but you’re going to have to see them for yourself.
After I’d went through this massive list myself I was looking for the “buy” link myself, no kidding. Turns out I get a free copy for having contributed to the bundle. With that in mind, I’m willing to go above and beyond the call of duty…
My Prepper Bundle Giveaway To You
Seeing as though I want YOU to get prepared and to utilized this information, I’m willing to buy an online only copy for one of my readers.
Just share this on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and then add a thoughtful comment below by this coming Friday night, I’ll pick a random winner, announce it on Saturday, buy a copy, and then reach out to you via email to hand off the login details.
Again, please share this using the provided share buttons and leave an actually useful comment as to why you can make use of this bundle. (Obviously useless comments will be ignored.)
The thing is that I’m leaving on Sunday for a full week and won’t be around to check emails and whatnot… so, if I don’t hear back from you on Saturday via email you’re simply going to have to wait until I get back for your login details. And if I still don’t hear back by then I’ll move on to someone else… you snooze, you lose.
Your Special Offer On My Own Survival Course
Now, I must be feeling generous today since I’m also willing to offer everyone who’s bothered to read this far a full 25% off my own survival course, The Prepared Path, during this 6 day prepper bundle event as well.
Be fully aware: this offer on MY course has absolutely NOTHING to do with the prepper bundle offer. They are completely separate offers.
Please DO NOT contact the prepper bundle folks about my course or me about the prepper bundle.
To be perfectly clear: if you want the prepper bundle you must buy the prepper bundle. If you want my course then you must buy my course. If you want both then you must purchase both separately. Got it? Good.
It always amazes me how complacent the vast majority of Americans are. Most people seem to think that disaster will never strike them. That the lights will always stay on. That grocery stores will always have food.
On the one hand I can understand this sentiment because–while times are good–society runs very smoothly and we’re rarely without anything we could possible need… or want.
On the other hand, it’s this very “smooth running” of society which makes us uniquely vulnerable because the vast majority of us haven’t a clue what to do if the lights go out for longer than a few hours or if the grocery stores don’t get their next shipments of food in a day or two.
The sad thing is that it’s really not that hard to prepare yourself for at least a minor hiccup in the food supply, for instance, by stockpiling even a bit of shelf stable foods. There are a few strategies to employ, one of the best ones is to start copy canning, that is, purchasing twice the amount of any shelf stable foods you consume each time you got the grocery store (e.g., buy fours cans of green beans if you used two, six cans of corn if you used three, etc). In short order you’ll build up a small stockpile upon which to rely.
Why bother, you ask?
There are plenty of reasons. The following article discusses six, each of which are certainly possible (one or two are inevitable), and I’m sure there are plenty more if one simply bothers to think about how food becomes a precious resource here in America once again…
“1. EMP – one nuclear bomb, detonated high in the ionosphere, can ruin your whole decade. Most of the U.S. could be without power for a very long time. Computers and anything using computer components would be burned out. It’s hard to say just how extensive the damage would be. Most cars would probably be inoperable. Cell phones may or may not be burned out, but the cell towers definitely would be dead. Radio, TV, cable, internet, would all shut down for a very long time. The infrastructure that supports modern communications took many decades to build up, and it would take just as long to rebuild…”
Funny, I just recently read an article in Time magazine discussing how we’re not ready for a pandemic, go figure.
The author in this particular article is quite right… it only takes one person (or in this case a family) to potentially infect dozens of others who then go on to infect the rest of the world, including you and I.
Preparing for a pandemic is, in my opinion, very much like preparing to “bug in” for most any SHTF situation with the added problem of a deadly contagion lurking at every turn, lol. The time to get yourself and your family prepared is always NOW… not when the authorities beg you to…
Remember the soothing words of the World Health Organization about the Ebola outbreak in the Congo?
Don’t worry, they said. It’s in a remote village that doesn’t even have real roads, they said.
Except, the problem is, now people are fleeing from that village in fear of the virus.
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola drove Kevin Balenge, his wife and three children to get to this capital city as fast as they could to try to outrun a suspected new outbreak.
“We can’t stay here because there are no hospitals, and once you get the virus you simply die,” said Balenge, from Bas-Uele province in the north of the country, about 51 hours away from Kinshasa.
“Residents are still not aware of the virus and they do not know the precautions (to take),” he added. “Very many people are going to die here.”
“Staying here is like trying to play with death,” he said. “Ebola gives no second chance and I can’t risk it. If I can save myself, I will try to do so.”
When I read the title of the referenced post I thought this was about making a first aid sling… not a weapon, lol. Anyway, now that my misunderstanding is cleared up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a DIY paracord sling like what David used versus Goliath…
“There is a nice and easy weapon you can fashion from paracord that dates back to the Upper Paleolithic age. One of the many uses for paracord if you are in the woods is to make yourself a sling.
It is mentioned in almost every continents history for weapons and hunting through the ages, and is still used to this day. It is the sling, and what it shoots are referred to as “sling bullets”. A person who uses a sling is a slinger, some cultures call it a shepherds sling…”
If you suffer from foot pain and don’t want expensive custom orthotics you might do something *crazy* and try a $100 pair of wool socks from woolfresh.com. Apparently, they also help to eliminate foot odor if you DON’T wash them! Who knew? Here’s his review after about a week of straight use…
Well all love our bug out bags, firearms safes, and hidden caches, but is your nightstand ready to help you survive an emergency in the middle of the night? If not, you’d better think twice because there are plenty of items you can and should include at your bedside so you can grab them at a moments notice.
Items like a quality flashlight and self-defense items come to mind, but there are plenty of others. In fact, I wrote an article on this quite a while back which includes some similar items to the below-referenced article and a few differences too.
Remember, of course, that disasters strike at all times of the day and night and certainly when you’re least ready for them… in the middle of the night is when most of us are least ready for them, lol. Here’s some good thoughts on getting your nightstand ready for YOUR survival:
“Some folks keep their nightstand minimalist, with just a lamp and a clock. Others clutter it with pretty decorative items, sentimental pictures, and the latest book they’re reading.
Then there’s the prepper’s nightstand, which is equipped for a wide variety of middle-of-the-night emergencies.
Imagine this: You awaken in the middle of the night and something just isn’t right. Maybe you hear someone fumbling at your front door. Maybe the dog is barking his normally lazy head off at the back of the house and you know something is awry. Maybe you awaken to the sound of the smoke alarms and the smell of smoke…”
This idea has been around for some time, it seems, but if you’re looking to NOT have to deal with bicycle flat tires consider a Bell Solid Tube Inner Tube (for 26″ tires).
They’re certainly more expensive than a traditional inner tube and obviously you’ll need to purchase the correct size for your bicycle but knowing that you won’t be stranded on the side of the road with a flat makes for a winner in my book. Plus, they’ll be like gold during SHTF situations. 🙂