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  • Emergency Preparedness
    us and we are protected in where we live We don t have to look in our news too far to find disasters happening all around us as in like the recent hurricane that hit New Orleans off the coast of the USA Many lost their lives there which might have been avoided if they had been prepared and had a plan derived up There are real benefits to being prepared as here quoted from FEMA Being prepared can reduce fear anxiety and losses that accompany disasters Communities families and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs People also can reduce the impact of disasters flood proofing elevating a home or moving a home out of harm s way and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake and sometimes avoid the danger completely The need to prepare is real Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year Each disaster has lasting effects both to people and property If a disaster occurs in your community local government and disaster relief organizations will try to help you but you need to be ready as well Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area hurricanes earthquakes extreme cold flooding or terrorism You should also be ready to be self sufficient for at least three days This may mean providing for your own shelter first aid food water and sanitation The more emergency prepared you

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  • Types Of Foodstorage
    type of climate you live in whether it is humid or dry Humid areas can foods will rust and spoil easy and would be wise to wax your cans or preserve them some way Also light or no light exposure effects different foods in storage and should in most cases be kept out of light Also your grain if left in storage bags that aren t sealed properly can easily get humid and spoil or contaminated with insects or rodents Buying plastic five gallon buckets that are food grade containers is a great way to go in preserving your grains and legumes Inserting oxygen absorber s and desiccant silica gels which are moister free gel packs will also help keep your food storage preserved longer Here is a list of types of food storage ideas to consider Grains Wheat Amaranth Barley Buckwheat Corn Millet Oats Quinoa Rice Rye Sorghum Triticale Legumes Black Beans Black Eyed Peas Chickpea Kidney Beans Lentils Lima Beans Peanuts Pinto Beans Soybeans Dry Milk Nonfat Dry Milk To forms of dry nonfat milk regular and instant Flavored Nonfat Dry Milk Dry Whole Milk Dry Buttermilk Liquid Milk Canned Milks Evaporated Sweetened Condensed Types of Sugars Granulated Sugar Highly refined sugar cane and sugar beets Powdered Confectioners or Icing Brown Sugar Light Dark Refined sugars with molasses added Raw Natural or Turnibado Sugar True raw sugar brands found out side of the U S muscavado jaggery demerara and others Most of U S raw sugar is still some what refined Types of Honey Whole Comb Unprocessed honey in the comb still Raw Unfiltered honey from the comb Filtered Filtered honey from the comb Liquid Honey that has been filtered and heated to high temperatures to kill any microorganisms Crystallized or Spun Honey that all moisture has been removed making it a creamy spread Most processed off all honeys Types of Cane Syrups Molasses By product of sugar refining Cane Syrup Cain juice boiled down to a syrup Sorghum Syrup Like cane syrup but its from sorghum syrup Treacle Similar to blackstrap molasses Golden Syrup More like table syrup Table Syrup Your everyday syrups sold in the supermakets with corn syrup as the usually main ingredient but sometimes the mixers of cane syrups Corn Syrup Light corn syrup form Doesn t preserve very long in storage Dark corn syrup form Also doesn t preserve very long in storage Maple Syrup Maple syrup Produced by boiling down maple sap until it reaches a syrup consistency Other Sweeteners Fructose Primary sugar in fruit and honey Maltose Sugars in malted grains Pimentose Sugar from olives Sucrose Highly refined sugar from sugar cane and sugar beets Oils Fats Most oils fats don t store very long and should be kept out of light and warm areas if they are stored An unopened can or bottle of oil can last up to a year if kept out of this environment It s best to rotate your oils and fats regularly and buy them

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  • Emergency Preparedness
    lot of water The more water storage containers you can have the better your situation will be Fourteen gallons of water per person is the suggested amount to store for a 2 week emergency situation but to have more would never hurt If you have the room to store more you probably will want to do so For traveling if necessary you might want to consider getting also hydration backpacks The easiest way to store the bulk of your water is in 55 gallon polyethylene plastic water drums These can be obtained from most food storage companies or from local container companies found in the yellow pages It is important that you use only food grade good quality containers Many times you can get food grade containers from companies that distribute beverages or syrups If you clean them well they can provide a good water container that costs considerably less One word of caution however often the taste or odor of the previous contents has leached into the plastic and over time may reintroduced to your water If you plan to use previously used containers make sure that what it had in it before is something you wouldn t mind tasting or smelling in your water To economize many people are tempted to use empty milk jugs but don t plan to store water in these for more than 4 months They are biodegradable and will break down within 6 months Not only may you loose your water but if they are stored near food or other items they may damage them Most water container tanks come in 5 gallon 15 gallon or 55 gallon sizes A suggestion is that a family stores between two and six of these smaller water containers along with their 55 gal drums This is

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  • Drinking Water Purifiers
    needing lots of water for drinking These are good being that they are gravity fed have water filter cartridges made of ceramic and the water filters quickly for the demand These can be used amazingly with straight pond or stream water and in a short time you can have pure drinking water There are three Berkey water purifiers that are commonly sold The Big Berkey which can filter 30 gallons of water per day which has four ceramic filters to do the job The Imperial Berkey which can filter 120 gallons a water a day which has six ceramic filters to do the job and then the Crown Berkey which can filter 165 gallons of water per day with 8 ceramic filters to do the job The ceramic filter elements that are used make the removal of particulate matter and find sediment extremely efficient which normal media style filters will plug quickly They have the added benefit of being cleaned and reusable having the capacity to filter thousands of gallons of water These drinking water purifiers are so efficient that they can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs With nominal particulate filtration rating efficiencies of 98 down to 0 2 0 3 microns Spectrum Labs 99 7 at 0 3 0 5 microns 99 9 at 0 5 0 8 microns and 99 99 at 0 9 microns these are powerful filter systems Water Filtering Bottle There are a couple different makes of the drinking water purifier bottles which are great to carry in your 72 hour packs They carry around 20 oz and removes Giardia Crypto sediment chlorine lead taste and odor Each filter lasts for about 200 refills These are great to have if having to travel during a emergency situation

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  • Hydration Packs
    term situations where you had to leave quickly and could only take a few supplies with you water being crucial for your survival Information for other water storage containers click here Hydration packs come in different sizes and their volume to hold fluid comfort of design total weight and prices Some of these options might not be too much of a concern in relation of emergency situations but as far as capacity to hold fluid you would probably want to choose hydration back packs that hold sufficient amount for your circumstance as well as the different ages of your family or those who you are with Hydration packs reservoirs will hold anywhere from 60 to over 200 oz of fluid Shopping for hydration packs can be found at most large outdoor gear store with knowledgeable sales staff that could be helpful in choosing the right ones for you Online there are many reputable brands and shopping sites that have large selections to choose from also Where ever you consider buying hydration back packs check their guarantee and return policy that they have so that if you find something wrong with them you could easily get a return or exchange Plan on spending anywhere from 30 to over 100 on a complete hydration pack system A complete system includes a reservoir for fluids a pack to carry the reservoir in and any necessary tubing and flow valves Look for durability so your not going to have it fall apart on you on the first time of use You can find a good hydration back pack for as little as 30 that holds about 70 oz of fluid enough water for a long distance hike if needed Consider also the importance of the following features on a hydration pack ease of cleaning

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  • Wood Cook Stoves
    a wood cook stove Options like having included an oven in the stove for baking or lots of room on the stove top range for multiple cooking if having to feed lots of people Also how big is your place to keep warm Would you need just a small stove for a small dwelling or a large wood stove for a large home Or maybe how efficient is the stove in maintaining its heat for long periods of time Would you want a stove that could easily be moved outside of your dwelling place for those the summer times when the outside temperature is too hot for cooking inside Solar ovens might be an option for the summer days Having a cooking wood stove without wood would obviously be useless How much wood to get would be according to how big your stove is and where you live If you live in a moderate season where maybe five months of winter was normal and you had a good cooking wood stove to use for heating and cooking then it might be around four of five cords of wood to gather for each year of use It just all depends on what your situation is If in question find someone in your local area that uses firewood to heat there homes and they could give you a good estimate of how much you would need Most arborist tree trimming companies have fire wood for sale if you are not cutting it yourself When storing wood that isn t under shelter you would want to cover it with tarps making sure they are tied down good to keep the wind and weather from ruining them You should also remember that if you have cut down your own trees you will need to

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  • Grover Rocket Stove / Cooking Stove
    Supplies Fire Starters Wood Stoves Garden Supplies Seeds Garden Hand Tools Other Preparedness Supplies Solar Crank Radios Binoculars Electric Vehicles Reference Links Grover Rocket Stove Cooking Stove for Emergency Preparedness Found and Sold at www stockstorage com Here is what you call a rocket stove which is a very efficient stove that uses very little fuel such as wood and dry foliage to cook meals with It is used a lot in the third world countries where wood isn t easily accessible With just a handful of wood you can cook a whole meal twigs and small branches that is left from other campers that they didn t use You can use the Grover Rocket Stove for preparedness camping picnic outings etc These rocket stoves are used in Africa because people can burn grass sagebrush and other dry plant matter to cook food in places where trees are rare therefore firewood is scarce It has a steel tongue which is the flat metal bar coming out of the bottom opening for setting longer pieces of wood into it and for better air flow for the fire under the tongue A small piece of rolled up paper or some dried leaves

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  • Hand Wheat Grinders
    could make it electrical if not wanting to do it manually Here are a couple of the different hand wheat grinders you can consider to purchase There are many more out there if you do a little searching here online Back to Basics Manual Grain Mill 555 The Back to Basics Grain Mill is one of the more economical hand wheat grinders that can be obtained that will grind your grains from coarse to fine It has a easy dial for self locking adjustment from coarse to fine if wanting to adjust It is built with compact burrs in the grinder which often times out performs the larger and heavier hand grinders with their stainless steel milling cones For years stone milling has been the standard but stone mills can chip and get gummed up easier making them harder to clean but with Back to Basics Grain Mill having the new burr technology used it can grind harder grains and can be cleaned easier It is light weight weighing 2 1 2 lbs and has a 2 1 4 cup grain hopper Country Living Grain Mill Here is a well built hand wheat grinder that will grind virtually all dry grains including wheat corn beans peas amaranth etc It c an out perform many of the electric wheat grinders out there The large hopper can hold up to 2 lbs of wheat and has a self locking adjustment for finer or courser grains It has been designed very conveniently to be used by hand for grinding or quickly and simply motorized with no adapter kit necessary It has 30 less torque or energy required to turn than most comparable hand mills on the market It s been recommended if using a motor by using at least a 1 3 HP

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