Sep 20

Disasters, Floods, Fires and Herbal Medicine!

Flood DisasterDisasters, Floods, Fires, a good reason to be prepared. On this broadcast of Survival Medicine with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy these topics as well as wound care and the Jersey Shore boardwalk fire will be discussed.

Most of us have experienced or have witnessed a disaster type flood at one time or another. Anytime land which is normally dry is submerged in an overflow of water it would be considered a flood situation. This can occur due to the overflow of a body of water such as a lake, river, melting snow, levee overflows, etc. Flooding can also be contributed to excessive rain and saturated ground. While many floods occur in nature all the time there are those floods that can hit close to home and cause major damage and loss of life.

Disaster Flash FloodSome floods can develop slowly and give some notice to what is coming but there is another called the “flash flood” a disaster that can develop in a very short time and affect areas where there has not even been any precipitation.  As a result, this type of disaster often catches the populated areas by surprise, causing severe damage and loss of life.

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Also on this episode of Survival Medicine Nurse Amy brings us Part 2 of her interview with Herbalist Cat Ellis. They discuss specific medical issues and which herbs would be useful, plus a lot more awesome Herbal Medicine information. Growing your own medicinal garden is both rewarding and beneficial; in times of trouble, you will likely have limited access to pharmaceuticals. The learning curve when gardening can be steep, so don’t delay planting those medicinal seeds until the situation is critical.

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Sep 04

Built to Last “My Homestead” where I am!

Backwoods Home150x100The elderberries are ripe and the first signs of changing seasons are appearing, soon fall will be on the wind. Join Lynna on The Other Side… A Preppers Path as she brings in the first day of September with a smile and a look at Built to Last My Homestead. Often when thinking of a homestead we envision a country mural with a quaint farmhouse, smoke curling out of the chimney, a wood stack nearby, chickens roaming a green expanse with a barn and other critters milling about. A perfect picture of a sustainable self-reliant home but in reality that is just one take on a homestead.

Homestead6-8Are you yearning for that picture of a homestead, wishing away your days and nights, take heart and come realize your homestead right where you are TODAY. They say the home is where the heart is, where you are is your stead, turn your stead into your homestead today, whether you are in the rural wilds, a sprawling downtown urban apartment, a tucked away subdivision, a boat, or any other place you call home. Homesteading is about living life in a self- sufficient, reliable and sustainable method, we think it has to be out in the country somewhere and frankly that is the pinnacle of homesteading but today you can take steps to realize the homesteader in you.

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Feb 07

Record Floods and Record Droughts

In 2011 the Mississippi River received record water from its tributaries and runoff.  Billions of dollars worth of flood damage to businesses, property and crops later, people were left wondering what they were going to do with no where to live or their income washed away.  There was so much devastation expressed by the victims that it was obvious these victims were not prepared for an emergency like flooding.

The sad part of it is that when you live within flooding distance of the Mississippi River, you know one of these days it will happen.  As a child growing up, I remember the men all heading to town every spring to fill sandbags to save the town.  Back then everyone we knew prepared.

And as if someone flipped some strange switch that shut up the skies the next disaster was a drought that not only covered any of the flooded states from the year before, but also included half or more of the country.  The worst drought since the Dirty Thirties.  Droughts effect all of us even if we don’t live in a drought stricken zone because of the prices that will rise because of failed crops.

Drought MapBetween floods and droughts, it seems like we just can’t catch a break as a country.  Even so, there is a message in all of this.  Everyone can find themselves in a disaster stricken zone.  Everyone should prepare for the day they need to take shelter some where because of flooding or some other disaster.  Everyone needs to be prepared in case their water supply dries up.

Josh

The Daily Prepper News

References:

Samenow, Jason. “Mississippi River Flood Waters Take Aim at Delta States.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 11 May 2011. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

“The Mississippi Floods. The Democrats yawn.” PoliNation. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb.

“Global Hazards – September 2012.” State of the Climate. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

“The Frame.” Sacramento Bee –. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2013.

Apr 05

Beginner BOV Basics

by fren2ken

Bug-Out Vehicles commonly referred to as BOV’s. Got one? What is one really? It is the vehicle that you have in your driveway when the SHTF and you need to leave NOW. It is that simple. While you may be one of the lucky Preppers that have had the opportunity to go out and procure a dedicated BOV, many Preppers aren’t that fortunate. This is especially true for Preppers that are just starting out and have to work with their Daily Driver and who may have another Driver that the spouse or roommate uses for work. They have their hands full just getting their initial storage and supplies built up.

There are many discussions about what the ideal BOV is. There are advocates for ex-Military vehicles, most of which are not road legal, of various sizes and configurations. While most of these will do a fine job, the purchase of a dedicated vehicle is often too much of an expense for the beginning Prepper to take on. There is another group who consider various specially outfitted off-road vehicles as the best answer. These also are an expense that the average family can’t take on unless they can use it for other purposes also. What this means is that the average family will be working within a slim budget and will concentrate on buying supplies before dedicating a vehicle to Bugging Out.

It is most common to have in our Daily Driver (DD) inventory anything from 4-door econo-boxes to SUV’s. A fair number of households also have a light-duty pickup truck on the side. Now what? If you can afford to go out and purchase a dedicated BOV and outfit it, then by all means … go do it. For the rest of you, let’s talk about how to work with what you currently have.

Let me dispel a common myth before we start. Vehicles are not protection from guns. Don’t believe the TV or movie shootouts. They are lying to you. Most weapons will go right through everything except the engine block like it was tissue paper. If fired on, you better hope that they are bad shots. Otherwise, you will get hurt unless your vehicle is armored … and that costs big money. If you can afford to armor your vehicle, please do. It may be helpful in extreme situations.

The first and most important factor in planning to use your DD as a BOV is getting it in good shape. You need to be sure that all maintenance is kept up. Maintain a full tank (use a locking gas cap) as much as possible. Do not let the tank go below half-tank when you are home overnight. The vehicle must be in 100% condition to assure reliability. You don’t want that weak battery or oil leak to stop you when you need to be moving. Murphy says that it will die at the least convenient time and leave you stranded. Be sure that your tires are good, properly inflated, and have lots of tread left on them. Don’t forget to change all your fluids at the proscribed time (check your Maintenance Handbook for intervals). Have a set of spare belts, hoses, and air filter as part of your kit.

How do you add carrying capacity to your car or truck? The first thing to look for is a roof rack. Then find a container, either soft or hard shell which is weatherproof, to go with the roof rack. This will work especially well for SUV’s or station wagon style vehicles. Adding a ladder rack to a pickup truck bed will provide a framework for adding tools to sideboards and by making a “floor” on top of the rack, additional items can be stacked overhead. These are inexpensive ways to add capacity without compromising the everyday use of the vehicle or drawing excess attention to you.

Most vehicles have the capacity to tow at least 1200 lbs. on a trailer. With the addition of a small trailer hitch receiver to your car you will be able to pull a small utility trailer. These small trailers have a 1000 lbs. load capacity. Using a small trailer allows you to preload non-perishable, non-temperature sensitive items and stores them ready to go if you have a secure location to store it. If you have a greater tow capacity on your vehicle, you may be able to locate and purchase a used (or new) fully enclosed trailer that has a greater hauling capacity. These enclosed trailers can often be found, in decent shape, at auctions for rental companies for reasonable prices. Either solution will greatly augment your carry capacity.

The bottom line for those who are just embarking on their Prepping, and to some who have not reached the stage where they are able to dedicate a vehicle to the “cause”, is that it is possible to greatly enhance your Bug-Out ability with a little forethought and planning. Any vehicle can have its capacity increased greatly for a little money and good planning. If you reach a time when it makes more sense to B-O than to stay where you are, you want to be able to carry your remaining stockpile of food, tools, and supplies, with you. It would be a shame to have to leave it behind after all your efforts to accumulate it.

Jan 04

Prepping 101 Links and Retrospect

I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  This Redneck Wine Glass was a gift and I think I need a whole set  of these.

Now those of you who already know the story of this glass, I’ll be quick, I promise.  My husband’s friend was shopping with his wife, they saw this in a gift shop with a $16 dollar price tag.  He left, hit the dollar store and $2 later and some epoxy had the same thing.  I would love a set of these over Waterford Crystal any day.

In my last post I was asked not to forget about the new people to prepping.  I haven’t forgotten. 

I have dug through some past posts and this is by no means complete just a starter.  First question is why do you want to prep?  More About Prepping   covers some of this.  Who do you include in your Preps?  Who is Included hits on this, it may seem simple at first.  Immediate family members think you are nuts?  We are right there with you with How to Get Others into The Prepper MindsetWhat Kind of Foods Should I Store?  That explains itself.   Should I clear up my debt first?  There is Debt and Preparedness, a lot of people do not think they have anything they can scale back on, this guest post by Tim is an eye opener, Two Different Views on the Same Problem.  I urge you if the light bulb just went off in your head, do not whip out the credit card and put yourself into debt by ordering BOBs (Bug out bags), #10 cans of food and MREs.  You may feel you are behind but you can build slow and will be amazed at how quickly it adds up.  Here is Bare Bones to work on.   You don’t want your food preps to spoil so here is a quick article Oh the Humidity of it All.  Hey, I don’t live on a homestead, how am I supposed to do this?  Honey, neither do I, a great article from Marica, Prepping in Small Spaces.  This is just a starter and I will be bringing up more beginner topics and links.   Prepping also relies heavily on your preference for things. Using myself as an example, I do not store #10 cans of food.  I store the same size I normally use.  I only store the foods we eat and it doesn’t take long to educate yourself to cook as you usually do outdoors without electricity or gas.  In fact you learn real quick when a category 5 hurricane hits lol.   Please use discretion when talking about your preps. We have some like minded friends we talk to, but when an emergency hits, how many people would you like to show up at your door?  I’m not saying not to help anyone but please keep in mind, people who are desperate to show up will be desperate to do anything to get what they need.   We have comments areas on blogs and message boards if you feel you are alone in this or need/want to talk about prepping and there are other places online.  Safety first!  I am looking forward to a great new year with all of you!

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Oct 20

It’s Chilly Down Here!

This weather is greatly welcomed after the hot summer we have had.  It makes me think of soup, hot chocolate, cinnamon and allspice.  It also makes me think how thankful I am that we are almost out of hurricane season.   I have a mental list of all the things to accomplish before it gets too cold out.  Trees and shrubs have already been trimmed and need a dose of fertilizer.  Sweet potatoes are doing well, everything else– not so well, so I need to make notes in my garden book.  Greenhouse needs to be cleaned out and winterized.  Winter clothes and food supply need to be beefed up a little bit.   
I’m also excited because soon I get deer meat!  Yep, it’s that time of year again and you have to hear about it.  That means making more freezer room but I will do it gladly and maybe do a happy dance while I’m doing it.  I got caught short on ground deer last year but it’s not going to happen this year.  I was a little put out because I thought that I would be losing my new, much larger garden plot but it looks like I will have it a while longer.  How are your plans coming along?

Some of the blogs have gone quiet lately.  Wolverine has talked about this on the main AP blog.  Maybe some people have moved on, or more people have gravitated to the message boards.  I have a hard time keeping up with the message boards but I try on occasion.  I don’t post as much because I feel I’m repeating the same thing over and over again.  I haven’t given up on prepping, I’m still chugging along.   I think it takes a lot for a prepper to come out and blog because it takes away some of your anonymity.   With the clown parade that is going on for the presidency (current office holder included), it’s hard to stay optimistic.   A friend of mine wrote on his blog that he had to put his war in perspective.  That struck a cord with me, after thinking about it a bit, I figure as long as I continue to hold on to my basic theory to take care of my and mine, I have my war in perspective and can remain optimistic.  I’ll be around, y’all have a nice day.

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Sep 19

What is our unemployment and poverty rate?

The latest Census Bureau puts us at 15.1 percent poverty level.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts us at 9.1 percent unemployed.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics had us at 9.6 percent for last year.   Since January of 2011 they expanded their data to include people unemployed for up to five years instead of two and our unemployment rate is 9.1 percent?  Our poverty level is a new record high since 1993.  In 1993 our unemployment rate was 6.8 percent  down from 7.4 percent in 1992 with a poverty rate of 14.3, and our poverty rate was 14.4 percent in 1992.   I understand that population increases will effect numbers from 1990′s until now.  But here is the breakdown as I see it:

2010-2011
Census poverty level………………..15.1%
Unemployment ……………………….  9.1%

2008-2009
Census poverty level………………..14.3%
Unemployment………………………..  9.3

How do they contact people who have been unemployed for up to five years?

I guess this is why I will never have a career in statistical analysis.

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Sep 11

Never Forget

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Sep 03

Living With Lee

So far so good.  Not too much flooding yet but the storm is starting to travel east from Louisiana.  If you can, stay off of HWY 90.  A lot of sand being blown around.  By now I hope everyone has the supplies they need since Lee plans on hanging around until Tuesday.  Good luck everyone and be safe!

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Jun 07

Hurricane Season/Generators

It’s that time of year again folks!  Rather than repeating what has been posted in years past, here is the link to all hurricane posts on Mississippi Prepper.  We are generator shopping which should have been accomplished already.
 What do you need in a generator?
That depends on what level of discomfort you are willing to live with.  We looked into the propane, whole house generators.  It would cost us about $4,000.  We decided to pass on this not just because of the expense but it does not increase home value as much as it cost and we had talked to a few people that have this and only a couple  worked when needed. 
Now what?  Determine what you want to run on the generator.  There are all sorts of calculators online for this.  Refrigerators and freezers can be cycled and unplugged to run other things temporarily. I have other cooking resources that I do not need to worry about kitchen appliances and can also heat water so we can forgo the hot water heaters.  Why do that if you can get a generator that can do it all?  One storage, you have to store your generator when not in use and size is a factor.  Two, and more important, gas.  You have to have enough gas stored to run it.  Gas only lasts so long, and having to have enough to run the generator for how long?  Days?  Weeks? Months?  After a major hurricane obtaining gas is nothing short of a treasure hunt.  I tend to be on the conservative side with my electric and am more so when running on a generator.  Make a list of essentials to be run.  Look up what wattage you need and how much gas you need to run it and go from there.  Check prices and reviews.  After purchasing your generator do monthly checks to make sure it is running well.  NEVER hook your generator directly to your house unless you have a switch installed that just allows the generator to function through the electrical system of your house.  Not installing a switch means you will charge the electric lines and possibly kill someone working on the lines after the storm. NEVER run it indoors or fill it while it’s running.  Keep it secure after the storm so it isn’t taken. 
I am sorry I have been remiss in posting on tornado prepping and flooding, my father had passed away and I have been in a funk but I’ll try to be more helpful.

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