Archive for June, 2011

2 things

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

2 Things worthy of note today. One is the Ready Made Resources contest, find it here.

The other is the National Geographic show Doomsday Preppers. I haven’t seen it yet, but it has good reviews.

Since I am here, I will give a little update.

Disappointed in our larder, as it is shrinking due to funds. We may need to bite the bullet and spend some money to bring it back inline. It is a very good thing thought that we are eating what we store :) Don’t forget that in your preps, it is important!

The garden is coming along, and looks great. but it did last year as well, the harvest will tell. We have already started to eat some of the spinach, and it is nothing like store bought. One note is that I added some climbing wood slates for the peas, but I think the 1×2’s are to big for them to hold onto, so I ran some string between them, I hope it will be enough. Also, my onion tops are falling over. I ran some string from side to side on the box so the leaves would have something to lean against, but I am worried about them. It may be that we did not plant them deep enough.

We are also working on our 30-60 minute list. This is much more realistic to have then Armageddon. Ask those people who have had to evacuate. I will post my list here shortly, but it is pretty specific, so you will need to make your own. So, what would you grab (in order) if you were told you have 30 minutes to evacuate??

Storage

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Not a long post, but worth posting.  I ran across these while I was a looking around this morning, very nice thinking outside the box!

 

Attic Space

TV Space

My News Sources

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Lately I have heard a lot about not trusting the mainstream media, and how biased they are. I could not agree more. While I believe the devils greatest trick was to convince mankind that he does not exist, I believe this was set up by taking away mankind’s ability to think critically. Of the top priorities to teach my children are self denial, self respect, self discipline, and critical thinking. So when reading any news source, thinking critically is all important. This is very true, even when reading good news sources, as everyone has a bias, you just have to know where it is. I am not a doom sayer, and I hope beyond hope that this will all work out in the end, although I kinda doubt it, so when you are reading the news and blogs, be sure to judge it with the mind that Christ gave you. Take a minute and not only Google some of the facts to see how it stands up, but apply some logic, reason and faith. So that said, here are my main sources of news and information beyond the entertainment of BBC and CNN;

===SRN – This is a faith based news network you hear on the radio.
===Air1radio – they actually have some good news stories, and faith based stories
===Slashdot - Good tech website, but They also have good news on science advances, use your critical thinking here!
===Christian Science Monitor – More in depth articles
===Google News – Good for looking up articles and corroborating stories.
===Reuters - This is straight news, this is were a lot of news sources like CNN and BBC get their news from. My local paper has a very easy list of top stories that scroll through the day.
===Al jezzera – Yes, its true. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. It is surprising how listening to an opposing point of view can cement your position. Besides, your argument should stand up to some criticism, and exercise that critical thinking.
===Local news – this is the stuff that effects you most directly
===Finally there are my prepping blogs, including the APN, and SurvivalBlog and their econ and Odds ‘n sods section.

I am always looking for clear headed reporting, please post a comment about where you get your fair and balanced news–>

 

Camping Medical Bag

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

So, this is my first post after dropping my daily updates.  This is going to be about Prepping and medical needs.

To address medical needs, I am calling this my Camping Medical Bag.  It sounds better to non-preppers, and is also dual purposed.  This is NOT supposed to be a complete kit, but simply enough to address immediate needs, should medical facilities not be quickly available.  A Major medical kit would be far more extensive, and should be put together with your own prepping community, as the items become expensive, and long term issues should be coordinated within your own community circle.   As with all things, take everything you read on the internet with a grain of salt.  Although I have sought medical advise on this bags creation, I am NOT a medical professional, nor should you take anything here as medical advise.  This is just the way I am doing it, in hopes to give others a starting point to work from.  In addition, every bag will be different, depending our you area and your own families needs.   This bag IS meant to be portable and widely useful not only to me, but to anyone I may come across that may need temporary medical attention for up to a couple of days.  Also, items obviously have multiple purposes, but the list will mark it only once. The skill of knowing what to use should come from someone with the skill, or if they are not available,then the included literature. In addition, you should have a medical doctors prescription for prescribed items, and these should only be used as prescribed. It is assumed, that you would seek immediate medical attention, and that this bag would only be a temporary measure until professional medical services could be reached.

So, with no further ado, this is what my Camping Medical bag will contain;

General
-Thermometer
-Stethoscope
-Blood Pressure cup
-Gloves
-Hot/Cold packs (chemical)
-Tweezers/Needle
-Scissors
-Scalpels/Razors
-Space Blanket
-Chocolate
-Pedialyte
-Electro-Light Solution – 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of salt (just add to 1 liter pure water)
-Honey and sugar
-Cell Phone – With removed battery
-Deet bug spray
-Small bottle of water
-Soap
-Lights
-Matches
-Vitamins A, E, D, C, potassium, magnesium, and calcium

Cuts (Major/Minor)
-Bandages – Israeli bandage
-Co-flex
-Bandages Large/Small
-Triangle Bandages
-Safety Pins
-Band-aides
-Coban
-Antiseptic – alcohol wipes
-Neosporin – Calendula
-Sticky tape sutures, Steri strips, butterfly bandages
-Superglue
-Tape – Transpore tape for skin
-Cloth tape for bandages
-Duct tape
-Tourniquet – rubber band
-Iodine – Lugol’s solution
-Womens Sanitary pads
-Gelatin or other hemostatic agent, such as Hemcon or QuikClot or Surgicel or Arista

Digestive ailments
-Bepto
-Imodium A-D
-Laxative
-Gasex
-Tums
-Rolaids

Colds
-Tylenol
-Ibuprofen
-Aspirin
-Aleve

Aches and pains
-Icey/Hot

Allergic reactions
-Benadryl
-Calamine lotion
-Technu cream
-Zanafel

Shock
-Cayenne (the spice)
-Epi penn (prescription)

Seizures
-Ativan (prescription)
-Phenatoin (prescription)

Cardiac
-Niacin-High BP (prescription)

Respiratory
-Breathing tube – oral airway

Burns
-Aloe lotion
-Lavender essential oil
-Mediburn spray and gel.
-Non-stick impregnated gauze pads

Bug Bites
-Numbing agent
-Lavender essential oil

Documentation

First aide books
Outdoor Emergency Medical Guide
Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid

-Medical 3×5 cards
—Heart Attack
—Shock
—Stroke
—Seizure
—Hypothemia
—Choking
—Bleeding
—Broken bones
—Burns
—Frost bite
—Bug bites

Tuesday

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

So,

It appears that I am following myself :)

Well, I will start to move to longer more content less often posts.  Perhaps someone may read them form other blogs :)

Friday

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

So, when I go out and read my blogs each morning, I like to see new content every day, that is what inspires me to update every day even if it is a little post.  But as I don’t get to prep all day long, I do not always have a lot to add, other then the baby steps I’m taking.  So I am asking a question today, please post a comment and tell me what you would rather have;

Do you like my little posts everyday?

Or Should I post only longer articles?

  • My articles I have coming up are;
  • Organic Food
  • The new religion of science
  • Camping Medical Bag
  • Trapping How To

Thursday

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Today for prepping, I am back to working on the camper.  It is a big part of our prepping plans, as it will help us relocate if we have to.  Today I will go out and finish up the small pieces that have to be added before painting.  The paint is important, and is being done so early because of the rain and this is being done outside.  The door is not even done yet, but with the paint on, at least the OSB will not swell.

Also, I saw a food contest here, go and enter!

I think I have finished my Medical bag list, and will post it shortly, maybe tomorrow.  The wife and I are planing on budgeting some money this paycheck to create it.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The very real part of hunkering down, as we have talked about before is waste.  I have not had to deal with it directly yet, but did find this useful post, that I would source if I write about it again;

http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=172&t=2324&hilit=poop

Health will become a major issue in the case prepping is used, so foremost is to keep clean habits.  Best to start this now, then learn the hard way later!