Bugging-In: Emergency Essentials For Your House

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In the case of a natural disaster or other emergency that happens you need to make sure that you have the right survival supplies that you need to handle the crisis that could be coming. This list includes some of the most important equipment that you should keep at your home but there is more equipment that you could keep on standby to make your chances of surviving a disaster higher. Remember that you should have supplies proportional to the number of people that live with you/in your family.

When a disaster hits there is likely to be injuries that is why it is very important to keep a fully stocked first aid kit in your emergency bag. It should contain any tools and first aid supplies that you know how to use. It should also include any medical items that anyone in your family might need.

Water and food are another couple of crucial items. For evacuation you should have a 3 day supply of both. To survive in your home you should have a 2 week supply. Be sure that the food items are easy to prepare and that you keep track of the expiration dates on both the food and the water.

Flashlights are another great thing to have on hand. Chances are that if there is a natural disaster you are going to be without power for a decent amount of time. Make sure to store extra batteries with your flashlight. They also make crankable flashlights. Some people keep a back up flashlight in case there is an issue with the first one such as an issue with the bulb.

Maps of the area should be included in your pack in case you have to navigate somewhere safe or you are told to meet survivors at a location you are unfamiliar with. Maps can be picked up for rather in expensive prices but make sure you get one that is not heavy and will fit in your bag.

 

 

You should have a battery powered or hand-crank radio so that you can listen to any emergency broadcasts that may be issued. Survival Frog has probably the best selection of these radios that you can find online. If your radio is powered by battery ensure that you have extra batteries for this too.

You never know when a natural disaster or some other emergency might happen so don’t wait and start planning today. In addition to having the supplies you need in an emergency you also need to have a plan. Plan for where your family will meet and where you will go should your home be rendered unsafe. It’s also worth mentioning that SurvivalFrog.com has a really good survival blog with a bunch of tips, as well as a ton of reviews of top notch survival products. As always we try to bring you the best sources for all your survival and prepper needs, and this time is no exception.

So, what do you think of this article?  Be sure to let us know if we missed anything!

Preparing For Major Crisis

The ABC’s Of A Great Home Survival Garden

Food from the Survival Garden

Do you have a survival garden yet? In our last post we talked about going off the grid, and one of the best ways to accomplish that is to start your own home survival garden. Almost any prepper you talk to will tel you it’s a good idea to have one, but it seems like it’s one of the last thing that survival minded people decide to do.

The main issue is that most people have when they’re thinking about starting one is they have no idea how to begin. Someone might think throwing seeds randomly in the back yard is the way to start, but it may not be the best strategy if you actually want to eat whatever you grow. Growing a good survival garden involves a good deal of planning.

For some a back yard isn’t always available, and even if it is, depending on the quality of the soil, it may not be a very healthy option. Not having a back yard could actually be a great way to test growing a survival garden. Attempt to find space in or around your home either in a windowsill, balcony or even on a small deck. These are great areas around the house to place a tower garden, grow wall or raised beds or pots to plant food.

Grow A Survival Garden

If you think you can grow a few simple staple ingredients, it might be a good idea to look into the regular practices of individuals who already know how to grow a survival garden. You might realize, after you answer these three questions, that growing a survival garden is something you would naturally do. Ask yourself : Are you concerned about the increasing costs of food? Do you want to control the quality of the food your family eats? Do you have a small space that gets good, natural light?

Ideally your answer was “yes” to these specific questions, and now you know that growing a survival garden is the perfect match for you. Gardening isn’t for everyone, but growing small veggies, herbs and even small fruits can be a great accompaniment to your daily meals and can also be a great substitute should there be a food crisis.

These days, many people are figuring out cost and space efficient ways to grow survival gardens to reduce food costs. Additionally, people have realized that they want to have more control over the quality of specific foods their family can eat. If you’re ready to get started, simply follow the three steps below.

Plan For Seasonal Harvests

The secret to doing well with growing a survival garden would be contingent on planning for seasonal harvests. Figure out what grows locally where you live and what seasons are the best for planting. If you live in a place that gets cold early in the fall, you will have to utilize the Spring and Summer wisely if you want to grow most crops. However, you can plant cold crops during the colder months for best results. If you have moderate temperatures year round, you can figure out the best times to plant what you want to grow. Either way, plan your survival garden around the seasons.

Save Organic Seeds

If you buy organic produce you can pretty much save most fruit seeds. You might even get lucky and bite into a fruit that already has a seed sprouting. Truth is, with a little work and time, you can plant these seeds in your survival garden. Regardless of how much you prepare to grow a survival garden, it’s undeniable that saving organic seeds would be a must, right off the bat. Purchasing organic or heirloom seeds is also possible and may be a better fit for you if you are not familiar with storing seed procedures. Most seeds can be sprouted and germinated in a few weeks and planted right into your survival garden.

Use Starter Plants

You can make it even easier to start a survival garden by using starter plants in your raised beds or pots. Many flower nurseries carry starter plants and in many fruit and vegetable varieties. Starting with plants versus seeds will take a few weeks off your gardening time, but will cost you a bit more than seeds.

Remember to choose plants that will grow well in your climate. Also, make sure to replant them into large spaces so the roots will grow and produce a healthy harvest. Look into organic soil that already has compost to provide the nutrients the starter plants will need. You will reap a harvest, depending on each plant, somewhere between 60 and 80 days.

Simply take a day or two to plan your garden with the things you will eat. Some great survival garden superstars are things like herbs, edible flowers and hearty tomato, pepper and lettuce varieties. Start small and grow only what you can easily maintain. If gardening for survival looks daunting, consider beginning with these practices to see whether or not you can do it on a regular basis.

Get the family involved and make it a fun weekend event that can turn into a great learning experience for all. If you can successfully do this, then investing a couple of weeks to prepare growing a survival garden will be very worthwhile.

Community Survival Garden

Great Off The Grid Prepping Ideas

Going “off the grid” means not having to rely on public or municipal sources for basic resources like power and water.  Getting completely off the grid is a big undertaking that isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you plan out your strategy well then it is definitely something that you can do.

Recently I found some videos on Youtube that have some really great ideas.  We’re big fans of self sufficiency here at PrepareWNY so I wanted to share these with our readers. Enjoy!

 

Preparing Your Emergency Pet Bugout Kit

It’s important to remember that when you are creating your emergency preparedness plans that you don’t forget to consider your family pets. You may have thought of everything you need for the people in your family, but have you also considered your dog, cat, or other beloved companion? Emergency kits for your pets are necessary in your survival planning because they typically have separate needs from humans.

In order to make sure that all of your pet’s needs are taken care of, you will want to create an emergency kit for them.  It will be much like an emergency kit that you would make for yourself except it will have the things that will keep your pet comfortable during a crisis. Many animals are extremely sensitive to tense situations — even more so than people — so it’s really important to take their needs into special consideration when assembling a kit for them.

Prepared Dog

You’ll want to include some of the following items in your pet’s bug out bag: water; food; leash; collar; ID tags; first aid kit; poo bags.  Aside from those essentials your pet kit should also contain a blanket, treats, and their favorite toy to help them stay chipper during such a stressful time. Of course, this is just a partial list, but let’s go through some of the items you’ll need a little more closely.

Just like your personal emergency kit it’s recommended that you keep at least a three day supply of emergency food and water for your pet. A good tip is to vacuum seal daily portions of your pet’s normal (dry) food and keep it in their emergency kit. If you have a large pet then they may require as much (or more) food and water each day than you do, so be sure to plan accordingly.

A first aid kit that will cover your pets’ emergency medical needs is absolutely crucial to have in your pet’s kit. If your pet takes any medications then be sure to include those as well! Even minor injuries can become life threatening in a crisis situation so be sure to include extra medical supplies specifically for your pet even you have those things in your kit.  It’s better to err on the side of caution!

This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s imperative that you remember to include a safety harness and leash in the emergency kit you put together for your pet.  Crisis situations are extremely stressful and the last thing you want is to lose track of one of your loved ones.  Also, comfort items for your pet like toys and blankets can help keep your animal happy if you’re forced to evacuate your area. Also, sanitation is paramount in emergency situations, so poo bags are a must.

If you’re forced to evacuate to government facility then there is a good chance that you won’t be able to bring your pet with you. To improve your chances of being able to bring your pet along you’ll want to have the appropriate supplies for him/her such as a pet-carrier. In the event that you have to evacuate to a government designated area and you can’t bring your pet along then you will need to have a back up plan, and this is another reason why it’s so important to prepare in advance!

While there’s no way to know everything that you need to pack in your pet’s emergency kit, you can now feel better knowing that you (and your furry friend) are much better prepared to deal with an evacuation scenario during a crisis. If you’re ever faced with a situation where you have to bug-out with your pet then you’ll be extremely glad that you prepared ahead of time — and your pet will thank you! To find out more about getting your pet ready for disaster, here is a list of the top 10 emergency supply items for your pet’s kit from PetMD.

The Most Suitable Foods to Stockpile for Emergencies

Having the best available food during a time of emergency or disaster is so important. Getting the right amount of nutrients to help energize in times of distress cannot be overlooked. This is why many people decide to stockpile foods to be prepared for any scenarios that require long term survival.

There are a range of options out there for starting your own stockpile, with various food types all having their own merits for long term emergencies and survival. Some will be more affordable, others will have a longer shelf life, whilst some things can just be great to give that little morale boost that could be sorely needed.
This guide will give a rundown of the most suitable food types, and their pros and cons for a long term survival situation.

 

The 6 Most Important Emergency Food Items to Consider…

 

Canned Goods

Canned goods are always one of the first types of foods people think of when stockpiling. They are cheap, and offer a long shelf life compared to most other foods. They can be consumed easily from the can, with the likes of tuna and salmon great examples of long lasting food that are high in protein. They are not too expensive, with multipack savings in particular being very useful when trying to fill your stockpile
Tinned vegetables will also last longer than buying fresh, and they are still packed  full of nutrients. They are also very cheap and can be a great place to start with your stockpile.

Emergency Canned Goods Storage

Bottled Water

Water could be the difference between life and death, especially in the more extreme survival situations. Each person will need half a gallon of water a day, as it will be essential to remain hydrated at all times, especially if all other sources of water are unavailable.

Water will be need for cooking and cleaning also, so it is very important to make sure you have enough. Luckily water isn’t too costly, it also wouldn’t hurt to get water purifying tablets just to be safe, they are a cheap option to that could be essential for survival.

Bottles of Water

Bulk Grains

Buying in bulk grains is a great idea for any stockpile; they have a massively long shelf life, and can be used as base ingredient for a lot of different meals, keeping you well fed as well as varying up mundane meals.
Barley, oats and dry corn are examples of hard and soft grains that can last several years; they are perfect for long term survival plans. They can be picked up at reasonable prices, especially considering their longevity, they are very much a worthwhile investment.

 

Rice, Beans, Pasta

Similar to grains in that they are cheap and last many years. For beans, choosing vacuum sealed packs give a lot more value for money than buying canned, they will however require water to cook them unlike their canned counterparts. They are full of calories as well as useful vitamins and minerals.
For rice’s and pastas, they last very long times and will help get the necessary calories and protein needed for a day, again they are cheap and very much a must have for any stock pile.

 

MRE

MRE packs, or meals ready-to-eat, are military inspired food packs that are incredibly useful for stockpiling. They contain large amounts of calories, protein and nutrients, and are meant for consumption in areas that do not have suitable food facilities.
As they are military designed they will cost a lot more than the average stockpile foods, yet their usefulness in an emergency or survival situations is massive.

Treats

Morale can be very low in times if disaster or emergency, so having a little something to help boost your spirits is very important. Peanut butter is a great choice, it not only tastes amazing but is high in fats and proteins, and will give bundles of energy.

Coffee is also something that not many will see has important for a stockpile, yet being reminded of something a little more moral can go a long way. Plus the withdrawal effects of caffeine are well known, so it could actually be blessing too.

Granola bars and high energy bars a great for getting a boost of energy, and they last long too. They can be costly depending on the type you go for, yet selecting something with a little bit of chocolate in it can be a provide a nice sugar high.

Treats - Coffee