How to Prepare for a Flood

Preppers tend to be experts on their environment. We know every G.O.O.D. back street and exit in our city. We could tell you all about the weather and natural disasters in our state, and the best way to prepare for those specific events. But what about those odd occurrences of Mother Nature that take even the best prepper by surprise?

The Phoenix valley is not typically the place you think of when you hear the word ‘flood’. How can the hottest and driest city in the country become flooded? Well, monsoon season can be intense in Phoenix. Several storms, within a 12-hour period, rolled through Maricopa County last week. There was catastrophic flooding all over the valley, and a state of emergency was declared. Unfortunately the majority of Phoenicians were not prepared.

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Why should you be prepared for a flood?

If flooding can happen in Phoenix then it can happen anywhere! Preppers believe in planning and preparing for the unexpected – and that includes Floods.

Preparing for flooding (Before)

  • Similar to most preparations, you will want to start with a basic emergency kit.
  • Build a family communication plan. Where will you meet during/after an emergency?
  • Water (for drinking)
  • Elevate your furnace, water-heater and electric panel if you live in a high flood risk area.

Preparing for flooding (During)

  • Listen for public safety information (from your TV, Computer or Radio).
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Are their creaks, drains, and canals near your home? If you are in a high-risk situation then seek higher ground immediately. Do not wait for the city announcement.
  • Lock-up your home if you need to evacuate.
  • Turn off the utilities.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. Do NOT touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you are standing in water.
  •  Do not walk through running water (even if it is shallow!)
  • Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Preparing for flooding (After)

  • Wait until local emergency workers give the ‘OK’ to return home.
  • Stay off the road. This will help emergency workers get their job done sooner rather than later.
  • If there is damage to your home then read Repairing Your Flooded Home from the American Red Cross. This will tell you everything you need to know about how to enter your home safely and how to record the damage.

 

For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov/floods

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Military Trucks From Government Liquidation

The Military Trucks Are Back!

Government Liquidation is selling Military vehicles again – so get them while you can! Woohoo!

Here is a quick look at some of the inventory they have listed:

* M923A2 5-Ton, 6×6 Cargo Truck. This Auction opens September 2 –> http://bit.ly/VHTU9i

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* 1979 Am General M917 Dump Truck – Auction opens September 2 –> http://bit.ly/1niUamA

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* 1988 AM General M35A2C 2 1/2 -ton 6×6 Cargo Truck- Auction opens September 2 –> http://bit.ly/1qwYEXB

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* 1984 Oshkosh Truck  M977 Cargo Truck – Auction opens September 2 –> http://bit.ly/YILfFA

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* 1999 Oshkosh M1070 Commercial Heavy
Equipment Transporter (HET) – Auction opens September 2 –> http://bit.ly/VHVWqa

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How to prepare for an Ebola epidemic

We have discussed many apocalyptic type of events on this blog, but never have we discussed a virus pandemic. Epidemics of infectious diseases have wreaked havoc on the human population since the beginning of time. Today, we are facing the possibility of a worldwide Ebola outbreak. There have been over 1500 reported cases of Ebola in West Africa since the month of February. In the last two weeks, 2 cases of Ebola were reported in Lagos – which is the largest city in Africa. We are not trying to cause a panic, but it is important to discuss the possibility of Ebola spreading to other continents. Although Ebola has no cure or vaccine, there are ways you can protect yourself and your family from being exposed to this deadly virus.

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What you should know about Ebola

Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses on the planet, and it is extremely infectious (it is spread through bodily fluids). Containment is a challenge with this virus because the incubation period can be as long as three weeks. Symptoms of Ebola include: fever, muscle aches, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding internally (and externally), lowered kidney and liver function. There’s no cure for Ebola, but oral hydration and intravenous hydration are considered appropriate treatments.

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1)  Stop all mail deliveries – Countless hands have touched the envelopes or packages you receive in the mail. Pay your bills online, and delay all packages from arriving at your home during an epidemic.

2)  Stay home – Unless you have an urgent or reoccurring appointment, do not leave your house. Ebola has an incubation period of 3-21 days. This means that the carrier will not know he or she is ill right away. The less contact you have with people outside of your home (or your family) the better.

3)  Stock up on supplies – Going to the grocery store for basic necessities is a bad idea. Stock up on daily items like toilet paper, trash bags, paper towels, Kleenex, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, etc.

4)  Food and Water – Consider this one of your ‘bugging in’ scenarios. Stock up on enough food and water to get you through 90 days. Some people think that’s too much, while others think it’s not enough.

 

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Hugelkultur – A Raised Garden Bed

Permaculture is a very common practice among preppers and homesteaders. Most of you are already familiar with the concept of Permaculture – an agricultural ecosystem, built to be self-maintained. In this blog, I want to discuss one of my favorite sub-categories of Permaculture, which is Hugelkultur.

 

What is Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur is the practice of burying large volumes of wood to increase soil water retention – often referred to as a raised garden. The porous structure of wood acts as a sponge when decomposing underground. During the rainy season, masses of buried wood can absorb enough water to sustain crops through the dry season.

 

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Raised Garden Bed After 1 Month

How to build a Hugelkultur Garden Bed

  1. Gather your materials: Wood logs, tree branches, Nitrogen rich soil/compost/manure, and top soil.
  2. Designate an area for your garden. 5 feet by 3 feet is standard, but you can use a smaller or larger area.
  3. Lay your logs down first. Add your tree branches to the second layer. (A tall log pile (3 feet high) sounds intimidating, but keep in mind that the end goal is a raised garden bed.)
  4. Water these layers.
  5. Fill the cracks and creases with the manure or kitchen compost.
  6. Lastly, place 1-2” of top soil on these layers.
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Raised Garden Bed After 1 Year

Tips and Tricks of Hugelkultur

Recently I attended an online Preppers summit. One of the guest speakers was Paul Wheaton – a master gardener and contemporary permaculture theorist. Below are some of the things I learned about Hugelkultur from Mr. Wheaton:

  • Use rotten wood – The decomposing wood creates the perfect ecosystem/environment for your garden. Air pockets inside the wood are ideal for the roots you begin to plant. Over the years, the wood begins to contract – which creates more tiny air pockets. This will allow your soil to be self-sustained.
  • Don’t use Cedar. Cedar takes a long time to rot/decompose because of its natural pesticides, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Good soil is loaded with fungal and microbial entities.
  • Start with shallow soil (if you can). This is the fastest and easiest way to build your raised garden.
  • Avoid watering in the summer by building your raised garden 6 feet tall. That sounds crazy, right? Paul Wheaton says not to worry because your garden will shrink – usually within the first month.
  • Tall beds, eventually, will not have to be irrigated. Mr. Wheaton also adds that the flavor of your crops will be better too!

 

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Raised Garden Bed After 2 Years

 

When can I begin planting?

You can begin planting immediately, but many gardeners believe in letting the garden bed will be more effective after curing for a few months.

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Raised Garden Bed After 20 Years

 

Questions about Hugelkultur?

I hope this blog has at least piqued your interest in Hugelkultur! If you have any questions, please send us a message or comment below!

 

Sources:

Permaculture Article by Paul Wheaton – http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

The Permaculture Research Institute – http://permaculturenews.org/2010/08/03/the-art-and-science-of-making-a-hugelkultur-bed-transforming-woody-debris-into-a-garden-resource/

 

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Build a Get Home Bag

I know you already have a Bug Out Bag (BOB), and you already have your Every Day Carry (EDC), but what about a Get Home Bag (GHB)? I know what you’re thinking- you want me to carry another bag? Think about it this way: what if you’re at work and disaster strikes? You will need to find a way to get home to your family as quickly and as safely as possible. You also have to consider the fact that you may not be able to drive home due to an urban gridlock or an EMP attack. This means you will have to walk that normal commute, and 15 miles walking in a disaster will be a challenge. There’s not just work to consider. What if you go on a day trip with your family? Or you go the next town over to run an errand? Even if you drive 30 miles away, that’s 30 miles of walking in a disaster you will have to do. Let’s get prepared.

 

 Build a Get Home Bag

 

What exactly is a Get Home Bag?

A GHB is going to carry the things you will need to get you home within 24 hours of a disaster. It’s not going to be filled with the same kind of gear your BOB will have, and it will be a little bit more extensive than your EDC. Think of it as the middle child of the bags. It should have the basic tools you would need to get from work to home. Also, it should be lighter and smaller than your BOB, and you should feel comfortable taking it to work.

 

Things to consider

There are some personal factors you need to consider when assembling your GHB. Consider the weather and change the supplies according to the seasons. If you’re a long distance commuter, you will need to pack a few extra things to get you home safely. Think about your personal medical conditions and your work environment. Also, if you’re already carrying these items on you or in your EDC, it’s not always necessary to double up, but do make sure you have them.

 

What To Pack

Before we start packing, think about what kind of bag you will use. This bag may be going into the office with you, staying in your car or going into stores with you. Consider something nondescript, an easy to carry backpack or messenger bag would be best.

 

The basics:

1 Liter of Water - Consider grabbing an all-metal water bottle in case you need to boil water.

Energy Bars and Trail Mix - Get 3-6 high calorie energy bars; you don’t need a lot of food but you will need something to get you by.

Cash - Keep some small bills on you and in your GHB. Try and keep about $100 if you can.

Walking Shoes - If you work in an office, you may not have comfortable shoes on. Keep a sturdy pair of running shoes or hiking shoes in your GHB.

Change of Clothes - Your work clothes may not be appropriate for your journey, plus you can always layer up if it gets cold. Don’t forget extra socks!

Gloves - You may have to move heavy objects or climb fences. They will also keep you warm.

Hat and Bandana - If it’s sunny your head and neck will thank you. The bandana can be used as a dust mask too.

Paper Map and Compass - Things are going to get rough out there and you may need to get off the major roads. Paper maps of the area and a compass will be crucial.

Paracord - There are endless reasons to have paracord on you.

Multi-tool - A good multi-tool is an essential item. Always have one in your EDC or GHB.

Emergency Radio - A small cheap hand-crank radio could make a big difference in a disaster.

First Aid Kit - Keep the basics in it like gauze, bandages, tape, sunscreen, medication, glasses and insect repellant. Pack this according to you and think about basic comforts.

Signal Items - If you’re stuck, a signal mirror and a whistle could save you.

Fire Starter - Keep a couple lighters in your bag and consider keeping some fire tinder too.

Rain Poncho - Being wet is the worst! Don’t make yourself go through that in a disaster.

Tarp and an Emergency Blanket - These can work together interchangeably. Keep one or both.

Flashlight - A good flashlight with a long battery life (and extra batteries) is crucial. Consider a headlamp for some hands-free light.

Hygiene Items - Good hygiene can go a long way and it helps with moral. Keep some toilet paper, wet napkins, a towel, toothbrush and anything else you need.

Personal Defense - This is going to be to your discretion. Consider where you will be keeping your bag and what you will already have on you.

Paper and Pencil - You may need to leave a note, or record where you have been.

 

There are always other things to consider bringing with you based on your own personal needs. Think about each item, what you will need the most and what is most important to you and your daily survival.  Make sure this bag will get you back home to your family as quickly and safely as possible.

 

To view a current list of available Military Surplus Field Gear to assist you in your journey, visit http://bit.ly/r4dfieldgear today!

 

Sources:

http://www.survivalbased.com/survival-blog/3036/how-to-build-an-effective-get-home-bag

http://www.realitysurvival.com/get-home-bag/

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Zee Captain – An Artful Look At The Apocalypse

Let’s take a break from preparing for doomsday for a moment. Have you ever imagined what the apocalypse will look like? I know that I have tried to picture it, and there are several movies and television shows that have done a great job of showcasing what the future could be like.

A friend recently showed me some apocalyptic art on a website called deviantART. The artist, Vitaly S. Alexius, a.k.a. Alexiuss, takes an artful look at the apocalypse with graphic illustrations and even two limited edition comics.

The main character is Zee Captain, a gas mask clad cad who runs amok in the future with nothing but a coffee mug and a smile.

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At least, I think there’s a smile under there, because he’s really funny.

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What is fascinating are the imagined scenes of mass destruction where Alexius places Zee Captain and other characters.

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Sometimes they’re in familiar territory:

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There are several wallpapers to choose from on deviantART, too. As some of the commenters put it, it’s bizarre but brilliant. The use of color and collapse makes for an interesting interpretation of what might be.

For more of Zee Captain and his adventures, visit RomanticallyApocalyptic.com.

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Eating Insects for Protein After SHTF

As preppers, we are proud of our stockpiles of canned food, dried food and water.  But there might be an even more efficient and practical way of stocking food. What if I told you there is a way to continuously grow food packed with nutrition using very little space and resources? And what if I suggested that you farm insects?

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Yes, you heard me right, insects.  There is even a cool name for it: Entomophagy.  They are very good for you, and apparently pretty tasty!  You don’t even have to wait until an emergency situation; did you know that over 2 billion people are already eating insects as part of their regular diet?  This is very common in countries like Thailand, Ghana, Mexico, China, Brazil, Cambodia and many more.  Not only are the insects picked in their natural habitat but they are also farmed.  Yes, farmed for human consumption.  Crickets are the most popular insects to eat because they are so tasty.  You could call them the “gateway bug”.

 

Perhaps it’s time to consider farming crickets as part of your preparedness plan.  They are a high protein, high fiber, low carb super food.  They can be farmed in small areas, using little water, require little maintenance and reproduce very quickly.

 

If the idea of eating insects in their natural form grosses you out, don’t worry; you can pulverize insects and mix them with flour for a super nutritious pancake or tortilla.  That way you won’t have to look in their little eyes before crunching down on them with your teeth.  Most commonly, insects are prepared by being fried and seasoned to satisfy your craving for a salty, crunchy snack.  When SHTF, there’s a strong possibility that we won’t have access to a frying pan or even oil, in which case you might have to grill or boil your insects or worst-case scenario eat them raw and alive.  It’s better than starving! And they are extremely nutritious; they could be the super food we have been looking for.

 

Have you eaten insects before?  I would love to hear about your experiences!

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Save Your Money with Ammo Can Piggy Banks

Sadly, National Ammo Can Week is coming to an end.. Before the festivities are over I have two more ammo can projects for you to do. These projects can be done with the kids, and when they’re done you will be able to teach them the valuable lesson of saving money. Get the family together, grab a couple unused ammo cans and make these Ammo Can Piggy Banks!

First up, an Ammo Can Airplane Piggy Bank!

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Next, An Ammo Can Pig Piggy Bank!

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Don’t forget, you can find Ammo Cans for all of your crafty projects on GovLiquidation!

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How to Make an Ammo Can Saddlebag for Your Bug Out Bike

The next Ammo Can project I have for you in honor of National Ammo Can Week is an Ammo Can Saddlebag!

Have you ever considered bugging out on a bicycle? If you need to bug out the chances of traffic and gridlock are pretty high. If you’re on a bike you can fly by all the vehicles, and you wont have to worry about a gas shortage or lines at the pump. There’s also the chance that there will be an EMP event and most vehicles would become useless- but not your bike! A motorcycle could also be a smart bug out vehicle. You could maneuver around the urban gridlock and you would get much better fuel mileage than a car or truck.

If you decide to GOOD by bicycle or motorcycle make sure you have put some thought into what you’re going to carry with you and how. These Ammo Can Saddlebags are sturdy, waterproof and can be locked up. They will be great storage for your weapons, personal information, matches and cash. You could also roll your clothes up and have an entire ammo can closet. Even if you don’t plan on bugging out via bike, these saddlebags would still be awesome storage for your two-wheeled ride.

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Find Ammo Cans like this one on GovLiqudation!

What do you think about bugging out on a bike or motorcycle? Let me know in the comments section below!

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How to Make an Ammo Can Grill

Today is National Ammo Can Day! In celebration of this special day here’s an infographic that shows how to construct an Ammo Can Grill. An Ammo Can Grill would be the perfect thing to take camping because it’s small, easy to transport and it’s easy to use. Preppers, put this grill in your Bug Out Vehicle. If for some reason you have to boil water you will be grateful that you have this grill. Even if you don’t make this Ammo Can Grill it’s smart to learn how, you never know when you will need it.

 

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Ammo Cans like this can be found on GovLiquidation! What other ways can preppers use ammo cans? Let us know in the comments section below!

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