Feb 08

The Record Heat Waves

With the record heat waves and drought across the nation, the American Preppers Network hopes that you have been prepared.  Disasters of any type can and do happen anywhere, at anytime, and without warning.  We are now witnessing and will continue to witness a prime example of how one disaster can cause a chain reaction leading to other disasters.  Here are some potential disasters to be aware of as a result of the drought and heat waves.

1) Water shortages.  Water is the number 1 most important necessity to survival.  The average human can only survive 3 days without water, and even less in a heat wave.  I hope you’ve stored some.  If the water system shuts down or does not have enough, you could turn on the tap only to have a few drips.  If you run into a situation where there is not enough municipal water supply to your home, start looking for other sources of stored water.

  • Your hot water tank may have 30 – 50 gallons of water stored.
  • The top supply tank to your toilette is typically clean water that you can use.
  • Your plumbing in your house could have a few gallons.  Open a higher faucet in your house as in a shower, sink, or upstairs source to relieve pressure, then open a lower outside faucet to retrieve water from your plumbing system.

Don’t short change yourself on water!  Make sure you have plenty for personal consumption.  If you stop sweating, that means you are dehydrated!   

Got Water?

2) Heat.  Heat poses many risks, including but not limited to:

  • Heat Stroke.  Watch family members closely, especially the elderly, watch for slurred speech and disorientation.  When in doubt, call for help.  Time lost is brain lost.  Never leave pets or children in a vehicle, and keep them out of the direct sun.  Drink lots of water.
  • Fire.  Fires are much more common in the heat.  Things dry out and become more flammable.  Keep dry brush and trash picked up.  Do not store fuel in or around your house, and keep well ventilated in a cool area out of the sun.  Keep grass cut short, especially if your city is rationing water and not allowing watering of lawns.  Do not store any flammables in the direct sun or in your attic.
  • Vehicle breakdowns. Avoid driving unless it’s absolutely necessary, or drive at nite. Check your fluid levels and make sure your oil and coolant are topped off.  Bring extra oil and coolant with you in case you need it.  DO NOT top off your fuel tank!  Make sure your tires are property inflated and not over or under inflated.  Bring extra water with you in case you do break down.  Drive with the A/C off when going uphill.  Watch your vehicles tempature when climbing grades.  If your car starts to overheat when going uphill, pull over at a safe location to let it cool.  Check to make sure your thermostat is working before you make your trip.

3) Blackouts.   The nations grids are maxed out.  With everyone using A/C, expect rolling blackouts.  If you are in a blackout, you can wrap sleeping bags around your refrigerator or freezer to help insulate it.  To conserve power, only use what you absolutely need.  Keep lights turned off and keep your A/C set to the warmest temperature that you can safely stand.  Do you have a generator?  Be prepared to use it.  Do you have plenty of non-perishable food stored?  If there is an extended blackout, you may need it.  Stores and gas stations will be shut down in a blackout.  Do you have an emergency battery powered radio and flashlights?

4) Food Prices   Expect food prices to increase.  Especially meat.  Many ranchers are butchering all of there livestock as there is not enough food and water to care for them, this means shortages in the future.  Produce crops are drying up. Prices of corn, wheat and other grains will increase.  Even produce grown in unaffected areas may increase in price as well due to demand.  If the blackouts are too severe, stores, gas stations and truck stops may close down temporarily disrupting the supply chain and preventing food from making it to the stores.

Stay safe during this heat wave and dought.  This is a serious and potentially devastating national disaster.

Feel free to copy and repost this article in it’s entirety.  Credit source as AmericanPreppersNetwork.com

Here are some free helpful pdf files to download

Fire and Heat Waves
ARC – Are You Ready – Fire

ARC – Are You Ready – Heat Wave

ARC – Are You Ready – Wildfires

Fact Sheet: Fires

Fact Sheet: Fire Safe

WildFires

Water
ARC – Food and Water in Emergency

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water 

How To Make A Solar Still (Plastic Cover)

Purification Of Water On A Small Scale 

Simple Solar Still For The Production Of Distilled Water

Slow Sand Filters

Water Purification

Water Treatment

Fire Safety 

Fighting Fire 

Fire Safety

Get More Free Downloads here:
http://preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html

Apr 14

Wildfire Season in New Mexico

With wildfire season upon us and having recorded two of the largest wildfires for the state in 2011, New Mexicans need to be on high alert as everything points to another year filled with wildfires.

How does this impact a person that considers themselves a prepper?  First and foremost as a prepper one needs to be aware of the fire danger and what to do if a wildfire heads their way.  One should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice and have plans on every egress as wildfires can be and have been massive.  If  the area is voluntarily evacuated you should heed these warnings.  In the flip of a switch, voluntary evacuations have gone to mandatory and this is where things may get worrisome.

Do you have an emergency bag in your vehicle if you need to leave?  Do you have an outside contact for the family in case  a fire happens while the family is in several locations? If you do not, I would highly advise putting together a go bag as well as organizing an outside contact.

Now about responsibility so you do not cause a wildfire.  Do you smoke? Keep a bottle in the car filled halfway of water to put your cigarettes out.  Many smokers now only smoke outside their homes.  In this case, keep water for the same reason.  On your property be sure to clear debris and keep the place free of firestarter.

To track the wildfires this season go  here.

Be safe

Jennifer

Double Nickel Farm

 

 

Mar 27

Posting to resume

After a minor glitch on my part, I am finally able to post again on New Mexico Preppers-had to reboot my computer to make this work! Now that I can post, I will be back to posting about preparedness, prepping, food storage, food safety, care of animals, living a simple life and more soon.

Jennifer

Feel free to visit me on my farm blog Double Nickel Farm.

 

 

Feb 21

Cookbook Giveaway

I am hosting a cookbook giveaway every month until the end of the year on my farm blog. Please swing over and enter today at Cookbook Giveaway.

One of the cookbooks to be given away is a cookbook called Wilderness Cookery by Bradford Angier. As one that is living a simple life, learning to cook is a sure fired way to begin, as it starts the process of foods, how they go together, and then of course, where do they come from.

Have a great day.

Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm

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Jan 30

Free Screening

Please go over and watch the free screening of the documentary Fresh, by ana Sofia joanes.

Here(the viewing is free for a week).

The documentary is about small scale farming and coming back to our roots because the impact of the large scale farming. I recommend everyone watch this film as it has a good deal of information in it~one thing that resonated with me is that 4-soon to be 3 firms handle 80% of our beef in the US. That is pretty worrisome in so many ways.

As a person living to be more self sufficient the film reaffirms much of what I am doing.

Enjoy the documentary!

Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm

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Jan 26

Incredible Food Dehydrator Makeover: link fixed

Please go over and check it out:Pellet Stove Dehydration Unit.

It is a blog I found a while ago and have in my blog favorites. Please swing by and check out this wonderful blog: Subsistence Pattern!

Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm

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Jan 22

Great Resource – The Household Cyclopedia-Over 10,000 Useful

A great online resource that is downloadable @ http://www.mspong.org/cyclopedia/download/cyclopedia.pdf is The Household Cyclopedia of General Information. It contains over 10,000 ‘receipts’ or homemade items concerning useful and domestic arts – all of them; from agriculture to wines.

It was published in 1881 by Henry Hartshorne, M.D. who was a professor of Hygiene at the University of Pennsylvania. There were a slew of other contributors to this endeavor, from a report on the trial of agricultural implements that occurred at the Great National Field Trial in Auburn, New York and a treatise on Bees by E.S.Tuper; Plus much, much more.

This is a great digital item to have printed and bound, then given as a gift. Of course keep a hardcopy for your library too ;-}

“The only easy day was yesterday.”
From On Lavender Lane by JoAnn Ross

TNT

Jan 21

Food Storage Series

This is a photo of a batch of popcorn I made the other day. I want to share that the popcorn was 4 years old and tasted delicious!

The thing about this 4 year old popcorn is that I did not buy longevity items, nor expensive buckets to secure the popcorn. I did what I always saw my mom do. I always put any flour, sugar, rice, beans, wheat, or popcorn in the freezer for 48 hours. This kills off any bugs that may be in the product. Then I pack my long term food storage in food grade buckets that I get for free from a local restaurant. The buckets still have the o ring in the lid, and once I close the lid and stand on the bucket to make sure it is closed, I label and date the bucket and into the pantry it goes. Result: spending no money, aside from the actual food, the stored item is as fresh as when packed~now how is that for practical doable food storage?

I believe maintaining a rotating pantry filled with foods you and your family use is a way that you can stretch your money. When an item goes on sale you can get several items and slowly but surely your pantry is ready for you when you have a need.

Since no one can predict when or what type of crises will occur, it is a good idea to have a pantry to hold you over. Last February, almost the entire nation suffered from a blizzard and bitter cold temps. Many people were stranded in their homes. For me, that is reason enough to have food storage on hand~before a crises arises.

I must put this rule I live by~I am very frugal but~if I think a food item, whether newly purchased or older, is off, or I am concerned a tad~ I throw it out. I never would risk the health of my family over an item in my food storage. Food safety and product awareness is key to keep you alive!

Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm
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Jan 17

Simple Thought

Supplemental prep item: Manual Sweeper!

All of my life I had used an electric vacuum. I never thought of it as being a luxury item and if one broke I tossed it and bought another as they are so inexpensive.

When my last vacuum died, I wished to learn how I could do without, as a vacuum uses electricity and bags etc. So I looked for the push Bissell. I found the Bissell Sweep Up.

photo credit Bissell

I paid $12.99 total as Bissell did not charge shipping. They have several models that are manual. Check here.

I am not being paid by Bissell. I am sharing a simple tip to slowly ween yourself from so many things that you think you need. In a crises, cleanliness is critical-especially to keep disease down yet, how many situations occur where power is off for a good while? Perhaps a prep item should be a manual sweeper as it is for me!

Jennifer
Double Nickel Farm

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Jan 13

Prepping VS. Hoarding

by marshwillow

Sometimes we have been called pack-rats,hoarders and dumpster divers.  This is were we differ.  We do prepping for a purpose. We don’t have a desire to load our homes with trash but with items that we will need in a SHTF situation.
So it goes to say. We are hoarding as preppers but NOT prepping to be hoarders.

So clean out all trash debris and decide just how many survival magazines and books do we need.  We can use that space to work in more paper products.  Remember if you have to bugout, you will be forced to leave lots behind in favor of food.  You will be forced to figure out your priorities.

Basics is all you need.  How many meat grinders do you actually need?  You can pick up items at yard sales but will they be used.  A bargain is not a stained sleeping bag with large holes and ripped out zipper.  Unless you are going to repair your finds then look for perfect shape.

Set goals and look for specific items that are needed and pass by the ones you have several of.  It is a good thing to make mental note that at such and such yard sale you saw a sleeping bag.  You can pass this on to those that need it or call them at the sale and see if they would like you to purchase this for them.

When you stack your foods make sure the area around it is kept free of debris and filth.  Filth just calls the rats, mice and other vermin and says “Come and get it”.  All you good efforts would go to waste.  It is a good idea to camaflogue your cache of food and bug out items.  If you havent an extra closet or basement then get creative.  Install a shower rod across a corner of your bedroom and put up floor to ceiling curtains.  Stack your 5 gal containers there or your #10 cans.  Making endtables and coffee tables would be a good way to utilize the containers.  Put 6 containers on the floor, top with plywood sheet to fit top, the cover with brite fabric that covers all the containers.  Also you can stash your rifles between the 5 gal containers.

Remember were things are at so if power is lost you can use your memory to find items you need to take with you.  If you find you have more of one item than you need then sell it or give it to a fellow prepper.  Please don’t get confused and forget the importance of what you are doing.  Have a day of cleansing.  Cleanse the storage area and throw away anything that is broken and beyond repair.  When the SHTF there wont be time to repair them.  Happy prepping.

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