Minute Man Rx at Self-Reliance Expo in Mesquite, TX

MinuteManRxOn April 4th and 5th (Friday 11am – 7pm & Saturday 9am – 7pm) at the Mesquite Convention Center, there will be a Self-Reliance Expo featuring products and services related to prepping. One of the corporate sponsors of Self Reliance Expo is Minute Man Rx, an Idaho-based manufacturer of Trauma and First Aid kits, along with a comprehensive line of state-of-the-art products for First Responders.

Minute Man Rx was founded and principled on the idea that all
American families should have access to the same life saving medical
products, emergency essentials, and skills currently being used in battlefield or first-responder situations.

Why should you attend Self Reliance Expo?

In a disaster situation, you are basically on your own. If you need medical help, it is unlikely that an overloaded emergency medical system will arrive in a timely manner — they might not even be able to receive your call. At the Self Reliance Expo, you will be able to access products and information that could be life-saving for you and your family.

There will be door prizes (like a $15,000 solar panel system from Air, Wind & Solar), and you don’t even have to be present to win. However, if you win, and you aren’t there when the prize is announced (or you don’t have a vehicle big enough!), you will need to pay shipping to get your prize.

Any specials for readers of DFW Preppers & Survivors?

I’m glad you asked!

  • Greg Storrs, a principal at Minute Man Rx, sent me a coupon/flyer good for a 10% discount on all Minute Man Rx products shown at the Expo. To take advantage of that discount, right-click and select “save as” to download this flyer (2 pages) and take it with you to the Expo.
  • From the show organizer: If you mention you heard about the show from DFWPreppers.com at the door, you can get the two-day admission for price of the one-day admission.
  • This one from www.CampingYurts.com: Mention DFWPreppers.com at their booth at Expo and get a 10% discount on most items in the booth. Richard at Camping Yurts also wanted me to mention that they will be offering their 16ft yurt at a much lower price than normal (with setup by Cabela’s). Sorry, but the yurts are already discounted to the bone for the show, so the 10% does not apply to those.
  • The folks at LPC Survival will give a 5% discount on their products (water purification systems and emergency store solutions) purchased at the Expo. Use the coupon code “SurvivalBlog” to get the discount.
  • Numanna, an emergency food provider, is selling their Grab-n-Go 1 month pack (which is a great deal at the regular price) at a special Expo price. They will give you a free package of freeze-dried meat if you buy 2 buckets of Grab-n-Go at the Expo and tell them you heard about them from DFWPreppers.com.
  • Harvest Right is offering a substantial discount at the Expo on their freeze-dryer with 100 mylar bars, 100 O2 absorbers, and a mylar bag sealer. They provided me with a brochure and a coupon for it. Note that you do *not* have to have the coupon at the Expo, but you can use the coupon up until the end of April if you miss the Expo, and still get the Expo price.
  • Personal Readiness Education Programs (P.R.E.P) will offer a 15% discount on MAGS books or DVDs at the Expo for readers of DFWPreppers.com!

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There’s one more special offer, but you will have to find a guy wearing a long-sleeve tee-shirt with the logo shown on the left, and tell him you are a DFWPrepper.com reader, in order to find out what it is.

Is there a charge to attend Self Reliance Expo?

Yes, the charge for a one-day admission is $10, and two-day admission is $15. But, as I mentioned above, tell the folks at the door that you heard about the EXPO here at DFWPreppers.com, and you can get the two-day pass for $10.

What else is going on for those two days beside a show of products?

In addition to several dozen exhibitors, there will be a broad range of presentations and classes on prepper-related subjects such as emergency preparedness, emergency food preparation without electricity, water filtration, etc. Click here for speaker details. Click here for class details.

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Doomsday, The End of The World as we Know It, or Without Rule of Law

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There is a definite tendency on the part of the general public to consider preppers to be… well, strange. Members of the “tinfoil hat brigade”. Etc.

There is a sense in which this derision is at least partially deserved. If you look at a lot of prepper websites, you see terms like Doomsday, TEOTWAWKI and WROL tossed about as if those scenarios were imminent.

I get a newsletter that warns of an impending US currency collapse and a coming declaration of martial law in nearly every issue — and wants me to send them a substantial amount of that currency to them in return for a subscription to a pricey print publication –with a discount for a 3-year term.

Wait… What?

Who falls for this sort of thing, anyway? Oh, yeah — Harold Camping’s followers. Multiple times, at that. (The world really did end, at least for Harold Camping, on December 15th of 2013. But I don’t think he predicted that one.)

Is a currency collapse really imminent? Will we be seeing bands of thugs roaming the streets next month? Are most of us going to go hungry next week because food production and distribution will just stop?

Maybe. But probably not.

So is prepping even relevant?

Short answer: Yes. Basic things like a few month’s worth of food and some water filters are cheap insurance against natural disasters, which occur with some regularity — and are made worse by government “help.”

And there are still fairly regular man-made “disasters.” For instance, the last time an idiot politician (that is actually somewhat redundant, isn’t it? Why do we keep electing these turkeys?) declared (or is that “gobbled”?) that we should all stock up on water, duct tape, and plastic sheeting, all of the distilled water on grocery store shelves in the local area disappeared for a couple of weeks. Not a real disaster, but since I use distilled water on a regular basis for medicinal purposes, I was glad to have several weeks’ supply on hand.

While prepping is important, I do not believe it is worth prepping for scenarios that are either highly unlikely, or that I probably would not survive anyway. At my age, and with a medical problem that requires me to have access to a reliable source of electricity, it is highly unlikely that I would survive more than a few months of a WROL or TEOTWAWKI scenario.

If that long.

I’ll leave the doomsday prepping to the younger set.

It’s MUCH more likely that some lamebrain will turn the wrong valve and dump some noxious toxin into the water supply, causing a week-long lack of potable running water — oh, wait, that happened just last month, didn’t it?

That is a scenario worth prepping for.

I’m not a Mormon, but I think one of the things they got right is that their church considers it a moral duty to keep an emergency food supply. An outbreak of some weird animal or plant disease spreading like wildfire due to our society’s insane dependence on monoculture farming would be a relatively minor inconvenience to somebody with an adequate store of food.

Over the next few weeks, I’m planning a series of articles on products and information that could be useful to have in that sort of (relatively) minor disaster. And some other special things going on that I will be discussing in my newsletter, which I plan to start soon.

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DFW Preppers & Survivors is Back UP

Food storageIt took several weeks longer than I expected to complete the migration to HostGator. I learned a LOT about WordPress in the process, but there are still some things I need to learn. I was using a script from iThemes called BackupBuddy to do the migration, and it failed multiple times, for reasons that completely mystify me. I have migrated several sites fairly quickly and easily using BackupBuddy and ImportBuddy, yet this particular site gave me fits. I can’t help but think that if I really knew what I needed to, this would have been at most a one-day migration.

After several lengthy attempts to restore the site, each of which got me only slightly closer to success, I appealed to HostGator support. Even their initial attempt to restore my backup was unsuccessful. I then managed to use an ingenious open-source program called BitNami to get the site up and running on my local computer, so that I could examine it locally for problems. I found several, including dozens of huge photo files. It took most of a day to go through and re-size those photos, and in the process, I reduced the total size of this site by over 30%. I then got HostGator support to help me with the migration of the smaller site, and I got a notification this morning that DFW Preppers & Survivors was successfully loaded, and appears to be working.

It is quite possible that there is some additional cleanup to be done, and I expect that some of the pictures on the site may not come out right.

The site has been down long enough that I expect that the traffic will be nonexistent for a while, and I will be working on restoring that by adding new content and promoting it in various ways over the next few months.

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Ribz Front Pack Review

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Ribz Front Pack worn by the author, photo taken in Cozumel.

I got a request to review the Ribz Front Pack (retail price approximately $60 at http://www.ribzwear.com/store/), in exchange for the product for free. The Ribz company did not place any restrictions on my review, so what follows is my honest assessment of the product.

I got the unit just before my cruise vacation (cruising is one of my favorite forms of vacation), so I figured I’d try it out instead of my usual vacation tote, which is a relatively uncomfortable, but convenient, contraption that I wear across my chest. I don’t really have a good photo of that tote, and right now, I can’t even find the thing, but I was wearing it for the photo my wife took for the cover of her first book on cruising, which you can see here (click on the cover to see a larger version which shows the tote a little more clearly).

Photo of Front Pack laid out on a bed.

Ribz Front pack (right), instruction sheet (top left), and carrying case (bottom left)

The Ribz Front Pack comes in a handy carrying bag which resembles a miniature duffle with a drawstring. On the right is a photo I took of the pack just after I opened the package. The little duffle is on the lower left part of the photo, with the Front Pack laid out on the right, and the instruction sheet shown on the upper left. The instructions were pretty straightforward, and I decided to do my test of the Front pack when we stopped in Cozumel (shown in the photo at the beginning of this post. The main reason I have for using a tote on a cruise is to have a place to put purchases, and also a place to put all of the items I normally carry in my pockets, which makes going through the security checkpoints much easier. I didn’t use a backpack with this product on my review test, but I will probably do so in the future.

First impressions: 1) Lightweight. 2) Sturdy. 3) Clever design. 4) Lots of zippered pockets. 5) Moderately ugly color (the one I got was Alpine green. It comes in 3 other colors. If I had a choice, I might have gone with the one they call “stealth”).

The process of putting the Front Pack on took a bit of practice, but it was not particularly difficult. I was a bit concerned that it might be a bit small for my rather non-athletic, portly figure, but it fit well at the the large end of the adjustment strap. It comes in two sizes, “small” and “regular.” The one they sent me was “regular.” I have a 44 inch waist, so if you are much larger than that, you probably won’t be able to use the Front Pack. Then again, I would expect the vast majority of their target demographic (young, athletic hiking and camping enthusiast) to have a smaller waist than I do.

The zipper that connects the two parts of the pack in the front was much easier to deal with than I expected. In addition to being much more comfortable than the old tote, The Ribz Front Pack held about 10 times as much stuff, and did so comfortably. It did not hinder my movement at all, and I pretty much forgot I had it on most of the time I was wearing it. It stayed put, and didn’t flop around, which was one of the annoying things about my old tote. Not only was it more comfortable than my old tote, but it was even more comfortable and convenient than a fanny-pack.

Bicycle-mounted blender base…

To the left is a photo my wife took of me trying out a bicycle-mounted blender we saw at the tourist trap (minus the blender jar — that would have involving buying a grossly overpriced drink).

My verdict: I’m not really in the target demographic for this pack (although, as a prepper, I recognize that I may be called upon to do some hiking and camping whether I like it or not), but I liked it, and found it useful. I think this would be a great item for a prepper to keep with his survival gear next to the bug-out-bag. It would be a handy place to keep emergency essentials that might need to be accessed quickly, such as a first-aid kit, a flashlight, or your fire-starting materials. I don’t think I would keep my main gun in there since I already have a good concealed-carry holster, but I would definitely keep a spare gun and some extra ammo in it.

If you should have any questions about the Ribz Front Pack that I did not adequately cover in this review, please feel free to ask them in the comments. It might take me a day or two to get back to you, but rest assured that I read every (non-spam) comment.

I guess I should add that my wife didn’t really like the appearance. She thought it made me look too nerdy. Since I really am a nerd, I pretty much discounted that. As I mentioned, I wasn’t all that fond of the color, but the pack was useful enough that I can overlook the appearance. I plan to take it with me on future vacations just because it’s a handy way to go through the security checkpoints without having to take time to empty out all my pants pockets. When I’m not vacationing, it’s a good place to store the extra gun and ammo.

Disclosure of Material Connection per FTC Endorsement Guidelines 16 C.F.R. Part 255: I received the Ribz Front Pack at no cost to me from Ribzwear as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication. I received no other payment for this review. I am not (as of the time of this writing) an affiliate of Ribzwear. However, DFWPreppers.com is an Amazon affiliate, and Ribzwear sells their gear on Amazon, and I make a commission on Amazon purchases made through some links on this site.

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The Top 50 Things to Disappear from Store Shelves during an Emergency

shelvesNote from Georgene:  I am pleased to post this guest blog entry from my friend Tom Sciacca of CampingSurvival.com.  

Have you ever noticed how, whenever a big storm is predicted, people start rushing to stores to clean them out of every food item and supply they have on the shelves? In one sense, it’s probably good that they are trying to anticipate the emergency, despite being last-minute about it. It sure beats those people who don’t bother to prepare at all, then complain when emergency services are overwhelmed by requests for assistance.

But why panic in the first place? Why not have a stash of necessary items always ready for such an emergency? Even if there isn’t a storm approaching, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to rush out to the store every time you run out of toilet paper. Keeping some extra around the house is always a good idea!

With this in mind, I decided to ask CampingSurvival.com. Facebook fans what they felt were the emergency supplies that stores were most likely to run out of when people start to panic. Then I compiled the top comments in various categories so I could share it with you. Since this list is based on the comments of our Facebook fan page, some of the items (canned meat, for instance) may not be the absolute first things for a store to run out of, but are still items that you should consider having among your emergency supplies nonetheless.

Without further ado, here the list of the Top 50 Things to Disappear from Store Shelves during an Emergency, compiled by yours truly:

FOOD

  1. Bread
  2. Butter
  3. Cereal
  4. Coffee
  5. Eggs
  6. Flour
  7. Fruit, canned and fresh
  8. Honey
  9. Meats, canned
  10. Milk
  11. Peanut butter
  12. Pet food
  13. Salt
  14. Sugar
  15. Vegetables, canned and root vegetables
  16. Water

POWER AND LIGHT

  1. Batteries
  2. Candles
  3. Charcoal
  4. Coolers
  5. Flashlights
  6. Gasoline
  7. Generators
  8. Glow sticks
  9. Ice
  10. Lamp oil and oil lanterns
  11. Lighter fluid
  12. Matches
  13. Propane, propane stoves

FUN

  1. Alcohol, drinking
  2. Beer
  3. Cigarettes
  4. Condoms

FIRST AID

  1. Alcohol, rubbing
  2. Antiseptic
  3. Aspirin/pain relievers
  4. Cold medicine
  5. First aid kits

HYGIENE

  1. Feminine hygiene products
  2. Paper plates/napkins
  3. Shampoo
  4. Soap
  5. Toilet paper

BABIES

  1. Baby food/formula
  2. Diapers

IMPROVISATION

  1. Duct tape
  2. Plastic bags
  3. Plywood
  4. Radios
  5. Rope

Now, before you file this away as mildly interesting reading, take this list and compare it to what you have stocked up. Check to see what you may be missing or what you need more of. And don’t forget that this is only a Top 50 list, so there are plenty of other items that I don’t have space to talk about in this (already long!) blog entry.

Feel free to offer feedback on our Facebook page and, as always, stay aware and prepared.

- Tom

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Tom Sciacca is a former US Marine, a veteran of the Gulf War, a survival enthusiast and President of CampingSurvival.com.

 

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Saving money for the serious prepper – a blog and a book!

Many preppers, especially those who are serious about their prepping, know that it’s not enough to plan ahead in terms of food storage, shelter, water and bug-out bags. They realize that in order to have some security for the future, it’s very important to do some serious planning today, especially when it comes to saving money.GBSIt

Britni Ross is one of those people, and she has devoted much time and attention toward building her blog, OurEventualHomestead.com, which addresses practical, everyday solutions to problems that people either experience today, or could be confronted with in the not-too-distant future. Britni’s blog features detailed instructions on self-sufficiency in many areas, including:

  • making your own dishwasher detergent
  • creating healthy desserts
  • planting a garden for the first time
  • making homemade jam

and other even more practical topics like Food Safety in a Power Outage.

Not only is Britni’s blog full of practical tips for the family, even for those who are not preppers, she has also written an ebook which fits quite well into the prepping category, even though it’s not directly about prepping (after all, what topic that deals with daily life isn’t about prepping?) Britni’s book is Grow It, Build It, Save It: How one family saves over $11,000 each year and you can too! available at the link on Amazon.com (these are both affiliate links).

I have personally purchased and read this book, and I have discovered that it’s not just a book full of money-saving tips (which is kind of what I expected). It’s a very engaging, personal story of how Britni’s family used to look at and handle many of life’s daily challenges and situations in the past, and how they altered their thinking – and their actions – to free themselves and their finances to live the life they truly wanted. (Oh, that I had learned to do that so many years ago!)

And best of all, every chapter ends with a list of practical assignments, so you too can achieve similar savings, just like Britni’s family did!

So, if you are concerned about how quickly the money flows in the wrong direction (outward) in your life, take a look at Britni’s book and discover how you, too, can regain control of your life and your finances, one small, easy assignment at a time.

© 2013 – 2014, DFW Preppers and Survivors. All rights reserved.

The Beginning Prepper’s Guide to Firearms – Just published!

Beginning Prepper's Guide to FirearmsFinally, after much (gentle, of course) prodding and poking, I have managed to get hubby to publish his first prepping book, and on a topic that needs clarity, too -  a guide to firearms!  He has been wanting to write this book for a long time, but publishing is a time and labor-intensive effort (especially if you want it to be a good product, and he does)!   It also involves a bit of putting oneself “out there” for other people to criticize.

I am happy to say that I was able to help him get this project off the ground.  I did a good bit of the formatting and internal link building, but he did the hard work of  explaining the different types of firearms and why you might want to choose a particular one (or more).  Pictures are included for easy identification.  Since I am not very knowledgeable about firearms, I am very happy to say that he is an expert in this topic!

We have enrolled this book in the KDP Select program, which means it’ll have a few free days.  If you want to be notified in advance, head on over to hubby’s site and sign up for his newsletter.  He won’t annoy the heck out of you with spammy emails, and he won’t share your information with ANYONE!

And if you just can’t wait to read this informative little book, you can get it here  for only $4.99!  We are hoping for some reviews, and if you would be so inclined, we’d be very appreciative.

Just in case no one has told you:  Amazon makes it very easy for you to read ebooks, even if you don’t have a Kindle!  Kindle has an app for your PC, your Mac, your Android Tablet or phone, your iPhone and your iPad.  And if that’s not enough, Amazon has a cloud reader available on the Amazon.com site, so, failing every other method, you can read it there too!  All of these methods of reading (except for the Kindle hardware itself) are free for you to use and enjoy!

So please take a moment to either drop by the book site on Amazon, or sign up for hubby’s newsletter for notice of the freebie days!

© 2013 – 2014, DFW Preppers and Survivors. All rights reserved.

Tips On How To Set Up A Vineyard Trellis Wiring

Setting up your own vineyard can be exciting. Not everyone has a green thumb especially when it comes to big projects such as growing grapes. All over the world, grapes have garnered a reputation of having class yet growing them seems such a big task. To avoid wasting time and effort, it is imperative to plan well when starting your own grape vineyard. You need to start with the basics, such as setting up the vineyard trellis wire to keep the vines growing off the ground. Here are some things that you need to remember when putting up a vineyard trellis wiring.

Prepare Everything Ahead of Time

Create a checklist of your tools before heading off. This will prevent you from going back and forth and wasting time plus gas. A comprehensive checklist is necessary to make sure that you have packed everything that you need. It would be easier to prepare things ahead of time than to cram at the last minute. Save yourself from headaches by creating a good checklist.

Step-By-Step

To guarantee that your trellis will become successful, you need to construct everything step-by-step. First of all, you need to dig 3 holes that are 3-feet in depth. Check if there is about 8-feet of space between each hole. These new holes should be apart from the holes you have dug for your grape vines.

The next thing that you need to do is to put posts into the holes. This will be followed by cementing to keep the posts sturdy. Take note that the posts should be buried about 3 feet with 5 feet beyond the ground. After which, stretch the wires in the middle of the posts. Make sure that you wire them once in each post to keep it steady. You may opt to put one to two wires in between posts to make them secure.

Proper Spacing

Make sure that there is enough space between grape vines in order to have healthy yield. Grape vines that are too crowded tend to suck minerals from each other. Proper spacing can prevent them from fighting against water and sunlight thus allowing them to ripen successfully.

Prune with Care

Newly planted grape vines should be pruned with utmost care. Shear off each stem approximately 6 to 10 inches. It is advised to leave only two to three buds on each cane as they will sprout new shoots. As the new shoots come out, select the healthiest one and remove it from the unhealthy ones. Use a knot to fasten the healthy shoot to a training pole. If the shoot is able to reach any of the wires, you can tie it there instead.

Other Things to Remember

What most beginners do not know is that frost can damage grape vines as well as their fruits. Take extra caution when handling new shoots as they can break off easily. Protective gear is also a must since some grapes have thorns and removing these thorns can be a pain and a hassle.

After looking into all these tips, it should be easier for you to set up your vineyard trellis wiring. You can also do some research about vineyard trellis wire. Ask professionals who have experience in such field as they can give you tips and tricks when it comes to trellis wiring.

About the Author:

This article was provided by Cyril, a freelance writer who specializes in writing articles about gardening/farming and other related topics. He has done an in-depth research for Jims Supply while writing this post.

© 2012 – 2014, DFW Preppers and Survivors. All rights reserved.

Christmas – a time to join together? Wanna make a group?

Welcome to the holiday period, where money flows freely (but almost always in an outward direction), and plans often get sidetracked in honor of the season’s celebrations. Have you done all your preparations for the holidays? Do you know the who, what when, why and how of your holidays? If not, it’s time to get crackin’ on that! Prepping is not just for disasters! It’s for everyday life, and holidays, too! I’ll admit that the past week or so has been so warm, it’s been hard to even think that it’s nearly time for Christmas. But I hear it’s about to get pretty chilly again soon, and I’m sure that’ll put us all in the mood for some egg nog, yes?

So, lately I have had a LOT of questions and contacts about forming a group, and trying to get together. People want to meet, and people of like minds, especially those who are not necessarily in the mainstream, have a need to know that there are others around who feel and think like they do, and even more importantly, will help if and when it’s necessary to do so. I am not really that much of a group organizer or a socializer, because my work keeps me very busy this time of year. To me, one of the great advantages of having a blog is I get to socialize virtually without ever having to leave my desk. Although some might think me a hermit, that’s not actually the case. I’m just really, really busy!

Anyway, so many people have asked about joining a group in the DFW area, I wonder if maybe we would be interested in virtual group first. First I considered Meetup.com, but then I discovered that there’s a fee involved and I am not ready to sponsor it yet.  Another (better) option, to my mind, is a Facebook group associated with my DFWPreppers page (or not). It could be its own Facebook group, either public, closed but not secret, or closed and secret. From that, depending on the interest level, the group could meet in person if they so desired.

What do you all think about that? Please leave a comment if you are interested, and tell specifically what type of group you’d like to see and how you’d like it to grow.  I can promise you this: if we start a group, it will be YOUR group to manage, so we need leaders as well.

So, who’s first?

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Prepping for Winter? Superstorm Sandy says: Maybe Not!

So, after watching the horrible effects of Superstorm Sandy, I’d be surprised if we weren’t all a bit more focused on prepping for winter. After all, it’s never great to be without power, but in the wintertime it can be deadly, especially if you are in one of the colder climates.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Have you checked your outdoors landscape? Dead branches can fall at the drop of an ice storm and cut your power off before you know it. Are your gutters clean so that snow and icPrepping for Wintere won’t build up in them? What about your fireplace? Especially if your fireplace is woodburning, you need to make sure the chimney isn’t clogged, there are no bird nests built during the summer and the draft is good. Speaking of drafts, be sure if you have a portable generator, you know how to operate it correctly so as to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Have your furnace repairman come and check to make sure the furnace is operating properly too. I know I stretched the limits of mine, in terms of years, but I was confident that my maintenance guy would tell me when I needed to be concerned about CO – and he did. I now have a new, properly operating furnace, but I still have him check it every year. “New” does not always mean “perfectly safe.”

Are your pipes safe from freezing?  Making certain they are properly wrapped can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs for broken plumbing and even more than that in inconvenience.

Are your disaster kits full and fresh? Do you have supplies for every member of the family, including your pets? What about plenty of warm clothing, blankets food and water that is safely stored and nonperishable, and flashlights with batteries? What about socks and gloves? In my household, gloves and ear muffs tend to disappear magically into thin air, so I always make sure to get a few extras at the beginning of the season.

Do you have a weather alert radio? A few years ago, hand-crank radios were all the rage, but I think they have fallen out of trend. At least I don’t see them around as much. But what can be out of trend when you really need a way to know what’s happening? Have one! Also it helps a lot if it will tune into the NOAA Public Alert/Weather band. But even with a hand-crank radio, you should still have on hand a NOAA alert radio, which should be powered and with a backup battery system. BE SURE to have the specific batteries for these!

Are your family plans in place? Do you know what to expect if the weather gets bad and the kids are in school? How will you get home from work? Is there going to be a parent available to pick up the kids, or will the school send out the buses early? Be sure every member of your family knows what to expect. It’s more important that your plans be in place and every member of the family knows what they are than that the plans be perfectly arranged. Think of all your what-if scenarios? What if school is dismissed and you can’t pick the kids up early? What if you can’t get home from work – at all? What if the roads are so clogged with ice or traffic that you are stuck? Can you stay warm in your vehicle? What about food in your car? Be careful about that one because it’s not a great idea for canned goods to freeze, and they might if you leave them in your car.

Speaking of family, what about your neighborhood?  Are you friends with your neighbors?  Will they help you (and you them) when times get bad?  Do you even know their first names?  Now is the time to invite everyone to a neighborhood get-together to see who is on board with you!

I am not a big television watcher, but it’s a good idea to tune in for a while every day to see the challenges that the residents of the superstorm-affected states are facing anew. The issues these unfortunate residents are now facing are the types of situations you need to be aware of and plan for.  Another “prepping for winter” activity is to stage a “disaster weekend” with your family. Turn off the power, the heat, the hot water, and the appliances from a Friday afternoon to a Sunday evening and see how you fare. Only eat what you have stored. Find a way to keep yourself warm. I just bet you’ll be surprised at how unprepared you are, unless you’ve been at this longer than I have!

Taking all the above into account, I do hope you have good luck with your prepping for winter – but keep in mind: it’s never a great idea to let disaster preparedness be a matter of “luck.”

 

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