May, 2009

Book Review: The Raft by Robert Trumbull

The Raft

The plane sunk from below their feet into the depths of the deep blue abyss. Three naval airmen now find themselves floating alone in endless waves and ocean expanse. This is a gripping true story of their grueling adventure adrift at sea for 34 days in a rubber raft not much bigger than a bathtub.

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New Author: Royal

royal-author-picHi, my name is Royal, and I’m a Prepper. I’ve now been officially branded and there’s no turning back :-)

I live in Sanpete County on an acre of land with my chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, a large garden, the most beautiful woman in the world and 3 awesome children. I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California and somehow ended up in Sanpete County where the population of the entire County is about one-tenth the size of the city I grew up in, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the change. Ok, so maybe I do miss the beach, the warm weather and planting a garden almost year round, but if I had all that here, I’d also have 300,000 neighbors, no land, an outrageous mortgage and no animals.

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Hurry, Hurry! This is Hurricane Preparedness Week!!!

libertym16In a Masterful stroke of irony our fine, upstanding, and well prepared President Obama declared this week – specifically May 24th – May 30th to be National Hurricane Preparedness Week.  The mark of genius is, in demonstrating the Federal Governments continued efforts to be completely ill-prepared to handle anything related to a hurricane, he signed the proclamation and announced it – wait for it…….. on MAY 26th!  To recap; on May 26th President Obama declared the week of May 24th – May 30th to be Hurricane Preparedness week.

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Wake-up Call for a Wealthy Prepper – Scenario Planning Exercise

ats63115_1900-deluxe-family-preparedThe wealthy prepper boasted to his friend about his huge propane tank buried in his yard, an endless supply of fuel, food stores for years, and well, basically everything he thought he might need he had purchased. “What do you think of all this?” he asked his friend. His friend paused for a moment and then asked, “so, what do you think is going to happen when you’re the only house on your block with the lights on, while all your neighbors are cold, starving and miserable?” (more…)

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Easy Gourmet Pressure Cooking: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

This was posted by Kellene over on the Preparedness Pro Blog.

Have you been dying to learn how to utilize your pressure cooker to the fullest? Join Kellene as she teaches an Easy Gourmet Pressure Cooking workshop at the Orem, Utah Macey’s.

* Macey’s Food & Drug @ 880 N State St, Orem, Utah
* Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 from 7:00 – 8:30pm
* Call (801) 225-6010 to register
* Cost: FREE (Priceless)

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Potato Grow Boxes

pbox13This year I was going to plant “garbage can potatoes”.  If you haven’t heard of this method it goes like this: plant potatoes in a garbage can, add 8 inches of dirt and when the plant grows out of the dirt and is 8 inches tall, add another 8 inches of soil and so on.  This method is supposed to yield about 50 pounds of potatoes in the garbage can.  An alternate method is to use old tires, a bucket, or a large trench that you continually add soil to.

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Chicken Tractors

ctract2Chicken eggs are an important renewable source of fresh protein that every prepper should consider.  Of course they are also a great source of meat!  Free range chickens (letting your chickens run loose during the day to eat bugs and plants) not only cost less to maintain, they provide richer eggs – which is evident in the yolks of truly free range chickens.  However, if there are lots of potential predators around such as dogs, hawks, skunks, etc. Free Ranging your chickens could be quite dangerous to their health! You also need to take special care to fully fence your garden areas. Chickens love to eat freshly sprouted plants which can quickly lead to ruin for your budding garden. That’s where we turn to the Chicken Tractor.

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Farmer’s Markets

Typical Farmer's Market Offerings

Typical Farmer's Market Offerings

Now that the weather has warmed up, I am revisiting a post I started back in the deep winter of January.

Farmer’s Markets are a great way to find locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and other products. These markets are often the only way to find heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables that our forefathers took for granted. You will also generally find more variety if you are looking for Organic or hormone/pesticide free food.
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Survival Seeds in a Can-9 Years Later

"Vintage" 2000 Nitro Pak Survival Garden Seed Can

"Vintage" 2000 Nitro Pak Survival Garden Seed Can

I, like some of you, have in the past purchased canned or packed “survival seeds” that are advertised as if they can be saved and planted when disaster hits.  Mine came from Nitro Pak Preparedness Center and were packed for 2000 (yep, that’s 9 years ago).  We didn’t get into the Y2K scare, so it’s really just coincidence that that is the year they were packed for, but I’m guessing I’m not the only one that has a can or two of these seeds sitting on the food room shelf waiting to plant them until I “need” them.  They are non-hybrid seeds, meaning they produce seed that will grow the same plant it came from when it is planted, so you are supposed to be able to harvest your seeds and grow more food next year with it.

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Messiest pantry contest: cast your vote

Shelf Reliance, maker of the famous rotating shelf system, is holding a Messiest Pantry Contest. It began on 19 April with contestants submitting photos of their messy pantries or food storage rooms along with a description of why they deserved the makeover. The entries have been narrowed to five semi-finalists which are now competing in an online poll on Shelf Reliance’s blog to be one of the three winners. (more…)

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Pandemic Quarantine Preparedness

pandemic-rescue2smlSwine Flu is gonna kill us all! Swine flu is going away! Swine Flu is man-made! Swine Flu is a natural mutation! Oh, we offended the pigs. It’s H1N1! Does anyone know what’s actually going on??? Does it matter? Whatever the truth is about this H1N1 (formerly known as Swine Flu) virus there is ONE THING we can each know for sure. Has the last week caused you to think very seriously about your Pandemic Preparedness? Have you reviewed and identified holes in your preps? Have you done something about it? Are you Ready for Anything?

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On Quarantine and Cabin Fever

image from survivetheflu.com

image from survivetheflu.com

With the Swine Flu news is coming talk of possible quarantines.

When I was a kid my family was quarantined by the county health department because my baby sister contracted whooping cough at less than a month old and more than one of the rest of us were carriers. We were pulled out of school in the middle of the day and escorted home.We were not supposed to leave or have anyone over. Homework got deposited in our milk box where we would retrieve it when the deliverer had gone. Thankfully there were medications we could take and the quarantine period was under a week—just until we weren’t contagious anymore. But what about a disease there is not medication for? How would that be dealt with? How long would a quarantine need to be in place to be effective? And what would you do with all that time isolated from society?
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