Wilderness Safety

KSL is reporting on a major pot operation near Ephaim that was uncovered by a deer hunter yesterday.  Recently there has been an increasing number of these types of operations uncovered on our public lands.  What’s really scary is that this kid got lucky that he didn’t find the people who were watching over their ‘plot’ with their own rifle.  Most wouldn’t hesitate to silence a single intruder.

Keep your wits about you, make sure you are carrying, don’t stick around!

What’s more scary, what about those plantations that might be on national park land, instead of just BLM land?  Then we aren’t allowed to carry anything for our own defense.

Stocking Stuffers

Christmas is coming, and it’s time to think about what to get the hordes of family and friends.  I thought I’d share something I found last year that was my favorite thing to include with gifts, hand out to everybody at work, and drop in every stocking, all without hurting the budget.

One of my favorites comes from a site I often visit, DealExtreme.  This is a discount site for imported items, and they have quite a variety of fun toys for the prepper and geek.  In the flashlight section (which has good name-brand as well as really good knock off lights) they have a special deal on bulk packs of keychain LED’s.  Under $5 for a 10 pack, and even less if you grab a couple packs, it’s an easy way to get an EDC item out to all those around you.  I made sure to have an extra pack for myself, so every bag has one on it, as well as all our keychains.

Out of Jars?

People are not letting their jars go for anything

Nice article in the Daily Herald on Sunday about the rise in home canning, largely due to economic reasons.  They attribute it mostly to economic reasons, and list out how people are having trouble finding canning jars and equipment in stores now.  Freecycle and garage sales are largely wiped out now.

In an interview on Friday, Stephanie Shih, national spokeswoman for Ball Jars, said the Utah Valley spike is not isolated. Nationally, demand for Ball food preserving products has spiked 30 percent this year, and customers as far as New York have had trouble finding jars as demand grows. Sales of large Ball jars have jumped nearly 40 percent, and sales of Ball plastic freezer containers have doubled.

A recent survey of 1,800 people by the company found “that more than 70 percent of respondents intend to preserve more foods this year in an effort to save money on weekly groceries,” she said.

Hope you’ve been canning too.  I know I just had to pick up two more cases of quart jars, Wal-Mart had just received a load and was getting lower on quarts, still had pint sized though, at the time.

Food Storage Wiki

The web abounds with various documents espousing information pertaining to the long-term storage of food.  With some time, and a good search engine, you can find posts in forums, blog entries, PDF documents, and even .DOC, .XLS, and .TXT files.

What do all these sources have in common? Besides having to search around to find them, then use whatever tool to search inside that document, it’s a little difficult to edit and republish if necessary.  But there are tools to solve that problem.  Welcome to the new Food Storage Wiki.  Do you know anything about preparedness, or food storage?  If so, join up, and help add that information for other people to find.

Let’s help other people have a good, moderated resource for learning how to be prepared.