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  • Top 10 Non-Food Items to Store

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    A few weeks ago I attended a very interesting preparedness meeting. This meeting had a lot of great ideas. I especially enjoyed their top ten lists, so I thought I would share those. The first list is the top 10 non-food items to store. Here it is:
    1. Toilet paper—aside from the obvious hygiene benefits, you can use the inside rolls to make fire starters and to make pots for seed starters.
    2. Pain relievers and medicines—there is nothing worse than being sick and not having the first aid supplies you need. Check the dollar store for inexpensive items.
    3. Batteries—this one is kind of obvious. Take a look at the most common battery needs for your household and get some of every size, AAA to D.
    4. Duct Tape—there are so many uses for this. From tent hole repairs to bandages to rope. If you can imagine using duct tape in a project, it will probably work. Here is a website you could check out: http:www.backdoorsurvival.com/duct-tape-for-survival/.
    5. Paper goods—having a supply of paper plates, cups, towels, and plastic utensils can be invaluable when the power is out. You don’t have to worry about washing dishes during a power outage.
    6. Ziplock bags—the heavy duty freezer storage strength can be used for all kinds of things. There is no better way to keep things separated and protected from water and mishaps. They should be in your emergency kits.
    7. Contractor trash bags—there are about as many uses for a trash bag as there are for duct tape. You can make rope from it, build a tent to stay dry or clean up a mess in an emergency. The heavy duty, contractor bags that you can purchase at home repair stores are the best.
    8. Soap—keep some good old bar soap on hand. Along with frequent hand washing, it is your most effective weapon in fighting germs. Better yet, get supplies and learn how to make your own.
    9. Tarps—another multi-functional preparedness item, the tarp is invaluable for protecting you and your things from the elements. If you were to sustain damage to your home or roof, you could make temporary repairs with a tarp.
    10. Feminine products—unless you want to go back to the way it was done in the olden days. The products used today were developed as bandages to absorb the blood of war wounds and can still be used for this purpose.
    Some of these items were things I had never considered storing. I hope you will do as I have done and take some time to see what you should add to your storage plan. Next time I will share the top 10 food items to store.

    Some other non-food items that are great for emergency storage supplies can be found at http://rainydayfoods.com/products/emergency-supplies.html

    Contributed by Pam Higley


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  • Wintertime Traveling Tips

    winterWintertime is here again. The snow is on the ground, the temperatures are lower, the days are shorter, and water has started to freeze. We as humans seem to forget that when these changes occur, we have to adjust the way we travel. The driving conditions are a lot different in the wintertime than in the summertime. As the snow falls, the roads get wet. If the temperatures get to 30 degrees or lower, then that wet road is going to start to freeze, too. Even if the wet road isn’t frozen, it could still be slick, especially once the sun sets or if the wind has been/is blowing. The holiday season is upon us, and that means there are going to be lots of people traveling in these winter conditions. As you and your loved ones travel, keep my top-five tips in mind to help you and your family get together safely:
    1- First and foremost, SLOW DOWN!! From personal experience, this is one of the most important things you can do. It only takes a second to lose control of your vehicle, but if you’re driving slow enough, your chances of regaining control are a lot better. Be sure to pay attention to your surrounding vehicles so that if they are speeding, you can be aware and prepare to slow down or pull over to let them go around.
    2- Allow yourself more time to get to your destination. Being late not only offsets your day, but also everyone else's, making for a long, stressful, and busy day for everyone. So instead of causing a chain reaction of people being late, leave at least ten minutes earlier than you normally would. By doing so, you allow for any delays that may occur so that you can still arrive to your destination on time without being tempted to speed and causing any accidents.
    3- It’s obvious that in the wintertime you’re going to want the heater on in your vehicle, but you don’t want to get overheated. If you get too hot you tend to sweat, and if you have to get out of your vehicle with wet clothes on, you’re more apt to catch a cold and get sick. In order to avoid this, set your heater on a medium heat instead of straight hot, and set the fan to blow either on the floor and defrost or straight on defrost—that will keep you from getting too hot inside your vehicle while still keeping the inside temperature warm and comfortable. Also it helps to dress in layers—if you start to feel warm, take a layer off before you get too hot. You can always put it back on later if you get a little chilly.
    4- Always make sure your vehicle is prepared for the worst. It’s best to always have your vehicle ready for emergency situations. Keep your vehicle stocked with extra coats or a couple blankets, a sealed emergency can with food and water and any other emergency supplies that can come in handy (and a can opener taped to the can so that you can open it), and a mini first aid kit. You should also make sure you have jumper cables in case your vehicle’s battery dies, a cell phone charger for your vehicle in case your cell phone dies, a red flag or small towel just in case you need to get another vehicles attention or become a hazard and need to make sure other vehicles notice you.
    5- When traveling long distances, be sure to tell someone where you are going and roughly how long you expect to take to get there. If you end up having to stop or get delayed for more than a half hour, make sure that while you are stopped you check in to let that person know what’s going on. NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE!!! EVER!!!!! In fact, STAY OFF THE PHONE COMPLETELY WHILE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN DRIVE!! If you are traveling alone and need to check in, take a minute to stop safely and make your call or send your text, otherwise have someone else that is in your vehicle do it for you.
    Life goes by fast enough as it is!! So much of that time is spent working and doing chores and other duties that keep us from what really matters—spending time with our family and loved ones. That little bit of time we allow ourselves to be with the ones that mean the most should be well spent and cherished! So make sure you and your loved ones travel safely and cautiously at all times, and have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

    Contributed by Angelia Kunz


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  • Emergency Blankets

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    School started today and one of the things my kids were asked to bring was an emergency blanket in an emergency kit.  This made me wonder where they came from.  Emergency blankets were originally developed by NASA in 1964 for the U.S. space program.  They would protect the astronauts from the extreme conditions on the moon.  Emergency blankets (also known as space blankets, thermal blankets, first-aid blankets, or mylar blankets) are a low-weight, low-bulk blanket made of heat-reflective thin plastic sheeting.  They can be used in many emergencies, for first-aid, and in survival kits because they are windproof and waterproof.  They are often given to marathoners or other endurance racers before or after they race.  They can also be used for watching or participating in winter sports.  For first-aid they can be used to prevent or counter hypothermia and to cover injured victims to help reduce shock.  Because they are lightweight, outdoor enthusiasts like to carry them.  They provide protection from the elements with a unique combination of aluminum metal vapor and polyester film.  They will reflect and retain up to 80% of your body’s radiant heat.  These have been recommended as one of the “top 10 necessary products” for inclusion in all outdoor survival and first aid kits by safety agencies and wilderness groups around the world.  They can also be used as an emergency shelter and for sunshade protection.  If a disaster occurred at home, school, or work you might need to use one for protection from the elements.  Rainy Day Foods sells emergency blankets that are 52” x 84” and weigh about 2 ounces. You should consider keeping some in your 72 hour kit, camping gear, and in all vehicles including:  cars, trucks, boats, 4-wheelers, and snowmobiles.   Because of their many uses, I know I will be adding several more emergency blankets to our kits and vehicles.

     Contributed by Pam Higley

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