Showing posts with label emergency. Show all posts
Showing posts with label emergency. Show all posts

Sunday, August 12, 2018

My Left Thumb, or How I Learned To Start Worrying And Love My Body

By Forest Puha

Note: the following article has graphic medical pictures. Viewer discretion advised.

A month and a half ago, I was cutting wood with a circular saw and then I cut open my thumb.

Yeah. I make that seem low-key, but it's actually more painful, time-consuming and life-altering than it sounds.

It was fun to drop everything, including my tools, and yell in pain. It was fun to run inside and watch my family try not to faint. It was fun to rush to the nearest clinic, freaking out the staff, getting injected with whatever painkillers they had and arguing about whether or not antibiotics are covered under insurance while I was mildly stoned. Fun times all around.

Partly as a record to remind myself of what NOT to do in an emergency, and partly as a teaching opportunity to everyone else, this article will go over what happened and how you can prevent the same thing from happening to you. I learned a lot, including that ignoring common sense will only result in bad things for myself and everyone around.

Here's what happened using re-created photographs of the incident.



The equipment I was using at the time. As follows: 3M-brand eye wear protection, 3M brand silicone earplugs, a Master Mechanic brand handheld electric circular saw, and cheap generic black elastic gloves with yellow leather finger protection.

Note that the gloves are neither full leather or employ knuckle protection. This is Mistake #1.



I was sawing wood for a project, using my wooden table as a cutting platform. Note that I failed to secure the wood to the table surface with a clamp. This is Mistake #2.

I operated the saw with one hand, while holding onto the piece of wood with another. This is Mistake #3. Never, never, NEVER hold a handheld power tool with only one hand, ESPECIALLY a saw.



When operating a power saw, sometimes the wood will shift while cutting. Because the saw blade can only move in one direction at a time (forwards) any subtle movement will gather more wood than the saw's engine can handle, which forces the blade to suddenly stop. The momentum generated by the blade will be transferred into the saw, and as a result, the saw kicked back on me while I was holding onto it. It's not a problem with two hands...



...but I was only holding onto the saw with my right hand, and holding onto the wood with my left hand. The kickback of a power saw is like the recoil of a full-size rifle or shotgun. I had no control and I paid the price. I felt the saw and it really hurt more than normal. I looked down, saw drips of blood and very gently pulled the glove away. It was a gashing, gaping wound. The saw had hit the spot of the glove that wasn't covered with leather or any protection, but simple black fabric. Which happened to be right on my Metacarpophalangeal, the middle thumb joint.

 


Photos taken two hours after stitches were removed.

I calmly rushed inside, while my family freaked out over my accident.

Mistake #4: I washed the wound with cold water. Don't do that. The wound has particles of dead skin, leather, plastic, fabric, oil, wood and heaven knows what else inside; it needs to be properly disinfected with sterile solution found at the neighborhood clinic. The clinic promptly informed me I was very lucky; my wound didn't completely expose the tendons in my knuckle, so I wouldn't have to be airlifted to the nearest emergency room for surgery. They could simply put in stitches where I was at.

Then they gave me a shot of something to numb the pain while they stitched up my hand. It took a couple of weeks to be able to grab things and use a computer's keyboard, and a month to where I could bend my fingers around and not be in constant pain.

I learned a great deal from this incident. Mostly, I learned that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer, and that even when I thought I had the required safety gear, I didn't have the RIGHT safety gear. I nearly paid for it with my thumb. It could have been my hand, or my life.

I'm in the market for a new pair of gloves. These Youngstown Utility Kevlar-lined gloves seem like a good start, roughly $30 on Amazon. Supposedly the entire glove is lined with Kevlar, even the fingers. I think they're cheaper than surgery and I'll have to review a pair.


From top to bottom: a carpentry wood clamp, a cast iron C-clamp, and a spring clamp. These are three kinds of clamps I have on hand, cheaply found in any hardware store, and I recommend everyone not only buy them for their tool box, but also USE them whenever you need to hold something down. I neglected to do so and paid the price for my stupidity.



Step 1: slide clamp over object and surface. Step 2: tighten until they don't move. Step 3: you're done. They're so much better than using your hands.
And the clamps allow me to use both hands when operating my power tools now. I have more control over the tool now! It's amazing!


It could have been so much worse.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

33 Recommended Books For the Prepper and Survivalist




By Karen Roguski


Being a prepper, farmer, or survivalist can be difficult for those that are not ready and prepared. It takes knowledge of just about every detail that one might have or didn’t realize that they will need.


To help one be as knowledgeable as possible we have gathered together our recommended 33 books. These reading materials are to help ensure accurate and hopefully complete knowledge for the all - the beginner to the proficient.


  • Prepper Handbook: Road Map to Advanced Disaster Preparedness by JR Ray
  • Living Well on Practically Nothing by Edward H. Romney
  • The Encyclopedia of Country Living – by Carla Emery
  • Country Living by Carla Emery
  • The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
  • Just in Case by Kathy Harrison
  • Real World Survival by Richard Lowe Jr
  • Live Off The Land In The City And Country by Ragnar Benson
  • SHTF Prepping: The Proven Insider Secrets For Survival, Doomsday and Disaster Preparedness by Gavin Williams
  • Off The Grid Living by Oliver Stokes
  • The Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Alan Bridgewater
  • Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring
  • Crisis Preparedness Handbook by Jack A. Spigarelli
  • Countdown to Preparedness by Jim Cobb
  • SAS Survival Guide: How to Survive in the Wild, on Land or Sea by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
  • Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales
  • Prepper's Homesteading by Nathan Chester
  • Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton
  • Prepping Made Easy by Terry Garreth
  • Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
  • Little House on the suburbs by Deanna Caswell, Daisy Siskins and Jacqueline Musser
  • Prepper: Complete Prepper’s Survival Guide And Self Sufficient Living by Greg Adams
  • The Home Survivalist's Handbook by Christopher "BigBear" Eastin  and  Ryan Acker
  • Prepping: How To Survive Off The Grid by Martin Luxtonberg
  • The Prepper's Workbook Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazz
  • Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival by Creek Stewart
  • Survival Theory: A Preparedness Guide by Jonathan Hollerman
  • The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton and‎ Amy Alton
  • Practical Prepping (No Apocalypse Required) by Randall S Powers and Steven Konkoly
  • How To Survive The End Of The World by James Wesley Rawles
  • Doomsday Prepping Crash Course Book by Patty Hahne
  • Barnyard in your Backyard by Gail Damerow
  • PREPAREDNESS NOW! by Aton Edwards

One will find hundreds of additional topics, handbooks, tips and tricks books and PDF’s. Keep in mind that with new books coming out on a daily basis one's library will never be totally complete. With this in mind, we at Family Survival Farm hope that you will list any additional recommendations below.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Foods Specifically Designed for Prepping and Survival Situations

Getting Started

There are a lot of guides to be found online about how to prep food for survival and emergency situations. There are also guides to tell you which canned foods will last the longest and what will work best for a bug out bag or prepper's pantry. These are all very handy and should certainly be consulted if you are considering either one.

However, there are also several companies who specialize in foods that are meant to really go the distance. Some companies prepare and package food that will have as much as a twenty-five year shelf life. Certain foods are packaged so that they can easily be carried while others are meant to be used if you are "bugging in" instead of "bugging out".

Let's take an in-depth look at some of these food companies and what they offer. Follow the links provided to check out each company for yourself.

Meals Ready to Eat

Meals Ready to Eat, also known as MRE's, are one of the first foods that come to mind when thinking of survival situations. They were originally created by the United States military for our service people and they were made to provide the perfect nutrient-rich meals, while also being very easy and light to carry.

One of the best things about MRE's is the ability to eat them in a variety of ways. First, you can eat them cold, right from the package. While this isn't very pleasing to the taste, in most cases, it will certainly provide you with the needed nutrients to keep you going if need be. They can also be heated through using a camp stove, an MRE heater, or some other quick method.

When purchasing an MRE, you can choose to buy the complete meal, certain entrees, snacks, desserts, and even drinks. You can also purchase the MRE heaters separately, as well as buying complete cases for a bigger stockpile.

Following, are a few places where MRE's can be purchased. Of course, there are many more, but this should at least give you a place to get started.
The Wise Company has long been known as a trusted supplier of freeze dried and dehydrated foods that can easily be stored for long periods of time. Most of their foods can be prepared simply by adding water, so they are compact and easy to prepare. Campers have been using their products for years already, and many preppers are more than familiar with Wise.

These foods also come with a satisfactory twenty-five year shelf life, are premium quality and offer an affordable option to prepping per serving or per person. Make sure to read the packages carefully though, to make sure the serving size offered will be sufficient. Some have mentioned that a serving size isn't really that large, but we think it might be a personal taste choice. Either way, it never hurts to stay on top of things like this.

You can purchase food kits for 72-hours and one week, as well as increments of 1, 3, 6 and 12 month periods. You might be surprised at the variety of foods and entrees available from Wise, so make sure you check them out. While you're there, it might interest you to take a peek at their other supplies. They include:
  • Survival Kits
  • Water Storage
  • Water Filters
  • Fuel Sources
  • Stoves
  • Non-Hybrid Seeds
  • First Aid and Medical Kits
You can even request a free sample, here.


Mountain House

Mountain House is a company, much like The Wise Company, that provides meals for a variety of situations. Their endeavor into this business started by creating meals for the United States Military back in the Vietnam era. 

Some of the categories you will find when you visit their website are:
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrees
  • Meats
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Military Rations
  • Single Serving
  • Emergency Prep
If your order comes to more than $99, your shipping will be free if your product is defective in some way, they even offer returns. Their shelf life of thirty years comes with a taste guarantee as well, though you might note a change in the texture of the food after that amount of time.

Food kits that contain enough food for 2 to 14 days of supplies can be purchased quickly and easily and there's even a handy food supply calculator you can use if you need help figuring out how much to buy. With meal kits, pouches, buckets and cans, you're sure to be able to put together a kit that is as unique as you are.


Augason Farms

Augason Farms began over forty years ago with one single product, a milk alternative called Morning Moo. Now they serve emergency food rations and supplies that cover the entire food pyramid and have a shelf life of twenty-five years. Augason Farms offers packages for 72 hours all the way up to a year and offer some great food options, including:
  • Diary products including milk and butter
  • Bread mixes
  • Fruits and veggies
  • Oats, flour, meal, sugar, etc.
  • Pasta
  • Meat
  • Options that include vegetarian, gluten free and organic
Furthermore, you can order complete entrees as well as variety packs, suiting your needs perfectly. You can also order some handy supplies too. They offer a stainless steel water filtration system, a variety of grain grinders, emergency water storage kits and more. Orders of more than $200 get free shipping.


A Good Start

These are just a few of the options you have for emergency food supplies. While it is certainly not extensive, I hope that it has given you a good place to start. You can always shop around at various dealers, your local emergency preparedness stores or use online digital savings like Honey

Remember, in the event of a disaster or emergency, the grocery store is most likely to be the first place looters will hit. Especially those who have never considered prepping for such a thing. Even those who are only scavenging for life-saving food and water will be in the middle of all of this and will be putting themselves in great danger.

Don't be one of those who risk life and limb simply to eat. With a simple mouse-click, you can have just what you need to ride out the first few days, weeks, or even a year. Please plan ahead!





Friday, September 29, 2017

New Guidelines for Safe Usage of Colloidal Silver




Story at-a-glance
·         There are three distinctly different types of silver products on the market that are all labeled and sold as "colloidal" silver: ionic silver, silver protein, and true colloidal silver. While ionic silver and silver protein are the most prevalent in the market, they contain very little or no colloidal silver and can do more harm than good.
·         Colloidal silver has been known as a remarkably effective natural antibiotic for centuries. But in past several decades, research has shown colloidal silver can eradicate antibiotic-resistant microbes like MRSA, the Avian Influenza (bird flu), and Human Corona virus (SARS).
·         Since there are health risks involved if you select the wrong formula, it is recommended you use colloidal silver only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified alternative health practitioner, who can help you select a high-quality product.


The Silver Safety Committee has announced its creation of the Silver Safety Pyramid, which is designed to enable anyone to easily determine safe usage levels of any dietary supplement containing silver, typically referred to as ionic silver or colloidal silver.
The Silver Safety Committee consists of doctors, chemistry professors and world leaders in health-freedom advocacy.
According to Herbert Slavin, M.D., director of the Institute of Advanced Medicine in Lauderhill, Florida, and a member of the Committee:
"This is an area where confusion and concern developed needlessly. Few things in life are as cut-and-dried as the fact that silver is completely safe when used within normal limits. The U.S. government provides a very clear guideline for the safe oral intake of silver. We've simply provided an easy method for applying that guideline to the safe use of any silver supplement product."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a guideline called the Reference Dose (RfD) for safe limits on daily intake of silver. The EPA's RfD guideline is specifically intended to keep a person's intake of silver below the level that could possibly discolor the skin.
Says Jeffrey Blumer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Drug Research, the world's largest clinical research center for pediatric drugs, and former director of the Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center:
"Common substances like table salt and aspirin are harmless with normal use, but excessive intake can become toxic and even life-threatening. With normal responsible usage, silver supplements are entirely harmless to humans."
The Silver Safety Pyramid is based on the Committee's Silver Safety Guideline, which recommends that a person's intake of silver from dietary supplements be limited to 25 percent of the EPA's recommended limit for total daily intake of silver.
It utilizes the Silver Safety Calculation, a simple mathematical formula that enables a person to easily determine how much to take of any silver-containing product to remain within the safety guidelines.
The EPA RfD guideline is expressed in terms of micrograms of silver. Virtually all silver supplements, on the other hand, are labeled in terms of parts per million (ppm), which is the concentration of silver in the water, not micrograms. With the Silver Safety Calculation, you just plug in your pounds of body weight and the ppm of silver in whatever silver supplement you're using, and it calculates the appropriate limits for you.
The Silver Safety Calculation is simple enough: 12 times pounds divided by ppm equals drops per day.
The Silver Safety Pyramid provides guidelines for determining safe usage limits from three perspectives:
·         Daily use
·         Short-term use
·         Entire lifetime
"This is useful information for everyone interested in using silver for health," Dr. Baird added. "If people follow these guidelines, they can use silver supplements while remaining fully confident they are not exposing themselves to any risks whatsoever."
The Committee's website includes the Silver Safety Auto-Calculator, which automatically performs the math in the Silver Safety Pyramid for you. The site also has an Education & FAQ section, which helps clarify the meanings of terms like ppm, ionic silver, colloidal silver, and more.
The website is http://www.silversafety.org.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:
There are several types of silver products on the market. Some are healthy alternatives to antibiotics while others can be downright dangerous to your health.
Three Types of 'Colloidal' Silver – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
According to a Commercial Product Report by Silver-Colloids.com,1 a site that provides detailed laboratory analyses of colloidal silver products, there are three distinctly different types of silver products on the market that are all labeled and sold as "colloidal" silver:
  1. Ionic silver
  2. Silver protein
  3. True colloidal silver2
This misrepresentation of colloidal silver by less scrupulous manufacturers has no doubt led to some of the more negative connotations to colloidal silver. When purchasing colloidal silver, it's very important to make sure you're getting true colloidal silver, because, as you will see, the other two varieties of silver may do far more harm than good.
Since there are health risks involved if you select the wrong formula, I recommend you use colloidal silver only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified alternative health practitioner, who can help you select a high-quality product.
Ionic silver solutions – Silver solutions are typically clear like water or have a slight yellow tint. The producers of ionicsilver solutions will tell you that colloidal silver should look like clear water, but this is incorrect, so don't be fooled. The term colloidal means particles, not ions.
To determine whether a solution is ionic silver, add regular table salt (sodium chloride) to it. If silver ions are present, then the chloride ions will combine with the silver ions and create a white, cloudy appearance. For more detailed instructions on how to do this, please see the Silver Colloids website.
Ionic silver is not entirely without merit, but since ionic silver products contain such a low percentage of silver particles, these products will not be as effective as true colloidal silver, which has a much greater particle surface area3 relative to the total silver content.
Ionic silver is still a strong anti-microbial, and can be effectively used in situations where chloride is NOT present. When chloride is present – such as inside your body – then what little silver particle is present in the solution will survive to produce benefit, but again, not nearly as effectively as a true colloidal solution.
Please be aware that most all "colloidal silver" generators sold for home use produce ionic silver solutions, and not true colloidal silver.
Potential Danger – Low. If you take ionic silver products according to the manufacturer's recommended dosage, ionic silver will not cause argyria, a condition that causes your skin to turn blue-gray.
Silver protein – Silver protein products are the second most prevalent type of so-called colloidal silver products on the market. These products are a combination of metallic silver particles and a protein binder to keep the particles in suspension. One tip-off that it's a silver protein product is if it claims to have high concentrations of colloidal silver (typically in the range of 30 to 20,000 ppm).
Of the three types of colloidal silver, silver protein products have the lowest particle surface area for a given silver concentration, making the silver inaccessible for safe and effective absorption by your body. Because of this, you want to avoid all silver protein products.
To find out whether you have a silver protein product rather than a true silver colloid, look for these characteristics:
  • Foaming: When shaken, a silver protein product produces foam above the liquid that will persist for minutes after being shaken. This is probably the single most reliable indicator.
  • Concentration: Silver protein products tend to have very high concentration values, typically in the range of 30 to 20,000 ppm.
  • Color: The color ranges from light amber to almost black with an increasing concentration of silver.
Potential Danger – High. Due to the high concentration of large silver particles, silver protein products are known to cause argyria, which turns your skin blue-gray color.
True colloidal silver – True colloidal silver products are the least prevalent type of colloidal silver on the market due to the high cost of production. In true colloidal silver, the majority of the silver content is in the form of silver particles. True colloids will typically contain between 50 and 80 percent particles, while the balance will be silver ions.
Because of the high concentration of silver particles, true silver colloids are never clear like water. True colloidal silver with a sufficient concentration of particles does not look like water because silver particles – even very small particles – block light from passing through, making the liquid appear darker.
Potential Danger – None. Due to the very low concentration of ionic silver and small particle size, true silver colloids do not cause argyria.
What Is Colloidal Silver Useful For?
Colloidal silver has been known as a remarkably effective natural antibiotic for centuries. But in past several decades, research has shown colloidal silver can even eradicate antibiotic-resistant microbes like MRSA,4 the Avian Influenza (bird flu), and Human Corona virus (SARS).
In the mid-1970s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began his groundbreaking research into colloidal silver. He later concluded:
"What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries… All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics… In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent."
However, silver's innate anti-microbial effect was actually common knowledge among doctors some 60 years before Becker's time. In fact, in the early 1900s, Alfred Searle, founder of the global Searle Pharmaceutical Company, had already discovered that silver in its liquid colloidal form could kill even the most deadly of pathogens. In his book Colloids in Biology and Medicine, 1919, Searle wrote:
"Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results… it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin."
Unlike prescription antibiotic drugs, silver does not create resistance or immunity in pathogens killed by it.
Recent Research Espousing the Virtues of Colloidal Silver
Over the past few years, several new studies have demonstrated the fact that silver is one of the most effective agents in the battle against MRSA and other deadly antibiotic-resistant super pathogens, including the:
  1. Brigham-Young Clinical Study – This study, published in the journal Current Science in 2006,5 found that a number of the antibiotic drugs which had previously been able to kill MDR (multiple drug-resistant) pathogens, such as MRSA, could be restored to full efficacy against the deadly pathogens, but only if a liquid silver solution similar to colloidal silver was used in conjunction with the drug.
  2. Iranian Clinical Study – This study6 also found that silver increases the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs against staph infections. The researchers concluded:
"The antibacterial activities of penicillin G, amoxicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, and vancomycin were increased in the presence of silver nano-particles (Ag-NPs) against both test strains. The highest enhancing effects were observed for vancomycin, amoxicillin, and penicillin G against S. aureus."
  1. Taiwanese Clinical Study – Published in the journal Colloids Surface B Biointerfaces7 in 2007, this study demonstrated that colloidal silver, by itself, eradicates both MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another deadly and extremely opportunistic superbug.
  2. Czech Clinical Study – Likewise, this Czech study published in the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry B8 in 2006, also demonstrated that colloidal silver was a highly effective agent against MRSA:
"…silver particles with a narrow size distribution with an average size of 25 nm, which showed high antimicrobial and bactericidal activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including highly multi-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study further demonstrated that very low concentrations of silver could be utilized to destroy MRSA, as long as the silver particles were very small, averaging 25 nm."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About

Prepping and Survival Skills You Simply Must Know About


There are lots of reasons people make mistakes when first beginning their prepping journey. One of the main ones is that it is rushed into with very little planning put into place first.

Really though, the lack of information is usually at the root of every mistake made. That’s good news, because it’s easy to get your hands on information these days! While there are some places that have faulty information, you should be able to discern, sooner than later, between the good and the bad.

To kick-start your momentum, we’re going to offer you some tips right now that will help you with your prepping and hopefully catapult you into your own research. Remember, do what’s right for you and yours, and you will have successfully prepped. It’s just that simple.

Live Below Your Means

Pinching pennies pays off!


We live in a day and age where the American dream seems to be the rule of the land for most people. Everyone wants a college degree, a home on some land, a new car, a couple of credit cards and plenty of money in a savings account in case anything goes wrong. While some of this makes great sense, in a real emergency scenario, much of this will no longer matter.

We could spend pages and pages explaining all the things that could go wrong and wind up causing you to leave the home, land and vehicles behind. We could talk at length about banking systems and what can ultimately happen to your money. However, we’ll leave that topic for another day.

The point is, in order to do your best prepping, living below your means is incredibly important. It’s tempting, I know, to put tons of prepping supplies on a credit card and feel accomplished. However, it’s better still to be frugal and save money that can be used on those supplies instead.

If you’ve never lived in a frugal manner before, the task might seem daunting at first. In this case, don’t make all the major changes all at once, but rather pick one a week. Over time, you will have moved into a lifestyle that allows you to save a lot more money than you ever thought you’d be able to.

The Important of Water Cannot Be Stressed Enough

Saving water is important too.


The fact is, you will last a whole lot longer without food than you will without water and in an emergency, you will use a whole lot more of it than you think you will. Keep in mind that you will not only be drinking water, but bathing in it, washing your dishes in it, providing hydration for any pets you might have, and more.

So the two or three gallons per week per person that most agree you have to have is really only for drinking purposes. Figure in much more than this for other things, especially if you are on the move and won’t be staying in one place for long at a time.

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the best storage containers for water are. Try to stay away from the bottles that single-serve drinking water actually comes in. Experts agree you shouldn’t even reuse these because chemicals from the plastic will leach into the water and can make you sick.

Empty milk jugs are another go-to container for many preppers, but this could be a bad idea overall as well. If you’re not carefully, you might not get all of the residue from the milk cleaned out. This gives a perfect environment for bacteria to grow in your water, eventually resulting in you or your family getting sick. Food grade containers, especially those made specifically for storing water, are the best.

Another important note on this topic is that you don’t have to go out and purchase water. It’s just as easy, over time, to catch and store your own. Again, we suggest using the right containers because safety is of the utmost importance in an emergency situation.

Don’t Store What You Won’t Use

Sometimes, you might come across a deal on canned goods that just seems too good to pass up. Perhaps it’s spinach or artichoke hearts. My advice in this situation is to think before you buy! Filling the shelves of your emergency pantry might be important to you, but if you buy foods your family won’t eat, you are wasting money, plain and simple.

It’s more than ok to pass on items like this and just wait for sales on foods that will be used. This way, not a penny is wasted, nothing will have to be thrown out because it wasn’t eaten, and in the event that there is no emergency, years down the road, you can serve it for a regular meal.

Rotate Your Emergency Pantry



If you haven’t already done so, make sure to keep a running inventory of all the food items you have in your prepper’s pantry. One of the most important pieces of information to keep on this inventory is the expiration date of each item. Of course, the expiration date isn’t the “magic day” on which that particular item goes bad, but it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to.

If you’ve had food stored for a while and find yourself nearing an expiration day, go ahead and serve that item for a meal. Then simply replace it with the same thing, or with something similar. It all depends on your desire for the contents of your pantry.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

It’s not always first on the list that you need to be in shape in the event of a large-scale catastrophe. However, if something were to happen, it’s likely that there would be a great deal of moving, hiking, lifting and more to be done. All that involves strenuous physical labor, and if you’re not in shape, you might be in trouble.

Even spending a few minutes on a treadmill a couple of times a day will help. If you’re able to do more, by all means, do it. Regular exercise benefits you every single day and in some cases, can stave off illness and certain diseases that are linked to being out of shape.

In Closing

Just remember, you don’t have to do everything in a day, a week or even a month. The fact that you are getting started is the most important thing. And so is finding quality information you can trust to help you make all the right decisions.


Hopefully, if you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, these tips will have helped you get a decent start on the right things. Good luck and happy prepping!