Using The Toilet During A Disaster – When And Where To Go

water tanksAny sort of disaster can wreak havoc on a home and family. With young infants and children, it’s important to remember that these situations will put them on edge and may likely set their bladders off to respond to the panic they feel. Remaining calm and in control, while assertively making a safe assessment about where to go to the washroom, will help your entire family remain calm and healthy during this lengthy ordeal. There are several things to keep in mind when you’re trying to consider where your family members should go to the washroom in the case of an emergency, not only to ensure sanitary conditions but the safety of everyone involved as well.
The Supplies You’ll Need To Have

Have a supplementary bucket or tool for family members to defecate in. Because water will most likely be cut off or not running in your home, make sure you don’t allow anybody to use the toilets or leave the safety of the group. Conditions in the home can change very quickly, and weak structures are likely to give way – so never allow someone to leave the safety of the bunker and move upstairs to go to the toilet. Always have an alternate means available in your emergency kit where people will be able to go to the washroom in safety. Remember to include toilet paper in your emergency kit and always include enough so you can support the family on it, at least for one week. This is also a very sanitary method of approaching waste. Because diseases and bacteria can spread easily in a confined and poorly ventilated space, it’s important to constantly be emptying and attempting to wash out this bucket. The oldest adult should be in charge of safely leaving the bunker or safe place and finding an area outside of the home to dump the bucket. Never leave this task to a child, as they may be likely to wander off once out of the safety zone.
What To Do When You Run Out

When your emergency supply of toilet paper has run out, it may be time to try and find alternate means for wiping. You cannot leave people with no wipes, after all. It’s unhealthy and unsafe for everyone else in your family. Again, assign the oldest adult in the group the task of leaving the safety zone and going to try to speak with neighbors or others in the community. If you can trade or share supplies with a family who needs it less or has more available to them, the entire better. You can also find toilet paper at many emergency relief stations, which will likely be set up in your city as the time goes on. Remember that everybody is sharing the load equally in the community, so reminding your family that they cannot use an excess of toilet paper when they have to go is a good way to ensure you are saving on your own supply of toilet paper.


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First Aid in the Wilderness

First Aid in the Wilderness

first aid being applied to a man campingWe’ve all been trying to find the best ways for us to survive in what can often be scary and stressful situations. We stock up food, we make sure that we’ve got enough water, and we get a number of different supplies. We make sure that there’s somewhere to bug out to or we prepare our home in case we’re bugging in. All that being said, emergencies may happen while we’re trying to survive, and people in your survival party may end up getting injured during the process. That’s why it’s important for you, as a prepper, to understand wilderness first aid.

What is Wilderness First Aid?

First off, what is wilderness first aid? If you’ve ever been in scouting of any type, then you’ve likely heard this term before. Many scouts and scout leaders will learn how to do it because of the many camping trips and other adventures that they may end up taking during their time as a scout. In short, it’s learning how to deal with injuries and/or illness in a situation where someone may not be able to get to a hospital or a doctor in a sufficient amount of time.

This goes above and beyond the basic first aid that you may have learned. Sure, as a survivalist, you will have first aid supplies on hand, but they may not be sufficient in case someone breaks a bone or they are trying to fight food poisoning or another issue that may come up. You will have all sorts of supplies on hand, but you will be able to figure out how to use those supplies in nontraditional ways in order to make sure that the person who is injured is taken care of and treated in such a way that will increase the chances of them making it through the problem in question.

Wilderness first aid can teach you and your family how to deal with a survival situation as well – it’s about making good decisions on the fly, because survival situations can cause us to panic and not think as straight as we need to. By learning how to do this, we are more prepared for every aspect of survival, and not just trying to deal with first aid incidents.

As a prepper, this makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Whether you’re bugging in or bugging out, you may end up in a situation where you can’t get yourself or a family member to an emergency facility, or it may be unsafe for you to go venture out in order to try and do so. Because of this, many survivalists have taken the time to try and learn the best ways to take care of their family and friends while in the wilderness.american southwest wilderness

So What Do I Do In Order to Learn it?

So, as you can see, this is incredibly important for you to learn. You will want to try and get enrolled in a course as soon as possible so you can get the training you need in order to help keep your family safe and protected in an emergency situation. The American Red Cross (or the organization in your country that deals with social welfare and health) offers courses on wilderness first aid on a regular basis because of how much scouting organizations use them. You can also register for other similar courses or find similar setups from other organizations within your region. You may even be able to work with a scouting organization in order to get involved in the learning process.

Also, remember that you should always have several people in your party learn how to perform this type of first aid, just in case the person who has learned it is one of the people that needs the care. That way, you can be assured that someone always knows what is going on, and you don’t have to add to the stress of the situation because you’re trying to explain the techniques to them so that you can be treated. Enroll in a class as soon as possible so that you can feel more secure in your first aid skills, no matter where you end up in an emergency situation.


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Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning for the Entire Family

be prepared written on chalkboardWhen a disaster hits, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Part of your preparation should be to have a plan of action setup so that every family member knows what to do in an emergency. Having an action plan will prevent panic and chaos during a crisis.

Plan for Emergencies

It is important to be prepared for any emergency, whether it is a heavy snowstorm, a gas leak in the home or an attack on the country. For each situation, you need to have a plan for you and your family to carry out. For home emergencies, such as gas leaks or broken water pipes, teach everyone in your household, who is old enough to do so, how to shut off the gas or water valves.

If there is a fire in your home, have planned escape routes and a designated meeting place outside of the house for everyone to go to when they get out of the house. You should also have a planned meeting place in case your home is destroyed in a crisis, or it becomes uninhabitable. A planned meeting place allows you to do a quick headcount to ensure everyone is safe.

Having a plan on paper is necessary, but you should run occasional drills, so your family doesn’t panic in an emergency and forget what to do. Go through what needs to be done in case of a fire, a gas leak or any other situation that could put you and your family in danger. Practice makes perfect, and it will allow everyone to react calmly when an emergency strikes.

Home Preparedness

Along with your emergency plans, you need to make sure you home is equipped so you can carry out those plans. If you lose power, you will need to have flashlights and candles on hand for light sources. In order to turn off gas or water valves, you will need to have the appropriate size wrenches to fit the valves and place them by the water or gas sources so they can be found quickly.

It is important for your home to be equipped with smoke detectors, and you will want to make sure they work by checking the batteries on a monthly basis. Put fire extinguishers in the kitchen and hallway where they can be easily accessed to help put out small fires. Make sure you, your spouse and older children know how to use them effectively.

If you live in an earthquake zone, you will want to secure heavy furniture, like large bookshelves or a hutch, to the wall so no one can be injured by furniture that could tip over. You should also go over what to do in the event of an earthquake, tornado or any other weather emergency that could hit your area.

Supply Bags for the Family

During an emergency, you may need to leave your home behind and get to a safer area. As long as your children are big enough to carry a backpack, everyone in your family should have their own emergency bag or bug-out bag, BOB.

Your BOBs should have some of the same supplies that you have stocked in your home for emergencies. There should be food and water supplies, extra clothing, flashlights, a sleeping bag and even emergency radios. Make sure that everything will fit in your bug-out bag and that it isn’t too heavy to carry in case you need to walk a few putting things in backpack

The bug-out bags should be prepared in advance, so all you have to do during a crisis is to grab it and go. Along with personal emergency packs, you should also have an emergency bag for your vehicles. If you live in a mountainous region, these come in handy if you are traveling during the wintertime and your car is stuck in the snow.

The emergency bag in your vehicle should have a three-day water supply, non-perishable foods or snacks, a first aid kit, flares, blankets, a backup cell phone and a small portable propane stove. Remember to add enough supplies for each member of your family. If you are prepared, you and your family should be able to survive any emergency you may face.

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Preparing An Emergency Checklist For Different Disasters

Preppers Emergency Prepardness ChecklistAn emergency checklist, along with an emergency plan or course of action, is an important preparation tool for when disaster strikes. Because there are so many different types of disasters that can come without warning, you need to be prepared for any type of situation that could leave you and your family in danger. A checklist will be able to brief you on all the important aspects to consider when you’re evacuating your home. Where to go in the case of disaster, who your contacts will be and how to safely evacuate everyone from your home will be three very important points of action you can touch on in a checklist as well. Just like any day to day task, a checklist will provide you with the guidance you need in the case of a quick and unexpected disaster situation.

Considering What Is Important And What Isn’t

A checklist can be a great way for you and your family to plan out who is taking care of who when either you need to find a place to hide or to evacuate. By giving everyone a copy of their own personal checklist, you can ensure clarity among family members. Making these checklists available for everyone is also very important. Keeping them in a sealed container and in a memorable location will help prevent both damage and the forgetfulness that comes with panic. One of the most important items that should be included on your checklist is the order in which family members should be rounded up; this includes pets and infants as well. When you are working through the initial building stages of a checklist, try to consider what is important and what isn’t. Things like material possessions, electronic items and personal family albums are not something that should be a top priority or on the list at all. Things such as medicines, baby formulas, essential tools or kits you’ve developed for these circumstances should be the first couple of points you consider when building the checklist. You can download and print emergency checklists from the prepper website

Making Sure You Know What Types Of Checklists Merit Different Disasters

Just as you have a plan of action for any type of disaster, you should have various checklists which consider the different aspects of the disasters themselves. Although it may seem difficult, you should provide every one of your family members with an individual checklist for every type of disaster situation. Color coding them and distinctly making a difference between the different types can help your family in figuring out what checklist to follow. Because the panic that sets in from a disaster can be often unavoidable for young and old people everywhere, they need to have a solid plan in place and their checklist should not only reflect their age – but limit them to the amount of responsibilities they have to readily preform. The more harrowing tasks should be left either to yourself or your spouse, in the event that a real emergency has arisen.

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How To Properly Prepare Your Home During A Disaster

A Natural disaster, a floodNatural disasters are unpredictable and can strike at any time. There are several recent and not so recent examples of this throughout history, and millions of families have suffered at the wrath of a super storm. In order to fully prepare yourself and your family in the event of a disaster, many things need to be prepared beforehand and taken into consideration. If you live in an area like the tornado belt for example, which is prone to a repetitive type of natural disasters, you may be able to plan much better than if you are just considering a variety of different natural disasters. However, no matter how you decide to prepare your home in any of these events, there are certain methods that you can follow in order to ensure the safety of you and your family. Many people are looking to buy prepper supplies to make sure they are prepared for a major disaster when it happens.

Preparing Boards And Other Sturdy Sheets Of Metal To Cover Doors And Windows

Even before you catch wind of a natural disaster, you should always have back-up’s made for your windows and doors. Not only will you be able to prevent house collapse and damage by reinforcing your entrances and exits, but they can provide security in the event of a prolonged aftermath. Measuring slabs of wood or metal to match the side of your doors and cutting them out is a great idea in order to prepare. You can store these in a safe and cool environment outside of the house in order to prevent them from being damaged, and if you hear of a natural disaster coming your way, you’ll already have things prepared in order to prevent damages and debris from getting in.

Anchoring Your Furniture To The Ground In The Case Of An Earthquake

Even in a flood, it’s a good idea if your furniture and appliances are all anchored down. Because a flash flood can consume your house without warning and an earthquake can hit without warning as well, by anchoring your furniture you can prevent rollovers and the possibility that someone is hurt – or knocked out by them. Although you don’t have to have your furniture anchored all the time, make some holes for a washer and screw in the bottoms of each of your larger pieces. If you catch wind of the storm heading in your direction, have a ready-bag of supplies for getting those pieces into the ground. The more prepared you are in the event of these kinds of disasters, the more ready you’ll be to take action when it needs to be taken. For things like push-in chairs, stack them immediately or remove them from your house all together. Bookcases and cabinets can be screwed into the wall with the same method and will likely stay in place during any sort of natural event. Always make sure that your furniture is fixed nice and sturdy throughout the year and make adjustments as needed. You’ll be ensuring safety in the home in any event.

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Anyone Can Garden

A red pepper grown in aOrganic gardening is a movement that is rapidly gathering satisfied followers. With the advice provided here, you’ll soon be learning how to create your very own organic garden. Simply follow through with our handy tips and tricks and take advantage of these great results.

The first and most important thing to remember is that the right gardening tool is the first thing you should have. Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.

Seasonal Tips

When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.

Plants all need a good supply of C02 to grow properly! The majority of plants thrive when they are exposed to a high level of carbon dioxide. Greenhouses help contain C02 to keep levels high. A greenhouse will help maintain a high level of CO2 and cause the plants to grow faster.

During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Simply cut the pumpkin open at the top, so you can remove the seeds and insides. After that, spray Wilt-Pruf along the edges and on the inside of the pumpkin, so it doesn’t rot. You can start planting now.

If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. Some flowers need the same thing.

It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Wear protective gear, and use the products as directed.

Garden Design

Choose one plant and make it the focal point of your garden. In any great garden design, atomatoes good focal point captures the eye. You want to choose a plant that will stand out, as opposed to blending in with the other plants adjacent to it. Water your garden wisely. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Keep the water running slowly so it doesn’t spray up onto the plants’ leaves. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.

An organic garden takes time and patience, as we have previously advised. The above tips will help you make a wonderful garden. Regardless of which organic crops you choose to grow, these tips will help you enjoy a bountiful harvest.


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Become An Expert In Gold

invest in gold nuggetsIf you’ve been wanting to invest in gold previously but haven’t taken the initial dive, then you’re reading the right article. Rather than allow yourself to be turned off by the risks, why not learn as much as possible to alleviate those risks? There are many benefits to gold investing, and you should know what these are.

Know Your Buyers and Dealers

Stay with reputable buyers when you sell your gold. Check the reputation using the BBB and online reviews. If you are being offered good customer service and an honest price for the gold, then you are dealing with a reputable buyer. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of.

Before you buy gold from a dealer, get a guaranteed delivery date. If you don’t get delivery immediately, get something in writing which confirms delivery of your pieces. The date on which you can expect to receive the items should be provided. Don’t go through an order without this documentation.

Know the Gold that you Invest

If you’re thinking of supplementing your retirement funds with the help of gold investing, it’s important to understand what type of gold to invest in. The IRS has to approve the gold. They require that the gold be coins or bullion bars that are 24 karat. Because they hold their value, buy gold bars instead of gold coins.

When you buy gold for another, make sure it has a return policy. You have no idea if the person for whom you are purchasing the piece will like it or if it will fit. This is a huge problem.

If you want to unload scrap gold pieces or jewelry items for cash, do your homework first. Some stores won’t pay the market price of gold, and it’s up to you to realize this. Independent gold dealers with low overhead, for instance, may be in a position to offer you better terms than upscale jewelry stores. If you send off gold by mail, see how much it is to have it returned to you if the offer isn’t that great. While most firms will pay to have you send them your items, they will charge you a considerable amount if you want them back. Know what this cost is before you mail your items.

While buying gold is extremely exciting, you need to keep it quiet. You have no way of knowing who might overhear your conversation and who is truly trustworthy. Stay quiet about the investment and make sure you keep it safe. In this way, you can be sure your gold investment is safe.

Comparison shop prior to selecting your gold buyer. You might just be shocked at the spread of offers you wind up getting! If you sell hastily, you may wind up with a poor return. Invest the time into the process, and you will be rewarded in the end. You should rely primarily on independent, personal research to learn about the market for gold before investing in it. So-called market experts may really be trying to grab your investment resources with little benefit to you. You must be extremely careful about any promises concerning getting rich quick. Avoid get-rich-quick schemes, and avoid being scammed.

One option when selling your gold is to send it away in the mail. A lot of sellers prefer this process due to the simplicity. You get a mailer that is prepaid, place jewelry inside and send it, and you get a check. You must know that you might not get the best price for your gold handling your business this way. Be aware of the fact that you may receive approximately 30% less in some instances.

Now you know how to get started. Apply what you have learned here and start investing in gold. Before you know it, you will experience the multitude of benefits that gold investing can offer you.

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Take A Look At These Practical Fishing Tips!

Fishing in the late evening on a boat.Most of the people who enjoy fishing love fish. Because you catch the fish yourself, you have a much more enjoyable meal. In order to enjoy a real feast, it is necessary to actually catch a few fish. To accomplish that task, it helps to take advantage of some useful guidance. Below, you will find some helpful advice on fishing.

If you are fishing in freshwater areas like lakes and rivers, you may enjoy a higher success rate by casting your line close to the shore. Fish who like to eat insects thrive in these places, so try casting near the edge so you can get the most fish looking for food. Be wary of weeds, though!

Understand a fish’s migration pattern to fish downhill or uphill depending on the season. For instance, during the springtime, always cast uphill allowing you to get in front of the fish. During the autumn months, fish are swimming in the opposite direction. To reach them, cast downhill.

Have Success

If you are new to fishing, the best way to learn is by trying bass fishing. Bass are easy to find because they love to eat the bait and are easy to pick up. As you progress in the sport, you may find that you still like the challenge of bass fishing.

Pay close attention to the movements and actions of birds around your fishing area. Birds tend to go after fish that are collected in certain areas, so look for where the birds are swooping towards the water. Diving birds usually mean that they have found their favorite meal. If you happen to notice a lot of bird activity in a specific area, chances are that area is full of fish.

Educate yourself on conscientious fishing. Do what you can to preserve the surrounding environment when you fish. Never litter if you bring drinks or food along. Find out if any regulations exist with regard to the number of you can catch; if so, abide by the rules. Put back any fish you happen to catch that are too small for consumption.

If, for you, smoking and fishing go hand-in-hand, be careful when fishing from a shoreline. People often smoke when fishing, and it is important to make sure the embers do not start a fire. The immediate area of the bank is of course wet. The foliage near the bank is quite flammable however.

Any odor on your hands can affect your fishing success. You may accidently pass perfume or other odors on your hands to the bait you are using, causing it to take on a unappealing scent. If the fish can detect the odd scent, then they probably won’t take the bait. Check the weather report before you head out the door. You will never know what to expect weather-wise, unless you check it first. You could be trapped on the lake in a storm which makes it difficult for you to return to shore. It is always best to play it safe and look at a weather report before you head out.


For any fishing trip you go on, it is best take along a good quality fishing rod. Rods of lower quality are more susceptible to breaking. In the long run, investing in a quality rod is more cost-effective.

Using these tips on your next fishing trip may help you get all the fish you want. If your fishing trip is not as successful as you had hoped, never give up and always continue learning more about the hobby and how to succeed. The fish will keep coming back to you if you have the dedication.

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Camping Advice For Those Who Love The Outdoors

Camping tipsLots of people view camping as a perfect escape from the daily grind. If you don’t prepare correctly your trip can end up being a disaster. Prepare in advance to avoid this and keep your “must have” list handy when preparing for your trip.

After buying a tent, make sure to pitch it in your yard before you leave for a trip. You can be sure there are no missing pieces and learn ahead of time the correct way to set your tent up. It also helps with the frustration of putting a tent up. Be certain that your tent has enough space for both yourself and whoever else comes with you. That makes it easier for everyone to have a comfy time while they’re asleep and moving around when they have to get up in the dead of night.

Activities for Kids

A ‘jungle breakfast’ can be a great activity for the kids. Use serving sized boxes of cereal, pieces of fruit and juice boxes and tie them to trees near your campsite. Then your kids can go out searching for their own breakfast. The kids will love it.

Duct tape is a must-have when you go camping as it can be used for a variety of things. It can be used as a quick patch for tents, shoes, inflatables, or can be used to secure items such as your mosquito netting. Research the area you are planning to camp in and familiarize yourself with its particular dangers. That include deadly spiders, sheer drops, and flash flood areas. All camping spots have some dangers associated with them and you want to make sure you pick a spot that isn’t too bad.

Camping can be a fun pastime as it offers something for the whole family. However, it may not be so fun if you’re not properly prepared. Make your next camping experience a success with no foreseen problems by applying your newly found camping knowledge. And most importantly, enjoy your trip!


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A Plethora Of Tips And Tricks For Solar Energy Success

Solar PanelsWhen thinking of solar energy, you know that it’s a good thing for the environment. This energy source will be around for a long time. Having said that, it’s important that you figure out if investing in solar panels is the right financial decision for you. Read the information below to assist you in this decision.

Solar energy systems work for a long time when they are maintained. You should inspect your equipment at least once a month, and wash the surface of the panels carefully. Hire professional help for cleaning and inspection if you want, but remember that there are great savings to be had by doing such tasks yourself.

Solar Panel Options

You don’t have to completely remodel your roof to benefit from solar power. You can always start small by purchasing outdoor lighting that is run off of solar energy. They charge their batteries during the day, switching on and providing illumination all night.

Is solar energy the right option for your house? You need to consider several different things. If you do not have access to the main power grid, solar panels are an excellent option. It is also a good choice if you are environmentally conscious. You may not be able to run your home’s heating and cooling system entirely on solar panels due to the fact that most homes run on gas. However, if you use electric heat, you will be able to run some of your heating system from solar.

The best way to generate solar power for your home or business is to utilize sun-tracking panel systems. This type of system tracks the sun over the course of the day and during all seasons. This may cost you a little more at first, but the results in the end are worth it. Think about getting an attic fan that’s solar powered if you’re not totally sure about getting solar power for your whole home. A solar powered attic fan turns on automatically when it becomes too warm. This is a great way to keep your home cool, without incurring any additional costs. As a bonus, being solar powered, it will not add to your power bill.

Cost of Solar Panels

Once you buy a home, you should explore the option of installing a full solar energy system. However, if you have yet to pay off your home in full, there is a possibility that the added costs of paying for the system could put your financial status in the red. Losing your home could mean losing your investment.

If the cost of solar panels is prohibitive, you might consider buying one at a time. Have a professional come in and conduct an energy audit of your home or business. You will find where your wasted energy is going and give you ideas for changes. That saves you on buying more panels. You don’t want to just assume that bigger solar panels are better for you. There are a lot of variables to consider when buying solar panels. You should carefully go over everything before making a decision.

Regardless of the solar system you choose to use, ensure that the panels face towards the direction of the sun. It’s where the energy comes from, so properly orient your panels at all times. Don’t be unrealistic about the benefits of a solar-powered water heater. First off, they will only save you a little bit of money. Showering in the morning doesn’t mean you won’t have hot water. Water that is heated by the sun should maintain its warmth for a full day.

As you can see by now, solar energy offers a renewable energy solution. That said, there are a variety of things you have to consider. The considerations you’ve learned today should facilitate rational decision-making. Hopefully, your home will soon be running on solar power.

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