Monday, May 2, 2016

Honey: A MUST HAVE for your emergency food storage

Honey is ideal for any family’s emergency food supply. It has an unlimited shelf-life, and will tolerate a wide range of atmospheric conditions. It is also consumed in small quantities, so it goes a long way.

Honey’s wide range of nutritional benefits practically make it a superfood! In a post-disaster breakdown, this sweet elixir will help you and your family stay healthy and happy. Honey is packed with clean calories that boost energy & metabolism. It’s also high in antioxidants, B & C vitamins, and long list of minerals (magnesium, zinc, copper, calcium, and more!).

Like other sweeteners, honey will also help to maintain your family’s morale. Why? Because it’s so delicious! From a culinary perspective, its mild sweetness and smooth flavor integrates well with almost any flavor combination. Honey is also very versatile as an ingredient, which will help you to achieve variety in your family’s meals. Even in an emergency situation with compromised kitchen capability it can conveniently be eaten as-is, baked, used as a glaze, dissolved into liquid... the list goes on.

Honey is a superfood, but it also has an added bonus: it’s lengthy list of medicinal properties. Raw, unfiltered honey is a powerful antiviral, antifungal, and even antiseptic! Honey has been utilized for centuries as a topical agent to treat cuts, burns, and certain rashes.

Honey can also be ingested to treat multiple conditions, including (but not limited to): influenza, sore throat, arthritis, and insomnia. It is also a digestive aid, which will be useful in helping your family adjust to the stress and diet shift that you’ll encounter in an emergency/disaster situation.

Although raw, unfiltered, organic honey is the most potent, understand that Honey comes in a variety of forms. From powder, to liquid, to raw, to manuka, each type of honey has its pro’s and cons. Do do some quick research to figure out which option(s) will be best for your family’s emergency food supply.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Choosing Your Survival Shelter

In the face of a major disaster, your family unit may have to leave your home for an unknown amount of time. In addition to friends’ & families’ homes, a dedicated survival shelter should be considered as an option in your disaster preparedness plan.

‘Survival shelter’ refers to a broad category of structures. It can range from a simple camping tent to a makeshift log cabin to a luxurious underground bunker with running water and electricity! Your shelter’s dynamics will depend on your family members collective skills, needs, and resources. Just remember that it needs to enable relatively civilized housing for all of your family members during the most stressful moments of their lives.

While planning your family’s survival shelter(s), be sure to ask yourself the following questions:

What resources do I have at my disposal?

Your resources fall into four main categories: knowledge, location, transportation, and budget. Knowledge - Go with what you already know. Limit the number of tasks that you’ll have to teach yourself during a disaster, especially involving priorities like shelter. Location - Do own or have rights to undisturbed areas of land? If so, start planning and building. If not, start identifying strategic areas of land (natural water source, tree cover, close to roadways, etc.) and prepare to assemble your shelter when the time is right. Transportation - Your vehicle’s size, performance, condition, terrain capabilities, and fuel capacity should allow you to arrive to your survival shelter without incident. If not, reconsider your shelter’s location.

How long will you prepare to stay in your shelter?

This one is up to you, and there’s no “right answer”. However, this is THE most important factor when choosing your survival shelter.

Authorities recommend a disaster plan that will sustain your family for 3 to 14 days.

These questions will help you choose the right shelter for your family. You may prefer the camping-style shelter (a.k.a. “Roughing It” or “Bugging Out”). Caution: this method may sound romantic, but this shelter type quickly become uncomfortable for some family members (even those who are well prepared).

Pre-constructed shelters or bunkers are popular, but much more expensive. They range greatly in scale and design, but most consist of a simple sitting area and storage space. A simple online search will give you an idea of what your budget will allow you.

Planning your family’s survival survival shelter will be a multi-step process. Work towards developing a “Bug-Out” plan and establish a shelter/bunker option as well. Many communities have shelters, so educate yourself about the options in your area.

Good Luck!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Survival Kits 101

A basic survival kit is a must-have for your family. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but having a plan for the worst-case scenario will grant you a peace of mind.

As a minimum, you family should have the following essential items set aside for disaster situations.
* Drinking Water
* High Nutrient Food Items (Non-Perishable)
* Flashlights (Ideally LED)
* Extra Batteries
* Lighters and/or waterproof matches
* Hygiene & Medical Supplies
* Extra clothing
* Personal Documents
* First Aid Kit

Evacuation Bag

If disaster strikes and you are confined to your home, you will have access to all of your tools, supplies, and reserves (food/water/etc). In an evacuation scenario, you will not have such luxury.

Have your items organized and ready to go with minimal preparation required. This evacuation bag (also referred to as a “bug-out” bag), should include all of the items above, plus:
* A multi-purpose tool (think a common ‘swiss-army’ knife)
* A map
* An evacuation plan and destination
* A portable AM/FM radio or other communication device
* Weather protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, ponchos, etc)
* Personal Protection

Your Plan

Your evacuation plan is probably the most valuable asset that you can develop. Your tools and supplies are aids, not saviours. If your survival kit doesn’t contain a plan, a major disaster will reduce you to a well-equipped deer in the headlights. You should have a primary plan and a secondary plan of where to go, what you will take, who you will work with (and how to contact them), and a resource map (local water sources, hospitals, etc.)

Also, you MUST regularly update your plan and make sure that EVERYONE in your family has a general understanding of its components. If everyone is on the same page, your family will move faster, smarter, and safer.

Survival Kit Options

There are countless pre-assembled emergency-preparedness kits available on the market. They are often much more expensive than the sum of their parts. It’s much more effective to do some research and build your own kit. This will cut costs and give you a detailed familiarity of all of the items in your kit.

Your Car

In the event of an evacuation, you will have to rely heavily on your vehicle. For that reason, it’s wise to have a small survival kit in your vehicle at all times. This will save you valuable time during evacuation, and provide basic sustenance and supplies if disaster strikes while you’re out on the road.

Preparing for a disaster is a necessary part of living a responsible life. If you don't have one already, start building your survival kit today. ‘A failure to plan is a plan to fail’.