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Preparing For Global Emergencies: Are You Ready?
Are You Ready?
Tips For Survival in An Emergecy
The recent surge of solar flares hitting Earth prompted a discussion of what we would do to prepare ourselves if we ever faced the possibility of losing all communications. My 14 year old son has been quite inquisitive about this particular topic and so we thought, if he's that interested we should prpbably explore this topic further. Which leads me to the question: How can you prepare for a global emergency so your family survives?
First and foremost, we are not rich people by any means. We simply cannot rely on paying large sums of money to secure an underground bunker for emergencies of epic proportion. However, what we can do is use what resources we do have and prepare to survive for at least 6 months. In order to do this, it is essential to determine how you will get your nutrition.
One thing our family has decided on doing is dehydrating foods. Since we already own a NuWave Oven, we can easily dehydrate fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats and vaccumm seal them for later use. Although they are not able to be cooked, dehydrated foods provide ample nutrition and can sustain human life for at least a year (storage llife is a year)http://readynutrition.com/resources/dehydrate-foods-for-long-term-storage_31032010/ In fact, dehydrated food is in high demand right now and is one of the best ways to insure that you and your family are prepared for uncertainties and is also a method that has been used for centuries (and is commonly used by astronauts and military, as meals ready to eat-MRE).
Another useful method of preserving food is Canning. Canning has been a tried and true method for centuries and also offers the ability to store food for up to a year, as long as stored properly (in a cool, dry, place). Almost anything can be canned if properly done and offers nutrition for your family during emergency situations. However, what's most beneficial is that canned foods do not always require cooking, and during emergencies you may not have access to cooking facilities so you can readily eat without worry of being able to cook your food.
For those foods that do require refrigeration, it is quite possible to dig a hole in the ground and cover it with some type of covering so that foods can be temporarily kept cool. This will allow you to rely on the environment for a short amount of time if you do have food that you do not want to go to waste. While not a permanent solution, it buys you time to get use out of those foods that require coller temparatures.
Finally, another method of insuring your family has food is through the use of hydroponics. What? What is that? Hydroponics is a method of growing vegetables without the use of soil. While it may seem impossible, it is a fairly common method and it's popularity has grown over recent years. In fact, Disney relies on this method to grow its produce that is used in its restaurants. Hydroponics is a beneficial method of growing because it does not rely on soil and it allows growth in areas where less land is available. What this means is that you could grow your own vegetables in your own home. How? By investing in a simple hydroponics kit you have the ability to create your own vegetable garden in your basement http://www.hydroponics. com/ All you need is a stock of seeds, a hydroponics kit and you're ready to get started.
Using Your Pool For Water
Aside from food, water is one of the most important necessities when faced with a potential emergency situation. Having access to clean water is vital to your survival and if you do not prepare in advance, chances are your survival is at jeopardy. For us, it just so happens that we have what are called "Surplus Stores". These grocery outlets offer food, drinks, etc for significant discounts. One of those items is bottled water or water in jugs. Oftentimes, there are bins and bins full of water that can be purchased for less than $100. We are able to get 800 bottles of water for $50 and if rationed appropriately, this water will last quite a while (especially if only used for drinking). When stored in the basement (in bins) you can easily have enough water for everyone in your house.
Water is not only important for drinking, but bathing, cooking, and washing as well. It's obvious we will not be using bottled water to bathe or cook, but if you have a pool (and hot water heater), rest assured you can get some great use of that water for bathing and cooking http://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps/drinking-swimming-pool-water-in-an-emergency/
Since pool water is already treated it is generally safe to use for cooking. However, boiling kills any chance of bacteria and purifies it for bathing and washing usage. At this point you are probably wondering, how will I boil my water if I don't have electricty. This brings me to my next point: Heating sources.
Cooking and Heating
If you are faced with an emergency situation you invariably will not have access to electricity, which means no heat, no cooking, no anything. However, with careful preparation it is possible to be able to do all of these things. Investing in a grill (if you do noty alreayd own one), whether it be charcoal or gas (which means you will need to stock up on either charcoal, wood, or propane/gas) is a simple way to have access to cooking facilities and another way to heat your water for use.
In addition, purchasing a woodstove in advance serves two purposes for your survival: heating your house and cooking. Keeping warm during this time is just as crucial to survival so having access to a stove or fire pit allows you to get multiple uses and keeps you alove longer. If this is impossible to accomplish, at the very least, invest in sleeping bags that go below 30 degrees. Many camping sleeping bags are excellent sources of warmth and can be the difference between freezing to death or surviving.
Now that we have established the basic necessities of surviving a disaster/emergency, what about some of our most simple needs. If your house is like most houses across the country, you probably have several candles that are just sitting around not being used. You may even question their very existence in your house but before you decide to throw them away, think about their potential use in times of need. If we are faced with a disaster, it is obvious we will not have access to electricity and many of the modern conveniences that we have become accustomed to. This is where candles come in handy. Can they provide you with electricity? No. But what they can do is give you enough light when it is dark and save you your sanity when you are just sitting around your house in complete darkness.
Other than the basic needs of food and water during disasters, it is important to maintain your sanity and cool. Many people tend to go insane and if this happens, surivival is in jeopardy. Thus, having access to some of the simple things we take for granted can mean the difference between going insane and maintaining your sanity. If you do not own board games, card games, or books, you might want to invest in these basic items to help you maintain your sanity and keep you bonded as a family. Having each member of your family sane during this time just might mean the difference between your survival and death.
Health and Safety
Finally, being prepared for any health and safety issues that your family may face is just eas crucial to your surivival as preparing for your food, water, and heating needs. Keeping an ample supply of the basic health and safety needs (and any medicines you require) is important to your survival. Things like first aid kits, band aids, peroxide, alcohol, batteries, flashlights, matches, etc are all important to insuring you will survive for as long as possible. Many people overlook these all too important items and when faced with emergency situations find that these are the items most needed.
Taking care of the body, mind and soul will enable you and your family to live for as long as needed and with proper preparation you can do just that.