Back to school and Emergency contacts

It's back to school time in my neck of the woods...why it's so early I'll never understand. Regardless it's time for new clothes, school supplies, Registration, Back-to-school nights, Meet the teacher and all the general busy-ness that comes this time of year. At our school we all congregate in the gym and go from table to table to fill out all forms, pay the fees, sign up for this or that and … [Read more...]

The Practical Prepper and Ricocheting

I finally found it. I'm going to let you into my brain just a little, but be careful because things tend to ricochet around in there quite a bit.  I read a lot, mostly non-fiction,  and so my brain is quite the repository of random bits of knowledge.   Sometimes it's organized and other times there is no rhyme or reason to how all those bits are filed. If you've read my blog for any amount … [Read more...]

Day 3 – Earthquake Prep – Gas Shut Off

Today is a quick one.  It will either be a trip to the garage or a trip to the local hardware store. When earth moves, things in the earth that don't normally move on regular days...tend to move.  Outside under our flower beds and lawns lie the things that make our houses run.  Water lines, power lines (these might be overhead too) and Natural Gas or sometimes propane lines.  Where I live … [Read more...]

Day 2 – Earthquake prep – Shoes

If your house is anything like mine...the socks disappear in the wash and the shoes seem to multiply.  Not quite sure why that is exactly but it does turn out to be helpful for today's Earthquake prep challenge. Today we are going to corral one of those extra pairs of shoes and confine them to a particular spot.  Under the bed. Very often glass will break during an earthquake.  It's not the … [Read more...]

Earthquake in 3 weeks, are you ready?

No no no...I'm not predicting anything.  I  pray that we NEVER have another earthquake anywhere but I know that is not realistic.  Instead I'll start praying that I can do the things that will help my family be safer when it does happen. The fact is; Many of us live in Earthquake country.  Personally I live very close to faults that are overdue for the BIG ONE.  Moving is not an option so I get … [Read more...]

Don’t let kids learn dangers the hard way

Last night just after midnight We got a robo-call, like a reverse 911 call, from our local Police department informing us of a missing 7-year-old boy. The recorded voice asked us to check our property and out-buildings and if there were orchards nearby, to check those as well. From the address area given we new that it was near some very full, fast-running canals and immediately my heart sank … [Read more...]

Temporary Emergency Shelter, what a great idea!

This is just a quick post to bring a bit of light to a GREAT IDEA. "Find a need and fill it" is often the mantra of inventors and innovators everywhere.  This great idea came from a disposable coffee cup and it fills a vital need for safe temporary shelter for families after disaster strikes. Take a look at this video for the details. http://vimeo.com/89316055 If you'd like to help … [Read more...]

Silent and Deadly, CO poisoning (Carbon Monoxide)

PLEASE NOTE:  I've racked my brain trying to come up with a 'featured photo' for this post but it's been difficult to find something that represents this topic that I am happy with.  I don't like to publish posts without images but this one has waited far too long, the info is too important to delay any longer so you get it without an image for now. Is a Life worth 40 bucks? Of course it is.  … [Read more...]

Don’t drink the water!

If someone says that we can't do something, what do we usually want to go right out and do?  If we are anything like my teenager, we want to go out and do that very thing. In West Virginia, about 300,000 people were instructed not to drink the water because of a chemical spill that was found leaking into a nearby river.  Not only were they told not to drink it but they couldn't wash with it or … [Read more...]

How to Survive in Extreme Cold and Live to Tell about it.

Two adults and 4 small children are alive today because once they found themselves in a survival situation, they did everything right. This past week, Two adults, two of their own children and a niece and nephew were out for a day of playing in the snow. What they didn't know was that they'd be spending the night in sub-zero temps, down to 20 below, two nights actually. They are alive today … [Read more...]