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 1 – Earthquake prep – Water

On the agenda for today:  Water Water is not the most exciting topic to write about...but because water is such a vital thing to have around I chose to put it right at the top of the list.  In an earthquake we should plan on not having our usual lives for a time.  Utilities could be disrupted and water might not be flowing how we are used to it flowing. Water is a such a simple thing to … [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 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...]

12 ways to prepare for a storm (and a giveaway)

  If you've been watching the news in the last little bit, you'll know that there is a BIG NASTY storm headed to the East Coast of the US.   I know what you're probably thinking, "Phew, I live in the West (South, Europe, insert non-east coast location here) and I don't have to worry about that." I would venture a guess, however, that you probably know someone in the storm's path that … [Read more...]

Drip, Drip, Drip – how to get your freezer ready for a power outage

Today started out like any other day that has nothing on the calendar. (Note: nothing on the calendar DOES NOT mean that there is nothing to do, it just means I don't have to leave the house unless I choose to, the kids actually think that any blank day is water park day for them...ummm.  NOPE) So, after fighting off the kids I pondered which one of the myriad things on my list I would tackle … [Read more...]