Self Sufficiency Saturdays: Homemade Dog Biscuits

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Dog Biscuits in a JarWe were looking for all-natural, made in the U.S. dog treats at the pet store.  The affordable brands had a long list of unpronounceable preservatives and additives, and were made in China.   (I haven’t forgotten about Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on jerky treats, FDA says  so we don’t buy pet food from China.)  I found some that fit the bill at the farmer’s market, and at specialty stores, but they were too expensive.

I decided the only way to know what ingredients are being used is to make it myself.  I searched for an easy recipe, with ingredients that are already in my storage, and found the recipe for basic dog treats on the Cesar Milan website.  I adapted the recipe to what I had on hand.

This is how I made the dog treats.

IngredientsdogbiscuitsIngredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you might prefer whole wheat)

1/2 cup hot water (you may use chicken broth instead)

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (omit if you are using chicken broth)

1 egg

bacon grease

Directions:

1.  Grease two cookie sheets generously with bacon fat.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

3.  In a large bowl, mix the hot water with the bouillon

4.  Add the egg, flour with the bouillon water and stir well.

5.  On a floured board, mix well and keep kneading until the dough is stretchy but no longer wet.  I’ve had to add 1-2 teaspoons of flour.

Rollingdough6.  Roll the dough flat.  I don’t own a rolling pin due to space issues so I used a bottle.  It worked fine.

DogBiscuitsCutouts

7.  Cut out the dough in your desired shapes.  I’ve used various cookie cutters before; this time I used bone shaped cookie cutters.

8.  Place dough pieces on the bacon greased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes.

DogBiscuitsReadyIt took me about 30 minutes to mix and shape the dough, and another 30 minutes is needed for baking.  The recipe is easy to make, and does not take long  at all.  Our dog loves them.  And now, I don’t have to run to the store to buy them.

 

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Uses for Paracord You may not have Considered

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Everday Uses for ParacordWhat is paracord?   Paracord is often cited as an essential item in a prepper’s tool box.  It is a lightweight nylon cord that was used for parachutes in World War II. It is also known as 550 cord, as it is rated to hold up to 550 pounds. Paracord is somewhat elastic; it is composed of inner strands and an outer nylon sheath.

Paracord ihas multiple emergency uses such as stringing tarp or tying branches together, securing gear to a luggage rack or securing items to a backpack or go-bag.  The inner strings can be used as a fishing line, to sew or repair clothing, or as substitute for dental floss.

I have found that paracord has many uses around the house, and can be used in day to day living.

  • Make a dog collar

Paracord Dog Collar

  • Create gift items such as bracelets and belts
  • Use as a clothes line
  • Replacement for shoelaces
  • Curtain tie-backs
  • Desk drawer pull  (photo above) My work desk drawer handle broke and I was having a hard time opening it.   We didn’t want to have to go to the home improvement store to buy new drawer hardware so Mr. Apt. Prepper rigged it with leftover paracord.  It works!
  • Repair window blinds. 

Paracord used to fix blinds

I always thought paracord is a helpful item to have around, but now I am convinced it is essential not only for emergencies, but for everyday repairs.

I like being able to use preparedness gear for everyday needs. If you have other uses for paracord, please share them in the comments!

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R.P. Ruggiero, BrushFire Plague: The Reckoning – Author Interview and a Giveaway

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Brushfire Plague ReckoningThe second book in the Brushfire Plague series, The Reckoning is out.  A brief description from the author:

The Reckoning begins as the Brushfire Plague that has crippled the globe slowly loses its lethality, only to be replaced by the harsh reality of its origin and what this will mean for civilization. 

Driven by his obligation to honesty at all costs, Cooper Adams has made himself a wanted man by exposing the truth he has learned about the plague. After being rejected by those who once viewed Cooper as a hero, he is forced to go on the run with his 11-year old son and his few remaining allies. As he tries to escape to the safety of his friend’s rural hideout, Cooper is faced with the challenge of doing what it takes to survive, while trying to preserve his son’s slowly disappearing childhood innocence.  

                The Oregon that Cooper witnesses along this journey only resembles fragments of the state he calls home. Death and despair are unavoidable and lawlessness is slowly taking over. When he reaches his final destination where he can go into hiding and protect his son while digging more deeply into the truth behind the Plague, Cooper finds himself in the middle of a town’s political and social battle for dominance. When his son is taken as a hostage by a power-hungry local, a guilt-ridden Cooper must use his increasing bravery and leadership skills to gain the trust and support of doubtful residents in order to save him.

 

I reviewed the first book, and had good things to say about it.  This time I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview the author, R.P. Ruggiero:

1.  Most of our readers live in big cities, and it is a big concern that cities will become unsafe in a disaster especially a pandemic.  What would you advice city dwellers on improving their chances to survive a large scale disaster?
Water.  Store what you can, but invest in water filters.  The gravity-fed ones by Sawyer are around a $100 but will filter thousands and thousands of gallons.  Of course, the Berkey filters are the holy grail if you can afford them.  But, get your water straight.  Then, is food.  Store at least one year if you have the room–but do whatever you can.  For “less than full collapse” scenarios, even a month supply will put you ahead of most people in the city.  Finally, you’ll need to secure your dwelling and/or have plans to do that.  And, if you plan on having a gun on hand, which I recommend, get trained on how to use it and please keep it away from the kids!
2.  What role does having a community play when a disaster happens?
To me, nothing is more important.  Humans live in a society because there is safety in numbers.  Now, a crisis or disaster scenario can flip that–but having a group you can trust will put you in a much better survival situation.  For example, the ‘neighborhood defense’ scenario I set up in Brushfire Plague is actually what happens in real life.  And, the neighborhoods that rally to their own defense are typically left alone by the bad guys!  Beyond the added defensive capacity–you gain access to more resources, skills, and the support a group gives you will be beyond valuable when and if the SHTF.
3.  Many preppers are surrounded by family and friends who do not prepare.  What advice would you give them?
Honestly?  Give them a copy of Brushfire Plague or other prepper or apocalyptic fiction.  I’ll never forget when my wife finished reading Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and literally looked up from the book and said, “I now know why you have all those guns.”  The other way to go is to just get them talking about natural disasters and how we might all be ready for them….that’s one way to get others started on the road.  I don’t think preaching or telling people they are wrong or stupid ever gets anyone to do anything!
4.  Please tell us a bit about your background.
Think the strength of Chuck Norris with the street smarts of Ray Liotta and the wisdom of Buddha and you’ll have a pretty good picture of me.  Nah, just kidding.  Well, I grew up loving to read apocalyptic fiction so I guess I’ve always been thinking about how to be ready for “the end” since I was pretty young!  And, in my adulthood, I work with groups that experience a high degree of stress and challenge to achieve their goals.  So, that really helped me focus on group dynamics in the Brushfire Plague series.
5.  When is the third book scheduled for release?  Any plans for other books?
My plan is to release it by early 2015.  I don’t believe in just churning books out as I want to maintain the high-quality writing I feel I have established.  I take my relationship with my readers as a bit of a sacred trust, so this is important to me.  And, then, I hope they return the favor and do reviews online and tell their friends!  I will finish the Brushfire Plague’s core tale with the third book.  But, I might continue in that world with some or all the characters.  Or, I might launch into a new story.  In any case, I will definitely keep writing!  It’s a joy and the feedback has been extremely humbling and rewarding.
Our thanks to R.P. Ruggiero for the interview as well as the giveaway!

Win a copy of Brushfire Plague series, The Reckoning

Just add your comment below:

Have you considered what steps you would take in the event of a pandemic?  What would you do?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, February 1st at 8 pm Central.*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

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Monday Musings 1/27/2014

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Mountain viewWelcome to another Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First my updates…

Apartment Prepper is on Facebook!  At long last, we have a Facebook page.  I’m still adding to it, so it’s a work in progress.  You’ll find the new Follow button on the right sidebar.  Stop by and see the new page at http://facebook.com/apartmentprepper

Be one of the first ones to Like us!  Thank you!

Who won the giveaway forThe End and The Long Road?

Adam won the drawing for these two books.  The giveaway question was, Describe what would you do if you find the power has gone out inexplicably and cell phones no longer work.  Would you act immediately or wait a while?”  His response was:

I think the biggest challenge is recognizing the event has occurred. Once you realize it has occurred, you have to act immediately. There are many ways to determine if it occurred or is just a normal blackout. Everything not working would be a big tip off. I think many in our society will have an initial reaction of get water and some supplies but won’t think long term. Once they realize it is a long term situation, it will be pandemonium. Have some supplies stocked so you don’t need to go out. But if you are staying put, hitting a store immediately would be better than waiting a few hours. That way they still have enough stock so you can buy some items and maybe fresh veggies.

Adam has been notified via email; we hope to hear from him soon.

Tomorrow, we’ll have another giveaway so please come back and check it out.

My favorite survival shows these days  Lately I’ve been catching up on some survival shows.  I always learn a thing or two about survival from these programs, and they make for great family viewing:

Survivorman – Season 6  I’ve been watching Les Stroud since the first season and am glad to see he is back for more outdoor survival adventures.

Ultimate Survival Alaska – Season 2  Teams compete, not for the a big prize, but for the honor of knowing they survived the harsh, unforgiving landscape that is Alaska.  Even though it’s a “reality show” there is no doubt the teams are really experiencing the hardships of trekking across treacherous heights, violent rivers and inhospitable climates.  They show a lot of ingenuity, grit and endurance as they battle the elements and push themselves to the limit.

Now for the links…

Can this happen here?  Can you imagine going to a bank to withdraw your OWN savings and the bank asking you why you need the money?  It’s your money, you should be able to do whatever you want with it!  Apparently one bank thinks it can keep people from taking out certain sums of their own money.  See

Prove it: Bank blocking some customers from making large withdrawals without ‘evidence’ of spending need

There’s been a huge outcry against this practice, and the bank has since backtracked.  But  if there hadn’t been such a protest, they’d still be doing it.

Pain at the cash register  I’m seeing small bags of cashews and almonds for $8 at the supermarket, along with chocolate prices almost doubled from last year.  Ouch!

10 things you’ll pay more for in 2014

Documents for the grab and go binder  Gather these up before anything happens.

Disaster Documents: 15 Things You’d Need In The Aftermath

Buy Local Honey  Honey has a lot of benefits, but we have to be aware of where the honey comes from.  See

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

and find a local source for honey.

Off grid backups  As someone who likes to cook, I am really dependent on my kitchen appliances.  I do have a few non electric tools (French press, manual grinder) but I really need a hand beater/blender.  It’s now added to the shopping list.  Thanks for the reminder Jane, aka Mom with a Prep!

Off-Grid Alternatives to Everyday Kitchen Tools

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Food Prices Rising: Stock up Now

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Food Prices Rising

The latest news about the drought in California is bad news for food prices.

As a preparedness writer, I occasionally find it necessary to tell everyone around me when it’s time to stock up.  You may remember the peanut butter shortage a couple of years ago – I told my parents, cousins, in-laws and of course my readers to stock up on peanut butter.  My relatives were grateful I told them to buy ahead, as they weathered the price spike.

This time around, the drought in California is all over the news.   Drought will cause crops to fail, animal herds to be thinned out, resulting in increased prices at the grocery stores.  The Texas drought is not even over yet, and we are still experiencing high beef prices.   Even now, so many prices for food items have skyrocketed.  I will I had bought more nuts, chocolate and honey a few months back, because the prices are now super expensive.  Because California grows a huge percentage of the nation’s crops, the rest of the country will feel the ill-effects of this drought.  Just a few examples of California crops:  lemons, oranges, nectarines, artichokes, walnuts, kiwifruits, plums, strawberries, celery, garlic, cauliflower, spinach, carrots.

Prices for fresh produce, canned fruit and vegetables, meats will increase. Even wine prices are sure be higher.  Increase your food storage now:

  • Buy canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, etc.
  • If you keep wine for storage or barter it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on a few extra bottles.
  • If you do any canning or dehydrating, buy fresh produce that your family likes and process them now.
  • Buy some heirloom seeds now, and start planning your spring garden.  Even if you have never grown anything, try it this year – grow a few herbs in your balcony.

I don’t believe in alarming people, nor do I talk doom and gloom but I do believe in being prepared for various scenarios.  Being prepared means anticipating events, and it doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to know that the drought in one of the country’s main growers spells trouble for everyone.

 

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How to Think Like a Thief

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Jogging in the park

It looks peaceful but don’t get lulled into a false sense of security.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a crime spree at a well known park not far from where I live.  News reports started coming out that joggers had been mugged, and a female jogger was sexually assaulted before being robbed at one of the park’s restrooms.  These incidents all happened during the day.

I was talking to my friend Jim (yes the same one who had a shooting in his building, but has since moved to another apartment) because he frequently runs in that same park.  He said, “They won’t get much out of me, I only carry my keys and cell phone.”

A few days later, the two robbers were caught.  And do you know why they were robbing people at the park?  Because these thieves wanted cell phones!  They said it was an easy and quick way to make some money.  Even though cell phones may seem like “not much” to us, they were exactly what the thieves were looking for.

Normal people see things a certain way, but thieves see things differently.

What attracts their attention

Even if you think your stuff is not valuable, there may be something that attracts their attention:

  • Your purse looks fat and heavy, therefore it must contain a lot of goodies
  • You have bags in the back seat of your car, therefore, you must have gone shopping.  Nevermind that you might have bags full of containers for recycling back there; having someone break in your car will be mean expensive repairs whether or not you have something valuable.
  • If you have shiny jewelry, you may attract their attention.  Yes, your jewelry might be fake, but surely you have a wedding ring or a nice watch that will have some value.

Opportunity – Don’t make it easy for them

  • I pay attention to people around me at the park, and the majority are not paying attention to their surroundings.  Many joggers have their headphones on, talking on the phone or listening to music, oblivious to everything.
  • Thieves will take any opportunity presented.

Distraction

  • Some thieves create a distraction to send your attention elsewhere.  When I was 10 years old, I had $15 Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket.  I was at a store, choosing the ice cream flavors, when someone dropped a bunch of coins.  I looked over and helped out, and when I got done, I went to buy my ice cream.  I reached into my pocket and found all my money was gone.  Tough thing to happen to a kid, but it was a lesson learned.

Trust your gut and act on it

  • The first victim at the park felt he was being followed but did not look behind him.  Before he could act the two thugs were already pointing a gun at him demanding his stuff
  • If you get that weird feeling something is not right, trust yourself and do something right away.

Thankfully the crime spree at the nice park is over, but I am sure it won’t be the last.  Try to think like a thief and see what makes you vulnerable.  Doing so may keep you from becoming a target.

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Monday Musings: 1/20/2014

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Welcome to Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – let’s all remember Dr. King’s life and legacy and celebrate by doing just one act of service.   Help just one person or many… a small act of giving back to the community goes a long way.

First the blog updates…

Who won the giveaway for Living Ready Pocket Manual?

“Green Eyed Jinn” won and has been notified.  He wrote the following comment:

Several years ago, I tried to swallow a too-large piece of pot roast that lodged in the back of my throat. It didn’t quite go down, so I tried swallowing again…and quickly realized I couldn’t breathe! I couldn’t get any air in, I couldn’t make any sound and the food was not coming back up.
The scariest part of this situation for me was the realization that I was home alone. I knew my wife could have easily done a Heimlich maneuver for me, but there was nobody to help. Strangely, while I had a surge of panic when first knowing I was choking, I suddenly became mentally detached from what my body was feeling after I realized there was no help coming.
I knew it was doubtful I could do a Heimlich on myself, so I adapted the method for helping a choking baby. I grabbed a can of soup from the cabinet, knelt facing backwards over my couch and stood the soup can on the couch’s frame back. Then I leaned over the can so it pressed up into the same spot where a person’s fists are placed for the Heimlich, and leaned further over the back of the couch so my face was nearly down on the floor. This position had me on my knees, hips against the cushion back of the couch and my solar plexus on top of the soup can and the bottom of the can sitting on the wooden frame along the back of my couch. The can was wedged between the frame and my body. My upper body was sort of inverted down toward the floor.
Using my arms to push up slightly on the floor, I then let go of all my weight so my upper body quickly dropped down toward the floor and the soup can’s end was driven up under my sternum. It didn’t work at first and it hurt like hell in my gut. I tried three more times while trying to cough as hard as I could just as the soup can pushed into my solar plexus area and it worked! I spewed the meat back up and a lot of stomach reflux, saliva and snot out of my mouth and nose. It was a disgusting mess, but I could breathe again.
The key to making it work was something that could push up into my diaphragm (increase my exhaling air pressure), finding a way to forcefully make it go in (my dropping body weight and gravity against the couch frame), and being inverted to let the food ‘fall’ back out of my throat (pulled by gravity and pushed by air pressure).
Sorry for the rambling, but this is a true story. After it was all over, my panic came back and I ended up in shaking exhaustion on the floor for about 10 minutes with the realization that I could have died. My chest hurt for a couple days and I had a round bruise that matched the circular top of the can. This happened about 4 years ago, but I still have occasional nightmares where I wake up from the feeling I had when I couldn’t breathe.

This was a great giveaway and I appreciated reading all the stories from the entrants.  Everyone needs a pocket first aid manual!

New giveaway started today  Don’t forget to sign up for this week’s giveaway, The End by G. Michael Hopf.

Camping Survival-Free LifeStraw with Katdyn purchase  Just got word that our sponsor, Camping Survival is  now giving away a free lifestraw with the purchase of a Katadyn water filter.  http://www.campingsurvival.com/katpocwatfil.html

Now for the links…

Aftermath of Target security breach   I usually shop with cash and was not too worried about the Target security breach this past month.  However, because I had shopped at Target online several months ago, I received an email from Target indicating my personal information may have been compromised.  All the news reports said the hack happened over 2013 Christmas shopping but this email shows they are concerned about previous time periods.  It’s been at least six months since I bought from Target online so this is worrisome.

It will be a long while before this security breach gets sorted out.

A sneaky path into Target customers’ wallets

Flu Season in full swing  News reports in our area a filled with dangerous flu warnings, urging people to get the flu shot.  We don’t get flu shots, but are taking precautions.

H1N1: Your Flu Questions, Answered

Not to be confused with the flu now going around, we’re still keeping watch on H1N5, which the CDC website has now published a health alert

CDC Health Alert H1N5

There are still health concerns  Can’t blame the residents for being worried.

West Virginia water leaves residents wary; Smell lingers week after chemical contaminated supply

Interesting discussion by SurvivalStill (not an affiliate or sponsor)

Understanding the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Another one for the self sufficient project list    It sounds so easy to make apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for What Ails You

I’ll stop throwing them out. These small containers come in handy.

Ten ways to recycle and reuse empty prescription pill bottles

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The End by G. Michael Hopf: Book Review and Giveaway

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The-end-199x300I received a review copy of The End by G. Michael Hopf.  Here’s a quick description of what the book is about:

Young Gordon Van Zandt valued duty and loyalty to country above all, so after 9/11, he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This idealism vanished one fateful day in a war-torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past when a new reality is thrust upon him and his family: North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack, which causes catastrophic damage to the nation’s power grid and essential infrastructures. Everything from cell phones to cars to computers cease to function, putting society at a standstill.

With civilization in chaos, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors, but as the days wear on, so does all sense of civility within his community—and so he must make some of the most difficult decisions of his life in order to ensure his family’s safety.

What I Thought about the Book

The book has a good premise for a collapse, and EMP attack.  It illustrated a realistic description of what would happen initially if the power grid were to fail:  most people would have great difficulty accepting that there is no power and will keep trying to get a connection on their cell phones.  The writing style is easy to ready, and the story moves along at a good pace.

I had some difficulty relating to the main character, Gordon.  He tends to view the world in black and white, and makes choices accordingly.  This unwavering world view causes him to make choices that are hard to accept.  The reader will find him making harsh, but necessary choices in the chaos that descends.  Because I disagree with his choices, I did not find him very likeable but that is a personal choice.  My views about the character did not make the book any less readable; instead it gave me a glimpse into how someone else might think and react in such a situation.

What I Learned

  • Don’t be a sheep
  • Take advantage of opportunities as soon as they present themselves.

As soon as Gordon saw that electricity was off, and planes were falling, he did not hesitate like the other people did.  He was not technically a prepper, but he went into a “ready” mode where collected water, rushed out to get supplies – whatever he could – as he know this was not a short-term situation.

The book that follows The End, is The Long Road is also available.

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Now for the giveaway…

One winner will be chosen to win both books:   The End and The Long Road

 

Just add your comment below:

Describe what would you do if you find the power has gone out inexplicably and cell phones no longer work.  Would you act immediately or wait a while?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, January 25th at 8 pm Central.

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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Unconventional Water Sources to Consider in an Emergency

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Store as much water as your space allows, but find additional water sources just in case.

Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water.  A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency.   However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time.

To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency such as the one that occurred in West Virginia, store enough water for drinking as well as cooking, washing and first aid.  I know it does sound like a lot of water, but the alternative is not having water when you need it.  Start with at least one gallon per person per day, and have enough for at least a week, then go from there.

Include juices and other drinks in your storage, but don’t forget to rotate your stockpile.

Before an actual emergency happens, be on the lookout for emergency water sources in your vicinity.  Below is a discussion of possible sources of water for emergency use – some are acceptable for drinking, while some are not:

Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Ice and be melted and used for water.

Many fruits such as watermelons, melons, grapes, apples etc have a high water content.  You can’t really drink it, but at least they give you some form of water.

Your Food Pantry

Don’t forget canned fruits and vegetables come packed with liquid.  Save the liquid for water needs.

Expired bottled water may still be safe to drink as long as they were not stored next to noxious chemicals.

Toilet Tank

The water found in the back of your toilet in the toilet tank is usually clean, not for drinking but for washing.  However, this water is not safe to use if you’ve been using those blue cleaning tablets in the toilet tank.

Water Heater

Your water heater is a possible source for clean, drinkable water.  An average home or apartment water heater has at least 30 gallons of clean water.  In an emergency, you can use this water for drinking.  Before an emergency happens, take the time to learn where your water heater is located and read the instructions (usually posted on the water heater) on how to drain the water.  

Swimming Pool

Most suburban neighborhoods or apartment complexes have access to at least one swimming pool.  In an emergency, this water can be used for washing.  You should not drink this water, unless you are able to remove the chemicals.   Although the Berkey water filter removes chemicals, and even chlorine, excessive chemicals and possibly salts are contained in pool water.  Therefore, running pool water through the unit is not recommended unless it’s an extreme emergency and there are no other choices.  The safest way to make pool water drinkable is by distilling it.

Without electricity running the filter, the pool water will become stagnant and eventually grow mold and mosquitoes.  Many other residents will also have the same idea of using the pool water for themselves so it is best not to rely on the pool as a water source except in extreme emergencies.

Fountains and other Water Features

Many subdivisions and apartment complexes have fountains, brooks or streams running through the landscape.  Some communities have their own rain cachement systems.  Unfortunately, these water features are either treated with chlorine or contain runoff from the streets.  Runoff water contains metals, gasoline, herbicides, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals.  Like the swimming pool, these are not good sources of drinkable water.

Collect Rain Water

If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, leave containers out that can fill with rain water.

 

 

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Living Ready Pocket Manual: Book Review and Giveaway

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LR First Aid CoverSurvival Doctor James Hubbard, MD has written a new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival.

This book will give you knowledge and skills to potentially save a life during an emergency or disaster.   Dr. Hubbard gives easy to follow step by step directions on what to do in such situations as:

  • choking
  • severe wounds
  • bites
  • burns
  • dehydration
  • hyperthermia and hypothermia
  • poisoning
  • broken bones and joints

In high stress situations, you don’t need a lot of complex explanations and jargon that will only confuse you.  This books gives an average person exactly what’s needed to take action and follow through.

There is also a section on what to include in a first aid kit some of which I found lacking in my own kit.  Dr. Hubbard also reminds us to keep additional water for first aid purposes such as cleaning wounds.  There is also a section detailing what types of antibiotics target certain illnesses.

You never know when you’ll find yourself as a first responder in a disaster.  The book is well-organized which makes it easy for someone to use in an emergency.  It is small enough to keep in a bug out bag, or a hiking backpack.  I think this book would also make a great gift for non-prepper recipients.  I am sure by now you’ve concluded I highly recommend Living Ready Pocket Manual.

For additional reviews of Living Ready Pocket Manual, click here.

Now for the giveaway:

One winner will be chosen to win a copy of Living Ready Pocket Manual.

 

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 Describe a first aid emergency that you’ve experienced.

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, January 18th at 8 pm Central.

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

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