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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Feb. 2009 Meeting
Published January 26, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In December I started working on one for our family, I still do not have it to my liking but I did find out in a small way just how important one is to have.
A few weeks ago we left Florida to meet our daughter in Louisiana to pick up our 3 year old grandson. When we left Florida, the temps were in the 70's , we were dressed accordingly and I failed to check the weather before we left. I just assumed that since we would be traveling southwest that the weather would be much the same. Wrong..... The further west we drove, the colder it got and by the time we got to Baton Rouge it was bitter cold outside, pouring rain with a little ice mixed in. In our bag I had packed a set of sweat suits for the three of us and we were ever so grateful to slip the sweat shirts on over our clothing for warmth. Inside the bag were also snacks of Vienna Sausage, beef jerky and granola bars and small bottled water. We had snacks and drinks to keep our little grandson happy without having to stop and get in and out of the icy rain.
I would not suggest storing your supplies long term in a vehicle. If you have cans with pop lids they can explode in extreme heat, the hard candies and candles can also melt and you know in Florida what temperatures a vehicle can heat up to when the sun is out.
During a hurricane evacuation we have been fortunate not to have ever been caught sitting hours and hours in non moving traffic but there were thousands who were. If they had their 72 hour kits in their vehicle, it made life much easier.
The following is a handout by LDS I found on the web. It is a good guideline to go by and can be adjusted to fit you family needs.
72-hour kits - What is needed?
Monday, January 26, 2009
Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama's speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. Includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. This book is truly a primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times.
This book just came out the first week in January and is already sold out on amazon.com
who is carrying the Bible and Constitution in her pocket or purse
Saturday, January 24, 2009
|Martinez, Mel - (R - FL)|
|356 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
|Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)|
|716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510|
For other states find your State Senator Here
This is a list on how all the senators voted for the Bailout
I think it is funny that the democrat voted No and the republican voted YES in Florida. I am making a copy and highlighting Senator Martinez and Senator Nelson's name and mailing it with my tea bag just to make sure they get the picture that they are being watched.
This is a post from American Preppers Network. Lets all do this! If you send a letter with your tea bag I urge you to be respectful and polite as that is what our network is all about.
Email received from Pioneer Living So long as we have an inauguration drawing this sort of crowd and not a protest about our government blowing $700 billion of our dollars so that The Pigmen of Wall Street can continue to rob our nation blind, then saddle us with the bill when their bets go bad, we will see no solution.
I cannot take credit for the idea floated on some forums, but I do like it.
It is time for We The People to send a strong message to Washington DC - no more. No more loading our children and grandchildren with debt. No more bailing out speculators and bankers who made bets they knew were unsafe at the time. No more bailing out people who came to Congress to demand the removal of leverage limits, got what they asked for, then blew themselves up with the very leverage they demanded to be able to use.
Therefore, on February 1st, which is more than enough time for Barack Obama to be seated in his chair in the West Wing, I am recommending an act of peaceful, lawful and yet unmistakable protest.
That is, to mail President Obama one teabag. Nothing dangerous, nothing illegal - just one teabag.
Send one to your Congressman and one to each Senator.
Later, when the weather is a bit warmer and fountains are running water (rather than frozen!) this sort of protest can be repeated with LOOSE tea in select cities.
But for now, let's start with the symbolism, to be repeated each and every time our government votes or intends to do something similarly stupid - which I presume will include Obama's "stimulus" package.
If we all mail our teabags on February 1st, it will send a strong message to Washington. Include a copy of Ticker’s related to the many bailouts (pick one!) or write your own letter condemning the fraud and abuse in our banking and financial system - with the teabag being your symbolic refusal to quietly pay for it.
Pass it around the blogs and email lists - its a bag of tea folks, and the obvious parallel to the Boston Tea Party of old should be instantly obvious to everyone who receives it.
The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Don't forget to bookmark and check the Free Stuff page every 24 hours for newly added items. In the next day or two I will be posting about preparing our 72 hour Emergency Bag or Bug Out Bag. So all comments are welcome to let others know what you are packing in yours.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
For the budget minded.....Let's get creative about saving water.
- First of all DO NOT store your drinking water in plastic jugs that previously held a milk product. No matter how much you think you have washed and cleaned the inside, it can still hold bacteria that can make you sick and you do not want to be sick during a crisis.
- If you buy soda in cans, switch now to the 1 or 2 liter plastic bottles. It's less expensive to buy your soda this way and you will have a free water jug after you have drank your soda. Save your empty plastic juice containers, they make great water containers as well. When the bottles are empty, add some hot tap water put a drop or two or bleach in it (if desired but not necessary at this point), recap it and give it a good shake and pour it out or better yet...water a plant with it. Now fill it with fresh cold water and add your drops of plain Chlorine Bleach. (See How Much Below) , cap it, give it a shake and let it sit for 20 or 30 minutes. Take the cap off and give it a sniff. If you can detect the chlorine, it is ready to be capped, dated and put into your prep area. If you can't detect the chlorine add a few more drops. It is suggested that you keep this water for 6 months and then replenish it. If you can replenish it at that time, go ahead and do so. If you don't want to waste it. Use it for cooking, watering plants, rinsing dishes or whatever creative means you can think of. Just make sure you replenish your bottles and re-date them. If you need the water and it is older than 6 months it should still be good. If you are worried about it just boil it for a few minutes. Bottled water can be made to taste better by pouring it from one glass to another a couple of times. This adds oxygen back into the water.
1 liter- 4 drops
2 liter or 2 quarts -8 drops
1 gallon - 16 drops
The big guy found us some plastic 55 gallon drums that has a triangle with a #2 inside the triangle on the bottom. Anytime you see this symbol , you will know it is food grade plastic. Although these drums have stamped in the top, DO Not Use for Food or Beverage, we know they are safe as the labels had not been removed and they had held DR Pepper! With a quick cleaning of water and bleach we moved them to our front porch which is shaded all the time. We placed them side by side and filled them with fresh clean water and 1-1/2 cups of Chlorine Bleach per barrel. We then placed a 2 x 4 piece of plywood over the top. We have a piece of Hardie backer board and pieces of ceramic tile left over from our kitchen remodeling. When the weather warms up enough I plan on tiling the top. I had two old bar stools in the barn, I cleaned those up and placed them on each side of the barrels so we now have a patio table on the porch that serves a dual purpose. If you are a arts and craft type of person you could even paint these to look like wooden barrels. It's two late now to add a tap so we will keep a clean piece of hose for siphoning or maybe later will purchase a pump that fits these barrels to pump the water out. Check with a farm and garden center, feed store or even some plant nurseries for these barrels. Sometimes we have seen these for sale in the free papers you can pick up outside of some businesses. Most people will purchase these and cut in half for watering and feeding livestock or for large planters.
Please leave your comments on your creative ways you are storing water so we all may learn some new tips! We will discuss water filters and finding emergency water in another post.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Being a resident of Florida for almost all of my life, our family has always been preppers of some sort but mostly during the months of June through November. For all of you Floridians, you know this is hurricane season. For those of you who haven’t read our other blog Challenged Survival, we are caretakers of our son who was injured while on active duty in the Marine Corps almost 14 years ago. He requires 24/7 care so we have to be a little more prepared than most. We went through the Y2K scare when we thought all kinds of crazy things may happen and our first thought was to prepare for our son. If we had kept that mentality we would be far ahead of the game now. January 1, 2000 came and went, we relaxed and the world continued to turn and then we had 911. We grew a little afraid of another terrorist attack and tried to get a little more prepared. A few months went by again, we relaxed and continued to be good citizens and listened to our government and tried to believe their promises.
Like many of the sheeple….what a wake- up call we have gotten this past year! Our journey for preparing really began when we were looking for alternative energy to heat our greenhouse. When I would do a search on the internet, I kept coming up with all of these survival blogs talking about prepping and what to do when TSHTF. I started reading and digging. We knew things were getting steadily worse but we didn’t know how badly. We happily watched the Six o’clock news, occasionally CNN and believed what the smiling news faces told us. Could things really be this bad? You better believe it is. When the federal government started pouring money into the private sector (at the tax payers expense) we knew this was the beginning of the end. Talking about feeling helpless….who do you turn to? What can you do? When you have a government that does everything but listen to the people? I read and then I read some more. What it all boils down to is our patriotism, our liberty and how it is being destroyed on a daily basis. Most citizens of the United States don’t know a thing about our Constitution. If you were to ask them what is in the Constitution a few can tell you there is freedom of speech and the right to bear arms…that’s it. People, If you don’t have the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence look it up the on the web, read its words. You will see how we have already lost almost all of our rights. If we as patriots don’t fight for our liberty and get our voice back, who will? Almost the entire world hates the United States. If our government turns on us, WE THE PEOPLE, who will come to our defense? You can get a free pocket size copy of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution from Heritage Foundation.
I believe we are about to see one of the largest governments in history and that in itself is going to start a civil unrest that you can’t imagine. This president and his new cabinet are going to be dangerous, unsafe and too radically revolutionary for the America I know and love.This is why our family is preparing. This is why you should be preparing. For all disasters….. be it natural or manmade.
PS...tomorrow we will begin discussing our preparations
Monday, January 19, 2009
We will be posting on our journey in prepping and becoming self sufficient and welcome all Florida Patriots to join us here on our new site.