30 Days of Preparedness Giveaway

30 Days of Preparedness Giveaway

30 Days of Preparedness GiveawayWelcome to the 30 Days of Preparedness Giveaway!

National Preparedness Month helps encourage folks just like you to get prepared.  I’d like to encourage you to continue on this journey of preparedness ALL year long!  Allow my friend’s and associates to provide you with a jump start on preparing, by offering you great items in our giveaway to help get you started!  Be sure to enter this giveaway, it will provide you with a chance to receive my new up and coming book titled How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle.

September is National Preparedness Month and the Prepared Bloggers are bringing you an amazing giveaway sponsored by Valley Food Storage and various preparedness authors. These authors are authorities on topics from gardening and chickens to natural medicine and water storage, all to help you become prepared for what life brings your way. Enter for a chance to win one of 3 great prize bundles:

Each bundle winner will receive:

  • 1- Year Round Gardening Udemy course by Rick Stone valued at $30.00. “Learn everything you need to know to extend your growing season to 365 days a year no matter where you live. Not only will you learn how to have peas in June and tomatoes in August, but you will also learn how to grow tasty veggies in your garden all year long. Including the dead of winter! All using simple, inexpensive structures like mini hoop houses and cold frames”, from the Udemy website.
  • 1- How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer eBook valued at $9.99. To date, this eBook is unpublished; if you win, you will be one of the first to receive it!
  • 1- The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook – Homesteading The Traditional Way by Tammy Trayer eBook valued at $5.99. “The cookbook is 72 pages of the Trayer family’s favorite recipes, tips and tricks in the kitchen as well as the use of essential oils in the kitchen. The cookbook included information on gluten-free and dairy-free cooking and Sun Oven cooking along with so much more”, from Trayer Wilderness website.
  • 1-  The Urban Chicken by Heather Harris eBook valued at $4.99. “With clear photos showing you step by step, you’ll have more confidence in raising chickens, knowing how to store your eggs, how to cut a whole bird and even how to can your chicken for long term, off grid storage. Learn what some of the different breeds of chickens are, and what we thought of them in terms of laying ability, friendliness and whether or not they could be used as dinner themselves (dual purpose or not)”, from The Homesteading Hippy’s website.

One bundle winner will receive all of the above items PLUS:

  • 1- The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood paperback valued at $17.99. From Amazon, “s the first and most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of survival with others. It is designed to walk you through all the steps required to safely and securely find, and work with other people just like you who realize that going it alone in a dark world is not an option.”
  • 1- Prepper’s Natural Medicine by Cat Ellis paperback valued at $15.95. From Amazon, “When disaster strikes, it will take more than food and water to keep your family alive. Prepper’s Natural Medicine empowers you with all the information needed to safely create your own medicines when a major disaster has rendered doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies unavailable. Using healing plants widely available and easily grown thorough out the US, expert prepper Cat Ellis explains how to craft renewable medicines from herbs, lichen, fungi, and other natural ingredients.”
  • 1- Start Prepping! by Tim Young paperback valued at $14.95. From Amazon, “Start Prepping! is the ultimate guide to personal emergency preparedness. It will help your family comfortably survive manmade and natural disasters and stay safe from everyday violence. You can’t hide from the risks we face, but you can prepare for them. Read Start Prepping! now and give yourself some peace of mind–because the day after disaster strikes, it’ll be too late.”

For a bundle total valued at $100!

The next bundle winner will receive:

  • 1- Fresh Eggs Daily, Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally by Lisa Steele paperback valued at $20.00. From Timber Creek Farm website, “Beautiful gift book for you or a friend, packed with information on raising chickens from chicks to laying and beyond. This is a book every chicken owner should have in their library! Useful tips and recipes included.”
  • 1- The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide by Daisy Luther paperback valued at $14.95. From Amazon “You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow.”
  • 1- Chickens From Scratch by Janet Garmen paperback valued at $12.00. From Timber Creek Farm website, “In Chickens from Scratch you will learn how and where to purchase your chicks, how to house, feed and care for them and ultimately enjoy the delicious fresh eggs the chickens will provide for your family.”

PLUS the four eBooks and Udemy course mentioned above for a grand bundle total valued at over $95!

One grand prize winner will receive:

1- 72 hour kit provided by Valley Food Storage valued at $123.25. This 1 person kit includes everything you need for a grab and go bag or just a daily readiness kit. Whether a natural disaster hits or you just get lost on that mountain road, this 72 hr kit is perfect for the active adult. With a rugged backpack that can double as a hiking pack, you’ll always be able to take your preparedness with you. The 72 hour kit includes:

  • 1 x Backpack (colors vary)
  • 10 x Servings of Food
  • 1 x Gerber Blades Multi Tool
  • 2 x Emergency Light Sticks
  • 1 x Cooking Pot
  • 1 x Berkey Bottle Filter – Purifies up to 110 Gallons.
  • Survival Equipment
  • 1 x SOL Emergency Blanket, (56″x84″)
  • 1 x Fire Lite Fire Starter
  • 4 x Tinder Quick Firestarter
  • 1 x Slim Rescue Howler Whistle
  • 1 x Button Compass
  • 1 x Duct tape, (2″x26″)
  • 1 x SOL Survival Instructions
  • Medical Supplies
  • 2 x Antiseptic Towelette
  • 1 x Ibuprofen (200mg) 2/pkg.
  • 1 x Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 0.5g
  • 1 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
  • 2 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric (1″x3″)
  • 1 x Safety Pins

Valley Food Storage offers a wide variety of high quality, great tasting, 25 year long shelf life foods, 72 hour emergency kits, water purification and water storage products. The long shelf life foods have no fillers, no unhealthy preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, no MSG and are nonGMO. This is what you would consider the “real food” of food storage, the ingredients are individually sourced for their quality. Gluten free, and dairy free menu options are available, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and to top it off, they’re a made in the USA company! Check them out here: Valley Food Storage

Also included in the grand prize is:

For a total grand prize package valued at over $200!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify. Giveaway runs from September 10th thru 30th. Winners will be chosen randomly, notified by email and given 24 hours to respond before another name is drawn. This giveaway is sponsored by Valley Food Storage and various preparedness authors and organized by Prepared Bloggers Network. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsors and not the participating bloggers. Prize values are estimates only. Void where prohibited by law. 

Please visit our 30 Days of Preparedness round robin!

Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.

Food Storage

The Prepared Pantry: A 3 Month Food Supply | PreparednessMama

How to Wax Cheese for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth | Self Sufficient Man

6 Canning Myths You Must Know | Melissa K. Norris

How to Dehydrate Cherries | Mom With a PREP

How to Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Self-Reliance

Survival Tips from the Great Depression | Self Sufficient Man

The 5 best crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners | Our Stoney Acres

Butchering a chicken | The Homesteading Hippy

Self-Sufficiency Simplified | Blue Jean Mama

3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips | Timber Creek Farm

Essential Oils for Preparedness | Mama Kautz

Farm First Aid Preparedness | Timber Creek Farm

72-Hour Kits or Bug Out Bags

How to Build a 72-hour Go Bag | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Build Your Dollar Store B.O.B. for your Car in minutes! |    Simply Living Simply

10 Essential Oils You Need in Your B.O.B. and at Home | Blue Jean Mama

10 Must-Have Herbs for Your B.O.B | Simply Living Simply

How to Make a 72 Hour Emergency Kit | Mom with a PREP

Preparedness

5 Things New Moms Can Do to Prepare for Disasters | PreparednessMama

Trauma Essentials for the Prepper | The Prepared Ninja

Emergency Preparation for Those Who Are Disabled or Elderly | A Matter of Preparedness

10 Most Important Items a Female Prepper Should Have | Living Life in Rural Iowa

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter | Frugal Mama and the Sprout

How to Prepare For a Power Outage | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Why Natural Health, Exercise and Whole Foods Play a Role in Survival | Trayer Wilderness

Getting Started With Water Storage | The Backyard Pioneer

10 Totally Free Prepping Things to Do | Living Life in Rural Iowa

21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard Before I Started Prepping | Urban Survival Site

Is Homesteading Like Prepping? | The Homesteading Hippy

What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat | Trayer Wilderness

11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid | Melissa K. Norris

 

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Why Natural Health, Exercise & Whole Foods Play A Role In Survival

Why Natural Health, Exercise & Whole Foods Play A Role In Survival

Why Natural Health Exercise & Whole Foods Play A Role In SurvivalWhat comes to mind when you think of survival?  I have to imagine it is a bug-out bag or maybe how to make a fire or shelter, right?

Well, there are SO many aspects to survival and I fear that some are often overlooked!

Let’s take a look at natural health.  With the way big pharma and Obamacare are headed there will never be a cure for anything, but I truly believe that God blessed us with everything we need to survival and thrive in our immediate surroundings!  I believe it is our responsibility to learn how to identify, forage and utilize those gifts.  Being able to gather needles from a tree to make pine needle tea which is 4 to 5 times higher in Vitamin C than fresh squeezed orange juice and is also high in Vitamin A is a huge benefit.  This tea is a great immune booster, decongestant and an expectorant.  You can also use the cooled tea as an antiseptic wash.  Be sure to identify your trees properly.  You can use any pine needle, but remember that although pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are pines.  Knowing the beneficial and medicinal plants in your area can be a huge benefit to you in a survival situation.   I will be starting an Introductory Herbal Class in October myself where I will also be offering daily encouragement and accountability for anyone else who is interested in joining in and participating as well.  If you are interested in finding out more information on this opportunity, you can do so here.

I carry a homemade salve and a container of Burleigh Balm in my packs all the time along with sample sized bottles of all my essential oils.  This will provide me with a very large First Aid kit covering not just wound care, colds and sickness, but additional ailments such as rashes, migraines, inflammation, food poisoning as well as infections, boosting the immune system, earaches just to name a few.  Carrying a salve like the two that I carry, enables me to also create topical ointments combining varying essential oils dependent on my family’s needs.  For more information on the oils and salves that I use, you can subscribe to my natural health newsletter.

Exercise and endurance may be a necessary component to a survival situation as well as staying calm and keeping a clear head.  Many of you have survival packs ready by the door or in close proximity.  Do you know how much your pack weighs?  Have you ever just taken it for a walk, experiencing what it feels like to pack it and carry it?  I imagine also that you have a lot of very useful tools inside but do you know how to use them and if you do know how to use them, do you take time to practice and hone in on those skills?

Many people have these very large packs and have never even put the pack on their backs.  In a survival situation, if you have never carried any weight on your back for a long period of time, you will most likely head out and either have to lose the pack or start unloading it.

When we go hiking we carry our packs and practice getting used to the weight.  We stop during every hike we take, religiously and start a fire utilizing something other than a lighter.  We often take time and set up a small shelter or build a shelter from the materials that surround us, again to get extra practice.

We are constantly testing our abilities and improving our abilities even if we are well practiced.  Try to start a fire in the rain, wind and unusual circumstances.  Use a different method of starting a fire each time from modern tools to traditional and primitive tools such as a bow drill.  Knowledge is power in a survival situation of any kind.  The more knowledge you have the better prepared you will be.

Exercise now, prior to a survival situation so you will have endurance, strength and be much more limber.  Being thrown into a survival situation being out of shape is just asking for trouble.  Tight muscles will pull and be strained easily, without endurance and strength you may not be able to accomplish tasks that could save your life.  Honestly, you do not need to join a gym – go for a walk, run or ride a bike.  Prior to starting any form of exercising, take time to stretch your muscles.  Start getting yourself in practice and increase your activity every day.  Once you have been exercising for a while, push yourself.  Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will help increase your endurance.  We are in good health and are very active on a daily basis so when we feel like we can’t go on, we push ourselves for another mile.

Exercise is a destresser and also helps detox the body naturally so you will be healthier and have a clearer mind.  You will be able to stay calm more easily and control your breathing.  Get yourself some weights and start out slow, increasing the number of reps daily.  Situps and push ups are utilizing your own body to build varying muscle groups.  Using your own body and resistance training can prove to be a very productive workout.  We also do such things as chop firewood, swinging a 5 or 8 lb maul can prove to be a very great workout and gets our firewood ready for the woodshed.  The key thing is to be active at least 20 to 30 minutes a day and drink lots of water.  The important thing is to know that you can carry your pack for a very long period of time without a struggle so start practicing and be prepared!

Now let’s talk a bit about survival food.  There are many great companies that provide freeze dried meals and many even carry allergy sensitive alternatives in their varieties of foods.  I will list several of my favorite companies to purchase from below:

 

Our family needs to be concerned with the foods we carry and pack because the Mountain Boy is unable to have gluten or dairy and I have struggles with many of the preservatives that are added to food and I need to watch many foods due to a histamine intolerance.  So it gets really tricky for our family to just grab prepackaged or freeze-dried foods without thoroughly checking the ingredients.  It is good to have such foods on hand, but because we have been on a whole foods diet for such a long time our bodies do not react very kindly to processed foods.  Our ancestors all made do with traditional cured and dried foods and that is the approach that we are taking to our survival foods.
Once again, God blessed us with everything we would need to survive.  We harvest our meat every year from the wild for our family now and would continue to do so.  We freeze, can, smoke, jerk and salt cure our meats currently and will be able to continue to do so, even in the wild if we needed to.  Again, learning what is available to us in the wild, so many plants in our surroundings are completely edible and very delicious.  The young roots of a cattail plant are a delicacy for our family.  They are absolutely amazing sauteed up in a little bit of olive oil with a bit of garlic and season salt, but could also be cooked up in bear lard and enjoyed just the same.
Not only being able to gather your edibles from the wild, you can continue to grow your own food if you are smart.  I carry heirloom seeds in all of my survival packs, both big and small.  You never know when a short term survival situation could turn into a long term survival situation fast.  Having the necessary items to survive a long term situation is important.  Here in the Idaho wilderness I can’t walk out and expect to find a tomato plant growing wild, but I could easily carry seeds that take up nearly no room at all with no weight either and easily grow them for my family.  The additional benefit of an heirloom seed is that you can also save the seeds each year and continue to be able to replant and grow your food.

 

If you are new to gardening, two highly recommended tools are The Gardening Notebook and this amazing Planting Calculator.
We already live a much different life than the average, but when thrown into a survival situation we would all be fending for ourselves and looking to achieve the same thing.  Learning from one another is important and finding different perspectives on things is important.  There are certain staple foods that we stock up on in great quantities sea salt being one of them.  Salt is a useful staple in not just flavoring our food, but being able to preserve our food.  We raise honey bees, so our honey is another staple that we stock up on and refer to as our Homestead Gold.  It is not only a great sweetener, will last indefinitely, but also has a lot of medicinal value and uses.  I have my honey bees directly in front of the raised bed in my garden that has my herbs and medicinal plants giving it even further medicinal value.  I also grow stevia in my garden which is a perennial plant and another amazing asset to our homestead.

For those of you that are not used to cooking and baking from scratch or need to cater to specialty diets, you may find my new cookbook, The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook ~ Homesteading The Traditional Way ~ Volume 1 useful.  You will also find tips & recipes on canning, cooking and baking with essential oils, using your woods stove or a solar oven to cook your food and a lot of gluten free and dairy free tips, tricks and recipes to accommodate everyone.
I also stock up on Tattler Canning Lids.  They are reusable canning lids that are priceless if we end up in a survival situation because they would allow me to continue to preserve my food via canning indefinitely.
We are equipped to continue in a modern way, but are also well versed in living off the land and in a very traditional and even primitive way.  Being able to exist this way is a key factor in survival in our opinion and we feel that although there are a lot fo great products on the market to help us survive in varying ways, there could possibly come a time when what we may need to exist is depleted or no longer in existence.  Knowing how to live off the land is what will move us forward in an extreme survival situation and for us, that describes our lifestyle.
Learn the skills and knowledge you will need to exist without the modern conveniences of today so you are prepared for anything.

The month of September is National Preparedness Month and this year The Prepared Bloggers are once again bringing you a great 30 day series on how to be better prepared in 2015.

This was one of my contributions and I hope you have enjoyed it.  Below you will find all the other contributors and their posts.  I highly encourage you to check them out!

 

P.S.  For taking the time to join us and read this post, we would like to extend a 15% discount on everything in our store for National Preparedness Month.  After placing your order, just enter NATIONALPREP in the coupon code when completing your order.

September is National Preparedness Month and The Prepared Bloggers are at it again!

September is National Preparedness Month #30DaysofPrep 2015 It’s safe to say that our ultimate goal is to help you have an emergency kit, a family plan, and the knowledge to garden, preserve your harvest and use useful herbs every day – without spending a ton of money to do it. Luckily that’s obtainable for every family and a journey we would love to help you with.

This year we have posts about food storage, 72-hour Kits & Bug Out Bags, and every aspect of preparedness, from water storage to cooking off grid. You’ll also find many ideas to help you be more self-reliant. Look for information on the big giveaway we’ve put together for later in the month.

Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.

Food Storage

The Prepared Pantry: A 3 Month Food Supply | PreparednessMama

How to Wax Cheese for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth | Self Sufficient Man

6 Canning Myths You Must Know | Melissa K. Norris

How to Dehydrate Cherries | Mom With a PREP

How to Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Self-Reliance

Survival Tips from the Great Depression | Self Sufficient Man

The 5 best crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners | Our Stoney Acres

Butchering a chicken | The Homesteading Hippy

Self-Sufficiency Simplified | Blue Jean Mama

3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips | Timber Creek Farm

Essential Oils for Preparedness | Mama Kautz

Farm First Aid Preparedness | Timber Creek Farm

72-Hour Kits or Bug Out Bags

How to Build a 72-hour Go Bag | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Build Your Dollar Store B.O.B. for your Car in minutes! | Simply Living Simply

10 Essential Oils You Need in Your B.O.B. and at Home | Blue Jean Mama

10 Must-Have Herbs for Your B.O.B | Simply Living Simply

Preparedness

How to Make a 72 Hour Emergency Kit | Mom with a PREP

5 Things New Moms Can Do to Prepare for Disasters | PreparednessMama

Trauma Essentials for the Prepper | The Prepared Ninja

Emergency Preparation for Those Who Are Disabled or Elderly | A Matter of Preparedness

10 Most Important Items a Female Prepper Should Have | Living Life in Rural Iowa

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter | Frugal Mama and the Sprout

How to Prepare For a Power Outage | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Why Natural Health, Exercise and Whole Foods Play a Role in Survival | Trayer Wilderness

Getting Started With Water Storage | The Backyard Pioneer

10 Totally Free Prepping Things to Do | Living Life in Rural Iowa

21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard Before I Started Prepping | Urban Survival Site

Is Homesteading Like Prepping? | The Homesteading Hippy

What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat | Trayer Wilderness

11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid | Melissa K. Norris

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What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat?

What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat?

What To Consider When Wild Fires Are A Threat

The Pacific Northwest is under attack with wildfires…   Are you and your family affected?  We are…   We’ve had 3 months+ with no rain and extreme heat.  It is beyond dry and we are living in an unsafe tinder box.  All it would take is one fool to drop a cigarette, a lightning bolt, a spark from a chainsaw, a hot muffler in the dry grass…  There are thousands of firefighters giving it all for Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Montana and surrounding states…  Firefighters have flown in from Alaska, Australia…  Our military is being trained to fight the fires and people are volunteering.  This is not something to take lightly!

On the 13th of August, lightning struck an area 40 minutes from us.  Although the fire was far enough away, it was also way too close.  Fires move FAST, especially if there is wind pushing it and we had a lot of wind for several days.  If you are on Facebook, here is a link to the 1910 fires that burned 2 million acres in just 2 days.  If this fire jumped the ridge of the mountain it would be heading toward several towns with many people.  It was definitely a concern.  The fire was contained on the 20th and due to heavy heavy winds the following two days the fire was reignited.  As of today, the fire is contained, but there are fires EVERYWHERE and SO many people are affected!

It is some very scary times in many of the western states. I wanted to take the time today to cover a couple of things and help you to be prepared if you are affected. If you are not affected right now, please read over this and make some mental notes to keep for future reference.

Earlier in the month, before the fire started, we started making two lists. The first list was comprised of what we would take if we only had 15 minutes to gather things and evacuate. The second list was comprised of all the things we would need to setup camp, rebuild from the ground up and exist in the wilds without a home. When we found out the fire was as close as it was, we began getting our trailers pulled around and began getting all our essentials on the second list ready and even loaded on the trailer. Our home looks like we are either moving out or just moved in. I enjoy organization and because I work from home it is nice to be clear of clutter so it is a bit crazy here, but honestly it is not really a concern at this point and the items that we felt held a lot of value previously, currently hold little or no value to us at all.

You quickly realize what truly matters most and that is our family!

So with that in mind, let’s talk about somethings….

First and foremost, if you are in a state that currently has forest fires or wild fires burning, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be aware of where those fires are. Contact your local county officials and find out how you can keep up with the progress of the fires in your state.

Here in Idaho we have a website http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com to which keeps us updated daily on the varying fires that are burning. Our local area has a phone number that we can call for updates and also for evacuation details and yesterday I located a number that I could text to be notified if there were evacuations in our zip code! I CAN NOT express this enough. We may not leave our home very often, but we surely want to know what is going on around us. The Mountain Boy and I went out for feed the other day and we ran into many people that lived closer to the burning fires than we did and they had no clue it was even burning!! I would much rather be prepared and considered a freak for being prepared than taking the chance of being incinerated. So stay on top of things and be aware!!

Also most of Idaho was issued an alert today for hazardous air conditions, please be sure to read up on how this can affect you and the precautions necessary for you with these air quality guidelines (http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart) . Remember smoke can take you before fire so please think of all aspects of your health and families well-being.

Next create your lists and have plans put in place for different scenarios.

If the Mountain Man is off working on a project for someone and we need to evacuate, we have a plan in place and he knows where he can find us. We have a plan in place and a location for refuge if we are evacuated thanks to dear friend’s of ours in Washington.  Now keep in mind when planning to not just have a plan A, but also a plan B and even C.    Suppose our initial plan A location was under fire, if we did not have a plan B or C, we would have no idea where the other is.  Think out of the box and in all honesty – you should have plans in place NOW in the event of natural disasters, fires, etc….

In addition to your plans, if you have elderly or special needs children or individuals, you will want to consider their needs and maybe even get them out of the situation and in a save location prior to an evacuation.  Consider all their needs though and have special plans in place for them as well.   People with asthma, lung and heart issues among others may not be able to stay in areas with extremely unhealthy and hazardous air quality so keep this in mind as well.

Please follow the safety instructions that are given to you by your county or state.  When the air quality is hazardous it is recommended that your time outdoors is limited.  If you need to be outside, protect your lungs.

Consider your pets in these conditions also.  If you are able to take your pets with you, be sure to have food, bowls, beds, leashes and collars.  In conditions that are scary to you, they will also be scary for your pets.  They will first sense your escalated stress levels and dependent on conditions may freak out.  Be sure to collar and leash them so you can keep control over them.

Next let’s talk about those lists….

What were the first things that came to mind? Was it some of your most valuable possessions or was it food, water, clothing, a means of making a shelter…

Sure there may be some things that are of great value to you and maybe some of those things can be taken along, but the first things you should be thinking of are the essentials.

If you need to leave in short order,  here is a list of some of the critical things you would want to grab given you have the time (REMEMBER FAMILY IS MOST IMPORTANT):

* Medications
* Important Documents
* Food and Water
* Extra Clothing
* Sleeping Bags and Wool Blankets
* Tent or Tarp

If you have time to prepare, below is the list of things we have formulated into our essentials list:
* Medications
* Important Documents
* Food and Water
* Extra Clothing
* Extra Shoes
* Sleeping Bags and Wool Blankets
* Tent or Tarp
* Reusable Space Blanket
* Survival Pack (including something to cook your food and heat water)
* First Aid Kit (Herbals & Essential Oils too)
* Chainsaw, Axe, Digging Bar, Shovel
* Come-A-Long, Chains, Tow Ropes
* Food, bowls, beds and leashes for your pets
* Paracord, mule tape, bank line

Staying hydrated all the time is important, but even more so in these situations. We carry wide mouth stainless steel water bottles with us on our person where ever we go. We carry those for a reason, you can place this bottle in a fire and boil water to drink and with the wide mouth you could also cook your food in this and easily remove it if necessary. These are now available for sale on our website .

We carry on our person daily, paracord in some form or other (I wear a paracord bracelet that the Mountain Boy made me and he sells), a lighter, at least one knife, a firearm and a nonreusable space blanket in our back pocket. These are just the normal gear we carry so our survival packs are a whole different ball game.

Now those would be the essentials, but being we were thinking long term we thought of things like all our tools to rebuild, our trapping and hunting gear, our firearms and equipment, our winter gear, a small bag with all my business equipment and essentials to maintain my business, a kitchen tote with all our cast iron, 4 enamelware plates, cups, bowls and utensils and some containers to store leftovers, all our food cache, our generator, our sun ovens, my herbal pantry, all our winter clothing, etc…

Every family is different and your thoughts will be different on what is essential, but you need to think of what will get you and your family by if you are no longer able to stay at your home. So if that means a couple day stay in a hotel room till things are safe or if this is a long term plan like ours is, but you need to really think about this.

We want to be prepared, but Mother Nature is the boss so when you need to get out fast the only thing that is of utmost importance is yourself and your family. Remember everything else is replaceable.

When leaving your home, consider that there may be debris in the roadways.  Traveling with a chainsaw or an axe and chains or ropes is a wise idea to be able to quickly remove debris so you can continue to escape.  Many were being evacuated with fires on either side of the roadways and in dangerous conditions.

I did two videos over the last two days that you can find here  and here .

For some of you, you may have homestead animals like we do.  They are a GREAT concern for us.  Right now we have laying hens, meat rabbits, milk goats and honey bees.  It would sicken me to have to leave them behind, but we are not fully equipt to take all of them either.  We transported our goats to our homestead initially in large Rubbermaid trashcans with the lids slightly tilted and strapped fast.  This is a way to easily get them out as well, but if time is of the essence, PLEASE remember that your family is most important.  Leave the pens open and let them escape so they at least have a chance for survival and get your family to safety.

If you were in a situation that you were unable to get out and our prayer is that this never happens to any of you,  you could fell trees away from your home in a larger perimeter around your home.  Keep the area around your home wet.  If you have a body of water near your home you could head in that direction.   Getting in the water and covering your heads with a wet blanket will help keep you safer from falling ashes and debris, but this is in a worst case scenario because hypothermia could set in as well.  So please heed the warnings to get out when it is time and if you have grave concerns and your gut is telling you way ahead of time to leave and seek a safer location, then by all means do so.

I’d like to ask that you continue to pray for all those affected by the fires, those fighting the fires and for rain! We need rain SO badly.  This is something that is heavy on my heart – it worries me greatly when people fail to stay informed or feel they are unaffected by such dangers. Stay safe, stay informed and be prepared!  God Bless!

The month of September is National Preparedness Month and this year The Prepared Bloggers are once again bringing you a great 30 day series on how to be better prepared in 2015.

This was one of my contributions and I hope you have enjoyed it.  Below you will find all the other contributors and their posts.  I highly encourage you to check them out!

 

P.S.  For taking the time to join us and read this post, we would like to extend a 15% discount on everything in our store for National Preparedness Month.  After placing your order, just enter NATIONALPREP in the coupon code when completing your order.

September is National Preparedness Month and The Prepared Bloggers are at it again!

September is National Preparedness Month #30DaysofPrep 2015 It’s safe to say that our ultimate goal is to help you have an emergency kit, a family plan, and the knowledge to garden, preserve your harvest and use useful herbs every day – without spending a ton of money to do it. Luckily that’s obtainable for every family and a journey we would love to help you with.

This year we have posts about food storage, 72-hour Kits & Bug Out Bags, and every aspect of preparedness, from water storage to cooking off grid. You’ll also find many ideas to help you be more self-reliant. Look for information on the big giveaway we’ve put together for later in the month.

Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.

Food Storage

The Prepared Pantry: A 3 Month Food Supply | PreparednessMama

How to Wax Cheese for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth | Self Sufficient Man

6 Canning Myths You Must Know | Melissa K. Norris

How to Dehydrate Cherries | Mom With a PREP

How to Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

Self-Reliance

Survival Tips from the Great Depression | Self Sufficient Man

The 5 best crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners | Our Stoney Acres

Butchering a chicken | The Homesteading Hippy

Self-Sufficiency Simplified | Blue Jean Mama

3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips | Timber Creek Farm

Essential Oils for Preparedness | Mama Kautz

Farm First Aid Preparedness | Timber Creek Farm

72-Hour Kits or Bug Out Bags

How to Build a 72-hour Go Bag | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Build Your Dollar Store B.O.B. for your Car in minutes! | Simply Living Simply

10 Essential Oils You Need in Your B.O.B. and at Home | Blue Jean Mama

10 Must-Have Herbs for Your B.O.B | Simply Living Simply

Preparedness

How to Make a 72 Hour Emergency Kit | Mom with a PREP

5 Things New Moms Can Do to Prepare for Disasters | PreparednessMama

Trauma Essentials for the Prepper | The Prepared Ninja

Emergency Preparation for Those Who Are Disabled or Elderly | A Matter of Preparedness

10 Most Important Items a Female Prepper Should Have | Living Life in Rural Iowa

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter | Frugal Mama and the Sprout

How to Prepare For a Power Outage | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

Why Natural Health, Exercise and Whole Foods Play a Role in Survival | Trayer Wilderness

Getting Started With Water Storage | The Backyard Pioneer

10 Totally Free Prepping Things to Do | Living Life in Rural Iowa

21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard Before I Started Prepping | Urban Survival Site

Is Homesteading Like Prepping? | The Homesteading Hippy

What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat | Trayer Wilderness

11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid | Melissa K. Norris

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What To Gather For Fire Making and How To Make A Fire

What To Gather For Fire Making and How To Make A Fire

What To Gather For Fire Making and How To Make A FireBeing able to create a fire in a survival situation is a life or death scenario, did you know that?  If you are unable to keep your body temperature at a normal temperature or you are wet and cold and need to quickly find heat – you could easily die of hypothermia if you are unable to create a fire.

Everyone thinks it is easy to start a fire and it is just as simple as flicking a lighter and poof you have fire!!

This is not always the case and our family can not encourage people enough to get out and practice your fire making skills regularly and especially as a family!

We know how to start fires, but we still practice all the time in varying weather and to improve and increase our knowledge.

Starting a fire when things are dry is one thing, have you ever tried when there is snow on the ground, after it has rained or better yet, while it is raining?

I encourage you to do so.  Ladies and children, this means you as well!!  What if you get separated from your family – will you or your child know how to get by on their own?  That is not something I would want to question – that is something I would want to be a fact!  Allow us to educate the whole family!

The purpose of this post is to educate you on the varying forms for making a fire and the materials that can really help the process along.  The first video demonstrates modern forms of fire starting.

The 2nd video covers traditional forms of fire starting.

The 3rd video covers primitive forms for fire starting.

Note in video 3, even in a non-emergency situation that may not be an easy form of fire, BUT it is incredible knowledge to have.  Not to mention, the more you practice the better you will get.  If you are out in the woods with a knive and a shoe lace, you could do this.  So do not disregard primitive forms of fire.

Now this next video will walk you through the wilderness and show you some of the useful materials at your disposal that could easily save your life.  Do you know what you can gather in your surroundings currently to make a fire?  If not, be sure to get out exploring and find out.. 🙂

Here is also another informative video by the Mountain Man on harvesting fat wood and why.

Below you will find two other links to additional and varying other fire videos that we have produced.  We have information on solar ignition or in other words starting fire with the sun, using our MultiFlame Tool and MultiFlame Mini Tool (here is a review), our Trayer Fire Tool (here is a review), using flint and steel, using magnesium and even using Shoegoo…

Here is a link for all the fire videos on the Mountain Man’s Channel.

Here are additional links for fire videos on our Trayer Wilderness Channel.

If you are interested in seeing a new modern tool in action that is multipurpose here are three videos to watch:  here,  here and here.

Doing things as a family makes the trip so much fun and a little friendly competition is never a problem. 🙂  Get out and practice your fire skills so you can be efficient and educated in the event you need to save a life – maybe even your own…

Thanks so much for joining us and I hope this post was helpful for you and the family.

How can we help you further?

Here are some related posts that I think you will like:

The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry
The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack
How We Choose The Right Gear

How To Make A Shelter

What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire
How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild

 

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The Importance Of A Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry

The Importance Of A Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry

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The Importance Of A Shelter

Let’s talk about the importance of a shelter…  We all live in varying climates, terrain and areas.  Some of you may live in the city, in a small town, in the country or in the wilderness as we do.  No matter where you are located, the first thing you need to be concerned about in a survival situation is where you will take shelter.

If you live in the city, you may need to sleep in your car or dependent on the situation you may need to humble yourself and sleep in a dumpster.  You need to be prepared and yet creative at the same time.  One thing we carry in our survival packs is either a cheap tarp or a survival shelter system.

Now those systems are great and a tarp is great, BUT what if you don’t have one?  You need to know how to utilize what is in your surroundings that you could use to create yourself a shelter.

We are surrounded by tall timbers, pines to be exact and we are surrounded by the wilderness so there are fallen trees and varying things in our direct surroundings that would provide a great form of shelter making materials.  Some of you may have caves or varying terrain that would also provide a fantastic form of shelter.

We go out as a family regularly and practice creating all kinds and forms of shelters.  This is for fun really, but at the same time it is perfecting our skills and providing us knowledge in varying forms of shelters dependent on our situation and our surroundings.  A survival situation may occur in the most inopportune times so our knowledge and skills could be essential as well for our survival.

We can’t express enough how important it is to practice your skills and knowledge.

Without a shelter of some kind we are leaving ourselves very vulnerable to mother nature.  Being vulnerable could lead to a life and death situation.  Your core temperature needs to be guarded and protected.  What is your core temperature you ask?  Your bodies core temperature is your bodies internal temperature.  That core temperature needs to be protected or you risk hypothermia.

Now, most people associate hypothermia as only something to be concerned about when there is snow on the ground, during cold temperatures or when you fall into a river during the winter months, but what people don’t realize is that Florida has the highest rate of hypothermia.  Why?  Because in the heat of Florida there is a lot of rain and when people are caught outside in the rain and the temperatures drop into even the 60’s you will get cold and will alter your core temperature unless you are able to take shelter and get warm.

So not only is a shelter important, but so is being able to keep your core temperature in check.  So dependent where you are located you may need to cool your body if you are in the high dessert or you may need to warm your body if your are in Idaho in the winter for example.  So a shelter from the sun or shelter from the elements – either way you need to be creative and create yourself a form of shelter.

In the high dessert, a shelter will keep your body from over heating and also dehydrating during the day, but the temperatures drop at night and a fire would still be necessary for your survival.   Here in Idaho, a situation in the winter months here would require a quick shelter and an immediate fire so being prepared is essential.

Something else you need to consider in this situation is over exerting yourself.  If you are in the high dessert you want to take your time and get a shelter in place with as little exertion as possible, not to burn up too many of your calories, to sweat too much which would cause dehydration and even the possibility of hypothermia dependent on the time of day.  In other locations where the temperatures are colder you definitely want to take care not to sweat by removing a top layer of clothing while you build your shelter and gather fire starting materials.  You do also need to be concerned about over exertion too and burning up too many calories as well.  Keeping yourself strong and able and your core temperature safe is the most important part right now while you build yourself a shelter and work toward starting a fire to keep your body warm.

Again being creative may be necessary.  Dependent on where you are located you will need to find dry materials to start your fire and materials to keep your fire going.  Later this month you will be able to read my post on What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire, but for now let’s talk about a couple of things.

Right now as I type this, I have a pocket knife in my pocket and two Bic lighters and I have one of our Mountain Boy’s survival  bracelets that he sells on my wrist.  In these simple pieces of equipment, I have all I need to build a shelter and start a fire.  They are on my person, ALL the time.  That way no matter what, I have what I need to be creative, but also safe.

The knife can be used to cut up the paracord to tie down various things I find in my surroundings to build a shelter, to secure a tarp to a tree (with a million other uses).

I have a lighter to start my fire with materials in my surroundings, dried grass, fungus, small twigs, etc in my personal surroundings.  You may find cardboard in the dumpster, your car may have broken down and you have some old directions in your glove box, a dirty napkin, and varying things outside of your car that you can use to keep your fire going.   In the dumpster you could keep feeding the fire with the cardboard or maybe there is a skid or pallet there for the trash, a sofa cushion.  Think out of the box and be creative.

So now you are aware of the need for a shelter and a fire.  These are critical for your survival in any situation, shelter and warmth and keeping your core temperature protected form hypothermia.

Be sure to read my upcoming post on How To Make A Shelter and What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire.

We will talk more about building a shelter, but below will be two locations that I recommend the people behind the products as well as the shelter systems they carry.

Perry Peacock of  WildernessInnovation.com

Dave & Jamie Canterbury of SelfRelianceOutfitters.com

Also remember,  being prepared does not mean we need to go broke in purchasing products, you can easily start with a cheap tarp which you will see in our videos upcoming on shelter building and you can use materials from your surroundings.

The best advice I can give you right now is to be knowledgeable, practice your skills, use common sense and be creative!

For you ladies especially, I will be doing a Shelter Building Survival Series this fall so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/MzMfj, so you are the first to know about it….

Be sure to join us and subscribe to our YouTube Channel at TrayerWilderness.

Do you need help in learning how to build a shelter?  What is your favorite type of shelter?

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Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape.

Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.

Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 – The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 – I’m Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 – Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 – Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 – The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 – It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 – It’s a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 – Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 – Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 – The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 – The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 – Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 – How We Choose The Right Gear – (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 – Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 – Food and Water for a 72 Hour “Go Bag” from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 – 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 – Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 – Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 – Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
Day 24 – Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Day 25 – Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
Day 26 – How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
Day 27 – How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness
Day 28 – Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper
Day 29 – What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness
Day 30 – How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness

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How To Build A Shelter

How To Build A Shelter

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How To Build A Shelter Having shelter is the first concern next to keeping warm when in the elements.  Being able to remove yourself from the elements of mother nature is important.  Whether you are using a man-made form of shelter or utilizing materials from mother nature herself in your surroundings, but building a shelter is a must!

Our Mountain Man is a pro and he has instilled in us, to learn how to build varying shelters and learning how to use everything you can in your surroundings to stay safe, dry and warm.  We actually find this to be a fun, family adventure that we try to do pretty regularly and that is venturing out and just for fun building ourselves a new form of a shelter.

We have used fallen trees, hollowed out trees, tarps, tree limbs, tree bows, mud, paracord and tarps and pretty much you name it, we have enjoyed utilizing it.

Remember when building a shelter in a survival situation you want to take extreme care not to over exert yourself too much to burn unnecessary calories and you want to be careful not to sweat.  This may require you to remove extra layers in the winter months to avoid sweat because once you sweat you take great risk in getting the chills and lowering your core temperature and then hypothermia will set in.

To help you understand the process of building a shelter I am going to share with you several videos below that demonstrate the types of shelters we have built.

Building a Shelter in the Snow

Night in the snow – Part 1:  http://youtu.be/tp-7TKl9qdo

Night in the Snow Part 2:  http://youtu.be/rQ5IUSJ5pqw

Building a Shelter with a Tarp

Building a Shelter with a Tarp – Part 1:  http://youtu.be/sKB0Te6a8HY

Building a Shelter with a Tarp – Part 2:  http://youtu.be/agioSJal-Gs

An Outing Where We All Used Our Creativity A Little Differently

An Early Spring Night Out In The Wilderness:  http://youtu.be/aseYsY6yzE8

Here Is An Example of a Hunting Trip Gone Bad

Hunting Trip Gone Bad Part 1:  http://youtu.be/_–m3xyARd4

Hunting Trip Gone Bad Part 2: http://youtu.be/0XmIFq2T1GU

This Fall we will be doing a lot more and I hope this was of some help to you in how you can use your surroundings to create very warm and dry shelters to get you by in both short term and long term situations.  For the long term situations we will be continuing our Yarns of the Cabin series this fall as well which will show you how to easily build yourself a long term shelter with out many tools or skills.

For you ladies especially, I will be doing a Shelter Building Survival Series this fall so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/MzMfj, so you are the first to know about it….

Please join us on YouTube at our TrayerWilderness Channel.

I’d love to know if this post was helpful to you and how many of you are interested in our Shelter Building Survival Series?

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Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape.

Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.

Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 – The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 – I’m Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 – Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 – Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 – The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 – It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 – It’s a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 – Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 – Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 – The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 – The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 – Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 – How We Choose The Right Gear – (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 – Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 – Food and Water for a 72 Hour “Go Bag” from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 – 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 – Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 – Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 – Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
Day 24 – Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Day 25 – Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
Day 26 – How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
Day 27 – How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness
Day 28 – Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper
Day 29 – What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness
Day 30 – How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness

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