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Monday, August 31, 2009

H1N1 Victim

A 13 year old girl died of the swine flu. You can read about it here at the Sun Herald. A birdie has been talking to me. The reason that she died at home is the hospital sent her home and did not test her. I also heard that a boy with symptoms was treated for the H1N1 virus but not tested. I heard that the state health department was told NOT to test for the H1N1 virus because it would put the state's statistics through the roof and cause a wide spread panic.
I hope this isn't true...that poor little girl and her family....

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ladies on the FPG

Marica form Ohio Preppers and Herbal Pagan from Massachusetts Preppers were wonderful! The time was up before I knew it and it was a great experience. My thanks to our host, James Talmage Stevens and you can download the show on the Family Preparedness Guide on Blog Talk Radio.
I would also like to thank everyone in the chat room who was there to find out more information and to cheer us on!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lady Preppers on the FPG Tomorrow!

More Ladies to be interviewed on the Family Preparedness Guide!

Over the past few weeks, several preppers have been interviewed on James Talmage Stevens' Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio. All of the preppers that were interviewed have done a great job representing the Preppers Networks and James has done a great job interviewing! James’ radio show is doing a lot to help spread the word about prepping and the Preppers Networks and we thank him for his tireless efforts!!! All of James’ previous shows can be downloaded here.

However, according to James – his interview with the Lady Preppers on August 8 holds the second highest number of downloads on his show!!!

And because having the second highest number of downloads isn’t good enough for the Preppers Networks – James will have a new group of Lady Preppers on his show tomorrow afternoon. Please tune in tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, August 29) at 2:00pm/EST to hear Worn Out (Mississippi Preppers Network), Marica (Ohio Preppers Network) and Herbalpagan (Massachusetts Preppers Network) discuss a variety of prepper-related issues with James. You can listen to the show live, you can call in with questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.

I shamelessly copied Kymber's post (she said I could). I will be on tomorrow, the guys put on a pretty good show last time and I'm not sure we will compare but will give it a go! Can you get stage fright being on a radio show??? I think I'm getting there lol. Wish me luck and I hope you all enjoy the show. Don't forget the download usually has extra on there.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why Obama Won The Election

I've been good about political posts but I couldn't resist this, it's cute...sort of.


From a teacher in the Nashville area.

"We are worried about "the cow" when it is

all about the "Ice Cream".

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while

teaching third grade last fall.

The presidential election was heating up and some of the

children showed an interest.

I decided we would have an election for a class president.

We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class

would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class


We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students

should have.

We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia

were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections.

Both candidates were good kids.

I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots

of parental support.

I had never seen Olivia's mother. The day arrived when

they were to make their speeches.

Jamie went first.

He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better

place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded and he

sat down.

Now is was Olivia's turn to speak.

Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will vote

for me, I will give you ice cream."

She sat down. The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want

ice cream."

She surely would say more.

She did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice


She wasn't sure.

Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it.

She didn't know.

The class really didn't care. All they were thinking

about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice

cream and 52 percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.

The other 48 percent know they're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the


Remember, the government cannot give anything to anyone ---

that they have not first taken away from someone else.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Creativity Inhibitors

Do you consider yourself creative? O.k. I can hear it now, "Worn Out...what's this have to do with prepping?". I'm going to tell you so grab yourself another cup of coffee.
Most people do not consider themselves creative, myself included. If you ask most preppers about how they go about doing things, they will tell you they are doing what they have to, to secure themselves and their families. It sounds a heck of a lot more noble than to think you are creative. Creative, for most of us, is reserved for an image of an artsy, bohemian type of community. And lets face it, if we were out busting our butts tilling a new bed and someone said to us "how creative" we would probably shoot them the look of death.
Why don't preppers share more about prepping in social situations? Two reasons, one is if the SHTF we don't want everyone showing up at our door, two is the "your nuts" reaction. This post deals with the latter. Preppers are successful in prepping because we don't shout it from the rooftops. Creativity inhibitors are people who don't get it and want to nay say everything about it. By quietly, for the most part, going about our prepping we have freedom over critics and room enough to be creative. Preppers are a wonderful society of individuals who can find multiple uses for things, sustain themselves to the best of their ability and care enough about their families to ensure security through various means.
Innovative, pioneer mindset, survival mode, prepper, etc. all amounts to being creative.
It's easy to be more creative, turn a deaf ear to your critics and surround yourself more with people of a like minded attitude. That's what this network is all about. Support. Though more popular, we are not mainstream and what makes it harder is friends and family stomping you flat when you are trying to get things accomplished.
What made me think of this was my daughters artsy, bohemian piano teacher. She paints, and I walked in one day and she was distraught. A well known, respected artist friend had stopped by and looked at her latest painting. Well, her reaction wasn't good, rude in fact, and she was devastated. I asked to see her painting and it was good! I'm not an art critic, by far, but I told her exactly what I liked about it. I told her she didn't want someone around her all the time just to pump her up but this woman constantly tears her down and she had to stop showing her the paintings. She is a lot more confident now and has done a show and is selling. She continued with my daughter's piano lesson while I sat and thought of ideas how my husband and I were going to build our clay oven in the near future with my daughter playing Penny Whistle in the background.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Food Storage in Small Spaces

Let's face it, some of us live in places smaller than this root cellar lol. I know a couple of my apartments were smaller than this. Little did people know my end tables were bulk packages of tp and paper towels, or that my entertainment center held cans of beans and vegetables rather than vhs tapes and albums. Most of my apartments couldn't give enough light to a window sill garden. So stocking up consisted of using coupons and the local farmers market. I wish I could have afforded a small freezer at the time but that would come later. Also I didn't have a car and to stock up meant shopping everyday until I just needed the bare necessities.

Apartment Therapy, has an article about food storage and a good pic of under the bed storage.

Small Living Journal, has various solutions for different needs. And, I have to admit also, that some of my apartments have been bigger than some of the houses in this journal lol. This is my husbands dream though after the kids all move out...(mostly so they don't try to move back in lol).

Preparedness Society Forum, has some pics of storage on rolling shelves and such,(I have a couple of these), you can fit a lot on there.

Tiny Farm Blog, which really has nothing to do with small space storage, I just thought it was a neat blog and if they are "micro farming" (two acres), and I am on a suburban lot I must be extreme micro farming lolol.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Grow Where You Are Planted

I have lived in a variety of places over the years. From two to three room apartments in N.Y., to a house in the suburbs in Mississippi. For years I subscribed to magazines and read books on the good life, dreaming of having acreage and enough room to do everything I could ever want to do. That wasn't happening, and still has not, but if I waited to start I would never get where I am now. I still pour over books and magazines, now I just adapt them to what I can use and the space I have. I will be writing more on this but think about what you can do in the limited space you have. Don't mourn lack of space, persevere in spite of it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Family Preparedness Guide ; APN today!

The FPG will be having the men on today at 2 p.m. central. You can check the post out on American Preppers Network. Sorry I didn't link and post all the info myself but I'm doing a drive by posting today and hopefully if I get all my things finished early I can listen in. I'll be downloading later either way. They put on a great show and when you download you get an extra hour or so.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More Hurricane Prep Thoughts

Thinking about what I wrote so far about preparing for a hurricane there is more that I left out. Marica from Ohio Preppers wrote me:

One more thought. "Mental health" & attitude go a long way in being prepared & surviving. So I'd add a deck of of cards or other age-appropriate, old-school (small, light) entertainment to my 72 hour bag. Adults & kids get antsy & bored. Having something to DO is a good thing.

She also sent me a link for Popular Mechanics. It's to sell tools but has useful prep info.
Thank you Marica!

As you can see from the picture, telling your friends and family you are o.k. (or not o.k.) is important. My family and friends had me listed missing in the paper, with the red cross, and a relative of mine had her email read about looking for us on Bill O'Reilly. I was also listed on several internet sites. You need to pick a designated person and give them at least two phone numbers of people who can help spread the word. In my case it was my Dad. He was also the last person I called during the hurricane before my phone went out. Unfortunately it wasn't until three or four days after that I got a weak signal to call him again. People outside of the hurricane zone who have loved ones in the zone...please be patient, we are as anxious to talk to you as you are to us and we really are concerned about how much you are worrying about us during this time.

Medications: Our local radio station helped out big time with this. SO many people were without their meds. During hurricane season it is wise to have a two month supply at the ready. And if your health situation can turn critical at any moment you might want to seek shelter by checking into the hospital. People who could call to offer medication helped those who didn't have any, this is dangerous but we would have had a lot more loss of lives had it not been for that.

After 10 days of no air conditioning you become fully acclimated again. Try not to overdo it right after the hurricane. I know that's hard. After Katrina was over I was dragging off tree limbs and debris. Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date. First thing I did was step on a nail.

Save your gas! It amazed me how many people had to get out and look and couldn't stand not to go shopping. Meanwhile there wasn't any place to get gas! Be careful when grocery stores do open up. One local place here decided it was o.k. to sell meat and poultry they had on hand before the hurricane and people got sick. After a while delivery routes changed for food so some of the first shipments to come through were old meat that were either taken from other stores or rejected, again some people got sick. So the three day supply of food they tell you to have on hand is bunk. Stock up for a few weeks or more.

It's one thing to survive the hurricane it's another to survive the aftermath.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lady Preppers Rock!

We had bad storms Saturday and I couldn't get online but you can download the show by James Talmage Stevens here at the Family Preparedness Guide.

In attendance was Kymber from Canadian Preppers Network, Phelan from Kansas Preppers, Ernie from Indiana Preppers, Paulette from Tennessee Preppers,
and last but not least, SciFiChick from Texas Preppers!

I just played back my download while cleaning the house, and you were all great! Sorry guys, but the ladies blew you all out of the water lol. Next week the guys will be back, I think it's this Saturday.
Again, wonderful show!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Should you stay or should you go....

Not everyone gets out during a hurricane. The question is should I or shouldn't I? My house in Katrina was not in a flood zone. We had some roof lift and holes and a ceiling collapse. We stayed. The house I live in now, which has been my husband's house flooded for the first time since it was built over 30 years ago during Katrina, with a foot and a half of water. Being higher than our neighbors across the street, they suffered 4 1/2 feet of water. DH and I were dating so it was double the clean up double the fun. Flooded houses no matter how deep isn't pleasant. You need to know how your house handles a hurricane, which will be difficult now since there are so many new houses. If you don't know or if your house can look like this at a level 3 :

Just get the hell out. That's all.
Reasons people do not like to leave are pets, they don't want to leave their house unsecured, they don't have a way to go, or they are not comfortable going to a shelter. I do not like the idea of going to a shelter but we have a friend on much higher ground that has already said "come on over".
If you stay at home be safe. Stay in a windowless hallway or bathroom when it gets bad. If your power lines aren't buried use caution when going outside. If you have children treat it as a cautious adventure because if you are a mess during the storm you will scar them, if you want to take extra precautions make sure their bicycle helmets are in the house. This is where they live and it should be treated as part of life in the area they live in. But if you do stay with children make sure you are in a more secure part of the area. Your preps should be just as you would if you were leaving which I posted in yesterdays post. The only advantage you have to staying is that you will have a jump on clean up and can keep your home secure. Not worth your life so if you are in the big danger zone....send me a post card from where you land.

Monday, August 3, 2009

More on Hurricane Preparedness

Thankfully, we do not have the news media watching a wave in the ocean, on the other side of the world, building up hysteria yet. This is the time to get prepared when expectations of a storm are low. As I have posted before, stores have geared themselves towards having preps in place and you will find a number of things fairly easily.

1. Now is not the time to leave you gas tanks on empty. Not your cars or your reserves.
2. Katrina was a huge learning experience. A lot of people who stayed here vowed never to do it again. So if you are bugging out, leave early. Know where you are going and which route you are taking to get there. This is where your 72hr. kit comes in. Take one for each member of your family. What you need to take besides that:
a) Important papers
b) Anything and everything with proof of residency
c) Food for when you come home (and a way to cook it)
d) Cash for when you come home (some stores were running with no electricity on a cash only basis)
e) Cleaning supplies (mainly bleach and garbage bags)
Being prepared to leave is only half the battle. Not knowing what you will find when you come back is another. You can say I can get these things while away, and you probably can, but everyone else is thinking the same thing. Before you leave take pictures or video of all of your belongings and of the inside and outside of the house make sure it's dated, use a newspaper if you have to. Take it with you. If the storm is bad while you are gone, call your insurance company to file and meet with someone when you return home. Bring your camera and or video camera with you when you leave. The first thing you will do when you get back it retake those pictures or video for the aftermath and insurance purposes. Make sure it's dated or use a newspaper. Board up windows, secure your property.

3. If you are staying, and not staying in your home, figure out what shelter you are going to. A 72 hour kit is a MUST for this. And you need to know what shelters allow pets. A 72 hour kit is a must because you are required to have all of your own food, water, sleeping gear, etc. You must also bring your valuable papers and watch them carefully. Bring some kind of hand sanitizer also because there will be a bunch of you in a small space. If you go to a shelter with pets, you need to show proof of vaccinations. Don't think you can leave the second the hurricane is over, because they will keep you 1-3 days depending on where you stay and how bad the storm was. If you live in a flood zone and have already had your house wash away before or fill up, bring a tent, unless you want to stay at the shelter until they shut it down. If you wash away or fill up, a small rental unit or a friend on higher ground that can store a few cases of food and a generator would be a good idea. Board up windows and secure your property. You cannot bring booze or firearms.

O.k., the storm is over and you are back at your house. A dust mask is a good idea. After Katrina, most of us came down with a cough that we attributed to the molded drywall that residents nicknamed the Katrina Crud. Take out your camera and start shooting, all of outside the house and inside...remember insurance? Now start bagging up and getting rid of flooded items if your house has flooded, remember to keep an inventory list of what you have discarded and it's retail value, I know I said take pictures but you need to do this also. If you do not do repairs yourself get going with the bleach. Spray it on walls, clean the floors until you can get a contractor in. Drag broken limbs, roof tiles, roof, and whatever else into a pile. Don't let the house look abandoned and don't let debris block your view. It wasn't all that safe after the hurricane with looters and such. Arm yourself if you got them, just be careful.
If you can get just one room sanitized that's fine, that is the room you will all sleep in for the first night. Set up a cooking area outside. I have two portable Coleman double burners for this purpose. They work wonderful. In addition, if you can't cook without your gadgets you might want to take recipes with you, camp fire and dutch oven. And bring your cast iron when you bug out.
Unless your house completely fills up with water, you will only get a damage percentage. For example, if you have had only 2 ft. of water, you will only be covered for 3 ft. of drywall and insulation. Bottom cabinets only in a kitchen and if they are 30 years old, oh well. I hope that all your receipts from Katrina are still saved because that will come in very handy when filing a claim. Take those with you too!
If you have neighbors around you that you get along with pool your resources. There are many things I could include, like knowing what colors you painted the house last time and where you bought your cabinets and Grandma's recipes and maybe having all your photos scanned and put on a disc. All placed in your important papers would save more heartache later. With a little planning you can be more than grateful you and your family are alive.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More On The APN On The FPG

I downloaded the show from Saturday onto my sansa. If you heard it live it would be worth it to download because the show ran over. Tom from American Preppers,Matt from Kentucky Preppers,Bob from South Carolina Preppers, and Dave from West Virginia Preppers, were all there. It was a great show and worth the listen too. There was a phone call from our own Kymber over at Canadian Preppers Network!
It was nice to have voices with the names. You can download it here at Blog Talk Radio.
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