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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Please Pray

Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Yazoo, Holmes and Choctaw counties and also to the other 15 counties who were afflicted with tornadoes yesterday. The National Guard made a fast appearance thankfully and I pray that they can recover quickly and heal with time.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Home Improvements and Hurricanes

The weather has been sunny and windy. The wind has not helped us in our quest to finish painting the house but the temperature is just right for other things. It's helpful to make a check list of the things that need to be done. I had been lucky in the past, for example, in my old house I went through hurricane George in 98, it took down a tree but I had minimal roof damage. Fast forward to June of 01 and along comes tropical storm Alicia. She caused way more damage and as I was having a new roof put on the roofer explained to me that I was a damn fool for staying in the house for any storm. It seems that when new plywood went on the house only every other board was nailed down! Then we had some rot in the corner soffits of the house. I had a bad feeling and had it fixed right before Katrina came calling. It was a good thing because if I hadn't, the roof on half the house probably would have blown off instead of just damage as it was the side that was hit the hardest. Also if my ceilings would have been screwed in instead of nailed in it probably wouldn't have had it come down. The subdivision I lived in and the one I live in now was built right after Camille. There are some things that were more up to code, like hurricane trusses and steel framed windows but corners were cut in other areas, like nailing sheet rock and only nailing every other board on the roof! After getting hit with Katrina, most home owners who still had homes pretty much knew where their weaknesses were. And please don't assume if you buy a new home, post Katrina, that your house was built with that in mind. There are some new subdivisions being put up with spit and glue, and right next to and around canals and water retention ponds. Doesn't make much sense to me.
Try to replace damaged wood, secure gutters, think about hurricane shutters and yard drainage. Make sure out buildings can be secured. Decluttering is a good idea also not just to get rid of stuff but to make room for things you have to put away in case of a hurricane. Not just for things outside but if you are in danger of flooding you will need clear spaces to put things up higher. An effort put in now can save you heartache, frustration and loss later.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Licensed Carry in Parks

Starting July 1st, licensed gun owners can carry in parks in Mississippi. Here is the article in the Clarion Ledger and another from the NRAILA.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bare Bones

What should you start out with? What is the very least you should have? I make sure that my supplies do not go below bare bones, though they have on occasion. Bare bones for me is a month supply of food, and that is a month supply of food that I do not have to rely on electricity to keep. Also a way to cook it. I have a grill (charcoal), I also have a propane burner, all you boilers and deep fryers know what I'm talking about, and I have two portable burners that have two elements each. Water. Cast iron, you want something more heavy duty to cook on. First aid supplies and medication. I went through Katrina with more food than what I have mentioned above and no generator. In all honesty, where I lived at the time, I would have had to stay up day and night to guard it although no matter where you lived during that time it would have been the same issue. The only thing I wished I had to be more safe as a single mother at that time would have been a gun.
I know some of you are reading this with your mind screaming you forgot this or that but this is just a stripped down version. It's also to show that you might be prepared a little more than you think and to build on it weekly. There is an excellent post on The Survivalist Blog that has links to resources to help aid in your preps. The post is entitled The Ultimate Collection of Survival Links and I am also going to add it to our sidebar. It's a lot to go through.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Looking back and looking forward...

I am amazed at how much information has been shared in over a years time. I was thinking about that this morning as I looked over the garden beds and had to smile. Squirrels have been curious, their tracks are evident around the garden plants. How far have you come in being more self-reliant? I am a far cry from that kid from Queens who used coupons to stock up and made end tables out of bulk boxes of toilet paper. I have lost my taste for store bought produce and processed foods. Neighbors seeing us prepare our new bed and tilling up our old ones had them curious at first, but mostly now think we are crazy for putting so much work into our garden. Looking ahead, I don't see the work that had to go into it as much as I see my freezer and pantry full of food for my family. Not having unsecure debt and keeping up my house provides me with some piece of mind.
Being on APN has also given me piece of mind. What little experience I have at being more self-sufficient shared with those more knowledgeable than I has been great! Help is just a post or phone call away. To everyone who comments, keep it up! You are what keeps us going!
After this long, cold winter both moderators and readers alike, had their share of challenges not just because of the weather but in our personal lives as well. On the main APN board one of our New York moderators needs help, swing over and take a look and if you are able to, lend a hand.
I think the mission here is still the same, we are still uncertain economically. We don't know what taxes will come, only that they will come. Hurricane season still starts in June, and jobs....well you all know how that can or can't go.
I promise more informative posts will come I think I am so thrilled to be out in the warm sun that I have hit a bout of reflection lol. I know I have hit a bout of sun burn and have already been eaten alive by gnats...at Walmart none the less!
As I walked back to the house this morning I looked over my lemon tree. A lot of you heard me whine all winter that I was going to lose it. Well...new leaves are coming and I have blossoms already. We preppers are a tough lot, don't think for a moment we are down and out..we are just waiting for spring lol.
Before I forget, I swung by the opening of the Biloxi Farmers Market. There were some vendors with the promise of more and I did buy some tomatoes, zucchini and I splurged (it was a big splurge) on some local honey and butter. Everyone there was pleasant and it was a pleasure to be there. They also had a huge assortment or bushes, plants, herbs and vegetable plants. It's every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6 a.m. go early for the best selection.
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