Winter Storm Survival – Keeping Warm When the Power Goes Out

Winter Storm Survival - Keeping You and Your Home Warm When the Power Goes Out - Conserving heat, dressing for warmth, food and water needs, hygiene issues.

It’s winter, you always *planned* to get supplies if the power went out.  Now it’s below zero and the power just failed. What do you do when a winter storm leaves you without power?  This post contains ideas for winter storm survival while sheltering in your home, but many of the ideas could be adapted for elsewhere, especially the section on cold weather clothing. Plan NOW instead of trying to remember all this when you are freezing and the power is out. [Read more…]

Emergency Water Storage and Filtration – What You Need to Know

Emergency water storage - How much water do I need to store? What containers should I use for water storage? How can I filter/purify water in an emergency?Water is life.  In case of emergency, a reliable water supply is critical.  If power is interrupted due to storms or other events such as solar flares or grid overload due to high demand, for most of us, our water supplies are also interrupted.  Municipal water supplies could also be a likely “soft” target for terrorist attacks.  Emergency water storage should be a part of any emergency preparedness plan.

How Much Water Do I Need to Store?

FEMA recommends a three day supply with one gallon per person per day, half of that just for drinking.  Age, physical condition, activity level, foods consumed and environmental conditions will influence those requirements.  Hot, humid weather, illness, pregnancy and lactation, increased physical activity levels will all increase the amount needed.  The Crisis Preparedness Handbook recommends 20 -30 gallons per person for a period of two to three weeks without water.  This allows water for drinking, cooking, hygiene and some reserve.  If you plan to rely heavily on dehydrated food, store an extra 2 to 5 gallons per person. [Read more…]

Best Battery Chargers and Batteries – August’s Picks

Battery Chargers, Power Packs, Solar Chargers and Emergency Radios with Chargers, Rechargeable Batteries, Non-rechargeable Batteries, Battery Storage Units - Out Top Picks

When my husband and I were first married, there were many times when I went looking in the kitchen “stuff” drawer for the right battery, only to find out that we didn’t have the right size battery or the rechargeable batteries were completely dead.  Since then, we’ve gotten more organized.  We have dedicated battery storage, and battery chargers that can recharge nearly every type of battery – even alkaline (if you’re careful), specialty rechargeable batteries, and batteries that are mostly dead.  We have battery adapters that will let you use AA batteries in place of C and D batteries in a pinch.

For Christmas last year, my husband’s parents gave us a heavy duty storage case stocked with long life alkaline batteries.  (If you’re reading this, thank you grandma and grandpa!)  My husband, August, did a ton of research to find the best battery chargers and rechargeable batteries to keep in our emergency supplies (and for everyday use), so I asked him to put together a post sharing what he found out. [Read more…]

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway – 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes

Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway - 7 Winners, $1450 in Prizes - The perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.

The Prepared Bloggers are wrapping up Preparedness Month with a super mega jumbo preparedness giveaway!  Seven winners, over $1450 in prizes – a pretty nice way to kick off fall.  :-)  These prizes are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.  

We are proud to partner with 6 great companies for seven great prizes. Each winner will win one of the following prizes listed below. The giveaway starts September 22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September 29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. [Read more…]

Kelly Kettle – Cook and Boil Water with Minimal Fuel

Kelly Kettle Review - The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. Can also be used for cooking and grilling with kit items.

What’s a Kelly Kettle?

The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes.   With the items in these kits, you can also use the Kelly Kettles for cooking and grilling.  The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland over 100 years ago, so they have some experience building these handy items. [Read more…]