WaterBrick – Easy Water Storage – Giveaway

WaterBrick Stackable Easy to Use Water Storage Giveaway @ Common Sense Homesteading Aug 4th-10th, 2014 - How much water storage you need.  How to Filter Microcystin Toxins.

“TOLEDO, Ohio –- It’s too soon to tell if the water is safe in Toledo, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday.

The toxin microcystin, found in Lake Erie, polluted the water supply early Saturday morning. Residents have been without running water for more than 24 hours.” (source)

Would you be ready if your water suddenly got shut off or was unsafe to drink?  We should all have some water storage on hand, and a way to filter any available water.  The WaterBrick is an easy to use, portable water storage option.

How much water do you need for emergencies?

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day, per person for drinking and cooking
  • 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day per person for hygiene (washing, teeth cleaning, dishes, etc)

Minimum water storage = 1 gallon per person per day = 14 gallons per person for 2 weeks = 56 gallons per a family of four for 2 weeks

Under “normal” conditions, the average person in the US uses over 16 gallons per day, so you could blow through two weeks of water storage in a day if you are careless. [Read more...]

The Best Cheap Flashlight

The Best Cheap Flashlight - Our recommendation for an inexpensive (under$10), durable, multipurpose flashlight that is great for everyday emergencies.

As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies like power outages and needing to find stuff in the back of the van at night when the rear light has burnt out, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight.

There are a TON of flashlights available, and many of them are crazy expensive.  Many of them also require specialty batteries, which bumps up the cost even more.  (And if your special batteries go dead, the light is useless.)  It just didn’t seem practical to spend big bucks on flashlights that were likely to spend most of their time in nightstands, emergency bags and glove compartments.  My husband, August, made it his personal mission to check out an assortment of flashlights over the last several months, and this is his recommendation for the best small, durable, inexpensive, multipurpose flashlight. [Read more...]

Preparedness Basics – 5 Simple Steps to Get You Started Today

Preparedness Basics - Simple steps to be ready for stressful times. Make better decisions, have more options and possibly save yourself some money.

You have that nagging feeling you aren’t prepared – but you don’t know what to do, where to start, or maybe even what to prepare for. Take a deep breath and think what caused you to start thinking about getting prepared. Worrying can wear you out and freeze you into inaction. The best remedy is to take action.

Think through what the real risks are for you.  Start with the most likely event first, and prepare for that.  In this post we’ll discuss the preparedness basics that everyone should cover. [Read more...]

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid Fundamentals for Survival - Review and Giveaway

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival” is a new book by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H., aka The Survival Doctor.  You may remember my reviews of the Survival Doctor e-books, “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” and “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns”.  Now Dr. Hubbard has come out with a brand new, extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

What’s in “Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival”?

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Winter Storm Survival – Keeping Warm When the Power Goes Out

Winter Storm Survival - Keeping You and Your Home Warm When the Power Goes Out

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.

Keeping the House Warm Without Power

#1 – Eliminate Heat Loss [Read more...]