Our main outbuilding is a combination of garden shed and chicken coop. The main human door is a screened patio door, which opens to the inside of the building. The chicken door was a custom built. As we were building, we left an opening in the wall for the chicken door, but didn't have a chicken door design we really liked. Through trial and error, searching the internet and talking with neighbors, we came up with a solution we believe will work for most chicken coops. [Read more…]
Living in the County has its benefits – lower cost per acre, fewer regulations and more freedom. But with those benefits comes a distinct disadvantage – slow or no rural internet options. For the homesteading commuter, farmer or rural entrepreneur, high speed rural internet access can be a necessity. [Read more…]
Building Your Own Emergency Medical Kit
Everyone needs at least one emergency medical kit. You should have a kit in each vehicle and in your home. The kit needs to include trauma items for serious events. We recommend the 12 Survivors First Aid Roll up Kit if you want a partially stocked med kit as a starting point.
You can use the emergency medical kit list below to replace items in an existing kit, supplement existing kits and/or build your own customized First Aid Kits (FAK) or individual first aid kit (IFAK) . Our target for this list is to identify items for your FAK that are a step below or near the basic EMT level kit, for a med kit would be useful at home, at work and in the wild. [Read more…]
As part of our emergency preparedness preparations (and because my husband was a Boy Scout), we've been slowly beefing up our stash of emergency medical supplies. In this post we cover our recommendations for best first aid kit for different skill and preparedness levels. These are suitable for car first aid kits, travel emergency kits or home and office. You should have at least one small Basic First Aid Kit for each vehicle, and one or more in your home. We do suggest adding certain items to the First Aid Kits, which are noted below the emergency kit lists. [Read more…]
NOV 4-6th, 2017 EMP TESTING NOT A DANGER
There are numerous messages being shared and published regarding the government intentionally generating an Electromagnetic Pulse Nov 4-6. Some of the messages reference a real DOD program. This program is an exercise involving MARS (ARES/RACES) shortwave radio teams. The official statement is “Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6” 2017. There is no actual power or communication outages that will occur in conjunction with the exercise. The test is real the fear-mongering is fake news.
This specific test is run quarterly, and has been run since 2013. Interoperability exercises also occur regularly in multiple federal and local government agencies and they involve volunteer short wave radio operators. They occur in preparation for any type of local, regional or national disaster including: earthquakes, EMPs, hurricanes, major fires, and many other types of events.
Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)
What You Need to Know
This post is part of our Common Sense Preparedness series, where our goal is to help you be prepared for whatever life throws at you. EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse has been in the news lately with the posturing of North Korea and active solar flares. This post discusses different types of EMPs, what damage they may cause and actions, if any, that you can take to prevent problems or deal with them if/when they occur. [Read more…]