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Preparedness Tips (Sept. 30, 2014):
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  • Ten pounds of potatoes! Left Augason Farms sliced potatoes is good to have in
    your deep larder. Make casseroles, add to stews, think scalloped potatoes!



  • What does a fully stocked GI medic kit contain? Want to supersize your first
    aid kit and get more advanced? The fully stocked Elite GI Medic kit, pictured
    immediate left, contains:
  • Pouch 1 contains: 10 5"x9" ABD Pads; 2 BleedStop Bandages; 1 Multi-
    Trauma Dressing 12"x30"' 1 Universal Splint 36"
  • Pouch 2 contains: 1 First Aid Quick Guide; 1 Small Flashlight w/Eye Dilation
    Chart; 2 Surgical Blades; 1 CPR Mask (Single Use); 1 pair of scissors; 2
    Surgical Clamps; 1 pairT of tweezers; 1 Probe; 1 Blade Handle; 2 Nylon
    filament sutureas;1.5 metric 30 Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic
    Towelettes; 15 Iodine Prep Pads (medium); 16 Alcohol Prep Pads' 1
    BleedStop Bandage; 1 4.8 oz. Lidocaine Hcl Burn Spray; 1 2 oz. Ethyl
    Alcohol Hand Sanitizer; 1 6 oz. Calamine Lotion; 1 4 oz. Sterile Saline Eye
    Wash; 5 Rolls Surgical Tape; 2 Tongue Depressors; 1 Latex Tourniquet 9
    Butterfly Bandages 10 Pad Band-Aids 1.5"x2 5/8"; 5 Small Band-Aids; and
    11 Gauze Pads 3"x3".
  • Pouch 3 contains: 5 Dressing Sponges 4"x4"; pair surgical Gloves; 2 Non-
    Sterile Triangular Bandages 40"x40"x56"; 1 Elastic Bandage, 6"(Latex
    Free); 2 Pill Bottles (empty for antibiotics); 1 Nurse's Stethoscope, Single
    Head; 12 Elastic Bandages, Rubber Wrap Threads (2"x 4.5 yards).
  • Pouch 4 contains: 2 Multi-Trauma Dressings 12"x30"; 2 BleedStop
    Bandages; 31 Benzalkonium Choride Towelettes; 6 Sting Relief
    Alcohol/Lidocaine Swabs; 15 Iodine Prep Pads, Medium; 16 Alchohol Prep
    Pads 1 6" Elastic Bandages
  • Pouch 5 contains: 100 Cotton Tipped Applicators (Q-Tips); 1 Multi-Trauma
    Dressing...we could go on...

  • Need a new prepper project? Take a look at our popular Prepper's TO DO list,
    which we recently updated and revised.

  • 37 Critical Foods To Hoard: There's still a guy out there with fancy graphics and
    a long DVD trying to sell you his guide to the 37 Foods To Hoard. It was $49.95,
    then he lowered it to $27.95. You don't need to waste your time to watch his
    presentation, and then fork out the money. Our survival guide is free. Here are
    the 37 Foods to stockpile before there is a crisis.


  • Can you grind popcorn into flour? Yes, during World War II that's just what
    people did to help make their wheat last, because corn was more plentiful and
    less expensive. Left is a cast-iron popcorn mill grinder that is surprisingly
    affordable (thanks to the 75% discount currently available)! It takes some work,
    but is well worth the effort and ideal for life off the grid. Today, preppers use
    grain mills to grind wheat, popcorn,and also coffee, oats for oat-milk and baking,
    almonds into almond flour for baking, nuts for nut butters, and beans into flour
    for baking. Consider popcorn for your pantry!

  • Have you stashed a pair of old shoes in your car yet? Do it now. Place a pair of
    sturdy and comfortable old shoes or boots in your car and another at your place
    of work, so you'll always have a means of walking out on foot, should you be
    unable to take public transportation or your car home. Old shoes have worn to
    your foot, so you'll be less likely to blister. You won't want to walk home in flip
    flops, sandals or high heels. After a disaster, you may find broken glass or
    people to evade. You may have to run, kick or hike out to safety! Think with your
    best foot forward.

  • Can you eat freeze dried chicken without cooking it? Yes! You could eat freeze
    dried chicken straight from the mylar bag and it makes a tasty snack! Pictured
    immediate right in a Lodge cast iron skillet, is Legacy Foods chicken. Legacy
    offers NON-GMO meats, coffee, milk, fruits and veggies and other high quality
    emergency prepared foods. While there is no cooking required for a protein
    snack of this freeze dried chicken, left it is prepared by adding 1-1/2 cups water
    to a cup of meat and garnished with cilantro, lime, bell peppers and onions as
    part of a Mexican fiesta. You can live well in uncertain times if you plan ahead
    with quality emergency foods. Plan a Mexican Fiesta with shelf stable foods!

  • Live in earthquake country? If you're on a C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency
    Response Team), you know the importance of a gas shutoff valve tool or water
    main wrench: as gas lines may break during an emergency. Make sure you have
    a Main Gas Valve Emergency Shutoff Tool easily accessible near your gas valves
    and know how to use the tool to help prevent an explosion, but do you know
    other ways of surviving an earthquake? No matter your level of preparedness,
    the ultimate goal should be towards surviving the big one!

  • Dude get your pantyhose! An old military trick is to wear pantyhose underneath
    the socks to help avoid friction and blisters for long hikes. It's just one of those
    weird survival tricks that works. You'll also stay warmer when wearing
    pantyhose and keep chiggers and ticks at bay. With pantyhose you can filter
    water or improvise a fishing net, even use it to carry food you gather in the wild.
    Wear them, ladies and gentlemen!

  • How is a safety pin safe? Ever wonder why safety pins, also called diaper pins,
    are often included in mini survival tins and first aid kits?


  • Did you pack everything? 50 Survival Items you Forgot to buy. We compiled a
    list of fifty survival gadgets in all to improve your chances for survival or make life
    off grid easier. Granted, this isn't your ordinary list. It's the gear you forgot to
    get!

  • One stove that takes three fuels? Yes. The Volcano 3 Collapsible Cookstove,
    pictured both left and right, will help you grill, wok, bake, roast or use a dutch
    oven and it take three fuels! Propane, charcoal and wood.  Never be without a
    source of heat for cooking. Whether you camp regularly, need a portable grill for
    tailgating, or need an off-grid solution for emergencies, the extremely versatile
    Volcano Collapsible grill and stove is the answer.

  • Got emergency drinks? Something not often talked about in prepper circles are
    emergency drinks, and yet the smartest and happiest preppers on the planet
    will pack not just water, but a variety of emergency drinks and drink packets for
    energy, vitamins, and nutrients, electrolytes, a boost in morale, and more!

  • Do you know the first signs of dehydration? Besides hoarding medical supplies,
    you must understand treatment and care and be aware of the signs of
    dehydration, including dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps and tiredness. To
    remedy dehydration, mix a pink of salt in almost a pint of water and drink. (Use a
    mason jar in the pint size, and fill it up about 3/4 of the way.)

  • Got water? A family of four needs 270 gallons for a three-month supply,
    according to Utah State University. We have a unique water storage tank that
    will fill 260 gallons. (The the other ten gallons are up to you.)

  • Ebola in the news: The Center's for Disease Control (CDC)continues to keep
    Ebola in the headlines as a top priority on its Web site. Check it and see, then
    get started on your own plans for Ebola Virus Pandemic Preparedness.

  • Enterovirus is coming (grab your thieves oil): Enterovirus EV-D68 is spreading
    with thousands of kids nationwide. Its' time to get out your Thieves oil,
    elderberry, Calcium pills and other super immunity boosters.

  • Nebo is Neato! The Nebo lantern generates and stores power by 4 methods of
    charging: Solar power, AC power, DC power and wind up. No batteries needed.
    EVER, just super bright white light whenever you need it.

  • Why is a tea bag in first aid kits? Why is tea important in surviving uncertain
    times? Did you ever stop and wonder why a tea bag is in a first aid kit? Survival
    tea (how to use and why you should stockpile):   Tea has amazing health
    benefits whether ingested or placed topically to remedy medical ailments. We've
    compiled some ten compelling reasons to include tea bags in your stockpiles,
    bugout bags and medical kits. Tea bags are a pain reliever (particularly
    toothaches)! As well, tea makes an excellent tinder, so be sure to pack some
    bags of tea in your bugout bag and discover more uses of tea in preparedness.

  • Fall is almost here, do you have a good book? You've been meaning to read
    One Second After, and now's the time when the air is crisp. One Second After by
    New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen, pictured left, brings us
    a story which can be all too terrifyingly real. It's a story in which one man
    struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America
    loses a war. In one second, a war will send America back to the Dark Ages. The
    war is based upon a terrorist weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A
    weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

  • Have a Doomsday Prepper's Secret Garden? The Secret Survival Garden, a
    book by Rick Austin, pictured right was featured first on National Geographic's
    Doomsday Castle, and most recently on episode five, season four of Doomsday
    Prepper's, Nat Geo's other documentary about preppers, homesteaders and
    survivalists. Read the book and be sure to catch his wife Survivor Jane, who is
    also an author and Internet celebrity. Get a glimpse of this dynamic prepping
    duo on the latest episode, which you find On Demand.

  • Essential skills: What are the 9 best essential oils for preparedness?
    Essential oils for preparedness is a topic not often discussed in prepper forums,
    and yet preppers partake in using essential oils for their health and survival. Get
    into essential oils with tinctures to help you stay healthy and thrive in uncertain
    times.

  • Got meat, milk and eggs? Rice and beans together form the perfect protein;
    however, the best source of protein for preppers isn't necessarily rice and
    beans! Consider also hoarding freeze dried whole powdered eggs, dairy
    products, freeze dried and canned beef, pork chicken, turkey, fish and even
    vegetables. Consider the 8 best proteins to stockpile.

  • What is FEMA hoarding? 10 Things FEMA doesn't want you to know about.
    Certainly the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has secrets.
    Preppers are leery about even visiting a FEMA camp following a catastrophe and
    with good reason. Uncover the truth. There are things FEMA doesn't want you to
    know about...

  • Mouthwash saves lives? Certainly mouthwash helps prevent cavities and
    plaque buildup as it delivers its promise of freshening breath, but mouthwash
    has applications preppers also as an antibacterial (kills bacteria), antiseptic (kills
    bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses), and a disinfectant (destroys bacteria,
    viruses and fungi).


  • Got propane? Kerosene? Charcoal? 15 sources of fuel for the homestead.
    Learn the proper methods of storing  fuel around the homestead and beyond.
    Get ideas for fuels you hadn't previously considered. Add this list to your
    personal survival manual.

  • Got antibiotics? Here are 19+ natural antibiotic alternatives. Take a closer
    look at the available natural antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics may not be
    available when you need them most, so you'll need alternatives. There are many
    natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food stores or
    search easily online. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of defense (before
    going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs).  Natural antibiotics can help you with
    sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and ordinary cuts
    and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge of the right natural antibiotics.

  • Emergency foods that boost morale! 10 Morale boosting snacks. A basic
    human need for sustenance and comfort, a prepper's pantry is filled with variety.
    When levels of stress are high, having the right kinds of foods can help at a
    subconscious level to improve morale and help you survive. Preppers can help
    plan for a sense of well being and normalcy in uncertain times by stocking
    variety.

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