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PREPPER QUESTION: Why are safety pins included in survival kits?
ANSWER: A safety pin has infinite uses. With safety pins you can:
  1. create an instant fish hook (you'll need cordage of course);
  2. craft an arm sling from T-shirt for first aid;
  3. improvise tweezers for splinter or tick removal;
  4. secure a bandanna to make a bandage and compress bleeding;
  5. make a finger splint;
  6. hang stuff to dry while out on your journey;
  7. affix gear to your bugout bag;
  8. mend a broken shoe lace;
  9. close your pant legs to keep out snow;
  10. use it like a toothpick;
  11. connect blankets, bags or clothes to create shelter;
  12. close wounds (in extreme cases where no doctor is available you can use it
    like a skin stapler);
  13. open cans;
  14. defend yourself; and
  15. repair your clothes;

  • BONUS: Did you know you can start a fire with a battery and safety pin?
    Attach a safety pins to the terminals of the battery. You can do the same with
    aluminum foil.

PREPPER QUESTION: Did people starve during the Great Depression?
No. Certainly there were times when people went hungry, as is true of
homeless people today, but there was not a true starvation, for food was ample.
People had only to ask for help, pay a small price at a penny restaurant, or get
creative to ensure adequate sustenance, such as growing their own food. Read
more wisdom of the economic collapse that reshaped America.

QUESTION: Where to I buy fish antibiotics?
If you're like other preppers you have a prepper's medicine cabinet,
which is unlike an ordinary stash of medical goods, including
antibiotics. If it's not
complete, you're wondering, where do I find fish antibiotics. It's not easy to find fish
antibiotics in the pet supply where you might expect to find it. FishMox used to be
sold on Amazon, but for some reason is no longer available there.

PREPPER QUESTION: Is it okay to store rice, beans or water in recycled water,
soda, juice, or milk bottles?
No! As we wrote in our Seven Lessons on Survival Water, article  "Do
NOT reuse disposable water, juice, milk and soda bottles. Most disposable water,
soda and juice bottles have polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or PETE.
While these bottles are safe for one-time use, they may leach DEHP (a carcinogen)
when used repeatedly."

PREPPER QUESTION: Is it okay to store food in the garage?
: To this question, we reply with the "H-A-L-T your Food Storage" concept!

  • H-umidity is an enemy of your food storage. Garage floors are usually made
    of cement, which draws toxins and moisture to your food storage. Humidity,
    translating to moisture, is bad for your grains (particularly wheat). Moisture is
    bad for your cans (as your cans will rust).  Moisture is the main reason NOT to
    store your food in the garage. Garages are also the main point of entry for
    water after a flood.

  • A-ir (oxygen) is an enemy of your food storage. Cans are airtight; however
    plastic "breathes," which is why preppers employ mylar bags (to prevent mold
    and vermin from living in your food supply) with oxygen absorbers and seal
    the food in a bucket to help prevent rodents from chewing through. Plastic is
    a deterrent, but rats have particularly strong teeth and have been known to
    chew through plastic. Rats know where food hides in your garage.  Pictured
    right are some examples of how rats have chewed through food storage.
    Rodents are more likely to lurk in your garage than inside your home

  • L-ight is an enemy of your food storage. A garage can keep your food away
    from light, which is a good thing; however, food stored in cans or stored in
    mylar with buckets will not have exposure to light anyway. Better to store
    these foods inside your home, under the bed, in closets and in other creative
    spaces, which are insulated and away from rodent exposure. Think again, in
    case you're thinking of storing food in the attic...

  • T-emperature is an enemy of your food storage. In a garage temperature
    may fluctuate between too hot and too cold because it usually does not have
    insulation or controlled heat and air conditioning. This is may also be true of
    your attic. Heat also causes nutrient loss, which is another reason why it's
    not a good idea to store food in the garage.

PREPPER QUESTION: What Preps should I store in the garage?
If your garage is fortified with anti-theft security, your garage is an ideal
place to store preps including,
bugout bags, tents and off-grid cooking gear,
pandemic supplies, first aid supplies, toilet paper and other sanitation supplies in
plastic bins, garden tools, a faraday cage,
prepper carts, and certain fuels. In short,
your garage is an ideal location to store non-food supplies and water. ''

  • Note that the point of entry of most thefts in America is through the garage
    according to an article by Luke Mullins of U.S. News and World Report who
    warns readers to beware of the garage.

PREPPER QUESTION: Is it okay to store water in the garage?
ANSWER: Water may be stored in the garage
if it is off the cement and your
supply is rotated. There are
seven lessons on survival water to heed. With regards
to the garage, water in storage containers should not rest on the cement. Build a
platform of wood so the cement does not leach its toxins into your water supply.
The Surewater storage system, pictured right, is an ideal storage solution that also
might fit inside your home in a closet.

  • Need room in your garage?

PREPPER QUESTION: What's the difference between a spade and a shovel?
ANSWER: Preppers dig both spades and shovels, and often us the terms
interchangeably. The correct and key difference between a shovel and a spade is
the scooping tip.

  • A SHOVEL, which has a concave shape and usually a pointed tip is good for
    digging camp kitchens, graves, trenches, and for shoveling snow. Shovels
    help you dig. The telltale sign that you have a shovel is if it has a concave
    scoop. It's good for lifting and throwing material. Think of a shovel as the way
    to load and unload sand, soil or gravel from a wheelbarrow.

  • A SPADE, which has a flat edge and is often rectangular, is ideal for digging
    fire pits or trenching around tents. It's confusing because the spade on the
    deck of cards has a pointed tip. The D-handled spades are best for work on
    trenches! The straight, flat edge is good for cutting, loosening and leveling
    soil. Typically, a spade is narrower and flatter than a shovel. While you can
    certainly use a spade for digging, they are intended for slicing through and
    lifting sod. Here's how to use a spade.

Sometimes you'll use both. Grave diggers use first a spade to outline the area, then
a shovel to load and unload the dirt.

PREPPER QUESTION: What's the difference between an antibacterial, an
antiseptic and a disinfectant?
  • What is an antibacterial? An antibacterial is anything applied to the skin
    that's active against bacteria to slow down or halt bacteria. Simply,
    antibacterials are agents directed against bacteria.

  • What is an antiseptic?  An antiseptic is applied to the skin to deter
    microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses, so it's
    stronger than an antibacterial.

  • What is a disinfectant? Like an antiseptic, a disinfectant kills bacteria, and
    also viruses and fungi, but it applies to other surfaces (and not living tissue,
    like skin).

PREPPER QUESTION: Does Bleach Expire?
: Yes! Bleach expires, so if you choose to use it, rotate it. Yes, check the
bottle and you will see that bleach indeed has an expiration date! The date is good
for about six months. Even though you'll have expired bleach on your hands, don't
dump your rotation of it. Just mark the bottle expired with a Sharpie marker. An "X"
for expired will do if you inform your party about this method. While it's expired, it
doesn't mean you need to throw away your bleach. You'll still find the liquid useful
for helping you deal with sanitation to cut the smells of sewage.

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