Beat the Heat: No AC

  1. Utilize box fans, ceiling fans and open windows for air circulation during the evenings; during the day keep windows closed, binds shut and curtain closed.
  2. Soaking your feet in a bucketful of cool water can lower your body temperature. The same goes with a wet bandanna or towel placed on your head or shoulder. You can spray yourself with water using a spray bottle. If that does not satisfy you, hit the shower for a quick bath.
  3. Stay hydrated!
  4. Hot air rises so hangout downstairs.
  5. Indoor hammock (mesh) instead of laying in bed.
  6. On the go, stop by air-conditioned public buildings…like the library.
  7. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  8. Limit your protein intake.
  9. Don’t forget about your pets.
  10. Know the symptoms and preventing measures of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. Keep cool and Be safe!

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Storage Space

You may not have enough storage space for everything you plan to gather and keep, but you probably have more available space than you may think. Some food storage ideas:

  1. Flat rollout bins for under the bed storage works great. You can also use concrete center blocks to raise your bed.
  2. You utilize a bed room closet, just make sure to add a lock.
  3. The space under the staircases can be used and made into hidden storage rooms.
  4. Some coffee tables have storage spaces to keep contents hidden from view.
  5. You can add cabinets or shelves in the laundry room, however, the heat and moisture could be a problem. Test it out first.
  6. Use the attic but be cautious about the heat and cold temperatures.
  7. You can partition a storage area under the floors, if you have a large crawl space and able to build a secret door. Rodent proof your stash.
  8. Behind the wall; add cabinets or shallow shelves between the wall studs. Retrofit a removable panel that is backed by magnets to hold it in place. Make sure the panel materials matches the rest of the wall.
  9. Utilize all the space from floor to ceiling.
  10. Some furniture has built-in storage space; take advantage.
  11. Most important, declutter your home and storage area. Keep it clean and organized for easy access and increase capacity.

For canned food storage, use the rotating shelving system to extend shelf life. Check out http://www.shelfreliance.com (ready-made units) or build your own, instructions can be found at http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rotating-Canned-Food-Shelf

*Keep it simple; you don’t have to make it fancy.

Preparedness Notes: To-go Binder

Your To-go Binder should consist of information gathered from various sources both online and offline. I recommend a binder that will last long and withstand weather and rough handling conditions. Also, you might want or somehow waterproof your binder or use waterproof paper and ink. You can also use those clear plastic three-ring envelopes, whatever you think is best for you to work with. Always label the index tabs and organize your information for easy accessibility. What you put in your To-go Binder should be relevant information for you to use in all situations. For example, not limited to, but an emergency situation like evacuating because of a Hurricane. You would want important information in your To-go binder; important documents such as birth certificates, emergency contacts, insurance info, medical documents, etc. You can always expand your To-go Binder and add more information relating to survival. For example, instructions on how to purify water, identify edible plants, trapping skills, etc. I would recommend having a map of the area or an egress route to your bug-out location. But also keep in mind, this binder is full of information that you want to keep safe and protect. There are a lot of websites providing information about To-go, Survival, or Bug-out Binders. You can choose from many examples but make sure it’s practical for all situations.

If you are not sure what information to add to your To-go Binder or where to start, here’s a website that I use often,ย Survivalblog.com. You can also find this link on the sidebar of my Blog.

For an idea, Here are my contents of my To-go Binder (always adding/reorganizing):

  1. Emergency Contacts
  2. Financial Information
  3. Copies of Vital Documents
  4. Medical Information
  5. Legal Documents
  6. Insurance
  7. Others – Emergency Plan, List of vital websites/passwords, Keys to vehicles, homes, storages, Evacuation Checklist, Maps, Photos, Cash, etc.

Quote

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


What hardships from your past have shaped and forged your character? Do you need to look at your current hardships through a different lens?

Preparedness Notes: Skills Assessment

Interested in survivalism? The first thing you should do is brutally be honest about your skills. Take a self-assessment on your survival skills. Ask your self these questions: What areas are you most skilled? What areas are you lacking and need improvements? If an emergency situation comes up, Are you bugging-out or bugging-in? Do you have survival gear and do you know how to use them? You cannot accumulate items and not know how to use them. It is best to know how to use your gear and often practice their uses to avoid panic and further mishaps. Here’s a list of skills you should acquire and practice:

  1. Food Processing – Learn to prepare survival foods.
  2. Bulk Food Storage – Learn to properly store and rotate food.
  3. Emergency Medical Care – Learn a sufficient medical training (CPR, First Aid, Herbal Medicine, and EMT.
  4. Gardening – Learn to grow food.
  5. Preserving Food – Learn food preservation skills (Can, Dry, Smoke, Cure, Pickle, Bury, Vaccum-Pack, etc.).
  6. Hunting – Learn to hunt for food.
  7. Trapping – Learn to trap for food. Save time for other things.
  8. Firearms Repair – Learn about gunsmithing.
  9. Self-Defense – Learn Hand-to-Hand Combat techniques
  10. Firearms Proficiency – Learn to properly use a firearm; marksmanship.
  11. Water Purification – Learn to find and purify water.
  12. Using Tools – Have the tools…learn how to use them properly (hand tools, survival gear).
  13. Livestock – Learn how to raise livestock (Large or small) for food, trade, resources.
  14. Power – Learn about alternative energies and how to build homemade electrical generators.
  15. Investing – Accumulate some barter skills/goods (ammo, pocket knives, a limited amount of silver and gold, liquor, etc.).

You should be honest about what you know and what the skills you lack. Start by learning those skills and practice every chance you get because when you find yourself in an SHTF situation, it’ll be too late.