The Survival Mom » More http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:08:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Survival Mom Radio Network Re-cap http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-radio-network-re-cap-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=survival-mom-radio-network-re-cap-2 http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-radio-network-re-cap-2/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:19:44 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13624 In case you missed some of the shows from my radio network, here they are! This week, I interviewed Dr. Susanne Bennet about simple ways to combat allergies. You can listen here. I also spoke with Fernando Aguirre of Modern Read More

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In case you missed some of the shows from my radio network, here they are!

This week, I interviewed Dr. Susanne Bennet about simple ways to combat allergies. You can listen here.

I also spoke with Fernando Aguirre of Modern Survivalist about common prepper myths. Check out that interview here.

Every month our network of all-women hosts produces dozens of podcasts, all about 30 minutes long, for you to download to your iPod or iPhone, mp3 player, or listen directly from your computer.

You can visit our network’s website directly by clicking here.

Take a look at the wealth of information we produced just this week:

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Getting found when you’re lost: 4 low-tech strategies http://thesurvivalmom.com/getting-found-youre-lost-4-low-tech-strategies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-found-youre-lost-4-low-tech-strategies http://thesurvivalmom.com/getting-found-youre-lost-4-low-tech-strategies/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:32 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13443 By contributing writer, Jim Cobb. Getting lost in the wilderness can be dangerous, not to mention frightening.  Search and rescue teams are trained how to track people, of course, but you can do them a big favor by carrying with Read More

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By contributing writer, Jim Cobb.

Getting lost in the wilderness can be dangerous, not to mention frightening.  Search and rescue teams are trained how to track people, of course, but you can do them a big favor by carrying with you just a few simple tools to use to signal for help.  Using these items will help get you home much sooner.

SignalsNaturally, if you have a cell phone with you, that should be the first thing you grab.  Remember, even if you don’t have enough of a signal to place a call, sometimes text messages will still get through.  It never hurts to try.  But, don’t rely only upon the much-vaunted smartphone to get you out of this jam.  Even Siri, in her infinite wisdom, may be ineffective.

Low tech tools

One of the smallest signal tools is a simple whistle.  It can be carried in a pocket but I suggest looping it around your neck on a lanyard, preferably using paracord.  This serves to keep the whistle on your person, no matter what.  Plus, paracord is extremely useful for a variety of tasks.

There are two basic types of whistles, those with peas and those without.  If at all possible, carry the pea-less variety.  In extreme cold, the moisture in your breath could freeze inside the whistle, causing the pea to stick inside the whistle and rending the whole thing useless.  It is also due to the possibility of cold conditions I suggest the whistle be plastic rather than metal.  Remember that scene in A Christmas Story where the kid sticks his tongue to the flag pole?

When using the whistle to bring help, blow three short blasts at regular intervals.  This is the standard rescue signal.  The sound of the whistle will be heard at far longer distances than that of your shouts.  Plus, you won’t get a sore throat from blowing a whistle.  All of my children are equipped with a whistle when we embark on a hike, just in case.

Attract attention with light

A signal mirror is a common item found in many prepackaged survival kits and for good reason.  Used properly, the reflected light can be seen for miles.  The downside of this tool, though, is it requires sunlight so it is useless at night or in very low light conditions.  You can improvise a signal mirror with a compact disc, if need be.

To use a signal mirror, you hold it in one hand and raise your other hand up, making a V shape with your fingers.  Look through the hole in the middle of the signal mirror and slowly rotate around until you see a spot of light appear on your outstretched hand.  Angle the mirror and that hand up until that spot of light reaches through your raised fingers.  Continue looking through the mirror’s sighting hole aim toward your target, such as a plane overhead.  Waggle the mirror slightly up and down to create flashes and call attention to your location.

Another signal tool that uses light is a cyalume light stick, sometimes called snap lights.  You can find these in dollar stores and toy departments just about everywhere, especially around Halloween.  They are thin plastic cylinders you bend and shake, mixing the chemicals inside until they begin to glow.  To signal for help with one, tie it to a length of cord about two long.  Then, twirl the cord in front of you, creating a large circle of light.  While you’ll need to be in a cleared area so it can be seen, it is far safer than trying to get a signal fire lit quickly.

Another inexpensive product on the market is the UVPaqlite.

Then there’s the smoke signal…

Speaking of signal fires, they aren’t a bad plan, provided you don’t let them get out of control.  For use during the day, you want to burn a lot of green wood and leaves so as to create smoke.  The smoke is what will be seen during daylight hours.

At night, go the opposite route and burn dry wood that will cause big, bright flames.  If you believe there may well be search planes or other aircraft looking for you, find a clear area and build three fires in either a line or a triangle.  This is a common distress signal.  Of course, if the clear area is large enough, you could spell out HELP with rocks or tracks in the snow.

Now, all these various methods of signaling for help are at least somewhat contingent upon people looking for you in the first place.  It is vitally important that before any hiking or camping trip you let someone know when you’re leaving, where you are going, and when you plan to return.  Be sure to instruct them that if they do not hear from you by a specific date and time, they should alert the authorities that you may be missing.  Naturally, in order to avoid embarrassment, don’t forget to keep your end of the bargain and let them know you’re home safe and on schedule.

Jim  Cobb is a Disaster Readiness Consultant and author of Prepper’s Home Defense, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, and Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide. His websites are Survival Weekly and Disaster Prep Consultants.

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If you find yourself lost, S.T.O.P. http://thesurvivalmom.com/find-lost-s-t-o-p/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=find-lost-s-t-o-p http://thesurvivalmom.com/find-lost-s-t-o-p/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:47:12 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13378 By contributing writer, Jim Cobb We’re approaching spring (finally!) and with that time of year comes camping, hiking, and all sorts of other wilderness activities.  All too often, though, these relatively simple treks into the outdoors end in tragedy.  It Read More

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By contributing writer, Jim Cobb

We’re approaching spring (finally!) and with that time of year comes camping, hiking, and all sorts of other wilderness activities.  All too often, though, these relatively simple treks into the outdoors end in tragedy.  It seems not a week goes by without a news story hitting the airwaves and Internet about some hiker or camper who became lost in the woods and dying

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from exposure or some other cause.

Fortunately, there is a simple tool you can teach your loved ones, as well as use yourself, in that situation.  The acronym S.T.O.P. serves to remind us all of what we should do in the event we find ourselves lost in the woods.

S stands for SIT DOWN.  Stop moving and take a break.  Inhale deeply, hold it for a few seconds, then let it out slowly.  Do this a few times, until you feel you are in control.  Panicking does no good whatsoever.  You need to clear your head and the first step towards that is to sit down.

Keep in mind, too, that is it much more difficult for searchers to find a moving target.  By staying in one place, provided that place is safe, you stand a much better chance of being found.

T is for THINK.  After you’ve calmed yourself, think about your situation, your location, and how you got there.  Sometimes, this is all it takes and you’ll be able to retrace your steps back to camp.  Other times, though, you’ll need to prioritize your list of basic needs and determine what you need to do first.  Usually, this means getting a fire going and cobbling together some sort of shelter.  Remember, the elements can and will kill you far sooner than a lack of food or water in most situations.  Addressing any injuries also takes precedence.

Another consideration is to think about how long you’ve been gone and how long it may be before people start looking for you.  If you’ve committed a cardinal sin and not told anyone where you were going or when you’d be back, it could be quite some time before any alerts are sounded.  In that situation, you’ll be on your own for far longer than you may be prepared to sit tight and wait.

O is for OBSERVE.  You need to take complete stock of the situation.  Can you make a reasonably accurate determination of your location?  Do you know in which direction to travel to find help the quickest (and do you know how to find that direction)?  How late in the day is it now?  What is the weather like now and what is it likely to do in the next few hours?

For example, while in many cases you’d be far better off to stay put and wait for help, if you are absolutely certain the highway lies two hours to the west and it is the middle of a bright, sunny morning, put the sun to your back and get trekking.

This step also entails taking a mental or physical inventory of the resources available to you.  What gear do you have in your pockets or in your pack?  Look around and try to ascertain what natural resources are available to you as well.  Is there a stream nearby from which you can obtain water and do you have the means to disinfect it?  What about wild edibles, such as

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blackberries?  Even if you aren’t necessarily hungry at the moment, just knowing those sources of food are around you can be a comforting thought.

P stands for PLAN.  It is only after you’ve sat down, calmly thought about the situation, and observed what is around you as well as with you that you are able to make a concrete, informed plan of action.  Of course, the plan will vary with the situation but, generally speaking, it will first involve a decision to either stay put or continue moving.

If you are going to sit tight and wait for help, this is a great time to start signaling for assistance.  We’ll talk about signaling for help in more detail in a later installment but, suffice to say, you should always have a whistle in your pocket when traveling outdoors.  The sound of a whistle will travel much further than your voice and using a whistle won’t give you a sore throat.  Three sharp blasts at regular intervals is the standard distress signal.  The whistle has the added bonus of not preventing you from working on a debris hut or other shelter, as well as getting a fire going, while you’re using it.

Often, the most difficult part about this is remembering to do it.  What you may consider doing is writing S.T.O.P. on a piece of tape and placing it inside your jacket or somewhere else that will be visible to you should the need arise.

 

Jim  Cobb is a Disaster Readiness Consultant and author of Prepper’s Home Defense, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, and Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide. His websites are Survival Weekly and Disaster Prep Consultants.

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Summer will be here before we know it, and with it will come all the summer fruits – like peaches! Peaches have great antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, they’re full of fiber, and they can even help prevent ailments from digestive issues to certain kinds of cancer!

Things to Do with Peaches

Here are 30 different ways you can use peaches with links to recipes:

1. Peach lemonade

2. Peach salsa

3. Peach butter

4. Peach ice cream

5. Peach pancakes

6. Grilled peaches

7. Curried peach sauce

8. Peach cobbler

9. Peach chipotle BBQ sauce

10. Peach spinach salad

11. Peach fruit leather

12. Peach preserves

13. Peach muffins

14. Dehydrated peaches

15. Canned peaches

16. Chilled peach soup

17. Peach pound cake

18. Peach smoothie

19. Pickled peaches

20. Peach caprese

21. Peach mustard sauce

22. Peach meatloaf

23. Peach stir fry

24. Peach jam or jelly

25. Peach drop cookies

26. Peach crumble bars

27. Peach pie filling

28. Peach and brie quesadillas

29. Peach and tomato salad

30. Peach and prosciutto pizza

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What worry can you set aside just for today?

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Weekly re-cap

In case you missed some of our shows last week, here are just a few of the topics we discussed:

Every month our network of all-women hosts produces dozens of podcasts, all about 30 minutes long, for you to download to your iPod or iPhone, mp3 player, or listen directly from your computer.

You can visit our network’s website directly by clicking here.

And, we aren’t making the big announcement quite yet, but we have several new hosts joining us later this month!

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