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How to Keep Emergency Water in Your Vehicle Unfrozen During Winter

If you live in cold country, you know that almost anything stored in your vehicle overnight is susceptible to freezing, especially water. You also know how handy a stash of bottled water can be in an emergency. One of the most important items in any winter survival kit for your vehicle is water. It will stave off thirst and help you stay hydrated if you become stranded during a winter storm or blizzard. Unfortunately, water is also one of the things most quickly …

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36 Lessons Learned From Testing a 72-Hour Kit

Over the last two months, on two separate occasions, I had the opportunity to test my 72-hour kit.  Yes, these tests were intentional. Testing a 72 Hour Kit…Why? My background is one of preparedness.  In the military, we made casualty response plans, then tested those plans.  We called them “drills.”  Now, in my post-military life, I’m CERT-trained, and FEMA IS-22 certified and both deal extensively with emergency response and preparation. I’ve noticed many web sites that promote preparedness do not …

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My Story: Surviving a Powerful Summer Storm

Last summer in Yuma, Arizona, we had the worst thunder/rain storm I have ever seen. We had winds of over 60 mph and astonishing rain. We got about 2.5 inches of rain in about two hours (our average rainfall for a year is 3 inches). At times the rain was blowing sideways. I usually use this gauge to measure rain, just because we don’t get very much. I am always curious about it! Our sliding patio door is under an …

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15 Preparedness Uses for Kiddie Pools

Every once in a while, it’s helpful to take a second or third look at something around the house we take for granted and then consider how it might be used as a preparedness tool or piece of gear. In my case, it was the bright blue plastic kiddie pool sitting on the bck patio. This summer, consider adding several kiddie pools to your preparedness supplies. These pools are cheap and come in both rigid plastic and inflatable vinyl. Despite …

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The WaterBrick: One of the Most Useful, Versatile Survival Tools, Probably Ever

Never has emergency water storage been so important to me as when Hurricane Harvey left my town flooded with 8 feet of dirty river water. In the hours and days that followed, families were scrambling for drinking water of any kind. Thankfully, our home had been spared, so we spent the following days delivering cases of water to families busily mucking out their homes. The water was gratefully received. Back at my house, we had several cases of stored water …

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How to survive a boil notice

A friend in Puerto Rico, Jennifer, tells me that her town has been on a boil notice for 5 1/2 MONTHS following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yep, you read that right. Five and a half months. That’s almost 170 days without clean running water. She could probably teach a college course on how to survive a boil notice! Now, just think what that means to a household like yours: The water that comes out of your tap, if it does, …

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Pure Water, No Matter What: A Review of Berkey Water Filters

There is no replacement for clean, great-tasting water, is there? When my family camped across Iceland last year, drinking the local water was no problem. Icelanders know good water, since the country’s water is some of the freshest and purest in the world. It was a delight to enjoy that water and not worry about pollutants. Lately, clean water has been even more of a priority for us after Hurricane Harvey devastated our hometown. The streets were flooded with water …

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3 Simple Tips to Help Kids Stay Cool in Back-to-School Weather

It’s hot out there and kids from coast to coast are going back to school. As a former classroom teacher in Phoenix, I well remember the sight of 25 sweaty, red faces coming in to class after lunchtime recess! If your kids are going back to school and you’re concerned about the heat, here are a few tips that I shared recently on The Weather Channel. They’re simple ways to help kids stay cool. 1. Overheating Teach kids to be …

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26 Basic Life Skills: Survival Skills for All Ages, a book series

A major component of being well prepared for whatever life may bring is building a repertoire of skills and a bank of knowledge. If you’re on a journey to enrich your own life and become better prepared, check out this new book series by Liz Long, a long-time contributor to The Survival Mom blog. 26 Basic Life Skills is the first book in a new series (Survival Skills for All Ages) that covers important skills to survive and thrive in life. …

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All About Water Purification: A Complete Tutorial

Having water on hand is just one part of being prepared. Knowing how to safely store, treat, filter and purify water can keep you alive. To know how much water to have on hand and how to store it, read Water Storage 101. This article reviews how to make sure water is safe to drink. You can get very, very sick from drinking contaminated water and in a survival situation, sickness can quickly become life or death scenario. You need …

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