Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Things You Will Need To Take With You For A Emergency Evacuation

Emergency evacuations are considerably less frightening and stressful for families who are prepared. Waiting until the last minute to pack and visit the store for supplies is a huge mistake. This can delay one’s evacuation and increase the likelihood of being ill prepared. Listed below are the five things that a person should have before evacuating in the event of an emergency.

  1. Pre-packed Bag

    Every family member should have a pre-packed bag in the event of an emergency evacuation. These should be kept in an accessible location in the home. Nobody should have to dig around in an attic or basement looking for his or her emergency pack. The bag should contain a change of clothes, toiletries and other essential items.

  2. Cell Phone

    Getting in touch with family members and friends is absolutely essential during an emergency evacuation. It may be impossible to find a pay phone on the road during a storm. A mobile phone will help family members coordinate their evacuation too. It’s unlikely that everybody will all be in the same place during an emergency. Parents need to contact their children. Spouses need to speak to one another. Out-of-town family members are likely worried about their evacuating relatives. They will likely want to check in via text message or email. Blackberry from Bell.ca is a great way to keep in touch with everybody during an evacuation.

  3. Water

    The importance of water can’t be overstated. Each family member should have water bottle holders on his or her emergency bag. Water bottles can also be packed inside of the bag. Finding water during a stressful emergency evacuation can be difficult. Dehydration can take a toll on adults and children. Stores may be closed or sold out due to the frenzy. Purchasing water in advance is a great way to make sure one’s family is prepared for an emergency evacuation.

  4. Snacks

    It’s also important to pack snacks for the trip. Water isn’t the only essential thing that may be difficult to purchase on the road. There are a variety of great snacks that have a really long shelf life too! Items can even be packed in the emergency bags. Granola bars, canned items and other nonperishable goods are perfect for emergency evacuations.

    Evacuation-Friendly Snack Choices
    • Granola bars
    • Fruit snacks
    • Trail mix
    • Tuna fish
    • Canned meats and vegetables
    • Pre-packaged crackers

  5. First Aid Kit

    Nobody should be without a first aid kit during an emergency evacuation. Hospitals may be closed or completely full. Minor injuries can easily be addressed with a good first aid kit. The kit should be kept in the vehicle that is evacuating. If the family is to leave the vehicle, the kit should be moved into somebody’s evacuation bag. This is a great way to make sure minor scratches, cuts and burns are taken care of when they happen.

Additional Considerations

It’s important to pack as lightly as possible. This will make moving around and traveling so much easier. It may be tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink, but that’s a really great way to get burdened down by weight. It’s equally important to pack chargers and batteries for all electrical devices. It may be helpful to purchase an extra cell phone battery to be used only in the case of extreme emergency. Preparing for a storm ahead of time will make the potential evacuation so much easier. With a little bit of preparation, any family can have a relatively stress-free emergency evacuation.

Author Bio Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

Email- Annabellesmyth@gmail.com

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Pros and Cons of the Bitcoin

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By Cina Coren

With technology leaping ahead at a rapid pace, I’m sure you have been wondering when and how we would be able to buy something over the internet and pay for it with coins. Enter bitcoins.

Bitcoins are the first decentralized currency. They are digital coins that can be sent through the internet. Sounds strange, right? Well it is a concept that not everyone has grasped yet but it is on its way. Here’s how it works:

Bitcoins are generated all over the internet by anyone who wishes to set up a free application called a ‘bitcoin miner.’ Bitcoins are always generated at a predictable and limited rate and are stored in a digital ‘wallet.’ Transferring bitcoins requires an electronic signature. It takes only a few minutes for the transaction to be completed, confirmed and stored anonymously in the network. Small businesses find using bitcoins quite advantageous.

The main idea behind bitcoins is to facilitate cheap, anonymous transactions policed by its community of users. Bitcoins are very much like gold. There are a finite number of Bitcoins - 21 million exist and they are predicted to last until 2140. (What happens after that to holders of bitcoins is anyone’s guess.)

Also like gold, Bitcoins are mined. But instead of digging in the ground, Bitcoins are extracted online via complex algorithms. The value of Bitcoins fluctuates like gold, too. There are currently several online currency exchanges available where one can exchange dollars, euros and other currencies for bitcoins. The bitcoin is now selling at approximately $93.00

The main advantage of using bitcoins is that one doesn’t have to go through a bank. As we all know, banks can be expensive. They charge for every transaction and then some. Bitcoins can be transferred directly from person to person via the internet, eliminating the use of banks, clearing houses or transfer agents and saving us mucho money.

Bitcoins can be used worldwide and accounts can never be frozen. In addition, there are no stipulated limits or pre-requisites. Bitcoin proponents claim that the crypto currency is flexible, durable, secure and transportable.

Bitcoins are still experimental, however and using them does have certain drawbacks. The currency has seen wild gyrations, with new investors rushing in, then rapidly finding out that prices can go down as well up. Regulators are all over this virtual currency and are looking to keep it clean and away from criminals and money launderers.

Bitcoins must be backed up properly or they can get lost floating somewhere in an internet cloud. It is easy to lose large quantities of money. Often, getting the money is not a problem; spending it is as not all that simple since there aren’t many manufacturers or service providers using the system. So you can end purchasing bitcoins and not be able to buy what you want with them.

The major controversy about bitcoins stems from its use in drug trafficking. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently arrested the 31-year-old man who was transferring bitcoins to a shady online drug clearinghouse site that only accepted bitcoins as currency. His bitcoins became the first ever seized by the U.S. government, to the tune of 11.02 bitcoins worth $814. Confiscating the coins can be problematic and the police will either have to use the same computer the dealer used to make the transaction when buying the currency or undertake an online sting operation.

So are bitcoins the wave of the future? That’s anyone’s guess.

Cina Coren is a contributing editor at Daily Forex and a freelance financial writer.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Survival Supplies

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Facing a catastrophic event is terrifying, but there are ways to reduce the fear. Knowing what to do when disaster strikes, and being confident in what to do, can make the difference between survival, injury, or loss of life. This article will hopefully provide useful tips and strategies for emergency preparedness.

The article will explain the 3 Ps, Planning, Practice, and Preparation, and how it applies to survival. The most important thing to keep in mind when a disaster happens is that you have a plan for what to do in already in place. Stay focused on exactly what is necessary to keep everyone safe and as healthy as possible through this event. While it may not always be possible to know when a disaster will occur or how devastating it might be, it is possible to be prepared for it.

The Plan

The first step is the planning stage. This should be a family discussion. Everyone can discuss different scenarios, and what to do during the event. For instance, during a hurricane, where should everyone seek shelter? How long should everyone stay there, and what if you are not all together when the disaster happens? You’ll need a plan for that and everybody needs to know ahead of time where to meet up. In short, everyone must understand the plan of action and agree to follow it in the event of an actual emergency.

Every family member should have a kit already set up with survival supplies and priority items like water, food, and other essentials. The kit should be stored in an easy-to-use/find location. Maintaining the kits and ensuring that everything within it is safe, working, and not expired is needs to be taken into account as part of the plan.


The next step is to practice. Most people won’t bother with this but it is so important. When a real catastrophic event hits, the untrained person is going to be in a state of shock and not thinking coherently. Practicing that the imaginary event is in progress and going through the critical steps of exactly what to do and how, is going to be crucial in order to make the action steps second nature . The scenarios should be as realistic as possible. The responses should be exactly as they would during a real disaster. This gives everyone not only the opportunity to test their plans but to discover any possible flaws it may have, before it matters in a life and death outcome.


Even though the odds of these catastrophes happening in your life are small, you need to think about how helpless you’ll be if it does. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Weather conditions, emergencies, and catastrophic events happen all the time to all kinds of people. Don’t put yourself in the position of being helpless. Preparing for it just in case is not that hard to do.

For starters you should learn basic CPR and first aid to help prepare for medical emergencies. Being prepared helps avoid panic, tension, and dangerous mistakes; mistakes that could cost someone their life. Also, learn how to preserve food, can food, and cook food with limited supplies. When disaster arrives, no one really knows how long the aftermath will linger. This may mean limited resources like water, electricity, or access to grocery stores.

Taking these steps for emergency preparedness can impact the survival of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency. These steps are offered as guidance for potential disasters that may arise in the future.

Author Bio

John David Keys is an author of many web articles regarding emergency preparedness and the founder of http://survivalcompanion.com/

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How To Recover Fast And Safely After Natural Disaster

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Whenever, any natural calamity strikes your area, your first and foremost duty is to take proper care of your family and yourself as you might have to deal with many serious problems before you are rescued. Any member of your family may suffer from any disease or injury due to debris-filled roadways, contaminated water, electrical and fire hazards, and displaced wildlife.

To avoid health problems, follow these tips.

  • Follow public announcements

    The local authorities of your area will always be there to help you in case of natural disaster. They will constantly update you about the weather condition or whether the water is safe for cooking and drinking and not. You need to listen to these announcements and act accordingly.
  • Avoid Travelling in Affected Areas

    Similarly, be careful about traveling in the areas hit by flood or earthquakes or any other natural disaster. Always follow the signboards about water on the road or weak roads. Floods and earthquakes can weaken the roads and bridges that can collapse under the weight of your vehicle.
  • Avoid unstable buildings and structures

    Just like roads and bridges, natural calamities can cause the buildings and structures to get frail and therefore, avoid getting close to such buildings that you suspect can fall at any time. Immediately leave the place if you hear any shifting voice that indicates that the structure is about to collapse.
  • Beware of electrical and fire hazards

    After disaster, avoid working under or touching overhead power lines and stay away from fallen lines as well. Similarly, avoid burning candles and lanterns near flammable items. On the other hand, it is always better to use battery operated lights such as flash lights and call the professionals to remove the electrical hazards instead of testing your own skills.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

    Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and it is odorless and tasteless as well. Therefore, you need to avoid using, camp stove and/or other gasoline, charcoal grill and charcoal burning device that can produce carbon monoxide in any enclosed or partially enclosed area. Even ventilating the room or using fans will not prevent the gas from accumulating in the home. If you feel dizzy or weak while gasoline devices are at work, immediately rush to the fresh air to prevent any damage.
  • Beware of wild animals

    Different wild animals such as snakes prefer to live in structures damaged by flood or earthquake as they provide them easy access. Therefore, try your level best to avoid stray and wild animals and call the local authorizes to clear the area for you.
  • Pace yourself and get support

    Look out for the signs that indicate that you are suffering from physical and emotional exhaustion. It is absolutely necessary for you to learn how to recognize and fight with stress. In this regard, it is better for you to never work alone and try to remain in the company of your beloved ones.
  • Treat wounds

    If you accidentally suffer from any wound or scratch from the debris, immediately clean it with fresh water and soap. Furthermore, immediately get the medical treatment if the wound drains or swells or if you have not had any tetanus booster in recent years.

Above mentioned are some of the tips that can help you to protect yourself and your family from any damage to life and property during the repair and rehabilitation work after natural disasters.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Basic Doomsday Preparation For Everyone

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Regardless of their personal beliefs, everyone can benefit from preparing for doomsday scenarios. Whether you think that society will collapse, that World War III is coming or you just want to be prepared for the next big natural disaster, prepping can be useful for anyone. Learning the basics needed to be prepared is the first step to surviving whatever the future brings.

Urban Dwellers

Few people are ready for a doomsday situation. That’s especially true for those who live in urban areas. It’s hard to build a bomb shelter or bunker when you live in a condo or apartment building. However, even the urban dweller can do basic preparation. Having the basic needs on hand at all times can help both in a doomsday scenario, as well as a natural disaster such as was seen during Hurricane Sandy. Some items that urban dwellers should acquire:

  • Food and water supply

    At least 2-3 weeks of food and water for the entire household should be kept in the home. Because of the challenges associated with storing large amounts of food in a typical urban home, you’ll probably have to get creative and make extensive use of options like MRE’s.
  • First aid kit

    This should include your basic first aid needs, along with refills on prescription medicines.
  • Light and fire

    Keep batteries, flashlights, candles and fire making tools on hand. Since you never know how long an extended period of darkness may last, a battery-free flashlight is a good idea.
  • Protection

    Having a weapon to protect your family and supplies will be necessary. Shotguns are inexpensive, and are not as heavily regulated as handguns.
  • Bug out bags

    In case you must leave your home, have a bug out bag for everyone in the family. These can be made or bought, but should contain the basics to survive for at least three days until you can get somewhere safe and secure.

Rural Dwellers

Those who live in rural areas have more options. If they own their own land, they can invest in building a doomsday bunker or shelter on their property. Depending on where they live, they may be able to remain in their home for some time during an emergency. In addition to the items listed for the urban dweller, rural residents should consider the following for preparing their home for a disaster situation:

  • Generator

    Having a source of power with fuel will make the first weeks and months of a doomsday scenario much easier. Stock up on excess fuel whenever possible.
  • Prepare the home

    Getting as much maintenance done on the home as possible is a good idea. Maintaining the roof, getting septic service and making needed repairs while they can be done is important.
  • Firewood

    Stocking up on firewood will help not only heat the home, but also can be used to cook if needed.

Although these are truly only the minimum steps that should be done, it can give your family a fighting chance if doomsday hits before you can prepare further.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who writes on a variety of topics.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Natural Disasters: Understanding What They Are and How They Work

Do you know what natural disasters your home may be vulnerable to? Below are three things you may need to prepare for:


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South America and West Africa along the South Atlantic Ocean are really the only coasts that are technically hurricane free. In the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Western Pacific Oceans, hurricane season runs from May through November. The shores around the South Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean are more vulnerable from winter to spring.

How Hurricanes Happen

Hurricanes form when warm, moist air rises rapidly from the water, hitting and affecting the cooler air above it. The result is something like a tornado over the water. A hurricane will start as a thunderstorm, heading through three storm stages before officially becoming a hurricane with winds over 74 mph.

How to Prepare

Install sturdy shutters for your windows and doors long before hurricane season comes along to be ready. This is especially important since high winds can destroy your house from within by putting pressure on the roof from the inside.

For houses located more inland, flooding is a major problem. Most cities will provide sandbagging material for you. Be sure to check your homeowner's insurance rate report to see that you have flood insurance as well.


After the surprise earthquake in Japan in 2011, scientists have redefined places at a high risk of earthquakes. This includes the western coast of North and South America and the eastern coast of Asia and Australia/Oceania.

How Earthquakes Happen

Earthquakes happen as the earth's crust readjusts itself. It begins when two tectonic plates rub against each other at a fault line. One plate may begin to bend, eventually snapping to relieve the resulting tension.

How to Prepare

The best thing you can do to make your home safer in the event of an earthquake is to retrofit your home by bolting the wooden frame of the house to its concrete foundations. This will help keep the house from shifting off the foundation. You can also keep the inside of your house more secure by bolting tall and heavy furniture to the wall.

Hail Storms

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A common problem in the U.S. Great Plains, hail forms during thunderstorms with high winds. Golf-ball-sized hail is common in this area and can damage roofs and break windows in addition to destroying crops.

How Hail Storms Form

Hail forms in thunderstorms with a cold front. Small ice pellets drop down from the storm and bond with liquid rain. Updrafts pull the ice pellet and attached droplets higher into the sky where the colder temperatures freeze them together.

Gravity brings the stone back down, where more rain drops attach to it before it is pulled back up to colder temperatures. Hailstones get increasingly larger as they are tossed between the warm and cold temperatures. Consequently, the higher the winds of a hail storm, the bigger the hailstones.

How to Prepare

The roof of a house is most commonly damaged by hail. Thankfully, there are standards that can help you get the roofing that is most likely withstand hail, such as Class 4 roofing or higher. To protect yourself and your indoor possessions during a hailstorm, close blinds and curtains in case a window breaks.

What natural disasters have you encountered? How did you prepare for them?

JT Ripton is a prepper, survivalist and freelance writer. He's currently prepping for the seemingly increasing amount of natural disasters and the inevitable economic collapse, that he thinks will break down the fabric of society.


AccuWeather.com - When and Where do Hurricanes Occur?
About.com - What Causes Hurricanes?
NOAA - Hurricane Preparedness - Hazards
The Washington Post - Seismic hazards: Japan earthquake and other tectonic surprises challenge scientific assumptions
Science Daily - Great-Earthquake Hot Spots Pinpointed
The Weather Channel - Hail

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Five Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Emergencies

The idea of a natural disaster can be scary, but earthquakes and storms do happen. Experiencing one can be frightening, but you have to be prepared. If you are properly prepared, you and your family are much more likely to be safe. Here are five things you need to do now to prepare for emergencies.

Figure Out Which Natural Disasters Occur In Your Area

The first thing you need to do is figure out which natural disasters occur in your area. If you are aware of the types of natural disasters that occur in your area, you can create different plans to respond to every situation. For example, if you live in California, you can make earthquake survival kits that include flashlights, wrenches, dry food, first-aid kits and water.

Follow Directions from Local Authorities

It is very important to follow directions from local authorities. If they tell you to evacuate your home, you should do so immediately. Make sure to watch the news and listen to the radio for their instructions.

Make an Emergency Kit

Whether there is an earthquake or hurricane coming, you have to have an emergency kit. A basic emergency kit should include water, cell phones and chargers, flashlights, battery powered radios, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit. If you have this emergency kit ready, things will go much more smoothly.

Study Emergency Medical Books

Even if you are very careful, it is still possible to get injured during a natural disaster. There are so many medical emergencies that can occur during these disasters and medical help can’t always arrive right away. That is why it is helpful to purchase some emergency medical books. When you read these books, you can actually learn how to treat a lot of wounds and injuries.

Stock Up on Helmets

It is a very good idea to stock up on some helmets. For example, if you get sucked up into a tornado and drop to the ground, a helmet can save your life. It is not necessary to buy new helmets when you can get used ones at garage sales and thrift stores. Make sure to keep these helmets in an accessible place.

If you follow these helpful tips, you will be prepared for any emergency situation. Whether a tornado or earthquake occurs, it is important to follow the proper steps and avoid panicking. If you panic, the situation will worsen.

Author Bio

Rose McKellen is a freelance writer from Austin, TX. She's always looking for ways to be more prepared in the event of an emergency. In her free time, she loves exploring her hometown's music scene, running, and trying out healthy recipes on her family and friends.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ways to Stay Cultured in a Post-Apocalyptic World

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The apocalypse may still be a few years away, but arts and culture have long been affected by the world's socioeconomic decline. Most recently, the Greek National Orchestra and Chorus took a heart-wrenching blow when the nation's government announced their June 15, 2013 performance was to be their last.

As the performers played and sang in between sobs, music lovers around the world came to an important realization: we can't let the arts die along with the rest of society. Here are a few tips on how to stay cultured following the apocalypse.

Sing, Sing, and Sing Some More

We don't really know what conditions will be like following the apocalypse. Even if we lose worldly possessions, though, we’ll still have one very important thing — our voices. That's why it's imperative that we keep singing whenever possible. Sing anything you can remember, whether it's a Backstreet Boys song or Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Sure, you may annoy your friends, but what's worse — annoying your companions or losing your culture?

Leave Drawings Everywhere

People from long ago carved drawings in rock, in caves — really any surface they could find. As a result of their effects, some early Egyptian and other cultures survived the ages. Practice your drawing as often as you can. If you get good enough, maybe you'll leave behind something of value.

Create a Sculpture

There should be lots of old machinery and broken furniture lying around after the end of the world. Basically, these are the materials that comprise much of today's modern art, so there’s absolutely no reason why sculpture should die.

Fashion an Instrument from the Rubble

No one knows for sure what the future will hold, but many imagine post-apocalyptic society will be rather nomadic. Why not look back to the medieval times, and form a band of traveling minstrels? You can make an instrument out of almost anything. A few tin cans and sticks become a drum set, and tying a few metal strings or old cords to pieces of scrap metal gives you a basic guitar.

In the future, life will be tough. There will be neither a doctor to go to for medical problems, nor the 12 Palms addiction rehab center to help you cope with a drug addiction. Traveling with a band of singing journeymen may offer an escape from the world around you.

If All Else Fails, Try Not to Become Illiterate

In today's society, the ability to read is still considered important. In the future, that may not be true, but remember — literacy is the key to maintaining and preserving culture. Oral traditions can die out, but written ones will be remembered. Practice reading and writing every day, and carve messages into rock for future generations.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who writes on a variety of topics.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Meal Kit Supply - Review of MREs

by Shane White

MREs or Meals Ready to Eat are an excellent addition to any food preparation plan. They are similar to canned foods, but are packaged in a way to provide balanced nutrition and longer shelf life.\

Meal Kit Supply was kind enough to let me try some of their MREs. They sent me an entire case, but I will pick out five meal kits of the twelve that are included as an example of what you would get. Packaging is broken down into individual components in a larger bag (typical of many MREs). Manufactured dates are clearly marked with the Julian Calendar system to help you determine its shelf life (I had to look this up. The first number is the last digit of the year and the last three digits are the date so 3017 would be January 17th 2013). The expiration dates are indicated on the box in months and are dependant on the temperature they are stored at. The lower the temperature, the longer they will last.

The large package opens easily without tools by pulling the top opened. In fact, another nice thing about the MREs is that everything you need is included in the kit. The only thing I did have to provide was something to put my coffee in.

I was initially concerned about the hydrogen odor that is a byproduct of the ration heaters, but it really isn't bad. I wouldn't recommend cooking it at the office (because of the smell) , but other than that you can cook it basically anywhere where you can set it down that can handle the heat that the heater puts out. I do suggest getting something heavy to put on it(like a rock) if you are not watching it or the heater packet will expand and stop touching the food you are trying to cook. As an alternative to the heater, you can boil some water and put the entree in the boiling water until it feels done.

Vegetable Lasagna

The Vegetable Lasagna meal kit is a vegetarian meal with a total of 1180 calories (not including sugar and other condiments) consisting of:
  • Vegetable Lasagna (1 serving @ 210 calories) Heats up well in ten minutes when following the instruction on the Ration Heater. The lasagna tasted pretty good. I was a little surprised to find beans in it but it worked. I think the included pepper sauce would have been good in it. Salt and pepper is also included for those who use them.
  • Zapplesauce (1 serving@ 130 calories) Zapplesauce is applesauce with maltodextrin added for extra performance. It can be sucked easily from the package. It tastes like sweet applesauce.
  • Crackers and Grape Jelly (1 serving of Crackers @ 180 calories and 1 serving of Grape Jelly @ 70 calories) The crackers were broken but hey, we are all survivalists right? We can handle it. The crackers and jelly tasted like I expected crackers and jelly to taste like.
  • Orange Electrolyte Beverage Powder (1 serving @ 90 calories). This tastes exactly like Tang to me.
  • Fudge Brownie (1 serving @ 320 calories). The brownie was just ok. Not great and not bad. It is good and chocolaty. I am not sure of the consistency of it. The aftertaste is good though. Eat this last and wash it down with a cup of hot coffee.
  • Cocoa Beverage Powder (1 serving @ 180 calories). This is very chocolaty and actually pretty good.
  • Instant Coffee, Creamer & Sugar, Condiments. I prepared the coffee with the instant coffee and added the two packets of sugar and one packet of coffee-mate. You should find a way to heat the water if you like hot coffee. Coffee is nothing extraordinary, but it is coffee and coffee is a wonderful thing.
  • Spoon, Moist Towelette, Napkin, Hot Sauce. I liked the taste of the pepper sauce.

Apple Maple Oatmeal

1240 calories total for the kit (not including sugar and other condiments)
  • Apple Maple Oatmeal (1 serving @ 200 calories). Tasted a lot like apples lightly sweetened (presumably with maple). I thought the texture was a little gooey, but it did taste good so that made up for it.
  • Zapplesauce
  • Crackers and Peanut Butter (1 serving of Crackers @ 180 calories and 1 serving of Peanut Butter @ 250 calories) Tastes like peanut butter and crackers.
  • Brown Sugar Toaster Pastry (1 serving @ 210 calories) This is basically a Pop Tart.
  • Fruit Punch Electrolyte Beverage (1 serving @ 90 calories). Tastes like Kool-Aid
  • Cocoa Powder Beverage (1 serving @ 180 calories).
  • Instant Coffee, Creamer and Sugar
  • Condiments, Spoon, Moist Towelette, Napkin

Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce

1350 calories total for the kit (not including sugar and other condiments)
  • Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce (1 serving @ 290 calories). The ravioli was pretty good. I enjoyed it.
  • Potato Cheddar Soup with Bacon (1 serving @ 140 calories). In a survival situation, I am getting the soup. I like the soup. Good stuff.
  • Crackers and Cheese Spread (1 serving of Crackers @ 180 calories and 1 serving of Cheese Spread @ 180 calories). I actually like this. I am a fan of cheese and crackers and this hit the spot.
  • Lemon Lime Electrolyte Beverage (1 serving @ 90 calories). This tastes good as well. It tasted familiar to me but I couldn't quite put my finger on what it tasted like. It was good.
  • Chocolate Pudding Desert Powder (1 serving @ 290 calories). This actually takes about an hour to prepare with water so if you are running from zombies, you may want to start mixing and go. After it is ready, you need to eat it quickly. I am guessing because it is a dairy product.
  • Cocoa Powder Beverage (1 serving @ 180 calories).
  • Instant Coffee, Creamer and Sugar
  • Condiments, Spoon, Moist Towelette, Napkin

Chicken Fajita

1180 calories total for the kit (not including sugar and other condiments)
  • Chicken Fajita (1 serving @ 210 calories). Good tasting.
  • Fried Rice (1 serving @ 210 calories). I recommend mixing the rice with the fajita mix. some of the rice is kind of dry and clumped so this will help.
  • Tortillas (1 serving @ 220 calories)
  • Orange Electrolyte Beverage (1 serving @ 90 calories).
  • Spice Pound Cake (1 serving @ 270 calories). This tastes pretty good.
  • Cocoa Powder Beverage (1 serving @ 180 calories.)
  • Instant Coffee, Creamer and Sugar
  • Condiments, Spoon, Moist Towelette, Napkin

Pork Sausage Patty

1180 calories total for the kit (not including sugar and other condiments)
  • Maple Flavor Pork Sausage Patty (1 serving @ 240 calories). Tastes Good.
  • Hash Browns with Bacon (1 serving @ 220 calories). Tastes pretty good. Could use some salt. Good thing it is included.
  • Wheat Snack Bread & Grape Jelly (1 serving of Wheat Snack Bread @ 180 calories and 1 serving of Grape Jelly @ 70 calories). The bread was just ok...not what I expected. It was better with the jelly. I assume this is a shelf life thing.
  • Strawberry Toaster Pastry (1 serving @ 210 calories). It's a strawberry Pop Tart.
  • Fruit Punch Electrolyte Beverage (1 serving @ 90 calories).
  • Cocoa Powder Beverage (1 serving @ 180 calories).
  • Instant Coffee, Creamer and Sugar
  • Condiments, Spoon, Moist Towelette, Napkin

I feel that MREs are an excellent part of your food storage plan because of this. As with most survival foods, you still need water in the preparation of most of the items, but one of the advantages with an MRE is that not everything needs water. Every package has something like cheese and crackers, pop tarts, or something similar that will give you the quick energy on the go that you need. Another advantage is that every package has close the the 1200 calories that you need to keep you alive, or you can have one in the morning and one in the evening if you are keeping active. Also, you can eat the meals, and keep the snacks and other drinks to snack on as you move through the day. On a negative point, keep in mind that MREs have a shelf life that is shorter than the 25 years that freeze dried foods claim. They are significantly longer than regular canned foods. This company claims 60 months stored at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 18 months at 100 degrees Fahrenheit and also lists other storage lives in between which is still pretty good in my opinion.

Overall, I would recommend products by Meal Kit Supply. Everything tasted good, was fresh and also very easy to prepare. Ideal for keeping a case in your basement or a few in your bug-out bag.

See our Survival Food Page for more information on Emergency Foods.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Put Your Local Army Surplus Store on the Raid List When Society Collapses

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Face it, people are thinking now more than any time in recent history what they would do if society falls into chaos. Practically every movie that deals with an apocalyptic event from plague to war to zombies has a scene where survivors are picking through leftovers of grocery and department stores that have already been emptied. The savvy survivalist might want to consider their local army surplus store as a great resource when the social order breaks down.

The Inventory Problem of Modern Stores

Stores today operate under a three day maximum inventory. That means the local grocery stores have at most a three day supply to cover normal daily sales. Some stores, such as Walmart, barely have 24 hours of inventory in high sales departments such as grocery and pharmacy. Those stores get a steady stream of trucks bringing in inventory in the back door. Employees get the items out on the shelves barely in time to keep up with customers going through the checkout lines carrying the items out the front doors.

Consider what happens when bad weather is approaching. It is typical for staple items such as milk, eggs and bread to sell out a few hours before hurricanes in the South, thunderstorms in the Midwest or snowstorms in the Northeast United States hit. If an apocalyptic event occurs, the shelves will be quickly stripped by paying customers. There will not be much left over to raid if society totally breaks down and only a few people are left.

The Army Surplus Stores

All across the country, there are army surplus stores that the majority of regular consumers never patronize. They are specialty stores selling niche products to a select few customers. The stores sell military grade gear along with other high quality products. The products are of interest to customers who have a need or desire for things proven to work in survival situations. The customers are often ex-military or outdoor enthusiasts who need gear that can perform in critical situations.

These stores also buy surplus in huge lots. There is typically a big showroom or store area where products are put out for customers to buy. In the back, there is usually a warehouse jam packed with inventory waiting to go out on the shelves. A portion of the inventory is used military gear while a large percentage is brand new specialty products.

These military surplus stores typically deal in items survivors of an apocalypse would be highly interested in. The inventory typically includes food products such as dehydrated foods used by hardcore campers and even military MREs. Whereas the bulk of foods even in an untouched grocery store would be rotted and unusable in a couple of weeks, the food inventory in surplus stores would still be edible.

The surplus stores often sell firearms, ammunition, edged weapons, climbing gear, tools, power generators and other items that would be in great demand by those put in a survival situation. The good thing about the inventory in such stores is that it is likely to be left untouched for a time if society falls apart.

The local Walmart is the first store the average consumer is going to hit if things fall apart. The survivalist types who are the customers of surplus stores will already have what they need. They will be hunkered down waiting for order to be restored. Most of today's consumers do not even know if there is a military surplus store within a short drive of their home. It would be a good idea for you to know where they are located and start buying some things from them now while social order is still intact.

This post has been supplied by the marketing team at ACQM online camping store. Provided it's not a post-apocalyptic event, you can order your survival supplies from them.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Preparing for Natural Disaster: Five Extra Steps Every Homeowner Needs to Take

Natural disasters can take place anywhere, and at any time. Countless millions struggle through these events every single year. From floods to earthquakes, a natural disaster could turn a family’s life upside down, and it is important to stay prepared. No matter where one lives, here are five extra steps that everyone should take to keep one’s family safe, protect their belongings, and move on with their life as quickly as possible.

  1. Researching the Area

  2. The first step is to thoroughly research the area in which a family or individual will be living. While many locations are relatively well known for various natural disasters, there could be hidden dangers lurking. By contacting a local geographical organization or natural disaster response center, homeowners can educate themselves on potential scenarios in the future.

  3. Maintaining Emergency Equipment

  4. Simply purchasing emergency equipment or an emergency kit is only the beginning, as many of these supplies can go bad. Don't let your emergency kits go unused for years, it is important to thoroughly check all of the items that may have an expiration date, require batteries, or simply spoil. This includes anything edible or items such as flares, radios, or bandages that may have the potential to become unusable at a certain point.

  5. Proper Insurance Coverage

  6. Having a comprehensive insurance policy is another step that many homeowners forgo. According to a Raleigh Home Insurance agent, basic insurance coverage could provide some assistance, customers should check with their insurance provider to see how their policy will be affected by natural disasters. Adding a rider onto a preexisting policy could be exactly what is needed to cover valuables throughout one’s home, such as electronics, jewelry, or antiques.

  7. Organizing with Family and Friends

  8. Family and friends should all organize with one another to prepare before a natural disaster. By creating an emergency plan for potentially dangerous scenarios, a family will have the best chance at finding one another as well as protecting their possessions. This includes areas in which groups of people can meet up, as well as safe routes out of the area.

  9. Alternative Energy Sources

  10. Maintaining an alternate source for energy is a major issue when it comes to the first few hours after a natural disaster. Whether it is a source for heat, or the ability to use a radio or cell phone, this electricity, gas, or propane could make all the difference. Popular options for alternative energy include stored batteries, solar panels, or gas generators.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Most Common Warning Signs To Identify Scam Contractors After Disaster

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It is quite true that natural catastrophe bring out the best and worst in people. However unfortunately, the number of illegitimate contractors called as “storm chasers” or “fly by night” contractors that try to take full advantage of the chaotic situation created by the disasters is on the rise. It is definitely the most vulnerable situation for the homeowners that are desperate to get life back to normal as soon as possible. However, you need to find the right person for the job before giving too much power to someone.

In this regard, following are some important warning signs to look for.

No License:

All of the professional contractors are required to obtain the license to work in your area. You can also check the listings on the state licensing board’s site to verify whether the person or the company is a legitimate contractor or not. Similarly, those contractors who work from door to door might not have an established local business and a licensed contractor from other state is also not allowed to work in yours.

Extremely Low Rates:

Try to get minimum of three bids on your project before hiring anyone to fix your home after the catastrophe. Furthermore, try to provide as specific information about your requirements as possible to get the accurate estimates. In this regard, if you receive a bid that is extremely low from others, there must be some reason behind it. The cheapest rates are not always the best rates and the bidder might belong to the same category discussed above.

Requires a Large Deposit:

Every state has its own rules and regulations regarding how much money a contractor can demand as an upfront payment ranging from less than 10% to almost 30%. Therefore, you must be aware of laws of your state about the deposits before agreeing on any amount.

Does not have Permanent Place of Business:

This is the most important point as not anyone who comes to help you is qualified and licensed to do the job. Some are skillful but lack the required expertise and experience to overcome the complications created by the disaster. According to rules of some states, all the contractors should have a physical office with legitimate address (not just P.O. Box) alongside a legitimate email and phone number. This will also help you to find if they are licensed and to contact them at any time.

No Contract:

This is the most common warning sign that should raise the signal for you. Avoid any contractor that says that contract is not necessary. It is actually the contract that specifies what actually is the scope of the work, what materials are to be used and what is the payment procedure and schedule. Therefore, you need to sign a contract with a potential home fixer and try to avoid those that try to take advantage of the desperate situations.


Natural disasters can really create an awful situation for the homeowners and they get desperate to get things right. However, you should beware of scammers and try not to fall victim of illegitimate contractors that will create further difficulties for you.

"Atiq-ur-Rehman is proficient web designer, developer and independent information technology provider. As a passionate writer, he gives his expert opinion on home décor to canvasdesignz.co.uk"

Thursday, July 04, 2013

How to Prepare Your Home for Disaster

Natural disasters are unpredictable and unstoppable. Homeowners need to prepare the house and the family for a disaster especially when in an area that commonly sees events like tornados or earthquakes. It is also important to prepare for some of the secondary issues a disaster creates such as crime or fire. Homeowners can take several steps to prepare a home for a natural disaster.

Install Specific Countermeasures

The first step is to identify what natural disasters are most likely to occur and to install specific systems that will protect the house from the threat. Homes in areas that flood should have a sump pump in the basement. Homes in tornado or hurricane regions should have storm windows. A house in an area that has frequent wildfires should have a sprinkler system and reinforced walls. These countermeasures will protect the house from very specific threats that could cause structural damage.

Home Security Systems

A home security system can protect a home before, during and after a natural disaster. The system can detect fires or carbon monoxide that could appear because of an earthquake or tornado. The home security system will also protect the house from intruders during a disaster. Homeowners can often monitor the different sensors and cameras in a home from a wireless device or laptop even while in a shelter or other location away from the house.

Waterproof Important Items

Water is a hazard during many different types of natural disasters. Any important documents or fragile valuables should be placed in waterproof containers. The container could be a sealed bag, an airtight storage box or even a vacuum-sealed package. This will guarantee that damage to the home will not destroy important papers and personal possessions.

Keep Appliances Out Of Basements and Attics

Homes in areas that experience a high number of natural disasters should not have appliances in the basement or the attic whenever possible. Appliances like water heaters in the basement could cause a fire or electrical problems during flooding. Appliances in the attic are vulnerable to damage if debris or high winds punch holes in the roof and expose the area. It is best to keep appliances in sheltered areas on the ground level so that they sustain minimal damage during a natural disaster.

Preparing a home for a natural disaster also means preparing the family. Families should have a clear evacuation plan and a place to meet outside of the house. Another important element of preparedness is to have an emergency kit ready that contains food, water and a first aid kit.

Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family issues. She is a mother of one and spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her family.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Viva Vivos: Largest Doomsday Shelter Is Underway in Kansas

As big as the Empire State Building—with more than two million square feet of space—the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort project is underway. Carved out of a limestone mountain in Atchison, Kan., the company responsible for this effort calls the facility "a modern-day ark" and "a virtual fortress." It will give shelter to about 5,000 people for one year without the need to return to the surface. 

The Facility

The space is 130 feet below a mountain and used to be storage for the government. Now, just as you would store your valuables with Uncle Bob's, this underground shelter network is open to 5,000 people who are willing to buy themselves a spot in safety for the end times. Vivos will also store museum treasures, data archives and the DNA of thousands in the event of any disaster, natural or manmade.

The internal structure will be supported by hundreds of enormous limestone pillars that are six times the strength of concrete and protected by blast-proof doors. It reportedly can withstand a one-megaton nuclear blast. 

Not Just a Shelter... It's a Resort

The air is purified, protecting inhabitants from nuclear radiation, biological pathogens and chemical agents. It's climate-controlled, with a constant level in the low 70s, and there's year-round access for members. Before the Vivos Survival Shelter & Resort is needed for real, it's slated to be a member vacation destination, offering underground (and above-ground) amenities with a preparedness twist. Some of the activities will include:

  • Underground golf
  • Archery
  • Paintball
  • Weapons training
  • Ropes course
  • Martial arts
  • Team sports
  • Boating and rafter (outdoors)
  • Survival classes
  • Spa
  • Horses

The shelter has a kitchen, bakery, dining and lounge areas, a bar, dance floor, theater, wine cellar, medical and dental clinic, nursery, meditation areas, private showers, laundry facilities, hair salon, library, classrooms, meeting rooms, food and supply warehouses, communications center, security offices, a vault, artifact storage, cryovault, media center and helipad.

How Is It Different?

Members will drive their RVs in the facility to their own parking space. This will be their own private living quarters. There is space inside for 1,200 RVs. There is a hyroponics garden, aquaponics farm and live farm animal area. It has a dog and cat park, as well, for those of you concerned about your pets

What's the Damage?

Initial reports say customers will pay $1,000/ft for their RV space and a one-time fee of $1,500 per person for food and toiletries for the year. So, a 25-foot long RV with a family of four would cost $31,000.

When, When, When?

This isn't the first shelter Vivos has built in America, but it's the most accessible to people with modest incomes. The others have suite-style accommodations and are closer to $150,000.

We can expect to see the $25 million dollar renovation begin in August, with the first phase of construction set to be completed by November. 

The Town of Atchison

About 50 miles northwest of Kansas City, Mo., lies this quirky... museum? Attraction? Life preserver? Regardless, the press is a plus for the town of Atchison, which is known as Amelia Earhart's birthplace and is said to be one of the most haunted towns in Kansas. 

If it's the end of the world as we know it, why not live it out in style?

Raj Sunir
Raj graduated cum laude from an Ivy League school. He works as a freelance engineer and consultant for many Fortune 500 companies.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for July 2013!

For July 2013, We are going to let two winners pick out their own survival gear. This month the prizes are two (2) $25 Amazon Gift Cards!

Do you need a little extra cash to help you with your survival goals? Maybe we can help you with one of these Amazon gift cards. This giveaway is open to everyone so enter. Since there are two, be sure to tell a friend.

Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgeable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!

$25 Amazon Gift Card

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On April 1st we will select the winners.

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