Category: Emergency Preparedness

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How to Make an Emergency Plan for Your Family

This post contains affiliate links to emergency prep supplies I love that you might find helpful.   I have been reminded again how important it is to have an emergency plan as I have watched the news coverage and seen the images on social media of Hurricane Harvey.  Now and then I post about emergency preparedness and this seems like a good time for us all to reevaluate our own preparedness.  Before I go on, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the storm and the flooding that followed.  I am a...

8 Things To Know When The Power Goes Out

Last Sunday morning at 5 am, my husband was rustling around in our room.  I was hot so I asked him to turn on the air conditioner.  He did, but it didn’t.  No power.  My first thought was, “Crap.  Did I forget to pay the power bill?”  I consulted my phone and determined that the power bill had, indeed, been paid.  I called the power company and was told the power should be back on by 8 am.  It was hot, but I was able to go back to sleep. I woke up again around 8.  Still no power.  I...

How to Build a DIY Budget-Friendly Rocket Stove

Before I delve into the topic of how to make a DIY budget-friendly rocket stove and talk about your different emergency heating/fuel options, I want to remind you about fire safety.  These stoves are for emergencies and need to be watched carefully by adults so that they don’t start a house fire.  Remember to use your rocket stove in a safe place, away from things that would ignite, and have proper ventilation.  It is wise to have a charged fire extenguisher around any time that you are working with fire.  That said, if you have no heat or need to cook...

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Surviving the Zombie Apocolypse…or Whatever

I have always tried to “be prepared”.  Even back in college, I was the one who took ALL of my textbooks to school in my backpack  on the first day of school “just in case” I needed them.  My roommates harassed me about that for a while.  I am early for almost everything (if I am late you know I really don’t want to be there…lol).  As a mom, I try to be prepared for contingencies (annoys my teenagers sometimes), but when it comes to emergency preparedness I always feel like I am a little lacking.  That has been on my mind...