This is a great way to test out your preps without the added weight of an emergency situation. Setting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. Activities With and For Kids Getting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses.
The Waiting List: Ideally we would all love to join the best prepping group out there, but they are the best because they don’t just accept anyone. This might be the most feasible option for anyone wanting to have a prepping group, and because of this we talked quite a bit about forming prepper groups in the podcast. Finding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, Like this article?I get this question all the time, and these questions have seemed to increase in the last couple of weeks, so I decided to tackle the subject of forming or joining prepper groups. When you are prepping, you will focus on many different areas, with the main area of focus being food, water, shelter, and weapons. This is actually taken from the five steps of grieving, but grieving does not only have to be about losing someone you love.
On the evening of 23rd of March we will be doing a live webinar with Paul the CEO of Sun Oven International. There are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. If things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Although it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. I originally put these memories on paper to share with my two sons when they become mature enough to comprehend more fully the events described.
As long as I live, I will never forget my secretary, Kathy informing me on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, that an airplane had just struck one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
That moment had an exceptional impact on me, as my nearly seven and nearly four and a half year old sons and I had been studying skyscraper history and construction for the past several months. I ran out to the lobby of my office building, where there was a television and watched in horror as the black smoke billowed out of gaping holes in Tower 1. My heart sank as any doubts about this being a terrorist attack went up in the very smoke that I was now horrifiedly watching along with my colleagues. I resumed seeing the shocked patients in my office, when my secretary informed me that one of the Towers (Tower 2) had just fallen. My mind was now miles away from my office, with those innocent victims of the ultimate in hate.
I called both of my hospitals, Manhattan, Eye, Ear and Throat and New York-Presbyterian to learn that their emergency rooms had a€?adequate staffing for the time beinga€?.
I now knew that if I were to make a significant contribution to the relief effort, I had to get a slit lamp downtown to treat the rescuers and victims with eye problems on-site. I called the assistant administrator at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Craig Ugoretz, who combed the building and found the one slit lamp microscope that was not bolted to a floor-mounted stand. Not knowing when my next meal would be, or when I would return home, I grabbed a quick bite in a local restaurant. When I arrived at the hospital, the slit lamp was in the lobby, waiting for me at the security desk. On our way it was suggested that I first stop at One Police Plaza to treat the eyes of injured police officers. The police officers that I cared for were still so debris-laden, that their uniforms appeared more khaki than blue from the concrete dust and ash. On the first day alone, I had the honor of caring for the eyes of more than one hundred heroes in every sense of the word. Fortunately, most of the eye injuries were not severe, but were nonetheless incapacitating. During the night, when the steady flow of the injured slowed to a trickle I walked into the Command and Control Center next door to try to learn what was going on outside this fortress. Still later when the flow of injured officers stopped, I wanted to take the slit-lamp to a€?Ground Zeroa€? itself to care for injured members of the other uniformed services. I went uptown during the night for a few hours to check on my family, clean up and possibly get a nap to prepare for the next day. It wasna€™t until my second day downtown, during a break, that I first opened the blinds of my improvised emergency room at One Police Plaza to discover that the windows faced out over the devastation. After my final visit to One Police Plaza to render follow-up care on September 20th, I was escorted to a€?the sitea€? by Sergeant Giuzio from the Office of the Chief of Police. As we went through multiple checkpoints, I began to see large groups of rescue workers walking through the streets. We walked the blocks of lower Manhattan, through several more checkpoints, to an NYPD a€?staging areaa€?.
The road on which we were walking (West Street), just days before, was under high piles of debris, left by the Towersa€™ collapses. We were now standing adjacent to a€?Ground Zeroa€? on West Street between Building 6 and the World Financial Center. While I was transfixed by the overwhelming spectacle of this tragedy, the sergeant asked me to stay where I was as he walked up to a tall thin man. As we walked around the corner to the Hudson River side of the World Financial Center both the lights and the clatter of the rescue work faded, somewhat. Going down Albany Street, we passed a restaurant, where people must have been sitting until the windows were blown in by falling debris.
As we walked onward toward the site of the Tower 7 collapse, there were many tents and tables set up to provide the workers with the essentials of life during their mission. We passed buildings that looked as if they had been spray-painted gray because of their coating of concrete dust.
After the address we said farewell, feeling a sense of comradeship, which was disproportionate to the time we spent together. As we approached Liberty Street we saw a large group of rescue workers gathered under one of many gasoline-powered floodlights. Taking Douglasa€™ design from concept stage to a scale model rendered in Plexiglas became a year-long father and son project. Victimsa€™ names are an entirely appropriate means of remembering the dead in all memorials.
It must be noted that there were no recovered or identifiable remains belonging to over one thousand victims of the World Trade Center tragedy. Albeit not universally praised for their architecture, the Twin Towers were an integral part of New York City, which no longer grace our skyline. Both the names of the victims and a reincarnation of the World Trade Center icons could be represented simultaneously by the memorial, as there is no fundamental incompatibility between memorializing both human and material loss.
Relics and rubble from the disaster site represent significant and tangible ties to the actual tragic event and location.A  Relics of the disaster should not solely be housed in a museum or off-site (as they are now) in an airplane hangar. The design evolved into a pair of transparent towers with rectangular areas missing where the airplane impacts occurred, containing standing faA§ade relics inside one Tower and the recovered American flag inside the other. After studying the photo for pensively for several minutes, he said, a€?You have to do something with thisa€?.
Within a few weeks, I received not just one, but two letters from the General Counsel of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (the organization empowered with the rebuilding of the Ground Zero area). Not knowing where to start, I casually asked an architect, Mark Mascheroni, who has a son at my sonsa€™ school, how much a set of architectural renderings might cost.
We met face to face for only the second and final time at a very busy architectural printing shop, Esteban & Co at 139 West 31 Street. As I handed Mansion a check for his work, I asked him to sign the official LMDC release, required for all submission team members.
One appropriately placed 3-dimensional rectangular space, devoid of its glass faA§ade, representing the a€?impact voida€? in each Tower (floors 93-98 of the North Tower and floors 78-84 of the South Tower) symbolize the loss from, and location of, the damage from each initial airplane impact.
The difference between life and death for thousands of people inside the Twin Towers was the ability or inability to find an intact stairway by which to escape. Each of the two Memorial towers has a footprint of 40 x 40 ft., and is situated in the space in between the two 200 x 200 ft.
The glass panels making up the curtain-walls are inscribed with each victima€™s name, date of birth, occupation, nationality and, when from a uniformed service, the appropriate shield (FDNY, EMS, NYPD, PAPD) (Image 1, Section E). The glass curtain wall is supported by an internal, open stainless steel frame, reminiscent of the Twin Towersa€™ metal infrastructure whose melting under the intense heat of the jet fuel fires resulted in the Towersa€™ ultimate collapse.
1)The inspiring American flag recovered from the World Trade Center rubble that was solemnly raised by rescuers.
A patient of mine, who saw the submission to the contest, was so impressed with Dougiea€™s concept that she arranged a meeting with the world-renowned architect, A.
William Stratas, a website developer from Toronto created a wonderful website for contestants to share news of the competition and to discuss their personal experiences. Stratas and I began to communicate on a regular basis and became long-distance comrades in architecture. After office hours, I took Dougie to the party followed by a trip to the exhibition of the eight finalists at the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center. After talking to Dougie for a while, she informed me that the man standing directly behind me was Kevin Rampe, the President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. At the Forum, Dougie was interviewed by Georgett Roberts of the New York Post and by Alan Feuer of the New York Times. After the photo session and the presentation of the Certificate of Merit to Doug, we were escorted to a locked room called a€?The Family Rooma€?. Doug was introduced to the winner, Michael Arad, and his associate, Peter Walker, in a conference room. Aptly stated about the competitors by New York Times reporter Julie Iovine was, a€?Working on their own initiative and against lousy odds, determined to express themselves and to keep memory alive, they spent countless thousands of hours conceiving, drafting, revising and explaining their visionsa€?. As an ophthalmic surgeon, I expressed my personal need to do something constructive in the aftermath of the WTC tragedy by obtaining a portable slit lamp microscope and using it to treat the eye injuries of rescue workers at Ground Zero. I reflected on how many renowned architects begin their creative processes with Lego blocks (or equivalents), or perhaps with rough sketches on cocktail napkins.
I discussed my feelings about these comments with a patient, who is an editor of the New York Times.
Our teama€™s memorial design now proudly resides on the LMDC website along with the other 5200 entries. One final note is that, several years later, a patient came into my office and informed me that he had just been hired as the General Counsel of an insurance company in Philadelphia, by, of all people, Kevin Rampe.
As I wrote in the beginning, I originally put these memories on paper to share with my two sons when they become mature enough to comprehend more fully the events that I have just described. One of the most difficult things that I have ever been called upon to do, was to address the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians on my experiences and on emergency preparedness, only a few months after the disaster, on December 7, 2001. I think about the tragedy every day, and particularly my personal memories of experiences that have changed the course of history.
A total of 5,193 World Trade Center memorial proposals have been given the heave-ho, but the people who created them aren't slinking quietly back to their day jobs. On December 6, hundreds of teachers, architects, and engineers that didn't make it will gather at New York University to display their work and discuss their discarded ideas.
Another participant, Barry Belgorod, plans to bring his 6-year-old son, Doug, to the all-day event.
William Stratas, the Canadian Web developer organizing the forum, said the event wouldn't be a rally or a session dedicated to critiquing the eight designs that made it past the 13-member jury.
Only one session is dedicated to discussing the finalist designs, and he said he's anticipating some thoughtful but harsh critique. December 7, 2003 -- Some 60 people, including a 6-year-old boy, who were among the 5,000 entrants who submitted Ground Zero memorial designs, and lost, met in lower Manhattan yesterday to protest the closed-door judging process that produced the eight finalist proposals. Contestant Douglas Belgorod, 6, of Manhattan said he used his Lego building set to construct the two towers and had pulled out the blocks to leave a space where the hijacked planes hit. Brian McConnell, 33, an engineer from San Francisco, said he was glad he made the effort to see other people's work.


New York heart surgeon Robert Jarvik, 57, said the finalists lacked passion and imagination. The losers -- no, not the losers, the ones who did not win -- stood around doing what they had done for many months online, which is to say they thought, talked, argued, vented, ranted, complained and basically obsessed to the point of meltdown over how to build the best possible World Trade Center memorial. Naturally, there was a bit of surprise when Adrienne Austermann, who goes by the name of Trinity online, turned out to be a woman since many people thought she was a man, and there was more than pleasant applause when Eric Gibbons, also known as Lovsart, took his own turn at the lectern since people really liked the absence of public benches in his plan, benches that might encourage loiterers to hang out eating hot dogs -- not exactly what Mr. All in all, it was a remarkably diverse group, which had among its ranks a financial analyst, an engineer, a graphic designer, a schoolteacher, a sculptor, a union electrician, an ophthalmologist and his 6-year-old boy, and Robert Jarvick, the inventor of the artificial heart. There was also a very simple replica of the towers done in glass that was conceived by Dougie Belgorod, the 6-year-old, who constructed the initial model out of Legoes. At any rate, the idea did not attract the interest of the competition's jury, which -- whenever it was mentioned -- seemed to produce in the crowd of nonwinners the kind of forced affability and small uncontrollable tics one often finds in people trying to suppress great rage.
They spent the morning sharing their designs with one another, and in the afternoon set out to draft a Declaration (''Capital D,'' Mr. Later in the afternoon, the nonwinners went down to ground zero, where they stopped off at the World Financial Center to look at the eight designs that had defeated theirs. It smarted having lost, no doubt about it, but all the nonwinners said they would not give up. As long as I live, I will never forget my secretary, Kathy informing me on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, that an airplane had just struck one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.A  Prior to this, it seemed like a normal Tuesday morning, seeing patients in my ophthalmology office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Fortunately, most of the eye injuries were not severe, but were nonetheless incapacitating.A  When the Towers collapsed, there was a cascade of enormous quantities of pulverized concrete and sheetrock, wisps of fiberglass, asbestos dust (the buildings were not asbestos free) and splinters of glass. Still later when the flow of injured officers stopped, I wanted to take the slit-lamp to a€?Ground Zeroa€? itself to care for injured members of the other uniformed services.A  I was emphatically discouraged from doing this by the staff of the office of the Chief of Police, until buildings stopped collapsing and the ground beneath was more stable. Central Illinois1362 State Route 10Lincoln, IL 62656217-732-3089 (8:30 am to 4 pm)Comments? Review the important safety information below to ensure you and your family know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.
Make sure your propane tank, whether it is located above or below the ground, is marked properly by a flag, pole, or stake that is higher than the average snow cover depth for your location. Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it regularly with your family in order to keep them safe during a potential disaster.
Listen to your local authorities, or television or radio stations, for instructions on the appropriate course of action to take. Although it is recommended to always have an adequate supply of propane in your tank, it is especially important during the winter months because in the event of a storm, roads leading to your home or farm might not be accessible for additional delivery. Make sure to clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents,chimneys, and flues, thereby reducing the potential for CO poisoning.
Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent. Do not under any circumstances, try to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other appliance parts.
If melting snow or ice floods any part of your home or farm, never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. Even when the forecast doesn’t call for a blizzard, make sure you are prepared by reviewing our service guidelines for a worry-free winter. Stock up on emergency supplies for communication, food, safety, heating, and vehicles in case a storm hits.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts. Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area. Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you cannot thaw your pipes, or if the pipes have broken open, use bottled water or get water from a neighbora€™s home. I did all the things you should do in the spring for a great garden except one thing – care for it afterwards.
This neglect has given me a small vegetable yield and an overgrown garden, so today’s self-reliance skill is the opposite of starting a garden, learning what to do to put your garden to bed for the winter.
This step is just as important to your garden as the preparation you will make in the spring, maybe even more important because if you do it right, you will take care of any pest and disease problems and you may even be able to plant earlier next year. Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with Oregon State University gives us some tips  to consider before cold weather sets in. We have a fairly mild climate here in the Pacific Northwest and opportunity to garden year around with a little effort. I  went today and purchased some garlic bulbs and if I, I mean when I,  take the time to assemble my raised beds, these will produce beautifully and I won’t have to do anything else until spring but mulch them. So take some time at the end of the garden season and put your garden to bed for the winter.
The Mega List of Preparedness: 512 items the Ultimate Prepared Family Should Consider Stocking & Storing. We still have about 4 weeks before we can start planting outside, but that doesn’t mean I can be ready to go once all danger of frost has passed us. It’s also a great way to open the conversation about prepping with family members that might not be completely on board.Be careful how you approach this though. It’s actually easier to get small children interested than older children because older children have already formed some opinions.Doing things like the boy scouts and girl scouts do are fun ways to open the dialog with children about how there is more to life than cell phones and video games. Like the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind”Don’t make these goals too extreme, make them attainable. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.
I have been a little hesitant about this because there isn’t really a perfect solution, and quite a bit that goes into prepper groups other than what skills people have.If you have never given this a second thought, you might want to read this article that Lisa wrote about what to look for with prepper groups.
The grieving process can be related to everything, because it is how you grieve no matter the situation. None of us ever know what is going to happen or when, so being flexible in an emergency situation is a vital part of being prepared. In the show we talked about how this is a double edged sward because you need people on your side, but giving out too much information could make you vulnerable.With operational security comes situational awareness. You never know who was using your stuff when you were away, so have wipes stored at your desk that you can wipe down everything before you get to work.
Charles Mango, from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, had managed to get downtown near the disaster site. Lester, a detention-center designer, is flying in from Kansas City, Mo., to show his design, which involves a kinetic polycarbonate sphere etched with the names of the victims. McConnell used mathematical equations to design his plan for a spire that creates the illusion of infinite height.
Stratas posted registration forms online Wednesday morning, as the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation was announcing the finalists. Stratas insists the forum isn't about political action, some people say they'd like to find power in numbers. Stratas was standing at the lectern, on the fourth floor of the student center at New York University, talking to a group of peers whom he knew intimately but had never met before. Mango said: ''You see, when I came up with my idea, I really thought that I was going to win. Stratas said), which will lay out their displeasure with the competition's eight finalists and which could be released to the public as early as today. Heys's comment, Zane Kinney, who had flown all the way from Ellensburg, Wash., felt compelled to correct the record.
Vincenta€™s (which is not one of my hospital affiliations), which was closer to the scene, but they too had a€?enough medical personnela€? for the task.A  I was referred to a triage center at Chelsea Piers where medical volunteers could go to see a€?if they were neededa€?.
This will increase the odds of it being seen by someone such as a snowplow operator, reducing the changes for a potentially fatal accident.
During and after a winter storm, roads leading to your home or farm might not be accessible for delivery. Propane has a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel in order to not damage your propane system components.
If you have any doubts about your safety, leave the area immediately and have your property inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before re-entering. Your family may not be together during an extreme winter event, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do during an emergency. Snow and strong winds, near-zero visibility, deep snow drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most germs but wona€™t get rid of chemicals sometimes found in snow. I started with good intentions, planting on time, amending the soil and putting down mulch.
So in addition to cleaning my garden beds, I’m going to make preparations for planting a few winter crops. At no additional charge to you, I receive a small commission whenever a product is purchased through these links. You can categorize each list, or just make a huge list of what you would like to accomplish over the summer. If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.
Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important.
Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work. Like this article?When it comes to prepping, the old adage two is one and one is none comes to mind.
Facing confrontation, having enough supplies for a multitude of different scenarios, and always having a plan B, and a backup plan to that plan, is what makes you a prepper.Critical thinking means that when you hit that road block you don’t just give up, you need to have the survival attitude and figure out an alternative option. The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.
There is already a law in place that allows the government to take your stuff “for the greater good” in the event of a national disaster.If the SHTF, you can bet that the government will rationalize coming for your preps.
Their design was a glass replica of the twin towers with rectangular holes where the airplanes struck. His design includes uniformed honor guards, firefighters and cops watching over a tomb in defense of the nation. For those of us who love the snow, this storm is set to bring some snowman and snow-fort worthy accumulations. It is recommended that you establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. So during the winter I was plotting and planning my garden beds, and how I will use them this year. By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months. This is extremely accurate, with maybe one exception when it comes to first aid supplies that you should have when preparing for the unknown.When you think you have enough medical and first aid supplies, multiply that by about 10 and you should be good for an unexpected emergency.
Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that. Even is a situation where the government seems nonexistent, they can come back in the picture and say “we’re back, and we’re here to help”Do what you can to plan for this. There was a 70-foot glass sculpture of a pair of hands cupped together reaching for the heavens, and a sort of paddle-wheel thing that people pushed, and when they pushed it, it generated energy, and the energy was used to power spotlights, and the spotlights shone up into the sky, and the intensity of the shine, well, it depended on how many people were pushing the wheel. On the flip side, the storm is also expected to produce heavy snow fall, ice, and potentially damaging winds.
Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist.
Like this article?When the time changes, I start to get antsy for the longer sunny days that will be coming. If you think you have everything you could possible need, and have never had an emergency to use it for, trust me, you will need more.Unfortunately for me, I actually had a medical emergency recently that I had to put my emergency medical kit into use.


And about a week ago he got into the worst trouble yet.I am not sure what happened, he got spooked somehow and put his back leg through the back of his stall. Or, what if you have to move, or life happens, and what do you do when your prepping plans hit a road block and get derailed?Even if we have tried to think about every hypothetical disaster scenario the we could possibly face, the odds are the situation won’t go as we planned.
The worldwide impact of the tragedy is emphasized by recognizing the international scope of the loss. Still, they wanted to remain involved and to contribute something -- anything, please -- because their energies and passions, the collective vat of their creative juices, really, could you throw it all away? After being cooped up in the house all winter long, there is just something so satisfying about being able to stay outside without a coat on that motivates me to get busy.For those of us that live in cold weather states we get a little cabin fever this time of year, and also a little anxious to get out and get things done.
In an SHTF event everything going according to plan will be the exception, not the rule.This is why it’s important to have a plan A, plan, B and plan C.
If this means you have extra food and supplies in case the government men come knocking on your door, do it. Even if you live in one of the warmer states, these tips will be useful to keep your preparedness plans on track.This week we talked about springtime prepping and planning, and how to stay motivated throughout the summer months. This even applies today if we need to bandage them up until medical help is available.SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. And to make it more complicated, these plans need to intertwine so you can change course at a moment’s notice. There are some things you just can’t do in the winter months, so it’s important to take advantage of the good weather while you can.SPP145 Springtime Prepping and PlanningGet Outside and ExerciseThis is really easy to do in April because we are all chomping at the bit to get outside.
I quickly grabbed my headlamp and went outside to investigate what was happening.I pointed the light at the horses, and Ethan (aka Dennis) had blood gushing down his back leg. If all you want is a group of people to learn from and talk about prepping, don’t join a group that requires a big commitment.Your Resume: Think of this like a job interview, what do you have to offer? Use the spring and summer months to their fullest by going camping, working in the yard and even taking walks with your bug out bag on.We talk about being “farmer strong” later in the article, and we need to be physically ready to handle life without all the modern conveniences.
I grabbed my equine first aid kit out of the barn, and proceeded to use EVERYTHING in the kit to create a compression dressing to stop the bleeding.I went through three rolls of vet wrap, three abd pads, and a roll of duct tape, and there was still blood coming through the dressing. Attention to detail is critical to our survival, and the time to prepare is now, because once the game starts all bets are off.SPP 141 When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1Critical ThinkingThe most important quality, in my opinion, to a life of preparedness is being flexible. If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.Activities With and For KidsGetting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy.
Thankfully I have a vet who is available 24-7, and about 45 minutes later, he got to us.The horse managed to gash his leg and cut through his saphenous vein, which is why there was such a large amount of blood. This article from On Point Preparedness talks about why it’s tough to keep a group together.Don’t be too hasty to make your decisions, It’s going to take time to get a feel for someone. This is a little gross, but the bold was actually squirting out every time his heart pumped.The good news is horses have a lot more blood than humans. Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that.Operational SecurityThere are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan.
Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important.Goal SettingSetting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. Seven World Trade Center was not actually on the same plot of land as the rest of the World, Trace Center complex. So, just how many supplies would I need to have on hand to deal with whatever would come our way?The answer is; much more than I have right now!The good news is emergency’s don’t happen on a daily basis.
Prepping encompasses so many different areas that you are bound to find someone interested in bushcraft, First aid, gun clubs, ham radio etc.
The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.The GovernmentIf things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours.
Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work.Preparedness Plans List(s)For me, the best place to start is with my handy dandy notebook! And a lot of the first aid supplies that are a part of a good medical kit have very long expiration dates. This is also important because in a SHTF situation you are going to be stuck with them being next door whether you like it or not, and if they know you, they are less likely to take advantage of you.Online PreppingFinding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, but it is also the riskiest. As with anything online we want to be careful about what information we share, and as preppers we are extra careful about it.Personally, I am more worried about people than the government. By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months.The GardenRight know the garden is taking all of my focus. I know I’m on a few lists anyway, but a person with bad intentions, and my personal information can be more dangerous. Make a fake profile and don’t add your address or phone number.This article from the Survival Blog give a few options for finding groups (or people) online.
Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you and have a plan.Being the Lone WolfAlthough it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. To some this may seem like a no brainer, while others may have issues trusting other people, especially in a disaster situation.But you have to get over this aversion to others. Cleaning out the dead and decaying plant material as well as beautifying the garden itself are things I can do now while waiting. So you can keep adding to your kit over time in order to have a lot of supplies.But once you start accumulating more and more first aid supplies, you will need a storage plan to keep it all.
You never know who is on the other end of the conversation.There are two aspects of prepper groups we need to think about, the groups we can join now, and the groups we will have in an emergency situation. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.If you have livestock, you will need to incorporate their first aid supplies in to your plan as well. Develop relationships with likeminded people, and find out how your skills and their skills can complement each other.
Also, our garage gets COLD, so I don’t really like working out there when the temperature outside is below zero. It is like anything we do, and change is inevitable.The more you work on it, the better you will become, so do it in baby steps.
If you feel better prepping alone, do this for a while, but then begin putting yourself out there. But I have to say, giving a HUGE injection to my horse every day for 5 days proved to be too much for me and the horse, so I was left to use the powdered oral antibiotic, which is a sulfa based drug.2 tubes of silvasorb gelAnd then that made me start thinking about my ‘people’ medical supplies, and how much do I have, vs. You can do the same with family members, and continue to grow our network.The most important thing to understand is that you cannot do this alone, there really is safety in numbers, and we are a social animal. Instead of spending a lot of money to go really far, or making one vacation plan, we choose to explore the beautiful country we live in.We will plan smaller weekend trips to places we can drive.
Like it or not, you do need other people.All Tools and No KnowledgeYou have probably heard this a hundred times, but what would you do if you had nothing?
But it is better to have the stuff, and never need to use it, kind of like an insurance policy.
We need to have the ability to improvise, and the only way to do that is to understand the complete process.It’s great to have a good water filter, but if you don’t understand how water filtration works, you won’t be able to build your own if necessary. So now, we can go places and basically bring our hotel with us.You also don’t need to really go that far away from home. Do a weekend nature walk, learn about what is in your area as far game, plants, and resources.
But I would rather be prepared and have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Or you can take a weekend class in firearm training, or outdoor skills.Rotating PrepsAs the summer will go on, our long term food storage and home canned goods will need to be rotated as we add to it with freshly canned vegetables jams and fruits. I will continue to bulk up all of my medical kits, and will most likely add things that most people will not need, such as needles, and IV start kits, but that is because I have been trained how to use it.One thing you may have noticed I did not add to any of my first aid kits is suturing equipment.
So before we start canning like fools, it is good to know what we have, what we love, and what we have plenty of. I am of the opinion if I don’t have the training to use something, I am not going to wing it, and when it comes to suturing, I do not have the experience so at this time, it is not a part of my medical kit. This also goes into my gardening plan, so knowing what we have helps.Now there are some things we won’t have a lot of control over, such as blueberries, apples and pears, because we plant those once, and they keep producing every year.
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Going back to my horse story, the vet came out three times in attempts to suture the huge gash closed, but the horse would not cooperate, and the window of opportunity passed, so we decided to leave it open, and let it heal by secondary intention (meaning, no sutures). So learning new ways to use the prolific fruits and vegetables will add new recipes, as well as making us be able to use what we have every single year.This is also a good time to start or add to your long term food storage with items from Legacy Farms, or Augauson Farms. Yes, it will take longer to heal, and yes, there is a risk of infection, but that just means I have to be more diligent in caring for the wound until it matures and heals.
Dedicate a small amount of money each paycheck to increasing your long term food storage, just in case.Farmer StrongThis one is my favorite!
This is something I am willing to do in order to have a good outcome.I feel the same way in regard to people.
I don’t know about you, but I HATE working out, or I should say I hate working out just for the sake of working out. However, I do LOVE being outside, and beautifying my yard, and playing in the garden, and working with my horses.
So yes it will be a more difficult task, and take longer to heal, but sometimes that is the better way, especially if there is something in the wound (like debris, or contaminants) that the body will help to push out. So instead of going to a gym, I work out while I am doing things that will benefit me, or my family.For example, my daughter bought me a Fitbit for a Christmas present. If it is sutured closed, you could potentially be trapping the contaminant inside of the body.When in doubt, don’t do it. And I have a bunch of people that I compete with on a weekly basis to see who can get the most steps. I like it, because it makes exercising fun and adds some competition to the mix, I love it! How you choose to handle a situation like this is up to you.Another thing to think about, if you have never witnessed an emergency happen, attend some classes and get some training. But on the days where I basically only walk at work, I have to push myself harder than I do when I am doing chores around the house.
No it won’t stop emergencies from happening, but you will be more prepared to handle a situation should it occur. Typically I will get around 10,000 steps a day, and I have to really work to make that happen. Then if something does happen, hopefully your training will kick in, and make it easier to handle the emergency.Get the training BEFORE something happens.
But on the weekends just by working in the yard or garden, I will get around 18,000 steps a day! That is huge!And have you ever worked a piece of land for a garden, carried chicken or horse feed, or dug some fence postholes? Have drills, and run through a scenario to get your hands in there so you will have a plan of what you would do in an emergency situation.You will never be prepared for every scenario, but the more you plan and practice and learn, the better prepared you will be if something happens.The post First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much? If you make a concerted effort to do this type of work on a daily basis not only will you get in shape, but you will get strong…farmer strong!So make an effort to get your work out by doing things that have the added benefit of making you more self-reliant. You will get in shape in a fun way, and you will be saving money, you don’t need a gym membership to get in shape, just do things to benefit your home, garden or property and use the money you would have used for the gym, and put it back into your ‘homestead’.Food Forestry, aka PermacultureInstead of planting flowers in beds, plant food! Now it was not a human medical emergency, but it was an emergency nonetheless.I know most of you don’t have horses, but the reason I am writing this is because of the lessons I learned, and how it applies to an emergency situation for humans as well. If you do plant flowers, be sure to use flowers that are beneficial to the bees, as well as having medicinal benefits such as lavender, peppermint or Echinacea.If you are planting a tree or shrub, plant fruit trees and shrubs. Put things on your list that you don’t necessarily have to do, but would do if you had the time. It is pretty inspiring to look back through lists that I thought were pipe dreams, and they are now a part of my everyday life.
So inspire yourself, make some lists, and get planning for what you would love to be able to do this summer. You are only limited by yourself, so stop limiting yourself, and just do it!The post Springtime Prepping and Planning appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.



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