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If you think you have your sewing needs set for SHTF situation with your $2 sewing kit, think again.  They can be a lifesaver in your hotel room when you suddenly realize you need to hem a part of your pants or shirt.  But for anything significant?  Think again. These kits usually have about 30′ of thread – great for a hem or two, but...
When people put together emergency plans, they often think of ways to keep warm but it is usually in terms of winter coats, thick blankets and sleeping bags.  But most people don’t have something quite simple – an emergency survival blanket, AKA solar blanket or space blanket.  Yes, those thin tin-foil looking blankets really should...
Making sure your dog has a year’s supply of dog food can be hard to do.  Dog food is very high in fat, so it tends to go rancid much quicker than most of the types of food that people store for emergencies.  Here are some tips to make sure your pet has a supply of food. Shop for best before dates You want to make sure you get dog food with...
What would happen to Fido in a TEOTWAWKI situation?  While most of us think about extra dog food, or whatever specific medication your pet might be taking, but what about all the other things that you might need to keep your pet happy and healthy when you might not have easy access to a vet?  The good news is that pet first aid kits are pretty similar...
The last thing you want when an emergency hits is to discover you have a large quantity of expired food.  I keep a careful tally of what I have, both on my computer and in a handwritten version, because my computer might not always be accessible in an emergency. I keep a log of all my food stores using this worksheet: http://www.momsbudget.com/printables/pantryinventory.html I...
Tarps, also known by their full name tarpaulin, are large heavy duty pieces of plastic, often made with polypropylene but also can be made with canvas and other plastic materials.  They have grommets along the edges so you can run string, rope or attach bungee cords without damaging the integrity of the tarp.  But while people generally think...
When you look at all the food you have stashed away for an emergency, most of us have the staples – flour, beans, freeze dried or dehydrated veggies, pasta, rice – but what do you have in the way of comfort foods?  While six months of the above will keep you surviving, it does get very monotonous.  Especially if you have kids, it does...
Since not all of us have the luxury of working within walking distance of home, I got to thinking about what people would do in an emergency situation while they were working, particularly such as an EMP attack or an earthquake, when driving home might not be an option.  If there was a panicked situation at work, do you have the supplies to survive? Water What...
In a TEOTWAWKI situation, family pets can be invaluable for both protection and food gathering.  Not to mention the feeling of companionship many people get when they have their pet with them, especially dogs.  After all, it has been known that seniors with pets tend to live longer than non-pet owners.  While many people plan their food storage...
What would you do if a tornado or earthquake struck in the middle of the night, you couldn’t find your glasses on the nightstand due to the commotion, and your house was subsequently destroyed.  Would you be able to get replacement glasses?  Sadly, most of us rely on our local optometrist to know that information, but what would you do if their...
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