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Learn the Heimlich Maneuver, a Friend of Mine Choked To Death

This last weekend while eating at a restaurant a friend of mine choked to death.  The first thing that goes through your mind is why someone didn’t give him the Heimlich maneuver.  Actually several people tried unsuccessfully to give it.  He was a large man and his size may have made it hard to accomplish. The paramedics were unsuccessful in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Since then I have talked to several medical people about the Heimlich maneuver and have learned a lot.  First it doesn’t always work.  One friend who is a paramedic in Canada says that their procedure is to try the Heimlich 5 times, then bend the person over and strike between the shoulder blades with the palm of your hand 5 times and then repeat the Heimlich 5 more times.  …

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Storing Grains, Legumes While Preserving the Most Nutrition

storing grains, legumes

sealing grains in Mylar bags and five gallon buckets

I am a strong believer in food storage and have been for well over 40 years.  One thing that I have learned during that time is that you always seem to keep food longer than you originally planned.  This can occur for several reasons.  You fail to properly rotate your food because of outside distractions or you are just too busy with life.  This especially applies to storing grains, legumes, which are normally packaged for long-term storage and may not be something we use everyday.

Therefore, I want them to have the most possible nutrition when I open them.  …

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The problems of Carrying Weapons in Purses or Other Bags

carrying weaponsMy wife and I have had this talk on several occasions, about different ways of carrying weapons.  She has a tendency to default to her purse.  One principle always applies whether you are talking about a firearm, pepper spray, knife or a club.  The weapon is only useful if you can get it into operation quickly when attacked.

The other day I read about a female police officer who had her purse snatched.  She lost her firearm, because the mugger ran up behind her and grabbed her purse.  She had no time to react and lost her firearm and got into trouble at work. …

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How To Design A Home Evacuation Plan

This is a guest post that addresses a problem that I have seen during my years in fire and law enforcement.  You need an evacuation plan especially if you have young children and elderly or disabled people in your home.  I have personally seen instances of your children hiding in a closet from a fire and dieing there.  Also don’t forget to have a meeting place outside your home.

Howard

Whether you are preparing for the big one or the many small ones that may come before it, you need to have a well-designed home evacuation plan. When things start to go wrong in the place where you rest your head, you need to get out and be safe while doing so.…

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Layered security, Good Locks, and Other Barriers

layered security

If your padlocks use this type of warded key, throw them away, they are useless.

A while back, I was at a friend’s house and noticed that as part of his layered security, he had some outside areas secured with old warded padlocks.  (See the picture to the right)  At first, he thought this was no big deal, until I showed him that I could open them as fast as he could with a key.  I used a simple devise that is easy to make and is well known to every criminal out there.  No, I am not going to show it here, there is no sense in educating the few that don’t know the trick.…

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New Ways of Cooking Rice, Making Congee

congeeOne of the problems we will have when we have to rely on our preps is that we will lack the varieties of tastes that we are used to.  So lately I have been looking at the way some common ingredients that most of us store are used in other cultures.  Today I have been looking at rice and discovered congee, an oriental way of cooking and seasoning rice.

Many of us store large amounts of rice, but mainly use it only a few different ways.  So here are some additional ideas for cooking your rice in a variety of ways. …

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22 Uses for Plastic Trash Bags for Preppers

  1. plastic trash bags

    Staying dry in a trash bag, I carry black in my packs

    Plastic trash bags can make good emergency rain gear. Simply tear a hole in the bottom for your head to stick out and two holes in the side for your arms.  If you have duct tape you can use it to reinforce the bags around the holes.

  2. If you have to build a lean to shelter trash bags can provide waterproofing for the roof.
  3. You can make improvised foot wear out of plastic trash bags. Step into the trash bag with your stocking feet and then put your shoes on. 
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Protecting Children During TEOTWAWKI or Other Emergencies

protecting childrenIf you are a parent or grandparent you always worry about protecting children from harm during any life threatening emergencies. Now when I mention harm I am including psychological damage that can be caused by us creating an atmosphere of fear.  We don’t want to stress our children out.

After giving this some thought and research I have came up with the following steps for protecting children

1 – Don’t scare them.  Don’t start with camo face paint, smoke bombs and talk about killing people or violence.

2 – Make them feel safe.  Here is the story of one young child who was raised in hurricane country and was faced with the threat of storms on several occasions. …

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Files, Why They Should be Part of Your Preps

files

A good set of files

I have spend some time talking to some older gentlemen and reading a book of shop theory put out by the Henry Ford Trade School in 1944.  This and remembering the past has made me realize just how important files are when you do not have access to the power tools we all depend on today.

When you don’t have access to power or are unable to replace dull or damaged tools, you really need files.  A good selection will let you sharpen many different tools including axes, shovels, and saws.  If you have to repair damaged or broken items, a good set of files will help you to fit mismatched parts together. …

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14 Things to Consider When Sheltering in Place or Bugging In

bugging inI believe that for many of us sheltering in place or bugging in will be the best choice.  The only way in which I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than leave.  Now that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B.  But if possible, I plan on bugging in.  I know the area well, I have family and friends close by that will help and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.  I suspect the same thing applies to most of us.

I have spent some time thinking about what you have to plan for when bugging in, and have broke it down into 14 separate areas. …

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