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Cleaning Up your Home and Food Storage After a Flood



With all the floods occurring on the East Coast and the prospect of more to come this winter, I thought it might be a good time to post information about cleaning up after a flood.  Now of cause how much of this applies to you depends on how severe the flood affected your home.

Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely, you should begin cleanup.  The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property.  The longer that water/waste are allowed to remain in your home or on your property, the greater the potential for illness and irreparable damage to your home and its contents.  …

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14 Simple Rules for Knife Safety

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Knives that are not in use should be stored safely

I believe that a knife is the single most important tool we can have in a survival situation.  A knife is your friend, but like many things, if you use it incorrectly it can hurt you.  Over the years, I have seen people do stupid things with their knives and end up hurt.  Knife safety is like firearms safety, you have to follow the rules at all times.

With a knife, the dangerous parts are the sharp edge and the pointed tip.  If you follow a few simple rules, you should never cause unnecessary injury to others or yourself

Follow these knife safety guidelines

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Keep your knife sharp.

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Alternate Uses of MRE Components

MREWhile MRE’s are normally used for food, that are several components that do have other uses than their intended ones.

MRE toilet paper can be used to start a fire.

Tabasco Sauce – A friend, who spent several tours overseas in special operations, said that they would rub a bit of Tabasco sauce under their eyes to help them stay awake.  He said that the effect would last for 30 to 45 minutes.  Don’t get it in your eyes.

Coffee package – While pulling security they would chew on the poder to help them stay awake.

MRE heater had several uses.

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Storm Safety Whistles are the Loudest Whistles You will Ever Hear

A while back, my daughter sent me several survival items for my birthday; one of them was the Storm Safety Storm  safety whistlewhistle.  This is by far the loudest whistle that I have ever encountered.  My grandkids and wife scatter when they see me coming with it because it is so loud.  They say it hurts their ears.

After having played with it for a while, I have found the good and the bad.  The good it is the loudest whistle you will ever hear, it is probably twice as loud as a normal whistle.  The bad it is a about twice the size of a normal whistle and everybody runs when you get it out.…

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Plan to Get Home Alive

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A reader C.E. Harris sent me this article about staying in touch while out hiking or camping.  These same principals will work under many different situations.


An essential safety step to any outdoor activity is letting a responsible person know where you are going, when you expect to return, and who to call, such as the sheriff to initiate a SAR (Search and Rescue) mission, if they don’t hear from you by a date and time certain.  This is the same as a private pilot filing a flight plan.

On short hikes and hunting trips in our local area we carry a cell phone and ham radio 2-meter band transceiver, (for which we are licensed).  …

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How to Select a Campsite

The other day I was talking with one of my grandchildren, who is going camping with his scout troop in a couple of days.  We got into a discussion of how to decide where to build your camp.  I soon realized that this is a subject I need to address in a bit of depth.

Here a few simple rules that will help you.

  • Stay out of low-lying green grassy areas, these will collect water if it rains and the ground may be damp.
  • Camp uphill from streams or rivers.  This will protect you from flash floods and sudden rises in water levels created by releases from dams.
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The Care and Maintenance of Ropes

Unlike what many people think ropes are not something that you just throw in the corner letting them get wet and dirty.  They require maintenance and care.

Ropes are not all the same.  Climbing ropes are dynamic – they are designed to stretch in case of a fall, absorbing and dissipating the energy generated by the fall.  Static ropes are used for rappelling, rescuing, caving, tying down and hauling, in situations where there is no chance of significant impact loading with minimal stretch.   Although static and dynamic ropes look the same, they are not interchangeable.  Do not use static ropes for climbing. …

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More on Securing Your Home

Install a piece of broomstick or simple piece of wood in the lower track of a sliding window or door

I received a few comments on yesterday’s blog that I would like to address.  First is the subject of sliding glass doors.  Personally, I would get rid of one as soon as I could afford it, but there are some inexpensive fixes that can make your door more secure

There are a lot of simple locks that can be installed in the track available at most home improvement stores.  These typical sell for between 10 to 30 dollars.  However, a simple way to help secure your door is to cut down a broomstick or similar piece of wood and lay it in the bottom track.…

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The Safe Storage of Gasoline

With all the talk about generators lately, it is time to talk about safely storing fuel.  The majority of generators are gasoline powered.  A few are powered on tri fuel (propane, natural gas or gasoline) a few are on just propane or natural gas.  If you look at my blogs for the last week you will find a post on tri fuel generators.

The safest fuel to store is propane.  Just be sure and keep the bottle in the upright position.  Remember when you decide where to store the tanks, leaking propane is heavier than air and flows downhill like water.…

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As the Hurricane Hits the East Coast, Can We Learn From It.

Watching Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast shows just how vulnerable we are to things beyond our control, storms, fire, earthquakes and man made disasters.  You can have all the preps you could possible need to bug in, but if your house is in the wrong spot, your preps may be history.  There is an old saying in real estate, location, location, location; well it applies in preparedness as well. Give a lot of thought to where you live.  If you don’t have a bug out plan, you may be just another refuge.  Now me I plan to bug in, but I always have a plan B.…

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