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If you plan to eat your stored food on a regular basis, and if during an emergency you plan to shelter in place, and if you have the time and interest in canning, home canning can be a great way to go. I remember my mother sending me down to the basement to get a quart… Read more »


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When I was growing up, we canned peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, pickles, strawberries and more. When the fruits or vegetables were in season, we canned all we could, then we got to enjoy them all winter long — and we often had enough to enjoy for at least a few years. We knew if we… Read more »


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Unexpected bike mechanical failures, unpredictable weather changes, unmarked trails that may make you ride for a number of unplanned miles/hours are just some of the mis-adventures that may require your emergency preparedness planning before you hit the trails. For these reasons, you need to be self sufficient and prepared to fix any problem that you… Read more »


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For years now, I have been envious of those who grew the majority of their own food.  The idea of gardening, for some reason; however, seemed very daunting to me.  The amount of money I could save by growing my own food motivated me to do some research.  I am by no means an expert… Read more »


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Did you know that the “experts” recommend chewing at least 21 times before you swallow? I don’t know about you, but I rarely have the luxury of sitting down and chewing my food that thoroughly; besides, broccoli sucks if it doesn’t come with a healthy serving of cheese (which by the way isn’t healthy, especially… Read more »


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Not everyone has the luxury of living in a rural part of the country. Living in the city is a huge downfall when it comes to a disaster situation. A large concentration of people in a small area means you’re going to have very limited resources to satisfy the needs of all those people. The… Read more »


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In preparing for emergencies, it is vitally important that you plan your food storage. For keeping yourself and your family alive and comfortable for a longer term, like a few weeks or longer, you will want to get foods that are more like what you normally eat. A lot of these are specifically prepared and… Read more »


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It’s summertime! The weather’s nice, the kids are out of school, and there may be vacation time available. It’s “moving season” for many people! This summer, several of my adult children are moving….wait, make that all of them. In the case of two of them, their spouse graduated and they are moving for a new… Read more »


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It’s that time of year again. The kids are out of school, and that lakeside cabin two states away beckons. You and the family are eager to hit the road – but are you really ready for the unexpected? When most Americans take to the highways for a driving vacation, they take along extra clothing,… Read more »


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Emergency Preparedness for the Car It’s summertime! If the weather itself hasn’t told you, your kids probably have. Yesterday was the last day of school for my kids, and we’re gearing up for some traveling this summer. Of course, we all take trips of various lengths in our car every day, but when we are… Read more »