Thursday, September 29, 2011

Homemade MRE's (Meal Ready to Eat)

Many of us have our get home kits in the car and bub out bags in the front hall closet but stocking them with food can be a challenge. One Idea is to pack up your own MRE's. If you have a household vacuum bag sealer great, but you can also use a straw and large size ziplock freezer bags.
Simply gather up a day's worth of individual sized foods and pack together in an airtight bag. To make your own individual serving packets, look for small ziplock baggies in the craft section of your local dollar store. Here are a few ideas...

Breakfast -
Individual size instant oatmeal (1)
Individual size dried fruit snack (1)
Individual size fruit drink mix (1) - try to get something with some vitamins in it
Individual size stone wheat crackers (1)
Individual size Peanut butter (1) - find these at Costco of at fast food restaurants
Individual size instant coffee (as many as usually needed to get the cobwebs out)
Individual size sugar (enough to be used with coffee)
Individual size coffee whitener (see sugar above)
Individual size intant milk powder (1)

Lunch -
Individual size instant soup mix (1) get a quick cooking type
Individual size lunch meat (1) tuna & crackers for example
Individual size fruit drink mix (1)
Individual tea bags (as needed)

Dinner -
Individual size instant rice or noodles (1)
Individual size canned meat (1) - fllaked ham, turkey, or vienna saussage
Individual size sauce or gravy mix (1)
Individual size dehydrated veggies (1)
Individual size hot cocoa mix (as needed)
Individual size fruit drink mix (1-2)
Individual size fruit cup (1)

Add to this -
Candy bar (1)
Chewing gum (1)
Plastic cutlery (as needed)
Wet naps (3)
Hard candy (1)
Granola bar or individual size nut snack (1)

Tips to make your own individual size packets -
Find various size ziplock baggies in the craft section of your local dollar store.
Pack serving sizes of dry ingrediants into these baggies.
For sauce or gravy mix, if more than just water is needed, premix dry substitutes such as milk powder into the mix before putting into baggies.
Include directions such as water requirements & cooking times.

Each vacuum bag or large ziplock should contain 1 day's worth of meals and will fit nicely into a BOB or GHB.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ophelia Won't Quit

Late last week, the NOAA stopped reporting on tropical storm Ophelia, believing that she would weaken an dissipate before causing any damage. But as of recently, NOAA advisories have reappeared. It is possible for Ophelia to hit the Maritime Provinces Sunday to Monday at hurricane strength. Keep an eye on your local weather for more information.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Don't Forget About The Forum

Have you visited the CPN Forum lately?
This is the place to meet like minded preppers & exchange ideas.
Sign up now & get aquainted with fellow Canadians who prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Take time to stop and smell the roses

It’s easy to get caught up in the constant strive for self reliance.  Stockpiling food & supplies becomes so engrained in a prepper’s mind that everything we do relates somehow to growing the already substantial store of rice, beans & bandaids.  Every day, we go over our lists and keep a watchful eye for special offers, coupons, and garage sales.  No sooner do we hit our target of a certain item that we notice yet another weakness in our plans.
                True, as preppers, we need to be ever vigilant and always aware of what could happen in the future, but is it possible to go too far?  Recently, I chose a corner outside my house and dug up a flower garden.  Some of my prepper friends asked “what kind of survival flowers will you grow?”  To be honest, I hadn’t thought of any survival, medicinal, or other prepper related plants at all.  You see, my wife like flowers; and so, I gave her a flower garden.  A place to grow beautiful, fragrant flowers.  I am sure that next spring, we will have an array of colourful flowers filling the bed and attracting all sorts of birds & butterflies.
                My point is that not everything we do in life HAS to be prepper related.  Sometimes you just want  to do something for the sake of doing it.  Now that we have a flower bed ready to be planted, I am sure we will be stopping more often to smell the roses, tulips, marigolds, lupins...well, you get the idea.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Time is on my side

Late again. I'm extraordinarily busy these days, and I'm getting tardy updating this. I have good intentions to post every Sunday, but we know what's paved with those...

Anyway, since we're talking about time. let's talk about time. In most survival blogs, you'll see people talk about loading up and bugging out. Rarely do you see them talk about how long it it will take them to get on the road. Heck, I can't even get out the door in a timely manner for a hike, never mind fleeing a major catastrophe.

Travel times to retreats are generally estimates made by driving the route in clear weather and light traffic, perhaps with a minor fudge factor thrown in for 'realism'. Katrina should have taught us that bug out times can be measured in days, not hours, if you're unfortunate.

That lack of realistic timing can extend to other things. It's all well and good to intend on cutting a half dozen cords of wood to heat your retreat through the winter, but have you ever done it? Do you have a realistic idea of how many person-hours it will take to find, bring home, chop and stack that much firewood?

Or how about those retreat defenses you'll build once you get there? Any idea how much effort and time it takes to create a bunker, or even a trench for a firing position? And while you're doing that, other tasks are piling up. Is it even possible for you and your group to prepare in time?

The answer to that is to use your time effectively now. Chop and stack that wood, or dig your fighting holes, or try to get a few other of the thousand and one things done now that will demand your attention afterwards. At the least, get a realistic idea of how long it will take do those jobs before you need to do them by doing trial runs. It might not be good policy to leave a finished bunker in place, but take a weekend and build it and then disassemble it. At the very least, you'll do it faster when you need to having done it already.

Learn how long it takes to do everything at your retreat, preferably by doing them repeatedly. Remember, unlike the Stones song, time is NOT on your side

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tornadoes & Earthquakes & Hurricanes, OH MY!

Dorothy certainly had plenty to worry about as she began her stroll down the yellow brick road.  Much the same way we live our lives on a day to day basis, there are dangers that can jump out of the woods at us at any time.  Given recent events, no one can now deny that disaster can strike at any time.  The first hurricane of the season reminded us that "stuff happens".  Add to that tornado in Goderich, Ont and an earthquake in Virginia strong enough to be felt in Montreal and you have the trifecta of natural disasters in the space of just over a week. Does this mean that the earth is falling apart at the seams and the end is near?  No, more like the luck of the draw.  But mother nature has just given us a smack upside the head.  A reminder if you will that anything can happen at any time.  But just as Dorothy learned how to deal with the dangers that lurked all around her, we too can be ready for what life will toss into our paths.  Go back and review every "beginners prepping" post, podcast, or whatever you can find and remind yourselves of the basics.  You may surprise yourself as to what you may have forgotten or overlooked.  Be ready with water, food, shelter and energy and you should be able to make it through to see Saint Nick jumping down your neighbor's chimney.  Provided they didn't get destroyed by the lions and tigers and bears..........OH MY!