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Must have Items for Your Winter Survival kit

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Winter mortality rates have been dramatically on the rise since the last few decades. Almost half of excess deaths during cold weather happen because of coronary thrombosis. The rate rises as soon as two days after symptoms escalate due to a cold spell. Half of the other winter deaths result from respiratory diseases.

Exposure to cold rapidly increases the risk of contracting such diseases. It is important that you prioritize health and safety to survive cold weather. Stocking several essential items in advance can help you adjust to the winter months. Some of these items are listed below:

1. Food: Store food that is rich in calories and has nutritional value. It is also vital to stock foods which do not require electricity or gas to be prepared. Dehydrated meats like jerky are flavorful and a good source of protein. Canned products like vegetables and legumes provide necessary vitamins and minerals.

Make sure to stack power bars, dried fruit, and nuts so you can munch on something while stuck. Dried fruit can last for a long time when stored in an airtight container.

2. Water: Ensure that you have access to drinking water. Water shortage problems are common in areas that are affected by power loss in the winter. Large water containers are available at low prices online and can be more useful than plastic water bottles that are for single use only.

If you are traveling, do not keep your water containers in the trunk since they will freeze. To make tea or coffee, carry insulated water bottles which are easy to stack.

3. First Aid Box: If you haven’t already, prioritize getting a first aid kit prior to the arrival of winter. It is useful both for indoors and while traveling. Some essential items which should be there in your first aid kit include plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, cleansing wipes, antibiotic ointments, safety pins, and disposable gloves.

4. Medicines: Evaluate medicine needs of your family members and purchase non-perishable ones for your winter survival kit. When weather conditions are extremely bad, it may be difficult to procure medicines.

Medicines include allergy medication, cough medicine, painkillers like aspirin and paracetamol, and others depending on your personal needs. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers in case of a medical emergency like a stroke, accident, or a heart attack.

5. Toiletries: Basic toiletries are first to sell out before any disaster strikes which is all the more reason you should get them in advance. Stack enough toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and personal hygiene products for yourself and your family in your survival kit.

6. Power Source: Most places that experience heavy snow or blizzard may encounter power failures. In such cases, it is good to invest in an alternate power source. A backup generator can be found in many homes.

You could also keep a power cord which you can connect to your vehicle’s electricity. You may also have a backup battery to power your phone or use a device which helps you generate your own power.

7. Blankets: You need an adequate number of blankets to keep you and your family members warm. Consider getting a Mylar blanket. These are lightweight and portable blankets which can be folded and kept in tight spaces. Mylar blankets are made of plastic sheets which can retain nearly 90% of our body’s heat. They are also affordable and will be very handy if you are snowed in.

8. Warm clothes: When faced with damaging winter weather like a blizzard, you cannot only rely on your fleece jacket. Get yourself a heavy parka or fur coat. Invest in a pair of durable and waterproof boots. Use mittens and scarves to protects your hands and neck.

9. Shovel: Stack a shovel for cleaning out snow. Buy one that is lightweight and has a length comfortable for you to use. Keep one in your house and one in your car for cleaning when you are at home or on the road. Make sure you are buying one that will easily allow you to lift and remove snow.

A quick tip before using a snow shovel: spray the top of the shovel with nonstick cooking spray. This will help the snow to slide right off after being picked instead of getting stuck at the tip.

10. Light sources and batteries: Flashlights operated by batteries or cranks are useful additions for your winter survival kit. They are portable and can help you see in the dark in case there is a power outage. Flashlights are also safer to use than candles.

Make sure your flashlights have batteries installed. Keep extra sets of batteries since natural light will be your only source of light in a power outage.

11. Radio: Radios can provide you with updates on the weather and other announcements that will keep you in the loop of what is happening around you. A radio is also a source of entertainment which you can use to survive hours of boredom. Get a radio that is powered by batteries or solar energy. Check your car’s radio intermittently to make sure that it is operational.

12. Tools: When you are stuck at home for a long time due to hazardous weather conditions, you may have no help in getting repairs done. It is helpful to stack a set of tools which will come in handy should you need to fix things around the house. You can get a toolbox or one device containing different tools which can be easily carried around.

Essential tools which you want to keep are pliers, duct tape, tarp, and a knife. Pliers, bottle openers, and screwdrivers are also helpful.13. Freeze alarm: Having a freeze alarm handy will alert you if your home has lost power before you walk into it. A freeze alarm sounds a few times to tell you if the temperature in your home has dropped lower than your surroundings. It will also indicate if the power has gone out. It will help you strategize on how you can equip yourself to deal with the challenges inside the home.

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

The truth is a storm of one kind or another is always on the way. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. You have to be prepared in order to survive. You’ll need your wits. You’ll need a plan. You need gear. Fortunately, we at Freedom Prepper have you covered!

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Our water straw filter removes 99.9999% of harmful substance.This water filter can remove the smallest solid particles found in the environment (down to 0.01 micron) and other harmful substances.

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It features dual USB and powerful LED Flashlight. Making it easy to charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. Two led lights can be used as a flashlight with Steady-SOS-Strobe mode. Five pilot indicators show the status of battery charger timely. Green light on when charging by solar, blue light on when USB charging.

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7 Ways to Survive an EMP Attack

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An electromagnetic pulse, or “EMP” for short, is a sudden burst of energy that overloads the fragile components within an electrical system, causing them all to short out. It causes actual hardware damage resulting in the failure of any unprotected electrical devices. Typically EMPs are generated by technically advanced devices such as nuclear weapons. 

The least realistic but most dangerous scenario that can take place is that someone detonates many EMPs over a nation, or crazier, the whole world and renders all the technology and electric grids everywhere useless. If this happens, you should know how to prepare for it to ensure your survival during this unprecedented attack.

Lighting 

Candles are the obvious choice in any scenario like this. We have them handy; they are cheap and readily available everywhere in quantity. The only few negative things one might mention are the strength of light the candles can provide, how unstable they can be depending on which type of candle you use, or how the wind can blow them out anytime. 

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If candles just don’t cut it for you, let me introduce you to an alternative. Oil lamps; works under any condition. No weather or atmosphere is strong enough to keep an oil lamp down.

Faraday Cage

A Faraday cage, named after its inventor, Michael Faraday, is a device or structure made and used to protect the cage’s contents from electrical impulses. It’s an excellent option for security, and easy to make. Nevertheless, an old microwave or a metal cage, i.e., a safe, can be as good.

The Faraday cage may do well against an EMP attack, but we can’t be too sure. We cannot foresee the impact of the electromagnetic pulse or the level of damage it might cause, so it is pretty much impossible to predict if the cage would protect the devices or not.

Communication Devices

Communications would be an arduous task after almost everything is rendered useless because of the EMP attack. It is always good to have many backup options to communicate with those important to you if a situation like this ever strikes. Devices such as a two-way radio, CB radio, or long-range walkie-talkie can be handy. If you find any of these devices in good shape after an EMP attack, put in some batteries and see if it works as there’s a high likelihood it will.

Communication is one of the more essential tasks after any disaster, and it is the very thing that you’d probably overlook. 

Backup Electricity

The primary issue after the attack is the question of electricity and how to source it if the grid becomes empty. Well, one option is to make electricity from solar panels by installing the panels around your home. Another is to set up wind turbine generators and produce electricity. 

Luckily, there are many backup electricity options, but they require preparation and hard work.

Defense

Any type of gun, be it shotgun or rifle, is useful for defending yourself. You can use these weapons to protect yourself and hunt animals, and depending on your preferences, for game. Another resourceful thing to do if you want alarm systems around your house would be to hang bells on the inside of your doors. Even if they seem like nothing, they are very consistent and can make you aware of intruders if they try to sneak in. Try to do this for every entry point in your house so you and your family can rest assured of your safety.

Sourcing Food

Sourcing food will be another significant problem if the restoration of power takes months or even years. Therefore you should know how to grow your food and manage your livestock. Books on farming and breeding livestock will help enormously with this, and there are countless out there.

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Be Ready, So You Don’t Have To Get Ready

Many preppers already know how to live off the grid because they have started living that life to be ready if and when the time comes. All of this will eventually prepare you to survive an EMP attack if you go off the grid entirely and learn not to rely on anything that works with electricity.

Keeping a stock of first aid kits and bare medical essentials is also a requirement if anyone needs medical attention. The EMP attack is often called the ultimate doomsday attack that will eventually happen.

You can always do things on an individual level to help protect you and your loved ones better. The practices and ways that we discussed above are known by much of the preppers community, so if you’re new to being a prepper, now you know how to survive an EMP stack.

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