How Potassium Iodide May Save Your Life During A Nuclear Event

If there was a terrorist attack or nuclear disaster one of the biggest concerns would be exposure to harmful levels of  radiation.   Potassium Iodide (IOSAT)  keeps you safe by saturating your thyroid with a beneficial form of iodine which prevents your body from absorbing radioactive iodine, produced during a nuclear event.

Potassium Iodide Tablets

What Is Potassium Iodide?

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Approved for medical use by the FDA,  Potassium Iodide (IOSAT) is recommended by health officials as one of the best ways to stay in a nuclear radiation emergency.

Potassium iodide should be taken each day you are exposed to radioactive iodine due to a nuclear event.  So, for each day an adult was exposed to a nuclear blast, you would take one pill.  You can find Potassium Iodide here. 

Adults over 40 should not take KI since they have the lowest chance of developing thyroid cancer.

Do NOT give additional doses to newborns or pregnant and breastfeeding women.

How Much Potassium Iodide (IOSAT) Should I Take?

According to the IOSAT packaging insert, dosing should be as following:

Age 18+* ————–130mg daily (One IOSAT tablet)
Age 3 – 18 ————-65mg daily (1/2 IOSAT tablet) Adolescents approaching adult size should receive the full adult dose (130 mg).
1 month – 3 yrs. —– 32mg daily (1/4 IOSAT tablet)
Birth – 1 month —— 16mg daily (1/8 IOSAT tablet)

 Anyone allergic to iodine should NOT use Potassium Iodide. Read the enclosed pamphlet.

 When To Take Potassium Iodide Tablets (IOSAT)?

In case of a nuclear emergency, public officials will notify citizens of the need to protect themselves.   Don’t want to have to rely on the government?  Get a simple radiation detector to alert you to an emergent event.

Pro Tip:  A good face mask can help keep you from inhaling fallout particles.

How Potassium Iodide Can Save Your Life During A Nuclear Emergency

What Are You Waiting For?

Just a few simple steps and you can put a simple nuclear emergency plan together for you and your family. Want to learn more? The book Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self-Help Instructions is one of the best sources of information out there.

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Inauguration Violence: How To Stay Safe

Protestors are promising to disrupt many of the events surrounding Donald Trumps’s inauguration.   Some are even promising inauguration violence.  Here are some ideas to help you make it through what potentially could be a stressful few days.

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Staying Safe in Inauguration Violence

 Inauguration Violence

A group called #DisruptJ20 has an entire agenda planned. 

Then, beginning on Jan. 18th.,  Inauguration Security is focusing on possible threats from the global terror environment.

Not to be outdone, a group calling themselves Refuse Fascism is hoping to incite it’s own brand of civil unrest.

The Washington Post has even created a guide to all of the inauguration protests, just in case you’d like a front row seat to the festivities.

Even more concerning is the undercover video by Project Veritas showing the D.C Anti-fascist Coalition as they talk about plans to disrupt the inauguration by spraying the chemical butyric acid into the ventilation system at the National Press Club during the Deploraball event.

Yes,  folks, these are the times we live in. 

 

Buckle Up.  Things Could Get Dicey Out There

Along with the media, it seems like the fore mentioned groups have their hopes set on fanning the flames of fear.  This serves only to put the focus on mayhem, rather than a peaceful transition of power.

Stay Safe In Big Crowds

How can you stay safe?

  • Be smart and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Tune in to any changes in the baseline of your current environment.
  • In big crowds it’s okay to be a little paranoid if it helps you to keep your focus on what is happening around you.
  • Keep your phone in your pocket, you attention needs to be on staying safe, not your bff’s latest status update.
  • Stay on the edges of the crowd
  • Have a predesignated meet up place in case you get separated from friends or family.
  • Write important information such as drug allergies, and emergency contact info on your forearm in sharpie.
  • Trust your gut if it tells you to high tail it out of there.

One Step Closer To  Chaos

Hopefully everything will be peaceful this week.  To be safe,  take a look at our check list for making it through a longer term-post election chaos situation you might find yourself in.

To prepare for longer term chaos, you’ll want to make sure gas tanks are topped off, meds are refilled and you have plenty of drinking water on hand!   Take a look at our Chaos Check List and come back and tell me what YOU would add.

Want more information?  I recommend Jim Cobb’s Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

Duct Tape Hacks for Preppers

Duct tape has become indispensable to Preppers due to it’s uncanny ability to fix just about anything.  Stock up on duck tape and you’ll be prepared for everything from first aid emergencies, to clothing repairs, to finding your way back to base camp.

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Survial and emergency preparedness uses for duct tape.  From first aid kits, to camping, to hiking and DIY projects, duct tape has you covered!

Using Duct Tape In Emergency First Aid Situations

Sling for a broken arm:  Fold a long strip of duct tape in half down the middle, so there is no longer a sticky side.  You now have a strip sturdy and flexible enough to use as a sling for a broken arm.

Stabilize a broken leg: Using sturdy sticks as splints, use the duct tape to hold the splints in place.  First, lay sticks on either side of the injured leg. Then hold it all together by wrapping duct tape around the sticks.

Secure a bandage:  Place a sterile dressing over the wound, and strap it in place using duct tape.  This will also create a water proof barrier.  A piece of duct tape can also be fashioned into a butterfly suture.

Make shift mole skin:  Cover the blister and the area around it with a bit of cotton gauze from your first aid kit,  then place a piece of duct tape completely over the cotton gauze.  Make sure that the duct tape doesn’t touch the blister!

Create a Pandemic Seal:  Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal a room from the spread of pathogens.

Waterproof your hiking boots using duct tape.

Mend Clothes And Gear With Duct Tape

Repair shoes and clothing:  Who needs a sewing machine?  Did you know this miracle tape come in transparent?

Fix your broken glasses:  We won’t tell the Fashion Police, pinky swear.

Patch up your rain gear:  Duct tape is water proof!    Line the inside of your boots to keep the cold and wet out too!

Keep the creepy crawlies out:  The zipper on your tent busted?  Use duct tape to keep the door to your tent closed.

Have a hole in your sleeping bag?  Duct tape to the rescue!

Splint a broken tent pole or fishing pole.   Tape a stick to the broken part of your tent pole or fishing pole.  It won’t be a long term fix, but it should see you through the current need.

Create Emergency Shelter.  By duct taping together a few of your contractor grade garbage bags together you can fashion a simple survival shelter .  You can also tape branches together and then stretch out and duct tape the garbage bags to those to help provide a wind break/simple shelter.

Fix a broken window screen.

Mend a cracked water bottle:   After making sure the outside of your bottle is completely dry then cover the crack with a piece of tape, and then wrapping the tape around the entire width of the bottle.

Get your car back on the road! Duct tape can be used to repair leaking hoses, hold up a bumper, patch the roof, etc.

Cover tears in vinyl siding:   Apply when the siding is dry, making sure to smooth the duct tape down well. You should get at least a season out of this hack.

20 Ways Duct Tape Can Save Your Life

Camping Hacks

Mark a trail:   Need to find your way back from where you came from?   Wrap duct tape around tree trunks along your route.  Just remember to make sure that each tree is in sight of the next one.

Signal for Help:   Make a giant arrow pointing to where you are, or create a giant S.O.S.  Fluorescent colored duct tape or reflective tape would work the best for this.

Use as a fire starter:  Wrap tape around a bundle of dry lint and then cover the outside with char cloth.

Makeshift torch:  Wind the top of a large branch with duct tape and light it up!

survival uses for duct tape

In the comments below, share YOUR favorite ways to  get yourself out of a jam with this wonder tool!

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How To Make A SHTF Financial Survival Plan

Are you concerned about your personal economic situation?   Worried about how you’ll survive if things continue to go downhill?   Do you work in an industry that is shutting doors at an alarming rate?   Inching closer to retirement?   You need a financial survival plan.

Why A Financial Survival Plan?

There are huge issues brewing for those looking to retire on pensions.  This is where my husband and I find ourselves.   A projected FY17 $1.8 trillion dollar deficit is nervous making for Baby Boomers wanting to retire.  Take, for example, the Dallas cops who chose to take their pensions in one lump sum, fearing the money will soon be gone.

You may be facing a job loss, or another situation where your monthly income will be drastically cut.  Regardless of the reason, now is the time to prepare for your family’s  financial survival.

Create a Financial Survival Plan Before The Next Crisis

 

Know What You Have Coming In. Know What Is Going Out.

Begin with a resolution to cut your expenses to an all time low.   This not only saves money, but insures that when there is less coming in, you’ll still meet your needs.

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Your first step will be to write down how much money  you have coming in each month.  Next write down how much money is going out each month.   This gives you not only something concrete to refer to, but also a way to track your progress.   On her website, and in her book, Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford offers an excellent and non-intimidating worksheet to help you create a financial survival plan.

Once you understand where your money is going you can begin to create your unique blueprint for financial survival.

 

Cut Expenses

Do you still need that premium cable package?  Downgrade your cable plan. (Hello Netflix!)

Don’t use all your phone minutes?  Go with a less expensive plan.  Life was  good even before smart phones.

What are you paying for that you no longer use?  The gym membership?   An online service that you could easily go without?

Change out those light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs.

Trade in your gas guzzling SUV for something that costs much less to get you where you’re going.  And remember to batch your errands!

One of the best resources I’ve ever found on cutting expenses and preparing for a strong financial future costs less than a fast food dinner out.  Take a look.

Create a Stock Pile

I’m a firm believer that having at least a 3 month supply of what you use on a daily basis.  Purchased in bulk, on sale and with coupons, it’s the same as money in the bank.   How nice to have the knowledge that in an emergency you won’t need to worry about going to the store for at least 3 months?

 

Sell It!

Look around your home.  What do you have that you don’t use?

Sell it!

Have a garage sale.  List it on a Facebook yard sale page.  Simply type in the name of your city and ‘yard sale’ into the Facebook search bar, and you’ll find several pages to sell on, without having to ship or pay for ads.

Be brutal.  If you don’t use it on a regular basis, make some money off of it.

Find A Side Gig

Sometimes, there simply isn’t enough coming in to meet the bills, much less to create a successful financial survival plan.  This is when a totally new stream of revenue needs to be found.

What your skills and passions?   I’ve always had a heart for emergency preparedness and self sufficiency.  So it’s natural for me to blog about it with a goal to turn my knowledge into a work at home job.

Thrive Freeze Dried Foods

Food storage is a big part of being prepared for an emergency.   Because of my desire to have a deep pantry, I became a consultant for Thrive Life.   I’m not a host a party kind of girl, I do everything online.    It’s a win-win for me, and might be just what you’ve been looking for.

 

A Financial Survival Plan To Become Debt Free

Do You Have Skills Others Don’t?

Do you sew?  Quilt?  (Totally jealous if you do!)  How about selling via craft shows and local expos?

A neighbor with mad cake making and decorating skills creates and sells her master pieces from home.  Her work beats the socks off anything I’ve seen in the bakery.

Are you a gardener?  Are you great at fixing stuff?   You could start a new business using those skills.

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without

One of the biggest hurdles in creating a financial survival plan is the idea that more is always better.  Assigning meaning to stuff, at the cost of our self worth, or our health, vastly limits our ability to prepare for an uncertain future.  It’s time to change our perspective.

What are you doing as part of your financial survival plan?