Why You Need Sillcock Keys in Your Emergency Preparedness Kits

An inexpensive prep,  sillcock keys can be the means to access water in an emergency.  Turning the water off in a building can still leave water  in the pipes.  This hydration could be the factor that allows your family to survive a catastrophic event.  Simply locate the water spigot on a commercial or public building, and use your sillcock key to turn the spigot on.


What Is A Sillcock Key?

Why You Should Have Sillcock Keys In Your Emergency Kit

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Use Sillcock keys to open water spigots on commercial buildings, at golf courses, ball parks, and other venues where people spend a lot of time.  You can even use them at rest stops with their spigots.

What About Pliers Or A Wrench?

With the unique design of  spigots at industrial or public buildings require  sillcock keys.  An adjustable wrench, or pair of pliers won’t get the job done.

Sillcock Keys

Where To Store Your Sillcock Keys?

You’ll want to store Sillcock keys in emergency kits and vehicle glove compartments. Add a list of potential places where you can put that sillcock key to work, and you’ll have an invaluable tool at the ready.

Best Kept Secret

One of the best keep secrets in the world of emergency preparedness is the sillcock key.  Cheap enough to purchase a back up to your back up.   This potential life saver should be a part of every family’s survival plan.

Simple and Effective Ways To Filter And Purify Water

Storing water is only the first step in your emergency water preparedness plan. While we’ve shown you ways to store water for an emergency, you’re going to want to have a way to filter and purify outside drinking sources..

 Filtering and Purifying Water

Filtering and purifying water are two different steps.  Filtering removes things the eye can see from water, such as bugs, twigs and leaves.

Purifying removes things the eyes can’t see, such as germs and bacteria that can not only make you sick, but kill you.

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How To Filter and Purify Water

 Safe Drinking Water

First filtering potential drinking water and then purifying it is the best practice in order to have safe for your family in an emergency.

There are a lot of ways to accomplish this.  Straining.  Homemade filtering systems.  Bleach.  Pool Shock.  Boiling.

Luckily, there are commercial options available now that make the need to filter and purify water much, much easier.

Bonus:  They don’t cost a fortune!

LifeStraw

Filter and Purify Water With A LifeStraw

Portable and very affordable, you throw a LifeStraw into each family member’s 72 hour kit, and you will have an easy way to both filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water and remove:

99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E-Coli

99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Bonus:  No funky after taste, they way you would get by using bleach to purify water.

LifeStraw Mission Water Purification System

Looking to purify water on a larger scale during an emergency?   Take a look at the LifeStraw Mission Water Purification System.  

This system uses a high volume gravity filter to filter and purify 4755 gallons of water.   Ideal for group and family emergency preparedness situation.

Pour the water into the top, and clean water comes out the bottom.  How much easier can it get?

Berkey Water Filters

Filter and Purify Water Long Term With A Berkey

The aftermath of an emergency can leave municipal drinking facilities scrambling to provide clean water.  Just ask any one that has been slammed by hurricanes and flooding.  Even after the taps are turned back on, the water flowing through them can be of questionable quality.

Berkey systems filter both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as  lakes, streams and stagnant ponds.  The Berkey is made to tackle hostile environments where electricity, or treated water isn’t available.  No more having to worry if your tap water is safe to drink.

The Big Berkey

The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites, while reducing harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides.

The Big Berkey system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and will filter approximately  12-15 gallons a day.  It’s the perfect size to keep on a kitchen counter top or by the sink.

Get A Water Filter NOW

Without access to safe drinking water, you have a life span of three days.    Three days.  Yet for the cost of a few lattes, you could provide you family with a simple and effective way to filter water with a LifeStraw.

Don’t wait until an emergency is knocking at your door.  Add a water filter to your emergency kit today.

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Choosing The Best Emergency Face Mask

As I write this post, parts of the country are either flooded or fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma.  Other states, Oregon, Washington and California are on fire.  If there was ever a time to begin preparing your family for an emergency, now has to be it.  One item that should be in every family’s preparedness kit is an emergency face mask.

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Which Type Of Emergency Face Mask Should You Buy?

Let’s run through the different types of emergency face masks and their best uses.

The lowest level of protection is the humble dust mask.   Inexpensive.  Disposable.  It’s the sort of mask you would need to protect against pollen, household dust, cut grass.  It is NOT NIOSH approved protection.  It’s really not going to offer much protection, and the only reason I mention it here is to help you tell the difference between this and a particulate respirator mask.

How To Choose An Emergency Face Mask

N95 Emergency Face Masks

A better choice for an emergency face mask is a particulate respirator, an N95 or above.  These are the types of masks suggested a few years back when the Swine Flu and Influenza were such concerns.  These filter 95% of 0.3 micron sized particles.

Particulate respirator face masks conform a bit better to your face, unless you have a  beard.   These masks give you more protection from microscopic particles in the air.

The N95 masks can be found with ‘cool flow valves’ that help to reduce heat build up, moisture, and fogging, all of which help to make breathing while wearing this mask easier.

N95 masks are NIOSH certified, which means the respirator has passed stringent government performance standards including filtration efficiency testing and provides at least 95% filtration efficiency solid and liquid particles that do not contain oil.

The N95 masks have been a popular choice for protection from the smoke from fires, city pollution, viruses (H1N1, etc.) and allergies.

N99 Emergency Face Masks

Newer on the market are masks like the Cambridge Mask, which is a N99 mask.  More expensive, but reusable, Cambridge Masks provide protection against gases, smells, all PM; PM2.5, PM0.3, pollen, smoke and pathogens such as viruses (99.6%)  and  bacteria (99.77%).

As per the Cambridge literature:

The filters used in the Cambridge Mask meet the N99 standard (higher than N95)This is a US Government specification for pollution masks. Cambridge Masks have been independently tested by Nelson Labs, USA which confirmed almost 100% of particulate pollution, bacteria and viruses were successfully filtered when tested. We have also tested to meet the standards for Chinese NK-95 and Korean Food and Drug Administration requirements. The masks use a triple-layer filter system which will protect from a range of airborne contaminants.

Please, check the specs on ANY emergency face mask purchase you make.

 

 

PRO TIP: Remember viruses are transferred not only by touch, through a sneeze, these bugs can also enter through your eyes.  Good hand washing and keeping your hands away from your face is important.

Choosing an emergency face mask.

Should You Buy A Respirator?

Next up, Respirators.  These provide at least 95% filter efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols as well as some organic vapors.  It will filter pesticides and some viruses too.   Basically, you get a much better seal with this type of face masks, which offers better protection.  If you want to amp up this protection add a pair of safety goggles.

Respirators work well for those with serious breathing problems, allergies, and a need to be protected from bad smells.  Think of it as a really jacked up version of the paper N95 masks that can also filter out strong odors.

PRO TIP:  At around $30.00 a pop, respirators are a great choice for protection.  But make sure you pay attention to the SIZES they come in, usually Small, Medium, and Large.   The effectiveness of any face mask depends on how well it fits.

Full Facepiece Respirators provide a good seal around your face, AND protect your eyes.  More expensive, but if this is a big concern for you, worth every penny.

What Face Mask Should You Choose For Mold Removal?

Let’s face it.  In the aftermath of a hurricane, a lot of people are going to be dealing with a lot of mold.  You are going to need a Mold Remediation Respirator kit.
Mold is nasty stuff.  Don’t try to use a paper face mask or simple respirator for this job.

What About Gas Masks?

This really isn’t as outlandish as it may seem, considering today’s world events.  Living in a state with an Army Depot that stores old chemical warfare goodies, I can see the value of these.   Again, it’s all about your personal circumstances.  The Israeli Gas Masks also run in the $30-40 dollar range.

Pro Tip:  Regardless of which face mask you choose, wearing them is a bit of a learning curve.  They are uncomfortable.  They can look scary on, especially for children.   Take some time and practice wearing your masks BEFORE an emergency.

What face masks have you used?  Which ones do you like the best?  Which ones would you not buy again?

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Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Find a great sale on frozen vegetables, but there’s no room in the freezer?  No worries!  Dehydrating frozen vegetables is a simple prep skill to master.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

Why You Should Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

    • Unless you have a really big garden, dehydrating frozen vegetables is much cheaper than buying fresh, and you can dehydrate frozen vegetables year round.
    • Dehydrating frozen vegetables requires no washing, peeling, slicing, chopping, or blanching,  saving you a lot of time.
    • Needs less room (much less!) for storage!

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Which Dehydrator Should You Choose?

I use an Excalibur Dehydrator, and love it.  I also own a Nesco dehydrator, which is much cheaper and works well for dehydrating frozen vegetables.   You can quickly and easily recoup  the cost of both of these dehydrators in just a few months of dehydrating your own fruits and veggies.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

Simply spread out the mixed veggies on the dehydrator trays. I didn’t worry that the pieces were touching, I knew they would shrink as they dried and it wouldn’t be an issue. As a matter of fact, my one POUND bag of veggies shrunk down to 3/4 of a cup!

I dehydrated these @125 degrees and they took about 10 hours. Please look at your dehydrator model to see what temperature is correct for your machine. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity in the room where you are dehydrating.

Pro Tip:  Want to learn more about dehydrating foods?  Hands down, the best book on the market is Tammy Gangloff’s The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook. In this book, Tammy covers it all from how to dehydrate foods, to recipes that only need water added!

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Store Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

Now that you have a batch of inexpensive dehydrated frozen vegetables, you’ll need to store them properly. Here’s where a Food Saver comes in so handy!

My favorite way to store my dehydrated vegetables is to pour them into a wide mouth canning jar, and using the mason jar sealer accessory, vacuum seal the jar. You won’t need a ring for this, the vacuum sealing will securely keep the lid on.

 

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Use Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

    • Add a handful or two to soups or stews. Perfect for crockpot cooks!
    • Add some to a blender and turn them into a veggie powder. This powder can then be added
    • to all sorts of things you’d like to up the nutritional value of.
    • Smoothies!
    • Use for camping and hiking trips.

No Time For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables? No Problem!

LOVE the idea of having veggies and fruits in your long term food storage as a hedge against inflation and emergencies?  But don’t have time to dehydrate your own?   Thrive carries a wide variety of sfreeze dried food for this very reason!  Check them out!

So, which frozen vegetable will you be dehydrating first?