The CDC Wants You To Prepare For Nuclear Attack

With what feels like retro vibes from the 1950’s, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has announced a January 16th presentation to teach the public how to  prepare for nuclear attack. Am I the only one hearing the theme to the Twilight Zone playing in the background?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/magnitude-7-point-8-earthquake-strikes-caribbean-tsunami-waves-possible-usgs.html

Steps To Take To Prepare For A Nuclear Strike

Though nuclear detonation is unlikely, it could have devastating effects, and there would be limited time to take the steps necessary to protect our families.  This makes preparing before hand vital.

First, forget every Hollywood movie you’ve ever seen on the topic of nuclear war. The apocalyptic wasteland throughout the country stuff.   Unless you are at Ground Zero of a nuclear strike, there are steps you can take to survive.  But, you’ve got to know what to do immediately after an attack.  The biggest loss of life could come from simply not knowing what to do after a strike.

Who Is At The Greatest Risk Of A Nuclear Strike?

Do you live in a large city like Washington, D.C.?  New York?  Los Angeles?  Are you near a large military base?   These are the types of places more likely to be the target of a nuclear strike.

Be Prepared To Shelter In Place

If you have a basement, that is where you will want to be.  If not, then stay in the most central part of your home,  located away from the direction that the wind is blowing if possible.

Seal off all windows, doors, vents and chimneys. Duct tape, garbage bags and tarps will be your friends.  Store plenty.  Turn off heating and air conditioners that pull in outside air into the home.  Unseal your home after the fall out cloud has passed.

What If You Are Caught Outside?

  • Find something to cover your mouth and nose, that you can still breath through.  Having one of  *this post contains affiliate links these on hand, or in your EDC bag would be excellent.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing.
  • Decontaminate if possible by showering and changing clothes before you enter the shelter.

No Lights. No Water.  Now What?

Plan as though there will be no utilities after a nuclear strike.  Do you have at least a 14 day supply (three weeks would be better!) of water and food?   How about ways to keep warm or cool depending on the weather?    How will you see when it gets dark?  Do not drink water from open water supplies.

Stock Up On Emergency Food

Consider a supply of foods that don’t require cooking, or refrigeration.  If you’d like to kick it up a notch, invest in a butane stove and freeze dried meals that only need hot water to finish off.  Do not eat local fresh food.

What Goes In Must Come Out

Products such as the *this post contains affiliate links Luggable Loo Portable Toilet allow you a place to relieve yourself, and a way to dispose of your offerings.  BTW, if you have pets you’ll need to have a way for them to relieve themselves as well.

A Checklist to Survive a Nuclear Attack

News From The Outside

An emergency radio is going to be a must, in order to receive the latest updates after a nuclear attack.   This Kaito Emergency Radio allows you to charge it using solar, battery, crank, and through a wall plug.  You can also charge cell phones with it.

Potassium Iodide

You can learn more of the whys and hows of this product in this post.   Remember, only the IOSAT brand is approved to protect your thyroid gland.  As talks heats up about the potential of a nuclear war, I expect IOSAT to either go up in price or become really hard to get.  Now would be the time to stock up.

Have A Good First Aid Kit On Hand

Be prepared to handle your family’s medical needs after a nuclear attack, including a supply of any prescription medications they may be on.  A comprehensive first aid kit will come in handy too.  Think about adding a few compression bandages and a book on first aid medicine as well.

Protecting Your Lungs From Potential Nuclear Fallout

With it’s NBC protection rating, an Israeli gas mask will protect your lungs in case you needed to leave your shelter before the ‘all clear’ was given.

Another option, without as great of protection,  would include putting a wet cloth or towel over your mouth and nose.

If you are concerned about needing to leave your shelter early,  you may want to stock a few disposable Tyvek suits and protective gloves.

Knowledge Is Power.  Preparation Brings Peace.

Take the time to make these preparations now, not because nuclear war is imminent, but because there is no reason not to have the basic preps for any emergency on hand anyway.

When people are knowledgeable about emergencies like a nuclear strike,  they are able to act in a calmer and more efficient manner.  If you are interested in learning more about how to survive a nuclear attack, I highly recommend the book, Nuclear War Survival Skills: Lifesaving Nuclear Facts and Self -Help Instructions.  

 

 

Beginning Prepper’s Wish List: Christmas Gift Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List is a great place to start shopping for someone new to prepping. Or perhaps you want to start getting your family’s 72 Hour Kits together. You’ll find our favorite stuff here on our Beginning Prepper’s Wishlist!  Heck, even experienced Preppers may discover some must have gear to make surviving Armageddon more fun.

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Beginning Prepper's Wish List


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Beginning Prepper’s Wish List:  Water

A couple of *this post contains affiliate links 7 Gallon Reliance Products AquaTainer Ridged Water Containers would get a Beginning Prepper’s emergency water storage on the right track!

These Datrex emergency water packets  are just the thing to get you through 72 hours with your 3 Day Kits. I like these because they can mold themselves around other items in your bug out bag.

Blue Can Pure Water allows a Beginning Prepper to have a safe, great tasting emergency water supply that will last for FIFTY years!  No chlorine, no fluoride, no BPA.  Blue Can Pure Water can get take the heat and STILL taste great!

Finally, both aLifestraw personal water filter and a Lifestraw family sized water filter are just the thing for a Beginning Preppers Wish List!  I have both the personal Life Straw and the Family Sized Life Straw as part of my preps.

RELATED   How To Choose The Best Water Filter For Your Family

In case you are like me, an over achiever in the worry department, the Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator is a nifty little item that will allow you to double check if your water is safe to drink.

Let There Be Light

I have a fear of trying to survive an emergency in the pitch black.  Many emergencies happen at night, therefore having a solid stash of lighting possibilities in my emergency kits is a must.  Our Beginning  Prepper’s Wish List has some some great ideas for you!

The Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite is an emergency light that comes on when the power goes out.  A necessity for blackouts, storms, disasters, and over achieving worriers.

Every survivalist will love a Peak Plus Super Bright LED  tactical flashlight.  It is just the right size for keeping beside the bed, in the glove compartment of a car or in a 72 hour kit.

Light weight and collapsible, my favorite Eteckcity LED Outdoor Lanterns are a standard for every beginning prepper.  Don’t forget  extra Amazon Basics AA batteries!  Or am I the only one who does that?

A MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Light will rock the world of ANY Prepper.  Seriously.

Take a gander at a Goal Zero Torch With Integrated Solar Panel.  A flashlight with a built in solar panel! What’s not to love?

Charging Bricks

During the recent hurricanes people relied on their cell phones for important emergency information.  But once the power went out, so did the opportunity to recharge those phones.  Mophie Powerstation 8x Dual USB External Battery for Smartphones and Tablets will recharge most phones up to 8 times!  You can even recharge two phones at once!

Emergency Food Storage and Stove

Emergencies make me hungry.  What about you?  Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List can help you satisfy those munchies!

You can take a Gas One GS 3000 Portable Gas Stove  camping OR use it inside to cook a quick meal. Yes, you read that correctly.  This Butane fueled emergency stove can be used in doors!  Grab some extra butane too!

When a Beginning Prepper has hot water, they can make a hot meal using Mountain House freeze dried foods.Just pour the hot water right into the bag and ta-da! dinner is served!

 

The Gift Of Food Preservation

Dehydrating your own food is a terrific skill for a beginning Prepper that reduces the cost of building a stash of long term food storage.  Imagine being able to preserve your own food simply and inexpensively.

I got started dehydrating with a Nesco Dehydrator, which is one of the more inexpensive options available.

When my dehydrating habit…..er……..skills increased, I added an Excalibur to the family.  Excalibur’s heat from the back to the font, which allows all the shelves to dry without needed to rotate trays.  The square trays of the Excalibur makes it easier to get more food on a tray too.

A favorite book on how to dehydrate food can be found in The Ultimate Dehydrator Book.  Mine has become like an old friend, as I refer to it so often.

Staying Warm On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Emergency Sleeping Bag.  Made out of a thermal blanket material, the TACT Bivvy by Survival Frog provides a tear-resistant, water proof, weather-resistant protection that you can climb into just like a sleeping bag.

Military Grade, Heavy, Washable Wool Blanket.   Wool is antibacterial, temperature regulating and water proof.

Zippo Hand Warmers have the ability to provide gentle warmth for 12 hours.

Survive the cold of winter with a Portable, Indoor-Safe Radiant Heater like Mr. Heater.  I always think better when my teeth aren’t chattering.  Freezing through an emergency isn’t necessary when preparations have been made in advance.

Face Masks and Emergency Medical Kits

RELATED How To Choose The Best Emergency Face Mask

I love the Cambridge N99 Washable Respirator, and it’s ability to go for up to 300 hours before the filter needs to be changed.   Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, bacteria and viruses.  The Turquoise is my favorite!  What’s yours?

Here is a simple medical kit to add to add to your emergency vehicle kit.

Here’s a first aid kit to hang off of your 72 Hour Kit for quick and easy access.

 

RELATED: The Best Essential Oils For Medical Kits Survivalists

Other Really Great Stuff On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Spyderco’s Deica4 Light Weight Plain Edge Knife is the perfect Every Day Carry knife.

How about a  camping/survival knife  from our Beginning Preppers Wish List that will last for a generation or two, the Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker. Uh……Santa?  If you are reading this, I’ve been a very good girl……

Does your Beginning Prepper need a way to keep their new knife sharp?  A Lansky BladeMedic is a great choice for a knife sharpener light weight enough to fit into a Bug Out Bag.

World’s Loudest Emergency Whistle.  No 72 hour kit would be complete without the ability to let people know where you are.

The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  I hope your New Year includes the peace that being prepared brings.   Merry Christmas!

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar: Sausage Potato Soup

Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar provide nutrition, convenience, and long term storage ability to your food storage plan.   Boil a pot of water, dump in the ingredients, and viola!, dinner is served in record time.

Even if that dinner was made a YEAR ago!

DIY Homemade Freeze Dried Meals In a Jar: Sausage Potato Soup Recipe

Why I Love Freeze Dried Meals In A Jar

What makes Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar so fantastic?  Imagine coming home too tired to cook, and the family wanting to eat…..NOW.  You boil water.  Dump in the contents of the jar.  Stir.  Viola.  It’s dinner baby.  It’s way healthier than fast food, AND at about $10.00 a jar for a family of 4, CHEAPER too.

You are learning to use your food storage, saving money, creating shelf stable, long lasting meals for your storage, and making your life easier.   We aim to please, here at Simply Preparing.

Sausage Potato Soup Ingredients (Enough For ONE Jar)

 

1 C. Freeze Dried Sausage
1 C. Dehydrated Potato Chunks
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
1/4 C. Freeze Dried Onions
1/3 C. Dehydrated Carrot Dices
1/3 C. Freeze Dried Peas
6 TBSP Chicken Bullion

plus:

1 TBSP Parsley
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
4 TBLS Butter Powder

These are the ingredients you will add to each mason jar.  When making this recipe, you’ll also need to create a roux to thicken the soup.  I’ll teach you how to do this below. (SO easy!)  But you will NOT add the ingredients for the roux to your mason jar.

Layer Each Ingredient Listed Above Into A Mason Jar

Individually layer each ingredient into the mason jar.  The ingredients listed above are enough for ONE jar of soup.  Want to make 12 jars of soup?  Times each ingredient by 12!

After adding the ingredients for your Sausage Potato Soup to the mason jar , you’ll also need to add an oxygen absorber to each jar or vacuum seal each jar.  Personally, I do both.  By keeping the air out, you will get  least a year’s (if not 5!) storage for this recipe.

Bring three quarts of water to a boil.  Add the ingredients of your mason jar to the boiling water.    While these ingredients simmer, make your thickening sauce.

How To Make A Thickening Sauce (Roux)

( The ingredients for the thickening sauce/roux will NOT be part of what you actually put into your jars.  These are items you’ll need to have on hand in your fridge/pantry to complete this meal.)

From your pantry grab:

1/4 Cup flour

1 C  milk or reconstituted Powdered Milk

2 TSPB Butter

Melt butter in a small pan over a low temperature.  Whisk 1/4  C. flour and allow to cook for a minute, whisking constantly.   Pour in 1 C. milk.  Stir until thick and bubbly.

Once Your Roux Is Ready

Next, add a bit of your soup liquid to your thickening sauce to thin it out some.  Then add everything back into your soup and stir.  Allow to simmer for a few minutes before serving with a garnish of  Freeze Dried Parmesan Cheese.  Devour!

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Beans And Rice Are Nice

Beans and rice might keep a body and soul together, but they are not going to be able to do much when food fatigue sets in. It is important to stock a variety of foods, especially ingredients for meals that are tried and true family favorites.  That’s where Freeze Dried Meals in a Jar come into play.

Have you ever created shelf stable freeze dried meals in a jar?   What are your family’s favorites?

Why You Should Store Food NOW.

I’ve had people ask me why they should store food now rather than waiting to see if a crisis event takes place.    Many would rather have their money earning interest in a bank so that if the s-ever does hit the fan, they have the finances to deal with their new normal.  Having a stash of cash is important in an emergency situation.  However, I believe that the time to get your tangibles is before the crisis, not after.  There really are times when food is more valuable than money.

Store Food

 

How do I come to this conclusion?

* You can’t eat money.  In times of crisis, store shelves will be wiped out in the blink of an eye.  It won’t matter how much money you have on hand if there’s nothing around to purchase.

* Items from your food storage will be highly valued barter items.  Cash stands a huge chance of being devalued to the point of worthlessness.

* Food prices are only going up.  And up.  And after that, they’ll go up some more.   When you store food now, using a variety of techniques, it’s like money in the bank that is actually earning interest in the form of  being exempt from rising food costs.

* A one dollar package of humble garden seeds will increase the value of that buck 20x in the form of fresh veggies, compared to vegetables purchased at a grocery store.  Where else can you increase the value of that greenback in such a dramatic way within one mere growing season?

Nobody can control the economy.  But we can control how it affects our lives.  Storing food is one way to prepare for what ever uncertainties the future may hold.

Do you store food in case of emergency?

*Photo Credit:  Visual Hunt

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