Summer is going by so quickly!!
Thank you so much for following along with my Blog! It's been really fun for me to share my 100 Essentials and then some. Here are a few new items to add, thank you for the phone call Mark and your question. Mark is a patriot first and in a wheelchair second. He call with one very simple question, so I thought about it and think that Mark might not be the only one with this problem.
As you might imagine, Mark is on some medications that he needs to keep with him all of the time. From time to time, they drop out of his pocket and then runs over them with his wheelchair. Huge problem! So I suggested that he get a few old 35mm film cans that have the screw top lids to store him meds in. Here is what I found!
Here are some with different sizes! Look how pretty!! HaHaHa
So many uses for these small containers! I might be buying a few for us for future uses too! Thank you Mark for the phone call and hope that this helps with what you might be looking for!
Life is all about being prepared for the next adventure! I hope that with my list of 100 Essentials, I am giving you some ideas and your preps are starting to stack up.
On we go with item #46 ( Garbage Cans, Garbage Bags and Lids) The galvanized cans are great to store your preps in and also make a great faraday cage. My thought is to use the Flex Seal, a rubberized material, sprayed into a small galvanized bucket and lid to create a faraday cage. Try this DIY project for yourself!
On to Item #47 ( Men's Hygiene) Shampoo, Razors, Mouthwash, Floss, Deodorant (Lots of this!!) Nail Clippers, Shaving Cream, eat...
With men working on keeping everything running on a ranch or farm, they still need to take care of themselves. Nothing worse then a SMELLY man!!! You know what I mean.
Just today, while at Portland Expo Center, I walked by a man that really needed Deodorant... Whew... Come on, you know you can smell it and no-one else wants to!
Onto a passion of mine, Cast Iron Cook Ware. I am talking about Dutch Ovens Pans, Pop Over Pans, Muffin Pans, Corn Bread Pans and so much more. These pans are the best for baking and cooking. If you haven't tried Cast Iron Cooking, I hope that you do. Here is another one of my recent favorites, Southern Cast Iron Magazine. You have to try the Rosemary Focaccia Bread.
Have fun looking for vintage Cast Iron! Keep it clean, well oiled and out of the water. You will be handing this down from generation to generation.
Item #49 Fishing Gear and Supplies! You will need fishing poles, line, lures, flies, tackle boxes, fishing nets, hooks, and sinkers. Stock up on all of these items will be very hard to get in times of need. Places like Sportsman Warehouse, Walmart, Cabelas or Fisherman's Warehouse are great places to stock up on all of these items.
Be careful, once you start collecting Fishing Gear you will be HOOKED!!
When your looking for items to add to your preps, remember I am only giving you a option to purchase on Amazon. You have the choice to purchase where ever you wish so shop around and get the best price you can.
Thank you for following along! Join me next week for more ideas for your 100 Essentials.
Summer is going by fast and were moving forward with stocking up on your 100 Essentials. Remember you never know when you might need the items on this list.
Item #42-Insulated Ice Chests are a must if you lose power and need someplace to store frozen and refrigerated food. We recently purchased the Kysek 25L Extreme Coolers (26.4 Qt) from Sportsman Warehouse to use at our ranch while building the barn. We add dry ice to the bottom, cover that with a plastic garbage bag, add ice and drinks and food. With this method, we can keep items cold for over a week.
Yes, they are expensive but if it works, we feel the cost is well worth it! The Yeti is another great cooler but even more expensive.
Coolers are a great way to keep items frozen in the wintertime too!
Moving onto item #43 (Work Boots, Belts, Levi's & Durable Warm Shirts)
Keeping warm and dry in any situation will only make you fell better. Make sure to buy high quality clothing that will last for years to come. Warm Socks, Flannel Shirts, Wicking Clothing, ect...
Check out Duluth Trading Company if you need some great ideas.
Flashlights, Lanterns, and Light Sticks are Item #44 on my list of 100 Essentials.
Just spent this weekend at the Portland Expo Center Antique Faire. So many preparedness items to be found at almost every booth. Love collecting Dietz Lanterns and they are so useful in any emergency situation.
Flashlights are part of our EDC (Everyday Carry) and I always have one with me. Have you ever lost something in your car??? Get out your flashlight and you will find it in no time. I prefer small compact flashlights and preferably made in America. We love the flashlights from County Comm for this reason.
Item #45 Journals, Diaries, Scrapbooks are helpful to keep track of your Journey. I would also add my Bible to this list as well as Pens, Pencils and writing paper.
Well, with this list of items I am sure that you can think of a few on your own. Books of all kinds need to be in your library for your enjoyment as well as informational reading materials.
I love Cast Iron Cooking so recently I have been adding more Cast Iron to my preps. Along with pans, dutch ovens, and a pop over pan, I have discovered Southern Cast Iron Magazine. Just ordered 4 more today.
Really excited to share with you my 100 Essentials and so much more... See you next week!
You might think that some of these items are a no brainer! Duh, but you have to ask yourself?? Do I have these stocked up and ready to go???
Probably not! We all think that these items are easy to get and why would I need to stock up on them? Good question but I even need to stock up on some of these items.
#37 Garlic, Spices, Vinegar and Baking Supplies. Big box stores like Costco, Cash & Carry or Sam's Club are great place to stock up on these items. Just go isle to isle and put them in your cart. Remembering to have enough for at least 2 years. Especially stock up on the ones you use the most. Some of these stores you can also order online! Check them out here...
Item #38 is Pet Supplies! Make sure you have enough Pet Food, Pet Treats and all other pet supplies for 2 years. Feed you pets the highest quality pet foo that you can afford and your pets will thank you for that. Don't forget about medications that your pet may need as well.
#39 Flour Yeast, Salt & Pepper! Check the stores out above for this items. For David, we need to have a 5 year supply of Pepper as he can never have enough!!
#40 Wooden Match Sticks and Propane Lighters. Every time I go to Cash & Carry, I add these items to my cart so I know that I will never be without.
#41 Writing Paper, Pads, Pencils, Sharpies and Solar Calculators. You might want to consider Rite in the Rain Paper as we live in the Pacific Northwest and it rains here a lot! Stock up on these items as they might be a good bargaining item in the future.
That's all for now! Thank you so much for following along and I will see you again next week.
Well, were moving forward with our list of 100 Essentials this week with our Amp-3 Outfitter and Wound Care & Suture Kits. Item #34 the Amp-3 Outfitter is the most Comprehensive Medical Kit on the market and the only one Made in the USA!
This kits goes for Trauma to Dental in our Clinic in a Roll. Weighing just under 8 lbs rolled up and ready to go. Put together our Mastering Your Med Kit DVD ($35) that goes over pocket by pocket on how to use everything in our kit. Our customer made bag is David's design and manufactured in the USA. We pack most of our Modules in LokSak's that are also made in the USA! LokSak's are Waterproof down to 200 ft and completely air tight.
With so many choices for Medical Kits on the market. This is the only one designed by a ER Doctor with materials that he actually uses. This product was two years in the making and is now one of our Signature Kits. Currently priced at $395, available in ACU Digital, Coyote Brown, Black, Burnt Orange and Red.
Item #35 is Wound Care & Suture Kits. David being a ER Doc, our Wound Care and Suture Kit is more comprehensive then any other kit on the market and Made in USA. Our Survival Suturing DVD, goes over Wound Care, as well as when to suture and when NOT to suture.
Hoping that these two kits will add some needed essentials for your Preparedness.
Well that's it for this week, thank you for following along and supporting Amp-3!!!
This past month has been so crazy with moving to a rental house, Preppercon 4 days after, home for a week and off to a very cold Prosser, WA event, and Grants Pass Sustainable Preparedness Expo.
Now it's time to get back to the business of getting Prepared! Clothes Pins/Clothes Line/Hangers are #31. This can be as simple as paracord with clothes pins. In the house that we are currently renting there is a cloths line in the back yard. Have you ever been to a hotel where their is one in the shower?? We have!
If you grew up when I did in the 60's and 70's, you might have had one in your back yard. I don't know why, buy things always smell better when the warm sunshine and wind make them dry. Give it a try if the rain ever stops...
Item #32 Coleman Pump Repair Kit for $12.99 includes the following: includes everything you need to repair the pump on your fueled lantern: a plunger assembly, pump cap, pump cap clip, push-on nut and cushioning spring. This kit fits most Coleman® lantern and stove models except 222, 226, 229, 400, 440, 442, 445, 450, 550, 3022 and 3024. Look on Amazon for this as well and maybe some local camping stores.
Item #33 Fire Extinguishers for all types of fires. These are easily obtainable at a Big Box Store, Cash and Carry ect... Make sure that you have what you need for when you might need it. Large Boxes of Baking Soda in every room as well. Stock up so that you have what you might need. A case or two on hand might not be a bad idea.
Families use Baking Soda in hundreds of different ways. It cleans, deodorizes, helps bake up perfect cookies, and more! Safe around kids and pets, no other product does more throughout your home…all for under $1.
• Sprinkle a little in smelly shoes to deodorize them
• Make a paste to gently scrub away scuffs and crayon marks from walls.
• Sprinkle on a damp sponge to clean stainless all around the kitchen without scratching
• Mix a pinch with your facial cleanser for a gentle, yet effective, exfoliant
• Sprinkle on carpets, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum up smells
• And much more
Baking Soda is natural, so it’s no surprise ARM & HAMMER™ is the product of choice!
Sorry for the delay in getting back to posting my weekly Blog! Life happens and time just slips away. Don't delay on getting your family prepared! A little bit every week and in no time you will be better prepared for what might come your way! Stay tuned for next week. Thank you for following along!
This week I am so excited to have a guest Blogger, my very good friend Lucinda Bailey of Texas Ready Seed Banks. Spring is almost here in the Pacific Northwest so get your garden ready with this fantastic post from Lucinda!
WHEN TO PLANT
It is recommended that you obtain your area’s exact spring and fall “frost” dates–they will be different for individual counties. Don’t go from memory. Check on the internet by typing FROST DATES + your zipcode. Or contact your Agri-Life County Extension Agent and/or the Master Gardener program at the same office. They will have the right dates. Call them—your tax dollars pay for their services.
The dates for my county are March 17 and November 15 – but what does that mean? If I were to set plants out, either by seed or six inch transplanted seedlings, on March 17, I have a ten percent chance of there being a freeze, which in turn, could kill any plants which are frost sensitive. A ten percent risk is one I can live with. Freeze dates DO NOT mean that it can’t or won’t freeze after that date. Regarding the fall frost date, I have a ninety percent chance that my crops will experience a freeze after November 16 each year—therefore; I plan the spring planting and concluding harvest dates accordingly. The appendix in All New Square Foot Gardening is excellent as it illustrates when to start seeds in trays, when to transplant, how long it takes for the individual plants to mature and when you should harvest.
Obviously, frost dates are guidelines, and Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Thus far, this winter has been extremely mild in my area, so I was willing to bump up my planting date by about thirty days. If we did experience a freeze, there would still be time to reseed or replant. I have plenty of reserve seed and know I’m taking a slight risk. There were two days in the mid-forties, so I have had to replant cucumbers and melons. Everything else flourished. Tomatoes, which are very sensitive, I kept in the hoop house because to regrow them from seed is very time consuming.
In addition to the risk of planting too early, there is also a risk in waiting too long to plant. For example, peppers, don’t set fruit well if the nights are hotter than 70 degrees F.
PREPARE YOUR BEDS
You can do this even if your last frost date is a couple of months away.
1) If you haven’t done this already, clean up all the previous garden debris. Send it to the compost heap. Because we teach survival gardening, Texas Ready does not recommend loose mulch, broken up leaves or grass clippings on the surface of your garden beds. We don’t want to provide bugs a place to hide.
2) Take a forked tool (a rake won’t get deep enough) and lightly loosen the soil to a depth of eight inches. If you see squirmy little worms or grubs, kill them. If you have chickens either give them the worms and grubs as a treat, or better yet, assuming you can fence them away from whatever may be growing in your garden, let them scratch around in your beds. They’ll become virtual “rototillers” with an attitude. I prefer this strategy because it gives my twenty hens a little exercise and they avoid the boredom of living confined in a pen.
3) Get a metal window screen—I use one about 2’ x 3’ in size, and a wheelbarrow. Head for the compost heap. I am a lazy composter—meaning I don’t turn my pile like I should—I simply take four inches of finished compost from the bottom of the stack once a year. I put a few shovel fulls on top of the screen and sift the soil into the wheelbarrow, sending back to the compost heap anything that didn’t fall through the screen. The result is a very fine top dressing which my plants love. Alternatively, using the Mittleider Gardening method of 75% sawdust combined with 25% course sand, I level the soil in my garden boxes (aka raised beds).
4) Take the wheelbarrow full of beautiful soil and spread enough to bring the beds up to the top of the 8” boards. We recommend that your garden boxes (aka raised beds) utilize 2x8 pressure treated boards. The pressure treating process is now safe—twenty years ago this was not the case. Eight inches of material is enough to prevent the sun’s UV rays from activating perennial weed rhizomes.
5) Repeat the process until all your beds are ready. Lightly water the top dressing in. Repeat the watering process when you notice the beds are dry. Now the hard work has been done and the fun can begin.
6) If you are an over achiever, 6 weeks before frost date, get some heavy plastic painters drop cloths. Get at least a 12 foot square one. Cut it in half. Put it over your beds, securing the sides with heavy objects like bricks or boards. You are now going to let the sun solarize your soil. This will irradiate some garden pests (insect, fungi and viruses) and kill weed seeds at the same time.
MAKE YOUR OWN POTTING SOIL
You’ll want a basic potting mix—your box stores have this (expensive). You don’t want a lot of fertilizer built into this soil. If there is a lot of nitrogen the seedlings can get leggy and the stem won’t ever be able to support future fruit. (In gardening terminology, we call all that plants produce for us to eat “fruit”—even if the plant is a vegetable. Go figure.)
Or you can make your own, like I do from a recipe obtained from Rodale’s Institute for Organic Growing.
Make sure that any chicken or horse manure has been aged at least a year (preferably two) and that your compost heap was heated to at least 140 degrees F for about two weeks so weed seeds will not germinate.
4 parts finely screened compost from one year old shredded leaves and aged animal manure
1 part perlite
1 part vermiculite
2 parts peat moss
You’ll want to mix this outdoors in a wheelbarrow. Lightly moisten the ingredients to keep the dust down. I like this mix because there is a good balance between moisture retention and good drainage. Without good drainage you will struggle with “damping-off” which is a fungal disease that causes newly germinated seedlings to weaken, topple over and die. I like using finely shredded leaf compost because that way you get a timed release of good nutrition.
Wow! This is a lot of information! Next week we will continue with Lucinda and more on getting your garden growing. Want to see Lucinda live??? She will be with us at two Preparedness Expos in May! Prosser, WA and Grants Pass, OR.
Well, some of you know that we sold our home here in Portland and have to move by next Friday. With the move next week, we're having to put Amp-3 on hold until we get resettled into our new space. At this point, we don't have a new place to live but something will come up.
We will keep you posted!!!
As we move forward with the items on my list of 100 Essentials, were moving forward with Powered Milk. I remember well Carnation Powdered Milk growing up as a kid of a single Mom. We were very lucky to have regular Milk but from time to time we had Powdered Milk. If served Cold, it's really great tasting. Today, we have better choices with Honeyville Great tasting with a long shelf-life. While at the Honeywell website, pick up some of the Ova Easy Whole Egg Crystals (Best on the Market). We have used Ova Easy Eggs several times over the years. Even have some in our Camp! When adding to your food storage always buy extra!!
The next item on our list are Seed Banks and we prefer Texas Ready Seed Banks. I have asked Lucinda to be our guest Blogger next week so you can find out more about this fabulous product directly from the expert in this area. Stay tuned-You won't be disappointed!
Item #31 ClothesPins/ClothesLine/Drying Rack & Hangers (A Must). Some of you might remember having these when you were going up, I sure do. How about a Solar Clothes Dryer! Check out this video!!!
Having repair kits for your Coleman products are a must in case you have a breakdown of any kind. If you have a different brand of Stove or Lantern, make sure you have everything the you need for repairs.
Our last couple of items for this week are Fire Extinguishers and Boxes of Baking Soda for every Room (Large Boxes). We all know that Fire can happen so we just need to be ready in case it does.
Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories, based on different types of fires. Each fire extinguisher also has a numerical rating that serves as a guide for the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle. The higher the number, the more fire-fighting power. Know how to use your Fire Extinguisher.
Baking Soda has so many uses but works great on putting out Grease Fires Too! Purchase the large boxes. (1 per room)
Another week of adding to your Preparedness. Follow along next week and see what Lucinda has in store from Texas Ready Seed Banks.
Well, the question this week is?? How many of you are following along?? I hope that you are and would love to know your thoughts so far, in regards to getting prepared with your 100 Essentials! http://www.amp-3.net/resources/
The items that we have discussed so far can be purchased anywhere you can find them. I have been adding the links to purchase them through Amazon, but Sportsman Warehouse, Cabela's, Fred Meyer and Orchard Supply are additional resources for you. We also love Farm and Ranch stores for supplies. Wherever you love to go, you will find something to add to your preparedness.
Remember to set your budget and plan on adding to your preparedness every month. Love to hear from you!
Get ready to stock up on Aluminum Foil Regular & Heavy (Cooking & Barter Item), Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal), Garbage Bags all kinds and sizes (Impossible to have to many) Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels. These items are essentials and you can't have enough, so stock up now! Buying in bulk is a must for all of the items listed above. Look at the Big Box Stores like Costco or Sam's Club to get low prices. Get your 100 Essentials now: http://www.amp-3.net/resources/
Aluminum Foil has so many uses from BBQ grilling, baking and keep food covered as well as a great barter item for someone who needs this product. Once again, Gasoline Containers are a must have for Diesel and Gasoline. Have enough on hand and once again another great barter item. Without Gas or Diesel you won't be running your Generator or Tractor. Check Craigslist for 200 gal Gas or Diesel containers as well as pump and values. The item below is great to have on hand as well.
Garbage Bags all kinds and sizes from Kitchen to the Black Contractor Bags are just a few to have on hand. You will want to have enough for at least 2 years.
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels are essentials as far as I am concerned. Once again you should have enough on hand for 2 years for your family. All of these items are available online.
Kinda boring this week, I know but still essential. So remember to stock up now, so that you never have to run to store when every one else is. Thank you for following along and let me know where your at with your 100 Essentials. See you next week!
We hope that you're moving in the right direction and getting better prepared for 2017! This is the second week in March and we going to talk about items #21 to #24 on my list of 100 Essentials. Download your FREE copy now if your don't already have it.
Let's get started with Item #21, Feminine Hygiene/Hair Care/Skin Products. All of the men out there might be asking why do I need these products. Think outside the box and realize that Feminine Hygiene products are used to soak up large amounts of blood. These products are great for wound care as well. When Kotex Pads are applied to a wound, aided with a Israeli Trauma Bandage or Ace Wrap, you can stop bleeding.
You might be asking why would I need Tampons? Well, these are great for Nose Bleeds or possibly gun shot wounds. Are there better options for Gun shot wounds? Yes but by stocking up on all of the necessary items there might be more then one use. Having a variety of items for multiple uses will work best. For Gun shot wounds we do recommend our Chest Seal Kit.
Make sure to stock up on your personal hygiene products and have enough on hand for 2 years. You know what you use on a daily basis so make sure that you have what you need, when you need it.
Item #22 Vitamins, Over the Counter Medications (Urgent Get Now Item -shortages will occur early & fast). We buy in huge quantities every month and you should too. Generally these are very affordable and you won't want to be without. The big box stores are great resources for these and if you purchase them every month you have a huge supply in no time.
Item #23 Thermal Underwear & Tops to keep you warm in cold weather. Many of you are aware of layering in cold and warm weather. Make sure you purchase good quality Thermal Underwear & Tops. We personally have several sets of each and different weighs as well.
This week ends with Item #24 Bow Saws, Axes, Hatchets, Wedges,Sharpening Stones, and Honing Oil. We purchase a lot of these items at Trade Shows, Antique Stores, On-line and Garage Sales. We have a great collection of Hatchets and Saws. I would add that a great chain saw should also be on your list. I purchased a Stihl 032 AV Chainsaw for David back in 1984 for over $500 and it's still running strong. These saws are built to last and you never know when you might need one. My friend Rod, who uses a chain saw everyday for his work in the Santa Cruz Mountains prefers the saw below. Either way buy one!
Sharpening stones and honing oil are necessary items for maintenance on all saws and hatchets. . You should have everything that you need to maintain all of your equipment.
With another week completed in my Blog, I truly hope that this is helping you with your preparedness goals. Please let me know what you think so far! I would love your feedback.
This year is already flying by!!! March 2017 is upon us. This week we will cover the following items: #17 Coleman Lanterns – Get extra mantles! #18 Baby Supplies (Diapers, Formula,Ointments, Pedialyte, etc), #19 Washboard, Mop Bucket, Heavy-Duty Wringer #20Cook Stoves (Silver Fire Hunter, Coleman)
Let's get started with #17 Coleman Lanterns and lots of extra mantels. Colman Lanterns and Antique Lanterns as you know are part of my passion. W.C. Coleman could see the light for the darkness. The young salesman was taking a stroll after a hard day’s work selling typewriters, and spotted a new type of lamplight in a drugstore window in Brockton, Alabama. This new light burned with a strong, steady white flame and was fueled by gasoline.
The standard lamp of the era burned kerosene and produced a smoky, flickering, yellowish light. W.C. was stricken with very poor eyesight, and was very interested in this new, steady white light that enabled him to read even the smallest print in books and on medicine bottles. Coleman saw potential in the new light, and through his vision a new company was born that would put America’s farms and ranches in a new light, and would eventually make his name synonymous with outdoor fun. Find out here how to date old coleman lamps. http://www.oldtowncoleman.com/date.htm
Baby Supplies (Diapers, Formula,Ointments, Pedialyte, etc) are an essential for every family. Stock up on all sizes of Diapers and Pull ups, you never know when your going to need them or someone else in your family. Formula, Bottles, Ointments, Pedialyte and Baby Food.
What is Pedialyte®?
Pedialyte is a medical-grade hydration solution specially formulated with the optimal balance of sugar and electrolytes needed to help replenish vital fluids, minerals, and nutrients, which, when lost, can lead to dehydration.
Adults and kids can use Pedialyte for everyday hydration. But for over 50 years, Pedialyte has been helping people recover from more challenging moments of dehydration.
All of these items are supplies for your babies and toddler needs. You just don't know how much to stock up so buy something extra every time you go to the store. Order online in bulk and save!!!
Were moving onto one of my favorite subjects! Washboard, Mop Bucket, Heavy-Duty Wringer. A few years ago, I saw a Antiques Washer made by GE, I wish that I had bought it. Look for some good antique washboards. Heavy Duty Wringers and Mop Bucket are easier to find. Purchase may 2 of each so that you have a back up set just is case.
Good stoves are the txt times on my list. We prefer Silverware Stoves and Pots. Coleman Stoves are great as well but I prefer the first ones and here is why. Silverfire Stoves can burn pretty much anything from sticks, dried manure, pine needles, pinecones and anything else that burn. Here I am cooking on my Hunter Stove. http://www.silverfire.us/stoves-backpack-stove-fixed-chimney-gasifier-rocke
Coleman Stoves are great to have as well but you need to have fuel on hand at all times. Coleman stoves are reliable and have stood the test of time.
By now you should be pretty much on your way to being prepared. Still need to download your list?? Get your here now!!! http://www.amp-3.net/resources/
A slow earthquake is happening under Puget Sound right now, which increases the risk of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. http://patch.com/washington/seattle/risk-cascadia-quake-elevated-puget-sound-slow-slip-event-begins