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Survival Emergency Food Packages that are Customizable

Emergency Food SuppliesMy Patriot Supply offers a unique service that lets you pick the items in your survival food arsenal. 

Other survival food services simply provide you with “their” predetermined selection of foods.  Let me tell you, they are not always the ones you like. Most of the time half of the contents of pre-configured emergency supplies get wasted because no one will eat them.

My Patriot Supply has a convenient drop down feature that allows you to select exactly what you desire quickly and easily.  You can select your preferred breakfasts, entrees, fruit medley, and optional whey milk all fueled by eFoods.  They have large depictions of the meals for your examination.  This leaves the contents up to you, to decide what looks appetizing.  Just because its an emergency doesn’t mean you should eat food you dislike.

The emergency food supply kits by My Patriot Supply come packaged in convenient plastic storage bins.  This makes it easy to store your supply just about anywhere.  The contents are fueled 100% by eFoods.

Food Options Available:

  • Chicken Alfredo
  • White Cheddar Sauce Pasta
  • Vegetable Beef Stew
  • Seasoned Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Cheddar Soup
  • Pasta Fagioli Soup
  • Minestrone Soup
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Chili with Dumplings
  • Fruit Medley
  • Tropical Fruit Medley
  • Almond Coconut Granola
  • Whey Milk
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Cheddar Broccoli Soup
  • Creamy Potato Soup

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By Rodney Butler

 

Favorite Emergency Essentials: Water the Element of Life

Emergency Drinking WaterWater is one of the basic needs of life and among the most important elements of survival. It is essential for numerous reasons. It is needed for hydration and people have to drink water regularly in order to replenish the loss of liquid in the body and to quench the thirst. Water storage is an emergency essential to surviving any disaster.

Water is vital to a human body. Purified water is needed for optimum health and it is used for other important activities such as bathing, cleaning and cooking. FEMA and other experts recommend at least a two-week supply of water and food for emergencies.  Keep in mind these are considered to be the minimum recommendations.  I always try to keep at least three months of food and water for my entire family including my pets.

Water can come from rain, stream or through other sources. Additionally, Water is brought into our homes through pipes from local water stations. As a society, we have become dependent and rely on the water coming from the pipes in our home.  This water supply will most likely be contaminated in a natural disaster.  An important fact, did you know that water in your home is dependent on electricity? The water at the local water treatment plants cannot filter the water without power.  Be prepared.

How much water is enough?

How much is enough? Well, that all depends on the size of your family.  A general rule of thumb; each family member will consume on average a full gallon of water a day.  Now you may be saying to yourself, I don’t drink a gallon of water per day.  This may be true and in fact most people only drink about ½ gallon of liquids per day.  This will include milk, juices, sodas etc.

However, keep in mind that in most disasters you will not have air conditioning, fresh air, sodas & juices will be luxury.  Additionally, you will use water to wash, clean & cook.  This all takes away from your on-hand water supply.  With these considerations in mind, keep one gallon of water per member of the household and include pets as a member as well. For example, for a family of three people and one dog or cat you will need at least 120 gallons of water for a 30-day supply, 240 gallons for a 60-day, and 360 gallons for a 90-day supply.  Wow, that’s a lot of water, but an essential element of life. Be prepared.

Water Storage

Rainwater

Homes can store water by using water storage tanks or containers. Some designs of water storage tanks can be used to collect rainwater. I personally use a rainwater collection system to collect water to use in case of emergencies for washing, cleaning, brushing teeth and general use.  I do not use it for drinking water.  There is nothing wrong with drinking rainwater if it is filtered to remove contaminants; I just prefer to use rainwater for general use. There are many rainwater collection systems on the market; however, this is the one I prefer:

Drinking Water

A clean, sterilized water container can be used for water storage. Containers made of thermoplastic have been invented for long-term water storage. Since ancient times, people have invented containers from different materials for the purpose for storing water. I personally rely on the Reliance Lifeguard 7-gallon container with built-in bacteria filter.

I have six of these containers on-hand filled with tap water. They provide 42 gallons of emergency water for my wife and me.  This will provide a 21-day supply of fresh water without the need to treat the water before consuming. I recycle the water in these containers every six months to keep the emergency supply fresh.

Additionally, I use two 55-gallon water storage barrels for long-term storage.  This water will need to be treated with a water preserver concentrate and can be stored for 5 years before recycling.  You can purchase 55 gallon barrels from Amazon using the link below.

Another element in my arsenal for water storage is personal water bottles with a built in water purifier.  I highly recommend the Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier.  Don’t accept imitations, the Berkey is the best.  It eliminates up to 99.9% of contaminates including Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and E-Coli.  I would purchase one of these for each family member.  In emergencies, only drink water from these bottles regardless of where the water came from, as you can never be too safe.  I always keep two of these in my bug out bag, as they are compact and light.

Emergency essentials such as Water, the element of life, should be at the top of your list when planning for disasters. A water storage container is one of the few important things that a family should purchase. Water storage containers are important for survival and a personal portable water purifier is perhaps the most needed item in a survival situation. Be prepared.

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By Rodney Butler

Favorite Be Prepared: Emergency Preparedness

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You may be installing the best security and burglar alarm system in your house. Additionally, you may have a large storage house of canned goods in case of outage or crisis, and you may have the most complete emergency kit in the house, but if you have don’t have an effective emergency plan, it will all go to waste. It actually takes less than an hour for you to formulate an emergency plan, have it printed and given to each member of the family.  Families need to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Is your family prepared for the worst days? You don’t have to wait for the nightmare to come true for you to learn how to prepare for emergencies. Right now, you can actually grab a pen and paper, sit with the family and start discussing your emergency preparedness program. It may sound difficult at first to create an emergency preparedness program especially if you have not been through a crisis or natural disaster before. But to help you with this, it only takes a pen, paper and a little imagination or assumption of how an emergency disaster might happen.

What is emergency preparedness planning? Emergency preparedness planning refers to a set of activities and/or a list of reminders that will orient every member of the family on what to do in case of emergencies. A disaster can be of any form; it can be of natural causes like earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis, which are obviously inevitable. A disaster can be an accident like gas explosion, electricity accident or outage, fire, crime-related like burglary, home invasion or it can even be financial or economical disasters, such as money crisis, power outage and so on.

Even when you are at home, when you expect safety, disaster can still strike at a moments notice. When you leave your loved ones at home, how will you contact them in the case of emergencies, where will you meet, who will they call? These are just some of the questions that can be answered when you do an emergency preparedness program with your family.

First, make sure that every member of the family is present. Then identify the fire exit routes for your house. Note that a fire exit is not only intended during a fire accident, it is also applicable for other disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, and flooding; even crime-related home invasions is on the list.  Exit doors are usually found in the kitchen, but what if the emergency took place in the kitchen, will the main door be a good option for exit. How about in rooms, do the kids have assigned routes to emergency exits?

The second thing you need to consider in your emergency preparedness program is a meeting place for your family. There might be case-to-case basis here. For example during a fire accident, determine which house or place your family members will be staying temporarily. If there is an incoming hurricane, orient the family to evacuate to a relative on a nearby city or state. It could be your favorite restaurant or a relative living nearby or the curb across the street from your house.

The third element in your emergency preparedness program is the list of contacts. Who, what, and where (Friends, Relatives) are living outside/inside your city or State? In the case of regional disasters such as hurricane or earthquake, it might be difficult to stay connected using local lines. Make it a point that every one in the family shares the same list of contacts. Your pets should also be a part of your emergency preparedness program. Unfortunately, however, pets are not allowed in evacuation and resettlement areas. You may leave your pets in a veterinary clinic or with a relative.

Assign a person who will pick up your kids when you cannot make it. Have a list of contact numbers of your neighbors. Keep a list of health conditions of your family. And inform everyone in the house about the location of floor drains, gas valves, water pipes, electrical boxes and fire extinguishers. Always check, keep, maintain and change your supplies in your emergency kits. You could be storing expired foods in your kits so make sure they are constantly checked for expiration. To avoid unnecessary spoilage of food in your emergency kits, make a schedule or calendar of maintenance or better yet eat the canned foods in your emergency kits.

As a final thought on emergency preparedness planning, teach your family on how to be responsive and manage stress during critical moments. Kids are typically afraid of scenes of injured people and are afraid of being alone. Keep your children calm and give assurance that everything will be all right. These emergency preparedness program tips are not enough for family.  Each family requires different things and the things discussed in this article are just the beginning.   Remember, being prepared eliminates many of the risks and ill effects of disasters are reduced.

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By Rodney Butler

Favorite Important Facts about the Pending Assault Weapons Ban!

Assault Weapons

Assault WeaponsWhether in America or anywhere else in the world our hearts break for the families of the victims from the recent malevolent acts. 

The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the CT school massacre has many people running scared.  There is fear our 2nd amendment rights are in jeopardy because of political upheaval and over reaction.

The media has put 100% focus on assault weapons as being the real problem.  As usual the media is wrong and here is why:

 1)   Statistics show, unlike handguns or shotguns, rifles account for only a fraction of homicides in the US.

  • FACT: of the 12,664 Murder Victims last year, an Assault Rifle killed only 323.
  • In both Paducah KY and the Columbine CO shootings NO Assault Weapons were used…  Bet you didn’t hear that in the Media. Why?
  • The Virginia Tech Shooter used handguns not Assault Rifles.
  • On the same day as the Newtown Massacre, 22 students were stabbed with a knife at a grade school in China. Bet you didn’t hear that in the Media.  Why?
  • The worst school massacre was not a shooting at all. 
  •  Bath Township, MI 1927
    • 45 Dead and not a single shooting death.
    • Andrew Kehoe bombed the school because of a tax levy used to fund the school. Not mentioned in the media.

Visit http://wolffiles.blogspot.com/2012/12/worst-school-massacre-in-us-history-not.html for more info.

2)   Guns don’t kill people, it’s an inanimate object – it does not think or have feelings.

  1. Evil acts do not exist in inanimate objects such as knives, explosives or firearms.  An evil act solely exists in the hearts and minds of people.
    1.  A lot of folks will say Gun Control is the answer but they are wrong.  It’s a problem of our Mental Health Care System.
    2.   Too many Assault Weapons is not the problem.
  2. Decades of decomposing our inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
    1. Insurance companies only pay for social workers and nurses even for the extreme mentally ill rather than including psychologists and psychiatrists’.
    1. Most mentally ill patients today receive less than an hour a week (if that) with a social worker.
    2. Most nurses prescribe psychoactive medications.
    3. Gatekeepers for insurance companies turn most emergency room visits away for inpatient psychiatric treatment requests.
    4. No communication exists between law enforcement and psychiatry professionals about dangerous individuals.
    5. The problem solely rests on our broken health care system NOT GUNS.

Visit http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/12/17/why-cant-america-care-for-mentally-ill/ for more info.

 3)   Sign the petition today to have your congressman and/or senator put a stop to the over reaction.

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Excellent Video on Gun Control debate…

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