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  • Don’t Forget About Coffee!

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2016/07/coffee.html

    A while back I was in a novelty store, looking at humorous refrigerator magnets. One of them read: “I haven’t had my morning coffee yet. Don’t make me kill you.” Another read: “Coffee… because crack is not allowed in the workplace.” Yet another read: “Give me coffee or give me death.”

    Movie scriptwriters have also taken advantage of Americans’ obsession with this caffeinated beverage in a variety of comedy films, including Airplane II: The Sequel. Peter Graves plays a flight captain who takes in stride the news that two of his crew members have died after being sucked out of an airlock. But when a flight attendant informs him that they’ve run out of Joe, he goes ballistic, loudly reminding everyone how many times he’s asked for extra coffee to be stored on board.

    We laugh at these refrigerator-worthy phrases and comedic movie moments, but they bring up a valid point. Who wants to live in a world without coffee? When a disaster strikes it will be one of the items many people will wish they had stockpiled. And not just for the enjoyment of the taste or because of the headaches they will experience without their daily “fix.” They will also crave it for it’s ability to help them stay alert in night watch situations and for its use as a bartering tool.

    When a crisis causes supermarkets to run out of food and other items quickly, coffee will be a coveted commodity because it is seldom included in personal stockpiles of food and water. It might be considered a luxury item by some, but others are convinced they need it to survive the day. Regardless, making it a part of your food stockpile is a great idea that will pay dividends.

    (Editor’s Note: APN’s editor enjoys the Folgers Single Cup Bags. They allow you to make one cup at a time which cuts back on the smell of brewed coffee as you can cover your cup. It also makes it much easier to keep track of exactly how many cups you have. Let’s say you drink 2 cups a day; there is 365 days a year x 2 = 730 singles packets. On amazon (Follow the link above.) you can get 113 bags for around $28.oo

     

    Here are five reasons for including coffee in a survival stash:

     

    1. Coffee will disappear quickly from store shelves in an emergency. Those who stockpile food and water for emergencies are in the minority, and even many of them do not include coffee in their stashes, so it’s likely to be swept up right away by people who thought of stockpiling everything else except a good cup of joe.

     

    1. Stay alert in night watch situations. A disaster that causes power outages will also cause people to behave in ways they would not otherwise. Some families and groups may be forced to have one person stay awake at all times. Coffee not only keeps you awake, but also more alert and able to concentrate.

     

    1. Use as a bartering tool. During the Civil War, Southern soldiers had plenty of tobacco but little coffee, while soldiers in the North had a lot of coffee but little tobacco, making for a perfect bartering situation. When stores run out of the necessities, there will be plenty of trading going on. Coffee will once again be a valuable bartering item following a disaster.

     

    1. It’s good for you. Once considered harmful, coffee is now known to be rich in flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds. Some studies show that coffee can actually protect the heart, lower the risk of several forms of cancer and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. And it puts most people in a better mood, which can be helpful in a stressful situation.

     

    1. Enjoyment. Smiles and laughs in a post-disaster society will be few and far between, so people will want to occasionally savor something simply for its taste. Coffee lovers will argue that their beverage choice is delicious. And if coffee is as addictive as they jokingly say it is, they’re going to need it as much as want it.

     

    Frank Bates, founder of 4Patriots LLC, is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a website featuring hundreds of articles on how to be more independent and self-reliant. He also offers Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.

     

     

     

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  • 6 Ways to Store Food Long Term

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2016/08/6-ways-store-food-long-term.html

    When preparing food for long-term storage, consider how much is required, how long it needs to last, its nutritional value, and the resources available for preparation. Depending on your goals, there is a long-term food storage method for you.

    Freezing

    • Depending on the emergency, freezing may be an acceptable option. Storage times vary depending on the type of item and its packaging, but meats can last up to two years when frozen properly. Blanch fruits and vegetables to halt quality-compromising enzymatic processes before freezing them. Most of the nutritional content remains stable when frozen items are stored in air-tight packaging.

     

    Dehydrating

    • Dehydrated items maintain much of their nutritional content. Herbs, which are both beneficial to health and flavorful, are good candidates for dehydration. Fruits and vegetables also store well when dried. Blanch vegetables and fruits first to extend their shelf life. You can use a dehydrator or your oven on low heat to dehydrate items.
    • The key with dehydration is to ensure that all of the moisture has been removed. Food fresh off the dehydrator may still feel soft or moist. Follow instructions for each food, and take a sample off the dehydrator to cool for a minute or two in order to test its dryness. Dehydrated items should be stored in cool, dry, dark places. Use glass jars and vacuum-sealed pouches to extend the life of dehydrated foods.

     

    Curing

    • The curing process harnesses the power of salt to eliminate moisture and prevent the growth of bacteria. Curing can be time intensive at the outset, but it will enable you to preserve flavorful meat for extended periods of time.
      • Dry curing involves coating a cut of meat in salt and other herbs and letting it set for an extended period. Smoking is another method of curing which adds flavor to meats. Brining is a wet curing method in which meat is soaked in a salt-rich solution. Research instructions for dry curing, brining, and smoking before using any of these methods. If cured incorrectly, items can harbor botulism, which can lead to food-borne illness.

    Canning

        • Canning is a time-tested method for preserving fruits and vegetables. The acidity of the food will help you determine how to process it. Most jams and tomato-based products are safe to prepare through boiling. Low-acid vegetables and meats necessitate the use of a pressure canner. It is wise to look for updated canning recipes to ensure that new food safety measures are included in the instructions. Once food is canned, check to make sure that the jars are sealed. Store canned items in a dark, cool, and dry environment. With regard to shelf life, items with a high acidity can last one to one and a half years. Foods with a low acidity can last up to five years.

     

    Fermenting

        • Fermented foods have been making a comeback in recent years. Their popularity is likely due to the health benefits associated with consuming them. Items like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and pickles are rich in pro-biotics. During a disaster, the benefits that fermented items have on the immune system make them must-haves.
        • The fermentation process involves many considerations. Fermenting can extend the life of your foods for months or years. While the items may be safe to consume after extended periods, their health benefits may decrease as they age. Using a fermentation pot is the most common way to get results.

    Vacuum Sealing

        • Vacuum sealing may be performed on nearly any food. It is important to remember that vacuum sealing is most often used as an adjunct to other preservation methods. For example, you may vacuum seal meat, but you will still have to keep it in the refrigerator or freezer in order for it to be safe. Jerkies and dried fruits and vegetables may also be vacuum sealed to increase their shelf lives.
        • Vacuum sealing can be accomplished with equipment such as the Food Saver, but Mylar bags may also be used without a special machine. If you are not using a machine to suck the air out of the packaging, oxygen absorbing pouches can be used to achieve the same effect. This method is great for processing bulk grains. Vacuum sealed bags can be placed in five-gallon plastic buckets to make them easy to store and protect them from pests.

     

    There are so many options for long term food storage. A conscientious prepper will take advantage of multiple food preservation methods in order to reap the benefits of each type. With proper research about storage environments, recipes, and food safety guidelines, it is possible to maintain a safe, balanced, and flavorful food supply – even during a disaster.

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  • Family Medical Bag With Nurse Amy Alton

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2016/08/medical-bag-nurse-amy-alton.html

    We all generally have some sort of first aid kit or emergency supplies, especially if you have children. When preparing your medical bag, you try to think of everything you can add to it that would be beneficial in some way.

    Preparing a medical bag you want to take with you in a grid down situation can be tricky as well. Nurse Amy Alton and Dr. Joseph Alton have found one of the best bags I have seen in a long while. In the video below Nurse Amy walks you through hundreds of items and what they can be used for.

    According to the description on their website the total weight of the bag and everything in it is 19 lbs. including the military-grade padded and comfortable backpack made by Voodoo Tactical. After watching the video you can make that even less buy removing outer packaging of certain items like boxed medicines/items.

    Their Stomp Plus Trauma Survival Bag is a little pricey but I believe with all the items you get PLUS that awesome bag it is worth it. Especially if you would rather buy a product first and add what you need. Although I doubt you could need anything after getting this.

    To top that off, according to their website you will also get “The Survival Medicine Handbook“.  This is a must have book for any prepper. Their book is written as if the grid is down. It is in laymen terms for those of us not familiar with medical definitions which make this book very much sought after.

    Family Medical Bag With Nurse Amy Alton

     

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  • Building an Emergency Medical Bag

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2016/08/building-emergency-medical-bag.html

    Building your own emergency medical kit is a huge priority and can be some what over whelming. Having first aid supplies for different types of emergencies is important as well. You will want these on hand at home, in you’re vehicle or in a bug out situation.

    From a different perspective, most of us have already started our own kits with out even realizing it, especially if you have children. A lot of times it is simply scattered all over the house and needs to be brought together in one bag being easily accessible when it is needed.

    You Tuber PreparedMind101 has prepared an updated video of the medical to-go bag he carries. As he puts it, his “Holy crap what just happened bag”. The bag is really nice and seems well constructed. He has invested around $200 into it so far with a few items left to go. (Voodoo Tactical Men’s Universal Medic Bag) He shares the items he has put in there and asks for comments on things he might of missed. (For a list of the items shown in the video, look under the video.)

    Whether you are buying a pre made kit or building your own that is tailored for your family, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny. All I have to say about that is “You get what you pay for”.

    Building an Emergency Medical Bag

     Listed in the order presented in his video

    Cat Tourniquet

    Israeli combat bandage

    Celox Blood Clotter

    Celox A – Syringe Applicator

    Bleed Stop Bandages

    Cayenne Pepper

    Suture Kit

    Instant Ice Compresses

    Oral IV’s

    Emergency Blanket

    Povidone Swab Sticks

    Burn Cream

    Alcohol Pads

    Iodine Pads

    Antiseptic Wipe

    Eye Wash Kit

    Hemostats

    EMT Shears

    Tweezers set

    Disposable Skin Stapler and Remover

    Halo Chest Seal

    Tension Pmeumothorax Kit

    Universal Splint

    Nitrile Rolled gloves

    Oral Airway Devices

    Manuka UMF Approved MediHoney

     

     

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  • Grid Down: Heart & Blood Pressure Care

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2016/08/grid-heart-blood-pressure-care.html

    It is important to realize and understand that if we ever have a grid down situation or some sort of natural disaster that prevented us from getting our medication, a lot of people will die. Diabetics, epileptics, anyone with heart disease. You name it. So what can you learn and put into play that will help you with the disability that you have?

    Well we can help with that! Below we have another cheerful video by ThePatriotNurse.  She talks about what sorts of herbal medicine will help with your heart health and in possible emergencies. She gives a brief crash course on how the heart works and all the vessels. Her description simplifies the basic way the heart works.

    Neglect of the body over time can manifest into high blood pressure and different kinds of arrhythmia. So what happens if we no longer have pills and medicine to help us out? She talks about different herbs you can incorporate into your daily routine easily and store some for grid down. Cayenne, Garlic, Hawthorn Berries, and Ginger plus tons more than can help you all through life.

    Patriot Nurse shares with us her four “must have” books. (Listed at the bottom of the page.) Reference books can always be helpful and beneficial in assisting you in an emergency.

    We hope you enjoy watching ThePatriotNurse. Please feel free to comment and share your knowledge with fellow preppers

    Grid Down: Heart & Blood Pressure Care

    Herbal Home Health Care by John R. Christopher Prescription For Natural Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC School of Natural HealingEditors Favorite:The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Joeseph Alton and Nurse Amy AltonA.K.A Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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