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Shelter In Place

What Does It Mean to “Shelter in Place”?

Be prepared for staying put
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 3:49 PM

As you work on you emergency preparedness it is important to understand the new vocabulary. Terms that you hear quite a bit are “Shelter in Place” and “Grab and Go." It is important to make sure you have emergency supplies that allow you to do both.

Depending on the disaster and depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster you may need to “Shelter in Place” or you may need to evacuate or “Grab and Go."

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How to Get Alerts of an Emergency

Resources for increasing awareness
Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:17 PM

A cornerstone of being prepared for any type of disaster is being aware of what is going on around you. Since natural disasters can happen with little to no notice, it is important to do everything you can to stay informed. With today’s advancement in technology, it is easier than ever to get alerts about what is going on in your area. » Read more

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Essential Survival Kit Items

Essential Items in Your Emergency Survival Kit

Items to consider and review for your preps
Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:21 PM

Having a well stocked set of supplies and preparations for emergency and disaster situations is one of the biggest steps one can take to being more resilient and prepared for an uncertain future. Below is quick reference infographic for you to learn about and take stock of the essential survival kit items you will need. » Read more

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Water Storage In Winter

Considerations for keeping water from freezing
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 5:29 PM

Water is the most important item to keep in your storage because it is essential to survival. However, this can become more difficult in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing. If your water freezes, you’ll need to use precious energy and heat to thaw it out for use again. But there are precautions you can take to keep your water storage from freezing in the winter. » Read more

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Compost Bin: Phil Williams

How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin

Vermicompost made easy
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 10:55 AM

I've been planning to start a worm compost bin for the past seven years, but it was always one of those things that gets stuck on the to-do-list. With my compost tea setup and my starts suffering from poor quality soil, I'm in desperate need of a source of high compost. So, I finally ordered some worms and learned how to take care of them. A typical worm farm will not produce massive quantities of compost but it will produce a very high quality compost, and a small amount of good compost can be multiplied in a compost tea brewer. » Read more

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How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

DYI for good dental health
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:39 PM

Dental care is a necessary part of your health and wellness. Being able to provide your own dental care is a great way to establish your self-sufficency and save your family money.

Below are some ideas on how you can make your own toothpastes or take care of your teeth in a disaster. » Read more

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Food Storage

Managing Your Food Storage

Methods for knowing what you have stored
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 9:00 PM

While stocking up on food storage is essential for emergency preparedness, it is important to keep a detailed, up-to-date inventory list. This will help save time and money since you’ll know exactly when to rotate short-term and long-term food storage. It may even save you time from an emergency to the grocery store for some sugar!

To alleviate some of the stress on your preparedness journey, we will be discussing food storage inventory tactics.

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Phil Williams

Fall Gardening

Prep your garden now.
Saturday, September 3, 2016, 1:32 PM

Fall gardening is tricky for those of us in the north. The summer is warm and not conducive to propagating and growing cool season crops, fall is short, and the frosts come before Halloween. » Read more

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Chestnuts

Harvesting & processing
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4:29 PM

I planted 4 chestnut trees in 2010. This past fall was the first time they produced any nuts. There wasn’t a ton, but I wanted to try harvesting and processing the nuts by hand to see if it was a viable convenient human food source on a permaculture homestead. Also, I’d never even tried chestnuts. » Read more

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31 Cleaning Uses of Vinegar

Natural cleaning solutions
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 1:21 PM

Every kitchen has a bottle of vinegar.

It’s great for your recipes, but it’s also a cheap, non-toxic and biodegradable household cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.

Although some tough germs will have to call for commercial disinfectants, vinegar is more than capable to meet the hundred simple cleaning needs of your home. » Read more