Prepare Anywhere: Quick, Easy Water Storage

Little preparedness tip: If you don’t already keep bottled and bulk water on hand, you can start doing so by refilling gallon vinegar jugs with water when you use them up. I buy vinegar in bulk because I use it for cleaning and fabric softener. As each bottle is used up, I fill it back up with tap water and mark the lid “NP H2O” with a permanent marker. (NP stands for non-potable. I know one could filter it and a smidge of vinegar in your water wouldn’t be bad for you [might even be good for you?], but I just look at it as a flushing/rinse/cleaning water so I don’t waste time and water rinsing the jugs.)

Why is this so necessary? I’ve had water pipes freeze, our water go out because of a leak at the local water tower, and oh yeah, that whole Chernobyl thing back in my youth. Having water on hand for drinking, hygiene, and flushing is one of the fastest ways to get started on your preparedness journey.

Don’t use gallons of vinegar for cleaning? If you have any canning jars sitting around waiting to be refilled in the new canning season, fill them up with water. Don’t let them sit on the shelf empty! If you’ve got to store them, store them full. You can always use the water for watering plants as you get closer to canning time.

Little Bit of News:

The Good: I’ve started a whole bunch of training that will help me better serve my local community, and you, my readers.

The Sort-of Bad: The time I would usually spend writing will be split and a large part of each week’s work hours will be used for said training.

The Sort-of Ugly: The Prepare Anywhere book release will be delayed until after the first of the year (Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise).

The Not-Ugly: All of this continued education on MY part will give me more resources for YOU! It’s gonna make the book even better – that’s worth waiting for, right?!?!?!

10 Things to Put in Your Vehicle(s) Today

Wildfire season definitely has begun in my area. Other regions have already begun seeing¬† the problems caused by tropical storms, prior to the “official” beginning of hurricane season. It’s got me thinking about the what-ifs yet again.

What if we had to get out of the house in the middle of the night due to wildfire, with only the items in our vehicle and on our backs? What if flood waters were rising and authorities told us we had enough time to grab purses, pets, and car keys? What if a tornado decimated the house, but the cars were miraculously okay just feet away? What if a localized power outage struck at work or school, and you needed to use what was available for an hour or two while the professionals reset something?

Time to review what’s in the rigs, and to get folks thinking about what they might want to add to their cars. To wit, here’s my list of the top ten things to put in your vehicles – not counting a car emergency kit, which is an entity unto itself. Continue reading

How Do YOU Prepare for Drought and Heat?

A dear friend asked me a while back how to prepare for drought and heat. After all, she remarked, it seems so much simpler to prepare for cold weather and how to keep warm if the power goes out. But what do we do if water rations take effect or for a summer power outage?

These are things I’ll be addressing soon – I’ve got two different articles in the works for you on the matter. In the meantime, I’d love to know how YOUR family adapts during hot weather and deals with drought. (And no, hiding in the air conditioning at the mall or library doesn’t technically count – it’s already on the list and what most folks automatically do!)

Thoughts?