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Special Topic – Home Generators

December, 2018

Extended power outages, like the ones after the recent snowstorm in Chicago, make a lot of people wonder about home generators. Let’s talk about the options.


Forrest PaletteThe Path to Preparedness

What does Emergency Preparedness mean to you? Does it mean being responsibly armed? Knowing how to change a flat? Having a first aid kit in your car? Or full-on stockpiling of ammo, food, and water? It can be overwhelming to think of all the things you might need to be prepared for in your life, so in this blog series we will break it down into manageable steps. Set yourself on the path to gain the confidence and tools to handle anything that comes your way.

 Topic: Basic Life Skills Checklist

My first and most important step on my personal journey to preparedness was acknowledging that bad things happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime, for no reason. I can remain blind to that, be caught completely off guard, and then hope someone else will help me. Or I can take accountability for myself and my family and gain the skills I need to deal with whatever life might throw our way.

There are some core skills everyone should learn. Here’s a checklist to help you get started.

Childbirth During a Disaster
Women’s Disaster Topics

During a natural or man-made disaster, women can face some unique challenges. In this blog series we will discuss some important topics and provide links to additional resources.

Topic: Childbirth During a Disaster

You’re stranded in your house with no power during a hurricane. Torrential rains and screaming winds, untold damage occurring all around you. It’s hard enough to imagine staying calm during such a situation – now try to imagine being 9 months pregnant and feeling the early signs of labor. What do you do?

Preparing for an unassisted childbirth can give you the confidence to stay calm and make good decisions if the worst happens and disaster forces you to give birth without any medical supplies or personnel.

Pregnancy During a DisasterWomen’s Disaster Topics

During a natural or man-made disaster, women can face some unique challenges. In this blog series we will discuss some important topics and provide links to additional resources.

Topic: Pregnancy During a Disaster

Disasters are certainly stressful enough on their own. But what if you’re pregnant during a time of disaster, with no way to know how long you might be displaced or unable to receive emergency care?

You probably have a “go bag” for the hospital when you go into labor. Be sure to also make a bag in the event you have to evacuate your home due to a disaster of some sort during your pregnancy. Emergency food and water, medications including your prenatal vitamins, birthing supplies, basic baby care items such as food and a portable crib, emergency phone numbers, and more.

Here is a basic list of what to keep in your kids pack



A big thanks to Jack for coming out to the shop to give me a hand in the shop last night.


Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to their Wednesday!

I feel the meme, "May your coffee be stronger than your daughter's attitude" is quite fitting as my day begins!


My kids are pretty use to the terms "survival" and "prepping". They attend shows with us, they help out in the shop.  But I feel they are the exception.  Even their exposure to basic practices of self reliance, will not fully prepare them for an emergency situation.  I lived on Long Island, NY when 9/11 happened.  My oldest was in 1st grade at the time.  Shortly after that tragic day, the policies of the schools changed.  In case of an emergency, the children would be moved to a safer location until the parent or someone on the release list arrived.  This means, your child, though surrounded by peers, would be alone.  As my other children started into school, I began adding "extras" into their backpacks.  For instance, my son Jack, is severely allergic to alot of foods, I keep extra granola bars in his bag as well as an epi-pen. I keep a small stuffed animal in my daughter's bag.  Each child has an emergency card with mine and my husbands information on it and closest friends contact information.  It also has our emergency meeting place listed on it. 

My kids go bags are light weight and carry only a few items.  A water container, a non perishable snack, a small first aid kit, small fire starter kit, emergency blanket, a change of socks and unders, another emergency card in a plastic baggy and something sentimental.  Something small and light weight that can help them focus on a happy thought is a great idea for a kid like a small stuffed animal or a lego guy will work.  Their bag, without the water bottle, weighs a couple of pounds.