Last Monday I learned that there are many types of emergencies that go beyond the need for food and water. In my case, we had a medical emergency in our household that required some swift, decisive action and a trip off island to a big city hospital. I mention this today because in our prepping world we are supposed to prepare for everything and yet when the moment occurs, you may easily find that something is lacking.
And when that happens? I think the best thing you can do after an unexpected emergency is pull yourself up, take note of the lessons learned, and move on. Failure is a part of the learning process and should be deemed a stepping stone to greater knowledge and yes, greater preparedness.
Revised Plant Hardiness Guide
By now you are probably thinking about your spring and summer garden. Before you start ordering seeds and plants, take a look at the newly updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map because your planting zone may be warmer than you think.
Zone boundaries have shifted and two new zones have been added. Check out the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It is interactive – just enter your zip code and you are good to go.
Also, I highly recommend that you consider getting a copy of the Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book. I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is absolutely not too early to start planning for spring planting. And this year, more than any other, learning to garden is a must-do task.
Free Money from Ebates!
It has been awhile since I mentioned Ebates but since they just sent me a check for $46, I thought I would mention them again. The way it works is this: when you want to do some online shopping, go to their site and start your shopping using their online portal (you have to register first). As a bonus, when you select a vendor, you will often find a list of coupon or promotional codes from the vendor offering extra discounts of free shipping. Sometimes you can find printable coupons as well but since I rarely go to stores, I tend to ignore those.
Ebates will accumulate a percentage rebate for each sale and send it to you quarterly. Now how cool is that? You can sign up here: Ebates Homepage.
Chicken of the Sea or something else?
Most of you know that to get away from it all, I jump on a cruise ship and dance (ballroom) my way across the seas. Now please, no snickering via email thank you very much. Anyway, the word among us cruisers is that the former captain of the Costa Concordia is officially now the “Chicken of the Sea”. And, there are those out there that think the grounding of the ship had something to do with “other things” happening within our universe.
I remain neutral on this point but thought you might like to see some pictures of this horrific event. The passenger panic is not unlike what will happen in any large scale SHTF situation. Something to observe and think about, no? Enjoy (or not) the following slideshow of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast.
You can link to the slideshow here: Costa Concordia Ran Aground and Tipped Over.
The Liebster Blog Award
Liebster is German and translates to the English word “dearest”or” favorite”. It’s meant for up-and-coming blogs with less than “200 followers”.
Until last week, I had never heard of “The Liebster Blog Award”. Buy YAY! Bernie at The Apartment Prepper selected Backdoor Survival for this award and so of course, I accept. Thank you Bernie!
Home Defense Advice for “Gun Nuts”
Our latest article on Strategic Living provides a bit of insight in to how burglars work their marks. As we explain, a bad guy “crew” surveys the neighborhood looking for likely targets. And while you may think that the first line of defense is that gun you have hidden under the pillow, think again.
Read all about it here: What Most Gun Nuts Get Wrong.
The Final Word
This has been a very disconcerting week but things are now starting to get back to normal. Thank you again for your loyalty, your emails and your support. I love you all.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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From the Bargain Bin: After reading the article on Strategic Living, you may want to consider beefing up your home security. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Keypad Deadbolt: Need a good strong lock? With this, you will never have to worry about locking yourself out plus, you can secure the deadbolt from inside the house.
Uniden Bearcat 200-Channel Portable Scanner: A hand scanner with ham band for less than $100. Very portable.
Security Decals – 4 Pack: Security surveillance camera system warning decals/stickers. Increase security whether you have a system or not -no one will know but you. Less than $10.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Not a bad deal. Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. About $20.
Plus, a few ongoing recommendations for your survival kit:
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.
Camouflage Nylon Military Paracord 100 Feet: I need to write an article on the many uses of paracord. Pick your favorite color but be aware that different colors are priced differently. Me? I get the color that is the least expensive although I must admit the camouflage is my favorite.
Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight: This small and super-bright light, features a high-intensity, 100,000-hour LED that will last up to eight hours on four alkaline button cell batteries which are included.
Books for the Survival Library: Here are some books for your survival library.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: I have not had time to write up my review (excellent!) of this book but I will tell you this. You NEED this book if you care about defending your homestead.
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