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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 Build a Survival Shelter

Emergency protection from the elements
Monday, January 18, 2016, 2:47 PM

When you need to find a site to build an emergency shelter, you need to consider a few key elements to ensure your survival. Whenever possible, use existing terrain for shelter – look for hills you can camp between, or caves and overhangs for protection from the elements. » Read more

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How to Build an Earthbag Dome

Simple earthen structures
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:10 PM

Learn the basics of building these inexpensive and natural structures - great for storage areas (root cellar) and tool sheds.

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Recycled $1500 Shipping Containers Used to Make Stunning Off-Grid Home

A gallery of ideas
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:34 PM

Thinking of making one of your own epic shipping container home? Take a look at some of these incredible homes made from $1500 shipping containers!  Enjoy the following gallery.

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Phil Williams

How to Care for Chickens in the Winter

Protecting your flock from harsh winter conditions
Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:01 PM

When I talk to people about my chickens during the winter, many people ask me if I have to bring them inside over the winter. Of course the thought of my red birds running around making a mess, roosting on my couch, scratching the floor, and the manure would be horrible! Believe it or not there are people that keep chickens inside like a dog. They use chicken diapers. I know it’s crazy. Anyway, chickens are much more cold-hardy than most people think. I think it is actually cruel to provide heat for your chickens. It doesn’t let the chickens become acclimated to the cold properly. They are definitely not meant to be inside. » Read more

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Hundreds of Unwanted Backyard Chickens Are Ending Up at Animal Shelters

Have a plan in place for proper management of your flock
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 3:15 PM

An interesting article about the increase of backyard chickens being housed at animal shelters and rescue groups.  Its a good idea to have a plan in place and the community connections to help manage your flock for both the short term and long term aspects of raising chickens. Do you know what you will do with your chickens once they stop laying?

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5 Ways to Use a Space Blanket

More than just a way to stay warm in emergencies
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:26 PM

Some great tips on how to extend the utility and usefulness of that small portable space blanket in your med kit.

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Mat Stein

Car Survival Tips for a Blizzard

Being prepared for when you are stranded with your car durin
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:11 AM

[NOTE: This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

What should you do if you are stuck in your car during a killer snowstorm?

In mid-December of 1992, unusually dry conditions had people cancelling their reservations for Christmas in Tahoe, but then the weather changed. A couple days before Christmas, it started snowing, and for the next three months it seemed to barely ever stop! The week between Christmas and New Year's, we averaged two feet of snow each day at our home in Truckee, and at nearby Donner Summit they averaged around four feet a day! The storms were so bad that at one point Highway 80 over Donner Summit was continuously closed for three days.

As the storm increased in intensity, the stream of bumper-to-bumper holiday traffic heading toward Reno moved slower and slower, eventually slowing to a complete stop. The snow kept falling at a rate of more than two inches an hour, burying thousands of stranded vehicles. Highway 80 over Donner Summit had turned into a 75-mile-long parking lot! Emergency vehicles could not get through. Snow plows could not get through. Cars ran out of gas from people idling their engines in attempts to stay warm. It was a three-day process to painstakingly remove each snow-bound car, one by one, along 75 miles of freeway. The restaurants and stores in Truckee ran out of food, and there were no available beds at any of the inns and hotels. Hundreds of stranded travelers slept on their jackets on the local high school's gymnasium floor and they were the lucky ones compared to those who had been stranded in their cars, out of gas and freezing cold!

Every winter, thousands of people are stranded while driving in the snow. On more than one occasion, I have been overly confident in my abilities to drive in hazardous icy and snow covered roads, forgetting that while I may know how to drive in the snow, that does not mean the other guy does. When driving in winter weather, it is best to heed the old Yankee saying: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst! » Read more

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10 Ways to Use Bamboo

Useful plant or invasive species?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 10:43 PM
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5 Uses for Livestock Panels

More than just fencing, a flexible building material.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 7:13 PM

Livestock panels are a heavy gauge galvanized welded wire fencing material.  They are also commonly called "cattle","hog", or “sheep” panels.  They are almost a must have on any new farm or homestead.  They make the acquisition of livestock a much easier process and are an affordable option for smaller spaces. 

Their rigidness and ability to take abuse makes them idea for goats, pigs and other animals that have a tendency to stand on or lean against your fencing.   » Read more