Emergency Survival Kits Can Save Lives

Emergency survival kits should be found in every home. In addition, you should have one in your vehicle as well, especially if you are planning any extended driving trips. Having one of these kits in your home or automobile will give you piece of mind knowing that you have prepared for any emergency you and your family may encounter.

We have provided a list of many of the things that you should have in your emergency survival kits. There are likely items that you may want to add to your own personal list and kit. That is fine if you want something added.

Here is a list of things required in most emergency survival kits:

  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medication for anyone requiring it
  • Portable radio – solar powered, windup or battery operated
  • Extra batteries
  • Canned food and dry goods
  • Matches
  • Flashlight or candles
  • Camp stove and fuel
  • Activities, such as games to pass the time
  • Whistle
  • Large storage container or duffle bag to contain all the items

Standard emergency survival kits should contain enough survival provisions to help a person survive for at least three days. The food contained should not be something that spoils. Besides including water, the kit should include water purification tablets or iodine tablets.

In addition, depending on your location or destination, emergency survival kits should contain emergency blankets, gloves and anything else designed for extreme weather conditions. Do not forget to include basic toiletry items as well.

Since a disaster can strike at any time, it is important that you be prepared for anything. Keep your emergency survival kits stocked and up to date. Besides your home and automobile, keep a kit in your office and cottage as well. If you happen to have a boat then it is very important to keep a kit on board at all times.

If you have pets, keep in mind that you should have emergency survival kits on hand that include items necessary for their survival as well. This will include any special medication that they may need to take.

Many people do not bother to prepare emergency survival kits, do not be one of these people who takes things for granted because you never know what disaster you could be confronted with, make sure you have your family prepared as best as possible.

Survival Tips – The Best Emergency Food Kit

Who Needs The Best Emergency Food Kit?

Who knows what the future holds? If only we knew, day to day, what challenges would arise, we would never be caught unawares. Unfortunately, life just doesn't work that way. Those who prefer to look forward and make preparations for the "just in case" scenarios are often painted as fringe lunatics and doomsday preppers. However, assembling the best emergency food kit for yourself or your family should be something every responsible adult takes seriously. Just a few of the "normal" situations that could arise, when having emergency rations for your family would make sense, include: loss of a job, temporary lay off, extended storm damage or power outage that traps your family at home. Or perhaps you'd just like to be a position to help another family in need, should the opportunity arise. Then there are Armageddon type scenarios that plague the mind of some, and no better way to put those fears to rest than to look ahead and prepare for the worst. Whatever your reasons for looking forward and setting up emergency rations against a difficult time ahead, we are here to help you build the very best emergency food kit for your family.

Identifying Your Needs

First, lay out your preparation strategy. If you're just getting started in emergency preparation, you may not have more than a day or two worth of food in your cupboard. If that's the case, building up a thirty day supply of food is a good place to start. If you already have 30 days of emergency rations laid by, the next step may be building up a six month or year emergency food kit. The important thing is to start somewhere, and build your supplies up until you've assembled the best emergency food kit that you're able.

Who Are You Feeding?

Do you have children in the house? Teens? Older or elderly adults? Infants will require special feeding accommodations like milk or formula, while the elderly may have some unique nutritional needs, as well. Map out on paper who you're building a food supply for and any special things you need to prepare for them, or for yourself. Then consider what it takes to feed that person for a single day.

How Many?

Once you've written down what it takes to feed one person for one day, you'll need to multiply that by the number of people, and the number of days for which you're preparing.

What Do They Like To Eat?

There's no need to live for a month on nothing but rice and beans. You don't want to stock up on three months worth of food that your family won't touch with a six-foot pole, just because it was cheap. It may keep you alive in a pinch, but you want to enjoy it, if possible. So take the likes and dislikes into consideration as you plan. Don't forget to consider food allergies, as well. In an emergency situation, you wouldn't want to face an allergic reaction from cross contamination, so better to avoid problem foods altogether, if possible.

Types Of Emergency Rations

There are dozens of ways to build up a great emergency food kit. The easiest, though certainly not the least expensive, is to invest in commercially prepared emergency rations, offered by various companies. These kits come as single servings, or a month's worth of food for a single person. There are dozens of options to choose from.

Another method, requiring a little planning and management, is to simply take what you buy and use on a weekly basis, and start building up a supply that will last. If you ordinarily use three cans of beans and two boxes of mac 'n' cheese and a jar of peanut butter each week, then begin buying double that, and set the extra aside for your emergency food kit. Then manage your stock by rotating it so that your food stays as fresh as possible. Freshness would be a significant advantage in a long-term disaster, where you're relying on your emergency rations for months, or even years.

Once you've built up a few months supply of food, organize your cans and boxes with the soonest expiration date in the front and the furthest out in the back. Then, when you do your grocery shopping, put the new stuff in the back and use from the front. This keeps your stock fresh and ready to use if and when the need arises.

Home canning is another less expensive way to build up your emergency food kit. Canning is becoming a lost art, so if you're not familiar with how to do it, you're not alone. Canning food in glass jars requires a little learning and effort but can allow you to preserve tasty, homemade food for years. Be sure to learn which foods require pressure cooking versus water-bathing methods of preservation. Properly canned goods keep best in cool, dark places between 50 and 70 * F (10 – 21 * C) and are safe to eat for years after canning.

For bulk dry goods that are intended for long term storage, wheat, beans, rice, sugar and other dry goods can be vacuum sealed and stored in five gallon buckets with O2 absorbers to last for thirty years and more. For the truly prepared minded, a few buckets of wheat and corn will go a long way toward peace of mind.

A vacuum sealer is a good investment for anyone serious about their emergency rations. Sealing foods in smaller quantities not only preserves them longer but allows you to use them a little at a time, rather than having to use a large container up quickly once you've opened it.

If you're worried about the expiration date on store-bought canned goods, keep this story in mind. A steamboat named the Bertrand was trying to reach Montana in 1865 when it sunk to the bottom of the Missouri river. One hundred years later, canned goods from that wreck were recovered. In 1974, 109 years after the accident, the food was tested by chemists and found safe to eat. You should use good sense when eating canned foods that have passed their expiration dates. If it looks odd, smells bad or tastes bad, don't eat it!

Signs That The Food In Your Emergency Food Kit Has Gone Bad

Signs canned goods have gone bad: the can is bulging, or the lid has come unsealed. Check for mold or fermentation bubbles in the liquid. If the food rushes out of the can or jar when you open it, there is pressure on the contents that was not there when the can or jar was sealed. This is a good indication of bacterial activity causing a chemical reaction.

Comfort Foods

Once you've established a good base for emergency rations, you might want to start thinking about adding some comfort foods to your store. In stressful situations, we all turn to food for comfort, and yummy food might not be easy to come by in the event of a disaster. Some things to store include:

  • Chocolate – powdered cocoa keeps the best, but chocolate bars over 70% cocoa will keep for several months, and much longer if frozen. Hot chocolate mix has a shelf life of several years, and could easily be added to the rotation of your emergency food kit.
  • Mac n 'cheese – Best preserved dried by separating the noodles and cheese, and then vacuum sealing them with O2 absorbers. If you're worried about being able to cook macaroni and cheese, it can be canned, but it won't have the same texture as freshly made. Under cooking the noodles before canning will help it to be less mushy.
  • Honey – made with natural preservatives, honey will keep indefinitely, as long as water never gets near it. Store in very clean, very dry glass jars. If it crystallizes, you can return it to its liquid state with a little heat.
  • Freeze dried fruit or dehydrated fruit can be a great energy booster and will keep well when stored properly.
  • Hard candy – store with desiccants and vacuum sealing to provide a much needed pick me up under stressful conditions.
  • Coconut oil , especially virgin coconut oil will store for a very long time and provide added fat for comforting recipes when butter is not available.
  • Spices – if you get to a place where you're having to make all of your food from what you have on hand, you'll be very glad for some extra spices to … well … spice things up.
  • Alcohol – Obviously, a comforting item, but it serves many purposes in a disaster scenario and it keeps well. High alcohol content (over 20%) will keep the longest and over 40% can serve as a disinfectant if needed.
  • Tea – keeps well without special accommodations. To keep it the very freshest, store in small quantities with an O2 absorber.
  • Coffee – For those who really need their cuppa to keep their chin up, coffee will be an important part of the very best emergency food kit. Roasted coffee keeps, vacuum sealed in Mylar bags, for up to two years. If you rotate it through your emergency rations, you will have good coffee for some time. For preparation beyond that, you can store green coffee beans in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers, then roast and grind them as needed.

What To Choose?

How to decide what goes into the very best emergency food kit? A good rule of thumb is six months to a year of food that you would eat every day. This is easily managed through good shopping and rotation. For preparation beyond that time frame, vacuum sealed Mylar bags will keep dry goods for years. Many companies and even faith-based family preparation programs offer dry goods preserved in # 10 cans that will keep up to 30 years. Building an emergency food kit that can last several years in a pinch is possible, with planning and forethought.

Water will be critical to surviving certain types of disaster scenarios. When planning for emergency situations, one liter of water per person per day is a good starting point. You'll need some extra for sanitation and cooking, as well. Be sure you have plenty of water on hand, or a way to obtain water and sanitize it. Sanitation tablets and filtration systems would be a major component of the best emergency food kit.

Looking Ahead

For total preparedness, it's important to think ahead to food preparation during an emergency. If the power was out for three weeks, how would you cook that mac 'n' cheese you took such care to store? Even if you have a power generator for emergencies, stoves and microwaves pull too much energy to use the generator for cooking. A propane or butane camp stove with plenty of fuel cells, or a propane or charcoal grill are great options to have on hand. And don't forget to include a manual can opener in your emergency food kit.

Where To Keep It?

Storage space can be tricky, depending on your housing situation. If at all possible, you'll want to designate a neatly organized room that's specifically for food storage. You'll label your shelves, and keep things nicely stocked and rotated. If you don't live in this kind of fairy tale situation, you may have to get a little more creative about how you store your emergency food kit. A lot of food can be neatly stored, in cardboard boxes, under beds, in the bottoms or tops of closets, and under the stairs. You may need to reduce unnecessary clutter, to make room for emergency rations. The reward will be worth the effort.

Be Prepared, Not Scared

Taking the steps required to create the best emergency food kit that you possibly can will pay off in peace of mind. To know that you have the ability to care for those you love, and to be able to reach out to those around you in their time of need, will put you in a category reserved for just a few. You'll rest easy at night, knowing that whatever tomorrow holds, your family is provided for.

Increase Student Enrollment in Your Classes by Becoming a Continuing Education Provider

Would you like to know a “secret” about how you can expand student enrollment and earn credibility as a teacher in the holistic health field? Read along and find out how becoming an approved continuing education (CE) provider can open doors for you as an educator. I will share valuable information and tips that I learned while navigating this process successfully with several state and national boards.I began teaching Reiki in 1996 soon after completing my training. At first I really had no plans to teach Reiki, but a coworker of mine announced that I was going to be her Reiki teacher. There began my journey of teaching Reiki. After my first class, I began letting people know that I was a Reiki teacher. Many of my first students were either massage therapists or nurses. They would always ask if I could provide them continuing education hours. Since I never needed CE hours, I really did not understand how that system worked, who I needed to contact, or what was required of me in order to apply for becoming an approved provider. One of my students gave me the number to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (NCBTMB) and my journey into the world of CE began.After talking to one of NCBTMB’s representatives, I received a very thick package in the mail. It was filled with forms to fill out about my credentials, my business, and information about each class for which I was seeking approval. I copied the package for my friend that I was co-teaching with at the time. The information sat on our desks for over six months because it looked very intimidating. We finally put aside some time and completed the process in three days. We got reviewed each other’s work, made our copies and mailed them. About two months later we received our certificate of approval in the mail. The process has changed since 1997 when we first received our approval; however, the benefits are the same.Benefits of Being a CE ProviderThere are several benefits to becoming a CE provider. Your enrollment will mostly increase when the professionals that you are approved to give CE hours to find out about your classes. If the professionals taking your classes enjoy their experience, they will spread the word throughout their network. Imagine free marketing! Many professionals are looking for holistic health classes that give CE hours because they can use these skills for their personal well-being as well as for their professional use. Another benefit to becoming an approved provider is that the approval from a national or state board adds credibility to you and your programs or classes. Being a CE provider gives you the opportunity to get your name out into the professional circles. This could open opportunities for you to teach or speak in hospitals, massage schools, community colleges, conferences or in other arenas. I have spoken at a state nursing conference, to social work groups and various networking groups. I have been invited to teach at massage conferences and on cruise ships. All of were due to my ability to provide CE hours. The possibilities are endless.Investigate the RequirementsThere are many national and state boards that require their licensed or certified professionals to acquire CE hours. Most massage therapists need 24 CE hours every two years. Many acupuncturists, nurses, social workers, occupational and physical therapists need CE hours. Most information regarding the boards that need CE hours can be found online. There is no one place that you can go online to get information about all of the boards. However, the book Navigating the Continuing Education Approval Process that I recently updated provides a wealth of information directing you to the resources that you need.Before you fill out all of the paperwork to become a provider, read their requirements. Make sure that you meet their criteria and that you are willing to fulfill the follow-up requirements of record keeping and maintain the ethical standards that they require before you begin.Each career field has a separate board, either at the national or state level. A good place to start is to ask what professions are represented in your classes. Do you have massage therapists, social workers, acupuncturists or physical therapists? Start with one group and find the proper approval authority. You can find them online or ask one of your students for the website of their board. Ask your students if it is a national or state board. In some cases the answer might be both a national and state approval authority. I would start at the state level if this were the case. From my experience I find that state boards request less documentation for approval. When you get on a board’s website look for any buttons or links for continuing education. This will be your pathway to their requirements and forms. Download the forms onto your computer and fill them out.Find out if your state has a requirement for the professionals that you want to provide CE hours. Some states do not require their massage therapist, nurses, or acupuncturists to acquire continuing education. After receiving provider status for nurses I found out that in my state nurses, in general, did not need CE hours. By seeking further information, I learned that nurses that had specialized skills such as oncology, pediatrics, etc, did need CE hours. So I had to gear my marketing to the nurses that needed the CE hours.Tips for Embracing the ProcessAlthough this process may sound like a lot of work, there is a lot that you can do to make the process go smoothly. Here are some of the things you should have on hand as you undergo this process. Each board is going to ask you for copies of your certificates that show that you are qualified to teach your subjects. You will also need to provide learning outcomes, teaching strategies, and time frames for each component of each your classes. If you have a good outline that you use in teaching, this will prove to be invaluable for filling out this portion of the form. You will need to create an evaluation for each of your classes. Most boards provide an example. Model your evaluations after theirs because they consider their example as acceptable.Good clear writing is so important when filling out the forms. You want to look professional to the board that is going to approve you, so do not send poor writing or unreadable copies of your supporting materials to the boards. When you are describing your Reiki classes use concrete words to describe how and what you are going to teach. Do not make it sound mysterious or “woo woo.” The boards are not looking to unravel a mystery or approving something that cannot be described adequately.Undertake one board’s approval paperwork at a time. The work that you do for the first one will make all others a bit easier because you will have all the information already written up. You will just have to tweak it a little for the board that you are applying to. Keep paper copies of what you sent to the boards. You never know when your computer is going to fail. If something seems unclear ask questions by sending the board an email or giving them a call. It is better to ask than to send them the wrong documentation and be denied or have to redo sections of your submissions.Fortunate for you at this time, many of the holistic health course, such as Reiki, Healing Touch, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, etc., has been approved by most of these boards that I am speaking of. When I sought to have my Reiki classes approved I was in a ground-breaking process because a lot of the boards had not even heard of Reiki. Even though Reiki is a class that the boards approve, you are seeking approval for how you teach your Reiki program.You can also seek approval for the other workshops that you teach if they are relevant to the professionals. I have had all of my Reiki classes as well as my meditation, medical intuition, chakra, and How to Create a Successful Holistic Health Practice workshops approved as well. I have seen classes such as yoga, shiatsu, and energy medicine approved by the boards.After ApprovalAfter approval you will need to consider how you are going to market your classes to the professionals that you can provide CE hours. Ask the professionals that you want to teach where is the best place to advertise. You will also need to provide a certificate to those getting CE hours that is separate from your Reiki certificate. This certificate must include your name and approval number, participant’s name, the amount of CE hours earned and the date completed. You will need to keep records of who has taken your course and keep those records for up to five or more years. Most boards require that you renew every two to three years. Make sure you mark on your calendar when it is time for you to renew because some boards will not notify you.It amazes me to see how many of the medical professionals are seeking holistic health classes mainly for their own personal healing. After working years in such demanding careers their bodies are tired, rundown, and in need. It is an honor to teach to these professionals who can take Reiki a step further into the mainstream. As a CE provider you have the opportunity to empower others to heal and to help others offer a non-invasive modality. When the medical professionals offer Reiki as part of their services, Reiki and other holistic health modalities gain further acceptance and credibility in the medical circles. We increase our own credibility and student turnout when we obtain CE provider status. Becoming a CE provider can be an arduous task, but the rewards are worth the outcome.

5 Things to Consider Before Pursuing an Adult Education Degree

As we are all too aware, today’s economy isn’t going to vastly improve in the foreseeable future. For those of us who are in solid, secure jobs (as secure as possible at any rate) we have to tighten our belts and make sure we are spending and investing our money wisely. However, for those of us who are in jobs that are a little more tenuous, pursuing an adult education degree may well be the key to truly having a secure future.There are some things you will want to think about when trying to decide what adult education degree you may want to pursue:1. Working towards any degree is a prolonged process which requires you make time to take classes as well as having to make time to study. With both online and brick and mortar classes available, examining the pros and cons of each will influence which direction you go.2. With adult education degrees being available online, there is some concern prospective employers may not accept completed degrees. As long as these degrees are from accredited colleges and universities, employers don’t care if the degree was earned online or in brick and mortar institutions.3. To ensure you will be earning a marketable adult education degree, take a look at the demographics and needs of your area when deciding which degree program you will want to pursue. Keep in mind that there will be a constant and persistent need for anyone willing to pursue a career in the medical field. While doctors and surgeons are important, the support structure for hospitals and doctor’s offices are important as well.4. If considering a career in the health care industry, getting an adult education degree isn’t limited to nursing and lab technicians. Administration, secretarial and accounting services are just as important to a successful hospital system as nursing and other medical functionaries.5. Information Technology careers will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future as well, again with large gains in the health care industry. Pursuing an adult education degree in IS or IT management will provide you with many opportunities in your future.As our population continues to grow and as “Baby Boomers” begin to shift into old age, the need for health care workers will continue to grow. Since so many career paths from accounting, nursing of all levels, information systems, business administration, lab technicians and more all converge in heath care, having an adult education degree, whether earned online or in a brick and mortar classroom, will bring you to a career that is solid and secure.

Education – Are You Investing in Yours?

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris”Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats”Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” Malcolm ForbesI have always loved taking classes, attending lectures and seminars, reading and, lately, attending a plethora of teleseminars. Have you noticed that there are more right now than ever?Yes, I would agree that I am a strong proponent of lifetime learning and education.My family has even expressed concern that I spend too much time and money on books, teleseminars and information products. Therefore, I was delighted to hear John Childers, while being interviewed by Armand Morin the other night, tell about one of the most useful tips an early mentor of his had shared with him.Childers said that this man had told him that one of the reasons starting businesses fail is that rather than spending money on advertising, they wait until they have made some money (which they don’t without getting the word out). He said that it is the same with education and learning. Many people plan to wait until they have money before investing in their continuing, lifetime learning and education.He and Armand both stressed that those who succeed have invested time, money and effort in educating themselves. Now, I am not suggesting that you spend thousands of dollars in furthering your education. But I am proposing that you find ways to learn, learn and learn more from the experts.The great news is that with the information – almost overload – available today, we have no excuse for not learning. Not only is the Internet loaded with great articles, well-researched and written e-newsletters and reports, the teleseminars are terrific ways to attend a seminar without paying for travel and overnight expenses. And, most of these are now recorded as MP3s which can be downloaded and listened to, time and time again – no long distance phone charges.And, don’t forget our public libraries. The books, tapes, CDs and use of computers are there for us to learn from. It is almost too easy! I wonder if that is why more people don’t make use of these incredible opportunities that available to all of us – whether we have extra funds, or not.I know that you are looking for some new quotations about education, and I found some great ones:
“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
“The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure.” – Grayson Kirk
“Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” – B. F. Skinner
“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” Anatole France
So, my question for you is, “What have you learned lately?” I remember the late Leo Buscaglia sharing that every night at dinner his father would have each of them answer the question, “And, what did you learn today?”Let me leave you with one more quotation to think about. Erich Fromm wrote, “Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?”