caloiresThe average American says it’s easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out what to eat and how many calories per day they need. Whether you’re planning your emergency food strategy or you’re reviewing an existing plan, now is a good time to think it through so you can ensure that everyone in your family has adequate nutrition in an emergency. Fortunately, it’s not that hard:

What kind of emergency?

First, ask yourself what kind of emergency you’re planning for. If you’re creating an emergency stash of food for a snow day where you’ll be playing games all day, you won’t need as many calories as you would if you’re spending the day clearing storm debris. Caloric needs have been updated recently and require an understanding of what it means to be sedentary, moderately active or active.

Sedentary means no extra physical activity beyond daily activities for living.

Moderate means walking up to 3 miles daily at a normal pace (3 to 4 mph).

Active walking more than 3 miles daily, or heavy manual labor.

Consider the likely disasters in your geographic area then imagine what your day would be like. Would you be engaged repairing your house, clearing debris or helping the community rebuild or would you be passing time with paperbacks until services returned to normal?

How many calories?

Calorie ChartOnce you’ve determined your “emergency” activity level, check the chart (2014 U.S. Dietary Guidelines) for recommended maximum calorie intake. If you’d like to take the opportunity to lose some weight, subtract up to 500 calories from the recommended caloric intake.

Balance your calories

There are a lot of fad diets out there that require you to avoid certain types of food, such as carbs and fat. However, carbohydrates are required for energy and fat helps you feel full and can help stabilize blood sugar. Wise Company entrees and snacks allow you to create the right balance. Choose from our freeze-dried such as Roasted Chicken or Savory Roasted Ground Beef. Then, choose an energy source such as granola or pasta entrees. Include a freeze-dried vegetable for fiber and micronutrients and you’ll have a well-rounded meal that will keep you going no matter what.

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2014 is here. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November, reminds us of how critical it is to review survival stocks in order to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are five things you should do now to be prepared during the new year:

Rotate your stored fuel supply.

fuelIf you’ve had gasoline in canisters sitting for more than one year, it’s time to freshen up. Top off your car with the stored fuel now. Then, replenish your gas cans with fresh gas. Gasoline is a refined product, created to perform best within certain parameters. Over time it degrades, causing it’s performance, and subsequently your car’s, to fall short.

Check expiration dates on medical and pharma supplies.

Pharmacists regularly warn to toss expired medication. Expiration dates on medicine don’t necessarily indicate that a certain medication will “go bad”. Rather, these dates are more indicative of the manufacturer’s recommendation of the time frame for use because stated dosage may not be as potent following its expiration. Regardless, now is a good time to review your survival kits and replace expired medicine, especially if it has expired within 6 months or more. This is especially true for any medicine that has been opened. If it’s expired, toss it.

Update your bug-out bag.

If you live in a climate that has marked seasons, go through your bug-out bag and make seasonal adjustments. When you originally prepped it, it may have been spring or summer. We’re in the winter season now, and it’s crucial to make the right seasonal adjustments. While you’re at it, double check that all of your items are working properly or are within their stated usage period. If not, replace items as necessary to ensure your bag is prepped and ready.

Round out your supplies with the items you’ve been putting off.

For a variety of reasons, there are always those items that seem to get pushed down the priority list. Make them a priority this year. For example, do you stock liquid bleach for purifying water but know it might be better to move to tablets or granules? Do it this year and stop putting it off. Many survivalists store tablet or granular form of common pool shock, also known as calcium hypochlorite, instead of bleach.

Review and update your emergency contacts and procedures.

This should be an annual exercise, especially if you’ve changed jobs, married, moved or lost a loved one. Ensure those closest to you know how to reach you, and vice versa. Your emergency procedures may also need some fresh eyes, especially if you’ve moved. Update your emergency procedures and ensure your entire family understands any necessary changes.

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Tropical-IslandThere is a possibility that one out 10 people can be stranded alone on a deserted island and can be very difficult to survive. Survival for humans means shelter, food, and clothing. Today, the advancement of science and technologies have led much of humankind to forget even the most basic techniques of survival.

This neglect could mean danger or even death to individuals especially when they are trapped in a precarious situation. This is the reason why people must understand why it is important be prepared at all times. It is normal to panic, but keep in mind that panic can only lead to discomfort and harm. There are survival techniques that one needs to learn which can be used in case you find yourself trapped in an unlikely situation. These are the following:

1. Building fire – One of the most important survival techniques is learning how to make fire. The benefits of fire can be used for light, cooking food, purifying water, signaling possible rescuers, and supplying warmth to the body. When stranded on an island it is natural to be in the territory of wild animals, and fire can keep predators away. Fire can be ignited with the help of a lighter or matchbox. catching-fireHowever, if you do not have those kinds of tools, learn how to make a fire by using the old-fashioned way – by rubbing two small rocks to start a fire. Although, this technique can be difficult for some individuals, a little practice can do the trick. Furthermore, do not forget to collect enough wood that can sustain fire for one whole night.

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2. Food and Water – When stranded, food and water are essential for survival. A person can survive up to 3 days without drinking water. Consider conserving water at all times and do not ever attempt to drink urine. Collect and stock enough food such as plants, animals, and fruits. Do not try to eat plants and wild berries that are unfamiliar to you. If the cause of the incidence is a plane crash or such, visit the crash site and try to search for food. When drinking water, if possible always boil the water before drinking it. Use a piece of cloth to strain the water to remove any particles in the water.

3. Building a shelter is another of the survival techniques that will be useful when stranded on an island. One of the enemies in survival is maintaining the overall body temperature. Making a shelter can help protect you from direct heat, exposure to wind, rain or even snow. You should practice how to make a quick shelter that can withstand different weather conditions by using materials around you. Do not forget to include creating a hat and keeping your body protected from elements. According to some experts, layers of clothing can trap the air and can provide the body warmth.

These survival techniques are the most basic that a person can perform to survive until rescue arrives. Knowing the different survival techniques can be very helpful when it comes to survival. Being stranded on a deserted island is a million to nothing chance, however it always pays to be prepared. It’s never too early to learn and understand the different survival techniques.

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Although most vegetarians consume a considerable amount of protein, they often do not absorb as much as they would on a nonvegetarian diet. This is because plant proteins are considerably less digestible than animal proteins, which contain amino acid chains that are closer or identical to human amino acid chains.

Consuming animal proteins might yield close to a 1:1 absorption ratio, while consuming plant proteins, such as wheat, might only yield 50% of the amino acids needed to build a “complete protein” or a protein that can readily be assimilated into the human body.

In order for vegetarians to absorb a healthy amount of protein, they must consume a variety of plant proteins to form complete amino chains. By eating vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, fruits, and whole grains, vegetarians can increase the amount of complete proteins they create by combining a number of varieties of amino acid chains.

Vegetarians must also consume more foods that contain proteins because plant proteins are generally harder to digest. While a nutritional label may suggest that pasta has 5 grams of protein per serving; you may only be able to digest 2-3 grams of that protein, which means you must complement the pasta with other sources of protein.

In addition to natural sources of protein, vegetarians should also seek foods that are “protein-fortified”– or artificially-infused with protein.

For example, many supermarkets offer a variety “protein-fortified” pasta and bread. I have seen pasta that contains as much as 12 grams of protein per serving.

Soy milk is also a good source of protein for vegetarians. Studies on isolated soy protein show that it can be absorbed nearly as well as animal proteins, yielding close to a 1:1 protein absorption ratio.

For non-vegan vegetarians, yogurt, milk, and eggs (which contain complete proteins) are all excellent sources of protein.

As a vegetarian you have a number of options to boost your protein intake – and you should consider taking advantage of all of them. You should diversify your food selections, drink more soy products, and eat “protein-fortified” breads and pasta.

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It never fails – the one thing you forget is the one thing you really, really need.

Usually it’s something little. You’ve got a flashlight but no batteries. A cell phone but no charger. Kindling but no matches.

But what if you forgot something bigger? Something that could cost you your life?

Don’t make that mistake – see what’s missing from your survival plan:

It’s every prepper’s nightmare. You do everything right except for one little thing that makes your whole system worthless.

That’s the kind of problem that keeps me up at night. Or at least it used to… until I finally stopped trying to remember everything and found this.

preppers-playbookIt was written by ‘Above Average’ Joe over at Survival Life. He combed through dozens of books on getting ready for anything using a checklist, and combined them with all of his homemade lists to create one easy-to-read collection of preparedness checklists.

And then – just to be sure nothing was missing – he showed his rough draft to other prepper friends in the U.S. and overseas.

The end result is a compact, easy to use guide that fills in the gaps of any survival plan. You’ll know exactly what to buy, what doesn’t matter, and how to save money along the way.

Why worry you’re going to forget something important? Joe has already done the hard work for you. Just get his special book of checklists now.

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If you want to survive a natural disaster, you’ll need to beat the odds that offers at least a 50/50 chance to live. Sometimes you are just at the wrong place at the wrong time when an emergency is encountered. It might be an earthquake, flood, winter storm, typhoon, and such.

wildfireIn recent times we’ve seen floods in Colorado, wildfires in Colorado, California and Arizona, tornadoes in Oklahoma, and snowstorms in various parts of the country. There really is no way to prevent a natural disaster from occurring, but that doesn’t mean you have to be left helpless. The number of people who are unprepared and unaware of what to do during these disasters is alarmingly high. Here are some tips and survival strategies to help you be more prepared for the next disaster:

1. Stay calm
Natural disasters can happen anytime and anywhere and this can commonly result to panic particularly during a very stressful situation. Staying calm and thinking of a better plan is perhaps one of the most important survival strategies. Unpreparedness is the number one reason why most people become tense and panicky, but this can only end badly, resulting in serious injuries or even getting killed. Think calmly while applying each and every basic survival strategy learned in the past to be able to survive.

2. Protect yourself at all times
Natural disasters are not the only enemy during emergencies. Opportunistic individuals are also considered as a threat because they take advantage of the disaster. These people may steal your valuables or even do things that can harm your life. It is important to be prepared at all times by protecting yourself from all the factors that can cause danger during disasters.

Seek higher or safer grounds
Sometimes a natural disaster calls for you to look for a safe and secure area to hide or stay until rescue arrives. For example, when dealing with an earthquake, it is important to consider staying under a solid and stable table or object that can protect you from falling debris. For floods on the other hand, try to stay on high grounds whether it is on the second floor or roof top and wait to be rescued. Aside from a safe location, other measures must also be prepared including preparing necessities such as food, water and first aid materials.

Find a Way to Signal Rescue
Communication is very important especially during a natural disaster. However, there is usually increased difficulty of communication during this time which might take weeks or longer if communication lines are down. Thus, how can you signal for help? If you are trapped in a building because of an earthquake, try to make a noise by hitting a metallic object to signal for help. The vibration of the sound may reach the top surface and be heard by the rescuer. These rescuers are always alert when it comes to sounds as they use this method to find any victims of the disaster. If you are surrounded by flood and are on the rooftop, try to wave your arms at any flying aircraft for help.

Natural disasters can cause the death to thousands of people, so you’ll want to increase your odds of survival with as many survival strategies as you can muster. If you live in an area prone to natural disaster, you should learn some simple strategies for dealing with the kind of disaster most likely to occur in that area.

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Whenever people go camping and plan to do their own cooking, they will have to pack their own camping cookware, and the type they used will have to be made for the type of cooking they plan to do. Another variable in the type of camping cookware they carry will be how it will be transported. Lightweight aluminum or titanium cookware is recommended for hiking, but if traveling by camper or trailer, heavy-duty stainless steel is recommended for durability.

How much camping cookware that a family carries will depend on the size of the family as well as the type of cooking they plan to do on the road. A stockpot will definitely be needed to boil water as well as in which to cook soup and stew while a frying pan is used for many other type of cooking. A coffee pot or teakettle will also be high on the list of necessities for any family that appreciates hot beverages.

Durability is one point when choosing camping cookware as many of the less expensive types will not hold up under such fiery conditions. Especially, if the cooking is going to be done over an open fire the camping cookware will need to be heavy-duty, able to withstand the heat.

Important To Keep Cookware Clean

When cooking outside, it is important to remember to clean the camping cookware after each use. Since there probably will not be an automatic dishwasher there will need to optional methods of keeping it clean. Since using non-stick cookware in the wild is not feasible most camping cookware is made of durable steel or another type of metal. It also not feasible to carry different cleansers and if the pot or pan needs scoured, a little bit of sand and hot water can do the trick.

While scouring pads that include their own soap are convenient, after the first use you will probably want to discard them to prevent them from rusting in a plastic bag. Using a little bit of sand and a wet rag can clean the camping cookware can be clean and ready for the next meal.

If using most camping cookware for the first time, especially cast iron cookware, it should be properly seasoned. This is accomplished by using a light layer or cooking oil and heating the cookware until the oil burns off. Not in flames, but from the heat of the fire. Instructions on how to properly season camping cookware that requires it are usually included with the instructions with new pieces.

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If you have never been camping, then you probably do not know what people mean when they talk about the camping world. It is a world filled with friends and good times. It is something that you have to do to experience the fun and join the millions of people who are part of the camping world. They are every day people who travel around from campground to campground meeting friends and enjoying the beauty that surrounds them. There is no better way of life for many. They usually travel with pop up campers, RV’s, truck campers, or even fifth wheels.

The World Of Camping

The camping world is as big or as small as you would like it to be. You can travel to your local campgrounds or travel to other states for camping, but it all comes down to one thing, you are a part of the camping world. You breath the fresh air, you eat around an open fire, you socialize around fires and you sleep in a camper or a tent. For the most part, your best friend is tin foil. This is common with most campers. They use tin foil for just about everything. The more you use, the better you are at camping.

Tin foil in the camping world is a necessity that campers cannot be without for even one day. It is like duct tape is to a household, but only tin foil is needed more. Tin foil can be used to make Girl Scout potatoes, cook bacon, make scrambled eggs on a fire, wrap leftovers in and in some cases it is used to place around the campground to ward off wild animals. The camping world would be lost without tin foil.

The Camping World And Computers

Camping has become so popular that many people choose to work on the road. Almost all campgrounds now have Internet as well as wireless capabilities. This allows people to travel and work online making a living to pay for the expenses of camping, which are very cheap. The most expensive part of traveling around the country camping is the gas. Your rent is cheap as well as your food bills. You have no utilities, only a cell phone bill, satellite TV bill and the Internet bill. The camping world sounds exciting, but now you can do it and work as well doing things you like.

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There are many things going on in our country right now that could possibly lead to food shortages within the next few years. We need to start preparing ourselves for the worst and hope for the best!

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The CEO of the largest food bank in America has suggested that planned cuts in food stamp benefits set to take effect on Friday could spark riots.

Image: Margarette Purvis (YouTube).

Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told that the expiration of stimulus funds, which will see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced by $5 billion dollars, will have an “immediate impact” and represent a recipe for civil unrest.

“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” said Purvis, adding that families face the “daunting” prospect of losing a whole week’s worth of food every month.

The nationwide cut will take 76 million meals off the table of poverty-stricken New Yorkers alone, equating to about 16 meals a month for a family of three. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has labeled the cut to the SNAP program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.”

As we previously highlighted, even the mainstream media is invoking the threat of riots that could ensue as a result of the food stamp cut, with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto linking the issue to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent $80 million dollar outlay on armed guards to protect government buildings in upstate New York.

“November 1st could be a very very iffy kind of a day….this could be all hell breaks loose day,” warned Cavuto.

His concerns are not without foundation given that a glitch in the system which temporarily halted EBT purchases for just a few hours earlier this month led to looting and mini-riots at several Walmart stores.

Reacting to the downtime, food stamp recipients warned that if the glitch was to re-occur it would lead to Rodney King-style riots, a reference to the 1992 L.A. riots which resulted in 53 deaths, 2,000 injuries and over $1 billion dollars in property damages.

Article written by Paul Joseph Watson

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