Category Archives: Preparedness

OEFFA conferance

We are going to the OEFFA conference in Feb. OEFFA stands for Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. We will spend the weekend of the 16 + 17 of Feb filled with workshops and networking with like minded people in the state of Ohio, exciting! Be sure to let us know if you are attending we would love to meet you.

Water for your emergency kit.

Water for your emergency kit.

homesteading Berkey water filter

When an emergency happen you might not be able to count on your tap to supply the water you and family needs to survive. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.

Questions to ask yourself include:

How much water do I need?

How should I store water?

How do I prepare my own containers of water?

What should I store my water in?

How do I make my water safe to drink if it comes from outside?

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The Generosity Of Our Fellow Man

I just had 5 wisdom teeth removed (yes I am extra wise) then on the car ride home we had a tire blow out. Something I could have easily changed out myself if I had not just had surgery. So we had to change the tire on the side of the road, during below freezing weather. So homesteaders the moral of this story is, if your car is vibrating hard at every speed go have it checked out and do not drive it until the tire literally explodes at the worst possible time. Fortunately someone stopped to help us change that tire.

And to the dear man who stopped on the side of the road to help strangers, people he had never meet, and will never see again.  I THANK YOU. We usually only hear about the worst in our fellow man, and often forget of all the kindness that is in this world. This man is the reason that the world is still a great place, he is a perfect example of why I believe, we as humans are still mostly good.

How to shelter in place at home

homesteading duct tape

Why would I need to shelter in place? You would need to shelter in place in the event of a chemical accident or terrorist attack. Some chemical accidents may include chemical  biological or hazardous materials spills or leaks, terrorist attacks could be anything from a dirty bomb to the releasing of a hazardous chemical into your town.

Choose your room in advance, the best rooms are ones with as few doors and windows as possible, having its own water supply is a huge plus, the master bedroom would be idea if it will work for your family.


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Home Emergency Kit

Home Emergency Kit

homesteading flashlight

Water, food and clean air are necessary during an emergency. That being said each families kit will need to be different accounting for the needs of all members such as infant needs, daily medications and pet needs. This list was compiled from many different sites including FEMA, The Red Cross, and The CDC among others. Hope you find it as helpful as I did. Continue reading Home Emergency Kit

Car ER Kit

Car ER Kit

Put together your own car emergency kit. Here is a list, compiled from several different websites, of items that would be useful to include. Some items you may already carry with you, others I never even thought of but now realize that they would be useful.

Cellular phone

First-aid kit

Fire extinguisher

Auto escape tool

Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares

Tire gauge

Jack and lug wrench

Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit

Spare fuses

Jumper cables or a portable battery booster

Flashlight and extra batteries

Gloves, hand cleaner, and clean rags

Auto-club card or roadside-assistance number

$20 in small bills and change

Pen and pad of paper

Coolant hose repair kit and tape

Basic tools

Extra clothes and small tarp

Water and nonperishable emergency food, water purification tablets/drops.

Gallon of antifreeze

a quart of oil

Roll of duct tape

1-2 day supply of necessary medications (heart medications, ext.)

Space blanket/ Emergency blanket

Signal Whistle


Winter: Special consecrations need to be taken for winter her are a few extras you need to throw into your kit.

Windshield scraper

Blanket and winter hat

Chemical hand warmers

Small folding shovel

Bag of cat litter



Emergency and non-emergency phone numbers

Emergency family contacts: phone numbers, addresses, and emails

(Home, work, school, ext.)

Local maps with marked evacuation routes, family meeting place

Currant copies of family photos/ ids

Personal medical information: blood type, allergies and sensitivities, vaccinations, medical conditions, medications, and health insurance information.

Got something you want to add to the list? Is there one thing you would hate to be stranded in you car with out? Comment and tells us about it.