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Embracing a Continued Evolution into Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe

Fewer than 50 percent of the organizations said they would be able to provide information to their consumers about what to do during an emergency.

The survey motivated the county to take action.

“Following that survey there was such a concern about how to best serve vulnerable populations during an emergency or disaster,”

SEE:  Embracing a Continued Evolution into Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe.

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Prep Blog Review: Essential Food Knowledge | Survivopedia

Other than food, there are few other preparedness topics covered in such detail, and it’s not without good reasons. We are so used with having it so easy when it comes too food as we can find everything we need for the perfect pasta/soups/deserts in just one box. And when SHTF that won’t be the case anymore, so we’ll have to make do with what we stockpiled.

This week we stumbled upon some great tips on how to make sure you take the right steps towards food independence and away from food fatigue, while having your stockpile safely set with everything you might need.

SEE: Prep Blog Review: Essential Food Knowledge

More countries face threat of Ebola pandemic, warns humanitarian body

About 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns a new report.

�Global humanitarian organisation Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’ sounds the warning that Africa is not out of the woods yet.

via Standard Digital News : : Health – More countries face threat of Ebola pandemic, warns humanitarian body.

Mountain House: When Long-Term Emergency Food Isn’t

From Mountain House Blog :

Third party study finds wide range of oxygen levels in popular brands

Albany, Ore. – February 16, 2015 – Mountain House, the best-selling brand of camping, backpacking, and emergency preparedness meals, released results today of a recent study designed to inform consumers how popular brands of emergency meals manage oxygen levels, a critical element in long term emergency food.  This information is increasingly important as consumers continue to move from tried-and-true #10 cans to flexible pouches. The study, conducted by Fres-co System USA, Inc., tested the oxygen levels found in Mountain House pouches as well as those of six other brands.

Low oxygen levels with little or no variation from pouch to pouch are key indicators of both good process control and packaging integrity (other key indicators include: moisture, heat, and light). Oxygen degrades shelf life in foods by oxidizing fats and oils. This oxidation causes rancidity and unpalatable off-flavors. The presence of oxygen also depletes food of valuable vitamins A, C, D and E.

“Prolonged exposure to oxygen will cause most foods to become rancid within six months to two years, depending on ambient levels,” said Drew Huebsch, R&D manager for Mountain House.  “For truly long term storage of food – measured in decades – our research indicates that oxygen levels should be below 3 percent.  United States Military specifications go even further, requiring oxygen levels to be below 2 percent.”

Four of the tested brands sell pouches of long term food with a claimed shelf life of fifteen to twenty-five years: National Geographic, Legacy Premium, Food Supply Depot, and Wise Company food storage.  Three additional brands sell camping and backpacking meals often used in emergency “bug out” situations, with a claimed shelf life of five to twelve years: Backpacker’s Pantry, AlpineAire, and Mountain House.

 

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States Work to Protect the Electric Grid from Catastrophic Disturbances

A huge solar superstorm fries hundreds of high-voltage transformers, shutting down the nation’s electrical power grid. A hostile nation or a group of terrorists detonates a nuclear weapon above the U.S. atmosphere, raining gamma rays and causing massive blackouts.

While these sound like sci-fi movie plots, some scientists and government officials think either scenario could actually occur and end up disabling the country’s….

SEE: States Work to Protect the Electric Grid from Catastrophic Disturbances.

DIY Power Generator: 7 Ideas | Survivopedia

Until we discover a cheap and easy way of producing free and endless energy, we’ll never be free to do whatever we like with our lives.

Until that day comes (read nuclear fusion), let’s take a look at 7 ideas for building a power generator using readily available and relatively common materials that don’t require a master’s degree in engineering.

How does it sound? Let the games begin!

via DIY Power Generator: 7 Ideas

MIU Color Packable Backpack |TheUrbanPrepper

This is my product review of the MIU Color Packable Backpack. Topics covered include:

1) Packable Backpack Concept
2) Overview
3) Water Testing
4) Weight/Load Testing
5) Pros and Cons

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NV5A4S4

MIU COLOR is based on the theme of “slow life “, simple, environmentally friendly, comfortable daily necessities for consumers everywhere, focusing on the development and extension of the day-to-day supplies, products ranging from home, office, travel, to clothing.