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Food Storage :  Bulk Foods  and  Baking  Items

BULK FOODS

Another choice for food storage are bulk foods.  For  the most  part  they are more cost-effective because you are buying them in bulk quantities. Generally ,  they  would  be  purchased from membership warehouse  outlets that  buy  large  quantities and  pass on the  savings to members.

Once you purchase your  bulk items you  will have to transfer them to  long  term  storage  containers.  Whether it be 5 gallon  plastic  buckets, #10  cans or Mylar vacuum sealed bags, the  choice is yours.  Items that you can purchase in bulk are  rice, grains, beans, sugar , salt and flour. If you are not familiar with cooking from  scratch with these items, my  suggestion  would be  to  become  acquainted with their  use now. Cooking from  scratch and  with whole grains takes time  and practice.  Better to practice now and learn how  to  do it  successfully than experiment  when you  and  your family  are  hungry and  cannot  afford  to throw out a  botched experiment. These  items  can  be  very  versatile  once you learn to use them , they  are  healthier  for you,  as they  are  more  nutritious than the  ready  made  or  over processed  foods  that so  many of us use  to make  cooking  easier  and  faster as  well.

Please  remember that  Salt  and  Sugar  are  essentials.  Salt is  necessary for  good  health and  sugar  is  needed to assist in making things more  palatable as well as for  energy.  Unless you  have the  money  to  buy cases of  honey, sugar will be   your  best  asset in providing the necessary calories  and  energy needed in a  disaster situation :  when  every  calorie counts.  They  are  relatively  inexpensive in comparison to  most  other  bulk  foods.  Making it  rather  easy  to  stock up on these  two  very  essential  items. Salt  and  Sugar  will last  for a  very  long  time when  packed  correctly.  Mainly  a  cool, dry  place.  You  can  even  pack  salt  and  sugar  in  zippered plastic bags and place  them in  5 gallon  buckets  or  Mylar  bags.  I  prefer  the  5  gallon  buckets  for these   items.

**Another  thing  you  may  want to  consider  is that salt and  sugar  may   very  well be used   as  a bartering  currency during  a  crisis  when these items might not  be  readily  available.

Baking Items

Basic materials for baking, such as flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, oil and shortening, can be very  valuable in a survival situation. With these simple items, you can make anything  from bread  to pancakes. Powdered milk can be used to  drink or  cook. Oatmeal, wheat flour and sugar are item that  can  be  made  not  only  into  staple  baked  goods  but into  treats as well.

For those who  prefer the  convenience,  baking mixes mean you do not need to add eggs or measure ingredients not to  mention  ease of use. These mixes can be time and  labor reducing.  However, these  will be a bit more  expensive  as  opposed to  bulk foods, which  you  can readily mix  to  make the same things at  a much  lower price.  If  your  budget  allows  then  feel free to purchase the  pre-packaged and  make  your  life a  bit  simpler.

I personally  like  the process of making things from  scratch.  At first  you  will not  get  exactly  what the  recipe  says  you  should  have , lol.  I  always  find  a way to  use it anyway  so I  don’t have  to  toss it  unless it is  inedible.  In  cases like  those  the  compost  pile totally benefits  , so there is no loss.  We may not be  able to eat it  but  it  will serve to  make  compost that way in a   very  roundabout  way   we  get to  eat it anyway.

Honey stores for years and can replace sugar in recipes.  It has  a much  higher  nutrition  value than  plain  sugar, However  it is  much more expensive.  Rather than storing flour or meal, purchase the raw grain and a hand mill. Then you can mill your own flour whenever necessary.  This  way the  flour  will retain  all of  it’s nutritional  value  as opposed to  milled  flour  that sits  for months  or years. Red winter wheat, golden wheat, corn and other grains can be purchased in 45-pound lots packed in nitrogen-packed bags and shipped in large plastic pails.   Or  you  can  purchase your own in the  local  feed  store and package them yourself either at  home or with an LDS cannery.

Large canned goods can  get  very  heavy  and  become difficult to transport. This  should not  pose a  problem if  you are stocking up your survival retreat or planning to weather the  storm at home.  Large canned goods are easy to store and can keep you and  your  family well fed  for a  very  long time. Individual cans may be purchased, however sets of multiple items for  variety  or a case  that has  most of the components  of a meal are  more  popular.  It  takes  the  over thinking  of menus and what they will contain out of the equation. These sets are designed to provide a specific number of calories per day (1,800 per day is usually  what is  recommended) for a set period of time, anywhere  from three months to a year.  Remember, however, these sets are  calculated for  one  person.  If you have four people in your family or survival group, and  purchasing a one-year supply of food , then you  will have  to divide the  food  accordingly for each member.

It would be advisable that one purchase the largest set of these canned, dried foods one’s budget can handle. Then supplement the set with items tailored to you and your family or survival group. Also, MREs are excellent supplements, as prepared sets of #10 cans are typically vegetables, pasta and grains, while MREs are usually meat-based. Although there  are  some companies that  do  have the freeze dried  meats  available in  #10  cans if  it is within your  budget.

You may also want to add a few special items, such as hard candy, chocolate or desserts, to reward yourself , for quick energy or to  stave off  palate fatigue.

Don’t forget to add vitamins and mineral supplements.   Fruits, green vegetables and other items rich in vitamin C and other nutrients may be difficult to come by and a  good multi-vitamin can  make all the  difference in  your  nutritional  intake.  Well  worth  having in  your  food  storage.

For those  who do not have  memberships  to  the  food warehouse  outlets: You can  purchase  extra  bags   and containers  of  these  items in  your  grocery  store.  There  are  some  supermarkets  who do  carry  the  economy  sizes and  even  25 lbs bags  of   flour  sugar  and salt at  reasonable  prices.  Thus making it  possible  for  you to   build up  your  food  stock  little  by little  as  your  pocket allows.

Do  not  discount  the  feed stores either.  They  sell  corn, wheat, barley  and  oats in  50  lbs  bags.  Yes they  sell  feed  for  animals ,  however, they are safe  to  consume.  If in doubt  ask the  store  clerk what grade the items are  and  could  they  safely  be  consumed  by humans.  They  will  tell you.  I have  purchased  a 50 lbs  bag of cracked  corn for the  wild  ducks in  our neighborhood for   $12 at  the  feed store.  That  was  last  year  though,  so I am sure it is  more  expensive  now.

***The  feed  stores  are also and  awesome place to look  for   hand operated appliances  like  meat  grinders, flour mills, food mills,  etc.  All of  which  will come in  handy when  electricity is not readily  available.

***There  is  no  set  rule to where or how  you  purchase your  food  supply  , as long  as  you  start stocking your  supply  as soon as possible.  The more food  you  have the better  off you  and  yours  will be.  With  enough  supplies  you  will not have to  worry  about  helping  those  who did  not  prepare or lost their  supplies  to a  disaster .  There is always that  elderly  neighbor  in the  house next door  or  across the  street.   You  see preparation  is beneficial to you ,  however it is  also a way to make  sure that you  can take care of others and  not put  your  family  or  group at risk.  As  the  saying  goes, “ an  ounce of  prevention  is worth a  pound of  cure”.  We all want to help those in need, so  better to  prepare  with them  in mind  as  well, so that there is no  surprise  when the time  comes.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Obama Signs ACTA even Worse Than SOPA

Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA : Special Report on Obama bypassing the senate to sign agreement named Anti-Conterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) bound by International Law NOT U.S law which will have implications for Internet Freedom in United States.ACTA will ruin the Internet as we know it.It’s already been signed. We are too late guys… I guess it’s over, a new age of censorship is here But of course it is for our own good and because our governments love us that they are invading our privacy… I think this is worse than the Mayans predicted….


http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/2012/01/obama-signs-acta-worse-than-sopa.html

Acta protests break out as EU states sign up to treaty

MEPs of 21 EU states, including the UK, have signed off on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/27/acta-protests-eu-states-sign-treaty

If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/23/if-you-thought-sopa-was-bad-just-wait-until-you-meet-acta/

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Process

The United States, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, and Singapore signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a ceremony on October 1, 2011, in Tokyo, marking an important step forward in the international fight against trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. Representatives of the remaining ACTA negotiating parties, the European Union, Mexico, and Switzerland, attended the ceremony and confirmed their continuing strong support for and preparations to sign the Agreement as soon as practicable. The next step in bringing the ACTA into force is the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval from each of the signatories. The agreement will enter into force following the deposit of the sixth such instrument.

http://www.ustr.gov/acta

Uploaded by on Jan 18, 2012

ACTA – ‘The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement’ is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.

ACTA would establish a new international legal framework that would create its “own governing body outside existing international institutions” such as – the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.

An open letter signed by many organizations, including Consumers International, EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web 2.0 companies), and the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), states that “the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy.”

[UPDATE] – It seems, SOPA and PIPA were just distractions! while they signed a copyright treaty “ACTA” behind the curtain…

US, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, and many EU nations have already signed this secret censorship pact last year in 2011.
The Recent country to join the list is – Poland.

http://video.nixxon.net/~riesling/acta/
http://www.stop-acta.info/
Pls sign this petition – http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet_spread


Uploaded by 123abckickass on Oct 21, 2011

As of oct 1st,several countrys including Canada and USA have signed the treaty enabling ACTA to take place. whats going to happen now? guess we have to wait and see

Born Again American
is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.

About the Video
Our founder, TV producer and philanthropist Norman Lear, was talking with Academy Award-winning songwriter Keith Carradine one night, and the Born Again American video was, well, born. It took the efforts of Director Mark Johnson of Playing for Change, Producer Brent Miller, and 16 performers and two choruses to bring Keith’s song to life in 14 iconic locations around the USA. The singers and musicians, non-professionals all, were chosen because they are living the lyrics in these troubled times, not just performing them.

http://www.bornagainamerican.org/

 

 

BORN AGAIN AMERICAN
By Keith Carradine

Just a workin’ man without a job
It got shipped off to China via Washington, D.C.
And I know I’m nothin’ special, there are plenty more like me
Just the same
I thought I knew the rules of the game

I stood up for this country that I love
I came back from the desert to a wife and kids to feed
I’m not sayin’ Uncle Sam should give me what I need
My offer stands
I’ll pull my weight you give me half a chance

I went up to a congressman and said to him “you know
Our government is letting people down”
He said he’d need a lot of help to buck the status-quo
I said there was a bunch of us around

I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty
My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality
I’m a Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

My brother’s welding chassis at the plant
He’s earning what our granddad did in 1948
While CEOs count bonuses behind the castle gates
How can they see
When all they care about’s the do re mi

It’s getting where there’s nowhere left to turn
Not since the crash of twenty-nine have things been so unfair
So many of our citizens are living in despair
The time has come
To reaffirm that hope’s not just for some

The promise of America’s surrendering to greed
The rule is just look out for number one
But brace yourself ‘cause some of us have sown a different seed
A harvest of the spirit has begun

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty
My Bible and The Bill Of Rights
My creed’s equality
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

It’s clear my country’s soul is on the line
She’s hungering for something that she lost along the way
The principle the framers called upon us to obey
That in this land
The people’s will must have the upper hand

I felt the calling once before and took a sacred vow
And faithful to that vow I have remained
I hear the calling once again, my country needs me now
And to her cause I have been re-ordained

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty
My Bible and the Bill Of Rights, all people living free
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
A M E R I C A

Ok  here  we  go.  I  have  said  it  before  and  I  will say  it  again.  Ready  or  not  this situation  will  come.  Whether  you  want  to  accept  it  or  not  the  writing is on the  wall.  Americans  have opted  to believe  that   our  freedoms  and our  comforts  are a  given.  They  have   become  complacent  believing that life  will continue  as  it  has  been  for so long.  The  rude  awakening is  upon  us.  Some of us  are   cognizant and  very  much aware  of  what  is  going on.  Will you  be  ready,  will you  do  what it  takes  to  insure  a  future  for  your  children  and  grandchildren?  Are  you  even  aware  of  what  is  going on  around  you ?

Alex Jones is not everyone’s  cup of  tea, but the  simple  truth  is  he speaks  the  truth.  Uncomfortable  or  not he  speaks the  truth.  Russell Means is a  well respected  activist who also  happens  to be a Native  American Indian.  Here  is  the  series  where Alex  interviews  Russell Means  and  what  he has  to  say  about  what  he  sees  happening in  America  today.

Uploaded by TheAlexJonesChannel on Jan 25, 2012

Alex talks to legendary native American activist, actor Russell Means about the decline of the American culture and the rise of global imperialism.
http://www.republicoflakotah.com/
http://www.infowars.com/
http://www.prisonplanet.tv/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzz-axYZurE&feature=player_embedded#!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ew4LLlKL94&feature=related

 

 

FOOD STORAGE

CANNED FOODS

Canned foods make an excellent food storage item. Typically, most canned foods have a shelf life of several years, some even longer.

They come in large varieties such as vegetables, meats, fish, soups and fruits to name a few.  Most canned foods, in an emergency situation, will not require that you heat or cook them before eating them. They may not taste as good cold, but they will sustain you. You can also take advantage of great sales on canned foods and stock up quickly.

You  can  also  look into stores in  your area  that  might  sell dented  cans  at a  reduced, price.  As  long  as the  cans  seals  have  not been  compromised there is  absolutely  nothing  wrong  with the  contents of that  dented  can.  Getting it at a  considerable  discount for it’s slightly  dented   exterior is a good deal  and an excellent  way  of  building  your food  storage  quickly  and  inexpensively.

There  are  several types  of  canned foods that  you  can  take  into  consideration.  Taking into account 1) The  time  you  have to  dedicate  to  your  food  storage.

2) The amount  of  money  you  have to  dedicate to your  food   storage.

3) The type  of  stores you  have  available to you  in  your area ( thereby  affecting  price, availability

and  quality of the  canned  foods  you are  able  to  find).

Canned  Foods  from the  Local Grocery  Store

Most major  grocery  stores have an  incredible  variety  of  canned  foods  stocked on their  shelves.

You  can  find meats, vegetables,  fruits, desserts,  even  condiments.  The  sizes of the  cans  vary  with the  type  of  store  and  the  shopping  habits of  it’s  customers.  The  most  sizes  would  vary  anywhere  from the  3oz mushroom and  hot pepper to the  15  oz beans , vegetables  and  fruits.  Some Supermarkets , however,  do  carry the  #10 cans of  some  vegetables  and   fruits.  Making the  stocking of  larger  quantities  of these items a bit  easier.

Make sure  you  compare  brands,  believe  it  or  not some  expiration  dates  will vary by  years.  It  makes a difference  when you  are  aware  and  on  the  lookout  for  things  like this.  It  will also  give  you a  clue  as  to  how  long  that  product  has  been  sitting on the  shelves  or  in the  warehouse  after it  left the  cannery.

Buying Foods in Bulk to Can  

Buying  bulk  foods  in the membership warehouse clubs is the  most  common place  one would purchase foods in  bulk ( for  example:  flour, sugar, salt, oatmeal, rice, beans,  etc.).  You  can  purchase  your bulk foods  this  way  and  store  it  until you  have  enough to  go to an  LDS Cannery.  They are  available  to  non  church members in many  places.  All you  would have  to  do is  purchase  your  canning items from them and  set up an  appointment to  use  their  facilities.  They   also  sell  bulk  foods there to the  public  if  you  prefer  to  save  your  money  and  use it  towards  a purchase of  foods  from  an  LDS Food  Storage  Facility.  You  have  several options to  choose from.  You  can  wither  buy the  foods  by the  can (  you  can  it)  , by the  pouch  (  you  pack it) or in  bulk.  The most  current item and  price list  for their  food items   can  be located  at  the  following  link:

http://www.providentliving.org/pfw/multimedia/files/pfw/pdf/123141_HSC_OrderFormUS_EngNov2011_pdf.pdf

To  locate  the nearest  LDS Food Storage   Facility  near  you go  to the  following  link and  enter  your  state in the  drop down  box for a complete  listing  in your  state.

http://www.providentliving.org/location/map/0,12566,2026-1-4,00.html

Never canned  your  own food ?  Well you aren’t  alone a rather  large  percentage of the  general  population  have  never canned  their own  foods  ,  nuch  less  worked in a  cannery.  However,  you  need  not  worry  about that.  The  canning  process is  relatively  simple.  Here  are some  videos  to  give  you  a  basic  idea.

Uploaded by selfreliantliving on Aug 24, 2009

Food storage: A family is dry-packing long-term food storage in #10 cans at an LDS Home Storage Center (LDS Dry-Pack Cannery). It is easy to do. Involve your children in this process so they can learn about food storage. Self-reliance is intelligent living.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXYjYvzVk8s&feature=player_embedded

Uploaded by everydayfoodstorage on Jul 21, 2009

Learn how to use a “canner” or sealer from the LDS cannery to can bulk items into #10 cans. It’s easier than you think (just like most food storage ideas!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXDF8C-SQBU&feature=player_embedded

And there  you  have  it  a great  ,  convenient  and  very basic  way  of  getting the canned  foods  you  need  to  build  up  your  food storage.

The last entry I  wanted  to  add to the  canned  foods  section  will be included  in the  next  blog  as  it is  too involved  to include  here.  We  will be   discussing  the  option  of  canning  your  own  foods.  This  approach not only  helps  you  build  up  your  food  storage.  It  helps you  learn  how to  can  your  own  foods  for  future  use.  One  of the necessary  skills  needed to   lead a  healthy and  self  sustaining lifestyle  no matter  what the  economy  is like.

See you  next  time ………:)

SOPA not dead! H.R. 3782(OPEN) introduced. 08 Law

PRO-IP is being enforced

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/sopa-and-pipa-fully-alive-and-n…

Actually, SOPA is set to be reformulated in February. PIPA will be revisited with possible amendments in the coming weeks. Case in point, all is still open and possible — nothing is dead, pulled, or cancelled. If that wasn’t enough to keep us on our toes, a new, similar bill has surfaced.

Déjà Vu in the form of OPEN — The New Anti-Piracy Bill

As an alternative to SOPA-PIPA, Representative Darrell Issa (CA-R), and 24 co-sponsors introduced the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) H.R. 3782 on Wednesday, during the Internet blackout.

From PCWorld:

OPEN would give oversight to the International Trade Commission (ITC) instead of the Justice Department, focuses on foreign-based websites, includes an appeals process, and would apply only to websites that “willfully” promote copyright violation.

The bill pretends to only target foreign websites, while keeping Americans free to surf and post, but the bill’s wording is wide open to pursue American sites. Just one example: when describing an infringing site, it starts with those “that are accessed through a non-domestic domain name,” but continues in section (8)(A)(ii) for any site that “conducts business directed to residents of the United States.”

It sounds like, “in general,” copyright holders will be the ones filing complaints to the Commission, but the writing leaves it open for any complainant to file. The ITC would still have the ability to coerce payment processors and ad networks to cease funding and linking the accused in question. Who could determine “willful” infringement?

Also, none of these bills had been decided before the U.S. Government took down New Zealand owned Megaupload.com during the commotion. To which, Anonymous responded by shutting down the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice, Universal Music, Recording Industry Association of America, the U.S. Copyright Office, Broadcast Music Inc. and the Motion Picture Association of America.

“The [DOJ's] action ‘demonstrates why we don’t need SOPA in the first place,’ points out PCWorld’s Tony Bradley.” The government was enforcing a previous anti-piracy law called PRO-IP signed by Bush in 2008.

OPEN is gaining support from groups like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Consumer Electronics Association and more.

While it seems admirable that the bill is transparent and open for public comment, most laws of this nature are broad and allow for bigger, no-common sense crackdowns later. Plus, there might only be a couple concessions and the pacifying effects of “being heard.”

One commenter of the bill aptly noted:

‘Reasonable belief’ and ‘credible evidence’ are too vague and have the appearance of inviting highly subjective interpretation with the option for the commission and/or the provider to exercise sweeping powers with impunity.

Whenever any group is appeased after a battle, it cannot be emphasized enough — the lawmakers’ modus operandi will be: aim high, brace for the outcry, make a couple alterations and sneak the bill back in when no one’s looking. Keep it going and going. Call it by a different name. Haggle. It appears there is compromise and reasoning now, but once the bill passes into law, reason goes out the window, and we are the only ones compromised.

Theft is a reality — although not one that has seriously damaged the growing entertainment industry, or caused massive death and devastation. If Hollywood, pitching the biggest fit, were actually going down, why should we go down with it?

It is more unfortunate that Americans must be so tirelessly vigilant to protect their online activities from the same lawmakers who are tanking the country in so many other truly devastating ways.

The dismantling of Internet freedom will not stop here. Let’s borrow an MO and not let up.

To SOPA — Say NOPA!

To PIPA — Pipe down!

To OPEN — Shut it!

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AND STILL LEAKING ……. 
There  has  been  virtual  silence  from the  media in  reference to  the Fukushima  Nuclear Disaster.  Some  believe  that  since the  media  isn’t  reporting on it, then there is no danger.  “Nothing to  worry  about  here  folks just move on  along”.  Well,  I  am  sorry  to  break into  the idyllic little world some of you  prefer to  be living in.  This is  the  REALITY  Fukushima  has not  stopped leaking  and  the  problem is  not  going  away.  It  is  in the  air,  the  rain ( by  default  it  will also  be in  our water  supply  and our  crops if it  is  not  already) and the ocean.
Here  I  have added article after  article  with their  reference links covering  all the facts  about  Fukushima  the  main stream  media  is  not  telling  us.  You can read them or  choose  to  continue  ignoring  the  facts.  However,  sticking  your  head in the  sand  will not  save  you  from the  truth.  It  will only serve  to keep  you  blissfully  unaware  for the  time  being.  Until it  is  too late  to  protect  yourself  and  those  you  love.  There  is  no  100 % way  to  protect  yourself from  all of the  radiation.  However there  are  ways  to  minimize the  damage.  Those  who  choose to tell themselves  everything  is  alright,  will do  nothing.  Those  who  make themselves  aware  and avail themselves  of  all the  information  available, to those  who take the time to look.  May  be  able to  minimize the  damage  and help  their  loved  ones  survive.
Now  more  than  ever it is  important to  prepare and  take the  steps  necessary  to  ensure the  safety  of  our  water food and  shelter.  Please take this  seriously!
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14,000 deaths in the U.S. so far from Fukushima - [stay OUT of the Rain] !!!

Washington’s Blog
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

California, Finland, Canada, Australia Hit By Radiation

The University of California at Berkeley detected cesium levels in San Francisco area milk above over EPA limits … and even higher than they were 6 months ago.


Finnish public television says that cesium from Fukushima has been detected in lichens, fungi and elk and reindeer meat in Finland.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed a radiation cloud over the East Coast of Australia.

The West Coast of Canada is getting hit by debris from Japan … and at least some of it is likely radioactive.

The authors of the controversial study claiming 14,000 deaths in the U.S. so far from Fukushima are now upping their figure to 20,000. I spoke with nuclear health expert Chris Busby about their study, and he said that mortality figures fluctuate pretty substantially in the normal course, and so it is hard to know at this point one way or the other whether their figures are accurate.

And while there is no evidence linking them to Fukushima, Bed Bath and Beyond has recalled radioactive tissue holders after they set off police radiation monitors aboard a delivery truck This may just be an example of the incredibly lax handling of radioactive materials.

And thyroid cancers are – mysteriously – on the rise in the U.S.
But don’t worry: The owner of the Fukushima plant has the plant in cold shutdown, so everything is “under control” … Although temperatures have apparently jumped inside Fukushima’s number 2 reactor, and the Japanese have no idea where the nuclear fuel has gone, so they are drilling a hole into the containment vessel to try to find it.

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Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska
— Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss
Published: December 28th, 2011 at 08:11 AM EDT
SOURCE: North Slope Dept. of Wildlife

Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. [...]
Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus, but they have so far been unable to identify one, and tests are now underway to find out if radiation is a factor. [...]
Published: December 28th, 2011 at 08:11 AM EDT
By Enenews Admin
Reuters: Radiation tests underway on dead and diseased seals in Alaska — Suffering bleeding lesions, hair loss (PHOTO)

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After Fukushima, fish tales

By ALEX ROSLIN, Special to The Gazette January 13, 2012More Images »

An aerial view of debris floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honshu in March after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan: The garbage patch is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. Photograph by: U.S. Navy After the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years, authorities in Canada said people living here were safe and faced no health risks from the fallout from Fukushima.
They said most of the radiation from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant would fall into the ocean, where it would be diluted and not pose any danger.
[ Except for the ocean life FOOD CHAIN and the fish that swim through the radioactive contaminated water and either eat smaller fish and/or absorb it as they breath in the water! ]
Dr. Dale Dewar wasn’t convinced. Dewar, a family physician in Wynyard, Sask., doesn’t eat a lot of seafood herself, but when her grandchildren come to visit, she carefully checks seafood labels.
She wants to make sure she isn’t serving them anything that might come from the western Pacific Ocean.
Dewar, the executive director of Physicians for Global Survival, a Canadian anti-nuclear group, says the Canadian government has downplayed the radiation risks from Fukushima and is doing little to monitor them.
“We suspect we’re going to see more cancers, decreased fetal viability, decreased fertility, increased metabolic defects – and we expect them to be generational,” she said.
And evidence has emerged that the impacts of the disaster on the Pacific Ocean are worse than expected.
Since a tsunami and earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant last March, radioactive cesium has consistently been found in 60 to 80 per cent of Japanese fishing catches each month tested by Japan’s Fisheries Agency.
In November, 65 per cent of the catches tested positive for cesium (a radioactive material created by nuclear reactors), according to a Gazette analysis of data on the fisheries agency’s website. Cesium is a long-lived radionuclide that persists in the environment and increases the risk of cancer, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which says the most common form of radioactive cesium has a half-life of 30 years.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which monitors food safety, says it
is aware of the numbers but says the amounts of cesium detected are small.
“Approximately 60 per cent of fish have shown to have detectable levels of radionuclides,” it said in an emailed statement.
“The majority of exported fish to Canada are caught much farther from the coast of Japan, and the Japanese testing has shown that these fish have not been contaminated with high levels of radionuclides.”
[ And what about "low levels", eh? Cesium is deadly!! ]
But the Japanese data shows elevated levels of contamination in several seafood species that Japan has exported to Canada in recent years.
In November, 18 per cent of cod exceeded a new radiation ceiling for food to be implemented in Japan in April – along with 21 per cent of eel, 22 per cent of sole and 33 per cent of seaweed.
Overall, one in five of the 1,100 catches tested in November exceeded the new ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilogram. (Canada’s ceiling for radiation in food is much higher: 1,000 becquerels per kilo.)
[ For those that don’t know it, the governments of the world have RAISED the levels of radioactive exposure as being “safe.”  This is being done to protect the nuclear industry and to make things seem as if everything is not as bad as it seems. ]
“I would probably be hesitant to eat a lot of those fish,” said Nicholas Fisher, a marine sciences professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Fisher is researching how radiation from Fukushima is affecting the Pacific fishery. “There has been virtually zero monitoring and research on this,” he said, calling on other governments to do more radiation tests on the ocean’s marine life.
[ Make no mistake, the governments *ARE* monitoring the radiation from Fukushima which has reached the United States. The catch is that the government is NOT releasing that data to the general public! ]
“Is it something we need to be terrified of? No. Is it something we need to monitor? Yes, particularly in coastal waters where concentrations are high.”
Contamination of fish in the Pacific Ocean could have wide-ranging consequences for millions.
The Pacific is home to the world’s largest fishery, which is in turn the main source of protein for about one billion people in Asia alone.
In October, a U.S. study – co-authored by oceanographer Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the non-profit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., – reported Fukushima caused history’s biggest-ever release of radiation into the ocean – 10 to 100 times more than the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe.
“It’s completely untrue to say this level of radiation is safe or harmless,” said Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
Edwards, who is also a math professor at Vanier College, said Fukushima has highlighted how lackadaisical Canadian authorities are about radiation risks – the result, he says, of the influence of Canada’s powerful nuclear industry.
“The reassurances have been completely irresponsible. To say there are no health concerns flies in the face of all scientific evidence,” said Edwards, who has advised the federal auditor-general’s office and Ontario government on nuclear-power issues.
Other Fukushima impacts have been unexpected, too. The first debris swept into the sea by the tsunami reportedly started to wash ashore on the west coast in mid-December, a year earlier than scientists and authorities predicted.
Residents of Vancouver Island, Alaska and the U.S. Pacific coast have said they’ve found large quantities of bottles, cans, lumber and floats.
The debris is part of 18 million tonnes of debris from Japan floating across the Pacific – taking up an area thought to be twice the size of Texas.
The impact of the debris on the Pacific is unclear. Much of it is expected to eventually join an already massive patch of existing garbage floating in the Pacific gyre.
The arrival of the debris on the west coast also appears to have caught Canadian authorities off guard.
“What debris are you talking about?” Health Canada spokesman Gary Holub asked when contacted for a comment this week.
“Debris from Japan is not expected on the west coast of Canada for another year.”
He asked a reporter to email him media stories about the debris. Later, Holub emailed a statement saying “there has been no official confirmation that the source of this debris is from the tsunami in Japan.”
He said, “It is ‘highly unlikely’ the debris will be radioactive and that Health Canada will await scientific data before deciding whether to test any of it.”
It’s also unclear how the debris will impact fish in the Pacific.
But there is a good chance Canadians have already eaten some of the types of fish most likely to be contaminated with cesium, based on the Japanese fisheries data.
Japan exported $76 million of food products to Canada in 2010, including $13 million of fish and crustaceans. No figures were available for 2011.
The Gazette analyzed the Japanese fisheries data for 22 seafood species that Japan has exported to Canada in recent years.
Some cesium was found in 16 of these 22 species in November, the last full month for which data was available.
Cesium was especially prevalent in certain of the species:
73 per cent of mackerel tested
91 per cent of the halibut
92 per cent of the sardines
93 per cent of the tuna and eel
94 per cent of the cod and anchovies
100 per cent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish
Some of the fish were caught in Japanese coastal waters. Other catches were made hundreds of kilometres away in the open ocean.
There, the fish can also be caught by fishers from dozens of other nations that ply the waters of the Pacific.
Yet, Japan is the only country that appears to be systematically testing fish for radiation and publicly reporting the results.
[ HOWEVER….later on in this same article below it says: “But Japan’s monitoring of food has come under a storm of criticism from the Japanese public after food contaminated with radiation was sold to consumers.” ]
CFIA is no longer doing any testing of its own. It did some radiation tests on food imports from areas of Japan around the stricken nuclear plant in the weeks after the Fukushima accident.
Only one of the 169 tested products showed any radiation. CFIA stopped doing the tests last June, saying they weren’t needed.
“The quantities of radioactive material reaching Canada are very small and within normal ranges,” CFIA spokesperson Lisa Gauthier said in an emailed statement.
“They do not pose any health risk to Canadians, the food we eat or the plants and animals in Canada.”
[ He's lying through his teeth! ]
In August, CFIA also tested a dozen samples of fish caught in B.C. coastal and inland waters. None of those tests found any radiation.
[ What tests SINCE August???? ]
CFIA said it has no plans to do any other radiation tests on fish in the Pacific or imports from other nations that fish in the ocean, including Japan.
CFIA now relies on Japanese authorities to screen Japanese food exported to Canada.
But Japan’s monitoring of food has come under a storm of criticism from the Japanese public after food contaminated with radiation was sold to consumers.
A Canadian seafood industry official was surprised when told CFIA doesn’t plan any more tests of Pacific fish.
“It is certainly our expectation that the CFIA will test again this year,” said Christina Burridge, executive director of the B.C. Seafood Alliance.
The alliance is an umbrella of Pacific seafood harvesting associations whose member firms generate about $700 million in yearly revenues.
[ BINGO! PROFITS COME FIRST! SCREW THE PEOPLE’S HEALTH! ]
Burridge said CFIA promised her group last spring it would test Pacific salmon and tuna returning to B.C. fishing grounds in 2012 and 2013 because of the possibility those fish could have migrated close to Japan.
“We all agreed that if there was any risk of contamination, it would be in 2012 and 2013,” she said.
She wouldn’t comment on the Japanese fisheries data, which she hadn’t seen previously. But she said of the data: “It would reinforce our expectation that the CFIA would test this year.
“We want to be able to assure our customers that our expectation that there will be no increase in detectable levels (of radiation) is true,” she said.
She said she based this expectation on “a general belief that contamination will be limited to the coastal waters off Japan.”
But despite this belief and the importance of the Pacific fishery, few studies exist on how Fukushima affected marine life.
One of those studies found that fish and crustaceans caught in the vicinity of Fukushima in late March had 10,000 times more than so-called safe levels of radiation. The study, published last May in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, also said macroalgae had 19,000 times the safe level.
Those levels were measured before the Japanese utility that runs the crippled nuclear plant dumped 11,000 tonnes of radioactive water into the Pacific in April and additional leaks that have released hundreds of tonnes more.
But since that early study, little research has been published on the topic.
“People want to know what’s happening with the cesium and how much is in the fish, but we don’t know. It’s frustrating,” said oceanographer Buesseler.
[ Don’t eat seafood!!  If you want to keep your health…as best you can nowadays…don’t eat any fish or shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and don’t eat any seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is contaminated with the toxic Corexit oil dispersant chemical and the seafood in the Ocean off the West Coast has been trashed with radioactivity.  This happened! –> Several workers I work with got sick “to their stomach” and “felt funny” after eating a dinner which had shrimp in it. The shrimp came from the Gulf. THIS HAPPENED THREE TIMES ALREADY!  I did *NOT* eat the shrimp and I did not get sick! I am not making this up! This is real! The governments and the corporations don’t want you to know just how contaminated the seafood is nowadays because it would cost them billions – if not more - in profits!  With respect to seafood contaminated with radioactivity (cesium, plutonium etc) the effects are more subtle and slower acting – at first. The radioactivity first attacks your immune system. Then it spreads throughout your body. The bottom line is that you should look at seafood *NOW* as poison! Mankind has done a bang up job of contaminating the seafood of this planet. It’s sickening and it’s beyond criminal!  ]
“It’s disconcerting how big of an event Fukushima was and how little data are out there. No one has taken responsibility for studying this in a single agency (in the U.S.), even though we also have reactors on the coast and other events could happen,” he said.
SUNY’s Fisher agrees: “In the U.S., it’s very difficult to acquire funding to do that work. A lot of people are very frustrated. Funding agencies are already spread incredibly thin, and they were not prepared for this,” he said.
After governments refused to provide funds, Buesseler, Fisher and other scientists secured funds from a private foundation for a research voyage in the Pacific to gather radiation data on fish, plankton and water.
Fisher can’t discuss his findings because they aren’t published yet. He expects to send them for publication in coming weeks.
Buesseler has already reported some results from the 15-day cruise last May and June.
He co-authored the study in October that said cesium levels in the Pacific had gone up an astonishing 45 million times above pre-accident levels. The levels then declined rapidly for a while, but after that, they unexpectedly levelled off.
In July, cesium levels stopped declining and remained stuck at 10,000 times above pre-accident levels.
It meant the ocean wasn’t diluting the radiation as expected. If it had been, cesium levels would have kept falling. The finding suggested radiation was still being released into the ocean long after the accident in March, Buesseler said in an interview.
“It implies the groundwater is contaminated or the facility is still leaking radiation.”
The Japanese fisheries data seems to support this conclusion. Far from declining, contamination levels in some species were flat or even rose last fall, including species that Japan exports to Canada like skipjack tuna, cod, sole and eel.
In November, the average Japanese catch had 111 becquerels of cesium per kilogram – above the new radiation ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilo that Japan has announced it will implement for food this spring.
The November level declined from a peak level of 373 becquerels per kilo last April. But it was an increase from the October average of 78 becquerels per kilo.
Such persistently elevated levels of radiation warrant more monitoring and research, Fisher said. “It’s not something we can easily dismiss.”
Continuing radiation leaks from Fukushima could be to blame, he said. Another culprit, he said, may be a phenomenon called biomagnification – the tendency for radiation concentrations to increase in species that are farther up the food chain.
About 2.7 per cent of the fish catches also exceeded Japan’s existing ceiling for food of 500 becquerels per kilo. That was also up from one per cent in October.
In November, 0.8 per cent of Japanese catches exceeded Canada’s ceiling of 1,000 becquerels per kilo, up from 0.2 per cent in October.
But food with radiation below these limits can still pose health risks, Edwards believes. “There is no safe level of radiation. They should be making every effort to monitor food.”
© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
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An aerial view of debris floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honshu in March after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan: The garbage patch is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. Photograph by: U.S. Navy

 
Fukushima Fallout in the American Heartland
Michael Collins | Jan 09, 2012 |

Plutonium From Fukushima Has Now Circled The Planet

 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Plutonium From Fukushima Has Now Circled The Planet

Sayer Ji, Contributing Writer
Activist PostA recently published studyin the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity confirms that the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster reached Europe (Lithuania), and included plutonium, the most deadly manmade element (nanogram for nanogram) in existence.According to the study’s authors the radionuclide concentrations measured indicate there was “long-range air mass transport from Japan across the Pacific, the North America and the Atlantic Ocean to Central Europe as indicated by modelling.”What this means is that every region under the jet stream — which includes half of the planet north of its equator — could have been exposed to some degree of plutonium fallout.

This fact is all the more disturbing when we consider there is no such thing as a safe level, and that the harm (on the human scale of time) does not dissipate: the half life of plutonium-239 is 24,200 years, and that of uranium-238 is 4,460,000,000 years, which is older than our planet.

In a past exposé, where we identified the likelihood of the occurrence we are now reporting on, we published Jet Stream radiation dispersion projections from Germany’s EURAD system which showed that Radioiodine-131 and Cesium-137 were within detectable concentrations thousands of miles away from Fukushima within days after the event.

This was, after all, a nuclear explosion (as occurred also at Chernobyl) producing extremely small particles moving at extremely high velocity, and not a hydrogen-based conflagration, which was erroneously reported to be the case in the first days following the disaster.

Highest level of radioactive cesium in San Francisco-area milk since August 2011 — Now at 150% of EPA’s maximum contaminant limit (CHART)

Title: UCB Milk Sampling Results
Source: UCBDepartment of Nuclear Engineering
Date: Feb 6, 2012

2/6/2012 (2:31pm): A new milk sample has been measured, this one with a best-by date of 2/16/2012. The results are posted to the milk sample page. Low levels of both Cs-134 and Cs-137 were still detected in the sample.

h/t Anonymous Tip

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Food Storage :Where To Begin?

 

First  thing is  first,  make a  selection and  decide what  room   or  space  you  will use for your food and   first aid items. It should be the coolest place in the house.  The temperature should be a within the  40-60 degrees Fahrenheit range.   The room should stay dry at all times to avoid damage  or  spoilage to your  items.  Closets, under stairways, spare bedrooms,  crawl space or under beds,any unfinished area  of the home will work as well. North facing walls are cooler  because they are away from excessive heat  exposure from the sun.   This room is where you will store the foods  you  will use  to restock  your  pantry.   The  room  you  choose  will depend  on the  space  you have  available  within  your home. Whatever  space you  can  spare that  will serve to house  your  food  supply will be  good. The reasons for having a separate storage are  simple. Ever hear the saying “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”?  In a true disaster scenario, it is better to lose some of your food , than all of your food!  Redundancy  is also the  key  to  this  strategy.  Having  the  same  items duplicated in  separate areas will  insure that  you have everything that  you  need should  an unexpected scenario arise.

To elevate the food up off the floor you  can  use  shelving, wooden  planks  or  pallets. The containers should never come in contact with the ground. The moisture from the  ground will rust the  cans  and  can get into the buckets.  Platforms can be made of bricks with wood across them to elevate the food up off the floor,  if you like.  A simple rotation system should be implemented to insure freshness.  The  best system would be  to  stock oldest food to be used first and the newest food to be held further back and moved  forward  as you replace  what  you  have  used. The air must be able to circulate around the food to keep it dry so make  sure they are properly  stacked to allow for this  air  space. Items  with  higher  oil content  or  dairy  products should  be placed  lower because  hot  sir  rises  and it will be  cooler closer to the  ground.

To insure proper rotation, always date the cans and put the newest cans to the back and use the oldest dated cans first. If you  leave a  space  under the  bottom  shelf then you  have  effectively  created a storage  space  for non  food  items.  Such as  cooking equipment, camping equipment ,sleeping bags, blankets, etc.  The smartest thing  you  can  do is  keep  everything  you  will need  for  a  survival  situation together that  way you will find it  when you need it.

If an  emergency arises  and you cannot  find  it ,  then you  might  as  well not have  it .  You may  not have the time  to  go  searching for  something  that is not  readily  available.   In an emergency  situation ….”Time is of  the  essence”.

Do not store food in an attic because it will get too hot and  your  food  items  will spoil.  Seal all cracks and crevices where mice or insects might get in.  Mice and insects  will ruin any unsealed buckets or cardboard containers.  The mice can eat right through the Mylar foil, cardboard and  even  some softer  plastics. Keep  these items in buckets with  sealed lids.  The moth larvae eat  through the Mylar also.  Heavy plastic containers, jars or metal cans with tight-fitting lids will keep mice and insects out.  You  can  also place a bay leaf in with grains, flour, beans, etc to keep them from being  invaded by insects.

Do not leave any food items that have not been sealed properly on the shelves  or you  will risk insect infestation.  Do not store chemicals in the same room as the food or  you  could  face  cross  contamination.

What  To Store.

The best thing to  do  is  focus   on the  foods  that you and  your  family  eat.  If  you  store  foods  that  you normally  do not  eat then you  will not  readily  use  them Rotating  your  supply is  important.  However  , if  you  do  not  eat the  food then you  won’t be  rotating it  will you ?  Not  to mention  that it is  important  for you to know  how  to  prepare the  foods  that  you  have  stored.

CANNED FOODS

Canned foods make an excellent food storage item. Typically, most canned foods have a shelf life of several years, some even longer.

They come in large varieties such as vegetables, meats, fish, soups and fruits to name a few.  Most canned foods, in an emergency situation, will not require that you heat or cook them before eating them. They may not taste as good cold, but they will sustain you. You can also take advantage of great sales on canned foods and stock up quickly.

You  can  also  look into stores in  your area  that  might  sell dented  cans  at a  reduced, price.  As  long  as the  cans  seals  have  not been  compromised there is  absolutely  nothing  wrong  with the  contents of that  dented  can.  Getting it at a  considerable  discount for it’s slightly  dented   exterior is a good deal  and an excellent  way  of  building  your food  storage  quickly  and  inexpensively.

BULK FOODS

Another choice for food storage are bulk foods. Generally they are more cost-effective because you are buying them in bulk quantities.

One thing you will need to do with bulk items after you purchase them is transfer them to  long  term  storage  containers.  Such as  5 gallon  plastic  buckets, #10  cans or Mylar vacuum sealed bags.  Many of the items that you can buy in bulk are items such as rice, grains and beans. If you are not familiar with cooking these items, you will need to educate yourself now. Cooking with whole grains takes time  and practice. Better to learn now than have to  learn  when you  and  you r family  are  hungry. These  items  can  be  very  versatile  once you learn to  cook  with them  and they  are  much  healthier  for you as  well.

Please  remember that  Salt  and  Sugar  are  essentials.  Salt is  necessary for  good  health and  sugar  is  needed to assist in making things   palatable and   for  energy.  Unless you  have the  money  to  buy cases of  honey.  Sugar will be   your  best  asset in providing the necessary calories  and  energy needed.  They  are  relatively  inexpensive in comparison to  most  other  bulk  foods.  Making it  rather  easy  to  stock up on these  two  very  essential  items.

**Another  thing  you  may  want to  consider  is that salt and  sugar  may   very  well be used   as  a bartering  currency during  a  crisis  when these items might not  be  readily  available.

Baking Items

Simple raw materials for baking, such as flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, oil and shortening, can be assets in a survival situation. With these staple items, you can make everything from pancakes or rolls to breading fresh fish. Powdered milk can be mixed with water. Oatmeal, wheat flour and sugar are other staples with which you can make baked goods.

For those looking for a simpler answer, mixes for muffins, corn bread and pancakes mean you do not need to add eggs or measure ingredients. These ready-made or pre-mixed ingredients can be time and  labor saving.  However, one  must  also  consider the  added  expense the pre-packaged  items will cost as  opposed to  bulk foods  that  you  can readily mix  to  make the same things at  a much  lower price.  If  your  budget  allows  then  feel free to purchase the  pre-packaged .

For long-term survival storage, honey stores for years and can replace sugar in recipes. Rather than storing flour or meal, purchase the raw grain and a hand mill. Then you can mill your own flour whenever necessary. Red winter wheat, golden wheat, corn and other grains can be purchased in 45-pound lots packed in nitrogen-packed bags and shipped in large plastic pails.   Or  you  can  purchase your own in the  local  feed  store and package them yourself.

Large canned goods, on the other hand, are difficult to transport. But if you’re stocking up your survival retreat or planning to weather the  storm at home, the large canned goods are easy to store and can keep you well-fed for months. While individual cans can be purchased, most popular are sets of multiple items. These are designed to provide a specific number of calories per day (they’ll recommend 1,800 per day, but you’ll probably want more) for a set period of time, often three months, six months or a year. Remember, however, if you have four people in your family or survival group, purchasing a one-year supply of food will only equate to three months worth for the family.

It is recommended that one purchase the largest set of these canned, dried foods one’s budget can handle. Then supplement the set with items tailored to you and your family or survival group. Also, MREs are excellent supplements, as prepared sets of #10 cans are typically vegetables, pasta and grains, while MREs are usually meat-based. Although there  are  some companies that  do  have the freeze dried  meats  available in  #10  cans if  it is within your  budget.

You may also want to add a few special items, such as hard candy, chocolate or desserts, to reward yourself , for quick energy or to  stave off  palate fatigue.

Don’t forget to add vitamins and mineral supplements.   Fruits, green vegetables and other items rich in vitamin C and other nutrients may be difficult to come by and a  good multi-vitamin can  make all the  difference in  your  nutritional  intake.  Well  worth  having in  your  food  storage.

MREs (MEALS READY TO EAT)

With these you will have a nice hot meal without having to cook. A disposable MRE heater provides a chemical reaction which heats the food.

Ease of portability of these meals is  also a  plus. They are small and easy to store, perfect for an evacuation scenario and keeping some in your car kit. They are also quite tasty. One disadvantage, however, is that they can be pricey and they do not provide as much roughage as you need. (This can lead to digestive problems if you plan to live on them for an  extended  period  of time.)

Beverages Other  Than Water

such as powdered milk, cocoa mix, a fortified fruit drink mix, evaporated milk, and some bottled juice.  In a winter emergency, having cocoa mix around is a blessing.  The  milk  will come in handy for many  things  including  cooking.  However,  one important  thing  you  must keep in  mind is  palate  fatigue.  If you  have the  same foods  over  and over  again  palate  fatigue  will set  in and in a survival  situation  it is  not a good idea  to  go  without  food.  Children  especially  can  suffer  from palate  fatigue  and it is  important  that  these situations  be  taken into account  when  building a  food  storage for  future   use.

 

Home Made Survival Foods

Canning goods is a tradition that will come in very handy in a survival situation.  From spaghetti sauce to your own jam. The types of  foods you can  preserve  with this  method  is  limitless.  However, when you are dealing with canning fruits, vegetables or meats, its important to follow the latest specifics from the true experts.

You can also dry, vacuum-pack and otherwise prepare food for storage. Vacuum pumps are available commercially or can be constructed in your own home. You can use them to seal dried food in mason jars and other containers.

When packing foods for storage, you want to eliminate oxygen (which is why a vacuum is so good). Bugs, such as weevils, and other organisms that can destroy your food need the oxygen to live, just as we do. That’s why commercial companies who prepare survival food pack grains, cereals, pasta, beans and other food in nitrogen-filled containers. You can accomplish a similar packaging yourself by using dried ice.

Simply take the 10 pounds of noodles (or 25 pounds of rice or other dried food) you picked up from the warehouse and put them in an appropriately sized plastic bucket with a lid that can create a good seal.  Add several chunks of dried ice. As it sublimates, your bucket will fill with carbon dioxide, which will displace all or most of the oxygen (since carbon dioxide is heavier, the oxygen should rise to the top and out of the bucket). Place the lid on the bucket, but don’t seal it all the way until you think the dry ice has completely turned to gas. This is a fine line, since you want to seal it before oxygen starts leaking back into the bucket.

Drying fresh  fruit ,  vegetables, herbs, spices  and  meats at  home is also a good  way  of  preserving  foods.

With a  good  dehydrator you  can make  fruit leather ( like   fruit  rollups) and  jerky.  Some  have  even dehydrated  scrambled  eggs.  You  can  dehydrate  any type of  food that  does not have a  high  fat  content ( at  can  turn  rancid  and  make  your  food  unappetizing).  Storing   dehydrated  foods  will  be  done  in the  same  manner as  bulk foods to  insure freshness and safety  when  you need them  most.  If  stored  properly dehydrated  foods can  last for 5  or more  years.

Comfort Foods

Coffee, hard candy and chocolate ( chocolate chips keep  well and  can be used the  same  as baking  chocolate and is  better than a chocolate bar when trying  to  maximize storage  space). Boosting morale with comfort foods can help keep spirits high in an emergency situation.

High Energy Items

You may need to make a special effort to keep your energy levels high, so stock up on items with plenty of protein and fiber. Peanut butter, granola bars and trail mix are recommended. Energy bars  and  protein bars  can  also  come in handy, if  you  can spare the  expense.  Also  having peanut  butter,  flour and  honey  you  can  make  high calories protein bars of your  own.

Specialty Items

Don’t forget to store specialty items that you might need. If you have a baby, cans of powdered formula would be good to have on hand, even if you’re nursing. Diabetics who eat certain foods and supplements will need to keep those on hand. Elderly people who use a meal supplement will need to stock that.

Making  sure  you  have an  ample  amount  of  cases  of  Ensure or  something like it would not  be a  bad  idea if  you have  children  or  elderly   family  members.  This  will help  to  supplement  their  diet and  keep  them  healthy in an  emergency  situation.

**Having nuts  like   almonds, walnuts, cashews and  grains like  rice and  oats will also give  you  an advantage aside  from the  menu  aspect.  They can all  be used  to  make  nut and grain  milk  to  supplement for  babies or  even lactose intolerant adults.  They  are  nutritious  and  easily  digested.

SEEDS

Many people forget this item. Seeds are a ‘must’ for every prepper in order to grow your own food.  In a long  term survival  scenario  it  will be  the  difference  between  surviving and  possibly starving to  death.   These should be rotated every year or two. Check your packets for an expiration date. As seed packets are inexpensive enough, it’s not a huge endeavor to rotate these.  Besides  you  can  always  practice  with  a  garden  now and use  those soon to expire  seeds in your own backyard garden and  grow  your  own  food.  Practice  makes  perfect.  A survival emergency  scenario  is not a  good  place to  practice skills that  you are  not  familiar  with.  Focus on  Heirloom seeds  rather  than  hybrid  as  they  are  stronger and have  stood  the  test  of  time.

**May  also  be  proven  to  be  valuable as  a bartering  method during  an emergency  situation  when seeds  would  not be readily  available.

These  are  methods  that  I  have  tried  and tested in  my  own  home. They work  for me. Look over them and see if  they  are  a viable resourced for  you and your  family. Only you know your  circumstance, family needs  and  your shelter.  Space, comfort  and  surroundings are very  important.  Do your research don’t  just take my  word  for it.   Your  knowledge  and the  skills  you  acquire are  more  valuable  than  any  amount of  prep  work  you  can  do  for  any  disaster scenario!

 

Rainwater

Rain Catchment  System

Now  if  you  have  property then  the smartest  thing to do is  to have a  rain  catchment  system.  This  way  you  can  always  have a  viable way  to  capture  water  when it  rains  and  you  do not have to  go very  far to  replenish  your  supply.   It can  be as  simple  as  purchasing  some inexpensive  plastic  trash  cans  with  lids that  you  can  line  with untreated plastic  bags .  Placed under a  downspout  from your  gutters.  Or  all  along the  length of  your  roof right  under the  overhang  where  water  collects  the most.  This  is  generally  at  corners or  where there  is a joint such as occurs in  split  level  homes.  They  can  be  placed  behind  bushes so they  are  not easily  seen.  That  way   you  avoid neighbors  complaining.  I  use  this  method  to  collect water  for  my  garden.  Twelve- 30 gallon containers and  I  always have  in  excess of 360 gallons  of  water  that  can  be  used.  If  I  needed  to use it  for drinking  all I  would need to  do is  filter  and  sterilize and  I would  have all the  water  I  needed for  as long  as it  rained.

If  you  have  to  leave your location  for  water  reason then it  would  be  best  to have a large  tarp.  No  matter where  you  go  that  tarp  can  be  set  out to  catch  rain  water  for you.  Most  o the  time it is best  to  dig a  hole and  place a container ( as  big  as  you  want  it to be anywhere  from a  5  gallon  bucket  to a  30 gallon container.  The choice  is  yours).  A  hole  is  made in the  center of  the  tarp and that hole is  placed  over  the container.  Making  sure  all  4 sides are  elevated enough  to  create a  slant  so the  water   will run  towards  the  hole naturally.  If  you  are  unable  to  dig a  hole  to place the container  beneath the  tarp.  Then  you  must  find a  way  to fasten the  4  sides  of  the  tarp securely above the  container.  Same  as  before  the edges  must  be elevated  enough  above the  container  as  to  create  a slant significant  enough for the water  to  flow to the  center where the  hole is.  Make  sure that  the  tarp is  well  secured as in a  heavy  rain the  weight  of the  water  will surely pull it  loose.   

Hauling  Water  From  an Outside  Source

  • Streams, rivers, and other moving bodies of water
  • Ponds and lakes
  •  Natural springs
  • Rainwater

 

Not  having the  ability  to set up a  rain  catchment system  or being  faced  with  drought conditions  where there is  no  rain then one  must  consider other  sources.  Nearby  lakes,  rivers  or creeks that  one  can  use  5 gallon  buckets for  transport.  Using  a wheel barrel , cart, wagon or  any viable  means  of  transport that  would  make it  easier  to  haul  the  water back.

Fire  hydrants nearby that  can  be  opened  to  access  water.  Remembering that  if  the  grid is  down   pressure  will be  low  and  if  that   hydrant  happens  to  be on a lower elevation then  gravity  will be working  in  your  favor  and  the  water  will flow.

Making the  water  safe  to drink

There  are  many  ways to make  water  safe to drink.  You  can  boil it  and  then  filter it  to  kill  microbes and parasites that  would make  you  and  your family  ill.  You  can  buy  a  Berkey  filter  which  many   people  swear  by,  although  it is  quite  pricey.  Not to  mention  having to  purchase  extra  filter  components for  when  they  need  replacement.  After all,  no  filter can  be  used forever without replacement.  Unless you have a  bio  filter.

Sand Filter

You  can  use a  gallon  bucket   filled with  sand  to  filter  out all of  the  solids, so that the  water is  ready  for  disinfection.   This  will help  by removing  all solid  matter  and  clearing  up the  water  getting  it  ready  for  disinfection.  If you  are  unable to  boil the  water due to  lack of  fuel  then there  are  alternate solar  methods  that  can  .  be  employed  to achieve the  sterilization  process.  A solar  distiller is  easy to  make  and  it  utilizes  the  heat  from the  sun  to   distill the  water no matter  how   dirty  or  contaminated  it is, into safe drinking  water

Slow Sand Bio Filter

You  can also  build  a slow sand  bio filter.  Using a 30  gallon or  so  plastic  trash can, fill it ¾  of the  way  with  sand.  A hole is  drilled into the  bottom  of the  plastic  container  and a  spout inserted  and  sealed before the  sand is added.   Then the sand  filter  can be  connected to receiving cans where  you  can have  your filtered water for use.  Or install a  spigot  where you  can  turn it  on and  off and add water  as  you  need it to  be filtered Always  being conscientious to leave  water in the filter.  Allowing the filter  to sit  without water  would  kill the   anaerobic  beneficial  bacteria( as  they  need  to  be in  an  oxygen  deprived environment  to  survive or the  bio  filter  will  crash and  become  useless.  As they  take a bit of  time to  become  established.  You  will know  that  your  bio filter  is  established when you  see the  slime  build up at the  top of  the  sand.  Yes  I  know  that  is  gross and  it  sounds  disgusting,  however,  nature  has  it’s  secrets  and  this is  one of them.  The  same  process is used to  keep  the  water  in  fish  ponds  and aquariums  safe.

Biological water treatment involves the use of naturally occurring micro-organisms in the surface water to improve water quality. Under optimum conditions, including relatively low turbidity and high oxygen content (as occurs  with  rain water  run off  from let’s  say a  roof), the organisms break down material in the water and thus improve water quality. Slow sand filters or carbon filters are used to provide a place on which these micro-organisms grow. These biological treatment systems effectively reduce water-borne diseases, dissolved organic carbon, turbidity and color in surface water, improving overall water quality.  Once  the  colony  of  beneficial  bacteria  is established  it  will take  care of  the  most  of the organisms that  can  make you  sick.  Biological treatment has been used in Europe to filter surface water for drinking purposes since the early 1900s and is now receiving more interest worldwide.

Quick Water  Source for Immediate Storage

There are  many  ways  to  store  water inexpensively  without  having to purchase cases  of   bottled water. They  can all be  used to  hold ordinary  tap water.  Yes, tap water.  At the  risk  of  offending  the  health  advocates out there.  The  true  reality  is that  not  everyone is able  to  afford to  purchase many things.  So  in the  spirit  of  being  not  only  practical but  realistic we will deal  with that  fact  and  address it  accordingly.  The  alternative would be  not  having  enough  water  causing  dehydration,  unsanitary conditions and  possibly  death.  Tap water is  the   single most  inexpensive  source  of  water  you  have  access to.  Using  tap  water and  the items  I have  mentioned  can  save  you  not only  plenty  of  money  , but it  could mean the  difference between  life  and death in a  situation  where  there is  no water  readily  available.  Not to  mention  the  simple  fact  that  it  has already  been  chlorinated  and  treated so that  it is  safe  to  drink.  You  need  not  add  anything to it  ,  just  make  sure  that  the vessels  you  use  for the  water are sealed properly  to  avoid  contaminants  from  getting in.   Saves  you  time in having to  go out  and  look  for  it  not to mention the fuel and  time you  would have to  put into disinfecting it to make it safe to  drink  and  use  for personal  hygiene.

 

***  I  would like to add here  that when water  is collected for  boiling disinfection it  is best  to  make  sure  you  have  stocked up on  paper  coffee  filters .  They  are  excellent  for  filtering out  the  larger  particles.

 

****  Throughout  this  blog  I  will be  presenting  diagram  and  schematics for DIY projects on  survival and green items that  will come in  handy.  Not  only  when the  grid  goes  down  but to save  money  as  well as energy.

 

See ya soon   :)  …………………

For that  matter  how  many of  you  have  heard  a peep out of  the  mainstream  media  about  Fukushima?   Except  of  course  the isolated mention of the  island pf  radioactive debris  floating in the pacific  that  is  finally  washing  ashore on the  west coast.  We have  not been  told  the truth about  the  radiation  dangers.  We  have  not  been  given  straight  answers on the  radioactive  levels  that  have  reached  the  US.  Independent  news  sources  report the radiation  having  been recorded  all the  way in  Virginia.  Main  stream  media  reports radiation levels  in  Europe.  OK,  so  how  did it  get  to  Europe without  affecting  the  US……… a  magic  wind????

Come on  now  people who  believes  that load of nonsense?  If  elevated  levels o  radiation have  been  recorded  in  Europe  then  common  sense   should tell you that  it  passed  over  the  US  on it’s  way  there.  Don’t  believe  me ?   Then  I  suggest  you  go  look at a  map  and find  Europe then  trace a  line  from London  to the  left  over the  Atlantic  and you  will  find the  US.   Continue  tracing  that  line over the US  crossing over the Pacific  and  you  will  find  Japan.  Now who is going to  tell me just  how that  radioactive wind hopped  over  all o the  US  and ended  up in Europe.  Took a  detour  through  Canada you  say ?  Well, Canada  is  not  fessing up  to  that  reality  either.  The Canadian  government has   claimed no  problem  just  as  the US  has.  Not  to mention  all the radiation that  has  been  dumped into the pacific.   The  sea  life  condemned to  a  horrific  death and those  who  survive  to  produce  mutated offspring if  they  are  not rendered  sterile..  The  seas  and  everything in it contaminated forever.

Now  how many  nuclear  power  plants  are  here  in the  Us?  How forthcoming   do  you believe  the  US  government  will be  in  letting  the  pubic  know  there  is a  problem  with  one  of  our nuclear  plants  here  at  home.  We will explore  that as  well.  The  level  of  gross mismanagement  of  this situation  would be  laughable if it  wasn’t  so distressing.

Now Japan is  reporting that  the plant in  Fukushima  is  in  cold  shut down.   Hmmmmmm,   really  now?  Nuclear experts  claim differently.

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Is the Japanese government and the IAEA protecting the nuclear industry and not the people of Japan by claiming that Fukushima is stable when it is not? Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen outlines major inconsistencies and double-speak by the IAEA, Japanese Government, and TEPCO claiming that the Fukushima accident is over. Dynamic versus static equilibrium, escalated dose exposures to the Japanese children and nuclear workers, and the blending of radioactive materials with non-contaminated material and spreading this
contaminated ash throughout Japan are only a small part of this ongoing nuclear tragedy.

http://fairewinds.com/content/tepco-believes-mission-accomplished-regulators-…

Radiation forecasts withheld by gov’t: “Ministry DECIDED such data would be unavailable” — Releasing it “would cause unnecessary panic”
and the usual problematic radioactive stuff.

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As world marks the Chernobyl anniversary, many say that the world has failed to learn the lessons on nuclear safety that the tragedy provided. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, Scientific secretary of the European Committee on radiation risks, for a little more insight on 21st century’s most serious nuclear crisis at Fukushima.

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With Chernobyl’s 25th anniversary reminding the world of the terrifying consequences of nuclear safety negligence, many eyes have turned to the continuing crisis in Japan. RT talks to Arnold Gundersen, Energy Adviser at Fairewinds Associates, from Vermont in the US.

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03/052011 -

http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/tritium.htm

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/

The info behind the image is NRC. Just type it in Google and search their site. It should be on there somewhere.

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http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?cid=30232

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Delaware Online – 23/04/2011 -
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110423/BUSINESS/104230323/Grasses-for…|newswell|text|Home|s

Salem 1 is one of two reactors at the three-unit complex that relies on river water for operational cooling and safety systems. One circulating water pump was already out of service for maintenance and another for cleaning when problems developed in a third pump, leading to a sudden clogging of a fourth — a series of events that forced workers to manually “trip” control rods into place, cutting down reactor heat and stopping electricity production.

Salem 1 and its neighboring Salem 2 reactor together draw in and return 3 billion gallons of water from the river each day for cooling purposes. Hope Creek, the third reactor at the Artificial Island nuclear generating complex here, draws in only about 58 million gallons a day from the river because the plant has a cooling tower which recirculates cooling water. rsoe

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There have been further meltdowns at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, according to Tepco, the operators of the facility. The firm has now confirmed that three of the six reactors suffered meltdowns within days of March’s deadly earthquake and tsunami.

Until now, Tepco had only admitted a meltdown at No. 1 reactor. But the revelation by the firm’s General Manager, Junichi Matsumoto, has only raised more questions about why the extent of the damage was not disclosed earlier.


http://www.euronews.net/

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http://www.cnn.com/video/

Fort Calhoun, Not Fukushima? Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words!

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Full Story: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/08/08/experts-lethal-levels-offscale-ra…

Lethal Levels Of Radiation At Fukushima Infer Millions Dying

TEPCO has discovered locations on the Fukushima plant site with lethal levels of external gamma radiation. Fairewinds takes a close look at how this radiation might have been deposited and how similar radioactive material would have been released offsite.

Fukushima Japan Nuclear Radiation Lethal Levels Fallout Tepco Arnie Gundersen “Nuclear Fallout” “Nuclear Radiation”

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link to the full article on the blog: http://www.dutchsinse.com/blog/?p=1396

here is the link to see the plume dispersion:

http://www.xydo.com/toolbar/27327691-asr_ltd_-_fukushima_radioactive_seawater…

from their website:

“We use a Lagrangian particles dispersal method to track where free floating material (fish larvae, algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton…) present in the sea water near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station plant could have gone since the earthquake on March 11th. THIS IS NOT A REPRESENTATION OF THE RADIOACTIVE PLUME CONCENTRATION. Since we do not know how much contaminated water and at what concentration was released into the ocean, it is impossible to estimate the extent and dilution of the plume. However, field monitoring by TEPCO and modelling by the Sirrocco group in University of Toulouse, France both show high concentration in the surrounding water (highest rate at 80 Bq/L and 24 Bq/L for respectively I-131 and C-137) . Assuming that a part of the passive biomass could have been contaminated in the area, we are trying to track where the radionuclides are spreading as it will eventually climb up the food chain.

The dispersal model is ASR’s Pol3DD. The model is forced by hydrodynamic data from the HYCOM/NCODA system which provides on a weekly basis, daily oceanic current in the world ocean. The resolution in this part of the Pacific Ocean is around 8km x 8km cells. We are treating only the sea surface currents. Particles in the model are continuously released near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant since March 11th. The dispersal model keeps a trace of their visits in the model cells. The results here are expressed in number of visit per surface area of material which has been in contact at least once with the highly concentrated radioactive water.”

http://maptd.com/worldwide-map-of-nuclear-power-stations-and-earthquake-zones/

Think about  it,  I  know  I  do………..

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Radiation Leak, Worn Tubes Raise

Concerns

More Leaks Found at Crippled Japan Nuclear Plant

Update 3/13/2012

The Legacy of Fukushima – Dr. Helen Caldicott on GRTV

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