Dare To Prepare - 3rd Ed! - Preparedness is not waiting for the government to bail us out of trouble; it IS taking personal res

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to Dare To Prepare - 3rd Ed!

A lot of people ask why the name Dare To Prepare. They understand "prepare" but "dare" is puzzling. Some think it's just a catchy title, but there's more. Those who choose to prepare have acknowledged, on some level, that things are changing all around us Ð rapidly. Sometimes it feels like it's more than we can deal with. We get overwhelmed thinking can I do this?

It's doubly difficult when one family member wants to be more self-sufficient and the other doesn't. This can lead to real frustration. However, reasons of time and money savings, unexpected company, natural and man made disasters, illness, corporate layoffs and downsizing, all underscore the necessity for having supplies set aside. Stored goods saw thousands through the 2000 recession.

Disasters don't go away simply because we want them to. In order to plan ahead, people must face this reality. THAT'S daring to prepare.

You have only to watch interviews with disaster victims to see how to "do it better". It was truly astounding when 2004's four back-to-back hurricanes hit Florida that people didn't consider A) moving out of harms way and B) getting necessary emergency preparedness items well in advance. Instead, even when storm four, Jeanne, arrived on Florida's doorstep people still didn't have plywood, batteries, water, food. With those harsh lessons, when "the mother of all hurricanes" Ð Katrina Ð people started to get the message. 2008's Gustav and Ike underscored the lesson.

2008 also brought horrific floods to the Midwest, reminiscent of 1993. Record rains submerged millions of acres of land and ruined millions of acres of crops. Reuters estimates the damages to be in multiple billions. Besides floods, many areas also were hammered by strong winds, severe storms, hail, and nearly 2,100 tornado reports. Areas that didn't see floods burned or shriveled with drought.

These same scenarios echoed around the planet.

Dare To Prepare is geared to the city, urban, suburban and rural person with life-saving information for everyone including apartment dwellers and folks on low income. It's a reference work for practical living whether or not we are in crisis, and how to save money at the same time.

Dare To Prepare is many books in one - a mini-encyclopaedia. The material has been totally updated to meet today's preparedness needs. Dare 3 includes new, thoroughly researched topics. Like the original, Dare's aim is to arm you with as much information possible in one volume. It contains the most vital material to keep you safe and prepare you for life's challenges.

Additionally, Dare teaches you many useful and fun practical skills. Kids will enjoy them, too, and their involvement let's children understand preparation is a normal part of life, not a scary thing.

Dare is a large format book on 8-1/2 x 11" (22x28cm) paper and 624 pages. You will not find large margins, large print or wasted space. Margins have been squeezed to contain the most information possible.

Included is a 12,000 word and phrase index to easily locate information quickly. In addition to all this, Dare 3 contains over 330 photos and many charts to make personalized planning super simple.

Below, you'll find a condensed Table of Contents below, but it's enough to give you an idea of what's covered. This final edition is bigger and better than ever. Though printing and shipping costs have escalated, we've kept the price the same. We want you to have the information.

Preparedness is not waiting for the government to bail us out of trouble; it IS taking personal responsibility. It IS. . . daring to prepare!

 


 

ABRIDGED TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

TABLE of CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION: WHY PREPARE?


Those Who Do... and the Rest of the Planet
This Isn't Your Mamma's World
All Disasters Great and Small
Change, the One Constant

CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
How to Plan for an Emergency
If You Plan to Leave the City
If You Plan to Stay Where You Are
Main Packs or Emergency Packs
Kitchen
Tool Belt
Additional Items to Consider
Stocking a Safe Place

CHAPTER 2: URBAN SURVIVAL - ARE YOU READY?
Test Your Preparedness

CHAPTER 3: STORING SHORT TERM
72-Hour Preparedness
Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts - Lists of Everything
Tips For All of the Above
Money Savers

CHAPTER 4: EMERGENCY WATER TREATMENT
Making Water Potable (Drinkable)
Water Purification - Boiling
Water Purification - Chemical Treatment
Water Purification - Mechanical Filtration
Water Filters
Water Purifiers
Alternate Purifying Methods

CHAPTER 5: WATER TREATMENT on a BIG SCALE
Types of Chlorine
Chlorinating Water Outside
Chlorine and pH Test Kits
Rain Tanks and Wells
Slow Sand Filters
Reverse Osmosis
Solar Stills
Distillation
Treatments Requiring Electricity
What Are We Doing?
Rain Water
Test Your Water

CHAPTER 6: WATER COLLECTION and STORAGE
Storing Water
Drums and Five Gallon Containers
Container Sources
Removing Stubborn Scents
How Long Will Stored Water Keep?
Finding Hidden Water in Your Home
Water Collection
Wells
Springs
Surface Water
Dams and Reservoirs
Roof Catchment (Free Water)
Swimming Pool Water

CHAPTER 7: FINDING SURVIVAL WATER
Desert Water
Desert Travel Hints
Where to Find Water in Rocky Soil
Insects, Birds and Animals as Water Indicators
Vegetable Sources
Poisonous Plants
Dew
On the Sea Coast
Moisture Condensation in Arid Areas
Bush Stills and Transpiration Bags
Other Ways to Find Water

CHAPTER 8: FOOD - WHAT and HOW MUCH TO STORE
Six Reasons to Have a Food Storage Program
How Do I Plan My Food Supplies
New Food Pyramid Specifics
Deyo Food Storage Planner
Other Food Storage Programs
Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods
Your Food Storage Planner
Which Program Should I Pick
Food Storage - How We Did It
Making Whole Milk From Powdered Milk
Making Yeast

CHAPTER 9: PREPARING the PANTRY, SAVING $$
Organization
Hantavirus Warning
About That Food Storage Room
Tips on Saving Money

CHAPTER 10: TAKING CARE of YOUR INVESTMENT
Six Easy Steps
Storage Containers
How to Pack Containers
Using Mylar Bags
Oxygen Absorbers - Getting Rid of Air
Desiccants - Getting Rid of Moisture
No Space? Be Creative!

CHAPTER 11: SHELF LIVES
Tips
Cupboard Storage Charts
Refrigerator Storage Charts
Freezer Storage Charts

CHAPTER 12: UNRAVELING DATING CODES
Dating Requirements
Types of Food Dating
Understanding Dating Methods
Company and Product "Secrets"

CHAPTER 13: GENERAL SUPPLIES
Specific Lists

CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID SUPPLIES
Car Kit
Specific Lists
First Aid Supplies.
First Aid Medications

CHAPTER 15: SHELF LIVES OF NON-FOODS
Cleaning Products
Handyman Items
Medications / Health Items
Miscellaneous
Personal Care Products
Pet Supplies

CHAPTER 16: BUILD BASIC UNDERGROUND STORAGE
U.S. Instructions
Metric Instructions

CHAPTER 17: BUILD A HAND PUMP

Pump Assembly Notes and Instructions
Depth Use

CHAPTER 18: MAKING COLLOIDAL SILVER


Making Your Own Generator
Buying Commercial Silver Products
Some C.S. is B.S.

CHAPTER 19: SOAPMAKING
Safety Measures for Using Lye
Supplies List
Soapmaking Instructions
Additives
Making Your Own Recipes
Molds
Making Soap in a Blender
Soap Recipes
Tips and Troubleshooting
How to Make Lye Water

CHAPTER 20: CANDLEMAKING
Equipment
Safety Tips
Wax
Wicks
Additives
How to Make Candles
Recipes
Tips and Troubleshooting

CHAPTER 21: FIRE BUILDING
Fuels
Burnables
Tee-Pee Fire
Pyramid Fire
Fire Starting Errors
Firestarters
Making Your Own Firestarters
Starting Fire with a Battery

CHAPTER 22: MAKING CHARCOAL
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Activated Charcoal

CHAPTER 23: MAKING DIESEL FUEL
Biodiesel
Vegetable Oil / Kerosene Mix
Vegetable Oil
Fuel Comparison
How to Make Biodiesel

CHAPTER 24: KEEPING FOOD SAFE in an EMERGENCY
When Power Goes Out
hat to Keep and What to Toss - Refrigerator
What to Keep and What to Toss - Freezer

CHAPTER 25: COMPOSTING
Composting Basics
Five Easy Steps
What Goes into Compost?
Is It Compost Yet?
Troubleshooting

CHAPTER 26: GROWING FOOD
Garden Options
Heirloom Seeds
The Art of Seed Saving
Storing Seeds
How Long Will Seeds Stay Viable?
Shelf Life of Stored Herb Seeds
Shelf Life of Stored Vegetable Seeds

CHAPTER 27: DEHYDRATING FOODS
Dehydrating Methods Compared
What to Look for in a Dehydrator
Nature's Candy - Fruit
Drying Vegetables
Yield of Dried Vegetable
Drying Herbs
Making Jerky
Jerky Recipes
Drying Seeds, Popcorn and Nuts
Storing Dried Foods
Using Dried Fruit
Using Dried Vegetables
Remedies for Drying Problems

CHAPTER 28: GENERATORS
Lights Out
A Matter of Money and Risk
When the Unthinkable Happens: Power Grid Collapse
2003 Blackout Not a First
What's for Dinner?
Diesel, Gas (Petrol) or Trifuel?
Figuring What Size Generator to Buy
Generator Wattage Requirements - Household
Generator Wattage Requirements - Tools
Generator Wattage Requirements - Farm
Generator Wattage Requirements - Motors
Once You Get the Generator Home. . .
Connecting It: Transfer Switch
Connecting It With Extension Cords
Care and Maintenance
Features to Consider

CHAPTER 29: FUEL
Storing Fuel
Location
Containers
Indispensable Helpers
Build a Drum Dolly
Keeping Fuel From Degrading
Fuel Stabilizers

CHAPTER 30: COOKING WITHOUT POWER
The Burning Question... Fuels
Fuel Choices
Choices for Cooking
Indoor Cooking
Stoves
Backpack Stoves
Camp Stoves
Propane Tanks and Accessories
Marine BBQ Grills
Camp Ovens
BBQ Grills
Open Fire Helpers
Dutch or Camp Ovens
What to Look for in a Dutch Oven
Using Charcoal
Dutch Oven Recipes
The Volcano
Cobb Grill

CHAPTER 31: SOLAR COOKING
Box Oven Cooking
Solar Box Cooking
Solar Cooker #1
Solar Cooker: Reflective Open Box
Solar Cooker: "Easy Lid" Cooker
Commercial Solar Ovens
General Cooking Times
Solar Cookbooks

CHAPTER 32: COMMUNICATIONS
Conventional Phones
Cell Phones
Two-Way Radios
Two-Way Radios Pluses
Deciding What to Get
"Toys" with Benefits
Shortwave - Ham - Amateur - High Frequency (HF) Radio
What is Required?
Getting Started
Bands
Finding Stations
Reception Tips
Antennas
Standing Waves and SWR Meters
Hanging "Skywires"
Antennas for Apartment Residents
Emergency Repair of Whip Antennas
Power Supplies
Starting Out
Auto Tuners
Emergency Broadcasts
Emergency Hurricane Nets

CHAPTER 33: THE WONDER of CLOROX
General Guidelines
Food Applications
Disinfection After Disaster
Disease Prevention
Livestock and Animals

CHAPTER 34: HOME MADE CLEANERS
Liquid - All-Purpose - Toilet Bowl - Tub and Tile - Window and Glass - Oven - Laundry - Disinfectants - Polish - Drain - Mold

CHAPTER 35: SHOWER WITHOUT POWER
Singing in the Showerless Shower
Camp Showers and Alternatives
Campfire and Gas Heated Water
Shower Enclosures

CHAPTER 36: TRASHY TALK
Service Disruption: Disposing of Garbage and Rubbish
Toilet Topics