If You Just Moved Here: 10 Realities After a Major Flooding Event – Survival Mom


A hurricane has hit your town or a major flooding event. Your family survived the disaster and it’s time to go back into your community and rebuild your lives. Here’s some of the realities that we didn’t expect about our lives after Hurricane Katrina.


What is your plan?

Create your plan, practice your plan, modify your plan, practice your plan and be “flexible” with your plan because like my buddy from across the pound wrote above “no plan survives contact with the enemy.”

If we got the knowledge (foundation) and skills (training) our chances of survivability will be greater than the lazy neighbor down the street with years worth of food and no plan.

See Thoughtfully Prepping article “What’s in a plan?” (click here) for a sample matrix of risk.

Before Most of You were born

Thermett Kettle

 I found this last summer on the top of a shelf in the garage.  It is from the previous owner of the house. The kettle does not looks like it has every been used so I am going to assume that the buyer forgot about it or hide it so well that she/he couldn’t find it.

The Thermette was invented in 1929 in New Zealand by John Ashley Hart. It was standard issue to the New Zealand army serving in the North Africa during WW2 when it was known as the ‘Benghasi Boiler’. For more about the history of this item click here Theremette.

This version was made during 1960 to 1970 period.  This kettle was designed for  boiling water while cooking your meal in a saucepan or frying pan sitting on the top outdoors using twigs and other small combustible materials; these devices consist of a water jacket surrounding a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather.  Low tech at it best but still I like my Jetboil because of the size.  Yet if I run out of fuel at least I got one in case of a disaster.

What did you learn today?…Really


I am starting to think that some of you are overspending and under-training.

Stop watching television and get out there  and do it yourself so you don’t have to say, “It worked on __________.”

I am sorry but if you can’t

  1. build or even find a safe shelter
  2. start a fire (without a match or a lighter)
  3. collect and boil some water
  4. hold your ground in a fight (optional)

I am not mad at you but be honest you are useless.  A $200(USD)/€147(EUR) survivalist tool, expensive bag and equipment does not make a person a survivalist or a Bushman.  Until you develop your skills and learn how to use your equipment (see below) – all you have are tools that are dead weight on your back.   Okay, yeah you might look good but that is it but I might be wrong on that – has anyone out there seen a person catch a rabbit or deer with their “good-looking” and expensive bag?

Everyone that knows me personally without a doubt in their heads – knows that I hate snow and cold weather.  Yet on the coldest record-setting day with snow up to my knees and a strong wind blowing, I was outside for almost 10 hours clearing snow, setting up different types of shelters with a tarp and figuring out how to start a fire with wet wood (hint: lint and feathering).  The only reason why I was out there for 10-hours was because I was training and promise myself I wasn’t going in until I got that fire started. LOL – this is what happens when I get a day off from work.

What did you learn today?  I am not into the “Zombie” movement but this photo below sums it all up


Blackout! – Power Outage Checklist

Blackout! – Power Outage Checklist.


Posted by P. Henry

In preparation for National Geographic’s debut of American Blackout this coming Sunday; I wanted to create my own power outage checklist for preppers. The premise of the show from the website is “the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyber-attack — told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones.” I have high hopes for this show and genuinely hope to learn new things and gain fresh insights from the portrayal of these events. If nothing else, I hope the situations they present inspire and motivate others to be more prepared if we are ever faced with a situation like this.

continue click here Blackout! – Power Outage Checklist.