Help Your Kids Make New Friends This Year

Want to help your kid make some new friends this year? Here’s a pretty cool thing that I did for my daughter over the last Christmas break. It’s something you could plan to do on weekends, weekdays after school or on the next school break.

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Are You Thinking Longterm?

Extended Emergency Preparations

extended emergency preparations

There are a number of occurrences which could lead to the need for long term emergency preparations. Some examples are

  • Long term effects of natural or manmade disasters
  • Nationwide or worldwide economic collapse (similar to the Great Depression)
  • Acts of war or terrorism
  • EMP attack (electromagnetic pulse)

Watching the news we see natural disasters, tensions between nations and massive national debt. Inflation could bring on hard times and massive deflation could have even greater effects. Your life could dramatically change, seemingly overnight. The Great Depression lasted for ten years, starting in 1929 and ending in 1939. , Some estimations say that if a similar thing happened, 25% or more people could lose their jobs, economic output could plummet and prices could dramatically rise. The need to “self sustain” could become a way of life.

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is an emergency preparation and survival expert.He was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, a volunteer firefighter, a paramedic, a reserve police officer and a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster. He has an extensive list of experiences, trainings and certifications that qualify him as an expert among experts. Tom is married to Carla, and between them, they have six children and nine grandchildren. They live in Urbandale, Iowa. Tom also happens to be Jenni’s dad!

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Emergency Prep: Meeting Your Basic Needs

Emergency prep

In last week’s post, I explained that emergency preparation starts with four basic questions:

  1. Why am I preparing?  You should be preparing for
    1. Your personal safety and well being
    2. Your personal comfort
    3. Your survival until help arrives or relief comes.
  2. What am I preparing for?  Natural and manmade disasters.
  3. Who am I preparing for? Start with your immediate household and over time you can expand to cover family members not living in your home, extended family, friends and neighbors, if you wish. Don’t forget to plan for your pets.
  4. How Long am I preparing for?
    1. Shelter in place at home for a minimum of 2 weeks and up to 3 months
    2. Shelter in place at work for 1 day
    3. Evacuate for 3 days
    4. Stranded in your vehicle 1-3 days

Then make preparations for the following 4- Scenarios:

  • Shelter in place
  • Evacuate
  • Get home
  • Stranded in your car

The following basic six needs for health and well being need to be considered with all of your emergency planning.

The Basic Six for Personal Health and Well Being

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Health (First Aid / Medications)
  4. Hygiene
  5. Sanitation
  6. Shelter

Shelter in Place

For sheltering in place, you should plan a minimum of two weeks of supplies and up to 3-months or more. Supplies need to be stored in a cool dry place. All food should be stored in tightly sealed containers that are impervious to insects and rodents, shielded from direct sunlight and clearly marked with the expiration dates. They must be replaced as they expire or before they do so.

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is an emergency preparation and survival expert.He was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, a volunteer firefighter, a paramedic, a reserve police officer and a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster. He has an extensive list of experiences, trainings and certifications that qualify him as an expert among experts. Tom is married to Carla, and between them, they have six children and nine grandchildren. They live in Urbandale, Iowa. Tom also happens to be Jenni’s dad!

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Beginner’s Guide to Emergency Preparation

Everything you need to know to get started

How do you being preparing for disasters?

Hopefully you will find this to be helpful, no matter how much preparation you have or have not already done.

There are four questions you should answer before you get started:

  1. Why?
  2. What?
  3. Who?
  4. How long?

It’s very important to answer and understand these questions to know how to prepare along the way.

Don’t just plan to survive, plan to thrive.

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is an emergency preparation and survival expert.He was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, a volunteer firefighter, a paramedic, a reserve police officer and a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster. He has an extensive list of experiences, trainings and certifications that qualify him as an expert among experts. Tom is married to Carla, and between them, they have six children and nine grandchildren. They live in Urbandale, Iowa. Tom also happens to be Jenni’s dad!

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