Expiration Dates and Preparedness
From: Doom & Bloom
As a physician,I get a lot of questions about expiration dates on medications, and whether medications should be thrown out once they hit that date. In the preparedness community, most of us accumulate medicines for use in an uncertain future. Part of that uncertainty is not knowing when or if our society will finally enter a full-blown collapse. Even government agencies wonder if all the medical supplies they’ve stockpiledwill still be effective years after expiration. So, let’s discuss what an expiration date really means.
Expiration dates have been mandated for medications since 1979. The expiration date is the last date that the pharmaceutical company will guarantee that the drug is at 100% full potency. Except in very rare cases,there is no evidence that suggests that there is anything harmful about that medication if used after that date. In other words, they don’t magically become poisonous or cause you to grow a third eye in the middle of your forehead. Now that you know that, the question is whether the drug loses its beneficial effects and how fast it does so. Continue reading
By Jane Blanchard (Guest Contributor)
Maybe solar panels aren’t a viable option for you right now, but you still want to save as the sunny season sneaks upon us. You don’t have to go to drastic measures to keep from using too much energy in your home this summer. Instead, consider of a few small-scale improvements that add up to big-scale savings.
Turn off Your Cooling System at Night
Even if your home would be stuffy without air conditioning during a blazing summer day, summer nights can be mild enough for nothing more than open windows and fans. Remembering to turn off your air conditioning before going to bed is a big energy and money saver. Just don’t forget to close the windows in the morning to keep the sun from spiking up the temperature. During the day, set the thermostat as high as you can while still remaining comfortable so that your cooling system will come to life less frequently. Continue reading
By: Robert Studer
In this digital age, survival and prepping information, from how to start a fire or how to preserve food is only a click away. From Youtube videos to products like the Survival Key, our electronic devices in many ways have replaced books and printed materials as our go to resource for information. The only draw back of these devices in a survival situation, chances are they won’t work.
If there is a massive blackout, your cell phone reception and your internet will could be out. In the case of an EMP, you might as well throw and electronic device away as it will be fried unless protected, and only be as useful as a paper weight. Or even if you battery just goes dead. We have become so dependent on these device as our main source of information that many of us no longer have our reference materials in print.
Because we are preppers we should have more than one source of information. This is why I have come up with the list of five PDF’s everyone should save and print. The great thing about these PDF’s is that free and relatively short so you don’t have to print out a ton of pages. Some of these are excerpts from much bigger manuals. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go out and purchase much bigger manuals, I have several, but it is a good place to start and build your non electronic portable database. Continue reading