Welcome to Dare To Prepare - 5th Ed!
High demand wiped out stock of Dare To Prepare 5th Ed. much sooner than anticipated so Dare To Prepare 5th Edition is being released 6 months early. Even though it has two additional chapters and though printing and shipping costs have escalated, we have not raised the price. We want everyone to have this life-saving information.
January 2011 I uncovered vital information on the REAL shelf life of medications. When you find out how Big Pharma has manipulated our purchasing habits, forcing us to buy medications to replace perfectly usable products, steam will sizzle from your ears. It certainly did from mine. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 15: The Real Shelf Life of Medications.
This information will likely make you angry after considering the money we've wasted by tossing out medications. According to Towers Perrin Health Cost Survey, prescription drugs in 2010 cost Americans $350 billion. This doesn't include aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, Claritin-D or any other over-the-counter medication. Add in these figures and the waste skyrockets. Now take that vast pile of money and visualize setting a match to it and then re-placing that stack every two years - the shelf life of most medications. Now burn it again.
To put this in perspective, think about how much is $1 billion. Most of us can grasp the magnitude of a million dollars, but how does a billion compare? If we paid $1 dollar for every second of every day, it would take 31 years, 259 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes and 40 seconds. Now multiply this by 350. Payoff morphs into a mind-blinding 11,098 years; 93 days; 22 hours; 13 minutes and 20 seconds. This payout occurs every two years just in America. Now factor in the costs of every other country. Are you mad yet? Pharmaceutical companies are putting the screws to everyone.
Twenty-six years ago the military became similarly concerned and looked to see how they could cut medical costs. Since they stockpile enormous quantities of meds to treat chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) problems, plus drugs for diseases and injuries, the dollars ratcheted up. By 1986, they had amassed $1 billion in meds that would soon have to be torpedoed. In today's dollars that number doubles though the real cost is likely much higher. Today, military personnel have to prepare for even more nasties since hostile countries are more inclined to use unconventional weapons.
If military drugs couldn't be purchased at better prices, maybe they were looking in the wrong direction. Were they throwing away drugs unnecessarily? The Pentagon decided to find out. When the Air Force approached the FDA to evaluate viability of pharmaceuticals, the Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP) was formed in 1986. If you go to their website, information is highly guarded, but over the years physicians, universities and researchers have looked at this same issue and some of SLEP's findings have been published. Now you will have access to them.
The other new chapter addresses very practically how to prepare for Financial Meltdown. To the other 67 chapters I've added even more resources for you to use and updated the information.
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 - 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" - Katrina - 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 5 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 632 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 5 contains over 340 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.
Dare To Prepare 5th Ed. offers you the most current practical preparedness information in one comprehensive book, which is why it's known as The preparedness "bible". Besides individuals, preparedness groups, businesses and churches, "Dare" is used by police departments, universities, anti-terrorist training units as well as paramilitary units, and sells literally the world over. "Dare" enjoys a 5-star rating on Amazon with countless shining reviews. They are a humbling validation of its practical usefulness.
Preparedness is not waiting for the government to bail us out of trouble; it IS taking personal responsibility. It IS. . . daring to prepare!
TABLE of CONTENTS
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
Additional Items to Consider
Stocking a Safe Place
CHAPTER 2: URBAN SURVIVAL - ARE YOU READY?
Test Your Preparedness
CHAPTER 3: STORING SHORT TERM
Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts - Lists of Everything
Tips For All of the Above
CHAPTER 4: EMERGENCY WATER TREATMENT
Making Water Potable (Drinkable)
Water Purification - Boiling
Water Purification - Chemical Treatment
Water Purification - Mechanical Filtration
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
Treatments Requiring Electricity
What Are We Doing?
Test Your Water
CHAPTER 6: WATER COLLECTION and STORAGE
Drums and Five Gallon Containers
Removing Stubborn Scents
How Long Will Stored Water Keep?
Finding Hidden Water in Your Home
Dams and Reservoirs
Roof Catchment (Free Water)
Swimming Pool Water
CHAPTER 7: FINDING SURVIVAL WATER
Desert Travel Hints
Where to Find Water in Rocky Soil
Insects, Birds and Animals as Water Indicators
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
CHAPTER 9: PREPARING the PANTRY, SAVING $$
About That Food Storage Room
Tips on Saving Money
CHAPTER 10: TAKING CARE of YOUR INVESTMENT
Six Easy Steps
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
Cupboard Storage Charts
Refrigerator Storage Charts
Freezer Storage Charts
CHAPTER 12: UNRAVELING DATING CODES
Types of Food Dating
Understanding Dating Methods
Company and Product "Secrets"
CHAPTER 13: GENERAL SUPPLIES
CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID SUPPLIES
First Aid Supplies.
First Aid Medications
CHAPTER 15: THE REAL SHELF LIFE OF MEDICATIONS
Feed The Pig
The Truth About Shelf Lives
Here's The Rub
CHAPTER 16: SHELF LIVES OF NON-FOODS
Medications / Health Items
Personal Care Products
CHAPTER 17: BUILD BASIC UNDERGROUND STORAGE
CHAPTER 18: BUILD A HAND PUMP
Pump Assembly Notes and Instructions
CHAPTER 19: MAKING COLLOIDAL SILVER
Making Your Own Generator
Buying Commercial Silver Products
Some C.S. is B.S.
CHAPTER 20: SOAPMAKING
Safety Measures for Using Lye
Making Your Own Recipes
Making Soap in a Blender
Tips and Troubleshooting
How to Make Lye Water
CHAPTER 21: CANDLEMAKING
How to Make Candles
Tips and Troubleshooting
CHAPTER 22: FIRE BUILDING
Fuels, What Woods to Use
Fire Starting Errors
Making Your Own Firestarters
Starting Fire with a Battery
CHAPTER 23: MAKING CHARCOAL
CHAPTER 24: MAKING DIESEL FUEL
Vegetable Oil / Kerosene Mix
How to Make Biodiesel
CHAPTER 25: 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 26: COMPOSTING
Five Easy Steps
What Goes into Compost?
Take Its Temperature
Is It Compost Yet?
CHAPTER 27: GROWING FOOD
The Art of Seed Saving
How Long Will Seeds Stay Viable?
Shelf Life of Stored Herb Seeds
Shelf Life of Stored Vegetable Seeds
CHAPTER 28: DEHYDRATING FOODS
Dehydrating Methods Compared
What to Look for in a Dehydrator
Nature's Candy - Fruit
Yield of Dried Vegetable
Drying Seeds, Popcorn and Nuts
Storing Dried Foods
Using Dried Fruit
Using Dried Vegetables
Remedies for Drying Problems
CHAPTER 29: GENERATORS
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 30: FUEL
Build a Drum Dolly
Keeping Fuel From Degrading
CHAPTER 31: COOKING WITHOUT POWER
The Burning Question... Fuels
Choices for Cooking
Propane Tanks and Accessories
Marine BBQ Grills
Open Fire Helpers
Dutch or Camp Ovens
What to Look for in a Dutch Oven
Dutch Oven Recipes
CHAPTER 32: 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
CHAPTER 33: COMMUNICATIONS
Two-Way Radios Pluses
Deciding What to Get
"Toys" with Benefits
Shortwave - Ham - Amateur - High Frequency (HF) Radio
What is Required?
Standing Waves and SWR Meters
Antennas for Apartment Residents
Emergency Repair of Whip Antennas
Emergency Hurricane Nets
CHAPTER 34: THE WONDER of CLOROX
Disinfection After Disaster
Livestock and Animals
CHAPTER 35: HOME MADE CLEANERS Liquid - All-Purpose - Toilet Bowl - Tub and Tile - Window and Glass - Oven - Laundry - Disinfectants - Polish - Drain - Mold
CHAPTER 36: SHOWER WITHOUT POWER
Singing in the Showerless Shower
Camp Showers and Alternatives
Campfire and Gas Heated Water
CHAPTER 37: TRASHY TALK
Service Disruption: Disposing of Garbage and Rubbish