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Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1110734:MV8xNTg3OTA4XzM0NjYzNjU2XzQ2MTZDNkVD] Solar Dehydrating If you're a gardener, then you probably have a large freezer and can much of your produce. It all comes in at different times, so you need a way to store it. Of course many of us would prefer to freeze it since it's so much simpler and taste better, but that's a big investment in progressively larger and larger freezers, and if the power went out, we'd lose everything. Another option that's used is dehydrating the produce. Now some people play around with it with small dehydrators, but these devices use electricity, and often run completely full and run continuously and still only produce a small amount. In a collapse, you won't have electricity. At some point, you'll run out canning lids, and while you can buy reusable lids, there's always some glass breakage. How are we teaching villagers in 3rd world nations to preserve their food? They're supplied with experts to help them build large outdoor solar dehydrators. These don't use electricity, not unless there's also solar panels around for the fans. Hot air is channeled into the main chamber, and then it passes over the drying produce and exhaust out to remove the moisture. The smartest users also place water containers inside, and this creates solar mass. Since the water takes time to heat up, as the day ends and the temperature drops outside, the solar mass releases some stored heat, and this continues the drying process. Care must be taken to ensure the box has a good seal, for you don't want moist air entering the chamber. By doing both things, less mold develops on the drying material and it preserves the food better. See these links for information on making a dehydrator. Winter is an ideal time to construct these devices. http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Solar_food_drying http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2008-08-01/Recycleable-Solar-Dehydrator.aspx http://growappalachia.blogspot.com/2011/09/when-canning-is-just-too-much-dehydrate.html http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/2006-08-01/Build-a-Solar-Food-Dehydrator.aspx http://www.mayacreek.org/blog/tag/solar-food-dehydrator/ This link contains very clear plans for building it: http://tec.appstate.edu/sites/default/files/HPImprovingSolarFoodDryers.pdf [/quote]
There are many free homeschooling sites with pdf files. It would be great to have them just in case there are issues.
Get medications that your kids need. See if your doctor will prescribe 3 months supplies for them.
Get some presents tomorrow for Christmas. Little gifts that you could give out not only then, but throughout the year as incentives. They'll really appreciate them.
Children can thrive in the woods as long as they have calm parents. They cannot keep up with your pace up and down tails. You've got to plan adequately if you do have to walk some.
Kids are used to incorrectly using a backpack since kids at school wear them in the wrong fashion, which adds too much stress to their lower back. You'll have to reteach them how to buckle it properly and position it higher than they used to wearing it.
Try to make gathering wood into a game. Teach them as much about nature as possible. Being quiet is as important as talking.
Kids love open fires. Tell stories. It can simply be times when they did wonderful things when they were younger. They love hearing how much you love and adore them. Even teens.
Hug and kiss them often. Be generous with your affection. Lavish it on them
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