Food Storage Do-Over Week 16: Shelter/Heating/Cooling

Alternate heating/cooling, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 16 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about Powerless Cooking you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we…
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50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

Alternate heating/cooling
My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones! Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet) Make a paper fan and fan yourself Hang out in the basement of your home Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises Sleep on the porch between wet sheets Relax during the hottest hours, do…
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One Second After: Heating and Cooling

Alternate heating/cooling, Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness
This is the fifth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, heating and cooling did not appear to be too much of a concern for the characters as they lived in a moderate temperature area. However, it is mentioned that in other areas people were suffering severely from heat due to living in areas and homes not meant for no central air conditioner. The story skipped over the winter months but did mention that many more townspeople died during those months. QUESTIONS TO PONDER What times of year and temperatures would be a concern for you? What modifications could you make to your home to improve heating/cooling? What would you use to provide…
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Alternative Heating Methods: Coffee Can Heater

Alternate heating/cooling, Emergency Preparedness
One of the most requested topics from our "What's Coming Up Next" post was to discuss some alternative methods of cooling and heating your home. We have recommended in the "Car Kit" portion of our Emergency Preparedness Plan that you place a Coffee Can Heater in your car. These heaters could also be useful in a home if you had no other options available and needed to thaw yourself out a little bit. A while back, we gave a little tutorial for how to make a coffee can heater, but we had a reader (David H. from Washington) who has refined and perfected this method and makes it so that the outside of the can doesn't get too hot to the touch. This is a tutorial and pictures put together…
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Emergency Heat Sources

Alternate heating/cooling, Emergency Preparedness
Keeping warm is essential for survival. Loss of body heat, Hypothermia, is very dangerous and can lead to loss of body parts and even death. Wet conditions quickly increase the loss of body heat. When traditional heat sources are not available, below are a few ideas to help you keep warm: If you get wet from rain, snow or sweat, change into clothing that is dry. Wet clothing loses its insulation value and extracts body heat 240 times faster than dry clothing. Wool clothing and blankets are preferred. Cotton clothing, particularly denim, retains water. Woll clothing is insulating, water resistant, and keeps your body warm even if it is wet. Covering your head is vital as you can lose up to 80% of your body heat through your head. A…
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How To Make a Coffee Can Heater

Alternate heating/cooling, Car Kits, Emergency Preparedness
As part of our Emergency Preparedness Plan we include a list of items to include in a "Car Kit". This is a kit that you keep in your car with useful items in case you have a road-side emergency. One of the items we recommend is a "coffee can heater" and we have had quite a few people ask us for clarification on what that is, so here is the answer will full instructions of course :) How to Make a Coffee Can Heater - Video How to Make a Coffee Can Heater – Instructions Step 1: Clean out an old coffee can (if you don't drink coffee, any large can will do ... just make sure it has a lid!) Step 2: Remove the cardboard center from a roll…
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