Repurposing things for container gardens

May 16, 2021

One thing 2020 hopefully taught a lot of people is having extra food and supplies on hand can really help families during an emergency or disaster.

Also growing your own food can help supplement dietary needs, plus gardening will get you outdoors so you can soak up some vitamin D.

We are fortunate enough to live on some acreage so we have several in-ground gardens, but we also made a few raised / container gardens this year repurposing some things around the property.

Temperatures have been nice and cool this spring so the lettuce we planted in an old truck box is doing great. The box used to hold several kinds of flowers but, after the February snowpocalypse with subzero temps hit Texas, we lost those plants (and many others) and decided to use the truck box as a container garden for vegetables.

The raised garden required more work to build using some leftover metal roofing sheets and steel poles (and lots of free mulch from our local preserve), but the finished product makes it so much easier to work and harvest without having to bend over.

raised garden

The 14’ x 4’ container garden also can be tightened with turnbuckles on top in case the mulch and soil starts to settle and tries to push out the sides. And we can use poles and wire to throw some shade cloth over the sides and/or top during hot summer months, or to help insulate winter crops when temperatures drop, if needed. The goal is to can, freeze and dehydrate foods from the raised and in-ground gardens to complement our stored preps.

Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still grow vegetables and herbs in small tubs or pots on your patio or indoors by a sunny window.

And if space is limited, consider vertical gardening … or learn how to grow microgreens or sprouts.

And if you like flowers, look into edible flowers and realize some varieties also have edible shoots, leaves, and tubers.

But back to repurposing things – check out some cool repurposed garden container ideas here and here, and share pics of your gardens and/or container suggestions in the comments.

Happy gardening ~ j & B

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Free preparedness ebook and other Hurricane Preparedness Week resources

May 13, 2021

Every year the NWS’ Hurricane Preparedness Week helps families get prepared and be ready for hurricane season.

The Pacific hurricane season starts May 15, and the Atlantic season (for now) starts June 1 although they are considering moving it up to mid-May as well someday.

During HPW we encourage you, your loved ones and communities in both Atlantic and Pacific hurricane-prone areas (and areas hundreds of miles inland that also get storms and flooding) learn how to…

  • determine your personal hurricane risk;
  • find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone;
  • review/update insurance policies;
  • make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies;
  • and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season.

Download and share a free 67-page PDF portion of our It’s A Disaster! book with tips on how to make a family plan and various kits, prepare for and respond to hurricanes, floods, evacuations and more at fedhealth.net.

And find and share some Hurricane Preparedness Week tips and resources on USFRA.org


Want to appear in our preparedness and first aid ebook + on new Prep Products and Services page?

March 11, 2021

Would you like to promote your products and services in our preparedness and first aid PDF ebook?

Fedheath now offers affordable ad options and sizes that can appear in both our 67+ page FREE portion of IT’S A DISASTER! and each full 288-page PDF standard version sold, as well as on our new Preparedness Products and Services page on our site..

Fedhealth has been customizing our book and ebook in bulk since 1999 with well over half a million copies sold / in circulation, plus we give away a free 60+ page PDF portion of our ebook to the public.

We prefer to share products and services associated with preparedness and safety such as:

  • food (LTS items/kits, gardening, appliances, etc.);
  • water (purification, storage, etc.);
  • shelter / gear / tools / kits;
  • first aid (products, kits, training, etc.);
  • pets and livestock (supplies, services, etc.);
  • safety / security (both physical and cyber);
  • cellular, radio and communications tools;
  • home improvement / repair;
  • solar + other off-grid solutions;
  • business continuity and more!

Our cost effective ad rates to appear in our free and standard red ebook are billed quarterly and run…

Full page ad (5.5”w x 8.5”h)       $ 100 U.S. / quarter

Half page ad (5.5”w x 4.2”h)      $  50 / quarter

Third page ad (5.5” x 2”h)          $  30 / quarter

Banner ad (5/pg / 5”w x 1”h)     $  20 / quarter

Prices will be prorated for those who join between quarters, and some sample ads are…

And if you have an affiliate program, let us know which Marketing system you are part of since we can share your banners and links at no charge on our site (whether you advertise in ebook or not!)

Again, all advertisers are also included on our Preparedness Products and Services page with links at no additional charge.

Learn more about our customizable ebook, paperback, rapid test kits and more at www.fedhealth.net or call 520-907-2153 or email info@fedhealth.net to discuss your needs.


Lightning Safety Myths and Facts

March 6, 2021

Check out some lightning Myths versus Facts from the National Weather Service

Myth: If you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn’t make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don’t lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.
Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.
Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones, Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.
Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.
Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart
Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: “It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe, to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education.” Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

Myth: A High Percentage of Lightning Flashes Are Forked.
Fact: Many cloud-to-ground lightning flashes have forked or multiple attachment points to earth. Tests carried out in the US and Japan verify this finding in at least half of negative flashes and more than 70% of positive flashes. Many lightning detectors cannot acquire accurate information about these multiple ground lightning attachments. Source: Termination of Multiple Stroke Flashes Observed by Electro- Magnetic Field: 1998, Ishii, et al. Proceedings 1998 Int’l Lightning Protection Conference, Birmingham UK, Sept. 1998.

Myth: Lightning Can Spread out Some 60 Feet After Striking Earth.
Fact: Radial horizontal arcing has been measured at least 20 m. from the point where lightning hits ground. Depending on soils characteristics, safe conditions for people and equipment near lightning termination points (ground rods) may need to be re-evaluated. Source: 1993 Triggered Lightning Test Program: Environments Within 20 meters of the Lightning Channel and Small Are Temporary Protection Concepts: 1993, SAND94-0311, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque NM.

Find some Lightning Safety tips here and download a free 67-page PDF portion of our preparedness and first aid ebook.

Resources:

• National Weather Service Lightning Safety

• NWS Toolkit for Counties and Communities, Stadiums, Parks and Large Venues, and Golf Courses

• NWS Tools for Teachers  


Be prepared to test for #COVID19 anytime and have a plan to keep employees and customers safe

February 1, 2021

Note: This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no extra cost to you.

Being prepared and having a plan to keep staff and customers safe during this health emergency is vital to any company’s (and community’s) long-term success.

A recent survey shows an overwhelming 82% of employees and 77% of customers would feel more comfortable if they knew employees were being tested for the COVID virus.

Now businesses, schools, churches, agencies, groups and families can get an affordable FDA Authorized test to help determine whether someone has been exposed to the virus within the past 4 to 24 days.

This rapid test reliably identifies IgG and IgM antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 in a blood sample drawn with a finger prick in 11 to 15 minutes with an online clinician.

ACT’s rapid test kits are currently 70% off so is less than $15 each (sold in groups of 3 kits for $44.55) … plus each kit includes a free month of Telemedicine services from Health Alliance Network.

And COVID COVERED Window Stickers are now included with every box of 25 Kits order so employees and customers feel reassured about safely returning to your business with added oversight of testing by HAN’s clinical assistants.

ACT also has an Affiliate Program so groups, volunteers and individuals can earn over 13% of kit orders (and get commissions on 4 levels) and it’s FREE to join!

Learn more at Fedhealth.net or call 520.907.2153 with any questions or needs.

Proceeds benefit the U.S. First Responders Association


FDA Authorized 15-minute #COVID Rapid Test Kits for antibodies can help get people back to work

January 16, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard. Getting back to work safely is a priority and having a plan to keep employees and customers safe is vital to any business’s long-term success.

Fedhealth and ACT are providing agencies, companies, schools, churches, groups and families with an affordable pre-screening test for antibodies that gives confidential results in 15 minutes or less in the privacy of your workplace or home via telemedicine. And kits are still 70% off for now!  

This FDA Authorized test reliably identifies IgG and IgM antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 in a sample of blood drawn with a finger prick in 11 to 15 minutes directly with an online clinician.

ACT is discounting the Clungene rapid test kit from $49.50 each to under $15 each (sold in 3-pack sets for $44.55) plus each kit includes 1 free month of Telemedicine services.

Learn more at Fedhealth.net or please call 520.907.2153 with any questions or needs.

Proceeds benefit the U.S. First Responders Association


USFRA Family Preparedness and First Aid $5 ebook helps you prepare for emergencies and disasters + supports America’s first responders

January 13, 2021

No matter where you live there is a chance some type of disaster or emergency can (or at some time will) occur.

Whether it’s a flood, fire, hurricane, a chemical spill forcing an evacuation, active shooter scenario, civil unrest or your child getting a bloody nose … stuff happens.

The question is … what are YOU gonna do about it?

U.S. First Responders Association’s custom 286-page PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual provides families with instructional tips in 2-color format about what to think about and do before, during and after many types of emergencies and disasters, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

If more people would learn how to prepare themselves and their loved ones, it could alleviate some problems, fear and stress in the U.S. and Canada, plus lessen the burden on first responders.

Download a free 65-page portion of USFRA’s Family Preparedness guide and order the full interactive 286-page PDF for only $5.00 U.S. (~70% off) at fedhealth.net and proceeds benefit USFRA.


New Affiliate programs associated with our It’s A Disaster! ebook and Covid Rapid Test kits

January 10, 2021
Fedhealth affiliate programs

We now have 2 Affiliate Program options using an easy web link you can put on a site and/or blog to earn money.

One is associated with our PDF ebook (more below) … and one we’re doing with Covid Rapid Test Kits (for antibodies) deeply discounted for businesses, agencies and families. Learn more about kits and that affiliate program here.

The Affiliate Program associated with our 284-page IT’S A DISASTER! ebook lets volunteers, groups, businesses and individuals earn 30% or $1.50 on each $5.00 digital ebook sold. (We also pay $$ on referred bulk ebook and bulk paperback orders.)

Our ebook suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section on basic first aid.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net and Join our ebook Affiliate Program on e-Junkie now!

Also check out our other funding ideas in case they can help you or others, and please help spread the word.


New price on It’s A Disaster! ebook means more money for affiliates

January 10, 2021

We are changing the price of our 284-page PDF version of IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual to $5.00 U.S. (still ~70% off list) and discounting it as low as $2 in bulk with free customization.

Although price increases are never fun, in this case it’s good news for volunteers, schools, groups and individuals since there is more money available for them.

Our ebook (and book) provides quick-reference instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios, civil unrest and more), and has an entire section about basic first aid.

And our new Affiliate Program lets groups, bloggers and others earn 30% or $1.50 of each $5 PDF ebook order using a special web link on your site or blog.

Learn more and download a free 63-page portion of the 284-page PDF ebook at fedhealth.net


It’s A Disaster! ebook revised Nov 2020 and 284-pg PDF still only $3 or less

December 2, 2020

We recently revised our PDF version of our IT’S A DISASTER! preparedness and first aid manual, and still offer the 284-page ebook for only $3 U.S. (over 80% off list) or less on our site.

Our interactive reference manual suggests things families should think about and do before, during and after most types of emergencies and disasters (e.g. floods, hurricanes, infectious diseases [like flu, COVID-19, staph, etc.], wildfires, active shooter scenarios and more), and has bulleted instructions on how to administer basic first aid.

Fedhealth also offers unlimited customization on the ebook in bulk for as low as $1 each and they make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, students, customers and local communities. Plus the sole-source customizable ebook (and paperback) can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Learn more and download a free portion of the ebook at fedhealth.net


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