Need a last minute Christmas or holiday gift idea? Give the gift of charity

December 24, 2017

Are you a last minute shopper or have someone on your list that has everything so you have no idea what to get them?

Consider giving a gift that can help others in their time of need on behalf of your family and friends.

For example:

  • Donate to The Salvation Army as they continue to serve disaster survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.  Whether its food, drinks, shelter or cleaning supplies, The Salvation Army provides practical assistance.
  • Charity Choice allows you to select plastic gift cards, printed cards or e-cards, good for redemption online at one of their 100+ partner organizations (or a specific charity of your choosing). They also have a list of dozens of nonprofit groups involved with helping those affected by recent hurricanes ~ learn more
  • TisBest Charity Gift Cards work like any other gift card, except that instead of buying more stuff, the recipient spends it to support a charity of their choice. You choose the donation amount and a customizable card image, and their email and print-at-home options let you send or receive an order instantly.
  • World Vision lets you choose a gift to donate, help children and families in need, and honor loved ones with a free personalized card.

There are many other incredible organizations online that have similar e-gifting options for the holidays and year-round so search around for one that fits your needs.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, j & B

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Iceland’s Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) needs to become tradition in North America

November 27, 2017

Did you know in Iceland the best Christmas gift is a book? Icelanders have a wonderful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and the custom is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it is the reason for the Jólabókaflóð, [pronounced yolabokaflot], also known as the “Christmas Book Flood”.

Jolabokaflod originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap. According to Readitforward.com, Iceland’s population was not large enough to support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year and citizens looked forward to perusing the book catalog similar to how kids look through toy catalogs.

Nowadays books are published and released throughout the year there, but many still continue the tradition of Jolabokaflod … and it is something we hope becomes popular in North America.

If you’d like to give the gift of preparedness this holiday season, our 266-page disaster preparedness and first aid paperback is discounted over 70% off list (or only $4.50 delivered in continental U.S.) on 10 copies or more.

And we customize books for free (even in small quantity) so you can personalize them with logos and special messages to employees, colleagues, customers, members, volunteers and local communities.

We also offer our 280-page PDF ebook for only $3.00 US (80% off list) and have a free 56-page portion of IT’S A DISASTER! that people can download and share with others.

The quick-reference easy to use manual provides instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people need to think about and do before, during and after specific types of emergencies and disasters (including active shooter scenarios), as well as how to administer basic first aid.

Plus a portion of book sales benefit the U.S. First Responders Association so purchases not only help educate your loved ones and the public, but also supports our nation’s heroes.

Please share these ideas and links with others and let’s start doing this cool book giving tradition here in America! Stay safe, j & B


Corrected free ebook link in Hurricane updates and resources post

September 6, 2017

Our apologies – we had a few wrong links on our previous blog.

Please visit Hurricane updates and resources + free 58-page preparedness ebook and download and share PDF and post with others.

Thank you! j & B


We’re baaa-aack

June 7, 2016

tx-signSorry we’ve been so M.I.A. lately, but we’re back in the saddle now and wanted to share some updates and pics about our latest adventures.

We have officially left Arizona now and moved our company to Texas where we plan to settle down someday. For the next year or 2 we hope to travel around the country in our motorhome, but haven’t hit the road yet since we’ve had some serious family health issues the past several months. Thankfully both Mom and my brother are doing better and so glad we were able to be here to help them during this time.

Anyway — we are now living in our 36-ft motorhome full time back working on custom book projects, revamping our sites, and helping moderate the U.S. First Responders Association facebook page and website.

Plus we’re helping Mom and bro with their dogs, gardens/yard work, and Mom’s chickens … and spending time with family we haven’t seen much the past 19 years since Bill’s health limited our travel.

Bill has a great green thumb but I’ve never been much into yard work, however now that I’ve been helping with the gardens, I love it and learning LOTS.

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I’m also smitten with Mom’s chickens. She’s got 15 white pullets (young 9-month old chicks) and 8 older hens from 3 other breeds she bought over the years. (If you purchase breeds that lay different color eggs it helps you find out which older ones are still laying ~ esp. when there’s only 1 or 2 older hens left.)

We won’t bore you with chicken stories (for now) but they are entertaining, very vocal and stinky ~ and they bless us with 15 to 20 white, brown and green eggs a day so I don’t mind putting up with their crap. (giggle)

Mom doesn’t raise meat chickens so we haven’t dispatched / butchered any, but once Bill and I settle down on our own personal farm that is on my wish list (along with raising rabbits, bees, a mini cow, etc.)

Here are some photos from east TX…

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In addition to the wonderful veggies and fruit in gardens and greenhouse, Mom and bro have beautiful flowers everywhere so Bill makes pretty arrangements often for our motorhome…

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Cheers all, stay safe and talk soon! j & B

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Links corrected on book review/giveaway post

September 13, 2015

Unfortunately there were a few link errors in our earlier email about Prepare Magazine Book Review/Giveaway (The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by Jim Cobb).

My apologies and the links to Jim’s book and the Book Giveaway (ends 9/20) have been fixed on our blog post. ~ j


Exhibit 13 (9/11 tribute video by @BlueManGroup) #NeverForget

September 11, 2015

In case you’ve never seen Blue Man Group’s Exhibit 13 vid tribute to 9/11, we wanted to share it with you. Per their youtube page:

The following pieces of paper blew into the Carroll Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York following the attacks at The World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

The Exhibit 13 video was created by the Blue Man community in response to those tragic events. We remember.

#NeverForget


New book pricing (but honoring old prices for #NatlPrep Month) + funding ideas for schools and volunteers

August 18, 2015

disaster booksFor over a dozen years we have discounted our disaster preparedness and first aid manual up to 75% off the $14.99 list (or $3.50 U.S. each + freight) for agencies, nonprofits, volunteers, schools and others, but unfortunately rising costs have been piling up the past few years.

Freight costs for ground shipments typically average about 50 cents per book plus there are handling charges and other fees we’ve absorbed for groups over the years.

New pricing (but not just yet)

To offset some of these costs we need to raise our prices a little bit, and we want to simplify things for everyone going forward so…

As of July 2015 our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! paperback (either standard red books or custom printed ones in bulk) will be $4.50 U.S. each delivered* (70% off list on 10 copies & up).

We still provide FREE customization ~ either with peel & stick labels on our standard red books … or … you can personalize covers and first 12 full color glossy pages in the print process on 1,000 units and up.

And if you want to upgrade your order to add 48 to 288 extra full color glossy pages (up to 300 custom pages in front / back), the upgrade price is $7.00 U.S. each delivered*. * = Note: Delivered price in continental U.S.

And as before, custom CDs and flash drives are unique ways to distribute this life-saving data using our 280-page ebook and pricing depends on quantity needed and size of media needed.

HOWEVER… since September is National Preparedness Month and 9/30 is America’s PrepareAthon, we plan to honor the lower $3.50 + freight price for our 266-page book (either standard red books [10 copies & up] or custom books [1,000 units & up]) … or $5.50 delivered price for larger, upgraded custom versions through October 2015.

Basically all you need to do is ask for the old price and we’ll give it you!

Books make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, customers and local communities, and our customizable tool can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Also … groups needing smaller quantities can always purchase our standard red books and personalize them with free peel & stick labels. We can ship red books and custom labels within 24 hours of your order anytime so you don’t have to wait for a custom print.

Learn more about free customization, view some samples or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (and mention you’d like our old price!)

Also feel free to download a free mini ebook portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book and scroll down or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (in U.S. or Canada) to learn more.

Funding ideas for volunteers, schools & youth groups

Keep in mind a creative way to raise funds for groups and get preparedness data out to local communities is to partner up with local Chambers, Rotary Clubs, Jaycees or others and sell ads inside books. Encourage businesses to include discounts or freebies on products and services to help incentivize the public and save them money on supplies and daily needs like groceries, dry cleaning, car repairs, lawn care and more!

For example…

Say a school, Student Club or CERT wants 5,000 custom books with 288-page color glossy upgrade (total 300 custom pgs) and collects $750 for each FULL page color ad on 250 pgs (leaving 50 pages for local data)…

Partners buy 250 pgs of color ads: $750/ad x 250 pgs = $187,500

Cost for 5,000 books @ $7.00 ea delivered* = $35,000

Total funds leftover for project = $152,500 … and more funds could be raised by collecting more per ad, offering premium placement on covers, etc. And share funds with your Chamber or Rotary partners so everyone benefits!

Note: A $750 ad is only 15 cents per book that goes into 5,000 homes.

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And, if you do above example between now and Oct 2015, you could get the old $5.50 delivered book price mentioned above and save $2,500!

Learn more about these funding ideas … and, if you know an agency, nonprofit, school, church, Scout troop, or volunteer group who could benefit from our preparedness book and/or funding ideas, please have them visit www.fedhealth.net or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 for more information.


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