Prepare to Garden after a Disaster Situation

February 2, 2023 by  
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Gardening can be a powerful tool for recovery and healing after a natural disaster. In the aftermath of a disaster, communities can come together to create community gardens as a way to bring people together and provide access to fresh, healthy food. Additionally, gardening can provide a sense of normalcy and stability, helping people to reclaim a sense of control over their lives and surroundings.

The first step in developing a garden in a disaster situation is to assess the area and determine the most suitable location. Factors to consider include access to sunlight, water, and soil quality. If necessary, the soil can be amended with compost or other organic matter to improve fertility.

community gardenNext, it is important to consider the types of plants that will be grown in the garden. In the aftermath of a disaster, it is important to choose hardy, fast-growing crops that can be harvested quickly. These might include leafy greens, root crops, and other vegetables that can be grown in a short amount of time. In addition to providing food, these crops can also help to build soil health, which will be important for future gardening efforts.

In terms of water access, it is important to consider sources of water for irrigation. In many cases, communities can utilize rainwater harvesting systems or local streams to provide water for the garden. It is also important to consider the water usage of different crops, as some crops require more water than others.

Community involvement is a critical aspect of garden development in a disaster situation. Engaging the local community in the planning and implementation of the garden can help to build a sense of ownership and responsibility, which can be crucial in ensuring the success of the garden. Additionally, community gardens can provide opportunities for skill-building and education, such as training on sustainable gardening practices and healthy food preparation.

It is also important to consider the potential long-term benefits of the garden. In the aftermath of a disaster, people often struggle with food insecurity and limited access to fresh, healthy food. Community gardens can provide a sustainable source of food for years to come, helping to improve food security and access to healthy food in the community. Additionally, community gardens can serve as a source of pride and inspiration, helping to bring people together and foster a sense of community.

Finally, it is important to plan for the maintenance and management of the garden over time. This may involve establishing a volunteer group to take care of the garden, or hiring a professional gardener to manage the day-to-day operations. Additionally, it may be necessary to plan for future expansion or replanting to ensure the long-term sustainability of the garden.

The development of a garden in a disaster situation can be a powerful tool for recovery and healing. By considering factors such as location, plant selection, water access, community involvement, and long-term planning, communities can create community gardens that provide access to fresh, healthy food and serve as a source of pride and inspiration. By coming together and working towards a common goal, communities can help to build a stronger and more resilient future.



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Lightwight Emergency Stove

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When you need to go, be prepared! One of the major elements you need to keep in mind is food: how are you going to get it? Or cook it? That’s why little lightweight stoves like this one, the Wetfire Stove, is great as an addition to any emergency disaster kit or camping pack.

This stove only weighs half an ounce; it folds up to store nicely. The fuel are cubes that won’t spill in your bag or cause accidental fires. It can boil a cup of water in 5-6 minutes.

Not only can you use it for cooking food while you’re trying to survive, but you can sterilize water by boiling it. It’s handy to have something like this when a disaster strikes.

Wetfire Stove

Store Price: $14.41 (normally 17.95)

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Emergency Fishing Kit

December 15, 2011 by  
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We’ve all heard the saying: Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for the day; teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

That’s why it’s handy to keep thing likes fishing supplies in every emergency kit, including your car. Fishing is a basic necessity when stuck without basic supplies.

The kit comes in a durable waterproof tin and is small, able to fit in any kit or glove compartment. It includes: Tiny Shad Jig, Swirl Tail Grub Jig, 2 1/16 Unpainted Round Jig Heads, Salmon Egg Bait, Moisture absorbing desiccant packet, line, and more.

You can add whatever else you prefer into this little kit that makes fishing for you, personally, easier.

Basic Emergency Survival Fishing Kit
Site Price: $12.95

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Emergency Preparedness Wound Closure Kit

November 21, 2011 by  
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No suturing required! This kit is perfect as an addition to a First Aid kit for your emergency preparedness. When someone keeps injured, this kit can help clean out the wound and close it to provide immediate care for an injured person.

This kit includes an irrigation syringe (solution not included, since it expires), wound closure strips, Benzoin Topical Adhesive, Wipes, Providone Iodine, triple antibiotic ointment, and sterile dressing gauze.

Remember: clean your wounds! Debris and bacteria is easy to get into an open wound, so keep one of these kits on hand.

Adventure Medical Kit Wound Closure Medic

Site Price: $12.59

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Hand and Toe Emergency Heaters

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These things are so small and easy to transport, it’s amazing how much of a life-saver they can be during a disaster or emergency. They’re little bags that, when activated, can produce up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The little, slim bags are the perfect size to slip into a pair of gloves or shoes, keeping your toes and hands from freezing.

On average, they last about 4-7 hours, depending on how long they’ve been in storage. They should be in every survival kit, whether for earthquakes, tsunamis, or fires, because at night, every where can be cold. Prevent hypothermia with these hand devices, or just use them when you’re skiing or snowboarding for extra comfort (that’s what I’ve done before).

This supply of hand warmers includes 40 pairs, plus 3 toe warmers. Enjoy maximum heat in the coldest of weather with these handy devices.

Little Hotties Hand Warmers 40 Pairs Plus Toe Warmers 3 Pairs

Site Price: $26.50

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Safety Flare Signaling Kit

October 10, 2011 by  
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With storm season fast approaching, it’s a wise idea to have on hand some type of flare-gun. It makes you easy to find, no matter where you are.

This Orion Safety Alerter Coastal Signalling Kit can launch a flare 500′ into the air. It is USCG approved to work in both day and night. The flare itself lasts up to 7 seconds, and everything about it surpasses US Coast Guard requirements.

Included in this package: 1 12-guage Safety Launcher, which can shoot the flare signals up to 500′; and 4 12-guage Red Aerial Flares, lasting 7 seconds and burning at 16,000 candela.

Orion Safety Alerter Coastal Signalling Kit

Site Price: $62.95

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Portable Emergency Propane Stove

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No one knows how a disaster will effect the world around them. You may lose access to gas and electricity, especially if you’re on the road when it happens. leaving you stranded and starving. If you can’t get back to your house, your matches are wet, and you’re absolutely starving, what can you do but try to prepare your own food?

That’s where these little portable stoves come in handy. Yes, they’re actually meant for camping, but the compact size, easy-to-carry and light-weight design make them ideal for emergency survival too. This one is a single burner, making it even smaller than regular portable stoves, and runs off a small propane tank.

The Coleman PowerPack Stove can use 7,500 BTU and has a range of high to low heat. The propane is controlled via PerfectFlow, keeping the pressure at an even level. It’s super light-weight and becomes a small square when packed away.

The size makes it perfect to stash in a car, motorhome, or survival kit. Don’t worry about not being prepared again!

Coleman PowerPack 1-Burner Stove
Site Price: $34.99

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Any Disaster Survival Handbook

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SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman

Site price: $12.18

This book is one of the most popular in the genre. It tells you what to put in a survival kit, how to construct shelter, create tools, what to eat and what to avoid. There are basic emergency and wilderness medicine tips, and how to survive if services and supplies are cut off at home.

The author, John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, served in British Special Air Service (SAS) for 26 years.

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Survival Utensil Multi-Tool Set

May 19, 2011 by  
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Coleman Camper’s Utensil Set

Site Price: $8.52

This Coleman brand multi-tool is the size of a pocket knife. It has a spoon, knife, and fork and packs away easily and discretely for easy portability. It is durably built to last a while. A necessity for any emergency or camping kit.

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Emergency Survival Hatchet

May 18, 2011 by  
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Survival Hatchet

Site Price: $8.25

This incredibly durable hatchet has multiple tools and is great if you get stuck somewhere during or after an emergency. It has an axe, hammer, pry bar, nail remover, and hatchet. You can use it to build shelter, free yourself of fallen debris, and more. It’s incredibly strong and long lasting.

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