Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together

 

If you haven’t yet heard of aquaponics, you soon will. Aquaponics, a symbiotic system of growing plants and fish together, is getting a lot of media attention. Aquaponics isn’t a new way of growing food; it was actually practiced by the Aztecs and is still practiced in the Far East. This ancient method is gaining in popularity in urban centers, backyards and on Caribbean islands because it’s sustainable and inexpensive.
Aquaponics is a method of producing food that combines aquaculture […]

Rethinking the Car Emergency Kit

In the last blog post we made brief mention of how winter storms had unexpected and significant impacts in Georgia and North Carolina this year. Many of us watched as stranded commuters waited in their cars for hours, ran out of gas and either walked for miles, abandoned their vehicles or slept in drug stores, churches and home improvement centers while they waited for the roads to clear. When those affected folks woke up, it’s likely not one of […]

Winter 2013 – 2014: The Bad News, The Good News, and Lessons Learned

Most of you have endured a winter so long and brutal that you may have trouble recalling a worse one. To recap (in case you were hibernating) here’s what we saw:

A North Atlantic Cold Wave swept across the continent bringing record ice, snow and cold temperatures as far south as central Florida.
An arctic cold front combined with a nor’easter brought low temperature records to the U.S., shutting down entire cities for days.
Northern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin endured temperatures […]

Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling apart. SF72 is about prompting San Franciscans to get connected before an emergency—so we can be that much better off when something happens.”
 Mother […]

How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area and what other kind of emergencies you want to prepare for. Current Red Cross guidelines advise people to store at […]

Emergency Meals for Vegetarians and Vegans

Because we frequently advise people on how much food they need to store for emergencies, we keep up with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines as they’re updated each year. Last week we wrote about how many calories adults and kids need to maintain their current weight (or even lose a little). We provide nutritional information on our website for all of our dehydrated meals and snacks so you can easily figure out how much food to store to meet your […]

How Many Daily Calories Will I Need?

The average American says it’s easier to do their own taxes than it is to figure out what to eat and how many calories per day they need. Whether you’re planning your emergency food strategy or you’re reviewing an existing plan, now is a good time to think it through so you can ensure that everyone in your family has adequate nutrition in an emergency. Fortunately, it’s not that hard:
 What kind of emergency?
First, ask yourself what kind of emergency […]

Food Storage and Preparing for Disasters – Back to Basics

It’s the start of a new year and a time when many of us make plans for the coming year and beyond. Last year brought increasing media coverage about people and families who are very serious about being prepared for emergencies, people affectionately referred to as “Preppers”.
At Wise Company, we have all kinds of customers. On one end of the spectrum, some of our customers are interested in the ability to live a quality life off the grid by […]

Creating an Outdoor Emergency Animal Shelter

Few parts of the United States have been spared from extreme cold weather this winter. When temperatures dip well below zero and snow piles up, most people and pets are lucky enough to be able to wait it out inside where it’s warm and dry. However, feral animals, outside pets, and even some wildlife need a little bit of help to survive winter storms.
Building a simple winter animal shelter is simple and inexpensive, and it can be very rewarding […]

Prepping for a New Year: 5 Things You Must Do Now

2014 is here. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November, reminds us of how critical it is to review survival stocks in order to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are five things you should do now to be prepared during the new year:
Rotate your stored fuel supply.
If you’ve had gasoline in canisters sitting for more than one year, it’s time to freshen up. Top off your car with the stored fuel now. Then, replenish your gas […]