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Prepare yourself for a Disaster Storm



At any moment, about 2,000 thunderstorms are taking place somewhere on Earth and thanks to the advancement of technology in meteorology, we can monitor when bad weather patterns are approaching.    Severe weather conditions are unpredictable and should be taken seriously and this requires that we are prepared at any given time.  Prepare yourself for a Disaster Storm by following these steps:

Before a storm

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan.

A functional Household Emergency Plan helps put fears at bay about potential disasters and can help you respond safely and quickly when a disaster happens.  (check out this post to help put a Household Emergency Plan together)

When a warning is issued and during a storm

  • Stay informed on weather updates.

Listen to your local radio stations as civil defense authorities will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Put your household emergency plan into action.

Stay calm and level-headed and carefully run through your steps that you listed in your Household Emergency Plan with the family.

  • Check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

Top up your getaway kit with water and have it ready in an accessible place for a quick departure. Make sure that everyone has their own kit and that each can be easily identified.

  • Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.

Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.  Stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.  Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards, and duct tape.

  • Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

Do not use milk containers as protein cannot be adequately removed with washing, and may harbor bacteria.

  • Power cuts are possible in severe weather.

Unplug all non-essential appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges.

  • Bring pets inside and move stock to shelter.

If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you and move livestock to safer shelter or paddocks if possible.

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13 Veggies that you can re-plant and grow yourself

When the situation arises would you be able to grow your own veggies from the ones you have and maintain a continuous supply of sustainable fresh produce?

Here is our list of 13 veggies that can be easily grown from scraps or seeds you would throw out!


Instead of throwing out those leftover leaves of Lettuce, Bok Choy, and cabbage.  Simply keep the scraps and place them in a bowl with just a bit of water in the bottom. Position the bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight and gentle mist the leaves with water a couple of times each week. After 3 to 4 days, you will notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves. When this happens, you can transplant your lettuce or cabbage in soil.

2.  Celery

is one of the easiest vegetables to grow from discarded scraps. Just cut off the bottom or base of your celery and lay it in a bowl with just a bit of warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight as long as possible each day and after about a week, you will begin to see the leaves thickening and growing along the base. When this happens, you can transplant your celery in soil and wait for it to grow to full length.

3.  Bean Sprouts

soak a tablespoon or so of the beans that you want to grow in a jar. Leave this overnight and in the morning, drain the water off and put the beans back in the container. Cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse them the next morning. Keep doing this until you notice the sprouts begin to appear and then until they reach the size that you want.

4. Potatoes

Cut those peelings into two inches (5cm )pieces, making sure that there are at least two or three eyes on each piece. Allow them to dry out overnight and then simply plant them about four inches (10cm) deep in your soil. Make sure that the eyes are facing up when planting. It will take a few weeks before you see the potato plant begin to grow.

5.  Sweet Potatoes

Cut sweet potato in half and suspend it using toothpicks above a container of shallow water. Roots will begin to appear in just a few days and sprouts will be seen on top of the potato around that same time. Once those sprouts reach about four inches (9cm) or so in length, just twist them off and place them in a container of water. When the roots from this container reach about an inch (2cm) in length, you can plant them in soil.

6.  Ginger

Ginger root is very easy to grow you can keep your supply of ginger constantly going! Plant a piece of your ginger root in potting soil, making sure that the buds are facing up. You will notice new shoots and new roots in about a week or so and once this happens you can pull it up and use it again. Remember to save a piece of the rhizome so that you can replant it and grow more for the next time you need it.

7.  Garlic

Garlic is really easy to grow and can be done from just one clove. When you buy garlic, you get several cloves so just pull one off and plant it with the roots facing down in potting soil. Garlic loves plenty of direct sunlight so in warmer weather, keep it outdoors in the sun during the day. Once you notice that new shoots have started to grow nicely, cut the shoots back and your plant will produce a bulb. You can take part of this new bulb and plant again.

8.  Onions

Are very easy to grow indoors or out. You just have to cut the root of the onion off and make sure that you leave about a half an inch (1cm) of onion when you do. Cover lightly with potting soil and keep in a sunny area. For green onions, simply put the white base with the roots intact in a jar of water and place in direct sunlight. Change the water out every few days and the green will continue to grow. Just snip what you need and allow it to grow as long as you like.

9.  Pumpkins

Just spread the seeds out in a sunny area outdoors and cover with soil. You can also plant an entire pumpkin.

10.  Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be grown just by saving those seeds that you probably throw out anyway or even leftover tomatoes you never finished! Just rinse the seeds and allow them to dry. Plant in a good, rich potting soil until you notice growth coming in. Allow the seeds to get a few inches (5cm) high before transplanting them outdoors. During cold weather, you can grow your tomatoes indoors. Just remember to keep them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and water a few times each week

11 – 13.  Turnips/Beetroot/Parsnips
Nearly all root plants, like turnips/Beetroot/Parsnips, grow well from clippings or leftover scraps. You just need to salvage the tops of the turnip and place in a container of water. You should notice new green tops growing in just a few days after you begin. Allow the root to continue growing until it’s ready to be transplanted in the ground.