Dare to Prepare Book Cover Dare to Prepare
Holly Drennan Deyo
Non-fiction
Deyo Enterprises LLC
2013
Paperback
632

If there was ever a bible for the self-reliant and prepared, this would be it. "Dare To Prepare" is widely known around the self-reliance and prepping community as the "Go To" source for information on a wide range of topics including; Water, Food, First-Aid, Alternative Energy, Cooking, Communications, and much more.  If I had to pick only one book that I could have that would take me step by step through preparing for disasters, whether natural or man-made, it would be this book!

If there was ever a bible for the self-reliant and prepared, this would be it. “Dare To Prepare” is widely known around the self-reliance and prepping community as the “Go To” source for information on a wide range of topics including; Water, Food, First-Aid, Alternative Energy, Cooking, Communications, and much more.  If I had to pick only one book that I could have that would take me step by step through preparing for disasters, whether natural or man-made, it would be this book! Dare To Prepare is jam packed with more information on preparing for unforeseen situations than I have ever seen compiled into one book!

One look at this book and you can imagine the years of research and experience that it must have taken to put this together. I’ve had mine since 2011 and I still refer back to it on a regular basis to provide me with accurate information. I can’t imagine any person that loves and protects their families and the unforeseen future of the world, that does not have this valuable book in their collection.

Make your own charcoal, cleaning supplies that are more effective than what’s on your supermarkets shelves, or even pet preparedness, is only a fraction of the sampling of what you will find in this book. It is not available on Amazon and is sold only directly from standeyo.com

A lot of people ask why the name Dare To Prepare. They understand “prepare” but “dare” is puzzling. Some think it’s just a catchy title, but there’s more. Those who choose to prepare have acknowledged, on some level, that things are changing all around us – rapidly. Sometimes it feels like it’s more than we can deal with. We get overwhelmed thinking can I do this?

It’s doubly difficult when one family member wants to be more self-sufficient and the other doesn’t. This can lead to real frustration. However, reasons of time and money savings, unexpected company, natural and man made disasters, illness, corporate layoffs and downsizing, all underscore the necessity for having supplies set aside. Stored goods saw thousands through the 2000 recession.

Disasters don’t go away simply because we want them to. In order to plan ahead, people must face this reality. THAT’S daring to prepare.

ABRIDGED TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

TABLE of CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION: WHY PREPARE?
Those Who Do… and the Rest of the Planet
This Isn’t Your Mamma’s World
All Disasters Great and Small
Change, the One Constant

CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
How to Plan for an Emergency
If You Plan to Leave the City
If You Plan to Stay Where You Are
Main Packs or Emergency Packs
Kitchen
Tool Belt
Additional Items to Consider
Stocking a Safe Place

CHAPTER 2: URBAN SURVIVAL – ARE YOU READY?
Test Your Preparedness

CHAPTER 3: STORING SHORT TERM
72-Hour Preparedness
Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts – Lists of Everything
Tips For All of the Above
Money Savers

CHAPTER 4: EMERGENCY WATER TREATMENT
Making Water Potable (Drinkable)
Water Purification – Boiling
Water Purification – Chemical Treatment
Water Purification – Mechanical Filtration
Water Filters
Water Purifiers
Alternate Purifying Methods

CHAPTER 5: WATER TREATMENT on a BIG SCALE
Types of Chlorine
Chlorinating Water Outside
Chlorine and pH Test Kits
Rain Tanks and Wells
Slow Sand Filters
Reverse Osmosis
Solar Stills
Distillation
Treatments Requiring Electricity
What Are We Doing?
Rain Water
Test Your Water

CHAPTER 6: WATER COLLECTION and STORAGE
Storing Water
Drums and Five Gallon Containers
Container Sources
Removing Stubborn Scents
How Long Will Stored Water Keep?
Finding Hidden Water in Your Home
Water Collection
Wells
Springs
Surface Water
Dams and Reservoirs
Roof Catchment (Free Water)
Swimming Pool Water

CHAPTER 7: FINDING SURVIVAL WATER
Desert Water
Desert Travel Hints
Where to Find Water in Rocky Soil
Insects, Birds and Animals as Water Indicators
Vegetable Sources
Poisonous Plants
Dew
On the Sea Coast
Moisture Condensation in Arid Areas
Bush Stills and Transpiration Bags
Other Ways to Find Water

CHAPTER 8: FOOD – WHAT and HOW MUCH TO STORE
Six Reasons to Have a Food Storage Program
How Do I Plan My Food Supplies
New Food Pyramid Specifics
Deyo Food Storage Planner
Other Food Storage Programs
Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods
Your Food Storage Planner
Which Program Should I Pick
Food Storage – How We Did It
Making Whole Milk From Powdered Milk
Making Yeast

CHAPTER 9: PREPARING the PANTRY, SAVING $$
Organization
Hantavirus Warning
About That Food Storage Room
Tips on Saving Money

CHAPTER 10: TAKING CARE of YOUR INVESTMENT
Six Easy Steps
Storage Containers
How to Pack Containers
Using Mylar Bags
Oxygen Absorbers – Getting Rid of Air
Desiccants – Getting Rid of Moisture
No Space? Be Creative!

CHAPTER 11: SHELF LIVES
Tips
Cupboard Storage Charts
Refrigerator Storage Charts
Freezer Storage Charts

CHAPTER 12: UNRAVELING DATING CODES
Dating Requirements
Types of Food Dating
Understanding Dating Methods
Company and Product “Secrets”

CHAPTER 13: GENERAL SUPPLIES
Specific Lists

CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID SUPPLIES
Car Kit
Specific Lists
First Aid Supplies.
First Aid Medications

CHAPTER 15: THE REAL SHELF LIFE OF MEDICATIONS
Feed The Pig
The Truth About Shelf Lives
Here’s The Rub

CHAPTER 16: SHELF LIVES OF NON-FOODS
Cleaning Products
Handyman Items
Medications / Health Items
Miscellaneous
Personal Care Products
Pet Supplies

CHAPTER 17: BUILD BASIC UNDERGROUND STORAGE
U.S. Instructions
Metric Instructions

CHAPTER 18: BUILD A HAND PUMP
Pump Assembly Notes and Instructions
Depth Use

CHAPTER 19: MAKING COLLOIDAL SILVER
Making Your Own Generator
Buying Commercial Silver Products
Some C.S. is B.S.

CHAPTER 20: SOAPMAKING
Safety Measures for Using Lye
Supplies List
Soapmaking Instructions
Additives
Making Your Own Recipes
Molds
Making Soap in a Blender
Soap Recipes
Tips and Troubleshooting
How to Make Lye Water

CHAPTER 21: CANDLEMAKING
Equipment
Safety Tips
Wax
Wicks
Additives
How to Make Candles
Recipes
Tips and Troubleshooting

CHAPTER 22: FIRE BUILDING
Fuels, What Woods to Use
Burnables
Tee-Pee Fire
Pyramid Fire
Fire Starting Errors
Firestarters
Making Your Own Firestarters
Starting Fire with a Battery

CHAPTER 23: MAKING CHARCOAL
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Activated Charcoal

CHAPTER 24: MAKING DIESEL FUEL
Biodiesel
Vegetable Oil / Kerosene Mix
Vegetable Oil
Fuel Comparison
How to Make Biodiesel

CHAPTER 25: KEEPING FOOD SAFE in an EMERGENCY
When Power Goes Out
hat to Keep and What to Toss – Refrigerator
What to Keep and What to Toss – Freezer

CHAPTER 26: COMPOSTING
Composting Basics
Five Easy Steps
What Goes into Compost?
Take Its Temperature
Is It Compost Yet?
Troubleshooting

CHAPTER 27: GROWING FOOD
Garden Options
Heirloom Seeds
The Art of Seed Saving
Storing Seeds
How Long Will Seeds Stay Viable?
Shelf Life of Stored Herb Seeds
Shelf Life of Stored Vegetable Seeds

CHAPTER 28: DEHYDRATING FOODS
Dehydrating Methods Compared
What to Look for in a Dehydrator
Nature’s Candy – Fruit
Drying Vegetables
Yield of Dried Vegetable
Drying Herbs
Making Jerky
Jerky Recipes
Drying Seeds, Popcorn and Nuts
Storing Dried Foods
Using Dried Fruit
Using Dried Vegetables
Remedies for Drying Problems

CHAPTER 29: GENERATORS
Lights Out
A Matter of Money and Risk
When the Unthinkable Happens: Power Grid Collapse
2003 Blackout Not a First
What’s for Dinner?
Diesel, Gas (Petrol) or Trifuel?
Figuring What Size Generator to Buy
Generator Wattage Requirements – Household
Generator Wattage Requirements – Tools
Generator Wattage Requirements – Farm
Generator Wattage Requirements – Motors
Once You Get the Generator Home. . .
Connecting It: Transfer Switch
Connecting It With Extension Cords
Care and Maintenance
Features to Consider
Theft Prevention

CHAPTER 30: FUEL
Storing Fuel
Location
Containers
Indispensable Helpers
Build a Drum Dolly
Keeping Fuel From Degrading
Fuel Stabilizers

CHAPTER 31: COOKING WITHOUT POWER
The Burning Question… Fuels
Fuel Choices
Choices for Cooking
Indoor Cooking
Stoves
Backpack Stoves
Camp Stoves
Propane Tanks and Accessories
Marine BBQ Grills
Camp Ovens
BBQ Grills
Open Fire Helpers
Dutch or Camp Ovens
What to Look for in a Dutch Oven
Using Charcoal
Dutch Oven Recipes
The Volcano
Cobb Grill

CHAPTER 32: SOLAR COOKING
Box Oven Cooking
Solar Box Cooking
Solar Cooker #1
Solar Cooker: Reflective Open Box
Solar Cooker: “Easy Lid” Cooker
Commercial Solar Ovens
General Cooking Times
Solar Cookbooks

CHAPTER 33: COMMUNICATIONS
Conventional Phones
Cell Phones
Two-Way Radios
Two-Way Radios Pluses
Deciding What to Get
“Toys” with Benefits
Shortwave – Ham – Amateur – High Frequency (HF) Radio
What is Required?
Getting Started
Bands
Finding Stations
Reception Tips
Antennas
Standing Waves and SWR Meters
Hanging “Skywires”
Antennas for Apartment Residents
Emergency Repair of Whip Antennas
Power Supplies
Starting Out
Auto Tuners
Emergency Broadcasts
Emergency Hurricane Nets

CHAPTER 34: THE WONDER of CLOROX
General Guidelines
Food Applications
Disinfection After Disaster
Disease Prevention
Livestock and Animals

CHAPTER 35: HOME MADE CLEANERS
Liquid – All-Purpose – Toilet Bowl – Tub and Tile – Window and Glass – Oven – Laundry – Disinfectants – Polish – Drain – Mold

CHAPTER 36: SHOWER WITHOUT POWER
Singing in the Showerless Shower
Camp Showers and Alternatives
Campfire and Gas Heated Water
Shower Enclosures

CHAPTER 37: TRASHY TALK
Service Disruption: Disposing of Garbage and Rubbish
Toilet Topics

 

CHAPTER 38: PET PREPAREDNESS
Places for Pets to Stay
Lost Pet
Emergency Supplies
Pet First Aid Kit
Containment
If You Must Leave Animals Behind… Last Resort Only
Emergency Help for Your Pet
Warning on Rawhide Chews
What You Can Do

CHAPTER 39: FIREARMS
Primer on Personal Security
Firearms Organizations

CHAPTER 40: TERRORISM – VENTURING into the UNTHINKABLE
The Wake-Up
World Trade Center 1993
Striking the Heartland 1995
U.S. Embassies 1998
USS Cole 2000
911
What Might We Expect?

CHAPTER 41: BUYING a GAS MASK and FILTERS
Buying a Gas Mask and Filters
Be a Wise Shopper
Non-American Mask
Mask Tips
Gas Masks – To Buy or Not to Buy
Gas Mask Buying Guide
Masks and Filters to Avoids
Children and Infant Masks
Proper Fit of Masks
“Masks” for Pets
Masks Comparisons
Filters
Filter Comparisons
Filter Tips
In Case of an Attack…
Mask and Filter Sources
Price Gouging

CHAPTER 42: BIO-WARFARE DECONTAMINATION
Making Decontamination Solution
Decontamination Wearing Full NBC Gear
Build a Decontamination Shower
Decontaminating Your Body
Decontaminating Equipment
Water Purification
Food
Decontamination for Most Likely Used BW Agents

CHAPTER 43: SHELTERING in PLACE
Sheltering in Place
Separating Fact From Fiction
Do It Safely
Making the Shelter
A Breath of Fresh Air
How Much Oxygen Do We Need?
Hygiene
4-Legged Kids
The Rest of the House
Commercial Safe Rooms

CHAPTER 44: NUCLEAR EMERGENCIES – WHAT to EXPECT
Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited
Present Day
What Would Be the Effect of a Nuclear Detonation?
What to Expect
Fallout Maps
How Big?
Blast Force
Radiation Terms: Rads, Rems, Reins and Roentgens
Radiation Exposure: Keep It as Low as Possible
Effects of Short-Term Radiation Exposure
Escaping Radiation
Tracking Fallout
Getting Out of Dodge
CHAPTER 45: SHELTER DURING NUCLEAR EMERGENCIES
Expedient Sheltering
Ventilation
Stocking the Shelter
Sample Expedient Shelter
Where Have All the Shelters Gone?
Locating Existing Shelter
Possible Fallout Sheltering Sites
Buying a Fallout Shelter
Building a Fallout Shelter
Shelter Construction Plans
FEMA Fallout and Tornado Shelter
Plans for the Shelter
Building the Shelter
Modification of Plans
Burying Shipping Containers

CHAPTER 46: NUCLEAR and RADIOLOGICAL ATTACK
Dirty Bomb Attack ‘All But Inevitable’
What Might Happen
Cesium-137 (Cs-137) Scenario
Cobalt-60
Protection
Nuclear Power Plants
Tempting to Terrorists
What to Do Before a Nuclear or Radiological Attack
What to Do During a Nuclear or Radiological Attack
What to Do After a Nuclear or Radiological Attack
Returning to Your Home
CHAPTER 47: WATER and FOOD in NUCLEAR EMERGENCIES
Heavy Fallout Removal
Light Fallout Removal
Sources of Water in Fallout Areas
Water From Wells
Removing Fallout Particles and Dissolved Radioactive Material
Replenishing Water Supplies
Food During and Immediately a Nuclear Attack
Replenishing Food Supplies
Food for Babies
CHAPTER 48: FIRST AID in NUCLEAR EMERGENCIES
Radiation Sickness
Potassium Iodide and Iodate
What is the Daily Dosage Required?
Psychological First Aid
Dealing With Death

CHAPTER 49: ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE – EMP
Electromagnetic Pulse
What Would Happen If an EMP Detonated?
Shielding

CHAPTER 50: PREPARING for CHALLENGES
Time to Prepare
Three Days is Not Enough
Hurricane Frances – Valuable Lesson for All

CHAPTER 51: PREPARING for EARTHQUAKES
What to Do Before an Earthquake
What to Do During an Earthquake
What to Do After an Earthquake
Living in Earthquake Country
Mobile Homes
Wood Frame Homes

CHAPTER 52: PREPARING for DROUGHT and WATER SHORTAGE
Emergency Water Shortage
Water Wars
More Than Drought
Water Conservation

CHAPTER 53: PREPARING for HEAT WAVES and HEAT EMERGENCIES
Our Mercurial Star
The New “Big Bang”
Hopi Prophecy
Hot Shots
What to Do Before an Extreme Heat Emergency
What to Do During an Extreme Heat Emergency
What to Do After an Extreme Heat Emergency
First-Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses

CHAPTER 54: PREPARING for FIRES
What to Do Before a Fire Strikes
What to Do During a Fire
What to Do After a Fire
Wildland Fires

CHAPTER 55: PREPARING for FLOODS
The Big Wet
What to Do Before a Flood
What to Do During a Flood
What to Do After a Flood

CHAPTER 56: SANITATION AFTER a FLOOD
Living in Soggyville
Sanitation and Floods
Fun for Kids, Misery for Adults
Nothing is Worth the Risk
What to Discard
Canned Foods
Frozen – Refrigerated Foods and Power Outages
Kitchen Clean-up
General Clean-up
Standing Water
Water for Drinking and Cooking

CHAPTER 57: PREPARING for HURRICANES
Inland / Freshwater Flooding
What to Do Before a Hurricane
What to Do During a Hurricane Threat
What to Do After a Hurricane Threat
Utilities and Services
Additional Guides
Apartments and Condos
Selecting Window Shutters
Computers and Electronics
Pool Preparations
Boat Preparations

CHAPTER 58: PREPARING for METEOR and ASTEROID STRIKES
Meteor Crater
Tunguska, June 30, 1908
Are These Isolated Events?
Watch Out!
Deep Impact: Fact or Fantasy?
What’s Being Done – and Not?
New “Eyes”
New Missions
What’s Been Found So Far?
Preparedness

CHAPTER 59: PREPARING for TORNADOES
Tornado Facts
What to Do Before Tornadoes Threaten
What to Do During a Tornado Watch
What to Do During a Tornado Warning
What to Do After a Tornado
Safe Room and Shelter
Average Cost to Build a Safe Room
Shelter Plans

CHAPTER 60: PREPARING for TSUNAMIS
The Big Wave
The Real Deal
What to Do Before a Tsunami
What to Do During a Tsunami
What to Do After a Tsunami

CHAPTER 61: PREPARING for VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS
Mount St. Helens
What to Do Before an Eruption
What to Do During an Eruption
What to Do After an Eruption

CHAPTER 62: PREPARING for WINTER STORMS, EXTREME COLD
What to Do Before a Winter Storm Threatens
What to Do During a Winter Storm
Winter Driving (See Chapter 62 on Preparing Your Vehicle)

CHAPTER 63: PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE
Normal Maintenance
Winter Driving
Who Would Have Thought THIS Could Happen?
Go or Stay… The Dilemma
Staying
I’m Outta Here
Car Preparedness

CHAPTER 64: STAYING WARM WITHOUT POWER
Stoves
Kerosene Heaters
Propane Heaters
Housewarmer
Mr Heater
Refilling Propane Tanks
Propane Cylinders
If You Get Caught Completely By Surprise…
Setting Up Without Heat
Clothing

CHAPTER 65: PREPARING for a PANDEMIC
The Next Pandemic
Natural Reservoirs
Bird Flu’s Entrance
North America
Grim Numbers
Pandemic Impacts
Significant Disruptions
The Katrina of Medicine
20th Century Pandemics
Pandemic Severity Index
Bird Flu Description
Prevention – The Best Cure
How Long Can Avian Flu Survive on Surfaces?
Hand-Washing: Medical Marvel
Masks
Niosh-Approved N95, N99 And N100 Respirators Size Matters
The Sneeze Factor
Exhalation Valves
Disposable or Reusable?
Respirators
Surgical Masks
Nanomasks
How Many Disposable Masks Do I Need?
Mask of Last Resort
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Disinfecting Masks and Clothing
Don’t Wait Till The Boat Sinks to Start Bailing
Food Supplies: Just-in-Time Severely Impaired
Water Supplies
Energy
Prepping for Pandemic

CHAPTER 66: PREPARING FOR FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
The Coming Crash
Practical Money

CHAPTER 67: STAYING in a SHELTER
Reality Check
What to Take to a Shelter
Tips

CHAPTER 68: DEALING WITH STRESS
Coping With Disaster
Helping Children Cope With Disaster
Helping Others

CHAPTER 69: HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT
What’s in a Name?
You’re Never Alone
A Message to Christians
Taking Personal Responsibility

APPENDICES
U.S. and Metric Conversion Charts

REFERENCES
END NOTES

INDEX