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22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle? Job 38: 22-23
Very soon we will experience cold and snow as we have never experienced before. Many of us will find our homes completely buried under SNOW. With No Power. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said It is going to get so cold that it will be hard to breath in the cold air without freezing our lungs.
We have to prepare for this now or many of us will not make it.
It does not matter to Allah and His Christ if you live in Miami or San Diego, Arizona or Walnut Creek, Allah can make it snow wherever you are in this country. He has proven that already with the so called “Rare Once in a life time” snow storms in South America and New Zealand in recent months.
When the temperature drops to 30 below zero in your city, and you lose power, you will need to know how to keep warm and survive.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
I will advise all of us to go out and get as many extra blankets, comforters, sheets, that we possibly can. If you know how to sew or knit, make some. You may need up to three layers, or comforters for every person who lives in your home. It does not matter if you live in the deserts of Las Vegas and Phoenix or on the beaches of Miami. All of us need to prepare for the cold that will soon be upon us. If your power does go out in the middle of a severe storm, It will be out for a while. Wear several layers of clothing and remember you will lose most of your body heat through your head, chest, and hands. So keep them covered.
When buying batteries, you want to make sure they are good for the winter. Extreme cold air sucks the life right out of batteries. They won’t last half as long as they are supposed to. The best batteries you want to use in extreme cold weather are “LITHIUM” batteries. They last far longer than alkaline. They will cost you more, but we need to have some batteries put up especially for winter and cold weather. Here is a link to different kinds of lithium batteries so you can see what they look like, but I have found them very cheap at Costco, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Remember, they are not cheaper than Alkaline.
If we have any Major Volcanic activity in this country or anywhere in the world, winter here in America will go to the extreme and last a long long time. Because of the ash in the atmosphere acting as a barrier between the Sun and the Earth. This is nothing new.
See Volcanic Winter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_winter
The Year Without Summer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer
7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding, Psalm 148:7-9
There are steps we can take now to prepare our homes for the extreme cold we will soon face.
Make sure you have enough plastic to cover your windows. You can find this plastic at most hardware stores. It comes in clear and dark. Get enough tape to tape your windows. Duct tape works well.
If you have a fireplace in your home (wood burning) make sure it is clean. Make sure your chimney is clean. You may need it to survive this year. If your home is buried under snow, you may have to rely on your fireplace for heating your home as well as cooking. And if you plan on using your fireplace this year, which you should, you are going to need firewood. A lot of it.
If you do not have a fireplace you really need to consider a second source, a back up, to heat your home or a room in your home should you lose power in a severe snow or ice storm.
Your back up source of heat should not require electricity.
Have you considered a Kerosene heater? (Non electric) Kerosene heaters do not require any electricity (the non electric ones of course). You can find them at most stores, online, and even on EBAY and thrift shops. Kerosene heaters are completely safe with proper use. Kerosene heaters have been safely used for more than a century. Some of us may remember those cold winters with the kerosene heaters going.
There are some who warn people against using kerosene heaters. They usually work for the utility companies. Because if everybody started going back to kerosene heaters, they will see how much money they are actually saving and may not return to their “gas” companies. But this is all about survival. And whether you believe it’s coming or not, when the temp drops 40 to 50 below zero, if you didn’t go get a heater, you will remember these words as you are sitting in a cold room watching the air you breath freeze right before your eyes.
Kerosene is very cheap, and very easy and safe to store. All of us should really look into buying a kerosene heater before the winter comes. I know some of us have a fear of carbon monoxide poisoning. With proper use you really have nothing to worry about. Carbon monoxide is given off when you are burning wood, candles, and even gas from your stoves. You always have to be mindful of it, which is why a carbon monoxide detector is another thing to think about getting for this winter. But Kerosene heaters are safe. When you first fire up your kerosene heater it will give off the odor of burning kerosene. That is NOT carbon monoxide. And once the heater is properly “Broken” in, the smell will not be as prevalent. If you buy grade A or 1 kerosene, it will give off less and less smell. In the early 19th century, most hotels used Kerosene heaters with zero problems.
Here is a link that really breaks down the different types of kerosene heaters. It is a very informative article and if you are considering buying a kerosene heater, I advise all of us to read this.
IF you ever should lose power in cases of EXTREME cold, and you do not have any other heat source, Have everyone stay in ONE room. I would not advise this being the largest room in your home because it will be harder to warm up. But get everyone in the same room. Tape up all of the windows and put a blanket over the door. Put towels under the door. Over time, everyone’s body heat will warm that room up. The more people you can get into a room the better. Only leave the room if you really have to. Because every time that door is opened, you are literally letting ALL the heat out and cold air in.
During this time, if you have any relatives or elderly who live alone, Go and get them and Make them come to where you are. Someone who is living alone in a house with no electricity and no heat will freeze to death. His/her body temp alone is not enough to warm up a room. Unless they get into a small closet and seal it off.
This is only in extreme cases of cold where there are no other sources of heat.
If you have not already done so, please invest in some “Mylar” blankets. These are the “Space blankets” that look alot like aluminum foil. It is very thin like paper and they come in a very small package that can fit in your back pocket. They are very cheap, especially if you buy them in bulk. As low as $.99 cents and be sure to Keep some in your “Go Bags” (Link to my Go Bag Article http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=471350569783 )
Here is a link where you can find Mylar Blankets. They may sell them at your local hardware stores as well. I just order them online.
Mylar blankets alone will not keep you warm and comfy as you would like. That’s why I am urging all of us to store at least THREE extra blankets or comforters, per person for your home. But the Mylar blankets will keep you from freezing to death in extreme cold situations. Mylar blankets traps all of your body heat right there with you. It reflects the heat you give off, back to you. When you buy a couple of dozen Mylar blankets, open one up and wrap yourself in one of them. You will notice the sudden rise in your body temp. That is because the material was designed to trap heat/light or reflect that energy. Once you get your Mylar blankets you will discover they have many many uses so always get way more than you need. In the summer time, when dealing with extreme heat, you can place them over your windows and they keep your rooms at least 10 degrees cooler. From the outside, your windows look like mirrors, and from the inside, you will still be able to see outside. Very cool.
So in the case of emergency, when you lose power and heat. If you can get everyone in the same room this will help. And even if it is just you, open up a mylar blanket and put it beneath you so you will not lose any of your body heat. Especially if you find yourself sleeping on the floor. The ground or cold floor will suck all of your body heat right out of your faster than anything else. If you have to lay on the floor, Always make sure there is a barrier. Even if it is newspaper, it will prevent the cold ground from zapping your body heat causing Hypothermia.
If you have leather couches/chairs, they are great reflectors of body heat. Have you ever slept on a leather (or even fake leather) couch and found yourself sweating? The leather pushes your body heat back to you. So in extreme cases of cold, sleeping on that leather couch, coat, etc will help keep you warm.
HOT WATER HEATERS
Many of us who live or have lived in the northern states understand during a freezing temps, to leave our faucets dripping. For those of us in the southern states, especially desert and coastal areas, when we get into that “record breaking freeze”, when the temperature drops drastically below freezing, leave one of your faucets dripping so that the water will not sit in your pipes freezing up and ultimately bursting. Especially if your home loses power.
If you lose power during a major storm remember that the water in your hot water heater will stay warm for a few hours after the power goes out. So you may want to get your last hot shower in at this time, while you can. Because after this, it’s all cold water until you warm it up.
And always remember, depending of the size of your home, your hot water tank will hold anywhere from 30 to 100 gallons of water. So in cases of emergency, in Any type of disaster, You Have Water in your Hot Water Tank, so try not to waste it all.
Hypothermia is when our core body temp falls below 95 degrees. At some point in the future we may have to treat ourselves or loved ones for hypothermia. Here are a few links, VIDEO as well as some pages to read that will quickly teach you what you need to know. The cold that we will face very soon will be unlike any cold we have ever experienced in our lives. We need to know the symptoms of Hypothermia and how to treat them. Even if you think you will never have to face this cold where you live, please check these links out.
17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.
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