Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Survival Medicine : Treating Animal Wounds; Episode 32: Day After Disaster, Chapter 32

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rebuilding Your Community After SHTF with Ken Jensen; Episode 31: Day After Disaster, Chapter 31

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Post-Disaster Group Dynamics with Raymond Dean White; Episode 30: Day After Disaster, Chapter 30

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Dangers of Burning "Green" Wood; The Changing Earth Behind the Scenes

My husband and I learned an important lesson this winter, burning "green" wood is a no, no! For the past couple of years in California we have had very mild winters. This year was a stark contrast. The cold came quickly and set in for the long haul. My husband and I found ourselves rapidly depleting the wood pile we had so arduously stacked for the winder. Luckily we live on forty acres and the drought left us no shortage of trees that couldn't handle the lack of water and fell over. So, we began gathering them from around the property to turn them into more firewood for the wood burner.

Of course we started with the trees that were the biggest eye sores or were threatening fence lines. Unfortunately for us these were also the trees that had only been down for a short time. The wood was heavy, a pain in the butt to get burning in the stove and was creating a much bigger problem then we had even considered.

One night, we started a big fire but we noticed that the smoke was not leaving through the chimney. We were baffled because we had just had the chimney cleaned at the start of the season. We blamed air pressure or temperature and continued to feed the fire. It was cold in our house and the propane for the heater was running out. We had called the propane company but they were so backed up they couldn't even give us a verified delivery date. We needed the fire to keep warm and not deplete the propane so we kept the fire going. Then we noticed our chimney was starting to ooze this black resin. The smoke intensified in the house but we thought maybe we could get the chimney hot enough to solve the problem so we fed the fire some more. The chimney continued to drip, the house continued to fill with smoke, fire alarms beeped and we decided we had to kill the fire and call the chimney sweep the following day.

Upon calling our chimney man he let us know he couldn't come out for a couple of days but would be there as soon as he could. He told my husband to make sure the screen at the top of the chimney was clean in the mean time. Now, we have a very pitched roof that stands very high up in the air. It had been raining and I was not excited about the prospect of having my husband climb all the way up there but he did and he found a way to knock the soot off of the screen. The smoke situation improved and we continued to burn fires until the chimney guy made it.

The chimney sweep was dumbfounded by what had happened and he knew immediately we had been burning moist, "green" wood. He had never seen a double walled chimney weep like ours had but reassured me that others were making the same mistake this winter. He told me I had to quit using that wood immediately and find some seasoned, dry firewood. He told us that if he had not come out and cleaned the chimney and we had continued to burn that wood, we would have had a chimney fire and could have lost the house! I never understood how serious it was to not use this "green" wood and it sounded like many others hadn't either. Luckily we had many more trees that have been down for years so we went and began gathering that wood instead. If you are purchasing wood make sure it is dry, light and well seasoned, otherwise you may be smoked out as well!



Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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5 Life Threatening Injuries That Are Totally Survivable During a Disaster: Pin of the Month


TheSurvivalDoctor.com is always full of great medical survival information and this article does not disappoint! One of my biggest concerns in a survival situation would be the death of a loved one because of an injury that we would have never considered a problem now-a-days. Mr. Donner from the Donner Party died of blood poisoning because of a tiny cut he received. It may seem silly to us but the threat is real if we did not have the disinfectants and antibiotics in existence today.

In this article Dr. Hubbard discusses 5 injuries: deep wound to an extremity, bad burn, collapsed lung caused by puncture wound, open fracture, and gunshot wound. Of course he recommends calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible but what if it was not available? Dr. Hubbard has tips for that too. The overwhelming recommendations are to control the bleeding and prevent infection for problems involving a wound. The burn treatment and collapsed lung recommendations are obviously a little different.

When I was in college I trained to be an E.M.T. It was during this time that I learned there is a big difference between learning information and doing a job. I also learned that it takes a special breed of person to do this job day in and day out. My point is you need to learn this information. You need to know what medical steps you need to take to save your loved ones if something should happen but you also need to change your mindset into one of a fixer, no matter how gross it is. You need to get out with your team or your family and practice scenarios so you can use muscle memory to preform the job when it counts. Start by heading over and learning these basics that Dr. Hubbard has presented:  http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2015/02/09/tips-to-survive-injuries/ Dr. Hubbard also has a video educational program available that is worth your time if you want to dive in deeper.

Another great article that Dr. Hubbard did was a collaborative effort that I worked on with him. I gave Dr. Hubbard scenarios from my book, Day After Disaster, and he advised how he would have treated them in a survival situation. Much like Dr. Chamberlin and I did for The Changing Earth Podcast. It was very interesting to see the advice from both Doctors and pick up the tips that they had to share. You can check that article out at: http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2014/08/18/basic-survival-medicine-skills/

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Traveling With Your Supplies, Tips from James E. Hart; Episode 29: Day After Disaster, Chapter 29

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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