What to Get Your Favorite Prepper for Mother’s Day

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For those who were caught unaware, Mother’s Day this year is May 10th.
 
If your mother is a prepper, then you may wish to reconsider what it is you’re getting her this year. Practical gifts are the best for those who are always trying to be prepared.
 
Below is a list of things you will want to get your prepper mom for Mother’s Day.
 

Mothers Planning on Bugging Out

 
For mothers who are bugging out and going to a different location, there are certain things they will want to have with them at all times.
 
Pantyhose: This is a versatile tool that mothers should have in their bug out bag. If pantyhose are worn under socks, it can help to minimize blistering and friction. Not only this, but they will help you stay warmer, keep ticks and chiggers away, and can even be used as a fishing net if need be.
 
Tactical Scarf: These scarves are very helpful for braving the elements. They can be wrapped around your head, neck and shoulders in various ways depending on the use. You can cover your mouth, protect your head from the son, or even use it as a shield against dust particles that are in the air.
 
Hand Cranked Phone Charger: It isn’t as likely that you will find outlets to plug a phone in, so you will need to resort to this helpful. These phone chargers are great for when you need to make an emergency phone call. One minute of hand cranking is roughly the same as four minutes of talk time. It’s pretty small too, so it fits in go bags easily.
 
72 Hour Infant Kit: Prepardness Mama went through the trouble of outlining what should be included in one of these kits. Many mothers are traveling with a baby so it’s important to think of the needs of both people.  Here are some sample items of what can be included in this kit:
 

  • Formula (powdered only) with at least 48 scoops worth.diaper bag
  • 2-5 bottles and nipples.
  • Burp rags or small blankets.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Teething tablets or gel.
  • 2 Pacifiers
  • Baby powder/diaper rash cream
  • Baby wrap/carrier

 
First Aid Kit: Health is always important to keep in the forefront of your mind when thinking about bugging out. This first aid kit from First Aid Product had a wide range of things you may need on the go and will make you feel prepared to take on whatever comes your way.
 

Mothers Planning on Homesteading

 
For many mothers it’s easier to homestead and keep their children in a safe place. You begin to think about how to make your location safest for your home without compromising your preparedness. It could be small things like coloring books and toys to keep them busy, or it could include survival training for your kids.
 
Below is a comprehensive list of gifts for prepper moms.
 
Get Her a Dog: Many dogs can be trained to be watchdogs. Whether it’s used simply to bark when someone comes near the home, or to ward off others from coming near, getting your mom a furry companion can not only give her extra attention, it could help save her.
 
Soap Making Supplies: When it comes to homesteading, making your own supplies is really going to come in handy. Soap is something that will be necessary for hygiene, but it will also be great to use for bartering or selling to a possible community.
 
Sewing Supplies: Just like soap and other hygienic products, knowing how to make your own clothes and linens is a must. This Mother’s Day, get her something she can really use in order to be self reliant.
 
fire and burglary safeGardening Tools: Your mom may need some soil or new tools in order to help her grow her own food. Not only will this make it so she has her own supply of food, but you wouldn’t have to worry about ingesting pesticides and other negative elements that can be found in foods from the grocery store.
 
Food Storing: As Mom with a Prep shows us, there are many things you can do in order to store your own food. You can get her jars, a vacuum sealer or a dehydrator. There are plenty of tools to stock mom’s kitchen with in order to keep the food supply consistent all year round.
 
Safes: If you’re homesteading then it is safe to say you will have valuables there. You should invest in a safe to hide guns, ammo, and anything else you wouldn’t want others to get into.
 
 
 
 

Still Not Sure?

 
If your mom already has these things or seems to have everything, then it might be time to turn them toward further knowledge. It’s always good to learn something new, particularly if they’re on their own. Blogs like A Girl’s Prep Guide cover topics that women specifically need to face whether they are homesteading or bugging out.
 
This Mother’s Day, get her something that she will be able to use every day.
 

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Creative & Clever Ways to Hide Your Safe

how to hide a safeEveryone knows what a safe is for.  You don’t put just anything in a safe, you store your most valuable items. These valuable items might not only be of monetary value, rather items of great importance. This can include, titles, deeds, birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards. Stuff you don’t want to land in the wrong hands.
 
Even though you own a safe which greatly increases the safety of these items doesn’t mean that your safe can’t be stolen or broken into. For this reason is why it’s smart to place your safe in a smart and concealed area.  Here are some helpful hints and ideas that will hopefully help you decide where to place yours.

     

  1. Inside a closet is a great spot to put a safe.  Typically a closet in the master bedroom or office. It’s most important that it’s not in an area of high foot traffic or visibility. You want to make sure the safe stays out of sight, which is why if you can hide it in a walk in closest behind some hanging clothes this will ensure it’s not easily found or transported.
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  3. Under the stairs. Most homes have that awkward half room, half closet space under the stairs. This is another secluded spot which can easily be concealed and forgotten. Sometimes these rooms can be setup with flush doors that look like a wall panel and are discernable to the naked eye.
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  5. Have an old fridge? Fridges can pretty easily be converted into a handy hiding spot. This can be used if you don’t have a super-secret room under the stairs and all you have a corner in your garage. Again, you don’t want the garage door being open and someone to drive by and spot your safe. This makes your house an easy target. Hiding your safe in the Fridge can disguise it in plain sight.
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  7. Building the safe into a wall can be a great option if you have the means to make it happen. This is ideal because the safe can be concealed completely behind the wall. If someone does happen to find where it’s at removing it becomes far more difficult and will require more tools and time by the thieves.
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  9. The easiest and least expensive route to hiding your safe is to use a cardboard moving box. This will help conceal it but doesn’t require too much protection outside of disguise.

 
Hopefully these tips will give you a better idea where to place your safe and what may or may not be a good idea.
 

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Is It Good To Rely On Your Dog For Your Home Security?

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This is an important question that every homeowner should ask. Your dog is a member of your family, a beloved and treasured member. Is it really a good idea to allow him to be your only means of keeping your home secure?
 
The short answer is no. Security systems, safes and alarms are much more reliable, do not need to take sick days, and not likely to be at risk from an intruder. Your dog, as a living being, can be subject to illness and is very vulnerable if an intruder enters your home.
 
Of course dogs with loud and intimidating barks can be very good deterrents and dissuade someone from entering your home uninvited. But training your dog, who has come to you for his own needs for security, cuddles, and food, to be the sole source of security for your family and your home, is simply foolhardy. A family dog cannot be relied upon to keep your family safe.
 
Yes, dogs have been known for their heroism in fire and with burglaries, but it isn’t wise to put that kind of responsibility on your pet. He may herald an intruder, but he alone cannot stop one. And often training a dog for security only, robs that animal of the connection to his humans and their affection. It also robs the humans the joy of having a pet in the first place.
 
Security systems that are made to contact the police or fire department, are easier for neighbors to hear and respond to than your dog. A dog barking is not something unusual, and not necessarily a red flag to them. But a loud alarm, the kind that comes with a home security system definitely gets everyone’s attention and puts people into survival mode which may save their lives.
 
And finally, often when people with dogs leave the home, they gate off an area of the house to keep the animal safe and less likely to leave unwanted messes around the home. Even guard dogs that may be left outside during the day, are usually leashed to keep them in one area of the yard. This leaves other parts of the house as easily accessible to an intruder.
 
Even if your dog is a barking deterrent or alert system, it is not best to entrust your family’s and home’s safety only to your pet. Allow your dog to be your pet and cherished family member. You both will enjoy each other so much more.
 

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Safe Hacks: Protecting Your Profits in 2015

Anyone who has ever considered buying a safe for your business, you know that there are ways to hack into safes; or, in most cases, attempt to destroy them so they can get at the goods. The great news is that there are quite a few steps and skills that the burglar in question would need to possess and go through in order to get at what they need.
 

Do People Really Crack Safes?

 
The short answer is yes. If they see the contents of the safe as being rewarding or valuable, then they will certainly try to crack the combination, beat up the safe, or go as far as cutting it in half. This is a popular enough thought that it was featured on Mythsbusters:
 

 
Here they try to duplicate a famous safe crack where there is water and explosives involved. And it was deemed a “plausible” way to get into a safe. There is no shortage of creativity when it comes to safe hacking.
 
And that old trick about the stethoscope being used to hear the lock combination- eHow tells us that that’s a thing.
 

 
It took him a while to do it, but it’s definitely doable.
 

 
We just won’t even talk about how easy it was for Alex Lewis to pop that safe.
 
First, let’s start with some things you can do in order to deter burglars from stealing your safe.
 

Safe Thief Deterrents

 
There are a number of things that you can do in order to protect your assets and your profits.
 
If it isn’t a wall or floor safe, that means it can be set down somewhere. You probably didn’t think to bolt it down because it weighs 304,973,985,794,875 pounds right? Think again- if a thief is determined to get a safe, they will find a way. Don’t make it easier on them! Bolt the safe down so that, if nothing else, they would have to spend more time dislodging it.
 
Secondly, when is the last time you have changed your combination? Some thieves will go as far as getting up close and personal in order to get at the safe. Change the combinations regularly in order to keep people in their toes- designate a single person to be in charge of the combinations.
 
Thirdly, know what type of safe you have. Knowing everything about your safe inside and out will help to locate its weakest points. Being armed with this knowledge will tell you if your safe needs backup protection.
 
Put money into this investment. If you’re trying to deter someone from getting valuable, getting a cheap safe won’t do you any good. Cheap means flimsy, faulty, and weak at best.
 

What Can Business Owners Do?

 
The first thing to consider is whether or not people would know about a safe or not. Having one in plain sight is asking for someone to poke at it. Don’t advertise your safes; invest in a wall safe or a floor safe.
 
Also, consider buying a safe that is made of thicker materials. If a thief has to go through concrete and steel, there is a better chance the thief will either give up or not have tools powerful enough to handle physically working their way into a safe. Check out this video to see what we mean:
 

 
Boost your security. If you have the means to do so, having overnight staff to protect your valuables is a good idea. It’s easier to take the time to get into a safe if there is no one around, but the tools needed to crack a safe are rarely quiet enough where they wouldn’t get caught. Video cameras are also a great idea.
 
Along these same lines, train your staff. Show them how to properly handle emergency situations and who to call in those emergencies.
 
If you’re interested to know more about how to prevent these occurrences, feel free to contact Value Safes today!
 

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Gun Safes: Keeping them Secure and Handy

gun safeKeeping your family safe is your number one priority.

 

You will want to keep them safe from harming themselves with your guns, but you also want to keep the guns around to protect yourself from possible intruders.

 

So what exactly is the happy medium for all involved?

 

Gun Safes are the answer to your questions. Investing money in a quality gun safe will ensure your families safety and it will also ensure the safety of your investment in guns.

 

Safes come in all different sizes and shapes, they all have different purposes but they all have the same use of keeping your guns safe. Large gun vaults are intended to be secured to a fixed location and only you will have access to get into the safe. These are typically a larger investment but they will hold your valuable guns and firearms safely within its door.

 

Another option is Small floor gun safes or drawer safes. This can be easily and discreetly placed under a bed, in a closet or even under the living room couch. If you are using a safe of this size you will want to conceal in a manner than others will not know it is there. If they can see the safe they may not immediately be able to gain access inside the safe but this does not mean they cannot take the whole unit and eventually break in.

 

Remember you guns are important to keep safe not only because they are dangerous if not used properly but they are also an investment that you do not want to lose. If you practice proper gun storage and safety you will make everyone around you feel more confident about your gun usage.

 

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