In our lives, we are constantly influenced by a multitude of people and things. Ideally, we seek positive influences that uplift and inspire us. But what happens when the influences in our lives are overwhelmingly negative? Unfortunately, for many, complaining and grumbling have become a favorite pastime. When immersed in such an environment, it becomes all too easy to adopt a negative attitude and join the chorus of discontent. Let’s face it, considering the current state of our country and the world, negativity seems like the default stance. For the Believer, how does negativity impact our relationship with God?
1. What do you think of the saying, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?”
2. Read Numbers 2:2-13. What do you think about what God says to Moses in verse 12?
3. Read John 6:60-65. Did grumbling or negativity kill the disciples faith and trust in Jesus?
4. Do you feel that Philippians 2:14-16 states we should not grumble as Believers? If so, how do we best accomplish this?
5. What are some ways that we can curve/remove grumbling and negativity from our lives?
The Titanic?!? For some reason, the scene at the end when Rose is floating on the wooden board and hears the rescuers but can’t yell, reminds me of whistles. Probably because that was the only way she got the rescuers attention! It was a smart move and one that saved her life. Yeah, I know it is a movie, but it’s a good illustration of how important it is to have a simple piece of gear like a whistle!
Like many of us know, emergencies can happen at any time and in any place, and it is important to be prepared for them. Whether it is a natural disaster, a medical emergency, or a dangerous situation, having the right tools on hand can make all the difference. The one piece of “inexpensive” gear that is often overlooked is a whistle.
History of Whistles
Whistles have been used for thousands of years for various purposes. The ancient Greeks used them during their Olympic games to signal the start and end of events. In the Middle Ages, whistles were used by shepherds to communicate with their dogs. Whistles were also used on ships as a means of communication between crew members.
In more recent times, whistles have been used in emergency situations. During World War I, soldiers used whistles to signal for help when they were trapped in trenches or injured on the battlefield. Whistles were also used by air raid wardens during World War II to alert people to take cover during bombing raids.
Today, whistles are still used by hikers, campers, and anyone else who is smart enough to carry a whistle and finds themselves in an emergency situation.
Benefits of Carrying a Whistle
Carrying a whistle can provide several benefits for personal safety. One of the main benefits is that it can attract attention in an emergency situation. If you are lost or injured in the wilderness or trapped in a building after a disaster, blowing a whistle can help rescuers locate you more quickly than if you were shouting for help. It also takes less energy to blow into a whistle than to keep shouting for help over and over again.
Another benefit of carrying a whistle is that it can potentially save lives. In situations where time is of the essence, such as when someone is drowning or having a heart attack, blowing a whistle can alert others to the situation and prompt them to take action.
Different Types of Whistles
There are several different types of whistles available, each with its own pros and cons. Pealess whistles are popular because they do not have a pea inside that can get stuck or clogged with dirt or debris. Electronic whistles are also available, which produce a loud, high-pitched sound without the need for blowing.
However, some people prefer traditional whistles with peas because they produce a distinct sound that can be heard from farther away. It is important to consider the environment in which you will be using the whistle when choosing which type to purchase.
But if you find yourself without a whistle, and you can find yourself a soda can and a pair of scissors or even your knife, you can make this survival whistle.
But you also need to watch the video below on how you can make a traditional willow whistle, just with your bushcraft knife. This would be a great project to do and it wouldn’t take too long.
How to Use a Whistle in an Emergency
Using a whistle in an emergency situation is simple, just blow. But there are some ways that you can use a whistle that many recognize as emergency signals.
For example, blowing three short blasts is a universally recognized signal for distress. Someone in an emergency situation could blow three short blasts in succession to indicate that they need help.
Blowing one long blast can help to pinpoint your location and signal your location to rescuers.
Going back to the reference from the Titanic, blowing short bursts can be used to attract attention, particularly in noisy or windy conditions. This is what Rose did in the end scene. “Jack, I’ll never let go…but I have to blow a whistle now in short bursts.”
Lastly, you can use a whistle to blow a distress signal. This would include blowing the universal signal for SOS, three short, three long, three short blasts.
When you use a whistle in an emergency situation where you are hoping someone comes to your rescue, you should blow and then wait to hear if there is any response. This will help conserve your energy and listen for any communication from rescuers if they are near.
Tips for Choosing the Right Whistle
When choosing a whistle, there are several factors to consider. The volume of the whistle is important, as you want it to be loud enough to attract attention but not so loud that it hurts your ears. The durability of the whistle is also important, as you want it to be able to withstand rough handling and exposure to the elements.
It is also important to consider personal preferences when choosing a whistle. Some people prefer pealess whistles because they are easier to clean and maintain, while others prefer traditional whistles with peas because they produce a distinct sound.
Incorporating a survival whistle into your preps is a simple thing that would pay-off big time in an emergency. What should you do about it?
Decide what type of whistle would be better for you and your loved ones to carry.
Purchase several whistles to place in strategic areas, your vehicle, key ring, bugout bag, purse or EDC kit.
Practice using your whistle so you can gauge how much to blow into it to get the loudness you are looking for.
Conclusion: Don’t Leave Home Without It
Carrying a whistle is a simple but effective way to increase your chances of survival in an emergency situation. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or living in an area prone to natural disasters, having a whistle on hand can help rescuers locate you more quickly and potentially save your life. It is a commonsense preparedness move that everyone should make!
Words are powerful. When we allow others to use words to label us, it can hurt for a long time. So how do we remove those labels? Watch the video and go through these questions with a small group or by yourself in personal study.
1. What is a word (label) that is used for a person(s) that you don’t like?
2. Words that people say are powerful. Why should you consider who you allow to speak into your life?
3. Read Ephesians 2:10. Where do you see “workmanship” in your own life?
4. Read Ephesians 2:11-22. What labels do you see the Lord uses for you in this passage?
5. What do you think about the idea that since you have “died,” that none of the labels people put on you matter anymore? Read Colossians 3:3.
6. What does 1 Peter 2:9-10 mean to you? How can you make sure you incorporate this understanding into your everyday life?
Fire safety is an essential aspect of home safety that should not be overlooked. Fires can occur at any time, and they can cause significant damage to property and even lead to loss of life. Having a fire extinguisher in the home is one of the most effective ways to prevent small fires from becoming big ones. This is a smart prepper move that really is a no brainer!
Fire Danger – More Common Than You Realize
Home fires are a common occurrence, and they can have devastating consequences. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 1,291,500 fires reported in the United States in 2020, resulting in 3,420 deaths and 16,720 injuries. These fires caused $14.8 billion in property damage.
Not having a fire extinguisher in the home can increase the potential dangers of a fire. Small fires can quickly escalate into large ones if not addressed promptly. A fire extinguisher can help prevent small fires from becoming big ones by allowing you to put out the flames before they spread.
The Benefits of Fire Extinguishers
The biggest benefit to having a fire extinguisher in the home is it can prevent a small fire from becoming a big one. Fire extinguishers can also save lives and property by allowing you to put out a fire before it causes significant damage.
Fire extinguishers work by removing one or more elements that are necessary for a fire to burn. They come in different types, each designed for specific types of fires. For example, a Class A fire extinguisher is designed for fires involving ordinary combustibles like wood or paper, while a Class B extinguisher is designed for flammable liquids like gasoline or oil.
Types of Fire Extinguishers
There are five main types of fire extinguishers: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class K. Each type is designed for specific types of fires.
Class A fire extinguishers are designed for fires involving ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, or cloth. Class B extinguishers are designed for flammable liquids like gasoline or oil. Class C extinguishers are designed for electrical fires, while Class D extinguishers are designed for fires involving combustible metals. Class K extinguishers are designed for fires involving cooking oils and fats.
It is essential to know which type of fire extinguisher to use in case of a fire. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can make the fire worse.
An Alternative Fire Extinguisher
If you don’t want a traditional fire extinguisher, you might consider a First Alert EZ Fire Extinguisher Aerosol Spray. The product description on Amazon reads, “The First Alert EZ Fire Spray Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use than traditional fire extinguishers and discharges 4 times longer than regular extinguishers, making it ideal for fighting common household fires and providing 32 seconds of discharge to ensure the fire is out. The nozzle sprays a wide area, giving you greater control to put out a fire faster. Just point and spray the Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray on household fires consisting of paper, fabric, wood, cooking oils, electrical appliances, or equipment. The portable extinguisher spray is ideal for the kitchen, boats, RVs, and travel, and the biodegradable, nontoxic-foam, fire-extinguishing formula wipes away with a damp cloth for easy cleanup.”
This is the route that I have personally chosen and I feel very comfortable with it. I have several placed in strategic areas in my home.
Where to Place Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers should be placed in areas where fires are most likely to occur, such as the kitchen, garage, and workshop. It is also important to have multiple fire extinguishers in different areas of the home.
Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and mounted on a wall or placed on a stand. They should not be hidden behind furniture or stored in a closet where they may be difficult to reach in an emergency.
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is essential in case of a fire emergency. The acronym PASS can help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher:
– Pull the pin – Aim at the base of the fire – Squeeze the handle – Sweep from side to side
It is important to remember that fire extinguishers are only effective on small fires. If a fire is too large or spreading too quickly, it is best to evacuate the area and call 911.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Fire extinguishers should be inspected regularly and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They should be checked monthly for any signs of damage or leakage and replaced if necessary.
It is also important to have your fire extinguisher serviced by a professional every few years to ensure that it is in good working condition.
Fire Safety Tips
In addition to having a fire extinguisher in the home, there are several other fire safety tips that can help prevent fires from occurring:
– Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and test them regularly. – Keep flammable materials away from heat sources. – Never leave cooking food unattended. – Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
In conclusion, having a fire extinguisher in the home is essential for fire and home safety. Fires can occur at any time, and they can cause significant damage to property and even lead to loss of life. By having a fire extinguisher in the home, you can prevent small fires from becoming big ones and save lives and property. It is also important to follow other fire safety tips, such as installing smoke detectors and having a fire escape plan, to ensure that you and your family are prepared in case of a fire emergency.
Every Believer has times when they feel far away from God, like He isn’t answering prayers or not even listening. We know that God doesn’t change! So, when this happens, where do we go or how do we start to get unstuck?
1. What do you do when you feel stuck? Non-spiritual answers only! 2. Read Romans 12:1. What are your thoughts about this verse? 3. With the words used in verse 1, “urge” and “mercies of God,” you get the idea that Paul was setting up something important. Does this understanding cause you to look at verse 1 differently? 4. Which word in “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God” do you feel is the most important? 5. Do you agree or disagree that “your spiritual service of worship” should be the starting place for all Believers? Why or why not? 6. How do you suggest Believers get to a point where they are able to realize their spiritual walk isn’t where it is supposed to be and reset?
Emergencies can happen at any time, and being prepared can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe. One crucial aspect of emergency preparedness is knowing how to turn off your home power, gas and electricity during an emergency. Turning off your home utilities can prevent further damage and keep you and your family safe. It’s important that everyone of your family members who is capable, understand when and how to do turn off the utilities.
Benefits of Turning Off Utilities in an Emergency
Shutting off water, gas and electricity during an emergency can prevent further damage to your home and keep you and your family safe. For example, turning off the water supply can prevent flooding in case of a burst pipe or a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood. Turning off the gas supply can prevent fires or explosions caused by gas leaks. Turning off the electricity supply can prevent electrocution or fires caused by electrical faults.
Shutting off utilities can also help emergency responders do their job more effectively. For example, if there is a fire in your home, turning off the gas supply can prevent the fire from spreading.
Knowing When to Shut Off Your Utilities
Knowing when to shut off your home’s utilities is crucial for emergency preparedness. There are several scenarios that may require shutting off utilities, such as natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, gas leaks, electrical faults, and burst pipes.
In an emergency situation, it is advisable to turn off the electricity to avoid any further complications from electrical hazards. Turning off the electricity does not always guarantee safety, but it does eliminate the likelihood that something else will happen, such as a fire breaking out or an electric current that could potentially cause bodily harm.
During Hurricane Harvey, as our neighborhood was starting to really flood, the power company turned off the electricity to the whole neighborhood. The electrical lines coming into the neighborhood come through overhead lines. But the lines in the neighborhood are in the ground. Water and electricity don’t mix! The electric company did this to prevent further damage to the neighborhood grid. It was an inconvenience, but because of it, power was able to come back on a lot sooner.
One reason you would want to shutdown the gas is if you hear a hissing sound and smell of natural gas. You would also want to do this if there is a fire in your home. Of course, the first priority is getting everyone to safety.
The most likely reason you would want to turn off the water is if there was a leak. During Winter Storm Uri, one of my church members checked on an elderly neighbor who was cold and trying to keep warm. However, a water broke in her home and the water was just pouring in. She didn’t know what to do and was probably in shock!
It’s essential to be aware of the signs that indicate a problem with your utilities and move fast. Doing so in some cases can mean the difference between life and death. At the very least, it can mean the difference between a small clean-up or a huge bill for remediation.
How to Shut Off Your Home’s Utilities
Knowing how to shut off your home’s utilities is essential for emergency preparedness. Here is a step-by-step guide for shutting off water, gas, and electricity:
Water Shutoff 1. Locate the main water valve. You should identify this main meter before you need to shut off the water! 2. Turn the valve clockwise until it stops. 3. Open all faucets to drain any remaining water.
Turning Off Your Gas: 1. Locate the gas meter. 2. Turn the valve on the meter 90 degrees so that it is perpendicular to the pipe. 3. Do not turn on the gas until the gas company or a professional has inspected your system.
Shutting Off Electricity: 1. Locate the main circuit breaker box. 2. Turn off all circuit breakers. 3. If you cannot access the circuit breaker box safely, call an electrician.
Station the Tools Necessary
The last thing you want to happen in an emergency situation is to not be able to find the tools you need to shut off gas or water. In this case, I recommend stationing some tools that are dedicated to this purpose.
For water, you should have a Water Meter Key or Water Meter T Wrench. This is a long wrench, about 22-22 inches long that allows you to turn off the water without having to get your hand inside the meter itself. This because sometimes it just looks nasty down there and a long T Wrench is hard to miss.
For gas, you can simply use a pipe wrench or a channel locks. Again, I would recommend these tools be dedicated for this task and placed somewhere that everyone knows where they are and agree not to use them for anything else. Anyone who has kids knows what I’m talking about.
There is an all-in-one wrench that you might consider that will do both water and gas. The only reason I wouldn’t consider it is because my water meter housing is deep and spiders!
You don’t need anything special to turn off electricity. You just need to know how to flip the switch!
Preparing by Being Proactive
Some preppers might want to be proactive in shutting off utilities. One reason you might want to do this is if you are going on a trip and you know bad weather is heading your way. There are many stories of people coming back to their homes after Winter Storm Uri to see water pouring out from underneath their doors.
Another reason to shutoff your utilities is for risk eversion. When the temperatures were expected to drop during Christmas 2022 below freezing for a few days, many people chose to turn off the water and drain their pipes instead of running the risk of a busted pipe.
The Training Piece
One of the most important things you can do is to train everyone in your household where the gas shutoff valve and water meter is located and how to use the tools to turn them off in an emergency! You should stress how to do this and why. You might not always be around. It might fall to your spouse or kids to accomplish turning off your utilities in an emergency.
In conclusion, being prepared means some of the simple things like knowing when to turn off your utilities. This is essential to keeping you and your family safe during emergencies or just to make life easier. Turning off your home utilities during emergencies can prevent further damage and a lot of pain in heartache in dealing with insurance and contractors.