Youth Preparedness is Important

Youth Preparedness is Important

Why is Youth Preparedness important?  What does being prepared have to do with kids?  Why should I be prepared?  These are all great questions that I hope to answer in this post.

I am a teenager living in Washington State.  As an Amateur Radio Operator and an Eagle Scout, it’s my duty to be prepared.  In fact, the Boy Scout motto is ‘Be Prepared’, so why not be?  I have also completed the Safe Sitter course sponsored by the local fire department to become a better babysitter.

Youth Preparedness is Important - Can you pitch a tent if needed? Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan of Gluten Free Preppers
Youth Preparedness is Important – Can you pitch a tent if needed? Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan of Gluten Free Preppers

Yes, Youth Can Learn How to “Be Prepared” for Emergencies!

Being prepared can be hard and takes some effort.  I believe it is always worth it in the end.  Many organizations offer a variety of courses in preparedness topics such as First Aid and CPR, C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team), and food storage.  Some of the courses and workshops are available for youth, not just the adults!  C.E.R.T. training is available for youth and adults.  C.E.R.T. teams are formed with adults and there are youth teams, too.

Youth Preparedness Helps Me in My Family

My family recently bought a duel-fuel generator which can be used to power certain appliances and other items in our home in the likely (especially in the Puget Sound area) and sadly unfortunate event there is a power outage.  We have bug out bags for all members of our family.  We have even purchased a bath liner for each of the bath tubs.  In an emergency event, like a volcanic eruption, we would put the bath liner into the tub and fill it up with water as soon as we could from the faucet.  This would give us <insert> number of gallons of water to use (after purifying for eating or bathing purposes) before our water supply becomes contaminated.

A big concern for us is ash fall contaminating our water supply from any one of the five volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.  This area is also prone to earthquakes and floods, the latter being more common.

Natural Disasters Affect Youth Worldwide

In many places of the world, however, there are other things that can happen besides or in addition to a power outage, i.e. droughts, famine, tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes.  Clean water and food storage are the most important items to already have stored and ready to use when needed.

As a youth, I help with organizing my family’s food and water storage.  I let my parents know what we need to stock up on and what is at goal level for our pantry.  Knowing what we have (and where it is stored) helps me be a part of my family’s emergency response plan.

Thousands of children suffer from disasters every year.  So preparing for them – and with them – is extremely important.  Admittedly it is sometimes tough to enlist the teenagers and toddlers in helping count food, stack cans, or prep food for canning.

Little Children Can Help the Family Become Better Prepared

Sure you may need to stock up on diapers often or buy new clothes every three months (for babies and those teenage boys), but it helps to have an extra set of hands (if they are old enough to help) to assist you in the aftermath of a disaster.  Have your child (assuming he or she is old enough) help with storage, buying food, and extra clothes. Have a bug out bag for each child and adult in your home (as age and ability allows).  Remember to store a bigger one for all of you in each vehicle.

Dare to Prepare Now!

I feel that youth everywhere have a need for Youth Preparedness so they are ready for themselves and their families for what may come in the future.  So they are better prepared when bad things happen.  When the world around them (as they know it) collapses they will wish they had been better prepared.

Dare to prepare now!  Be rewarded when disaster strikes by knowing that you were prepared for it before it even happened.

-The Gluten Free Eagle

Splash into Summer Giveaway


Summer is almost here!  It feels like it was just the holidays, doesn’t it?

What does summer mean for you and your family?  For us, we love grilling hamburgers and corn-on-the-cob on the barbecue.  We try to visit extended family.  My boys have Scout Camp and High Adventure.

I wanted to share my love of summer with you, my readers!  This giveaway is all about having fun this summer!  We are giving away two swimming pools as well as one slip and slide.  Talk about staying cool all Summer long!  Keep reading to find out how to enter for your chance to win!

  • 2 winners will win a Summer Escapes 15′ x 36″ Quick Set Round Above Ground Swimming Pool with Filter Pump System (Retail Value: $120.00 each)
  • 1 winner will win a Slip & Slide (Retail Value: $25.00)

This Giveaway will run from 6/1 – 6/14 11:59 PM EST. Make sure to complete as many of the entries below as possible for the BEST chance at winning! We also have a bonus entry you can do every single day! (Bonus Entry: Tweeting a message about the Giveaway!) No entries are mandatory.

Enter below and Good Luck! (This giveaway is NOT being sponsored by Summer Escapes)

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Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

Some People are Referred to as a “Ham”

Amateur Radio Operators are often called Hams.  To find out more about why the term “Ham” is used, see this explanation including this definition: “Ham: a poor operator; a ‘plug’ (G. M. Dodge; The Telegraph Instructor).”

Amateur Radio is across the Globe

Amateur Radio has a worldwide presence and has been for decades. It is for use in wartime and moments of peace. Amateur Radio allows communication between different time zones, countries, and continents.

Amateur Radio is a life long skill. The process is free to study, free to use (though there is a cost for equipment), and there is no charge to get the license from the FCC.  There is a license exam fee and the current cost is $14-17 in my area. This fee helps offset the cost of exam materials.

Amateur Radio can be a Family Activity

Amateur Radio is fun to do with my family. I have had my Technician license since June 2007. My husband obtained his Technician license in July 2007 and later upgraded to the General class license. His last upgrade was to the Extra class license on 18 October 2011.

Our oldest son took the exam for his Technician class license on October 31, 2009. My oldest and I are studying for the General exam. Our fifteen-year-old passed the Technician exam in 2018 (when he was 14). Our eight-year-old (when he was seven) also attended the class with the then fourteen-year-old. He did not take the exam as he was not ready). He is continuing to study for it as is our youngest, who is seven.

Jonathan on HF Rig Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams
Jonathan on HF Rig Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

{The above photo is of my husband, Jonathan (KE7OLE), working on an HF rig at the Mt. Tahoma Technoree during Jamboree On The Air (J.O.T.A.) on October 15, 2011.}

Three Amateur Radio Licenses in the U.S.A.

Each license allows certain bandwidth privileges. Ham radio allows you to talk to a neighbor, a spouse driving on the way home from work during the evening commute, or to talk to others around the world.

Sometimes, Amateur Radio operators are able to talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station. This opportunity is available when the Space Station is overhead and an astronaut is on the radio waves.

Amateur Radio is a sought after way to communicate as Hams offer a way to instant, reliable, and constant form of communication after a disaster. Amateur Radio operators work with FEMA, American Red Cross, AREAS, RACES, and other organizations in the supporting role of providing communication abilities.

Communicating across the Ocean

Here is an example of how Amateur Radio allows communication between people miles apart or even over the ocean.

Recently, my husband was on his HF (High Frequency) rig (another term for radio equipment) and was tuning in to the 15 meters band. He came across an operator that was on the battleship USS Missouri ‘Mighty Mo’ (BB-63)! They were doing a Club event on the HF bandwidths.

Our boys thought it was cool how there were Hams on the USS Missouri. They were excited he was attempting to talk to a Ham operator who was aboard a ship.

When I heard an operator from the KH6BB USS Missouri Battleship Radio Room say, “here on Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor,” I was super excited! Why? Years ago, when the USS Missouri was in port at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards, my family and I were able to go tour it. I have pictures (or my mother does) of me on the vessel as well as the polo shirt that I purchased while onboard.

Here is a close up of the polo showing the 50th Anniversary logo design:

U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Polo Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams
U.S.S. Missouri BB-63 Polo Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan Amateur Radio Operators are Hams

When our family is able to go to Pearl Harbor, I will be sure to schedule with the “Mighty Mo so that my husband, myself, and our boys can visit the Radio Room and use the radio from the USS Missouri.

What’s Your Call Sign?

Do you have your Amateur Radio license? If so, what was your reason for obtaining it? If you have a Ham license from another country, please share. We love talking to Hams around the world!

This was originally on my site. As of March 15, 2016, this post now lives here on Gluten Free Preppers. This post was updated on April 20, 2019.

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

It’s January.  It’s cold in my part of the U.S.  I’m bundled up with gloves, a scarf, and a hoodie or a heavy jacket.  If you do know me, you know how much I love a good mug of hot chocolate (with whip, of course!).

People are still recovering from holiday shopping sprees.  Budgets are tight.  Splurging on yourself is still not an option for many.

You may be wondering why I am part of a giveaway for a Starbucks Gift Card as I don’t drink coffee.  Remember, I do love a big mug of hot chocolate!

When meeting with fellow bloggers and business associates, we often times schedule our visits at one of the many Starbucks in our area.  (Yes, there are many where I live.  Many.)

I know you are all wondering about this awesome Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway.

I know a few people (one of my aunts, a cousin, and my vegan blogger friend in particular) will all be ecstatic to see I have posted this giveaway!

Good luck in the giveaway!  If you do win, please let me know!


Without further ado…on to the Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!


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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs.  Potential abuse of medications education will be available at each collection site.  The next Take-Back Day is from 10 to 2pm on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Take-Back Day is the safe way for drug disposal

Growing up, I remember we always flushed expired medicines down the toilet.  This method was used to avoid accidental ingestion by children finding pills in the garbage.  This disposal method is no longer recommended or encouraged.

Did you know expired medication can be harmful?

As explained to me by a pharmacist, an expired medication can become either less or more potent.  Either the drug will work less or potentially a lot more.

If you are no longer using medications, why are they in the medicine cabinet?  Unused medications are ones you no longer want or need to use.  Maybe you were on a medication and then your doctor told you to stop taking.  If that’s the case, is it still taking up room in your medicine cabinet?

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

To find a collection site near you, please visit DEA Diversion Control.  (If you live in Pennsylvania or Delaware, these two states have already done the program.)

For this program, expired and unused medications are both accepted.  There are some restrictions, so please check for specific place details.  (For example, pharmacies are unable to accept narcotics.  Some places cannot accept liquid medicine.)

I found more expired medications in my medicine cabinet than I anticipated.  The Take-Back Day is on my calendar so I can drop off what I no longer need.

Please let me know if you take part.  Where you surprised at what you found in your medicine cabinet?