German E. coli Outbreak
As if we needed another reason to be encouraged to produce more of our own food, comes the recent outbreak of an unusual strain of E. coli in Germany. This strain has a 1% lethality rate, and about 40% develop an extreme reaction that can lead to kidney failure. This outbreak seems to be linked to sprouts from an organic farm, but they are still investigating.
I'm not real good at remembering to wash of my fresh fruit and vegetables, but we should all really be doing that. Several times a year we hear about an outbreak. E. coli can lead to gastrointestinal disease, urinary tract infection, and neonatal meningitis.
I recently was introduced to Prepping To Survive, a nice blog written by a husband and wife team. They cover everything from a multi-part feature on backyard chicken raising, to grandma's wisdom, to handgun selection. I really like this blog, and encourage you to check them out.
Sponsor of the Week
Our Sponsor of the Week is Survival Gear Bags. They have some really cool items on sale right now, including Blast Boxers (a must have if you have a loved one in the Sandbox) and the 5.11 Tactical RUSH 72 Back Pack. As always they have the flat rate of $10 for shipping, but if your purchase is more than $150, you get free shipping! Please check them out and tell them you heard about them from If It Hits The Fan.com.
Next Two Weeks
For the next two weeks, I've got a very heavy plate at work, that will drain me mentally and physically. I'm going to do my best to still get a post out each day, but several days will probably be pretty short, just some comments on prepping-related news stories or something. If you'd be willing to do a guest post, please email it to me and it will help me continue to provide quality material. It can be a product or book review; a personal story about how/why you got into preparedness or a time when your preps helped you get through something; or any other original survival-related information. It can be three paragraphs, or three pages, whatever you need to get your story across. If I use your work, I'll send you something useful from the Barter Larder as a thank you.