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From Natalie R: How about a shotgun for a woman? I am not very strong to lift and hold most normal shotguns. What about a .20 gauge?

Answer: When it comes to shotguns, a 20 gauge is a great choice for a woman for home defense. A 20-gauge shotgun will be easier to handle, have less recoil and provide more than enough stopping power.

I would try and find a friend who owns a .20 gauge to see if it’s the right fit for you. If you decide to buy one, I would check out the Remington 870 in .20 gauge.

From Walter H: Which phone would you recommend, a flip phone or a low-end smart phone? I prefer to not have anyone listen in on my calls. Love this article. Thanks for the insight and wisdom.

Answer: I would lean toward getting a cheap flip phone. The fewer features and frills on the phone, the more secure you will be.

Now, flip phones may still have GPS so I would try to find one that doesn’t or make sure you keep the GPS turned off at all times. Again, the less features and add-ons that the phone has, the safer you will be.

From Jodie: I feel I must respond to this. I have a family member who is a registered sex offender. This happened because of false claims made by a young lady that he and his wife were babysitting since the age of a few months.

At the age of 14, she asked for money to purchase drugs. When she was told no, she replied: “either give me the money or I will tell everyone you raped me.”

Guess what! It worked. She never went to the hospital, called the police or did anything to prove rape, but there it was. Far too many men are forced to register for stupid things they never did.

Answer: I agree that some people can get screwed by our legal system. This is why I mentioned that I asked the guy why he had to register as a sex offender to see if it was something like what happened to your family member.

From Matt G: Okay so the guy made a mistake when he was a kid and he still going through therapy and you don’t hire him because of what he did as a kid wow shame on you.

Answer: Shame on me? Are you outta your mind? Why don’t you hire this guy to babysit your kids or grandkids? This guy still has urges and I have 4 young kids who are around my office often, so you better believe I would not hire a sex offender who molested someone.

From Tom T: When planning for water storage for an emergency situation do you use a sanitizer such as Clorox rinse on your containers before filling them? Once filled, how long do you keep them before exchanging the water?

Answer: Before filling a container with water for storage, you want to make sure to clean and sanitize the container. First, wash the storage container and rinse completely with water.

Next, sanitize the container with a solution made by mixing 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid bleach. Wait at least 30 seconds and then pour the sanitizing solution out of the container.

Lastly, let the empty sanitized container air-dry before use or rinse the empty container with clean, safe water. As for how long the water will stay fresh, it all depends on how it’s stored.

If the water is sitting in your garage all summer where the temperatures reach 100 degrees, it won’t last as long as if it were stored in a cool basement. Because I store my water in a cool, dry place, I only change it out once per year.

From Waylon T: Back in time, the gas shut off wrenches were made, I believe, of fiberglass to prevent sparks in the presence of a gas leak. I no longer see fiberglass wrenches for this. Are they necessary?

Answer: A gas shut-off wrench is one of the more essential tools to keep in your home disaster emergency kit. These wrenches are sometimes known as a utility shut-off wrench.

They will shut off both the water main and the main gas valves on your home. The wrench will help you turn off water and gas that may be escaping from a fallen house after a storm.

There are many styles of these wrenches, but I would purchase one that can shut off both water and gas such as the Survival Kit 4-1 wrench, which sells for about $15 on Amazon. These wrenches aren’t made of fiberglass but are safe to use in an emergency.

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