• Thursday, October 09th, 2008

Ron Mauer Sr, M.S.U.

This blog is about potential solutions.  It is a collection of notes to myself about topics I needed to research.  Much, but not all, of the information here is the result of research done by others, then selected to share as guided by my intuition.  The blog is likely to be a never ending journey of learning, brainstorming and sharing.  This is one of the ways that I have fun.

The duration, severity and recovery schedules for the turbulence ahead are unknown.  Prepping is better started 6 months too early than 6 seconds too late.

Some links are provided to help find useful items and find more detailed information.  I do not profit from links clicked and I have nothing for sale here.

  • Water is critical.  Three days without clean water and you will need nothing else.  Having a water plan is top priority.
  • The Survival Blog is very popular and has much quality information to offer.  Highly recommended.

This plan is tailored for my interests.  It may serve as a useful starting place for brainstorming by others.

If  a bug out is planned:

  • Have a carefully prepared plan and contingency plans, well known to all members of your immediate family.
  • Have a bug out bag already packed and ready to go.
  • Have a full tank of gas.
  • Have provisions already in place at your bugout destination.
  • Be first on the road.

As best you can:

  • Practice with your gear before it is needed.
  • Question everything, with respect.  Just because someone else is on a different path does not mean they are on the wrong path.
  • Do your own research.  Trust your own intuition.
  • Be adaptable to change.
  • Relax.  Stay calm.  Take action.

Prepping on a budget, in a nut shell (in 3 phases)

Plan for how to deal with emergencies.  Brainstorm solutions for various scenarios with family and friends.  Those without a plan, plan to fail.

Taking positive action can be very empowering. It only takes a few dollars to get started. The most important thing is to start now.

Phase 1

  • Have a water plan.  Where is the water supply?  Are portable containers available? How far must water be carried? Is it safe to travel?
  • Find a water filter that matches the budget and needs. Three days without clean water and nothing else will be needed.
  • Purchase a Water Pasteurization Indicator , $7.95, (Video) to show when heated water is safe for cooking and drinking.
  • Find an emergency cook stove.  Carefully consider the fuel source.  Wood is usually available. Will the stove be used indoors (no charcoal or wood) or outdoors? How will you start a fire?
  • Purchase a variety of seasoning to avoid food fatigue.  Make the same food taste different.
  • Purchase a few extra cans of food and dehydrated food from your local supermarket during each visit.
  • Have plans for emergency lighting, clothes washing, self defense, communicating with family members if cell phones do not work.
  • How does one deal with no toilet paper?
  • Stock up on soap. Lots of it. Very important and inexpensive.
  • Purchase a first aid kit and get training.  In a grid down scenario little problems become major problems.
  • Have a security plan and a caching plan.

Phase 2

  • Purchase a higher capacity water filter if needed.
  • Purchase a food dehydrator that matches budget and needs.  Useful only while electricity is available.  Start dehydrating.
  • Learn how to dehydrate food, about shelf life, and how to cook dehydrated food.
  • Select and purchase one or more accessories to vacuum pack food at home..
  • Purchase small suitable containers (Mason jars, P.E.T.E. jars, Mylar bags)  suitable for vacuum packed food.  FoodSaver bags are not suitable for long term storage.
  • Purchase (or construct) an emergency composting toilet that fits within budget.  Cover deposits with peat moss or sawdust.  It will not stink.  Empty the container into the active chamber of a dual chamber compost bin.  Having a septic tank, which is the better option: haul water for flushing or have a composting toilet?
  • Expand the first aid kit and get more training.

Phase 3 (if finances improve)