Archive for ◊ October, 2008 ◊

• Thursday, October 09th, 2008

Ron Mauer Sr, M.S.U.

This blog is about potential solutions.  It is a collection of notes to a beginner prepper (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.

The following plan may serve as a useful starting place for brainstorming.

If  a bug out is planned:

  • Is there a carefully prepared plan, well known to all members of  the immediate family, of what to do in case an emergency occurs during a communication blackout?  Is there a contingency plan?
  • What is in the bug out bag?  Is there a list of  items that can only be packed at the last moment?
  • Is the gas tank always kept sufficiently full to reach the bug out destination?
  • Are provisions already in place at the bug out destination?
  • Can we be on the road early enough to avoid traffic jams?

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

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.
  • Find an emergency cook stove.  Carefully consider the fuel source.  Wood is usually available but cannot be used indoors without an externally vented chimney. Butane and propane can be used indoors.  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.  Plastic bags are not suitable for long term storage.
  • Purchase (or construct) an emergency composting toilet that fits within the budget.  Cover deposits with peat moss or sawdust.  It will not stink.  When full, empty the container into the active chamber of a dual chamber compost bin.
  • Expand the first aid kit and get more training.

Phase 3 (if finances improve)