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Old 05-28-2010, 09:11 PM   #11
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Smitty, I'm not talking about TEOTWAWKI. That will be left to other forums. I am just bringing up preparedness for emergencies. Everything you mention is good and I am sure that many of us that know the handshake are working on our knowledge base, but some need to start at the beginning. Maybe they never even considered being prepared for a disaster. I've got food in different places, more than 72 hrs. worth. I just want to bring up the need for relying on yourself, not the guberment, Red Cross or anyone else. One starts with the basics and expands from there. You don't just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to run the NY Marathon" when you have never run before.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:30 PM   #12
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That's one of many reasons why we bought Mac... Tools and stuff really help out in a bind.
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I'm with CrazyCal on this. A specific page on preparedness, if we can keep it without TEOTWAWKI There are plenty of forums out there for that.
A quick note on water storage. If stored properly, it will last a very long time. It will go flat. You can use an Aerobic conditioner for that or just try pouring it back and forth between containers. That will put oxygen back into the water and improve the taste a lot.

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Old 05-28-2010, 10:45 PM   #14
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Smitty, I'm not talking about TEOTWAWKI. That will be left to other forums. I am just bringing up preparedness for emergencies. Everything you mention is good and I am sure that many of us that know the handshake are working on our knowledge base, but some need to start at the beginning. Maybe they never even considered being prepared for a disaster. I've got food in different places, more than 72 hrs. worth. I just want to bring up the need for relying on yourself, not the guberment, Red Cross or anyone else. One starts with the basics and expands from there. You don't just wake up one day and say, "I'm going to run the NY Marathon" when you have never run before.

Tell that to the people who were in Katrina.... . What exactly is the "standard" length of an emergency? Is being lost an emergency? Could being trapped on your roof in a flood with no fresh water be one? I guess it all depends on how much & what exactly you want to prepare for? If it's just a 24 hour power-outage....start with the Ben & Jerrys

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There is no excuse for what happened in Katrina. The Mayor and Governor both failed miserably at their job. But at the same time, people have to take some responsibility for the outcome. They knew days in advance that Katrina was coming. People just hung around doing nothing. We all remember the hundreds of school buses that were sitting underwater. Those could have been used to help peopIe. I would have been out of dodge days before it hit and I wouldn't have to worry about finding a motel room inland or trying to go to a store to find food and water.

Could the bus break down, sure. Could Murphy's Law happen, sure. But I don't think fishing or hunting would have been a big help during that disaster. You can't be prepared for every possible thing that could happen, but you can start somewhere. Where I live, I think earthquakes and fires are the main concern. Other places, tornadoes and hurricanes would be a bigger concern. If an earthquake happens here and your house gets red-tagged, you don't have a place to live. The same thing if you loose a house to fire. That's where I start and I go from there.

My water will be stored in 13 gallon drums. Probably 6-8 drums. I will start with potable water. If it needs to be treated when I need it, I'll treat it. Food will be a mixture of dry and canned. I won't be having surf-n-turf every night, but I will have what I need to get by. That's good enough for me.

P.S. I won't be giving up the Ben and Jerry's regardless of the disaster.
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Most disaster preparedness plans call for 72 hours worth of food, water, and supplies for each person. Of course there could be shorter emergencies as well as much longer ones, but a 72 hour supply is better than nothing!
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Most disaster preparedness plans call for 72 hours worth of food, water, and supplies for each person. Of course there could be shorter emergencies as well as much longer ones, but a 72 hour supply is better than nothing!
True, but my plan is to have at least a 30 day supply. That's not hard to do with dry and canned goods. I forgot about one area where I plan to build a house. It is in a flood zone. In 1997, it was underwater for 2 months. There was a levy break. Don't worry, my house will be up high.
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I use 5 gal stainless steel Cornelius kegs for drinking water storage. http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart ... -Used.html They are very portable, designed to be used for restaurant soft drink syrup. They are easily cleaned and sterilized, have quick connectors (like an air hose) and can be pressurized with a bike pump to dispense water. Get them, connectors, and sterilizer at a beer homebrewers supply store. British berkefeld gravity water filter (with the black berkey filters http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkeytech.htm) are good to have, and come in various sizes (and you will like them for improving "city" water)
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I scored about a dozen of those kegs for a good price. I have them soaking right now but I was planning on using them for beer.
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True, but my plan is to have at least a 30 day supply. That's not hard to do with dry and canned goods...
I would have to agree. A one month supply would be nice to have on hand. The problem that I have is that during the winter half of the year my supplies would freeze in my bus. I always have at least 72 hours worth of supplies on hand for both of us, including bottled water, but more than that would take too long to move from the house to the bus if we had to evacuate in a hurry.
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72 HOURS? I WAS THINKIN AT LEAST 72 BEERS!keep some cash around also,keep that bus fueled up,batterys charged,good time to have solar for sure,have to keep in mind that the next evac may be guberment related...
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