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Old 05-31-2010, 01:37 AM   #31
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Re: Emergency preparedness.

Food and water is fairly easy to store for evacuations. My main concern is how to stay warm in the winter. How much propane do I need to store to keep from freezing to death in the winter? How much fuel to carry on board to get myself to southern Arizona, in the event there is no gas or diesel to be bought. Getting my family to a destination away from a harsh winter area is my main concern. Our buses will give us good shelter, but I don't want to be stuck somewhere where I have to burn 30 lbs of propane a day to keep from freezing. Your thoughts....
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Food and water is fairly easy to store for evacuations. My main concern is how to stay warm in the winter. How much propane do I need to store to keep from freezing to death in the winter? How much fuel to carry on board to get myself to southern Arizona, in the event there is no gas or diesel to be bought. Getting my family to a destination away from a harsh winter area is my main concern. Our buses will give us good shelter, but I don't want to be stuck somewhere where I have to burn 30 lbs of propane a day to keep from freezing. Your thoughts....
If things get to the point of no gas or diesel is available, the last place I would be heading is the US/Mexican border. I can't imagine that would be the safest place to hang out.
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If things get to the point of no gas or diesel is available, the last place I would be heading is the US/Mexican border. I can't imagine that would be the safest place to hang out.
It depends upon who you're hanging out with and how well prepared they are........ I have my "plan B" ready approximately 60 to 70 miles from the border.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:24 AM   #34
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...The more you can provide for yourself, the less you need to haul-around or cram into any limited space you may have...
And this is why we should have paid attention to what our ancesters were trying to teach us!!! Every generation seems to lose more of the self-reliance that the older generations were quite capable of. Electricity, gasoline, propane, etc. are all 'new' inventions. People lived a LONG time before such luxuries came to be. History can teach us how to survive IF we actually take the time to learn.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:35 AM   #35
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If you have a wood stove in your skoolie, you only need an axe to harvest fuel. If you have solar panels on your bus, you can power a single burner electric stove for cooking or heating a single small room (a "stovetop" fan is handy for heating a room)...if your not using the wood stove already to heat the entire bus. Keep several coolers ready and dump the contents of your fridge into them when the twinkie hits the fan. Don't forget that you have all those cans and boxes in the cupboards to grab also. MRE's are tasty for about 10 or so years, then they dont taste as good but are just as nutritional as the day they were packaged... Stay away from the Meatballs in Sauce, it gains a "sticky oily" flavor/texture. (I speak from experience.)

You dont have to plan for Every disaster, Just plan for most of them. The stuff you have to carry will work for just about 95% of the problems you will run into, the last 5% cant be accounted for, or will cost a lot to get a "Uni-Tasker" for a single purpose. A saw is good, but a rope-saw is better and takes alot less space, plus you can get several for $10 and store in the same amount of space as 4-6 condoms. Just be sure which you grab in the dark. Get a Dynamo Flashlight that has a chargeport on it. If you really have too, you can power small electronics like a cellphone or radio from it. Or even charge the battery of a larger rechargeable lamp. LED lights are going to be great to have around for making your batteries and fuel last longer between engine/gen chargings.

Oh yeah, and in the case of sudden emergencies... If the roads are Fuc.....So are you! Cause you aren't going anywhere... Alot of people aren't bright enough to stay put when something happens and they try to flee causing all sorts of chaos added onto whatever damage was caused by the disaster. Unless you have 4wheel drive, your pretty much stuck to flat roads and behind the "rats" trying to get out.
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A good mountain bike (think good quality used, not dept. store junk) is excellent no fuel short range transportation with cargo capacity,and after a local flood some years ago that took out most of the bridges in one area, and washed out roads,I was still mobile. suspension is good on the front, but on the rear limits use of a rack/panniers to carry stuff as well as being less expensive.
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