Skip to comments.Preparedness for Dark Times
Posted on 05/13/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by Kartographer
I am a deputy sheriff in Louisiana and patrol primarily on the night shift. A few nights ago my shift was alerted that the main city in our parish was under a complete "black out", meaning a total loss of ALL electricity. The reason for the blackout was unknown but the repercussions were great. The power stayed out for a mere hour and a half, but that was all it took to cause chaos all throughout the city. In this hour and a half multiple shootings occurred, multiple wrecks occurred on the highways and city streets, and multiple stores and businesses were broken into and looted due to security systems malfunctioning. All within that small hour and a half. It really shows how fragile the order in our cities hangs in the balance. People who would probably have been watching television or engaging in other peaceful activities, were gathering in the streets starting fights. All because the lights and tv turned off. Wow. Only a handful of people had nothing to worry about because they were prepared with a few necessities such as: flashlights, food, water, protection (I.e. Rifle, handgun, or shotgun).
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Spending 3-4 grand isn’t in my budget. I figure something is better than nothing, but I would need to do some research before buying. My thought is when your low tech alarm system (dog, tin cans on a string, etc.) goes off you can check it out without giving yourself away.
freak blizzard which topple trees onto power lines
...just change the time frame to July or August and see what happens.
I think so. ;)
I believe it's important to practice what you are going to do with small problems so that if there is a big problem, everyone knows what is going to happen, and what their role is in the process.
And for some, that means bringing beer. I have them trained like pavlov's dogs.
I bow in the general direction of your awesome skill set, sir. LOL
I read you can also use jojoba oil, and it’s not a petroleum based oil (egg shells are porous.)
There are several ways to preserve eggs. Do a google and you’ll find them. Some work for up to 2 years apparently.
I started out with a couple of ~300W “modified” sine wave inverters (110V)that can be hooked to a couple of old car batteries or to a car and provide minimal lighting and are able to run a computer. Then I got a sine wave inverter to be able to run either the refrigerator (summer) or furnace (Winter). Still hooks up to a bank of batteries charged by a (Diesel) car.
I have other things on my list that are more important than spending thousands of dollars on nvg. But, I guess it’s a matter of how much disposable $$ you have.
Or you can hard-boil them and they will last even longer.
I have about 3 #10 cans of powdered eggs, hey, it ain’t the Hilton, but you can come up with quite a few decent meals.
About ever two months I hit the bulk food joint around here - 5 dozen eggs for around five dollars.
Remember hearing about gold rush times when an egg would cost you ten dollars?
Might be worse this time!!
I’ve always wondered who the first guy was who said “I think I’ll eat the next thing that comes out of that chicken’s ass”.
Really torn on this one. Having been through a few hurricanes in my time, there is nothing like hoping/wishing for some cool air and cold beers via generator-powered cooling sources. The underside is what you mention: everyone hears the generator and starts heading your way.
I think it was the Bosnia survivor that wrote of his experiences that if he had it to do over again that he would have rather had 1000 cigarette lighters than one generator when he went through his year and a half or so ordeal.
You have powdered gold.
I have worked for fine dining establishments, and I use powdered egg for eggwash on my pastries. Ain't a damn thing wrong with powdered eggs.
I don't want them for scrambled eggs, but for everything else, they are just fine. They make great crepes.
I don't know, but I'll bet I am related to him on my father's side.
Bosnia is very different from my neighborhood. Not as much vodka and blini here. More chorizo and Dos Equis.
But I'm good with vodka and blinis, too, if someone wants to bring some. I even know some Russian drinking songs.
Better to impress with eggy crepes filled with wild blackberry (substitute your local fruit here) jelly.
I just bought to cases of Augason farms emergency food kits, never seen them before and our local Walmart in Wasilla Alaska just started carrying them and the individual cans.
The dinner and brekkie kits are 6 #10 cans of various materials from ehhs to potatoes.
Buying the kit was much cheaper than buying the individual cans.
Here is their website,
Same with dried hash-browns. I use them in normal course of business. Fresh taters take a long time to peel, have to be shredded, must be pressed free of liquid, and protected from turning brown.
Dehydrated hash browns need a few minutes of hot water, squeezed dry, and cook.
When you are making breakfast for 600 for the first sitting... dehydrated hash browns win on flavor and ease of prep.
Any particular brand and where can I get them?
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