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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Good plan. I have 2 generators, and usually give them the same routine sometime during the summer when I’m not prone to use them. Standard small engine stuff, check the oil, get it up to operating temps, put a small load on it, hit it with a touch of carb cleaner...
Same deal with my chain saws, whether I am using them or not.
Having had lots of powdered eggs in the service, my stock includes plenty of Louisiana Hot Sauce per can of powdered eggs.
A lot of folks thought I was nuts to retire in Hawaii with the cost of living, but I never need heat or cooling. Living without electricity is not so hard if the climate permits it. My gen can run the refridge and microwave same time until gas runs out, should be good enough.
Nice, and that is some pretty big stuff on that latter.
Here’s a nice site with info on and products for multi-fuel (think propane) conversion for smaller gensets.
” (Ahem) Bait. “
With D-Con, you never have to deal with the tiny little bodies.... ;)
Yeah, I wish I had ethanol free anywhere near here. Good idea on that. I do double up on Sta-Bil when I fill my fuel cans.
I just recemtly saw one of those compact inverter generators made by Yamaha, I want one. Charges both 12volt and does some decent 120vac, enough for a TV at the least.
But getting back to the issue of light in itself during dark times I think thats pretty important, LED is a great idea. I have quite a few chemical sticks for emergency, safe for the kids to carry around.
Would be interesting on how to make your own, especially a supersized one for a yard light.
“”that if you coat eggs with food grade mineral oil they will last at least 9 months with no refrigeration””
I grew up on a farm and before we had a refrigerator, our eggs were kept in the cellar in a crock (not crock pot) in a white slimey substance. I have no idea what it was called or how it was made. I do remember going down to get eggs out of it. Is there anyone here old enough to remember the same thing?
The trouble with those chem sticks is they have a fairly short shelf life.
Probably a solution made with lime.
Some gens like my little Honda 1kW have a mode that throttles way back if the load is low to conserve. Lot less noisy too. Not that I would buy another one soon, but this one can be hooked in parallel with another for 2kW is you had to have that.
Provident Pantry and Mountain House taste good. Tried Wise buckets where the meal comes in pouches. No meat in meals, but soy substitutes. Not as good tasting. Their soups are good. How does Augason farms test like?
“”Probably a solution made with lime.””
I’m sure I would have recognized that as we also used lime on the farm - before we had a bathroom - so you can guess what that was for!! LOL
It was a jelly like substance and you had to dip your hands down into it to find the eggs.
I’ve never done it myself but am thinking of trying. A web search will turn up many different ways.
It was probably water glass, or sodium silicate.
This is my very first purchase of the Augason brand, my lady friend has fed me the mashed potatoes and I think they tasted better than off the shelf instant spuds but it may be her cooking, she is an expert chef. It was her who talked me into “prepping” of this type of long storage food, she says its most important to scoop out of the can, don’t pour as that displaces the inert gas used when they seal the tins.
My idea of prepping was having a freezer full of Hungryman TV dinners, some microwave burritos and ice cream. But I have a strong sense of intuition and its telling me Obama is going on a vengeful food restriction agenda.
I've got one of those and really like it. I use 100 LL aviation fuel for my small engines that are going to be sitting for awhile. My pressure cleaner sat for over 2 years and started with just a few pulls.
You are right. I was looking it up as you posted. Thanks. So my memory is still good!!!! That’s good to know.
“”Waterglass is another name for sodium silicate, a chemical compound that has many uses. Waterglass has been used for egg preservation since the turn of the last century and is one of the most successful preservation methods available. When mixed with water, waterglass forms a gelatinous substance in which eggs are completely immersed and stored in a crock in a dark, cool location. Waterglass can preserve eggs for five months or more without refrigeration and can be reused for subsequent batches of eggs. Waterglass works like lard in sealing up the pores of the egg and preventing air and bacteria from entering. It is easy to store and can be made up into solution as needed.””
BTW, Great book!
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