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various FR links & stories | 10-23-05 | the heavy equipment guy

Posted on 10/23/2005 2:50:03 PM PDT by backhoe

The following is my usual slap-dash collection of quotes and links from other posts I have run across, with information about preparing for, coping with, and generally surviving hurricanes.

Tossed in is some general disaster information. Credit given when I can find or remember it.

The Survivalist & Y2K hounds weren't so wrong, after all...

  Fast Facts: How to Prepare  

  Survival starts at the household level -Here is one Survivalist site which I've found fascinatingly useful...(Simple Survival)

 Emergency Preparedness (year's supply of food, 72 hour kit)
( Our own UtahGirl- hattip! )

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I hope everyone reading your post is paying attention. Losing electricity means no water, no refrigerated food, canned food disappearing from stores twice as fast as a result, no gasoline, because pumps can't bring it up out of the ground, and because there's no gasoline, no deliveries of food or medicine or other necessary supplies.

From what I've seen in the aftermath of these two hurricanes. most Americans simply are not set up to survive without electricity, and this worries me, because our electrical grid is wide open to a terrorist attack.

If we can't defend a 1000 mile border with Mexico, how can we possibly defend ten thousand miles of transmission lines? Any group of idiots with a crate of hand grenades can do to the country at large exactly what we see happening in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, and it seems to me that survival in the absence of electricity falls into four main categories.

1. Water. You can survive for 3 minutes without oxygen, three days without water, and three weeks without food. You need a dead minimum of 1 gallon of water, per person, per day. This will only meet survival needs if no water is used for flushing toilets or for bathing. The average person may not drink a full gallon everyday, but by the time you factor in cooking and cleaning needs, one gallon per person is cutting the supply very thin.

Water storage takes up a lot of space, and it can be a fragile resource. Most containers of store bought water will break down over time and leak, they are designed to, so that they will biodegrade. Two liter soda bottles seem to hold up for much longer. So do water jugs purchased for camping. A family of four will need a minimum of 40 gallons to survive ten days. That is eight 5 gallon camping jugs or 80 two liter pop bottles full.

Far better is a sustainable supply. With the proper preparation, a creek or lake will keep you and your family alive for a long time. You need to be able to filter out particulate matter and you need to be able to kill germs and bacteria to use this water, especially since the chances are that others will be using these sources for waste disposal in the event of an emergency.

Water filters for backpackers can be purchased for around $50 to $100, but without filter replacements, they are limited to 100 to 200 gallons before they clog up.

A large scale filter can be constructed from a pair of large tupperware containers or buckets, some playground sand, and some fist sized rocks or driveway gravel. Cut half inch holes in the bottom of the smaller container and fill it two inches with gravel. Fill it another four inches with playground sand. Place about two inches of gravel in the bottom of the larger container, and then place the smaller container inside the larger one. Unfiltered water goes into the inner container, and filtered water is drawn off from the outer container. Be careful not to contaminate the outer container when pouring unfiltered water into the inner one.

This will remove mud, sand and grit, but it will not purify the water. Purification can be accomplished with ordinary Clorox bleach, 5.5 percent sodium hypochlorite solution, no perfumes or softeners. Use 8 drops of bleach per gallon of clean water, or up to 16 drops of bleach per gallon for water from suspect sources. The colder the water, the longer it will take the bleach to kill the bugs. Let the bleach do it's thing at least half an hour, I prefer to let it stand overight before using it. This will allow you nearly unlimited reserves of water without consuming fuel for boiling.

2. Food. Canned or boxed food, anything that does not require refrigeration, will disappear from stores overnight or sooner in the event of an emergency. You cannot wait until disaster strikes to stock up. You need breakfast, lunch and dinner for each person to function in the long term without electricity or outside aid. Foods requiring only boiled water require less water for cooking and cleanup.

Oatmeal or cream of wheat will suffice for breakfast. Canned fruit can improve the taste and nutrition value. Sugar may be required for flavor. Powdered fruit juice mixes can be served cold. A mix of powdered fruit juices and powdered gatorade will serve multiple purposes in warmer climates. Tea or coffee will improve the morale of adults.

Peanut butter, jam and crackers can serve as a basis for lunch. Powdered soups may supplement. Discount stores sell ramen noodle soups with vegetables by the case for less than 2 dollars. Beef jerky, peanuts, and M&M's can provide a change of pace. Canned tomatoes and elbow macaroni make a tasty hot dish. A little bit of onion or garlic seasoning go a long way to providing variety and improving flavor.

Dinner options are limited. Canned chicken or fish is most readily available. Bulk can be achieved with canned vegatables, canned fruits, and rice/macaroni. Foil pouches of hamburger do not require refrigeration and taste ok for tacos or spaghetti sauce. Spam and armor treet do not require refrigeration. Canned beef stew, beef hash, and spoaghetti/lasagne products can be purchased by the case from discount houses. Canned ham is readily available. One can of vegetable and another of fruit will keep from lunchtime to dinnertime, allowing for less waste and more balanced servings.

Liquor can serve as trading stock, and in some cases, fuel. A surplus of spices can serve as trading stock.

Don't forget the can opener, manual type, and a backup, plus a couple of P-38 style emergency backups.

3. Sanitation and human waste disposal. If water is readily available and sanitary sewers are functional, unfiltered water can be used to flush toilets. Dedicated containers make this process easier. Be sure to differentiate between containers used for filtered and unfiltered water and do not mix them up, or flushing requirements will skyrocket.

If sanitary sewers are not functional or water for flushing is in short supply, solid human waste should be deposited in 5 gallon buckets and burned in 30 or 55 gallon steel containers. Some fuel (kerosine works well) will be necessary to get the fire started. Burning containers need ventilation holes punched around the bottom rim for good combustion. Note wind direction before burning waste. A standard toilet seat will fit onto a 5 gallon bucket for better balance. Provisions for privacy will do a lot for morale. Don't forget to stockpile toilet paper.

A solar shower can be purchased for less than $10 at discount houses. In an emergency one can be constructed from a black garbage bag, but it will not function as well or as fast as one designed for the purpose, nor will it serve as a sprinkler head. In cold or cool climates, the ground or the hood of a vehicle will act as a heat sink and speed heat loss and prolong warm-up times. Insulation under the shower bag will counter this effect. On cloudy days, or whenever warming does not happen fast enough, take what you can get from the sun and enhance it with water warmed on the stove. This water does not have to be filtered, but it should not be swallowed or used to brush teeth if it hasn't been purified.

One adult can shower with as little as 1 gallon of water, although 1.5 gallons is a more realistic estimate.

Don't forget soap and shampoo. Clothes can be washed in a tub, sink or other container, using the friction method. Don't forget a suitable detergent. Dishwasher soap and automatic laundry detergents are poor substitutes for the manual variants. Clorox will act as a good disinfectant.

4. First aid. The major injuries you can expect after a disaster are cuts and broken bones. You need a way to stop bleeding, to clean and disinfect wounds, and to dress them so as to avoid infection later on. You can never have too many four by fours, 4" square gauze pads. You can never have too much duct tape. A well made dressing does not require surgical tape, since the tape does not touch open or abraded skin.

Duct tape and splints will stabilize broken bones. Be sure to pad splints if they will be used for an extended period, or ulceration will occur.

In an absolute emergency salt water will kill germs, and a ziplock bag with a pinhole will serve as an irrigation aid. Better yet is to stock up in advance on commercial disinfectant ointments. Rubbing alcohol and/or hydrogen peroxide are inexpensive in quantity but suffer some of the same drawbacks as salt water. Rubber tourniquets are worth their weight in gold, for a lot more than medical emergencies.

In addition to being ready for cuts and broken bones, a well tuned first aid kit will contain apsirin, antacid tablets, and antihistamines. Cough drops are a plus. Heavier pain medications may be useful if you have a prescription. Surgical masks, disposable rubber gloves and scissors are very useful to have.

If you purchase a surgical suite, or include needle and thread in your kit, be sure to include a weighty medical reference text along with it. Emergency appendectomies look good on TV. Your mileage may vary.

These are the four basic considerations in a situation where electrical service is interrupted for an indeterminate time, water, food, sanitation, and medical emergencies.

Heat or cold temperatures will require forethought and some sacrifice. Layers provide better insulation that one thick coat. Artificial fabrics next to the skin will wick away perspiration and greatly improve your survival chances in cold weather. Cotton holds moisture and kills people in cold environments through hypothermia.

In hot environments you need steady water intake to survive 4 hours of sweating. If you feel thirsty, you have waited too long. After four hours of heavy perspiration, you will need to address electrolyte balance. Powdered gatorade will deal with this, as will other sources of potassium such as bananas. Ordinary salt might not hurt, but it won't help as much as gatorade. One quart of gatorade will allow an adult male to perspire heavily for 8 hours without significant effect. Dinner and breakfast can be used to replete electrolytes after the workday is finished, preserving and extending gatorade stockpiles. An ordinary headband, handkerchief, or ballcap will keep sweat out of your eyes while working, and will go a long way towards improving your effort and its beneficial effect.

Emergency lighting is necessary, but not always advisable. LED headlamps provide hands-free emergency light for working, and preserve battery life up to 100 hours. Flashlights require a hand to hold them and use batteries much faster. Whale oil lamps can soot damage a dwelling very quickly if not properly adjusted, but will last longer than candles and will provide more light. Most oil lamps are cheaply constructed, get familiar with their inner workings before you need to depend on them. A small needlenose pilers and small screwdriver are essential for servicing these lamps. Oil for lamps can spontaneausly combust, discard wicks and rags outside, away from flammable materials after use. Any combustion consumes oxygen. Proper ventilation is a must.

Displaying light after sunset will call attention to your dwelling and may invite unwanted attention. Changing to a sunrise to sunset schedule will preserve resources and enhance security.

Security is a matter of personal choice, especially involving firearms. The uninitiated will be best served with a 12 gauge shotgun, which requires minimal practice to serve as an effective deterrent. During an emergency is a bad time to learn muzzle and trigger discipline, not to mention markmanship. An assortment of #5 or #7 birdshot, double ought buckshot, and deer slugs will allow you to double the utility for both defense and for small game hunting. Weapons should always be kept immaculately clean and should always be considered to be loaded.

That's enough for now, it covers the basics and doesn't add more detail than is necessary. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before large segments of the American population are subjected to moderate or prolonged periods without electricity. We will either be ready for it, or we will not. The choice to prepare ourselves rests with each of us as individuals.

2,192 posted on 09/30/2005 2:55:57 PM EDT by jeffers
  Survival Preparedness
 Hurricane evacuation lessons
  Here's what you need:

a fill bath tub
b fill all large pots
c several dozen cleaned plastic milk carton / change quarterly

Battery operated radio
Battery operated flashlights (1 per person + 1)

Week worth of batteries for above

Fill propane for gas grill

Fill all cars

Sterno cans and fondue pot for cooking

Matches, lighter, lighter fluid

Several rolls of 6 mil plastic sheets 10’ x 100’

5 boxes of 20 each, large garbage sacks

4 pair heavy work gloves

Axe, hatchet, shovel nails, heavy duty staples, staple gun, hammers, saws, chain saw

6 bread baking pans (to make block ice)

4 large ice chests

Hand operated can opener and bottle opener

Bug spray

1 month of all medicine, gauze, band aids, tape, alcohol, OTC headache, antiseptic

Heavy duty knives, 100 each plastic forks, spoons, knives, paper towels, paper plates Toilet Paper!

Soup, Vienna sausage, peanut butter, crackers, chili, bread, several small jelly, mustard, spam, apples, dried fruit, hard candy,

Stove top coffee pot, 10 lbs coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, tea bags

2 12 ga shot guns – 2 boxes of 00; 1 of slugs; bird shot

Can't recall the SN of the FReeper who penned the above- apologies!

 Start your food storage on $10 a week
 What is the best weapon for my wife?
  Gun sales up since hurricanes (CA) -- This is quite a phenomenon since all the footege of the looters in NO ran endlessly on the MSM.
My niece and nephew in Florida, boomer peaceniks, went out and bought their first guns last month, and have been down at the firing range learning how to use them. They are well-off, and have a lot of property to protect. Never thought I'd see the day that they would arm themselves.
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 Food Storage and Emergency Preparation

-Terror Tips--

 When disaster strikes, be ready
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The Army survival manual is interesting. I'm up to the part where it talks about letting the maggots clean out the wounds.

I wonder what Paris Hilton or Rosie would have to say about that?


101 posted on 12/11/2006 4:26:04 AM PST by djf (They have their place. We have our place. WAKE UP!! They want to turn our place into their place!!!)
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Advice Request - Home Standby Electric Generator

102 posted on 12/26/2006 3:05:50 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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Online FEMA courses that have lots of good information:

103 posted on 01/09/2007 4:03:29 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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IN LIGHT OF MY OCCASIONAL POSTS ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, I thought that some people might be interested in this, which I found via the magic of Amazon recommendations: Apocalypse Chow: How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out. Recipes for improvised meals using improvised heat sources! Plus, they're offering it bundled with The Storm Gourmet: A Guide to Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity. Both look pretty useful. And they combine two InstaPundit interests -- cooking, and disaster preparedness. Now if they could just work in nanotechnology!

UPDATE: A reader suggests this book for your blackout-entertainment library. But I say: Why wait until the power fails? . . .

104 posted on 02/12/2007 3:57:46 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderinÂ’ his way across the WWWÂ…)
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THOUGHTS ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND communications. Don't forget the cheap CB radio, either.
105 posted on 02/13/2007 2:37:37 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderinÂ’ his way across the WWWÂ…)
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Here is a thread I put together last year right after 9/11. It contains information on a 72 hour kit, the kit has everything in it that one person would need for 72 hours. One can grab it and run. There is also information there about home food storage, using and storing food all the time.

Emergency Preparedness (year's supply of food, 72 hour kit)

190 posted on 09/04/2002 12:52 PM EDT by Utah Girl

(+) THE ART OF THE CACHE (+) [Free Republic]

Here's another good link for free online military training manuals about survival, NBC etc. Click on "Enter library" and then select "field manuals". Military manuals online
SwiftPublishing (telephone 1-800-644-1057)sells several security/survival publications written by Joel Skousen.

Bio/Chem Preparations: Overview

Nuclear Survival Preparation: Overview

Florida's Latest News: ANTHRAX FACT SHEET -- From the Centers for Disease Control

Simplified Antibiotic recommendations for prevention of Anthrax/ Biological Warfare bugs

"Also keep in mind that doxycycline or cyproflaxin antibiotics are pretty effective against most of the germs used in bio warfare."
Both can be found/ordered here.

Shelter In Place: Make Your Kits

Very readable article about Bioweapons and Anthrax

Unclassified 10/31: CIA Chemical, Biological, Radiological Incident Handbook

Advice on Chemical/Biological/Nuclear Attacks

Israeli pets to wear gas masks if Iraq attacks

Survival Supplies and Other Links

Be advised "Nuclear War Survival Skills" has been updated & revised ( 1999 ) and is the "one" book to get if you get no others...

TimeBomb2000 is an awesome Forum for sensible individual preparation and overall news gathering: Over a million detailed threads archived (4 locations) describing every practical self-reliant tip possible.

106 posted on 03/11/2007 9:51:36 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderinÂ’ his way across the WWWÂ…)
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A little Bad Moon A-risin’ bump^

107 posted on 06/02/2007 3:59:24 PM PDT by backhoe (Fred Thompson- because No Other will Do...)
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HOW TO SAFELY INSTALL an emergency generator.

UPDATE: Some additional disaster survival tips here.

108 posted on 07/17/2007 1:24:06 AM PDT by backhoe
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FROM POPULAR MECHANICS: A look at the ten worst disasters of the 20th Century.
Plus, advice on disaster preparedness and survival.

109 posted on 08/01/2007 1:05:17 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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"In Case of Emergency" - ICE campaign--This great idea started in the UK - The idea of entering the acronym "ICE" — "In Case of Emergency" — beside the numbers of people one wants to identify as next of kin in one's cell phone contact list was first suggested in 2004 by Bob Brotchie of the East Anglian Ambulance service. In April 2005, a National "ICE" Awareness Campaign was launched in the U.K. by mobile phone service provider Vodafone with the endorsement of Falklands War hero Simon Weston, and the movement reached critical mass in the wake of the July 7, 2005 terrorist bombings in London. The idea is now beginning to catch on in other countries, including the U.S.A. (as reported in the Washington Post).
110 posted on 08/03/2007 3:53:11 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS UPDATE: Popular Mechanics' big disaster-survival feature is now up on the Web.

111 posted on 08/17/2007 4:31:56 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS UPDATE: I mentioned this earlier, but with hurricane season underway people always start thinking about disaster preparedness again -- even when they live out of hurricane zones. Anyway, the Popular Mechanics guide to disaster preparedness is now online for your perusal.

Meanwhile, you can find some previous InstaPundit posts on the topic here, here, here, here, and here. And here's a column I wrote on the subject last year. And a huge disaster preparedness list. And here's a guide to emergency preparedness from Consumer Reports.

Also, here's an item from Wired on the topic. One piece of advice: People tend to focus on buying stuff, stockpiling food, etc. That's good -- you won't be able to run down to Wal-Mart when you really need emergency supplies -- but you should also focus on having a plan, and acquiring some skills, for when things go wrong. A full pantry and some radios and flashlights (and guns, and cash, and bottled water) is very important, but it's what we lawyers call a necessary but not sufficient element of disaster planning. More on that here.

UPDATE: A lot of the stuff on the big list above is out of stock. Try this hurricane preparedness list or this emergency survival kit gear list. Plus, some basic disaster survival items. And Col. Douglas Mortimer emails that no home should be without one of these. Well, duh.

112 posted on 08/19/2007 1:31:12 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Note: September is National Preparedness Month.


“Recommended 1 Person 72-hour Survival Kit Contents”

84 posted on 09/03/2007 3:42:50 AM EDT by Cindy

113 posted on 09/03/2007 4:41:41 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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If you can afford one

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114 posted on 09/03/2007 4:50:41 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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Wind resistant trees
Native trees, particularly those with wide spreading branches, low centers of gravity, strong deep penetrating root systems, and small leaf size seem to hold up better in tropical storms
especially if they are found growing in mixed groves of trees.
Lone growing solitary specimens have less wind resistance than massed trees

Recommended wind resistant trees


 Trees not recommended to resist wind storms


Foxtail Palm Wind Resistance Queen Palm Blows Over - shallow roots
Solitaire Palm Wind Resistance Schefflera Brittle Wood
Cabbage (Sable) Palm Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Laurel Oak Brittle Wood
Gumbo Limbo Wind Resistance Water Oak Brittle Wood
Paurotis Palm Tolerates Flooding Chinese Elm Brittle Wood
Coconut Palm Wind Resistance (remove coconuts)/Tolerates Flooding Camphor Tree Brittle Wood
Pitch Apple Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Golden Rain Tree Brittle Wood
Dahoon Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Silk Floss Tree Brittle Wood
Yaupon Holly Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Ear Leaf Acacia Brittle Wood
Screw Pine Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Tabebuia (yellow or pink) Brittle Wood/Blows Over - shallow roots
Paradise Tree Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Norfolk Pine Brittle Wood/Blows Over - shallow roots
Tibouchina Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Eucalyptus Brittle Wood
Cassia Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Silk Oak Brittle Wood
Geiger Tree Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Sea Hibiscus Brittle Wood
Bottlebrush Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Avocado Brittle Wood
Mexican Poinciana Wind Resistance Chinaberry Brittle Wood
Live Oak If given room for roots to grow, Do not plant in moist soils Seaside Mahoe Blows Over - shallow roots
Sand Oak Wind Resistance Banyan/Ficus Blows Over - shallow roots
Myrtle and Turkey Oak Wind Resistance Australian Pine Blows Over - shallow roots
Red Oak Wind Resistance Citrus Trees Damaged by standing water
Slash and Long Leaf Pine Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Royal Poinciana Brittle Wood
Bald or Pine Cypress Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Shooting Star (Clerodendron) Brittle Wood/Blows Over - shallow roots
Red and Silver Maple Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Carrotwood Brittle Wood
Crepe Myrtle Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Chinese Tallow (Popcorn) Tree Brittle Wood
Pigeon Plum Wind Resistance Washingtonia Palm Blows Over
Fiddlewood Wind Resistance Mahogany Brittle Wood
Ironwood Wind Resistance Black Olive Brittle Wood/Blows Over - shallow roots
Sea Grape Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Live Oak Blows over if not given adequate room to spread and if planted in moist soils
Weeping Podocarpus Wind Resistance Sand Pine Poor Wind Resistance
Winged Elm Wind Resistance Sweetgum Poor Wind Resistance
Magnolia Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding Carolina laurelcherry Poor Wind Resistance
Tulip Tree Wind Resistance Hong Kong Orchid Tree Poor Wind Resistance/Brittle Wood
American Holly Wind Resistance    
Sycamore Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding    
Buttonwood Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding    
Red Cedar Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding    
Royal Palm Wind Resistance/Tolerates Flooding    

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115 posted on 09/07/2007 12:51:51 PM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS UPDATE: Reader Jim Hogue emails: "Do you have any recommendations for flashlights in a survival kit?"

Well, personally I'm a big fan of the mag-lites. I carry both a mini and a full-size 4-cell in the car, and I keep a few of the big ones around the house. They're tough, they give great, adjustable light, and they make a pretty good improvised billy club just in case.

On the other hand, you have to keep the batteries up. As it happens, I was just looking at this zombie-attack preparation guide (what is it with the zombies all the time?) and it features this batteryless flashlight. That looks kind of cool; I don't think it's as good a flashlight as the maglites, but you don't need batteries, which also saves on weight. A lot depends on what you think you'll need it for, and for how long. Or you could always carry this survival tool -- pocket knife, magnesium firestarter, and flashlight all in one. BoingBoing liked it! And if you want versatility, here's a flashlight that uses AA, C, or D batteries, which is pretty versatile. I bought one a while back -- it's not bad, but doesn't seem especially sturdy.

I have to say that my cheap Timex Ironman watch makes a good emergency flashlight, too. It's not terribly bright, but it's enough to find your way around in the dark without bumping into things. I was in the grocery store -- in the meat section, about a half-mile from the windows at the front -- when the power went out a while back. The place was pitch-dark and it took about 20-30 seconds for the emergency lights to come on. As soon as things went black a woman started screaming -- I guess she had claustrophobia issues -- and I pushed the light button on my watch. This calmed her immediately, strangely enough. Then a few people opened up cellphones and it was a brief impromptu light show.

The watch is nice, though, because you've always got it. (As with cameras, guns, and many other things, the one you've got with you is always more important than the one you've left in a drawer at home). It's actually stopped me from buying a more expensive watch, as you can't get the "indiglo" feature on the fancy watches.

116 posted on 09/24/2007 1:00:06 AM PDT by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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A good place to look for 72 hour survival kits is
117 posted on 10/01/2007 4:43:03 AM PDT by backhoe
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MY EARLIER SURVIVAL-KIT POST caused reader Fred Weldon to recommend including toilet paper, which may be in short supply: "After all, if you're gonna eat, you're gonna excrete." Good advice. I do keep a roll in my kits, and also in each car. And Target sells purse- or backpack-convenient mini-rolls, from Charmin. Those also fit nicely in a glove compartment.

Reader Michael Fisher, meanwhile, suggests this kit, and wonders why I didn't mention a gun. Well, I figure most Insta-Readers have their own preferences in that department already.

118 posted on 11/07/2007 4:15:46 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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ANOTHER BIG Disaster-Preparedness List. Lots of interesting stuff here. There's more (a lot more) to disaster preparedness than just buying things, but it's true that anything you're going to want to buy needs to be bought before the disaster. Still, you need to acquire skills and knowledge, not just stuff, in advance of a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or whatever. (Here's a roundup of some books on that subject). And for less cataclysmic disasters, this book is good.

119 posted on 03/22/2008 3:47:18 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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They probably can't read it, but here's a blackout survival guide. And here are some home generator safety guidelines.

Or you could get one of these, though at this new, higher price (it was 180 bucks when I linked it before) I don't think it's much of a deal. Heck, for that price you can get what looks like a pretty decent little inverter generator, with 1800 watts of clean power.

120 posted on 06/29/2008 12:50:06 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: In the wake of the L.A. earthquake -- minor, but a reminder -- here's a big roundup on disaster preparedness and survival. And here's a link to the LAFD earthquake-preparedness manual (PDF) which has lots of useful stuff going beyond just earthquake issues. More on disaster-preparedness here.
121 posted on 07/31/2008 2:38:24 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old keyboard cowboy, ridin' the Trakball in to the Sunset...)
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Survival Guide: Living Without Power.

Some Tips to Make Your Life Bearable After the Storm.

Here's another blackout survival guide. And here's some advice on home generator safety.

122 posted on 09/14/2008 1:10:26 PM PDT by backhoe (For a Real Change, Vote Palin)
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100 Items to Disappear First

123 posted on 10/21/2008 6:00:13 AM PDT by backhoe (WHO IS THE REAL OBAMA? ( Lost, in Hawaii? ))
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Swiss Building Codes

Moving to Switzerland and Building a house ?  you MUST have .... One of these ... By Law

Reportedly the entire population of Switzerland can be housed this way if needed. World’s largest ... in Lucerne.


I’m shocked it’s not the same in .... Utah

Spend a Night in a Nuclear Bunker

124 posted on 10/25/2008 2:28:36 AM PDT by backhoe (WHO IS THE REAL OBAMA? ( Lost, in Hawaii? ))
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Can you join us on our survival thread? You have some terrific resources. I posted a link to this thread over there. Here’s our thread:

125 posted on 08/14/2009 10:19:52 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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126 posted on 08/14/2009 10:40:03 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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127 posted on 09/20/2009 7:19:46 PM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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A High-Mobility 72 Hour Kit

128 posted on 03/24/2010 4:25:32 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Seven Ways to Prepare for an Earthquake

129 posted on 04/05/2010 1:09:51 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Vanity: Need help/advice on home standby generators.

130 posted on 04/05/2010 4:19:44 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Great h/w doodad for boarding windows in hurricane or zombie zones
131 posted on 04/20/2010 3:01:37 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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Lessons from the flood

132 posted on 05/14/2010 3:21:29 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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From the always worth reading Instapundit ( Glenn Reynolds )

INTERESTED IN DISASTER PREPARATION? Check out Bill Quick’s new discussion forum.

And here’s a list of recommended survival books.

133 posted on 10/10/2010 2:20:15 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Hi backhoe, hope you are hanging in there.


134 posted on 10/13/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT by Joya
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Hi backhoe, hope you are hanging in there.

I thank you- I'm still standing.

I'm OK, mostly- except when I'm not.

135 posted on 10/16/2010 4:12:56 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Top FEMA downloads of the 1950's and 1960's

"...and the whole sheBANG fo 25 pages of Downloads, including field manuals..."

136 posted on 11/17/2010 1:02:47 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Go to the post for embedded links- good ones! Via Insty: SO YESTERDAY’S POST ON LOW-BUDGET DISASTER PREP has produced still more email. Mostly it’s suggestions for what more people can do. That, of course, goes all the way up to a custom bomb-shelter / retreat in the mountains somewhere. But for most people, resources are limited. What are some things you can do that go beyond just keeping some extra groceries and bottled water? But not too far beyond? You can keep a case or two of self-heating MREs around. They last a long time, they aren’t bad, and they’re more portable than canned foods if you have to leave home, but they don’t need separate water to prepare them like freeze-dried foods. You might invest in a water filter, which will let you turn iffy water into drinkable water. You should stock first-aid supplies and extra needed medications, in case you can’t get prescriptions refilled. You might want some sort of backup power, ranging from a big uninterruptible power supply (keeps laptops and internet going for a long time, recharges cellphones, etc.) to a generator. Generators take annoying degrees of maintenance; a UPS can back up your computer or modem/wireless router until needed for more. But they put out a lot less power than a generator, and won’t keep your freezer from thawing. But generators cross the line into “more serious” as opposed to “slightly serious” preparedness, which is what this post is about. Some additional source of heat. If you have a gas fireplace, make sure you know how to start it without an electric igniter. If you have a woodburning fireplace or stove, make sure you have plenty of wood, and matches and kindling, etc.. (Woodburning fireplaces aren’t much good for heat, really; stoves on the other hand put out a lot). A backup kerosene or propane heater is good, too. Propane is easier to store than kerosene, and there are some propane heaters that are supposed to be safe for indoor use — though I’d invest in a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector to go with any kind of backup indoor heat. Also, extra blankets. And wool socks! Maybe even a Snuggie or two. In case the power goes out in the summer, make sure you have screens on your windows so that you can open them without filling your house with bugs. A small battery-powered fan is nice, too — clip it on to the headboard of your bed and it’ll be easier to sleep on a sticky night. Keep plenty of batteries, too. Backup lamps and lanterns. One nice thing I have are plug-in nightlights that turn on when the power goes off, so that stairs, etc., remain navigable. I have them at the top and bottom of stairs, and in parts of the house that would be really dark if the power went off. They double as flashlights. These look good, too. A list of phone numbers for family, friends, neighbors, and various services — plumbers, doctors, etc. — that you won’t be able to look up on the Internet if the power’s out. A shovel, a crowbar, a water shutoff tool that fits your hookup — make sure you know that it works, how to use it, and where your hookup is in advance — and other simple tools. A couple of tarps. During the Great Water Incident of a couple of years ago, one of these saved my basement carpet when water started coming out of the ceiling. . . . Duct tape, duct tape, duct tape. And extra plastic garbage bags. Very versatile. Any other reader suggestions for things that don’t cost too much, but would take disaster-prep up a level from yesterday’s post? UPDATE: Reader Thomas Leahy writes: “Don’t forget a little extra food for the pets.” Good point. Reader Peter Gookins emails: This goes a bit beyond “prep on the cheap,” but you asked… Generators-most people get one that’s much bigger than they actually need. Back north, I needed a large 240 volt generator (Honda ES 6500) to power the well pump, fridge and freezer when power went out (“locked rotor current,” which is the technical name for the high amperage required to start an electric motor from rest, on a 1 HP deep well pump is a LOT higher than the 8-12 amps (which, at 240 volts, is 1/2 the amperage it would be at 120; figure starting draw on most motors will be about 4X-5X running current; the 6500 puts out 52 amps and at pump start you could tell it picker up a lot of load) it takes to run the pump, and don’t forget that some stuff – like most -but not all- deep well pumps – are 240 volt only); here in Florida I’m on county water. During the 2004 hurricanes I loaned the big one to a neighbor, and it wound up feeding three houses for refrigerators, fans and TVs. I ran off a portable 120 volt 3K watt portable Honda RV generator (EU 3000) just fine, which powered the fridge, fans, lights and and a window AC at night for sleeping. Since then I’ve picked up a 2K watt Honda to use as “an infinite extension cord” at the gun club – it’ll power ONE saw, or a couple of floodlights and a fan, run cordless drill battery chargers, etc, and it weights 47 lbs. so it’s portable. Turns out it will run my fridge, some lights and a fan OR my window AC and some lights, all on less gas than the 3K watt Honda used. The fuel tank is small, but the RV crowd has solutions for that, just Google “EU2000+fuel tank.” And, Honda sells kits (but it’s cheaper to make your own) that allow tying two EU2000s together to get 3200 watts at 120 volts (about 26 amps) steady output. RVers do it all the time. Remember, the smaller the generator the less fuel it uses. You can get aftermarket propane conversion kits for the Hondas, which I’ve considered doing with the 6500 when I move back north next year, because even with wheels under it it’s not very portable. I haven’t considered doing it with the 3K or the 2000 because having to drag around a propane tank reduces the portability, but if one expected a semi-stationary use, a propane conversion kit and a couple of 70 lb propane tanks would be a good investment. If I were staying in Florida I’d convert from electric water heater to propane tankless, and replace the electric range with a dual-fuel range, and stick a 250 gallon propane tank in the back corner of the yard. All the propane dealers here brag about how their trucks are propane-powered and they never missed a delivery during the hurricanes. Speaking of well pumps…there is a great advantage to replacing the small well tank ( about 3.5 gallon draw down – one flush with old style toilets, so your pump is starting up a lot) builders always put in because it’s cheap with multiple large tanks. Well-X-Trol makes one that has a 46 gallon draw down from full before the pump needs to start and refill it. I put in two back north; in daily use the pump starts fewer times and runs longer, which extends its life, and when the power went out I ran the pump on generator until the tanks were full, which gave us 92 gallons before we needed the pump again. With water saving shower heads and minimal flushing we could get through an entire day (BTW, with a little judicious circuit breaker adjusting, one can power only one of the heating elements in an electric water heater with one’s generator, preferably the bottom element; takes a little while, but in 30 minutes or so you have a tank full of hot water. Check what wattage the elements are and replace the bottom one with a 4500 watt or 3800 watt (assuming the original is a 5500 watt) to ease the load on the generator. During normal use you won’t notice the difference. If I were building my house from scratch, I’d consider putting in an underground propane tank and running everything off propane instead of natural gas, with a propane-powered generator thrown into the mix. A couple of deliveries a year and you’re semi self-sufficient. Reader Anthony Swenson writes with a low-budget point that’s more in the spirit I meant for this post: One of the cheapest things you can do – it won’t cost you anything but a nice smell in your laundry – is to make sure you always buy plain, unscented, unflavored chlorine bleach. “In an emergency, think of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach) as 3,800 gallons of drinking water.” Yeah, bleach is good for sanitizing stuff, too. I keep extra around — but it’s harder and harder to find plain old Clorox bleach anymore amid all the scented, splash-resistant, etc. stuff on the shelf. Read the label carefully. . . . UPDATE: Reader Henry Bowman writes: Another item to consider if you have a hybrid vehicle: a large inverter. I read an article a couple of years ago about a fellow in Connecticut who ran many of his electric appliances in his house for three days off his Prius, with inverter. He claimed it cost him 5 gallons of fuel. Seems like an inexpensive backup, and one for which you don’t need to worry about starting often, as is the case with a portable generator. My sister and brother-in-law, who live in the Houston vicinity, were without power for 13 days after Hurricane Ike. They have two Priuses: they could have used a couple of inverters. A big inverter is a lot cheaper than a comparable generator, and probably safer, too. And you can use it to recharge your UPS. But the hybrid thing isn’t as easy as it sounds. The guy you mention modded his Prius, because the big honking battery that drives the electric motors doesn’t put out 12v DC, and the 12v power system that starts the motor in the Prius (or in my Highlander) is separate. So I’m not sure there’s any special benefit to having a hybrid unless it’s modified, but correct me if I’m missing something. Speaking of cars, think about when you’re not at home. Reader Mike von Cannon writes: A note about disaster kits: I work for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and starting the morning of Dec 26 our dispatch center was flooded with calls from tourists in rental cabins who were stranded and running out of food (it was even worse during the blizzard in 93, which also hit on a weekend), so even on vacation it would pay to buy extra in case we get more snow than you expect. many tourists who thought they’d be going home sunday were stranded til Wed or Thur. Good advice. And you should travel with at least a bit of helpful stuff. I keep some emergency stuff in the back of the car — some food bars, water, a spare pair of shoes in case mine get nasty while changing a tire, etc., and assorted minor toiletries and hygiene products and, very important, a roll of toilet paper — which helps. (And if you can produce tampons in a pinch, you can be a hero to women everywhere.) I use these food bars, because they stand up to the heat in the summer better and they’re not appetizing enough that people will snitch ‘em just for a quick snack, and these water packets because they don’t burst if they freeze. Most of this stuff never gets used, but being stuck by the side of the road for an extended period just once makes it worth having. Also: Some survival blankets, some basic tools, and a Swiss Army knife or a Leatherman. (Make sure it’s one with a can opener/bottle opener). And a roll of duct tape! I keep all of this in a small pack that takes up very little room in the back; there’s one in Helen’s car, too. Reader Gary Saffer writes: A couple of things that I didn’t notice in your disaster preparedness posts. Chemical light sticks. A friend of mine suggested these for general use. They’re cheap, they provide enough light to move around, and they save batteries for more light intensive tasks. And of course, you can get them at Amazon. Consider that under most circumstances, it’s going to be 48-72 hours before rescue or relief shows up. If you are planning for much longer periods of being off the grid, consider moving to a rural area where you can build you entire house around being off the grid for long periods of time. Firearms. You don’t mention them, but everyone should have a means of self defense. The veneer of civilization is thin at the best of times, it vaporizes in a real emergency. The predators will be out fairly quickly because their disaster plan is to use your prepared material to survive on. They don’t know specifically who you are, but they’ll keep looking until they find someone who has the stuff they want. Or a firearm they want no part of. Yeah, light sticks are cool, even if Joe Biden thinks they’re drug paraphernalia. The gun issue is a whole separate post, but a gun (or several) is important disaster-prep, but that moves beyond the “easy steps” focus of this post. And the rural retreat approach goes way beyond it. Reader Tina Howard writes: For those who actually have a landline: an old-fashioned, non-electric telephone that plugs into the phone jack & has the handset attached to the phone. Easy to identify because there is no electric cord with it. Our phone lines worked after 2003’s Hurricane Claudette but the cordless phones wouldn’t. Very cheap at Salvation Army Thrift shops. In the same vein, keep the necessary cords to plug a computer directly into the phone modem, because the wireless router is also electric. We were able to get online and check weather and news reports, as well as make posts to update others. Good advice. Yeah, an old-fashioned landline phone that uses line power is good to have. Cellphone batteries die. Phone company line power is more reliable than utility power. Some multi-handset wireless phone setups or answering machines have a handset at the base that still works when the power is out. (Mine does). Most don’t. You can also hook the base into a big UPS — they don’t draw much power so they’ll work for days that way if you do. Ditto your cable/DSL modem and wireless router. Reader J.R. Ott writes: Three lengths of sturdy rope,5/8 climbing rope,inexpensive clothesline type,for bundling up stuff,para chute chord,All three are handy for bug out 50′ min and a few short hunks.Each bundle of rope has a snap knife taped to it (about a dollar each from the paint dept) . . . . Lastly if folks can afford it a Westie dog or a Shepard,good alarm and a Westie will shred an attacker as they are very possessive Terriers and if the dogs women folk are attacked you would not believe how damaging the dog can be. Dogs are good to have around. More advice on low-cost preparation here, from a reader. I should also note that while having extra stuff is handy — if the roads are blocked, and you don’t have enough food, there’s not much you can do — it’s also important to have skills. Most of the survival books are aimed at somebody lost in the woods, but, again, a low-budget approach means being able to deal with home-based small-scale disasters. This book, When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough, is a good focus. My own skillset is nothing to brag about: I can do basic plumbing, electrical, and carpentry stuff, but I don’t really like it because I’m a perfectionist, but not skilled enough to make it perfect very fast so I get frustrated. (Plus, I’ve usually got an article I should be writing, or something) However, it suffices for quick-and-dirty solutions to problems like clogged or burst pipes, etc. Being able to deal with that sort of thing is a big leg-up, and that’s the kind of thing this book addresses.
137 posted on 01/02/2011 12:35:50 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Among the findings:

n 42 percent of Knox County adults said they have a three-day supply of water for each household member.

n 85 percent have a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each household member.

n 95 percent have a working flashlight and batteries.

n 11 percent have a written evacuation plan.

All in all, more than 17 percent of Knox Countians considered their household “well-prepared for a large-scale disaster or emergency,” while about a quarter said they’re “not prepared at all.”

Emergency response coordinator Larry Hutsell said he was “pleasantly surprised” that so many people were, at least, thinking about what they’d do in the event of a disaster – something the Health Department and other county and city agencies, working together, have gotten down to a science over the past several years.

Read the whole thing. Not bad, considering. If you’re interested, there’s more info at Bill Quick’s disaster-preparedness forum. And here’s a disaster-preparedness list too.

138 posted on 01/06/2011 3:53:40 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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As I sit here in Austin, Texas, experiencing the joy of rolling electrical blackouts while the temperature is in the teens, I’m wondering if you or your readers have recommended any emergency heaters in the past. Is kerosene better than propane? What really works?

Aside from my gas fireplaces, which start without power, I have one of these indoor-safe propane heaters, though I’ve never had to use it. I recommend that anyone who has any sort of combustion-based indoor heat have a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector, too. Any other suggestions? I note that it’s better to think of these things before a blizzard strikes, but . . .

Earlier posts here and here. And here’s a blackout survival guide from Popular Mechanics, along with some guidelines on home generator safety. Be careful with generators — the carbon monoxide threat is greater than is generally appreciated.

UPDATE: From M.D. Creekmore, advice on surviving blackouts.

139 posted on 02/03/2011 2:34:12 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Forever Preps - Preparations You Can Buy Once, and Have Forever

TSHTF uses for Vinegar

140 posted on 02/24/2011 1:10:21 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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WE’RE ALL SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE NOW: I’ve written about the mainstreaming of survivalism before. Here’s yet another example. I think that preparing for climate-change apocalypse is just one step shy of getting ready for the zombie hordes, but whatever. Since the disaster you face is usually not the one you prepare for, he’ll still be ready for something.

If you’re more interested in this, you might check out Bill Quick’s survival-prep discussion forum. And here’s a list of recommended disaster-prep gear. Plus, some bug-out bag recommendations.

141 posted on 03/01/2011 1:58:15 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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LIST: Some bug-out bag recommendations.

Related: A bug-in bag. “Basically a bag to get you home should SHTF while you’re away from your house.”

Plus, survival on the cheap. Still more here.

142 posted on 03/19/2011 6:30:32 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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DISASTER PREP AND THE 3G KINDLE: Reader Robert Woodard emails:

Surprised you missed a chance to mention the 3G Kindle in your link to the story on Joplin. One of the reasons I bought the new 3G Kindle is the fact that the Whispernet works in places and at times where/when other forms of communication may not be available. Certainly it’s not the optimal email platform, but in an emergency being able to get in touch with your loved ones through a Kindle when all other forms of communication are unavailable is a huge advantage (I worked in NYC during 9/11 and the blackout two years later, and currently commute to the East Coast from the Midwest during the week (thanks Obama!) so communication capability means a lot to me).

Yes, I recall some people managed to get email through after the Japanese earthquakes by using a 3G Kindle when nothing else was working.

UPDATE: Reader Donald Gately emails:

A month or so ago, you linked to a page that had a bunch of pdf versions of emergency first aid books (“Where There is No Doctor” and “Medical Aid at Sea” were two of them). I downloaded them and put them on my Kindle.

While it would be ideal to also have hard copies, having a selection of emergency first aid books and other disaster/survival manuals on a device that has a multi-week battery life (if the wifi is off), could come in pretty handy. Especially if a disaster strikes when you aren’t at home, or if you have to leave in a hurry.

Maybe Amazon should start working on a ruggedized Kindle with an even longer battery life – or the ability to take AAs.

Or a solar charger.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Steve Bohn writes:

Glenn, regarding your emergency charging options for Kindle post, thanks to a link from you I bought an Emergency hand-cranked powered radio on Amazon and it included a USB charging cable.

Yes, a lot of those devices support USB charging now.

143 posted on 05/25/2011 5:09:51 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Regarding post #143?

I searched for and downloaded the PDF for Survival, Evasion, and Recovery, and moved it from “download” to “my Kindle content”...

I will be damned- my “free Kindle app for PC’s” ( get it at Amazon ) can read the damned thing... so Kindle can read PDF’s— suddenly, Kindle became a lot more useful.

Yes, a hard copy is more durable- but which are you more likely to have on you when disaster strikes?

Get Kindle...

Get a pile of PDF’s...

Put them where Kindle can see them...

It will give you a better chance...

144 posted on 05/26/2011 1:54:58 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Reader Brian Durant emails:

Professor Reynolds- I am a long time reader, but have never emailed you. Many times you have mentioned the need to be ready for disaster including having a “bug out” plan with bags ready, etc. Last THURS evening we learned the lesson the hard way. A wildfire forced us to evacuate our house in about 15 minutes- we grabbed a few valuables, a change of clothes, some toiletries, and headed out thinking we’d be gone for a couple of hours. More than 36 hours later were we were allowed to return. Fortunately thanks to God and some great volunteer firefighters, our house was spared. During the time away, I spent a lot of time trying to determine what I should have taken, would need to replace, etc. Please remind us again of the importance of being prepared (and a good list would be helpful, too.)

Happy to. Here are a bunch of my disaster preparedness posts. Here in particular is the one on low-budget preparedness.

Here are some bug-out bag recommendations, and here’s a list on survival preparedness for your car or SUV.

Here’s something from Jed Babbin, and you might also want to spend some time at Bill Quick’s survival discussion board.

And, really, just spend 15 minutes now — when you’re not distracted by having to evacuate and your head is comparatively clear — thinking about what you’d take, and where it is in your house, and then make a list. Then look at the list in a day or two and add what you forgot. Do that a time or two and you’ll be much better off.

A personal note?

We have been plagued with heavy smoke from wildfires from the Okefenokee Swamp area for two bloody months- some of the details are here near the end of the post:

-"Letters to Miss Emily..."--

It's been so bad that at times you could not see, clearly, objects 2 blocks away.

Even though it's just me & The Kid, now, I keep a few things in the trunk of "our" car- water, food, tools, and weapons...

You should, too...

145 posted on 06/26/2011 1:33:41 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Via Instapundit:

A FOLLOWUP ON YESTERDAY’S DISASTER-PREP POST: What to do after the disaster.

146 posted on 06/27/2011 4:11:50 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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H/T Glenn at Insty:

INTERESTED IN DISASTER-PREPAREDNESS? You might want to drop by Bill Quick’s discussion forum. And here’s a list of “must-read” survival books.

147 posted on 07/23/2011 3:14:30 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Check out today’s Dilbert:

I hope it’ll be archived somewhere after it’s gone from that site, as it is spot on serious/hilarious (I always love Alice and her “work arounds”).

Thanks for the links, will check them out. Love them hurricane preps!

148 posted on 07/31/2011 7:52:45 PM PDT by cyn (Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it. ~Mark Twain)
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8 Things the 2011 Tornadoes Taught Us About Surviving a Long-Term Power Outage

149 posted on 08/09/2011 2:57:20 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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Hattip, Insty:

Well, isn’t this cute?

LOOKING EVERYWHERE BUT THE OBVIOUS PLACES? FBI adds ‘preppers’ to potential terrorists list.

Posted at 8:35 am by Glenn Reynolds

150 posted on 08/12/2011 8:05:05 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into the Twilight...)
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