New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Week 18 - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement



Week 18


Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store
  • If needed: child proof latches for cupboards and cabinets
  • Double sided heavy duty tape
  • 2 Rolls of Velcro
  • Appropriate backpack, duffel bag or rolling luggage per person, per go-bag

To Do
  • If needed: Use the double sided tape or Velcro to secure moveable objects (pictures, TV’s, etc.)
  • Start packing your go-bags. One per person or pet, per vehicle and household
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.

** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.

“The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.” St. Thomas Aquinas 1225-1274, Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian


TNT

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I’m mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore!


Just a rant if you are interested ... http://www.scribd.com/doc/40201951/Im-Mad-as-Hell-and-I-Cant-Take-It-Anymore

"Ever since the beginning of modern science, the best minds have recognized that "the range of acknowledged ignorance will grow with the advance of science." Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom." Fredrich August von Hayek

This "rant" was caused by a string of poll takers and "lobbyists" that have called and come to my house in the last two weeks - asking:


* Who I was going to vote for (my neighbors and I called the cops on one of these people!!!)
* Pushing Cap & Trade
* Pushing the HC bill
* Pushing the Food Safety bills
* Pushing the “economic recovery” bills


Now WHY are they are asking about the HC bill? This is scary to me ;-{



Something must be up!


TNT

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week 17 - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement



Week 17


Grocery Store

  • Graham and animal crackers
  • Assorted reusable plastic containers (for food and freezer)
  • Dry cereal
  • Instant oatmeal or cream of wheat cereal
  • Box powdered milk (for each quart serving get 1 can unsweetened evaporated milk)
  • Package of various size safety pins

Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store

  • 1 box ammo for your shotgun
  • 1 package fishing line and hooks
  • Optional: collapsible fishing rod
To Do

  • Select a nearby friend or neighbor who is willing to help with your children and or pets if you are at work
  • Have a drill involving your friend or neighbor and your family
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.
** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.


“Chance never helps those who do not help themselves.”
Sophocles
BC 495-406, Greek Tragic Poet


TNT

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Home Fire Safety



We are quickly approaching a string of holidays that, according to statistics, sees an increase in home fires. The causes range from: candles, fireplaces, woodstoves, kitchen (grease) fires, decorations (including Christmas Trees) and turkey fryer fires. The prevention; the common fire prevention tips and alarms (fire/smoke; Carbon Monoxide).


According to these statistics in the USA:

  • American homes suffer an unwanted fire every 10 seconds and every 60 seconds they suffer a fire serious enough to call the fire department.
  • Every three hours someone is killed in a home fire—that’s more than 2,600 people in 2006 alone. Another 13,000 people are injured in home fires in a typical year.
  • More than 3,500-4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 20,000 are injured and causes billions of dollars worth of damage.
  • People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.


Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. Between 2002 and 2004, an annual average of: 49,100 heating fires occurred in residential buildings and were responsible for an estimated 125 civilian fire deaths, 575 injuries, and $232 million in property loss.


Carbon Monoxide (CO): Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.


Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings: Using data, from 2002 to 2004, the yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $99 million. Each year, these losses result from an estimated 15,600 fires that required a fire department response. These clothes dryer fires cause an annual average of approximately 400 injuries and 15 fatalities.


Residential Building Electrical Fires: Electrical fires in residential buildings result in more dam¬age and higher death rates per 1,000 fires on average than nonelectrical residential fires. Dollar loss per fire for residential building electrical fires is more than double that for nonelectrical residential building fires; deaths per 1,000 fires is about 70% higher for residential building electrical fires. The injury rates resulting from residential building electrical and nonelectrical fires, however, are roughly the same, at 28 to 29 injuries per 1,000 fires.


Smoking-Related Fires in Residential Buildings: Between 2006 and 2008, an estimated annual average of 9,000 smoking-related fires occurred in residential buildings in the United States. These smoking-related fires accounted for 2 percent of residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the nation and resulted in an average of approximately: 450 deaths, 1,025 injuries and $303 million in property loss each year.


Bedroom Fires: Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms.


Mattress and Bedding Fires in Residential Structures (from 2002 by NFPA and NFIRS): Each year, an estimated 20,800 fires are attributed to mattress/bedding fires. These fires cause: 2,200 injuries, 380 fatalities and $104 million in property loss.


Grill Fires (2002 by NFPA and NFIRS): Each year, an average of 6,500 grill fires result in nearly $27 million in property loss.


Lightning Fires (2002 by NFPA and NFIRS): Each year, an estimated 17,400 fires are attributed to lightning. Annually, these fires result in approximately: 10 civilian deaths, 75 civilian injuries and $138 million in prop¬erty damage.


Winter Residential Fires (1996–98): Nearly 40% of residential fire-related injuries (8,775) and 50% of residential fatali¬ties (1,910) occur between the beginning of November and end of February with January as the peak month. These winter fires average $3 billion in property loss each year.


Residential Structure Fires during the Winter Holiday season (2002 by NFPA and NFIRS): Each year, nearly 156,000 fires in the United States occur during the winter holiday season claiming nearly 630 lives, 2,600 injuries, and $936 million in property damage. Of these, 47,000 residential structure fires: kill 530, injure 2,200,and cause an estimated $554 million in property damage.


Winter Residential Building Fires (2005-2007): From 2005 to 2007, an estimated 108,400 winter residential building fires occurred annually in the United States. These fires result in an estimated average of approximately: 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries and $1,708,000,000 in property loss each year.


Fireworks: Injuries from fireworks—most of which occur around the 4th of July—increased from 8,800 in 2002 to 9,300 in 2003. Over the past 13 years, however, the injury rate has fallen 37%—from 4.3 to 3.2 injuries per 100,000 population.


Holiday Fires: Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage.


Thanksgiving Day: Residential Structure Fires (2002 by NFPA and NFIRS): Each year, nearly 4,300 fires in the United States occur on Thanksgiving day causing 15 fatalities, about 50 injuries, and nearly $27 million in property damage.


December and Holiday Fires: December marks the beginning of the holiday season, which includes Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. Using the latest 3 years of data from 2002 to 2004, the yearly national fire loss for December is esti¬mated at $990 million. Each year, these losses result from an estimated 128,700 December fires that required a fire department response. These December fires cause an average of approximately 1,650 injuries and 415 fatalities.


Christmas/Christmas Tree Fires (2001): The Holiday season is typically regarded as extending from late November to early January and includes Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day. Using the latest 3 years of data, the yearly estimated fire loss for December 24, 25, and 26 is esti¬mated at over $80 million. Each year, these losses result from an estimated 11,600 fires that required a fire department response. These fires cause an annual average of approximately 250 injuries and 40 fatalities.


New Year’s Holiday Fires (2004):
Approximately 6,400 fires in the United States occurred during the average New Year’s holiday, claiming an estimated 30 lives, causing 93 injuries and $53 million in property damage. Approximately 34% of all New Year’s fires occurred in residential property structures.


These statistics may be a bit scary, but it just to goes to show you that being Prepared isn’t just about TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as we Know It) it’s also about all of the everyday hazards that come our way too. Read more @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/39565371/Home-Fire-Safety, run a home hazard check and reduce the odds of this “wack” to your survivability quotient! (Yes I know a lot of the links are from Uncle Sam, but in this case the information is right on.)

Keep On Preppin

TNT

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Week 15 & 16 - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement



Late again and no excuse except I felt lazy and selfish ... so here are last week and this week ;-}

Prep On!

Week 15

Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store

  • Extra batteries (preferably rechargeable)
  • Masking and duct tape
  • Hammer
  • Assorted screws, nails, nuts and bolts (including wood screws)
  • If earthquake zone: “I” brackets to secure furniture to walls

First Aid Supplies

  • Emergency Dental Kit (includes antibiotic treatment, pain gel and temporary filling/caps)
  • Snake Bite Kit
  • Bee Sting/Insect Bite Kit

To Do

  • Learn something new like canning, pickling, jams, jellies or some other type of food preservation
  • If earthquake zone: brace shelves and cabinets
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.

** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.

“Emergency preparedness is a team sport,” Eric Whitaker


Week 16

Grocery Store

  • 1 can meat
  • 1 can vegetables
  • Large heavy duty garbage bags
  • Kleenex
  • 1 box quick energy snack, protein or food bar

Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store

  • 1 box handgun ammo
  • Pocket sized first aid book/guide
  • Splint and elastic ace bandages

To Do

  • Get a copy of your city and state emergency disaster plans. Identify and check out any area evacuation centers and routes.
  • Find out if you have a neighborhood safety/disaster organization and join it.
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.

** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.

“Well I think there's going to be a lot of lessons learned, ... but I think that the preparedness, the individual to take responsibility to become prepared himself. And to realize that the government can't always help him.” David Davis


TNT

Friday, October 8, 2010

Where’s The Lye?

What is soap?: Fatty acid (oil/lard) + Base (lye) = “A Salt” (soap). Believe it or not folks, there is no such thing as lye free soap – soap just isn’t soap without lye!!! In fact if you make your soap correctly, very little lye remains in the final product, thanks to all those crazy chemical reactions. Yep, just enough lye remains so that it is indeed soap and does indeed clean your bod or whatever. (See links to articles on Leaching Lye and Rendering Lard at the end of this article.)

My last lye order at the beginning of the year took 6 weeks; my current order is going on 8 weeks and is still listed as “backordered”. What the hey-hey?

So what can a person do when their lye order seems to be lost in the black hole of backorderville?

Cheat, get one of the following soaps, grate/shred it up and rebatch, adding your own oils, glycerin and or scents. For those of you that are penny pinching or frugal, saving old slivers of soap gives you prime rebatching material. You can even make your own essential oils out of the plants from your garden. (See links on that at the end of this article.) Yep, there is enough lye in these soaps to make more soap.

Rebatching or Hand Milling bar soap is the act of reprocessing a previously made batch of soap. Depending on the method used it can also be called Cold Processing. You can use grated or shredded bar soap or leftover bar soap slivers and flakes.

Now some “soap making purists” don’t consider rebatching as making “good real soap”, but what do we frugal Preppers care as long as it works! Plus we Preppers just love multi-functionality. If we can use something for more than one sole purpose we not only save bucks, we save on storage space too!

So for quick and easy soapy cleaning solutions stock up on Fels Naphta , Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap (Canada & Australia), Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, Zote, Washing Soda and Borax and you will have many options for all kinds of soaps, liquid-bar-powder (or flake) and many other “cleaning” recipes to boot.

I have even used a bar of Ivory soap, grated, as the starter base for an olive oil bar soap. Basically I used the grated Ivory in place of lye water. Ok it came out really, really soft – so next time around I will cut the oil in half and once I have repeated good results I’ll post the recipe.

What kind of soap you are going to make will play a major role in determining which of the above soaps and or soap slivers you will want to use in your rebatch recipe. Generally speaking for skin or body washing stick to Ivory, Lever 2000, Pure and Natural, Zest, Kirk's (USA) or Dr. Bonner's (Australia, England, Japan, US, Canada) Castile Soap or your leftover slivers of bath soaps and for other cleaning chores use the Fels Naptha, Sunlight, Zote, Borax and washing soda or of course, the Ivory and Castile soaps for gentler fabric type cleaning.

Tip: Keep the used slivers of your face and body soap in labeled Ziploc bags until you have enough to rebatch. If these soaps are scented, be sure to keep each scent in its own bag. I have used Oil of Olay bar soap and body wash and kept their respective “leftovers” to use for rebatching. Works great!

Below is some general information to help you decide which product to use for your various cleaning needs.

Fels Naptha soap is considered a household staple, with a myriad of uses for cleaning. Although many people have used Fels Naptha soap on their hair, scalp and skin, it is not intended for bathing use. The active ingredient is an irritant to the eyes and skin. Ingredients from felsnaptha.com: Soap (sodium tallowate*, sodium cocoate* (or) sodium palmate kernelate*, and sodium palmate*), water, talc, cocnut acid*, palm acid*, tallow acid*, PEG-6 methyl ether, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentetate and/or tetrasodium etidronate, titatium dioxide, fragrance, Acid Orange (CI 20170), Acid yellow 73 (ci43350).

Nothing beats Fels Naptha for getting Poison Ivy (oak, sumac and the like) oils out of cloths and off your skin!!

Since 1839, Kirk's Original Coco Castile Bar Soap has kept bodies, clothes and homes naturally clean using a vegetable-based, biodegradable formula. Ingredients from kirksnatural.com/faqs: Coconut Oil, Soap of Coconut, Vegetable Glycerin and Water. “Kirk's bar is made by a centuries-old, time honored process by mixing coconut oil with caustic soda.” The caustic soda and lye used is made from sea salt. Coconut oil is thus converted to coconut soap, which is technically called sodium cocoate. During the process of making coconut soap, glycerin is also produced since glycerin is a part of natural coconut oil. “This glycerin is left in Kirk's soap to give moisturization properties and make it less harsh to skin compared to other commercial soaps in which this natural glycerin is removed by a chemical separation process. “ According to the site, Kirk's soap is the most natural process soap made in the USA today.

Original Ivory Bar Soap floated by accident. For years the Procter & Gamble company had been developing a formula for a high quality soap at an affordable price. In January 1878, they finally perfected the formula. They called it simply "White Soap," and began production. Several months later the accident occurred that causes to float. Ingredients from epinions.com: Sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernelate, water, sodium chloride, sodium silicate, magnesium sulfate, and fragrance. Note: The list of ingredients for the soap is very difficult to find. It is not printed on the individual bars of the 12-pack nor was it found on the outside packaging of the 12-pack of soap. It doesn’t appear to be on the company website (www.ivory.com). A blog writer I found was directed to the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) at the Procter & Gamble Company and located the ingredients from the MSDS sheet for Ivory Soap. The ingredients according to: householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov and whatsinproducts.com Ivory Laundry Soap Flakes and Ivory Liquid Laundry Soap basically contain the same ingredients with added water. Flakes: Fragrance(s)/perfume(s; Enzyme(s) (unspecified); Surfactant(s) (unspecified); Softening agent(s) (unspecified); Sodium carbonate; Sodium sulfate; Sodium dihydrogen citrate; Fabric brightening agent; Soil suspending agent(s); Sudsing agent; Aluminum silicate(s) (unspecified). The liquid also has: Surfactant(s) (unspecified); Ethanol/SD Alcohol 40; Monoethanolamine (MEA); Sodium borate decahydrate (borax); Enzyme(s) (unspecified). Bottom Line: Stick to the original bar soap for your recipes, even for making your own dish and laundry soap.

I couldn’t find much on Sunlight Bar Soap which is a product of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and was first marketed in 1885, as well as launched in Kenya in the late 1950's. I saw references to its ingredients being similar to Fels Naphta and Ivory but find that rather contradictory. It is supposed to be pure unscented soap. You can get some history and facts at: http://www.unilevertanzania.com/brands/homecarebrands/sunlight.aspx and according to http://www.mail-archive.com/lace@arachne.com/msg16191.html cakes of Sunlight bath soap in Australia are labeled as 'pure soap' and the ingredients listed on the packet of Sunlight soap are: Sodium tallowate, water, sodium cocoate, and/or sodium palm kernelate, glycerin, fragrance, sodium chloride, titanium dioxide, etidronic acid, tetrasodium EDTA.

Zote is manufactured in Mexico and according to Zote.com it is a laundry soap made with “coconut oil and tallow, containing optical brighteners and the bars shape and size are ideal to wash by hand.” In Spanish “jabonzote” (Jab√≥n Zote) means a big soap. ZOTE was made with a nearly manual process early on and the company now states it has the “latest equipment and state of the art technology to manufacture this and all of their products; while keeping the original formula that made ZOTE the absolute leader in the Mexican market.” The main ingredients are: beef tallow and coconut oil, which are neutralized with caustic soda for the saponification process. It contains salt (sodium chloride), glycerin, perfume, optical brightener and dye (in the case of pink ZOTE and blue ZOTE); the unspecified optical brightener is to “bleach clothes without fading their color” whose function is to “absorb light with certain wave lengths in the washed garments and thus reflecting a visible blue; its work is most noticeable in white clothes.”

Washing Soda and Borax

Borax is Sodium borate decahydrate (Na2B4O7*10H2O), also known as: Sodium borate; Borax; disodium salt; Sodium tetraborate; Sodium borate decahydrate; Sodium tetraborate decahydrate; Disodium tetraborate decahydrate. DO NOT CONFUSE BORAX WITH BORIC ACID! DO NOT TAKE BORIC ACID IN PLACE OF BORAX! (The only reason that I can think of for this particular warning is that someone was dumb or unlucky enough to do this.) Borax is used in laundry detergents and bleaches. It releases hydrogen peroxide when it reacts with water. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a bleach, and this action is aided by the alkaline solution also produced by the reaction.

The boron (along with the oxygen and salt) in a borax solution helps to disinfect by killing bacteria and fungi.

Although it has numerous industrial uses, in the home borax is used as a natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant, dessicant and ingredient in making 'slime'!

Borax crystals are odorless, whitish (can have various color impurities), and alkaline. Borax is not flammable and is not reactive. It can be mixed with most other cleaning agents, including chlorine bleach. Borax and other borates clean and bleach by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This reaction is more favorable in hotter water.

The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners. In other chemical reactions, borax acts as a buffer, maintaining a stable pH needed to maintain cleansing chemical reactions. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron inhibit the metabolic processes of many organisms. This characteristic allows borax to disinfect and kill unwanted pests. Borates bonds with other particles to keep ingredients dispersed evenly in a mixture, which maximizes the surface area of active particles to enhance cleaning power.

The most common brands are: 20 Mule Team (USA), Boraxo (USA, Mexico); Boiron Homeopathics also makes homeopathic Borax pellets which people are starting to use in lieu of Borax (Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Borax, 30C Pellets, 80-Count Tubes).

Borax is one of the most important remedies to kill fungus and nano-bacteria; from nearly all forms of fungus, whether they be mycoplasma found in lupus, rosacea, dog mange, interstitial cystitis plasmodium parasites, Morgellons disease, to pneumonia. Today very few medical professionals, yet alone us Mr. & Ms. Doe, know that the toxicity of borax is about equal to that of simple table salt.

Borax and Borons are used in all sorts of things see "Borax Versus Killer Fungus" Pioneer Magazine January 1994 @ http://www.borax.com/pioneer2.html ; "Of Cabbages And Things" Pioneer Magazine February 1999 (checking the effects of the microbe Plasmodiophora brassicae) @ http://www.borax.com/pioneer38.html .

Washing soda is also known as Soda Ash or Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3), is a close chemical relative of Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3). However, Washing soda is NOT Baking Soda. If you heat baking soda to 350 or 400 degrees F, it will turn to washing soda. It can be found at mass retailers in either the laundry or cleaning sections or the pool supplies. In some detergent recipes, baking soda substitutes for washing soda adequately. Its components are salt and limestone, and it also occurs naturally in some parts of the world, such as in Wyoming.

Washing Soda is caustic/alkaline with a pH of 11 (with 7 being neutral). Though it does not give off harmful fumes, you do still need to use/wear gloves when handling it directly as a cleansing agent. Baking Soda is only slightly alkaline with a pH around 8.1 (again, 7 being neutral). The most common brand of Washing Soda is Arm and Hammer.

Both Baking Soda and Washing Soda have the power to neutralize odors, instead of just covering them up.

What is the difference between washing soda and OxiClean? They are not the same. Washing soda is a product to make water "wetter" by breaking some molecular bonds in the water and lowering the surface tension of the water so that the soap can be more effective. OxiClean is an slow-acting oxygen bleach that contains washing soda in addition to the bleaching product. Washing soda cannot bleach anything whereas, with the right amount, time, and concentration, OxiClean can bleach things but not as fast or as brutal as chlorine.

If you're interested in the difference between, Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) and Borax (Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate), there is an excerpt from http://frugalliving.about.com that explains it much better than I can. Just keep in mind these are all different compounds.

Add Vinegar and Olive Oil to your pantry formulary along with these soaps, washing soda and borax and you have just about everything you need to make your own low cost household cleaning products. Not only that, these homemade cleaners have far less, to nil, dangerous off gassing and you can point that out to any environmentalists that like to wave their finger in your face, then ask them what they use.

Have fun and reap the cost savings at the same time ;-}

Ok back to Rebatching Soap. Rather than re-write all the great information and recipes that are out there, see this article at http://www.scribd.com/doc/38981140/Wheres-the-Lye. This document also contains links for: Making your own Essential Oils; Other great Household Cleaning Formularies; other Misc (rust cleaner, stains, Car Cleaning; Homemade Firearm Cleaners & Lubricants; Basic Recipes for making your own cosmetics, bath products, etc.; How to Make Essential Oil Face Moisturizer; Making Bath Salts; Skin Care Remedies; Uses for Vinegar; Uses for Lemons; Uses for Baking Soda and more) ...

Be sure to check out my previous articles on Leaching Lye and Rendering Lard at:


“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

TNT

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Weeks 13 & 14 - 24 Weeks of Crisis Supply Procurement

Had technical difficulties and over booked myself ;-}

Week 13

Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store

  • Whistle per go-bag
  • ABC: fire extinguisher (per retreat and vehicle, at least 2 per retreat/house)
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips

To Do

  • Create a list of communication “codes” to use at rendezvous points so your household members know when each of you have been there, waited and moved on.
  • Practice a bug-out and time yourselves.
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.

** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.


"What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens." Benjamin Disraeli



Week 14

Grocery Store

  • 1 can fruit
  • 1 can meat
  • 1 can vegetables
  • 1 gallon water

Hardware/Home Improvement/Sports, Misc Store

  • “Mess Kit” for each household member (pan, plate, cup)
  • Eating utensil kit for each household member (knife, spoon, fork)
  • Space blanket per person and go-bag
  • 1 reflective signal mirror per go-bag

To Do

  • Make a plan to check on a neighbor who might need help during a crisis and or check out a preparedness group in your area and join
  • Complete another form to your Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Record the items you have purchased for crisis use in the Documentation Book/Binder.
  • Add any appropriate monies to your money jar.

** When quantities are listed that is per person in your household.

“Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness” Don Williams Jr

From TNT