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Disaster-Prepare For Secondary Disaster

Disaster. Do you think you are out of the woods after a disaster has passed? Often, secondary disasters occur and are more serious than the original event. A serious disaster is seldom a stand alone event. Secondary disasters often occur in conjunction with or shortly thereafter. Secondary events can sometimes be more destructive than the original disaster. It is important to prepare for secondary disaster.

Prepare For Secondary Disaster

Secondary disasters occur shortly after the primary disaster and are due directly to the effects of the first. A good example of this type of occurrence is a severe earthquake. A severe earthquake could easily cause extensive damage to power generating infrastructure.

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An earthquake sending electrical transmission towers crumbling to the ground. Destroying the boilers and generators in the power houses and the power houses themselves. Fracturing steam lines. The wide area, long term loss of electricity to homes and industry would qualify as a disaster as would the loss of housing due to the destructive effects of a major earthquake.

Now imagine this same scenario but involving a nuclear reactor. The effects on power generation and transmission lines and towers would be the same. Long term loss of power. A few short hours later, the nuclear reactor is melting down due to damage to the mechanical and electrical control equipment, cooling lines and the cooling tank that the radioactive rods are submerged in. The cooling water ran out or could not circulate due to the loss of control and lack of water to keep the rods cool. The nuclear meltdown, in this case, is a secondary disaster. If you think it cant happen, think back to the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. It's already happened. Chernobyl. Fukushima. Three Mile Island. Nuclear meltdowns can, have and do happen.

•It is estimated in the US, at least 5 nuclear reactors sit in earthquake prone areas. Areas primed for secondary disasters.

Now imagine in this same earthquake scenario that had the original earthquake devastation to housing and electrical generating and delivery systems. Secondary damage from nuclear meltdown and the nuclear contamination of large areas of the country. Add loss of important public infrastructure. Water filter, purification and delivery plants no longer capable of operating. Bridges crossing bodies of water and canyons destroyed. Highways roads and interstates made impassable due to the loss of bridges and blocked by fallen overpasses. Hospitals crumbled to the ground.

All of these secondary disasters just discussed would make life difficult. No clean water to drink, clean dishes, flush a commode or bathe in. No food delivery to your local store. Hunger is rampant. No fuel delivery to operate your car. No medicine or professional medical care. Sickness, disease, injury and death have become common place. Your home was destroyed. No house to live in. No supply's to reconstruct your home. No electricity to light,heat or cool your home even if you have one left. No police or fire protection. Criminals and fires go unchecked. No hope of help coming. The potential for radiation poisoning if you live close to or down wind from a nuclear facility.

What would happen if a dam up river from you was destroyed in an earthquake? The flooding would be catastrophic. Do you keep enough fuel in your car to get your family to high ground. Do you know where high enough ground is within a few minutes of your home. Can you and your loved ones be in your car and on your way within 10 seconds? Now you know the importance of having a bugout bag close to your door.

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This is only one disaster scenario. An earthquake. For every other major disaster, there is the potential and I would even say likelihood for secondary disasters. It's time to rethink your preparations for secondary disasters.

It is important to prepare for disasters. It's equally important to prepare for the secondary disasters that will come several days later.

 

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Flint Michigan Water Everywhere But None To Drink

Flint Michigan water crisis is yet another reason to be a prepper. Storm clouds are brewing over lead content in Flint's water supply.

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Flint Michigan water

The reported lead content in the municipal water supply, prior to being reconnected to Detroit's water system, was analyzed by a group of Virginia Tech researchers by obtaining samples from 271 homes. Some of the water tested had lead contamination high enough to be considered as toxic waste.

 

No Amount Of Lead Is Safe

Lead in water is measured in parts per billion (ppb) but there is no amount of lead safe to consume. The highest sample found in the Virginia Tech research in Flint Michigan water was 158 ppm. At 5 ppm there is cause for concern and can cause long lasting medical problems over an extended period of time. To me personally, any amount of lead is unacceptable.

 

Why We Prep

Occurrences like this is the reason we prep. Obtain a water filter that will filter out heavy metals and other nasties. Obviously, being connected to a municipal water system isn't a reason to let your guard down. You never know what the local government is going to do. This is what happened to the water supply in Flint.

 

The Damage Has Already Been Done

During a water crisis, that had spanned several years, the city of Flint opted out of Detroit's water supply system and began drawing water from the Flint River. The city has since reconnected to Detroit's water system in hopes of alleviating the lead issue, but the damage has already been done.

 

Unexplained Illnesses

Unexplained illnesses have began to occur in the population of Flint. I'm sure that other long lasting medical conditions will began to occur. I see in Flints future many medical problems. Lead has a cumulative effect. It builds up in the body over time. The body has a difficult time removing lead from body tissues. Some of the effects are, mental and physical impairment, aggressive behavior, developmental skills difficulty in children, kidney dysfunction, more retarded children being born and many other medical problems occurring.

The lead issue in Flint has only just begun.

 

Get And Use A Water Filter

Get and use a good water filter even if you are connected to a municipal water system. Are you on a well? Don't be lulled into a sense of security. Deep wells are drilled to inject toxic waste from manufacturing. They can and do leak into the water table. Even in the area that I live in, some streams and wells have been polluted with arsenic from the disposal of coal fly ash from coal fired steam power generation. Don't think you are immune from water pollution!

 

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Topographical Maps

Topographical maps. Knowing the terrain in the area you live can be a time and energy saver if the time comes when you have to walk most every place you go. Why hoof it up a 500 foot hillside when you could simply walk around the obstacle. Why take the longer route when there is a much shorter on available. When walking, you would want to know if there was a shorter way to get from point A to point B. Since you are not limited to traveling only on roads, you can cut across country if you know the  terrain.

Find Body's Of Water

When water is needed, you can find body's of water along your route, from the small farm pond to larger body's of water are noted on US Geological survey maps.

 

Topographical Maps

Knowing the terrain of the area you hunt will give you a decided advantage when in pursuit of game. Obtaining topographical maps of the area you are hunting can put you in the upper end of a hollow, keeping your scent down wind of your quarry in the late afternoon or help locate a natural funnel that game often use when traveling from a bedding areas to a feeding area.

All the information you need to know, height of the surrounding terrain, locations of water and approximately how steep the grade is up or down a hillside or mountain is available to you, if you use topographical maps.

Maps from the US Geological survey are available. To download free topo maps, go to the US Geological survey  website.

When you reach their website, enter a close by address or you can click several times on the state you want information about to enlarge it. Once you have the area enlarged, click on the printer icon in the upper right of the window you have open. The website will then give you a pull down menu. Make a choice of file to use. I use PDF or JPG files so I can edit if I want to. After selecting the type of file you want, click NEXT, PRINT MAP then DOWNLOAD.

Topographical maps are not hard to read well enough for you to get the information you need. When the lines are close together, that means the elevation changes in a shorter distance. The lines have numbers, staggered on those lines giving the elevation at that point.

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Traveling from point A to point B, you can see that the blue path is shorter but is hilly and has several 100 foot increase and decrease in elevation. The green path has one gradual 50 foot increase in elevation. This is why topographical maps are so useful.

Get topographical maps of your area. They will help you navigate easier.

 

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Water Treatment - Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2e

Water treatment is a very important step in your prepping survival. Treating water, whether adding bleach, iodine tablets or using a filter, will increase your chances for survival dramatically.

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Water treatment IS That Important

Once you have survived the initial disaster, the loss of life has just begun. In a true disaster, far more people die from water borne diseases, due to infected water, than the original disaster caused. Clean water is important and often takes a back seat to the high speed, fun aspects of prepping like guns, beans and bandages. All preps are important but you must get your priorities straight. You won't need  guns, beans or bandages if your not around to use them. If you drink infected water, you won't be around. You will be dead and in the ground. Get your water preps dealt with NOW. Have back up water preps. Have back up to your back up's. Water treatment IS that important.

Water Treatment

Water treatment

  • Boiling is the simplest and most effective method to make water safe to drink. If at all possible, filter the water through a coffee filter, clean white tee shirt or any clean white cloth to remove the particulate matter that may be in the water prior to boiling. Once at a rolling boil, boil for one minute. Allow to cool. To make the water more palatable, pour back and forth between two clean containers.

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  • Laundry bleach works well for disinfecting water. The bleach you use, should be un-scented and relatively new. There is a major drawback when storing bleach in your preps. Liquid bleach lasts only six month under near ideal conditions, then starts degrading. The dosage, when using laundry bleach is : 8 drops to 1 gallon for clear water. Double or 16 drops to one gallon of cloudy water. Use 2 drops in clear water for a 1 liter soda bottle. If treating a large water supply tank the dosage is one ounce or 1/8 cup to 200 gallons of water(Double the dosage if the water is cloudy). Shake or stir the contents and let set un-disturbed for 30 minuets.

calcium hypochlorite

  • Calcium Hypochlorite (Pool shock), a dry type of bleach , is a better way to store bleach for disinfecting water, in your preps. Buy only the type that has no other ingredients it it. Some have fungicides and other chemicals that you do not want to ingest! It will store for a long time. A one pound bag of calcium hypochlorite will treat 10,000 gallons of water. Since you aren't likely to be treating that much water at any given time, and will start degrading like any other liquid bleach, the mixture to make one gallon of this chlorine solution  (bleach) is: 1/8 ounce to one gallon of water. (Pour the dry calcium hypochlorite into the water to mix or you run the risk of splashing a concentrated solution on yourself).  Use this solution in the same amounts as regular laundry bleach: 8 drops to 1 gallon for clear water. Double or 16 drops to one gallon of cloudy water. Use 2 drops in clear water for a 1 liter soda bottle. If treating a large water supply tank the dosage is one ounce or 1/8 cup to 200 gallons of water(Double the dosage if the water is cloudy). Shake or stir the contents and let set un-disturbed for 30 minuets. The great thing about disinfecting with chlorine is, the chlorine smell and taste will dissipate in 3 or 4 days after killing the pathogens in water.

sawyer all in one water filter

  • Water filters are wonderful things to have in your household preps, bug out bags and get home bags. They are portable and require little maintenance. I like the sawyer brand of portable water filters. They are easy to use and are dependable. Sawyer filters have smaller designs, Sawyer Mini for back packing, hiking and others, Sawyer All in One, designed for home use with two buckets or an attachment to your faucet when boil water orders are issued by the local water department. They quickly filter microbes from your water making it safe to drink.

DANGER

****** Calcium Hypochlorite should be stored in a container that will not react with chlorine gas, such as a large glass jar. The off gassing of calcium hypochlorite is noticeable and will corrode anything that reacts with it such as metals and will damage many plastics. Keep it separated from your other preps and away from acids or ammonia products. Chlorine mixed with acids or ammonia will create chlorine gas and can kill you. If it is mixed in an a sealed container, WILL explode. ******

As always, it's best to pre filter your water through a clean cloth when obtained from an open water source like a river, stream or pond to remove some of the small aquatic animal and plant life that inhabit water.

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Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2d Water for Gardens and Fire Suppression

Rain Catchment For Gardens

Storing rain water for your garden need not be expensive. A few blue barrels or a plastic IBC tote is all you need. Both can be found at on line auctions like E bay, Craig's List or at salvage dealers. Blue barrels can be had for $15 to $40.

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Plastic IBC totes for $75 to $350. Plastic IBC totes are common in 275/325 gallons.

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Blue barrels are mostly in 55 gallon but can be found in 30 and 15 gallon. If using blue barrels, I suggest using the 55 gallon.

In the long run, it is less expensive to use plastic IBC totes. You will get more water volume and have less expense in plumbing, (More bang for your buck), but isn't as aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

The plastic IBC totes are designed to be stacked. Blue barrels will need a rack made to set them vertically or stack and lay them horizontally.

Both can be plumed together to add additional water storage. Some totes come with a ball valve attached to the outlet. Some do not. Both will need additional drain fittings and valves to connect the containers together and for the attachment of a garden hose, over flow and the appropriate screen, gutter, down spout and fittings to fill the catchment system and divert the first few gallons of water out to the ground to clear pollution, leaves, twigs and bird droppings that have collected on the roof.

Elevate the barrels or totes to have water pressure or you will need to add a pump unless your garden is down hill from your catchment system. If elevated, place the system on a very firm and stable surface to avoid tipping over. A 325 gallon tote full of water weighs 2710 pounds, plus the weight of the tote. Not something you want falling on you!

 

Rain Catchment For Fire Suppression

Fire suppression is an issue and will be an issue during a grid down situation. You should be prepared for the possibility of fire. If you have a large volume pond within a few feet of your home, you will only need a fire fighting pump. You will draw water directly from the pond. If you, like most people, do not have a pond that close, you will need a large supply of water stored for fire suppression.

This can be accomplished by pluming several totes together and adding a fire fighting pump. Two such pumps are listed here. Both are good pumps. The B E Pressure pump costs less than half of the AMT pump. The difference is, the AMT pump has a Honda engine. The Honda engine has a long history of being a very long lasting and dependable. Properly taken care of, it will probably out last you.

B E Pressure fire fighting pump kit High-pressure and High-volume + Hose, Nozzles

B E Pressure fire fighting pump kit

The BE pressure pump comes with a hose and nozzle.

AMT Pump 2MP5HR Engine Driven Two Stage High Pressure/Fire Pump with Honda GX160 Engine

AMT Pump with Honda GX160 Engine

Hose and nozzle for the AMT pump must be purchased separably.

Add together the pump, 4 IBC totes, plumbing and hose, you will have 1100 to 1300 gallons of water to fight fire at your home.

 

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Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2c Water Storage and Treatment

Water Storage

Water storage has been somewhat covered in postings Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2a Water and Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2b Water.

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Storing Water In Large Tanks

Storing water in a large water tank and constantly replacing it, as it is used, by a well and pump is the ideal way to deal with water storage for preppers or anyone that needs a consistent source of water.

The type of tank I am speaking of are made of plastic (most are polyethylene) and easily found at farm supply stores in the sizes of 100 gallon to 7500 gallon. The tank you purchase should be  food safe and UV stabilized to last a long time when exposed to the elements. The size tank you will need is determined by the amount of water usage. Your water tank should cycle through and refill its entire contents every three to four days and be treated with household un-scented bleach two to three times a year to discourage algae and microbe growth.

The water tank should be a dark color to reduce growth of algae and placed up hill if possible, and partly to completely buried in the ground to avoid pipes freezing. In far north climates, the water tank should always be completely buried to avoid the tank freezing or installed in a heated space. In southern or temperate climates, where freezing is not an issue, it can be placed up hill or on a stand above your home.

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Water Treatment

The water needs to be filtered for drinking and dish washing due to the possibility of microbes. This can be acomplished by two difrent methods. The first and least expensive is a 0.1 micron water filter that attaches to your sink faucet like the Sawyer Point One Squeeze water filter kit. This kit has an attachment that fits over the faucet outlet. The best but expensive way is a  whole house UV water purification system. This type of system can be pricey depending on the condition of your water. The type you will need is a whole house pre filter and a whole house UV filter designed for well water. The UV light tube life span is about one year. You will need to store extra UV light tubes and filters if you choose this method.

Storing water inside the home for short term disasters.

Storing Water In Blue Barrels

Food safe blue plastic barrels are a good way to store water for short term disasters or to buy time until you can find a better source of water. You can find these barrels on Craigslist or at salvage dealers.

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Before buying, check to see what the barrel contained. If it had any liquid other than a food product in it, pass on the deal. You do not want to drink from a barrel that had caustic chemicals in them. Always rinse them well. Once thoroughly cleaned, disinfect the barrel by filling it with five gallons of water and one half cup of  regular un-scented household bleach. Replace the bung plug and turn the barrel over several times then roll it until all surfaces are covered. repeat this process every 10 minutes for a half hour. Pour out the bleach water and rinse. If you are filling the barrel from a municipal water supply, you do not have to add more bleach. If not, add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach/gallon for clear well water, 1/2 teaspoon/gallon for cloudy water. Re-bung the barrel and place inside your home if possible to protect it from sunlight.

Storing Water In Soda Bottles

Storing water in plastic soda bottles is a low cost way to store an emergency supply of water. While not a long term option, storing water in soda bottles will certainly get you through a short term issue with your water supply. Like the blue barrels, wash and rinse the bottles and caps thoroughly. Wash your kitchen sink with soap and water then run a sink full of water and add 1/2 cup of bleach. Let it set a few minutes, drain and re-fill the sink. Add enough water to submerge a soda bottle. Add 1/2 cup of bleach and completely submerge the bottle and cap in the bleach water to sterilize it inside and out. Just as with the blue barrel method, if filling the bottle from a municipal water supply, you do not have to add more bleach. If not, add 2 drops of bleach/bottle for clear well water, 3 drops/bottle for cloudy water. Store in a dark place in your home.

 

Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2c Water Storage.

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Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2b Water

Prepping for Self Reliance Water, will be broken down into several installments. Water is a very large subject. There are many ways to store, collect and treat water.

Water collection. Shallow wells, ground springs and cisterns.

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Shallow wells, ground springs and cisterns, are a little different from deep wells, in that they should be cleaned and the water checked more often for the possibility of microbial contamination. Shallow wells, springs and cisterns are sometimes, infected with microbial contamination's of giardia intestinalis, cyptosporidium, E. coli , salmonella, coliform and hepatitis A, among other protozoan, bacterium and viruses. Springs and cisterns always get their water from close to the surface of the ground or above ground. Shallow wells sometimes get their water from close to the surface of the ground. Thats where the problem comes in. Some of these microbes are carried by animals and can live outside the body for long periods of time. Often these microbes are deposited on the ground or on a roof in animal fecal matter and are washed by rain water runoff into wells, cisterns and spring boxes.

The cleaning of shallow wells, cisterns and spring boxes is accomplished by use of a product made specifically for this task. These products will also help remove the slime coating produced by bacteria and dissolve mineral deposits. Follow the directions closely to properly kill microbes and clean your well, spring or cistern. Some people will tell you to just use bleach in your well. In a survival situation, if you had no other choice, it's better than nothing but don't depend on it. Some of these microbes have a thick membrane and a strong resistance to bleach. Some microbes, bleach won't even kill. Be safe and stock these cleaners. Always filter drinking water from these sources. Viruses are not normally a problem in our country at this time but to be safe, use a 0.1 micron filter to remove viruses. If we ever fall into a TEOTWAWKI situation, sickness and disease will run rampant.

Locate your well, spring box or cistern up hill and away from septic field lines, outhouses and animal pens or pastures. The official suggested distance from any of the previously stated objects is at least 50 feet. I say at least 200 feet or more to be safe. On more than one occasion, I have known people who say their "water smells like CRAP" and think that oily film is oil in their water. Their spring is inevitably down hill from an animal pasture. You should see their face when it's pointed out that the reason your water has an oily film and smells like crap is because it is CRAP!

In a survival situation, only a fool takes a chance. We are prepping for that situation.

pitcher pump

Bringing the water into your home is accomplished the same way as the previous post,  Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2a Water, using the hybrid method of solar 12 / 24 volt well pump, solar panels, batteries and elevated holding tank.  A long well bucket, 60 feet of nylon rope and pitcher pump will do well for the shallow well, spring box or cistern for redundancy. Stock replacement parts for all electrical and mechanical well components.

Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2b Water.

 

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Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2a Water

Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2a Water

Prepping for Self Reliance Water, will be broken down into several installments. Water is a very large subject. There are many ways to store, collect and treat water.

Deep wells

Without any doubt whatsoever, water is the most important prep you will ever make. Water is necessary for life. Water is just that important, and as such, should be approached that way. On average, a human can live 30 days without eating. It wouldn't be fun but you would live. Water, on the other hand, is a different matter. You can go about 3 days without fluid intake before you start showing "seriously" ill effects.

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In the following multi part posts, we will discus collection, storage and treatment of water.

 

Water collection. Deep well water.

There are many ways to collect water. The best way is a deep well, holding tank, solar 12 / 24 volt pump with solar panels, charger, charge controller and batteries. With this method of water collection, you pump water into an elevated holding tank, you don't need a well pressure tank. The large holding tank could be placed on a hill close to, or on an elevated stand next to your home. The water pressure will be ok but not great inside your home, but you wouldn't have to worry about running the pump as much or a malfunction of the pressure tank or bladder. This system can be designed to function on grid, off grid or both.

Along the same lines but a little different, is a deep well, solar 12 / 24 volt deep well pump with solar panels, charger, charge controller, batteries and pressure tank. This option will give you good water pressure inside your home. The one draw back to this system is the extra cost and maintenance of the pressure tank, tank bladder and pressure switch. This system can also be designed to function on grid, off grid or both.

A hybrid of both of the systems above, is  a deep well solar 12 / 24 volt deep well pump, above ground high pressure 12 / 24 volt water pump with solar panels, charger, charge controller, batteries and pressure tank, large holding tank, bypass valves and plumbing around the above ground high pressure water pump, pressure tank and bladder. If the high pressure section of the system fails, you simply bypass the pressure section of the system to have running water. This type of system builds some redundancy into the system. This system, like the previous two, can be ran on grid, off grid or both.

You should have your water tested once a year even with deep wells.

Redundancy. Redundancy. Redundancy. Build redundancy into your water supply. Install a deep well hand pump in your well. If the electrical components fail, you can still pump water to the holding tank by hand. Stock replacement parts for all electrical and mechanical well components. Stock a long well bucket and several hundred feet of nylon rope. If all else fails, you can draw water the old fashion way.

Prepping for Self Reliance Pt2a Water

 

 

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Surviving TEOTWAWKI

Surviving TEOTWAWKI will be difficult. There is absolutely no way to foresee all the things that could go wrong. I don't think this will happen in the near future but TEOTWAWKI is one of those things that could happen and it's effects would be devastating. Therefore we need to prep for it. It seems, the bigger and more life threatening the disaster, the less likely it will occur. BUT if something like that occurs, it would be a direct threat to life and be a long term survival situation.

Below are some of the items, I think would be of great benefit to you during TEOTWAWKI. No list can possibly cover all the equipment and supply's you will need. The list will have to adjusted by you if you have pets or livestock.


Water: A deep well would be ideal with plenty of solar power to run the pump. Deep wells are very expensive. $3000 on the low end, but could run you $5000 or a lot more. I suggest you get some solar panels with batteries and a charge controller. A 12/24 volt pump, solar panel and a tank to place on a nearby hill or build a tall stand to put the water tank on. A large elevated tank would give you enough pressure to have running water in your home. An alternative is a shallow well. At 50 to 75 feet you can use a well bucket and rope to retrieve water for drinking and cooking. Have your water checked yearly for bacteria and other pathogens. I also suggest filtering any surface or shallow well water with a filter. A very good counter top filter is a Berkey.  A filter I have had good service from is a sawyer water filter.


Seeds for a Survival Garden: Non hybrid heirloom variety. Hybrid seeds do not reproduce true to type so you don't know what plant you will get. Use  non hybrid, non GMO heirloom seeds so you can dry seeds and replant the next year. Try to store high protein, high carbohydrate seeds. During  TEOTWAWKI you will need the energy and weight won't be a problem. You will need an herb garden for adding flavor toy your food and for medicinal purposes.

Don't forget to plant a winter garden!


Canning and Drying Supply's:

Learning the skill of survival canning will be a matter of survival for you. Canning over a rocket stove can be done. If you use an aluminium canner. you will need a piece of sheet metal to put under the canner to keep from damaging it. Canning jars, lids and rings will also be needed.You will need a lot of  non iodized salt for curing meats. This is not table salt. Iodized table salt does not cure meat well but you need it on your table for the extra iodine in it unless you live close to the coast and eat plenty of sea food. Store both. Your best bet for drying herbs and vegetables is to make your own dryer.


Taking Care of your Bodily Functions:

If you have no running water in your home, the alternative is an outhouse. As unpleasant as they are, in a long term grid down situation, they work. Be careful of where you place the outhouse. Keep the outhouse down hill from any water source and the common rule of thought is at least 50 feet away from that source. I suggest to keep it 200 or more feet away from a water source. Take no chances during grid down. Dig the pit about 4 feet deep and 3 to 3 1/2 feet square. Be sure that rain water doesn't run into the pit and prematurely fill it. You can have fun with this and make it a two seater outhouse.

If you like to read humor and are interested in the lore and reasons for the designs of the outhouse, you can read,Outhouses by Holly Bollinger.


Power:

Power to run some lighting, a small fan and maybe a radio would be good. Solar panels, batteries and a charge controller fit the bill. The amount of stored power and the capacity of the system depends greatly on the number of panels and batteries you have.


Medical:

First, I am not a medical professional. Do, due diligence and study about this information before using it.

During TEOTWAWKI, medicine as we know it will be non existent. You will have to do things you never thought you could. You WILL be on your own. You'll need many times more medical supply's  than you think. You will need over the counter medications, bandages, ointments, dental supply's, antibiotics and knowledge about survival medicine. A book is available to you, written by Dr. Joseph Alton and Amy Alton A.R.N.P, about TEOTWAWKI and the medical situation you will be faced with. They seem to be good people and are preppers. Order this book, medical supply's and antibiotics. Medical information and antibiotics will be worth more than any amount of gold in  TEOTWAWKI.


Silver:

Keep some junk silver around. The silver content is widely known and would , after the dust settles, will probably be a good medium of exchange. Learn to barter. Most exchanges will be done this way. I keep very little gold for this purpose due to the difficulty of breaking off the right amount during a buy.


Self Defense:

Being in good physical condition is great during good times. It's imperative during TEOTWAWKI. If you can't fend off an attacker, you become a casualty. All you prepared for is lost. Including your family. You won't survive.

Learn to use defensive tactics  and firearms. You will need hunting arms to obtain meat with. You will need tactical firearms and training to fend off the two legged animals.

Make a prepping list. Include  emergency supplies, prepper food and learn the skill of prepping food for long term storage.

There will be no help coming. When criminals know the police aren't coming, they get very bold. They WILL rape, rob, kidnap, kill and steal from you. They will kidnap, rape and kill your wife and children, if they think there will be no consequences. Make there be  consequences.

I'll leave you with this: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER GIVE UP. Your survival depends on it.

As I said before, this is not a prepping list to end all list's but it is a good start to being self reliant.

Surviving TEOTWAWKI

Helping You, Help Yourself

Bobby

 

 

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Sawyer Mini Water Filter

The Sawyer mini water filter is a small 0.1 micron water filter that is available from Sawyer.

sawyer 0.1 micron water filter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's small enough to carry in your bug out or get home bag or to carry with you camping. Any place you may need fresh water to drink.
The larger Sawyer filters, that do an exceptional job filtering water, are just too large to carry in a bug out or get home bag.
In answer to that, sawyer designed the sawyer mini.
I carry the sawyer mini in my get home bag.

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As you can see in the picture, the sawyer mini comes with the filter, collapsible bag, straw for drinking directly from the water source, and back wash syringe.The filter is designed to fit inline on the tube of your camelback.
This filter, occasionally, must be back washed with some water you have filtered to clear out debris and clogging in the filter. That will restore over 98 percent of the flow rate.
Whenever you use any of Sawyer's filters of this design you must backwash the filter with bleach and water, prior to storage, to discourage bacterial growth and further clogging.
All in all, the sawyer mini is an outstanding water filter for your money and it will deliver, with proper care, 100,000 gallons of water.
Whether backpacking, bugging out, getting home or just simply needing fresh clean clear drinking water, you can't go wrong with the sawyer mini.

Sawyer mini water filter

Helping You, Help Yourself

 

Bobby

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