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  • Get Home Bag
    Assembling a get home bag Something is wrong. You don't know what it is. Your car won't start. No planes over head. No sounds of cars on the highway. Do you have a Get Home Bag? Do you have water? Can you make fire? Having a get home bag is important when you are away […]
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    Vaseline Cotton Ball and Jute Twine Starting a fire is easy with Vaseline soaked cotton balls and some jute twine. In this You Tube video I explain how to use a Vaseline cotton ball as tinder to start a campfire for cooking and keeping warm in survival situations and for camping. Share on Facebook The […]
  • Garden Preparation For Spring
    Garden Preparation Getting a Garden Spot Ready for Spring Prepare a garden spot for spring planting by using some high mil black plastic. The black plastic will screen out the sun light killing any grass under it. Prepping a garden spot can also be done by placing cardboard over the area to be used [Read […]
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    Char Cloth Today I will show you how to make char cloth and charcoal. Some cotton cloth. Some pieces of wood. A small metal tin with one small hole punched in it. Add some fire and you can make char cloth to start a campfire and charcoal for writing on hard surfaces when you [Read […]

Get Home Bag

Assembling a get home bag

Something is wrong. You don't know what it is. Your car won't start. No planes over head. No sounds of cars on the highway.
Do you have a Get Home Bag? Do you have water? Can you make fire?

Having a get home bag is important when you are away from home.

A short 30 minute trip to the next town can turn into a two day journey for those physically fit. For those no so fit, a week long fight for survival.

Even those who are in great physical condition, a simple 10 minute trip to town could easily turn into several days depending on how many rivers you have crossed and the amount of destruction done to bridges and other infrastructure. This is the very reason why a get home bag could be essential to your survival.

In this You Tube video I show you the type of bag and content's I carry. This assembly is not EMP proof but none of the electronics are essential to my survival. The electronics in my get home bag are only for obtaining information during a disaster.

 

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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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Bobby

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