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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Alternate Light Sources & Safety With Them

This post is courtesy of Chris W over at the 1acreohiohomestead!

I'm sure we all have some kind of light source handy for emercencies, no matter how simple or inespensive. I dont think I have to tell everyone what to have as you all have your own personal choices. For the purposes of this post, I'll just cover what WE have on hand, and why.

Oil lamps- I love oil lamps. I like the soft glow, I like the scent, and I like the ease of use. Right now we have about 8 of the large regular hurricane lamps, 4 medium sized ones, 2 small ones, plus 3 large, 4 medium, and 3 small railroad style lanterns. Only one of these was paid at full retail; the rest came from yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. I have just over a dozen large spare chimneys for each, and about 3 of each for the rest. Each size & style takes its own type of wick, and I have several packages of each. I even have a few broken lamps on hand for parts, and will sometime get spare "guts" from the local Ace hardware or Lehmans to have handy too. As far as lamp oil, right now we have 24 of the 32 oz bottles, and 5 or 6 gallon jugs. Last year I got lucky with a "wanted" ad on cragslist and got 4 cases of the 32 oz bottles for $1 a bottle. Some of it is clear, some colored, and some even scented. I didnt really care about any of that, but for a buck a bottle, I couldnt say no.

Coleman lanterns- I have several of these. 3 propane models and 3 white fuel. When it comes to bright light, you just can't beat these things. I have 6 gallons of white fuel and 20 bottles of propane at the moment. I pick up a 2-pack of propane usually once a month or so, and a gallon of fuel usually every-other. I make sure to keep plenty of mantles on hand, as well as strikers and pumps for the gas ones. I only have ONE spare globe, but I plan to get more. I have both flat bases and hanging hooks for them too. A few cheap hangers came via shepards hooks (for hanging plants) via a yard sale. (keep in mind storing extra fuel for these above and beyond what you may store for campstoves, you dont want to run out using one or the other) Since writing this initial article a week ago, my neighbor has given me 2 more lanterns that he couldnt fix.....the propane one just needed a mantle (single style), and the white fuel one needed mantles and a striker.

Candles-The good old standby. We have them all over the house, and a big box of them down here in the emergency room. Lisa makes most of our candles, so we're always dragging home half-burnt ones that people give us. We have somewhere areound 50 lbs of candlewax in a box, and plenty of wick. Lisa uses the molds at times, but prefers hand dipping. I see a lot of candles dirt-cheap at Goodwill all the time, and usually get them when I can. Not long ago I picked up 10 packages of the small "emergency candles" for 2 bucks. Gotta love Goodwill........

Flashlights- OK this is where I get really bad. I'm a flashlight junkie. I dont know what it is about a good flashlight, but I cant get enough of em. I've got several big maglites, (6, 4 and 2 Dcell), 5 AA minimags, 2 AAA minimags, 3 or 4 big lantern battery models, 2 LED lights, about 8 of the cheapo eveready throw aways, and even one monster Dacor diving light. EVERY ONE has several spare bulbs on the shelf, and spare lenses for the ones I can get them for. I make sure that I have at least 6 sets of batteries for each one at all times, and I dont store any of them I dont use regularly with batteries in them. I've considered rechargables, but in a long term scenerio with no electricity, they're pretty useless after they're dead. I have the police-style beltloops for the bigger ones (uncle mikes nylon) and small belt pouches for the mini's. I even have a mini with me at all times on a belt pouch that also holds my multi-plier.

Light sticks-I keep a few of these around, but not many. I've never really had much use for them other than a few times fishing, but I'm sure some may disagree with my choice on them.

Matches-matches, matches, and more matches. I get a box every time I go to the grocery store. Just the regular old "kitchen matches". I get the waterproof ones when I visit the local wallyworld , and grab all the little freebie matchbooks I can get my hands on. We use a lot of matches here already, so I buy even more than most would. Not long ago, I found the little waterproof match boxes on clearance for 79 cents and bought 10 of them, and they're sitting on the shelf full. I do have a couple dozen disposable lighters as well, but I just prefer matches.

Now onto other things to have handy.......All of the things listed are flammable, so I make sure there are fire extinguishers all over the house. Oil lamps can fall and break, bottles can spill, candles can fall over, camp stoves can catch fire...all not something we want to NOT be ready for. Now dont look at those piddly little kitchen models, but good large ones made for putting out such things as mentioned. Sure, they aren't pretty decorations that will match you decor, but when it comes to LIFE SAFETY, who cares??????

Extingushers are sold by Class, each having its own properties for certain fires:A is your normal combustables-wood, paper, trash,and plastics, etcB is flammable liquids and gasses-gasoline,paint, petrolium products, propane, butane, etcC is for electrical-motors, appliances, etc.Now there is only one kind made that will work on ALL 3 types, and its a cartridge operated dry-chemical. These babies are expensive, but worth having. You could invest in a couple BC models , which are usually CO2, and just a water or water and foam for A rated fires. Read the labels, determine their usage, and store them somewhere HANDY in area's that you may use what they are intended to work on....not in a closet! You may want to consider small ones to have in a bob or just in your camping gear, and one in your car/truck is always a good choice. If you want more protection, call me and I'll install a fire sprinkler system in your home, LOL. I AM layed off and have the time!! (there are household systems out there though!)

CO2 and Smoke Decectors- This one is a gimme. Plain and simple, both save lives. Check the batteries regularly, and test them regularly. Keep a spare or 2 of each on hand, ESPECIALLY if you use lamps or lanterns for a long period of time. I even go so far as to have a battery operated CO2 detector in my tent bag. Call me paranoid, but I like the idea of waking up breathing in the tent with a heater going, lol.


Original: http://ohiopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/alternate-light-sources-safety-with.html

Emergency





I don’t know Neil Strauss but I respect a certain part of his make up very much. It is a personal trait that I encourage all my readers to develop: Do stuff. Don’t just dream about it; don’t just talk about it; don’t just read about it – actually get out there and DO.

A few years ago, Neil was what we unkindly, sadly, but ultimately truthfully, refer to as a sheeple. A reporter for the New York Times, he was financially successful, urbane, hip – and clueless when it came to survivalism. But then he woke up. In a big way. He quickly realized what he did not know (a tough step for many that involves suppressing the ego) and then set about correcting this hole in his knowledge base. Again, in a big way.

He built a BoB, he bought a pistol, and he attended Gunsite. He took survival classes and edible plant walks, and urban escape and evasion courses. He started training in martial arts. He cached things. He got a milk goat. Heck, he even designed a bug out plan that included obtaining citizenship and a home in another country – and then took flying lessons (so he has a little money).

Now, as cool as all of this is (and it is very cool) the coolest thing is that Neil Strauss wrote about it in great detail so you and I can follow and experience his journey. And he writes well. He should – he has written several other books that have done very well.

If you have been flitting around the edges of preparedness and survivalism and just enjoy reading blogs like this one or maybe visiting a forum or two –you need this book. If you are already well underway on your own preparedness journey – you could use this book for some advice from a man who is there and has done that. If you feel pretty secure in your preparations – I think you will enjoy this book as you compare Neil’s journey to your own and I bet you will benefit from another perspective and probably find some holes in your plans and processes that need to be addressed.

Neil Strauss writes in an edgy and adult oriented style – this is not a book for your teen aged daughter. I think it’s his personality coming through and although you wouldn’t want to read some passages aloud in church, there is nothing gratuitous here. Just deal with it.

One of my favorite sections concerned a personal training plan Neil put together. See, attending all these courses and gaining all this knowledge was not enough (it never it). Neil wanted to own the knowledge. So he scheduled his weeks for a while were he had things like Fire Sundays (he’d build fires different ways); Shelter Mondays; and one of my favorites: Survivalist Dinner Party Wednesdays where he’d invite friends over and prepare a meal differently each time – rock boiling, coal cooking, steam pits, etc. I tell ya, he’s on to something here.

So, bottom line – get yourself a copy of Emergency by Neil Strauss – it’s and enjoyable read and you’ll learn some stuff and get motivated to keep moving forward.

Emergency
By Neil Strauss
HarperCollins 2009
$16.99
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Original: http://vikingpreparedness.blogspot.com/2009/03/emergency.html

How about a Root cellar?

I got plans to build a root cellar this summer, I mentioned the little book in a previous post, so feel free to check it out. I had the idea of a root cellar because I need a place to store vegetables over the winter without having to bring them indoors where, I swear, all the field mice in NJ come to eat. Anyway, in looking at the multiple ways to store food outdoors I was amazed at the variety of ways to do it. This included leaving some specific crops in the ground and mulching heavily over them, which would work in NJ for sure, but is probably not advisable for northern climates.

I got onto this idea after watching an episode of the Discovery TV Series The Alaska Experiment In which one of the couples were trying to find ways to store food, and honestly they had good ideas but poor execution. Their Idea was to bury a can in the ground and take advantage of the earths natural ability to provide a steady temperature. Good idea right? I thought so too so I found a nice diagram of the proper way to do this, and it's available over at thefoodguys.com. I also found a neat "pallet root cellar" HERE, very clever, easy, and larger than a buried garbage can.

The most important thing when storing your food underground is to keep it from getting wet, wetness equals rot and rot equals no food. So a few things to remember when deciding what kind of crop to place in your new underground storage unit are as follows:

Root crops including carrots, beets, turnips and parsnips all adapt to storage well and do best at near freezing and a relatively high humidity. Onions will need less humidity to discourage neck rot.

Leafy crops like celery and cabbage will store as well, but they have to be separate from root crops as they give off a gas that is harmful to other crops.

When selecting vegetables for storage throw away (or eat) any that is remotely close to turning or unsound. If they are allowed to be close to other crops they will affect them.

Do plenty of research on curing the different types of crops for storage. This is a science that is easily learned and there is plenty of online help available. The more I research, the more I learn and the more excited I am to give it a try. I am sure I'll make mistakes, but remember: Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

A few good food storage links:

Washington State University : Storing Fruits and Vegetables at Home

Cornell Cooperative extension: Storing guidelines for Fruits and Vegetables


Mother Earth News: Build a basement Root Cellar

Hobby Farms: Produce bound underground


Within 36 hours of a natural or man made disaster the food shelves at the local stores will be bare, if there are serious disruptions to the delivery system, they will stay that way for long periods of time. Prices will skyrocket and chaos will be the order of the day. With a little effort we can all make sure we have at least a 2 week supply stored for our families and with a little diligence, maybe more.


Original: http://newjerseypreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-about-root-cellar.html

Your Library

Just a quick post to share some links. Your library will be your biggest source of info outside your HAM radio when a disaster hits. Particularly if it's a long term one. I'll share some links with you for manuals and such......

Random Manuals and How To's

The Disease.net - there is a lot of data here from firearms manuals to Army TM's and FM's. Some data is old, but there is plenty to chose from.

Survival & Self Reliance
- A nice source to keep handy, good rading and plenty of How-To Info.

Librum Reading Room - A Library on line. Books include many building, gardening, and Farming/Homesteading materials.

As you can guess, this list can go on for as long as the Internet is wide. I'd appreciate suggestions to add to the list.

What have you done today to prepare?


Original: http://newjerseypreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/03/your-library.html

Audio Podcast: 12 Simple Steps Toward Modern Survival Living

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Today we talk about 12 simple steps that people can take toward living a better lifestyle if times get tough or even if they don’t.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Debt is financial cancer, eliminate it.
  • Plant a garden and permanent food producing crops (trees, bushes, etc) you have a limit to how much food you can store.
  • Aim to store at least 30-90 days of reserve food and water. More is better but this will get you through 90% of potential disasters.
  • Plan for disaster based on the simplified threat probability matrix. Personal – Neighborhood – Small Region – Large Region – National – Global
  • Understand “disaster commonality” simply put most disasters are addressed by the same preparations.
  • Have a bug out bag (72 hour kit) for every family member.
  • Have a family disaster plan for staying put and for evacuation. (Bugging In or Bugging Out).
  • A bug out location (remote location) may be a great idea if you have paid off all consumer debt first and buy smart.
  • Don’t be 100% invested in the stock market ever, don’t have all savings in 401Ks/IRAs and practice true diversity.
  • Learn to protect yourself, your home and your family.
  • Everything you do to prepare for disaster should improve your life even if nothing ever goes wrong.
  • Remember what you do matters is the number one factor in surviving any situation.
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How To Get The Best Out Of Your Camp Stove


By Richard Runion

There are various ways you can insure that you get great performance from your camp stove:

1. Select the right stove:
Where do you plan to go on your camping trips? How many people do you plan to cook for? You need to answer these questions before deciding on the stove you want to buy.

2. Portability:
You won't want to lug a heavy stove around when you trek. So, a light-weight stove is the best choice, unless you have a vehicle to help transport it around.

3. Fuel Type:
Choose a fuel that's easily available, with refills you can carry. For instance, propane is a popular fuel available in mot camping stores. Also, a fuel that generates more heat will help you conserve fuel. Butane and propane meet this requirement. Weather conditions can also influence your choice of fuel. For instance, white gas is better in cold weather. Look for a stove with multiple fuel options.

4. Multi-burner:
A single burner stove may suffice if you trek alone or have to cook for very few people. A multiple burner stove will allow you to cook more than one thing, simultaneously, saving time, and effort.

5. Brand-value:
Buy a camp stove manufactured by an established brand that's been around for many years. That way you can be more certain of getting a quality product that works. Also, a reputed brand is likely to offer a wide choice of models, giving you different fuel and burner options.

6. Price:
This should not be a restrictive factor, if buy a quality product. The important thing is to get value for money.

7. Warranty:
Look for a life-time warranty on the stove you buy.


Original: http://survival-training.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-get-best-out-of-your-camp-stove.html

You Can Survive a Nuclear Blast


The only known nuclear attack on a civilian population was the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Collectively, 210,000 people were killed in the blasts. At least 260,000 people have been officially recognized by the Japanese government as survivor's of the blasts and at least one of those, 93 year old Tsutomu Yamaguchi, has been officially recognized as having survived both blasts.

According to officials, Mr Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on Aug 6, 1945, when a US B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He then returned to his home in Nagasaki just in time for the second attack. The amazing part of this tale is that he, defied all kinds of odds, and survived both blasts. Of course, his health over the long term, was almost certainly compromised, but he's still alive at 93 years old. My point? You can survive a nuclear assault.

This amazing man really endured what can only be described as hell on earth. Check out this description of the assault from the Department of Energy's website. "Those closest to the explosion died instantly,Victim of atomic attack with the pattern of her clothing burned into her back. their bodies turned to black char. Nearby birds burst into flames in mid-air, and dry, combustible materials such as paper instantly ignited as far away as 6,400 feet from ground zero. The white light acted as a giant flashbulb, burning the dark patterns of clothing onto skin (right) and the shadows of bodies onto walls. Survivors outdoors close to the blast generally describe a literally blinding light combined with a sudden and overwhelming wave of heat. (The effects of radiation are usually not immediately apparent.) The blast wave followed almost instantly for those close-in, often knocking them from their feet. Those that were indoors were usually spared the flash burns, but flying glass from broken windows filled most rooms, and all but the very strongest structures collapsed. One boy was blown through the windows of his house and across the street as the house collapsed behind him. Within minutes 9 out of 10 people half a mile or less from ground zero were dead.

People farther from the point of detonation experienced first the flash and heat, followed seconds later by a deafening boom and the blast wave. Nearly every structure within one mile of ground zero was destroyed, and almost every building within three miles was damaged. Less than 10 percent of the buildings in the city survived without any damage, and the blast wave shattered glass in suburbs twelve miles away. The most common first reaction of those that were indoors even miles from ground zero was that their building had just suffered a direct hit by a bomb. Small ad hoc rescue parties soon began to operate, but roughly half of the city's population was dead or injured. In those areas most seriously affected virtuallyHiroshima mushroom cloud (picture taken from the ground) no one escaped serious injury. The numerous small fires that erupted simultaneously all around the city soon merged into one large firestorm, creating extremely strong winds that blew towards the center of the fire. The firestorm eventually engulfed 4.4 square miles of the city, killing anyone who had not escaped in the first minutes after the attack. One postwar study of the victims of Hiroshima found that less than 4.5 percent of survivors suffered leg fractures. Such injuries were not uncommon; it was just that most who could not walk were engulfed by the firestorm."

Source articles: Double Atomic Bomb Survivor found in Japan

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

As you can see, his survival is amazing.

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