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Monday, July 20, 2009

72-hour kits: equipment

the list of equipment and stuff to include in your 72-hour kit can be overwhelming and exhaustive. i feel like i've looked over trillions of them in preparing for this month's activity and building my own and have come up with what i feel like is a pretty comprehensive list of all the stuff you could want and should think about including:

  1. Hooded Poncho
  2. Emergency Heat Blanket

  3. Flashlight

  4. Extra Batteries

  5. Candles

  6. Flares

  7. Lighter

  8. Water-Proof Matches

  9. Dishes/Utensils

  10. Shovel

  11. Radio (hand-crank or remember to pack batteries)

  12. Pen and Paper
  13. Axe

  14. Pocket Knife

  15. Rope

  16. Duct Tape

  17. First Aid Kit

  18. Toiletries

  19. Toilet Paper
    o Feminine Needs
    o Toothbrush & paste
    o Soap, Shampoo
    o Hand Sanitizer
    o Medication (Tylenol/Advil, etc. and a 3-day supply of any prescriptions)

  20. Cash

  21. Pre-Paid Phone Card

  22. Paper Surgical Masks

  23. Small lockbox or safe that you can carry all your documents in - for more details on this one, see the post entitled "72-hour kits: documents."

and you will of course need some sort of bag in which to haul it all. most people opt for the backpack, you could also use a bag with wheels that you can roll, a giant tupperware container (this one really only works if you have your car), or a duffel bag. keep in mind that if you are packing 72-hour kits for small children, they probably won't be able to carry it themselves. for that reason, my husband and i each used a backpack and packed a duffel bag with a shoulder strap for our toddler.

hopefully this about sums it up -- you can find most of it at wal-mart, target, in the camping section of any sporting goods store, emergency essentials or shelf-reliance.

Original: http://mansfield2nd.blogspot.com/2009/03/72-hour-kits-equipment.html

Soap Making

“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.” - William Osler
We have a friend who makes decorative soap for fun and as gifts. The bar she made for us has lasted a surprisingly long time. Prior to 1916 much of the soap used was made at home using fats from cooking and butchering. This changed with World War I which created a national "fat" shortage. Enterprising companies stepped in and developed the first synthetic soaps.

The following information on soap was found at www.cranberrylane.com/soapmaking.htm.

There are 3 keys to successful soap making:

1. Accurately weighed ingredients.
2. A good formula.
3. Proper technique.

Chemically speaking, soap is a salt. An acid (fats) and a base (Lye) react with one another to form a salt or soap. Natural hand-made soap is not difficult to make; you can make a batch of soap in as little as one hour, depending on the formula.

The oil or fat is heated gently. Lye and water are combined separately. When both ingredients reach the required temperature, they are combined. When the mixture becomes the desired consistency, it is poured into a mould. The bars are removed from the mould after approximately 24 to 48 hours. They are restacked and allowed to “cure” or dry until hard (3 to 8 weeks).

Interestingly, the web site

www.ideamarketers.com/?Soap_Making_--_The_Disappearing_Skill&articleid=467687 is less enthusiastic about soap making...

There are only two ingredients required to make soap, yet soap making can be a very time consuming and difficult project. In the old days, soap was made a couple of times per year, sometimes once a year. One of the reasons for not making soap more often was because it was a long-drawn out process.
Bottom Line
Check out the web links above for details on soap making. I suspect like many things that soap making is simple in theory but takes skill to do just right. Note the importance of precise measuring, "right" temperature, "right" consistency, etc. Also note that soap making is NOT a craft for children. Lye is a dangerous chemical. It can burn the skin and if inhaled will burn the lungs. If swallowed it can be fatal.

Original: http://perpetualpreparedness.blogspot.com/2009/04/soap-making.html

Audio Podcast: Getting Started Moving from Grasshopper to Ant

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Someone recently called into our toll free number at 866-65-THINK and asked if I could do a show geared to the “brand new person that has woken up and wants to stop being a grasshopper and become an ant”. Since that is not a call that can be answered on a listener call in show today’s episode is dedicated to answering that very questions.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Why you must first determine where you are before you start prepping
  • How the one shelf method can easily get you on your way to storing food
  • Why documentation is so important to your success
  • Priorities one, two and three - food, debt reduction, basic planning
  • You didn’t get to where you are in a day, you won’t get out of it in a day either
  • You may already have more food then you realize
  • Figuring out what you already have and reorganizing and purposing it
  • Understand the commonality of disaster and use it to your advantage
  • Why you have to have YOUR OWN plans and goals rather then following another persons plan
  • The place for some cheap long term storage items like beans, rice and pasta in a few buckets
  • Why debt reduction and expense cutting is so important
  • Thoughts on storing water for drinking and “other needs” as well
  • Why I discuss threats and what threat discussions are really about
  • Why the individual threat is not that important to how you actually prep
  • When you actually do need to really pay attention to a threat and gauge your exposure as an individual or as a group
  • Thoughts about self defense beyond concealed carry especially where concealed carry is not legal or practical
  • Being armed increases your responsibility to avoid conflict, understand that or don’t carry any weapon
  • Understand that you can only succeed if you have ownership of your personal plans, goals and objectives
Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/survivalpcast/~3/OWX5qUiA6bw/moving-from-grasshopper-to-ant

Recipe: Electrolyte Drink

Dehydrated due to diarrhea or working hard/sweating? If you don't keep Gatorade or Pedialyte around, try this recipe:

1 quart water
8 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix thoroughly. I tried this with a quart bottle, screwed the cap on tightly, and shook. Not exactly the tastiest thing, so I added a half teaspon of lemon juice to give it a little lemony taste. Helped a great deal.

Also heard you could add a package of colored drink mix like kool-aid or even tang to improve taste.

Original: http://www.survival-cooking.com/2009/04/recipe-electrolyte-drink.html

Prepping Should Start In The Home

We all love the image of Rambo, Guns, Ammo and large stock piles of food when it comes to prepping but in reality it's just not that way. I found this out myself after a conversation with a dear friend this past weekend. This friend, let's call him Bob, was a hardcore prepper. Bob had some of the best guns on the market along with thousands of rounds of ammo for each. He had Gas masks, Water purification systems, you name it Bob has it. It's like a military surplus store at his place. After a tour of the "compound" Bob and I sat for some coffee and conversation on the back porch of his well equipped home. We talked about world events and the seemingly hard times that we face as a nation. We sat quietly for awhile, to let the words bounce around and settle on our eager ears and into our minds.
The conversation moved, as they all do, to the weather. Bob was complaining about his recent electric bills and was dreading the ones to come. I ask if he had a wood stove to help offset the heating costs and provide backup heat in an emergency. It was at this time that Bob had a "come to Jesus moment" you might say. In all his preparing for a worldwide SHTF type situation, he had over looked some needs in his own home. Here is a list of things that Bob and I found out that he didn't have.
Backup Heating source: No wood stove, generator or solar system in place to provide for his family's need during a power outage. These could also be used to heat water and cook food when the need came.
Vehicle Preps: Although Bob had a 72 hour bag for each member of the family, he didn't even have a basic set of tools in either of his vehicles. Both were pretty new and in excellent condition but 1 busted hose or loose belt, 1 nut or bolt that needed adjustment could have left his family stranded by the roadside in a time when every minute counts. On inspection, neither of the 2 family cars had over a 1/4 tank of fuel and he had no extra fuel stored. This is included in Home prepping because that is where most of us keep our vehicles, at home.
No Home Owners Insurance: Bob and his family had a wonderful home and thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in long term SHTF preps. Bob had NO home owners insurance or even a fire alarm or fire extinguisher. All could have been lost in just a few minutes and a small flame. Bob would be left with nothing but a pile of ashes in the event of a fire. We need to be ready if the SHFT in our daily lives too. Sometimes the poop just hits you and your family. Think of it in terms of your own world first. None of the preps could have prevented or replaced the things that could be lost.
Water catchments system: Even though Bob had a very nice gutter system in place on his home he had not considered a way to catch this was for drinking and bathing in an emergency situation. Rain barrels could provide this need very inexpensively. Bob is on a public water system and could be left high and dry in a SHTF situation.
These are just a few of the things that Bob and I thought about and found at his home in an afternoon. I'm sure there are many more personal preps that need to be looked at as well. The thing that Bob and I discovered is that some people, if not many, may be too concerned with purchasing guns and food and not concerned enough with the personal emergency's that can devastate a family on a more local scale of things.
This post is to ask our readers to think about what personal preps they have or need to have in place. I ask that you let us know what else we or you may be overlooking as we all prepare for the worst and hope for the best. You comments and opinions are always welcome. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Above all, Get Ready!!!!!

Author: Bullseye
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