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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Emergency Water Storage

Emergency Water Storage is not difficult and with a few tips and tricks, you'll be all set for any short term emergency that crops up. Remember, Preparedness is an everyday event.

Containers that can be used for Water Storage:

Food-grade plastic or glass containers are suitable for storing water. One-, three- and five-gallon water containers can be purchased from most outdoor or hardware stores. Any plastic or glass container that previously held food or beverages such as 2-liter soda bottles or water, juice, punch or milk jugs, also may be used. Stainless steel can be used to store water which has not been or will not be treated with chlorine; chlorine is corrosive to most metals.

55 gal drums, designed specifically for water storage can be difficult to transport, if the need arises, but are of a tremendous value in an emergency .When looking for additional food grade containers, the bottom will be stamped with HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) and coded with the recycle symbol and a “2″ inside. HDPE containers are FDA-approved for food. Containers without these designations aren’t OK because of possible chemical interactions between the water and the plastic.

Clean used containers and lids with hot soapy water. Once the containers have been thoroughly cleaned, rinse them with water and sanitize the containers and lids by rinsing them with a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Leave the containers wet for two minutes, then rinse them again with water. Remember to remove the paper or plastic lid liners before washing the lids. It is very difficult to effectively remove all residue from many containers, so carefully clean hard-to-reach places like the handles of milk jugs. To sanitize stainless steel containers, place the container in boiling water for 10 minutes. Never use containers that previously held chemicals.

Simple Survival Tips - Boots for Winter Use

Re-post courtesy Riverwalker's Stealth Survival

Every person that works or participates in any type of cold weather activities should have a good pair of winter boots for every member of the family. However, it is possible to get a little confused about winter boots and snow boots. Each type of boot is designed for a specific function. Your use for them should be the most important factor in determining which type of boot you will need.

A winter boot is usually an all purpose type of boot designed for general use in cold weather. They are also usually water-resistant but not water-proof. The snow boot, however, is specifically designed for deep snow and very wet conditions. Almost all snow boots will do a good job of protecting your feet in the winter. Unfortunately, many winter boots are not considered adequate for use in extremely harsh winter weather conditions. Snow boots are basically specialized winter boots.

Snow boots are designed to keep your feet warm and dry in extreme winter weather conditions. They achieve this by generally being water-proof and not simply water-resistant. Winter boots will usually not be able to withstand these extremely harsh conditions and they will eventually get soaked due to these harsh conditions or high snow levels.

Another feature of a good snow boot is what is typically known as a “snow gator”. The majority of winter boots do not have a “snow gator”. A “snow gator” is a design feature that keeps snow from getting into your boot. The most common type of “snow gator” is a drawstring located at the top of the boot. This drawstring allows you to close off the top of the boot and thereby prevent snow from getting into your boot.

Another feature of a good snow boot is their height. A good snow boot is usually taller than a standard winter boot. This extra tall feature also helps to keep snow from getting into the top of your boot. The last and possibly most important feature of a good snow boot is their rubber bottom. Rubber provides 100% waterproofing and is absolutely necessary for any extended time outdoors in cold, wet weather. Snow boots are also a lot easier to clean as a result.

Depending on your winter weather conditions and your intended type of activity outdoors, you will need a good pair of boots for winter weather. Your feet will appreciate it very much!

Staying above the water line!


Today is "what if" Day...

What IF is a good question to ask yourself. You don't have to go far into the future, just think this winter and ask "what if a big storm hits?" are you ready?
Do you have enough food to feed your family for 5 days?
Do you have an alternate heat source?
Do you have alternate lighting?
Do you have water stored?
Do you have a plan to be without services for that long?

Many of us are complacent and think that there will not be a time when we can't get out of our houses for several days, let alone not be able to get to the store, our friends/family's, talk on the phone. It CAN happen, it has happened and it WILL happen again. Many people just pack it in when something like that happens and go to family, friends or a hotel. I've been in locations where the hotels fill up faster than you can get to their front desk in an emergency. Friends and family may be in the same situation. What if an ice storm spreads so much distruction in your area that yu can't even get out of your driveway, let alone out of your street?

Get a list going, get the entire family involved. You don't have to even think past 1-2 weeks, but at least talk it out and plan for "what if" this winter. Here are a few thingsto consider (and why):
- A generator. You can get small ones that will run your freezer or your water pump. Even one that can run a small fridge would be helpful. Learn how to use it and don't get rid of it once the season is over! Make sure you keep enough fuel on hand to run it for a week.
- Cookware. Will your cookware work well if you had to use it on a woodstove or a grill? Many will melt, coating will come off, and things don't always cook right with that kind of heat. Consider a cast iron dutch oven and fry pan.
- will your cook top work? Electric might not, gas ovens will not if they are modern. Do you have an alternate way of cooking and the fuel stored to do so?
- do you have a way to see? It's dark out there without lights! Candles work and are cheap and easy to find, but you can't leave them unattended or move around with them and they are pretty messy. Battery operated lanterns are good, but eventually the batteries go dead. If you have oil lamps, make sure you have enough fuel.
- Entertainment. Make a box of games,puzzles and books for an event.
- Water. Fill the tub with water if you have advance notice of a storm. it will work well to "flush" with. Fill bottles with water and put them aside just in case. If yu have a pool or hot tub, you can use that water as long as it doesn't freeze, for cleaning up and flushing, but keep a bucket on hand to haul it with. Youshould have 1 gallon of clean drinking water, per day, per person.

An important thing to remember is to know where all this stuff is! Keep it handy because sure enough, it will be hard to find in the dark. It just makes sense to prepare, and if you include the whole family in your preparations, they won't be panicking or worse, whining!
As always, I welcome comments and contributions to this discussion.