Welcome to our new Magazine format! All new content will now be brought to you in this easy, new format. All our older content can still be found by scrolling below. Simply click the ">" to start the magazine and navigate via your arrow keys.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sheltering in Place - The Home Disaster Kit - Part Two - Basic Contents

Shelter in Place - Home Disaster Kit

When the handling of hazardous materials or toxic chemicals is properly done, there is usually little cause for alarm and normally they do not pose a significant threat to your safety. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen and in the case of a toxic substance or hazardous chemical release they can come suddenly and with very little warning. The release of hazardous or toxic substances may also be intentional due to an act of civil unrest or terrorism. You may have only minutes to respond to the threat in order to protect yourself and your family.
Sheltering in place in the majority of cases is normally a short-term safety procedure. It is designed to provide protection for you and your family if there is a release of toxic or hazardous materials that may affect the air or water quality in your area. If hazardous materials are accidentally or purposefully released into the air or in such a manner that they may affect ground water supplies, you may need to shelter in place for anywhere from several hours to several days. Having a Home Disaster Kit handy will put you in control of the situation should such a crisis occur.
Sheltering in Place - Home Disaster Kit - Basic Contents
1.) Box, bucket or other storage container to hold the basic contents.
2.) Water for drinking.
3.) Food Items - Crackers, hard candy, nuts, canned meats that don’t require refrigeration.
3.) Plastic sheeting to seal A/C and heating vents and to cover & seal door openings.
4.) Duct tape to seal plastic sheeting used to cover vents, windows & door openings.
5.) Knife or scissors to cut and trim plastic sheeting to fit any openings.
6.) First Aid Kit (which includes any needed prescription medications).
7.) Flashlight (include extra batteries) or lantern for light.
8.) Emergency radio and an emergency whistle.
9.) Large trash bags (this will allow the bucket to be used as an emergency toilet)
10.) Hand sanitizer, sanitary wipes and toilet paper
11.) Several large towels to help seal the bottom edges of doorways.
12.) Cell phone or access to a hard-wired landline for emergency communications.
The majority of these items you will probably have available. Simply assemble them in a container and place it where it can be easily accessed in case you need to shelter in place.
Most releases of toxic or hazardous materials won’t require a long time to be properly brought under control during normal circumstances. This will minimize the length of time you will need to shelter in place to just a few hours in the majority of cases. There will generally be no loss of utility services in most cases and unless there has been a serious contamination of ground water supplies, a disruption in natural gas transmission pipelines or a power substation failure, you will usually have normal access to utilities. Don’t rely on this always being the case though because there is always the risk of infrastructure failure that could disrupt utility services.
You can read Part One here:
Sheltering in Place - Home Disaster Kit - Part One
Got HDK when sheltering in place?
Staying above the water line!

Survival Skills for the “Man of the House”

family hike Survival Skills for the “Man of the House” As promised, here is Lisa’s list of skills for surviving a depression, this time for the man of the house!
by Lisa Todd

Easy Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to properly sharpen a knife?
2. Do you know how to jump-start a car battery?
3. Do you know how to start a fire without matches?
4. Do you know how to put up a tent?
5. Do you know how to patch a hole in the roof with a tarp?
If you can do all 5, move on to the medium level.

Medium Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to change a tire?
2. Do you know how to drain and change an element in a water heater?
3. Do you know how to use a compass?
4. Do you know how to properly sharpen a bush axe and hatchet?
5. Do you know how to put up a tent in the dark with the wind blowing?
If you can do all 5, move on to the hard level.

Hard Skills Level:

1. Do you know how to put down a simple well and hook up a hand pump?
2. Do you know how to properly cut down a large tree?
3. Do you have the knowledge to run the following: chainsaw, generator, blowtorch, tiller, and a sump pump.
4. Do you know how to properly splice rope?
5. Do you know how to make the following knots: slipknot, taut-line hitch, clove hitch, two half hitch, timber hitch, sheepshank, and a bowline?
6. Do you know how to gut and clean a fish?
7. Do you know how to hunt and skin an animal?
8. Do you know how to swim and perform proper water rescue?
9. Do you have CPR and Red Cross First Aid certification?
10 Do you own and know how to use a handgun, rifle and shotgun?
11. Do you know how to repair machinery such as: household appliances, lamps, and small engines?
12. Do you know how to plant and cultivate a garden for food?
13. Do you have good carpentry skills?
14. Do you know how to properly insulate and winterize your home?
15. Most importantly…do you know how to kill poisonous snakes?
If you can do all 15, you are Superman! If you did not do well on the hard skills level go buy a Boy Scout Field Handbook!
© 2010, thesurvivalmom. All rights reserved.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

I fell into a burning Ring of Fire,
I went down, down, down, and the flames went higher
and it burns, burns, burns, the Ring of Fire.
- “Ring Of Fire” lyrics, Johnny Cash
To use a Fire Extinguisher, remember PASS:
Pull the Pin
Aim at the Base
Squeeze the Lever
Sweep from side to side.
Most extinguishers have a pull pin or ring to prevent accidental discharge. Begin by pulling out that pin. Next aim at the bottom of the fire. Blowing away the flames at the top of a fire is pointless when there’s a hot base of burning material that keeps generating more flames. You want to cool and smother the fuel of the fire. Now squeeze the lever slowly to shoot out the “foam”. Extinguishers empty quickly (about 10 seconds) so aim wisely and well – don’t rush it; don’t panic. And don’t shoot just at one spot; sweep back and forth to cover the entire base of the fire.
If the heat of the fire is too hot for you get near, then the fire is too big for your extinguisher. Call 9-1-1 before trying to put out a fire so help is on the way. Leave yourself an exit, don’t allow the fire to surround you and trap you.
Be sure you’re using the right kind of extinguishers. Most home types are rated ABC and use a chemical foam as the agent.
A – wood, paper and normal combustibles. Water works well here
B – Oil, grease or fuel fires. Never use water (Oil & Water don’t mix!). Burning oil will just float atop water or spatter and spread.
C – electrical fires. Again, no water – you could shock yourself.
Once the fire is out, don't walk away! Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites.
Don’t forget to buy a new extinguisher or recharge your old one immediately after use.
Bottom Line
Practice with an old extinguisher to get the feel of it. CERT provides hands-on fire training as so some fire departments. Don’t wait for a real fire to be your first time using an extinguisher.

More Files For You!

I'm not sure of how wise it is to throw knives at people, even if they're your enemy. Seems to me all you are doing is giving them a weapon if they're unarmed.

But for your edification and enjoyment:

Ralph Thorn - Combat Knife Throwing: A New Approach

This isn't exactly a definitive treatise, but it should get your mind working:

Michael Connor - How To Hide Anything

This is a little dated as you can see from some of the images contained inside, but again, its just to give you some ideas:

Michael Connor - Sneak It Through: Smuggling Made Easier

Anyone into electronics?

Tom Larsen - More Bench Tested Circuits: Innovative Circuits For Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance Technicians

More explosives! YAY!

William Wallace - The Revised Black Book: A Guide To Field Manufactured Explosives

And just in case you can't get fuel and need to run your tractor:

FEMA - Construction Of A Simplified Wood Gas Generator For Fueling Internal Combustion Engines In Case Of A Petroleum Emergency

Survival Resources Link Dump

Yeah, I know I haven’t been keeping up with the site but I do have a couple of good resources for you to peruse on basic/primitive skills that will help you as society slides into chaos. Enjoy:
Hedgehog Leatherworks has a great short article on primitive jerky making techniques. This will definitely come in handy if something happens to our grid. There’s also a video:
Click here to view the embedded video. In a similar vein, Rasch Outdoor Chronicles has a post on Brain Tanning that is simple to follow and includes links to more in depth instructions.
Sunflower Ammo has instructions on how to put together a filtration system using those commonly available gravity water filter elements and a couple of buckets:
Click here to view the embedded video. Pioneer Living Survival Magazine has a great post on making charcoal.
Trail Boss TV has an some thoughts on the single shot break open 12ga. I included it only because it echoes much of my own thinking and I like to see people agree with me.
Americans Networking to Survive have come up with an interesting concept for post-SHTF cooperation. It might be a good place to start networking.