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Old 09-18-2007, 08:50 PM
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Arrow Prep Step by Step - (for the COMPLETELY Unprepared)

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The Quick-Start Prep Guide
(for the COMPLETELY Unprepared)

You are going to put together a basic 72-hour kit, or Bug-Out Bag (BOB).
You are going to do this using materials you should already have in your house.
Don’t go out and buy anything as part of this exercise: just use what you have around your house.

True preparedness will help protect you from the side effects from many major emergencies .
Just as importantly, it will also help guard you from the minor emergencies which are bound to come your way.
Being prepared is not a one-time thing: it is a way of life.

The crisis which strikes you might not be as newsworthy as Hurricane Katrina,
but when it hits, it will impact you with almost the same force.

When you are prepared, you feel peace of mind.

This website covers four basic parts to preparedness:

The 72-hour kit, or Bug Out Bag
Long-term Food and Water Storage
Skills for Self-Reliance
Preparations for Specific Disasters

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Survival Guidebook.com LINK

Survival Center.com LINK

F.E.M.A. Independent Study Program Classes link

Useful Links and Books LIST

12 Step Emergency Preparedness Plan

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Choose one hour each month to complete the designated activity and write it on your planning calendar.
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FEMA - Household & Property Inventory lists

Here is another great resource for putting crucial information where you need it ......when you need it!
You will have a central source for all of your information.

Household & Property Inventory Book ( 639 KB download)

This could make a great gift idea for Christmas along with a portable file case & other Emergency supplies.

Inventory all of your household items and personal property for insurance claims. Keep this information with other important documents and insurance policies.

This detailed list will speed up claims in the event of House Fire, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornados or other Natural disasters.

Save the Household and Property Inventory lists to your computer !!

* Fill them out and scan them to your computer for quick reference.

* Burn the lists to a CD to keep with your personal info which may include - Financial Information, Birth Certificates, Medical and Life Insurance policies, Wills, etc.

* Burn multiple copies and give one to a trusted relative, friend or neighbor - in the event that you can't get to your copy.

* Include detailed digital photos of each room or each High Value item.

* Burn a CD of those photos and keep with your Inventory lists.

* Take a video camera around your home and tape the contents of each room. As you are taping, tell the value of each item and where you bought it if possible. Give as much info as possible to stress the appraisal value of the item.

* Remember to update every year!!
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FEMA - Disaster Supplies printable check lists

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Printable Disaster Supplies checklists (41 KB download) - link


First Aid kits



"Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine 3rd edition"
- by Eric A. Weiss M.D.

Includes information and illustrations on:
• Gunshot Wounds and Arrow Injuries
Includes vital information on gun shot wounds, arrow injuries and treating complications such as tension pneumothorax, sucking chest wounds, shock, stabilizing an impaled arrow and controlling bleeding.
• Wound Cleaning and Closure
(Including glueing wounds closed)
• Fish Hook Removal
• Over 75 Illustrations
• “Weiss Advice” Improvised techniques on what to do when you don’t have what you need.
• “When to Worry” and get professional medical help.

1..... Instructions, Easy Care™, Medications
6..... Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
5..... Motrin® (Ibuprofen 200 mg), Pkg./2
5..... Extra Strength Tylenol® (500 mg), Pkg./2
6..... Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
2..... Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
1..... Antacid, Pkg./12
5..... Cold Medicine, Medicidin-D, Pkg./2
3..... Cortisone Cream 1%, 1/32 oz (.9 g)
1..... Glutose Paste (Glucose 15 g)
3..... After Bite® Sting and Itch Relief Wipe
1..... Dentemp, Filling Mixture with Pain Relief
2..... Oral Rehydration Salts
1..... EMT Shears, 4"
1..... Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
1..... Scalpel, Sterile, Disposable, #11 Blade
1..... Thermometer, Digital (90°F to 105°F)
1..... Duct Tape, 2" x 5 Yards
1..... Matches, Waterproof
2..... Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Large
2..... Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Small
3..... Safety Pins
1..... Pencil
3..... Patient Assessment Form

1..... Instructions, Easy Care™, Bleeding
1..... CPR Face Shield, Laerdal®
1..... Trauma Pad, 8" x 10"
1..... Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
1..... Gloves, Nitrile (3 Pair), Three Hand Wipes

1..... Instructions, Easy Care™, Wound
1..... Scrub Brush, Sterile
1..... Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip
1..... Wound Closure Strips, 1/4" x 4", Pkg./10
3..... Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive, Vial
6..... After Cuts & Scrapes® Wipe
2..... Povidone Iodine, 3/4 oz
4..... Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 1/32 oz
4..... Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3" x 4"
4..... Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
4..... Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
2..... Eye Pad, Sterile
2..... Bandage, Conforming Gauze, Non-Sterile, 3"
2..... Bandage, Stockinette Tubular, 1" x 4"
1..... Tape, 1" x 10 Yards
10.... Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
10.... Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
1..... Molefoam, 3" x 5"
2..... Moleskin, 4" x 7"
2..... Dressing, Spenco 2nd® Skin, 2" x 1 1/2"
1..... Bandage, Non-Woven Adhesive, 4" x 7"
1..... Aloe Vera Gel with Lidocaine, 1 oz
2..... Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2

1..... Instructions, Easy Care™, Fractures/Sprains
1..... SAM® Splint, 4" x 36"
1..... Bandage, Elastic with Velcro® Closure, 3"
2..... Bandage, Triangular

Detachable Bag
2..... Aloksak™ Waterproof Bag, 6" x 9"


basic list

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit* should include:

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Moistened towelettes
Tongue blades (2)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Cleansing agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pair) Sunscreen
Non-prescription drugs

Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication
Antacid (for stomach upset)
Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to obtain a basic first aid manual.

The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of (4) four include the following:

2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
5 antiseptic wipe packets
2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
1 blanket (space blanket)
1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
1 instant cold compress
2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
2 triangular bandages
First aid instruction booklet
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72 Hour Kit Personal Backpacks

This is the easist place to start with all the wonderful deals we have gotten lately. Next to each item I will put the best prices I have found and hopefully when and where I found them. Feel free to post to add more if you have them. These items should be checked and changed out every 6 months (April & October are good times to do it - change clothing size out)

BACKPACKS - found good quality large ones at ShopKo on September 29th for $8.50 (regular price was $35)

2 pairs socks
sweatshirt or sweater

Outside Clothing
gloves & scarf
rain poncho

chapstick - keep eyes out for cheap ones at Rite Aid/Walmart/Walgreens
comb &/or brush
shampoo - great to use sample sizes from hotels
feminine protection - 10/24 at Walgreens CHEAP
bar soap
make up
hand towelettes
toothbrush - never pay for toothbrushes - wait for free w/rebates at Walgreens or Rite Aid!
toothpaste - really good is free or $.25 - WAIT TO BUY
towel & washcloth
toilet paper

Sleeping Supplies
bed sheet
mylar or space blanket - 10/24 Recreation Outlet in American Fork 2/$1.89
foam pad
sleeping bag - 10/24 Recreation Outlet $2.29

Eating Supplies
mess kit - 10/24 Recreation Outlet decent cheap ones for $3.99

Comfort Measures
coloring book & crayons
activity book/paper & pencils
card games/puzzles/craft
stuffed animal
hard candy (not jollyranchers)

Important Items
copy out of state phone #’s
copy of birth certificate
copy family & individual photo
id tag for backpack/necklace
disposable camera

flashlight & batteries - 10/24 FREE at Maceys
glow sticks (3)
hand warmers (9)
pocket knife, Swiss army type

Infant Supplies
baby food
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72 Hour Kit Food List

This is very difficult to create a list for everyone since diets are all different. Children need less calories than adults and females and males all differ. These dietary guidelines come from the new food pyramid created by the USDA. Determine who is in your family, read what foods that are necessary to maintain a healthy diet and then pick foods that go with it. I personally want to eat like I normally eat now in an emergency as much as possible. I am not into the MRE thing, though you may want to have some of that on hand as well. Each family is different.


BREAKFAST: 2 oz grain, .5 c fruit, .5 c milk, 1 tsp oil
LUNCH: 2 oz grain, .5 c veggies, .5 c fruit, .5 c milk, 2 oz meat/beans, 1 tsp oil
DINNER: 2 oz grain, 1 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil

BREAKFAST: 1 oz grain, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 1.5 tsp oil
LUNCH: 2 oz grain, 1 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2 oz meat/beans, 1.5 tsp oil
DINNER: 2 oz grain, 1 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 3 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil

1800 CALORIES AGES 12-17
BREAKFAST: 2 oz grain, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 1.5 tsp oil
LUNCH: 2 oz grain, 1 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2 oz meat/beans, 1.5 tsp oil
DINNER: 2 oz grain, 1.5 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 3 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil

BREAKFAST: 2 oz grain, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2 tsp oil
LUNCH: 2 oz grain, 1 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2.5 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil
DINNER: 2 oz grain, 1.5 c veggies, 1 c fruit, 1 c milk, 3 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil

BREAKFAST: 2 oz grain, 1 c fruit, 1 c milk, 2 tsp oil
LUNCH: 3 oz grain, 1.5 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 3 oz meat/beans, 2 tsp oil
DINNER: 3 oz grain, 1.5 c veggies, .5 c fruit, 1 c milk, 3.5 oz meat/beans, 3 tsp oil

BUY ~ ~

GRAINS: breakfast bars, crackers (low sodium), granola bars, hot cereal/oatmeal, noodles, pasta (canned), soup (instant), cereal, cold

FRUIT: fruit cocktail, fruit dried (store extra H2O), fruit leather, fruit roll ups, fruit (canned), jam, jelly, juice (canned), raisins

MILK: hot chocolate, milk (canned), milk (powdered, store extra water), soups (creamed)

VEGGIES: veggies (canned), soups (canned), boxed potatoes (store extra water)

SNACKS/SUGARS/STRESS REDUCERS & EXTRA ITEMS: gum packs, hard candies, instant cider, sugar cookies, sweetened cereals, sugar, salt, pepper, seasoning

OILS: candy bars, oil, butter

MEAT/BEANS: beef jerky, corned beef hash, nuts (some oils in these), peanut butter, spam, tuna fish, vienna sausages, chili, pork n beans

*********added quickly, some will repeat list above*******

Any foods that you can open and eat without using a heat source to cook it or heat it up so that you'll want to eat it. Try to get cans that have pop-tops so you won't need a can opener.

Canned or Pouched meats - Tuna, Kippered snacks, Vienna Sausages, some Jerky sticks, Chicken and Salmon
Powdered drink mixes - Gatorade, KoolAid, Tang, Cocoa, Apple Cider, Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc.
Hard candy individually wrapped - mints, butterscotch, christmas candy, etc.
Canned fruits or vegies - your choice
Snacks - granola bars, saltines, Quaker To Go bars, high protein bars, (cereals - if you rotate)
Shelf Stable milks - Gossners.com offers this type with flavored milks, canned milks.
Bottled, pouched or boxed 100% juice- of any type.
Bottled Water or water filters of some sort.
MRE's - military rations or "meals ready to eat".
Dehydrated foods are okay, but some require extra water to prepare.

Don't pack anything that will go rancid, sour, mold or expire within one year. (unless you're really good about food rotation every 2 months)
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Power Outage - how to prepare

Safety tips you need to be aware of
This website covers these topics
Food Safety
Safe Drinking Water
Extreme Heat and Cold
First Aid for Electrical Shock
Power Line Hazards & Cars
Avoid Carbon Monoxide
Safety at Work During Power Recovery
Be Prepared for an Emergency
Impact of Power Outage on Vaccine Storage
Power Outage Tips
This website covers these topics:
Major Storm Survival - after hurricane, tornado, ice storms
Downed Power Lines
The Power of Lightning
Before, During, and After a Power Outage
Food Safety Information
Prepare to go powerless

When installing a generator, follow the instructions carefully.
Keep your generator outside and run a cord inside.
Don't connect your generator to main service panels. It's dangerous!

Light Source Kit
Light sticks
Flashlights I extra batteries Shaker flashlights
Solar light I radios Battery-powered radio / batteries
Wind-up flashlight / radios
Solar garden lighting brought inside
Candles (can be dangerous)

Heat Sources
Fireplace inserts & cooking source
Portable Heaters (generator, diesel or propane) outside only

Cooking Sources
Fireplace / insert
Barbecue grill (use out doors)
Fondue pots
Emergency stoves

Misc. Items
Battery powered radio / TV
Know how to open your garage door without power
Have a battery/windup clock
Corded phone. .. Wireless will not work without power
Register life-sustaining and medical equipment with your utility company.

During a Power Outage
*Unplug computers and other sensitive equipment to protect them from possible surges when power is restored.
*Turn off light and electrical appliances except the re:fi:igerator and freezer.
*Leave one light to know when power is is restored.
*Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues or portable or propane heater for indoor heating - they use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.
*Keep doors to refrigerators and freezers closed. Your refrigerator's freezer will keep items frozen for up to a day. A full-loaded freezer dwill keep food frozen for two days.
*Use foods first that can spoil most rapidly. (If in doubt throw it out.) Throw out meat, seafood, dairy products and cooked food that does not feel cool.
*Using a kerosene heater, gas lantern or stove inside the house can be dangerous. Maintain proper ventilation at all times to avoid a build up of toxic fumes. It's preferable to use them only outside.
*Hang blankets over windows to keep the heat in, and remove them to let in sunlight. Candles can cause a fire. It is far better to use battery-operated flashlights, glow sticks, shaker flashlights or outdoor solar lights for lighting.

All in One Rechargeable Power Source/Radio/Light
Black and Decker.com LINK
Model # SS925

* Multi-Function Weather radio keeps you informed in times of an emergency.

* 25 Watt Power Source will enable operation of low wattage appliances when the power goes out.

* Detachable flashlight is always charged and at the ready when needed.

* Locator light turns on when the power goes out so the Storm Station can be easily located.

* 12V Recharging port provides power to small devices such as cell phones.

Available at Target, Walmart, ACE Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Do It Best stores and Amazon.com.

Price $80-$100 Depending on sales and rebate availability.

Here's a GREAT item for use in a power outage. I have it and have used it for 3 power outages plus we have taken it places where we wanted/needed a nonelectric radio. (Picnics, camping, fireworks)

Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio - 4 colors available
List Price: $49.99
Price: $39.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
You Save: $10.00 (20%)
note :
"Candles can cause a fire. It is far better to use battery-operated flashlights, glow sticks, shaker flashlights or outdoor solar lights for lighting."

Along those lines . . . If you have small children and need to light up a bathroom, hallway, etc., I like to use a small string of battery powered Christmas lights or those battery powered candles that you put in the windows around the holidays. They are very cheap if you can find them on sale after Christmas, and they give off just enough light. They are also very safe. (Glow sticks go on sale right after Halloween.)

If you have anything to share, please feel free to list it on this thread. Thanks!
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Consider a supply of hard candy, especially the "sour" kind that has ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to provide energy without your having to use up your more valuable protein foods for body fuel.
Small cans of Libby's Vienna Sausage have long expiration dates, and are not expensive. Neither are small cans of sardines, and they have a good storage life as well; the ones packed in oil would probably be a better choice than those packed in sauce. A recent telephone call to Hormel Foods revealed that their SPAM AND OTHER HORMEL CANNED PRODUCTS HAVE A SHELF LIFE OF FOUR TO SIX YEARS because they are cooked in the can. Again, consider these items for 72 hr. packs.

Peanut Butter
Surely, you have opened a jar of peanut butter and left it in the cupboard for a close to a year at some point; it kept pretty well, didn't it? It's inexpensive enough to buy several jars. Ordinary canned vegetables (but not all fruits) are generally edible for about two years.

My own experience with everyday cooking oils has been that after opening, they were still quite usable two years later. Some olive oil I opened was good three years after I opened it. A manufacturer of vegetable shortening has told me that their product has an indefinite shelf life if left unopened.

Potatoes can be planted in the early Spring using this method:
Loosen the soil; .....lay a car tire on top of it.... put a layer of leaf mulch down on the ground inside the tire, then lay your potato 'seed' on top. Then apply another layer of leaf or straw mulch, and then a layer of soil.
Roots will begin to grow even before it gets warm outside, because the mulch is breaking down & producing heat - plus the black rubber of the tire absorbs the sun's heat and protects the 'seed.'

Come late spring your above ground growing takes place and you have an early, well-established plant. THEN: you keep adding soil and mulch around the bottom of the plant as it gets taller, covering the bottom inches of the plant but always leaving 7 - 8 inches of green potato leaves growing up top; and you keep stacking more tires on top. Eventually you have a modest "tower of tires" with the green part of the plant still growing out the top one.

To harvest: just knock over the tire tower. You'll find many dozens of beautiful big potatoes. My kids thought this was the neatest trick.


If you are planting regular white (not sweet potatoes or yams) potatoes, you need to have potatoes that have begun to sprout from the "eyes". It is better (but not necessary) to get these sprouted "seed" potatoes from a commercial source, to ensure they are free of disease, growth retardants, etc. I have used potatoes that sprouted under the sink in our potato bin as well as "store-bought" seed potatoes and haven't experienced problems.
At any rate, plow your ground well and break up all dirt clods. Make rows about 3-4 feet apart. Create a trench in each row about 6 inches deep by raking or hoeing dirt out to each side. Put fertilizer in trench and mix into soil very well. Cut each sprouted potato so you have a chunk with at least one good sprout (usually a one- or two-inch piece). Put in trench SPROUT SIDE UP and cover with two to three inches loose soil. Potatoes will sprout in next two to three weeks.

As the plants grow, you need to rake soil at sides of trench up to cover the growing plant. BE SURE to leave at least four inches of potato plant above ground. Many people also use well-rotted composting materials, leaves, straw and grass clippings to cover the potatoes. As the plant grows, it forms the potato under the soil and mulch. By applying layers of loose soil, mulch, etc., you protect the growing potatoes and provide a place for more to grow!!

You can begin to dig potatoes after the plant blooms. Most people wait to harvest potatoes until the vine (potato plant) has died and withered. If you intend to store your potatoes, spread them out and allow to dry and cure in an airy place for several days before storing.

I found this in my dehydrater book.
Preparation; Peel, wash and slice 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick or shoestring
3/16 inch thick , or grate or dice depending on how the dried potato is
to be used. Pretreatment: Steam blanch over water containing 1 tsp. sodium
bisulfite per cup of water 4 to 6 min or until translucent but still firm.
Rinse well in cold water to remove gelled starch.
Drying Temperature: 160F for 1 to 2 hours, or until done.
How to use: Grate slices and rehydreate for hash brown potatoes.

Too many extra potatoes?? I peeled them, cut into fry size and steamed them til they were done. I have a steamer that I bought at ShopKp many years ago, but you could use a double boiler/steamer. After I steamed them til they were fork tender, I dehydrated them! Takes about 12 hours at 135* in my dehydrator. 5 lbs of potatoes will fit nicely into 2 and ˝ gallon ziplock bags. To use them, I can fry them, bake them or toss a few into a soup or stew. I can also re-hydrate them and use in casseroles.

You can cut some of your empty soda bottles in half, put dirt in the bottoms, plant wheat seeds, and put them on the dashboard of your vehicle, and park so that the windshield faces south and acts as a greenhouse; you can even push the bottoms back into the tops (with the caps off, for ventilation) to make individual greenhouses and put them on the roof or hood of your vehicle if you have no more room on your dashboard! Just make sure you secure them by surrounding them with rocks or tying them together so that the wind does not blow them over.

My own experience with greenhouses is that how cold your plants get at night is not nearly so critical as whether it gets warm enough during the day, and if the sun is shining, the interior of a vehicle is much warmer than outside. If growing some wheat for greens seems like a good idea, also store garden seeds and use the same method to plant Swiss Chard, a fast-growing leafy vegetable whose leaves you can keep harvesting over a period of months. But wouldn't it be a good idea to try this method out now?

We all know that garlic cloves keep well for months; they will grow into plants when planted small end up; the green shoots are edible and garlic is beneficial for health.

If these last two paragraphs on sprouting and growing inside a vehicle seem far-fetched, consider the psychological benefits of causing something to grow that can be eaten, instead of just living off dwindling stored supplies. And if you have to move your vehicle again, your sprouters and planters are portable!

I once heard a nutritionist on the radio say that when you eat white rice instead of brown rice, YOU THROW AWAY FORTY NUTRIENTS. I guess a good analogy would be eating white-flour products instead of whole-wheat products

Rain is funneled from the roof into gutters and from there into a holding tank (a cistern). The water will keep best if it's underground (cool & out of the sun) -- even so, the first couple minutes of a rain should be channeled away from the tank so that the roof can be washed off, and clean water enter the tank. Filtration can take place right at your sink with a portable camp filter or a more elaborate (non electric!) system. Clothes washing and showers can be done without filtration, as long as the water smells okay and looks clear -- any water that touches food or your hands should go through the filter.
In our area, the best rainwater is spring and fall waters; summer water is considered pretty poor, easily goes moldy, and tastes bad -- something to do with the bacteria and heat. If you have reasonable rain during the cooler seasons, you can store excess water (chlorine bleach comes in handy) for the dry seasons.

If you store water in an underground tank, you'll need a simple hand-pump to draw it up -- they run around $50 here. Alternatively, you could just lower a (clean) bucket into the water by rope and haul it up.
Anyway, the system will work! You'll probably have more water available by this cistern system than you realize. Plus, it's relatively cheap to set up.


The company is United States Plastic Crop. out of Ohio. Their phone number is 1-800-537-9724. They have some great deals on plastic buckets & drums.
All FDA approved. In addition, if you buy in larger lots you can get discounts up to 15%.


You can use a water bed for water storage. Use Clorox at 1 tsp. per 10 gal h2o to keep bacteria down. There are algaecides sold to prevent algae growth in waterbeds: but we have use a waterbed for over 20 yrs and never added anything but water, and never had a problem. You might want to check the sites on long-term water storage (Emergency Essentials, Watertanks, etc.--and others have this kind of info).
A lot of the flexible watertanks are made out of the same basic material as waterbed mattresses; in fact, the watertanks.com "bag in a box" bag is made by a waterbed manufacturer. Use the water supply from the waterbed mattress for washing water.

The basic plan is to store the "main" water in flexible tanks like the above, using chlorine, boil and filter the water before it's used .

WATER BOTTLES & DRUMS (for thermal heating)

The 2 liter bottles are great as a thermal mass for your house, too. Put them against a south wall, and they'll absorb heat during the day and radiate it back out during the night. The fact that you can use the water, if you've put a little bleach in them before you sealed them up, is like a bonus.

55 gal. plastic barrels (second hand, previously used for shipping a detergent, $5 a piece) which you could re-use indefinitely in catching rainwater.


Here is a roundup of the ideas thus far about emergency/expedient/improvised thoughts for keeping warm:

+ Buddy Burner http://www.justpeace.org/buddyburner.htm
+ use newspapers over windows for insulation; use strips of cardboard and small nails, duct-tape.
+ newspapers as insulation for beds and floors. They can also be wrapped around legs, arms, and torso underneath clothing for extra insulation (often used by homeless people)
+ bundle the humans, numerous layers of clothing.
+ seek refuge in a basement (in many areas, underground rooms keep a more constant temperature
+ barrels of water painted black in sunny areas during the day, absorb heat from the sun, radiate it at night.
+ use concrete blocks or bricks with propane/kerosene heaters to absorb heat and then radiate it when the heat is turned off. (Note there are many concerns with using propane and kerosene inside, make sure whatever it is you are doing is well ventilated.)
+ close off parts of the house, concentrate the people and whatever heat is available in a smaller areas, but here again, allow for plenty of ventilation -- people have died in cold emergencies from the fumes of improperly vented heaters. NEVER use charcoal inside.

Pinecone Firestarters

Medium-size pinecones
Double boiler
Old saucepan or large tin can
red or green crayon (optional)
old muffin tin
candle wicking or heavy cord.

1. select cones that will fit in muffin cups, if cones are still partially closed, they can be made to open completely by baking them on a old cookie sheet at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.

2. Put water in bottom of a double boiler and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. With a knife grate paraffin into a old saucepan and set inside the top of double boiler.

3. When the paraffin has melted, dip each pinecone to coat completely. Remove and cool on paper.

4. melt more paraffin as needed. When all the cones have been dipped, add red or green crayon to the melted wax to tint.

5. Pour melted paraffin ˝ inch deep into each of the muffin cups. Cut wicking or cord into 2 inch lengths. Place one wick in each cup, placing it to one side with at least an inch extending above the paraffin.

6. Allow paraffin to partially harden, then press a pinecone into each cup, let harden completely. Run hot water into the sink and dip the bottom of the muffin pan into it to loosen the starters, lift each one out. Use to start a fire in your fire place.

Disaster Preparedness Recipe & Tip Sources:

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Ok ,I am just starting to look into this prepardness stuff,it's not realy ever talked about in our area so I have not put much thought into it till now.I noticed in our local paper today that they are going to offer a clinic on how to put a 72 hr kit together.it's a one hour clinic for $50 but it will include them giving you a backpack,disaster guide,crank flashlight and radio,tarp,tent and various first aid and emergency supplies.Is this worth it or should I continue on with putting one together on my own?
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on average, crank radio flashlights are around $30.

I think $50 is reasonable for what they are offering. Take the class!

I've had F.E.M.A. and C.E.R.T. training and it's worth the time.
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Originally Posted by mizliz0809
Ok ,I am just starting to look into this prepardness stuff,it's not realy ever talked about in our area so I have not put much thought into it till now.I noticed in our local paper today that they are going to offer a clinic on how to put a 72 hr kit together.it's a one hour clinic for $50 but it will include them giving you a backpack,disaster guide,crank flashlight and radio,tarp,tent and various first aid and emergency supplies.Is this worth it or should I continue on with putting one together on my own?
I would definitely do it.
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