Be Prepared – A summary of our last meeting

Our last meeting was all about being prepared for emergencies. The last post on this blog listed plenty of websites to research so I will not be going  into a lot of detail but here are somethings to get you started with the basics.

WATER: Having a supply of food is great but you won’t get far without water. I believe you can survive three days maximum without water. If the power goes out at the pumping station you will not have tap water. To be prepared you must have a way to collect water and then filter it. You might have a creek nearby or even a pond. If you do not I recommend getting a rain barrel to collect rainwater. There are several types of  filtering systems available. There are pocket filters that campers use like Katadyn filters or portable tabletop filters systems like the Berkey. You can also have a system tied to your tap but that is dependent on the water supply working. Most blogs seem to recommend the above brands but look around to see if you can find something that suits your exact situation.

If you do not want to invest in a filter you can also purify with household bleach. The method can be found in several of the books I will be recommending.

FOOD: Most books suggest starting out with a three-month supply but the most important thing is to start! You can never predict when you will need extra food. You should store the food in low light /low humidity/even temperature if at all possible. If you have limited space you can even store under your bed but make sure it is in air tight containers. To quickly get started you can buy peanut butter, rolled oats, beans and canned fruits and vegetables. Make sure you have a hand-operated can opener. Make sure you develop a system of rotating your supplies and make sure the date is clearly visible when stored. Don’t forget pets and any special needs for children.

OTHER: Other things to consider:

1. Cooking alternatives: Outside grills/camp stoves/ fire places & cast iron skillet.

2. Light Sources: Flashlights w/ batteries, candles, oil lanterns, plenty of matches preferably water proof.

3. Bartering items: Cash in small bills (may not be reliable), liquor in pint bottles, cigarettes, ammo

4. Medicine: See if your doctor can prescribe an extra supply of your prescription medicine. A first aid kit is also valuable.

5. Sanitary supplies: Make sure you have lots of extra personal sanitary items. Also hand sanitizer will cut down on the amount of water you may need to use.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

These are good books to get started. I have provided the Amazon link. Make sure you check out the used books for cost savings and also search eBay or other sources for the best price.

Just In Case by Kathy Harrison – Excellent book that touches on most preparedness/survival topics.

http://www.amazon.com/Just-Case-Self-Sufficient-Unexpected-Happens/dp/1603420355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298341534&sr=1-1

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton

http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Food-Storage-Survival-Handbook/dp/0761563679/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298341664&sr=1-1

Independence Days by Sharon Astyk

http://www.amazon.com/Independence-Days-Sustainable-Storage-Preservation/dp/0865716528/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298341786&sr=1-1

Also the Boy Scout Handbook (preferably published before the 1970s) and the Army Field Manual on Survival are good reference books.

We will be bringing these books and other material to the next several meetings if you would like to view them before purchasing. I believe the library should have some of  these books as well.

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