Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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How To Build A Survival Shelter

Emergency Water Purification

Potable water is one of the more important needs in an emergency situation. According to the rule of threes you can only live three days without it. So you can see how important it is.

There are several ways to make questionable water potable.

You can use household bleach or iodine tablets to kill the bacteria in questionable water. Some of the newer tablets don’t even have the horrible iodine taste.

Chemical treatment only kills microorganisms; it does nothing to remove other possible contaminants like heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

Boiling is the basic way to treat your water in the wild. If your water is relatively pure boiling will kill any microorganisms present.

Filtering seems to be the most popular method of purification among preppers currently.

There are filters available on the market for every price range. It is a good investment to at least purchase one of the pocket straw type filters. You can spend quite a bit on a filter, but it could be money well spent.

A good filter will remove microorganisms as well as chemicals and heavy metals. Some people filter water that they have treated with iodine to remove the unpleasant taste.

You can make a rudimentary filter in the field by running you water through layers of grass, sand and charcoal. The charcoal will absorb chemicals and unpleasant odors.

One of the more interesting purification techniques being used broadly in the third world is solarizing. I should be clear that solarizing does not completely purify water but is does reduce harmful bacteria quite a bit.

To solarize water you fill clear glass or plastic containers and place them in the sunshine (usually on a roof) for six or eight hours. The UV kills some of the bad bugs in the water.

Clean water will keep you going, even when you have no food, but contaminated water will knock you right down and in a survival situation may even kill you. Be careful about your water source.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Putting up your Basic 30 day Supply of Food and Water

Being prepared starts with keeping yourself and you loved ones safe and secure during an emergency. Part of being safe and secure is being able to feed yourself without having to be exposed by leaving your home or shelter to gather food. This is why every prepper should put up a basic 30 day food supply in their pantry.

Store what you eat
You don’t have to get all fancy and buy freeze-dried everything for your basic supply. You only need to stock up on the foods you already eat, or if you only eat fresh, start buying a little canned food here and there.

You start by having a “one for me and one for a friend” attitude whenever you shop. Each time you go to the store buy a couple extra cans of whatever for your “friend” and put it in storage.

Focus on things that don’t require water to fix, like canned veggies, non-condensed soups and stews, chili, beans and pasta meals. While mac and cheese and ramen store well they do take water to prepare, so take this into account.

Canned veggies contain a lot of extra water, that while it may be a little salty to drink straight, it will make a wonderful soup base if you save it instead of draining it off.

Don’t forget the comfort foods. Things like peanut butter, crackers, cookies and even candy bars should be stocked up on so that you can reward yourself, or at least enjoy eating during a crisis.

Don’t forget to devise a system for rotating this food. Once you have a 30 day supply you will want to begin eating it on a regular basis by using the oldest and replacing it with your normal shopping.

How much water
“Experts” tell us that we need a least one gallon of potable water per person per day. If you are drinking, cooking and keeping yourself clean this is a good minimum amount.

You can flush your toilet by carrying a bucket of water from a creek, pond or whatever the source. Don’t waste potable water on flushing if your water supply is out.

If you have any advanced warning you should fill all your bathtubs, sinks and buckets with water, even if you have plenty stored.

I think the best beginning supply of water is to buy cases of bottled water, along with the gallons available at the store. Avoid the cheap milk carton gallon jugs since they will break down quickly and begin to leak. The clear plastic jugs will last much longer.

For a final backup you should acquire a water filter of some sort, so that you can filter any questionable water source.

Putting up your basic 30 day food supply is simple if you just take the time to think it through and do it a bit at a time.