Thursday, September 30, 2010

The BOV Bathroom

Most disasters seem to have a  2-3 week "maximum danger" period. If you check out the Federal governments website Ready.gov  they will tell you to plan on "No Federal Assistance" for 3-14 days minimum. I believe them! LOL
So you will need have at least 2-3 weeks worth of items you use everyday already loaded. The best way to figure that out is write down what you use in a day, and figure out how long each item lasts. Mark the date when you open a new tube of toothpaste or roll of toilet paper. Those little dry erase boards or calendars are great for this task. Run this little test for about a month. You should cover about all the things you will need in case your needs are different than mine.
First thing first Water. You need a min. of 1 gallon a day of  clean water. My RV has a tank that can store plenty of water for me for 2 weeks. But I am adding an additional 10 gallons of water and a good water filter as well. My water tank could be damaged in some way or I need to stay away from the disaster area  longer than my original thought. Water is heavy make sure you can move the container you store it in. I'm sure you have seen water storage barrels of 30-50 gal or more. That's okay for your home but I doubt you will be able to load it at the last minute. 5 gallons is fairly portable and you can get them at the local stores during the hunting and camping season. I also like 2-3 liter soda bottles as a cheap alternative. After you have finished the soda, just wash with hot, soapy water and rinse. Fill with ordinary tap water. Do not use the plastic jugs that milk comes in. The plastic breaks down quickly and is very thin compared to soda bottles. Remember this will be you water ration for cooking and cleaning.
Now for the items that you use everyday. The Potty/Toilet: Now most RVs has a chemical toilet and holding tank. If you are out camping you will need to deal with Human Waste. This is important!! One of the biggest problems in a disaster is "Filth" and "Organic Waste" If not disposed of properly it will cause disease. Just Google any of those keywords or "sanitation" you will learn and find all kinds of info. You must dispose of all waste safely as it is deadly if not handled properly. Toilet paper you need it!! Having extra will not spoil under any conditions. Some "wet wipes" are great for a quick clean up and for babies, toddlers and anyone who is unable to use the toilet, because of sickness or infirmity. Assume some one will get sick and be ready for it. I like those Doggie training pads cause they are basically small "body fluid absorbent pads" used in a hospitals. They are great multi-taskers buy them when they are on sale. Replicate what you have in your medicine cabinet and add to the dry erase board  list any OTC, vitamins or prescription meds you use in a month.
  I think you should have 3 towels, washcloths and sponge assigned per person. One per week, and the ole 1 dirty, 1 in use and 1 being clean and ready to use rule.I recommend buying the best cotton towels you can afford and white, simply cause it can be bleached by the sun, or chemically bleached with no adverse effects on apperence. The sponge can be used if the TP runs out. I like a robe and flip-flops if you get to a place that has a shower. Flip flops in the shower will protect you from Athletes Foot and other infections that thrive in warm humid environments and a robe is a great item to have on hand for staying warm or waiting for clothes to dry.
Now your ind. hygiene package: Your toothbrush, toothpaste and a backup Brush  Am after you wake up and before going to bed.  A comb and brush for each individual. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors and deodorant. All those items that you use daily to get yourself ready for the world. You will need it, you won't be able to bathe or shower as often as you may like so body odor may become a problem hence the deodorant. Wet wipes and a Spit(PTA) bath only goes so far, you may stay healthy but you may be able to smell the "Clean" on someone that was able to bathe everyday. Don't worry about it you don't usually notice the smell until you get back to "civilization" and then you can get really clean.
Mini-Van or pickup mode the rules are basically the same, though you will have to carry your toilet, shower and sink.
I recommend you have a shovel so you can bury waste on a short stop, or dig an outhouse and waste pit on a multi-day layover.Never foul your own nest, walk at least 30 paces for any buried waste pit.
Pets have to go to the bathroom as well, and if you have dogs and cats get those bags that you can pick up poo with plus kitty litter and a box and the doggie training pads. Don't forget the pets brushes, combs and shampoo. They need to stay as clean and healthy as can be attained. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Food Buys 29 Sept. 2010

Cash & Carry Good till 10 Oct 2010
Pearled Barley $11.49 #25 bag
Green or Yellow Split Peas $12.99 #25 bag
Ground Beef 73/27 $14.70 #10 Chub
Pork Spare Ribs $1.48 per lb. 13 # average
Pork Picnic $1.09 per lb. 17 # average.
Perishable Sales flyer for Cash & Carry is not  posted online. That flyer usually comes out every 2 weeks and must be picked up in store.

Pauls Market  29 Sept- 5 Oct.2010 CASE LOT Sale
15 Rolls of Paper Towels or 36 Rolls of Tissue Paper $6.98
Pendleton White Flour $5.88 for #25 bag

Those are few of the items that caught my eye and will be stocking up on. Check out Paul's via the link and see if they have what you need to stock up on

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Bugout Vehicle or BOV

     I went camping this month and did a test run on my old RV.  Believe it or not I had been loading it for over a year with items I wanted to be in my RV "load plan" ( a standard for basics already loaded) so I wouldn't have to load up if I wanted to go camping or if I had to bugout quickly. Not the cheapest way to go but as far as convenience and speed of getaway I think it was well worth the effort. I love that multi-taskers and they are the way to go. You save weight and space which is critical for any BOV. (Bugout Vehicle) My Bugout scenario is a train derailment/chemical spill. I live about 6-8 blocks from the tracks and if I have to leave I'm figuring on about 15-30 min. notice probably less than that time. So as you can see that is not a lot of time to pack and load up a bunch of stuff. The items must be able to withstand a hi-desert climate that is dry, but has an extreme temperature range. So what I want to do is cover the RV the same way I'd use stuff at home room by room.
     Bedroom: You spend 1/3 of your day here. You better be as  comfortable as possible and get good rest/sleep. Think warm, dry and insect/vermin free. You will need at least 3 sets of sheets. 1 dirty, 1 you are using and 1 clean, waiting to be used. (You will see that rule a lot) I like white cotton/linen, flat sheets, because they can be bleached by the sun or with Clorox to eliminate germs. I like flat sheets because they are usually cheaper and as far as I'm concerned fitted sheets have a built in failure point built in in the elastic and corners. Good pillows, if you find a pillow that is comfortable buy 2, and one for the home and 1 for the BOV. Blankets, double what you think you need on average for the coldest day. or sleeping bag. Assume no heat and have enough blankets on hand for that temperature. I have been buying up a lot of fleece throws 50"x60" that are small, light and very warm and comfy. I've seen those throws at 2 for $5.00 you  can really stock up at that price. Plus they are great on boats, for 1st aid and in the home.  Mattress; I don't  think most RV's do well here. I recommend at least a self inflating camp mattress or an  air mattress. The air is great insulator and will help keep you warm. I was very underwhelmed with close cell mattress pads they had in the Army as they sweat. Usually if you are not dry you are not warm. At best you have to dry out your sleeping gear every day. Now a days you can get a queen size air mattress for around $30.00. They are great multi-taskers for slumber parties and visitors.  PJ's jammies whatever you like to call them you need a clean set to change into, remember clean = warm. I like a dedicated set of sweats in fall and winter and shorts and a t-shirt in summer. Trust me you don't want to run outside in the nude if you have to deal with some vermin 4 legged or 2, naked. Cold weather months look for a tight ski-cap or "Navy watch cap". to help retain heat. Last bit advice is stay clean, take a "PTA" bath as my Mom calls it (Pits, Tits and Ass) everyday. You can do that with a quart of water or wet wipes. Guys I think you can figure out where we are going here... A good terry cloth robe and slippers that can withstand a few rock or a chill in the air.
Update: If your BOV is a Mini-van or a pickup, Use a lockable storage container like the "Action Packer" by Rubbermaid. I have stored a small popup tent and a full sized air mattress and pump, 2 lanterns and a small catalytic heater in 1 of those boxes. You'll probably need an additional box for bedding. Just keep the boxes accessible for quick loading in the garage or a closet.
    I did not cover all for pest/ vermin control. I think that is best covered in the kitchen, bathroom and your new more mobile laundry room. This will be a milti-part series of getting ready for SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some Good buys this week

These are some great items that can supplement your pantry. Remember get what you want eat and know how to prepare every day. Plus if you want a quick meal without a lot of fuss all of these items will fit the bill. I like to bake my chicken for 1 meal and then for the left over meat, use it in a green salad, casarole, or stir fry. Take the bones add water in a slo cooker you have chicken broth or add carrots, celery, and onions you have chicken stock. Once the liquid has cooled you can freeze it in Ice cube trays or food grade zip lock bag.
Paul's Market Good till 28 Sep 10
Progresso Soup .98 per can Limit 6
Ragu Pasta Sauce .98 Limit 6
Albertsons Good till 28 Sep 10
Libby's Vegatable .39 per can No limit
La Victoria Salsa 1.49 when you buy 10
Fred Meyers Good through 25 Sep 10
Samitan Canned Veggies 3/$1.00
Whole Chicken .49 per pound Update .79 per pound. FM has sold out of the .49 per pound

Monday, September 20, 2010

The BOB shopping list

We are lucky here in the USA that we seldom struck without warning of “Major weather events”. Yet time after time we see the same thing happen. Stores and gas stations are mobbed. In Hurricane country add the rush for plywood to board up the windows as well. I was asked myself why, does this happen every time there is a storm? The states along the Gulf of Mexico haven’t moved, and quite a few folks have lived there more than a couple of years. The weather channel has crazy folks that actually go looking for these storms to report them and still folks don’t prepare. I believe we are hearing the “Storm warnings” for an Economic Storm as well and people still don’t prepare.

Perhaps you have gone to a couple of those survival/preparedness sites and looked at the prices, and think to what are they selling the food or Gold? It’s too expensive, I’m having a hard enough time just keeping food on the table and they want me to spend over $3,000.00 for a year’s worth of gourmet freeze dried food? At least that what I thought, I’m on disability so I make just enough not get any other government assistance. So I had to go a different way, I had to go cheap. I’m simply stocking my pantry for a year. I will be cooking and eating the food I store. I don’t buy food that sits for 10 to 25 years. I buy food that has a shelf-life of 2-5 years. Good ole flour, wheat, rice, beans, canned goods. Stuff you buy everyday at the supermarket. I don’t store my food in fancy buckets, Mylar bags and of oxygen absorbers. I use Bay leaves, and heavy duty food grade zip lock bags and Rubbermaid bins. I have not had any insect or rodent problems for the 2 years I’ve been doing it this way.

Now getting started on prepping is always the hard part. You have to prioritize this just like anything else in your budget. I think of it as a life insurance policy that keeps you alive during an emergency. This could be losing your job or the “Zombie Apocalypse” and everything in between.

Now you probably have a lot of these items already on hand. Once you have everything together in backpacks or a carry all, you will be ready for 3 days, at home or you can put it in your vehicle.

This is just a basic setup of your Bug out Bag (BOB). You will have 3 days worth, these are multi-taskers, and they don’t spoil. You can always use them for other things such as camping, tailgate parties, and travel safety.

For example: 3 day supply of all your needs. All you need is container to store the following items, and can be easily transported

  • Food: 3 meals a day for 3 days for each person. Something easy to prepare, cup o’soup, instant oatmeal, granola/candy bars, hot cocoa mix, tea. Next time you have fast food grab some extra salt, pepper, sugar packets to add to you bag.
  • Water: 1 gallon per day per person. If you drink soda buy it in the 2 or 3 litter bottles. Wash the bottles and fill with water, 4 liters equal just over a gallon. Don’t use plastic milk jugs, the plastic in them breaks down rather quickly. Remember this for food and sanitation as well. I know this is can be hard to keep in your car at all times. Have it stored in the house or garage and ready to go before you need it.
  • Sanitation and health: all purpose Bleach can be used purify water, kills viruses, germs and bacteria on surfaces. Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet paper, Comb, brush, toothbrush, bar of soap, toothpaste, feminine hygiene and/or diapers, garbage bags, Toilet Paper.
  • First aid Kit Disposable gloves and masks a small sewing kit and safety razor blades.
  • Entertainment: Books, games, cards, dice, Radio with extra batteries or a wind up type.
  • Heat and light: Flashlight with extra batteries, Sterno has a little emergency kit for around $8.00 that includes a little stove, fuel for the stove and 7 candles. You will need small pan or mess kit for cooking. Matches or a lighter.
  • Keep fuel tanks half full or more at all times.
  • Medications: Allergy, prescriptions, Pain killers, cough drops, indigestion, diarrhea…
  • Copies of insurance papers, driver’s license, Pictures of pets and family member in case of separation. Have an out of state contact number if possible. That will be your check in spot to let folks know you are ok. Place in a ziplock bag.
  • Don’t forget your pet’s needs, leash, collars, food and water, dishes. Sanitation doggie training pads, kitty litter, most shelters will not allow pets, only service animals. They need to be prepared too. Kitty litter can be used for traction if you get stuck.
  • Warm clothing, emergency blankets, Extra undies and socks. T-shirts and sweats.About 3 sets of each, that gives you 1 set to wear, 1 set dirty and 1 set clean to change into as a min.
  • At least $20.00 in bills and change. Assume your ATM card and checks will be no good.
  • Remember the best survival kit is no use to you if it’s at home and you are in your car. You will have to duplicate your effort somewhat. But if you have the same things in your car as you do at home you have just doubled everything if caught at home.

You can probably build this kit for around $25.00- $30.00. I love to shop the dollar stores for the Medicines, gloves, 1st aid kits and the snacks. Think of this as a life preserver if you have to evacuate or get stuck on the road.

The barter box

For awile barter will work. But folks like the convience of money of some sort. But you should be to trade for a bit and you will want to have stuff on hand that folks want or need. This list has been traded around the Internet for years and I'm not sure the original author would recognise it since it has been added to so much. But here it is....
Health:

* Alcohol (isopropyl/rubbing)
* Bandaids (all sizes)
* Disposable gloves
* Super glue (clear bandage)
* OTC medicines
* Hydrogen peroxide
* First aid kits
* Medicated powder (for prickly heat) keeping irritated skin dry. 

Beauty:

* Combs
* Toothbrush
* Toothpaste
* Feminine products
* Nail clippers
* Scissors
* Tweezers
* Razors
* Soap
* Lotion
* Lip balm

Clothing:

* Cloth diapers
* Baby clothes
* Flip-flops
* Needles (cloth/leather/canvas)
* Yarn and thread
* Knitting needles/crochet hooks
* Shoes and laces
* Socks and underwear
* Winter coats and rain gear
* Boots
* Gloves (work/garden/winter)

Food Barter Goods:

* Candy
* Canned and Dried Food
* Canning jars, lids, wax
* Coffee filters (for water filters)
* Coffee or tea
* Cooking Oil
* Drink flavors
* Eating & Cooking utensils
* Salt, spices
* Sugar
* Vegetable seeds (heirloom)

Books/Learning:

* Novels (entertainment)
* Food prep and storage
* Gardening
* Building
* Candle-making
* Soap making
* Edible and medicinal wild plants
* First aid
* Basket-weaving
* Leather making
* Homeschooling books/lessons

Hunting/Food Gathering:

* Guns
* Ammunition (esp. 22lr and 12g)
* Bows and arrows
* Bug repellent
* Animal traps
* Fishing line, hooks
* Hunting Knives
* Snare wire
* Fillet Knives
* Hatchets/axes
* Bone Saw, Bow Saw and extra blades
* Canteens
* Binoculars/scopes

Miscellaneous:

* Magnifying glasses
* Mirrors
* Nails and screws
* Non-electric hand-tools
* Pencils and sharpeners
* Paper
* Playing cards or dice for games
* Pocket-sized New Testaments
* Liquor
* Simple water filters
* Toilet paper
* Eye glass repair kits
* Gold and silver

Household Items:

* Aluminum foil
* Batteries (rechargeable)
* Solar battery chargers
* Bleach
* Candles
* Rope, string, cordage
* Duct tape
* Glue (all kinds)
* Rubberbands
* Safety Pins
* Scissors
* Silicon spray
* Soap
* Storage buckets w/lids
* Tarps/plastic sheeting
*Construction grade trash bags
* Utility knives
* Windup radio
* Windup (cranking) flashlights
* Small metal pots or bowls
* Matches
* Flint & steel
* Zip lock baggies
* Clothes pins (single-piece)
*Burlap bags (Make shift swamp cooler and a great creek/river fridge)