June 2018 Meeting

June 9, 2018

  • Sanitation – How to stay healthy in a crisis
  • How to make lime

Distilled Water

  • Distilling water without electricity
  • Used for making colloidal silver, maintaining batteries, etc.
  • Demo of D-Stil Lite destiller


  • Luffa gourd scrubbing sponge. This plant is well suited to this area. It is a prolific vine that produces beautiful yellow flowers. Immature fruit can be eaten, and the mature fruit are used for scrubbing. Seeds will be available at the next meeting.
  • Soap nuts – used for soap.
  • Fly control – fly paper, fly strips.
  • Vinegar fly trap

Dealing With Death

  • A major disaster will, by definition, result in massive numbers of deaths.
  • Stages of death – temperature rises, then falls; pooling of the blood; rigor mortis.
  • Approach with caution – what caused the death? Don’t become a casualty yourself.
  • Burial is the most efficient way to safely dispose of a body. Cremation requires enormous amount of fuel.
  • Deaths must be recorded with witness signatures. Bury personal effects with the body.

May 2018 Meeting

May 12, 2018

  • Demo: Packing Dry Goods in Mylar lined 5 gallon pails with oxygen absorbers
    Bring 50# of rice or beans to store
  • Demo: Cooking beans in an Instant Pot for dehydration
  • Dehydrators
Five gallon buckets of rice packed in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers added – sealed and ready to be closed.
Heat sealer used to seal the Mylar bags. An ordinary iron can also be used, but these heat sealers are clearly better and easier.
Instant Pot – a high-tech pressure cooker being used to prepare dried beans for canning.
Beans canned as part of the demo at this meeting.

Also Discussed:

DAK hams – high quality, long lasting, available at CVS (review)


Mylar Bags, 5 gallon, with zip lock closure – Discount Mylar Bags

What’s Growing in Volusia County gardens now? April 30, 2018

What are you growing to feed yourself and your family?

Peach (Florida Prince) Most have already been picked at this time.
Collard Greens (Georgia Southern)
Figs (Brown Turkey)
Pole Beans along fence (Blue Lake)
Sweet Potato (Centennial) planted along fence
Persimmon (Fuyu)
Honey bees to keep things pollinated and provide honey.
Pole Beans (Kentucky Wonder). Now on the third picking cycle.
Tomato (Homestead 24)
Green peppers (Carolina Wonder)
Eggplant (Florida High Bush)
Cotton (Red foliated) – just for fun.
Okra (Clemson Spineless, Heavy Hitter strain) For information about the Heavy Hitter strain of okra, click here. This is a great example of one man experimenting and developing a more productive okra.
Squash (Tromboncino)
Last, but not least – Zinnias. For no other reason than my wife likes them.

Click here to see what this garden looked like one month ago (March 28, 2018)

Suidlanders – Preparing for the Worst in South Africa


For most of us, preparedness can be fairly abstract. We have hurricanes, and the threat of other disasters, but they can often seem far in the distance. For the Boer of South Africa, the threat is immediate and very real. We can learn much from them and how they are preparing.

Their English web site is primarily an outreach program. Their main web site is in Africaans, but we can still glean good information without understanding that language.

The Suidlanders an emergency plan initiative officially founded in 2006 to prepare a Protestant Christian South African Minority for a coming violent revolution. We are non-aggressive and legal in our preparation. Constituted lawfully under Geneva Convention, with particular reference to Protocols I & II of the Protocols Additional, for the protection of non-combatant civilian Afrikaners (women, children, the elderly and the non-able bodied) in the event of a civil war.

This short video (published MAR 8, 2018) shows some of the preparations being made by White farmers who are facing the confiscation of their farms and very clear threats of genocide.

Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy

Seriously consider printing this out for reference at a future time when it may no longer be just a mouse-click away.

Office Depot will turn 100 printed pages into a nice coil-bound book with heavy front and back covers for about four dollars. If you don’t have a capable printer, they can do the printing also.

Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy During A Prolonged Food Crisis

  • August 1979, PDF format, 94 pages
  • Kay B. Franz and Cresson H. Kearny
  • Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Download this file

“Large and well-dispensed food reserves are a recognized essential part of the preparations to survive a nuclear war. The largest food reserves in a long-term survival situation would be the unprocessed grains, beans, and a few other elementary foods. There is a need for a manual on the efficient use of basic foods, both to inform persons accumulating emergency stocks before a possible food crisis arises and to guide those having responsibilities for the post-attack distribution and use of available foods.”

“This handbook is the first to assemble nutritional information and make recommendations on the efficient use of unprocessed grains, beans, and other elemental foods during the aftermath of a nuclear war. These basic foods would constitute the main resources to combat famine after a major nuclear attack. Such an attack would reduce and probably eliminate most commercial food processing for many months.”

Key Sections

  1. Nutrient Needs
  2. Application of Nutrient recommendations to Practical Rations
  3. Long Term Survival Rations in the United States
  4. Infants and Young Children
  5. Pregnancy and Lactation
  6. Radioactive Fallout and Food
  7. Nutritional Value of Germinated Seeds
  8. Some Suggestions for Using Wheat, Corn, and Other Grains and Legumes
  9. Radioactive Iodine and the Prophylactic Use of Stable Potassium Iodide
  10. Procedures for Obtaining Safe Water Under Emergency Conditions
  11. Method for Sterilizing Infant Feeding Utensils Without Boiling

Editor’s comments:
Cresson H. Kearny is also the author of the classic, “Nuclear War Survival Skills”.
Don’t assume that “the government” will be using this information to feed the people. Be prepared to organize, teach, and lead your neighbors in a local recovery effort. Food will be right near the top of the list of needs, so being able to efficiently use whatever is available is a top priority.
ꔷ No one is coming to the rescue
ꔷ You’re on your own
ꔷ Everything is local

April 2018 Meeting

April 14, 2018

  • How to install a well and/or well point
  • Different types of wells and the cost
  • Review of water purification methods and filters
  • BYO BOB (Bring your own Bug Out Bag) or Get Home Bag to display and share ideas
  • Things to carry in your car/truck

Water – and lots of it – is about as important as it gets.
While water storage is important as a buffer, it is not practical as anything more than that. We just use too much of it to store for the long term – although a swimming pool goes a long way.

We’re going to cover 3 areas here:
Putting in a well
Getting water out of that well
Alternatives to a well

2 kinds of wells: Shallow and Deep
Shallow uses ground water
Deep uses the aquifer

  • Shallow MUST be treated by using a good water filter or chemical or other means.
  • Shallow depends on rain to recharge.
  • Shallow is a maximum of about 28 feet, but 20 – 25 is a more practical depth
  • Shallow usually uses a suction pump where the pumping is done from ground level and pulled up. The pump is working against both gravity and atmospheric pressure.
  • Pump must be primed


  • Deep is pure and generally needs no treatment
  • Deep in West Volusia is about 75 feet to the aquifer
  • Deep uses a piston pump where the pumping is done from below the water level and pushed up.
  • No priming is needed


  • Another Option: Cisterns with a Berkey filter
  • A swimming pool can be used as a cistern. Not ideal, but most things aren’t.
  • 2017 – received 65 inches of rain at my house
  • If you are able to catch and save 90% of the rain on a 2000 square ft. roof, you will have 72,930 gallons of water per year, which is 200 gallons per day.
  • My 12×24 steel roof shed would provide 9,750 gallons, or 26 gallons per day.
  • Use a sand filter to remove any larger contaminants, then pour it through a Berkey filter. The double filtering is mainly to extend the life of the Berkey filter.

The restored house at Blue Springs in Orange City is supplied by a cistern even though it is located only steps away from the Blue Springs run.


  • Without electricity to pump water, do you have the means to store and move that water?
  • Buckets
  • Wagon to carry larger amounts of water
  • Water to your garden
  • Garden hose with manual pump / siphon
  • 5 gallon water containers (max. portable size)
  • 55 gallon water barrels from various prep dealers
  • Recycled juice barrels available locally from Craig’s List, etc.
  • Designs to dump the first several gallons washed off the roof before routing into storage barrel

Big Berkey Water Filter Demonstration

BOB/GHB (Bug Out Bag / Get Home Bag)

“Show and Tell” as members display and describe their kits.

Maxpedition Falcon II – Top view – Total weight, including water = 19.8 pounds
Side view 1
Side view 2 showing dump pouch.
Group 1
Vortex monocular, toilet paper, sweat band
Mosquito head net, knife, oven bag, energy drink, Chap-stick, water bottles with cup, note pad, butane lighter, gloves, first aid kit.
Latex gloves, Iodine tabs, Neosporin, pill vial with pain meds, splinter tweezers, nail clippers
Freeze dried packets, Lifeboat rations, cook stove, nylon poncho, Mylar sleeping bags, cap


5.11 Tactical Rush MOAB 6 bag. Total weight with ammo and water = 9.6 pounds
Opened bag with ASP collapsible baton. Not shown – pouch with filled 9mm magazines.
Vortex monocular, container with energy bar, toilet paper, Israeli bandage, band-aid kit, sweat band, cap, fire starters, water bottle.
Knife, pen, notepad, bag with gloves, ear plugs, face protection, Chap-stick, spare batteries, whistle, compass, DEET, poncho, Butane lighter, spoon, 550 cord, Sawyer water filter kit, Flash drive with docs, pill vial with pain meds, mini-multi-tool, handcuff key.



What’s growing in Volusia County gardens now? March 28, 2018

MAR 28 – Potatoes (Yukon Gold), Squash (Tromboncino), Tomatoes (Homestead 24), Peppers (Carolina Wonder), Eggplant (Florida High Bush), Okra (Clemson Spineless – Heavy Hitter strain).
MAR 28 – Romaine Lettuce (Paris Island Cos)
MAR 28 – Collard Greens (Georgia Southern)
MAR 28 – Sweet Potatoes (Centennial) growing along a fence line.
MAR 28 – Peaches (Florida Prince)
MAR 28 – Pole beans (Blue Lake Pole) planted along a fence, which will act as a trellis for the vines.

March 2018 Meeting

March 10, 2018

  • Review of emergency supply video and supply list – what’s needed and how much does it cost
  • Alternative Antibiotics
  • Use of self applied tourniquet and practice
  • Review of Israeli bandage video and practice
  • An IFAK, Pocket BVM and D.O.K. will be on display
    *IFAK = Individual First Aid Kit
    *BVM = Bag Valve Mask
    *DOK = Downed Officer Kit (a.k.a. Blow Out Kit, GSW Kit, etc.)
  • Medical matters you might not have thought of

CAT Tourniquet 

Israeli Bandage

Medical matters you might not have thought of


February 2018 Meeting

February 10, 2018

  • Body Armor – if you have it, bring it to show (sources & price paid would also be helpful)
  • Speaker from Tactical Prep
  • AR cleaning Demo (member request)
  • Discussion – Appleseed Project


Body Armor Notes

  • BulletProofMe Body Armor – Very helpful in pre-order phone support to make sure you get the size right based on your measurements and how you expect to use the body armor. They emphasize the importance of a comfortable fit – listen to their advice.
  • Infidel Combat Systems – Specializing in rifle grade, military application body armor. Withstands standard military rifle caliber rounds, but at a price in weight and comfort.
  • Everything is a trade-off – Protection against rifle rounds is not a concealable option, and is very heavy and hot.
  • For most preppers, Level III-A soft body armor in a concealable carrier is going to be the best option.
  • You get what you pay for. Higher end body armor is more comfortable and conceals better.
  • Concealability is a major factor. Tactical body armor (worn outside the clothing) tells the assailant to aim for your head or hips. Don’t give away that advantage.
  • All body armor is hot – it does not breathe, and it retains body heat.
  • Making sure it is snug (but not tight) at the bottom makes a big difference in concealability – at the same time, that also reduces ventilation making it hotter to wear. It’s a trade-off.
  • Best way to set it up is to inhale deeply, then adjust straps so they are snug around the body. You should be able to breathe heavily with no constriction from the body armor.
  • Learn the technique of moving your shoulders forward and backward to act as an air pump to ventilate body heat.
  • Experiment with different styles and materials for a T-shirt. A wicking material helps. A crew-neck design prevents chafing around the neck.
  • Be careful about wearing anything on your belt (holster, flashlight, multi-tool, etc.). As you move around, these can cause very uncomfortable pinching between the item and the bottom of the body armor.
  • Florida Law regarding body armor: Like many states, Florida has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime (charge stacking). In Florida, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.
  • Once you are comfortable with the fit, consider replacing some of the velcro with sewn seams. This reduces bulk and adds a small measure of comfort.
  • Consider your typical shooting stance. A right handed person using a modified Weaver position should have the left side either butted together or overlapped, and any gap should be on the right side. If you use an Isosceles stance, then adjust for an equal gap on each side to improve ventilation.
  • Be sure to include a blunt trauma plate or pad to cover the sternum. The body armor stops the round, but bullet impact can still fracture the sternum which is a serious injury.
  • Side protection (regarding rifle fire) – A “Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the Marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor” New York Times, Jan. 7th, 2006
  • Yes, soft body armor designed for women is available. It is, however, more expensive and harder to find. A web search for female body armor is the best plan. Here is one example.


Tactical Prep

Classes were discussed, and tentative plans made for a group class or classes. See the Tactical Preparation web site for details.


AR-15 Notes

  • Cleaning and lubrication, including the gas tube.
  • Importance of having a parts kit for critical but easily lost or broken parts.