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.

November 2017 Meeting

November 11SECURITY “The BIG (UN)BANG THEORY”
Part I Personal Defense

Items demonstrated and discussed at this meeting:

Streamlight Stinger DS LED HL. High powered, rechargable, strobe function. Source: Amazon
ASP P21 collapsible baton. Rugged, lightweight. Classified as a weapon for legal purposes. Source: Galls.com
Unbreakable umbrella, full size. Source: unbreakableumbrella.com
Unbreakable umbrella, collapsible. Source: unbreakableumbrella.com
Cold Steel City Stick. ADA prevents anyone from taking it away from you. Source: ColdSteel.com
Uzi tactical pen; Very tough, yet very affordable at about $16. (Proprietary refill is difficult to find). Source: Amazon

More ideas:

  • Slingshot (use ball bearing ammo)
  • Edged weapons – IF you are well trained
  • Walking stick – persimmon, black thorn, hickory, Chinese wax wood are good choices
  • Baseball bat, axe handle, other tough wooden stick

 

Part II Home Defense in a SHFT event

Climbing roses can be used as living razor wire. Beautiful flowers are a nice benefit. This white rose variety is called “New Dawn” and is known for having lots of very sharp thorns – far more than typical roses.
Razor wire configured as concertina. Current use in residential area is illegal. Understand that razor wire is extremely dangerous and can be lethal. Source: ebay
Razor wire gloves are REQUIRED for working with razor wire. Don’t even think about touching razor wire without these. Have at least TWO pair. Source: ebay
Trip-wire alarm using .22 blanks. Use with Spiderwire fishing line, moss-green, 30# test. Source: alarmmine.com/

More ideas:

  • marbles or ball bearings in can attached to trip wire
  • Tangle-foot can also be made using galvanized steel electric fence wire. Not anywhere near as effective as razor wire, but a small fraction of the cost, easier to work with, and affordable enough to secure larger areas. (Source: Tractor Supply)
  • Solar powered electric fence (Source: Tractor Supply)
  • Refer to FM 5-15 Field Fortifications for more ideas on how to secure an area.
  • Crimsafe windows and doors provide both security and hurricane protection.

October 2017 Meeting

October 14: So You Think You’re Prepared? – The truth about food storage amounts and how much is really needed for a one year supply. Also, how to make lye and different yeasts and leavening agents using what nature provides in our area.

This program included lessons learned during Hurricane Irma.

  • Pet pad to keep cool when sleeping
  • Tent fan
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Solar battery charger
  • Sterno
  • Canned goods date – only infant formula has mandated expire date. “Use by” and “Sell by” are determined by the company.
  • Dents on a can are OK as long as they are not on a seam.
  • Botulism has a 50% fatality rate for cases not receiving medical treatment.
  • Sun Oven – best to have two for cooking
  • Cast iron works very well with a sun oven
  • 1 year food plan
  • Hormel Chili is listed by Hormel as having indefinite shelf life.
  • Making baking powder
  • Making Sterno-type fuel
  • Making yeast
  • Making flour from beans and nuts
  • Pellet rifle for small game with low noise
  • Herbal Recipes book by Rosemary Gladstar
  • Essential Oils

August 2017 Meeting

August 12: Water Matters, etc. – Water purification using pool shock chemicals, making soap papers, using drinking straws as small containers.

July 2017 Meeting

July 8, 2017: The AR15 and it’s Variants, and Accessories – including night vision options, both rifle mounted, hand held, and starlight type. It will include hands-on outside demonstrations.