Most of the November meeting was a training session on the technical aspects of using the new radios.
The Backpack Armor Insert from Premier Body Armor was demonstrated using a Maxpedition Falcon II pack. Premier currently has a holiday sale going on with 15% off all orders. Use the coupon code WINTER15.
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?
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