January 2020 Meeting Notes

January 11, 2020
These are the BASICS. If you’re just getting started, don’t miss this one.

  • Water – THE Most Important Prep
  • How much you really need and where to find it
  • Gutters, harvesting rain water, swimming pool, hot tub, ponds, filters, and purification
  • How to find water in the wild
  • Water storage and transportation options
  • Barrels, jugs, kiddie pools, plastic containers
  • Food, Part 1 – How much do we need – Time, Souls, and Calories
  • Food – Shop for the year, starting right now
  • Food – Methods of storing overview – canning, buckets, dehydration, meals-in-a-jar, MREs, 30-day storage buckets
  • Food – The 52 Week Method

Some of the items demonstrated and discussed:

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It is important that we not get distracted by “Arts and Crafts Prepping” – cobbling together something that can easily and affordably be purchased today. Leave that for those who refuse to prepare. “Arts and Crafts Prepping” is kind of like building furniture out of old pallets – it might be fun, but that is very low quality wood and it will not last long. This isn’t a game that we’re playing, so quality matters. Don’t trust your drinking water to some plans you found on the web that use plastic buckets and sand, when you can buy something made for the purpose that will do the job right.

We are way past teaching “Arts and Crafts” prepping a.k.a. “How to survive in the wilderness” and are now focusing on how to prep in the here and now. Instead of learning how to sterilize water in a soda bottle using the sun…just buy a 100% proven, safe water filter. Now is the time to prepare while the good stuff is readily available and trucks are still delivering from Amazon.

Are you really wanting to go to Walmart or Publix if the coronavirus hits big time in the US or when Antifa takes to the streets because they don’t agree with the election and trucks stop delivering. Do you have a water barrel or 2 or 3? Water is the first to go in a “crisis”. Do you have a large supply of N95 masks?

To that end…prepare now.

Food self-sufficiency is important goal, but it is not a substitute for a good food storage program. A can of “Survival seeds” is not a plan – it is a way to sell a false sense of security.

REFERENCES
How Much Land Do I Need? – “David The Good” gives a great overview of gardening for self-sufficiency.

131 Survival Foods

One Year Supply Guide

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.

 

 

August 2017 Meeting

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