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Meeting Notes – NOV 2021

Alternative Food Storage Strategies

  • Food doesn’t have to be freeze dried to be a good long term storage food.
  • If you have a dehydrator, use it. If not, then get one and use it.
  • Plan on a minimum of 2,000 calories per person per day.
  • DAK hams are one of the “standard” food storage items.
  • Beans and Rice are both cheap and nutritious, and a food storage staple.


From Lawn To Garden – Turning grass into a productive garden (.ODP file)

Security, Part 1 – Neighborhood and Perimeter (.ODP file)

Security, Part 2 – Ideas for protecting your home (.PPTX file)

*Note: .ODP files are Open Document Presentation – an open source version of PowerPoint.

October 2021 Meeting Notes

Building Relationships Among Preppers (.PPT file)

Stopping The Bleed When There Is No 911 To Call (.ODP file)

Litters – Carrying the Sick and Injured (.ODP file)

*Note: .ODP files are Open Document Presentation – an open source version of PowerPoint.

Meeting Notes:

1 Opening
2 Continued discussion
2.1 Overview: a) Who are we concerned with? b) Definitions for Tribe Building project, c) Sponsoring new members to VCP
2.2 Concern is mainly would-be thieves rather than government
2.2.1 We far more closely resemble the local garden club than a militia made up of physically fit military vets in their 20’s and 30’s.
2.2.2 In the overall scheme of things we would be extremely low on any government interest priority list. We are simply not a threat to anyone, and talk of government confiscating our stored food is theoretical rather than realistic. They would be looking for large scale food sources such as grocery stores, not the family-sized food storage preppers should have. They would be looking for food that is distributeable (MREs) or suitable for large scale feeding programs. Neither of these typically make up a significant part of preppers’ food storage.
2.3 Definitions of Tribe and Clan
2.3.1 These definitions are quite loose, with plenty of room for exceptions. They are based on historical terms that most closely match the situation.
2.3.2 Use whatever terms you want for your own group – we are using these terms here so that we’re speaking the same language when making connections.
2.3.3 Clan – those living on a single piece of property, either in the house or camped on the property. Under the direct authority of the head of the household (in Scotland, it would be the Clan Chief). The word “clann” is Scottish Gaelic for “Children”. Typically, a family group – related by blood or marriage Includes others “adopted” into the clan (“Septs”)
2.3.4 Tribe – A group of Clans, typically located near each other, but may be connected in other ways.
2.4 Anyone new coming must be sponsored by a current member. “New” means initial contact. Long-time subscribers may be added to the list to attend meetings and become a member.
2.4.1 Send an email (you can just reply to one of the regular VCP emails you have received), and include some basic information about who you want to sponsor. Name, how long you’ve known them, how you got connected, and anything else you think might be relevant.
2.4.2 The person being sponsored must attend at least 3 meetings with you before they are classified as a full member.
2.4.3 Exceptions? Contact us and we’ll figure it out from there.

Recommendations for a CB radio setup can be found on the Radio Quick Start page.

July 2021 Meeting Notes

Lee’s presentation on Lifeboats and Tribes

  • Used the analogy of lifeboats on a sinking ship
  • Use the time available to decide who you want on your lifeboat (tribe)
  • This was based on an article titled Which Lifeboat Will You Choose?
  • This Powerpoint presentation formed the basis of the program (.ppt file)
  • The presentation led into tribe-building plans. Yes, we are going to push hard on this.


Laura’s presentation on Meat Rabbits

  • This Powerpoint presentation formed the basis of the program (.pptx file)
  • Housing depends on which system you are using.
  • Rabbits are fast, have sharp claws, chew on just about anything, so plan accordingly
  • Meat is very low in fat content.
  • Figure on a dressed weight of about half the live weight.
  • Duckweed makes a good feed supplement.
  • Bugs Bunny was wrong – carrots are NOT a good feed for rabbits


David’s presentation on Fire Starters

  • Everyone present was given a zip-lock bag with the following items:
    • disposable butane lighter
    • length of waxed hemp cord
    • several plastic guitar picks
  • This was packed into one unit with a piece of 1″ Duct Tape (you can just split regular Duct Tape if you can’t find 1″ wide tape)
  • Dave demonstrated how flammable the guitar picks are
  • Also demonstrated how a guitar pick can be shaved and scraped, and then ignited using a ferrocerium rod.

Long Term Egg Storage – Part 2

It the previous post, we tested some eggs that had been in Lime-Water storage for 6 months. With the great results from that, we decided to scale things up from the small test batch in a jar. This new batch would be for actual food storage, so the quantity needed to be considerably larger.

For the 3 gallon stoneware crock, we mixed 3 gallons of Lime-water. With the eggs, only about half that amount was actually used; however, it is best to mix more than you need so the excess Lime that settles to the bottom of the bucket isn’t dumped in with the eggs. Rather than pouring it, use a smaller container to carefully scoop out the clear liquid off the top, leaving the settled lime on the bottom undisturbed. It shouldn’t hurt, but it just makes things messier.

Another option – rather than the stoneware crock – would be to use the same half gallon glass jars that we used for the test sample. The advantage there is lower cost, and the ability to store them on a shelf rather than taking up floor space. If we had it to do over again, we would use the wide mouth half-gallon jars instead of the stoneware crock. Another advantage of using several jars rather than one crock, is that it is easier to rotate the stored eggs. Make sure you label the containers with the date.


3 Gallon Stoneware crock with lid.


Mixing the Lime and water in a ratio of 1 cup of Lime to 1 gallon of water. After the mixture settles, the milky appearance changes to clear.


Eggs were very carefully added, one at a time. The 3 gallon crock held 90 eggs, but there was still room for a few more.


With the eggs added, the stoneware lid was set in place (note that it is NOT a tight seal), followed by the bucket lid.


Long Term Egg Storage – 6 Month Test

(Part 1 of 2 – Click HERE for Part 2)

Eggs are called “The Perfect Protein” for good reason, and they should be part of your food storage program. The most common method in use today is to store dried eggs, but in the 1700’s, other methods were used. In this case, we are using Lime water. This video shows how it is done.



The Lime/Water mixture is not critical. We used one cup of lime in a gallon of water. This gave a small amount of lime sediment, which would indicate that the mixture was saturated. Adding any more lime would just result in more wasted sediment at the bottom, making it messier to deal with.

This test was done using a half-gallon glass jar. For regular storage, we are using a 3-gallon Ohio Stoneware crock (link), with lid (link), kept in a large feed bucket. Be sure to read Part 2 to see what we would do different – lessons learned.

Note that we used a piece of wax paper between the jar and the lid. This is to avoid any corrosion of the metal jar lid (none was noted at 6 months).


Six Month Test Results:

  • Appeared to be near-perfect preservation
  • No unusual smell or taste or color
  • The yolk was not as firm, and it easily broke when added to a frying pan.
  • While the fried egg was quite good, the weaker yolk means it would probably be better suited to scrambling or baking.
  • No detectable taste difference between the day-old and the 6-month old egg.
  • This 6-month test was done on June 15, 2021. The eggs were gathered over a period of a week or two, and were kept at room temperature before being immersed in the lime water.


A few things to keep in mind:

  • Use either glass or ceramic for the container – NEVER use metal, since it will react with the lime.
  • Consider keeping the container inside of a bucket to protect it from breakage and make it easier to handle.
  • Be sure to use a container with a wide enough mouth to allow you to carefully remove the eggs without breaking them.
  • Eggs MUST be fresh, clean, and unwashed. Store-bought eggs will not work since the protective “bloom” layer has been washed off during processing.



Eggs at 6 months.


The egg on the left side is about 24 hours old, while the one on the right is about 6 months old.


Bottom left – 1 day old; Right – 6 months old; Top – Duck egg, about one hour old.


Bottom left – 1 day old; Right – 6 months old; Top – Duck egg, about one hour old.


Lime used – ordered through Amazon.

Amazon link for lime, 50 pound bag.

(Part 1 of 2 – Click HERE for Part 2)

June 2021 Meeting Notes

From Lee’s “Reality Check” presentation:

This is the video that prompted this topic. Mr. Nyquist has been researching this topic for many years.

The PowerPoint file used (it is in .PPT format).

The key points of this topic:

  • There is a wide array of current conditions that are highly volatile and could have a severe impact in a very short period of time.
  • Prepare NOW.
  • Organize into tribes in your local neighborhood. Make connections with like-minded people NOW.
  • Avoid thinking in terms of what might happen 5 years from now, or next year, or even next week. Think it terms of “What if it happened right now?”
  • What do you need to get now? What skills do you need to learn now?
  • To quote MIT Economist, Rudiger Dornbusch:
    “Crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought.”

From Scott’s presentation on Colloidal Silver:

Click here for Scott’s presentation notes.

The key points of this topic:

  • Requires a supply of distilled water
  • Important to understand the different types of colloidal silver
  • As always – this is NOT medical advice, so do your own research before using it.

Burt’s program on growing and using wild yams

The key points of this topic:

Kelly’s program on Covert Gardening:

Click here for Kelly’s handout on Covert Gardening (PDF format).

The key points of this topic:

  • There are options for growing your own food even if you don’t have the space where you live.
  • There are ways to grow food that doesn’t look like food.
  • Think outside the box – be creative in where and how you grow food.
  • Covert gardening should NOT be your primary plan, or even your backup plan. It is a last-ditch emergency plan.

Trauma Kits

At the May meeting, Barry offered to get a price on trauma kits. After checking and getting a quote, it turns out that we can assemble our own kits at a considerable cost savings. This same type of kit was described (including photos and Amazon links) on this page. We have updated the links and prices from the original article written about a year ago.

March 2021 Meeting

March Meeting – March 13

  • Cleaning, Maintaining and Troubleshooting the AR 15 with a demo on replacing the parts that easily wear out. Speaker will be bringing some parts kits.
  • Building a portable VHF/UHF ground plane antenna. These can greatly extend the range of your hand-held radio.

Below are recommended links suggested by Mike during the program. The best time to order the parts was yesterday; second best time is today.

How to Clean & Lube Your AR-15

Where to purchase AR Parts you saw tonight:

Spring & Pin Combination Kit

AR15/m16 Extractor

AR15 Gas Block 750 Low Profile

AR15 Gas Tube Carbine Length Precision Arms

For a list of ALL parts used in an AR, you’ll want a copy of this PDF from Brownell’s.


Building the Jungle Antenna

Building a portable VHF/UHF ground plane antenna. These can greatly extend the range of your hand-held radio.

This PDF doc shows the details of how to build the Jungle Antenna.

  • This described how to build a 1/4 wave antenna. Improved efficiency can be gained by going to a 5/8 wave antenna, though the length is going to be longer.
  • The coax cable shown uses BNC connectors. To connect to the Baofeng radios, you will need a SMA-39 connector, which converts from SMA Female to BNC Female.

Meeting Notes – June 2020

June 13, 2020 Meeting

  • “AMP 3” video
  • “AMP 3” contents
  • Fish antibiotics, must-have books
  • Overview of the medical kits in April meeting
  • Pandemic Debriefing – Open discussion of lessons learned

The meeting began with a demonstration of the AMP 3 first aid kit – and a do-it-yourself version of that same kit. We then watched the AMP 3 video, which described the kit, along with how the different components are used.

The use of fish antibiotics (sold for use with aquarium fish) was discussed, along with a printed hand-out that gives details on how they are used, including dosage.

The medical kits that were detailed in the April video meeting were displayed, along with a brief overview of the kits, their purpose, and how they are used. The primary kit was purchased from Galls.

Building a medical reference library – a variety of books on first aid and medical treatment was displayed and discussed.

There are three basic categories – or reasons – for owning various types of medical reference books:

  • Basic and advanced first aid during “normal” times when medical infrastructure is available.
  • Comprehensive medical care at home in a situation in which medical infrastructure is not available.
  • The preservation of knowledge that civilization cannot afford to lose. In a time when knowledge is “saved” in digital format rather than in ink-and-paper, someone needs to archive this information in a form that cannot be destroyed by EMP or other electronic destruction.

One of the “books” specifically discussed was the EMS Field Guide. It is a pocket-sized (3″x5″) quick reference guide in a tough, water-resistant package. There are several versions of this, but for general preparedness purposes, the BLS Version (previously called “Basic & Intermediate Version”) is the best choice. Click on the image to be taken to the Amazon order page.

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