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Basic Sanitation In Emergencies

If the power or water is shut off in an emergency we have our 72 hour kits and emergency supplies all ready to go, right?

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What about sanitation?

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Are you planning your emergency bathroom situation while you are putting together  your preparedness plans?

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All that food and water will need somewhere to exit. Let’s make sure all that planning doesn’t go down the toilet so to speak if you have left out this vital emergency strategy. Waste disposal systems and supply items should be in your list of equipment.

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Toilet with flush water tank

Toilet with flush water tank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For The Shelter At Home Toilet

An in house toilet will need water so it can flush solid materials so stock extra gallons specifically for this task. This water need not be sterilized. Water right out of the tap previously set aside for use in the toilet area is fine. I would recommend you mark these jugs for toilet use ONLY on the container. I have saved sports drink bottles for just this purpose. They are stacked in a closet near my bath area.

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For A Bug Out Toilet

Shovel types

Shovel types (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are in a bug out situation you may fashion a similar toilet area somewhere outside your living arrangement area.

The supplies for this are fairly simple. You need a shovel to dig a hole deep enough to hold waste. Make sure you have lime for the deposits that are left behind and a privacy screen so that you can do your duty without everyone in your camp seeing you at work.

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Chemical Toilets

The items for a  chemical toilet should also be on your list of emergency goods. It is a 5 gallon bucket and a trash bag with some bleach. This is a great way to have ready-made toilet in emergencies. A gallon of water with 2 cups of bleach I believe is a standard mix. I would recommend setting aside about 2 gallons of bleach, one box or more of heavy-duty trash bags, and at least 10 gallons or more water for this sanitizing method. If you live in an area that is prone to major natural disasters, the more supply you have — the better!

There are ready-made kits available and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a couple of different options.

I realize you can’t carry all of this stuff with you but here is a bit of advice. Make sure you have several packs ready to go that contain ONLY sanitation systems and in specific bags. Put a pack together that is just for a latrine. Create another that is just chemical toilet. In the event you do have to bug out you don’t have to dig through your gear to set this up quickly. You will need to set up this area immediately when you can get settled.

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How to create an emergency toilet

 

(More soon! I’m on a crappy schedule at the moment and that’s what inspired this little post! — Thanks for the visit!)

2013 Garden In Containers

container garden

Section 4 of my container garden 2013 – Image: M Burgess

My 2013 survival container garden is in as of last week.

Well, its more of a hobby garden but once it gets going it gives me some great veggies!

It’s been some considerable time since I have posted and for that I apologize. I have been side tracked on other projects.

Speaking of sidetracked, my container garden was planted in just that manner…

vegetable plants, gardening

New Plants For Garden 2013

I really had other plans but sometimes you gotta do what comes to mind and this was an excellent idea!

Coming home last Wednesday I remembered I wanted new Green Pepper plants and shot into the plant nursery parking lot. Little did I know I would be refurbishing my entire stash! My former plants were subjected to winter’s blast and did not make it through this season’s cold spell.

I love my little oasis in the desert. You see, I live in a brutal climate known as Southern Nevada. You tell me YOU can’t garden? Can you carry a bucket of water to a  porch? That’s how I do it! The majority of the work is setting the pots up with the soil and the planting. From there it is a cake walk. I find it a very comforting activity watching them grow tasty things. It is a good spot to rest in and just enjoy them.

For a beginning prepper, a garden is something that may be over looked. It is an important piece of your shelter at home planning. Plan and tend it well and it will be there when you need it. I plant tomatoes, peppers, and other goods that can grow small scale. I have two Guinea Pigs and myself so this small garden is adequate for our needs.

lemon tree blossom

Lemon Tree Blossoms 2013
Image: M Burgess

I have a citrus [lemon] tree in a large pot just because I want to see if it flourishes. And it has. It is now over 2 years old and budding like crazy! God willing the wind will not knock the tiny lemons off from it and I will have them on hand. To me it is a Vitamin C plant. That’s why I chose it.

What do I need for sure to cook with that is fresh and cannot be bottled, preserved, pickled, or dried? Those are the thoughts behind the plantings I do.

What inspires your garden?

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Storm Encyclopedia – Weather Terms – The Weather Channel

weather

weather (Photo credit: born1945)

With the weather being all out of whack in winter and the various extremes many of us have to face in order to get through it would help to know what climate changes we are facing.

There are certain terms that we must understand in order to NOT be caught off guard by changing weather patterns.

Knowing these terms ahead of time and plan accordingly is always good emergency management. Planning ahead turns a disaster into a plan of action.

Having an emergency radio on hand for events the power has gone out is good practice. Keep it where you can find it easily. You never know when it is going to come in handy. Make sure you replace the batteries in it from time to time so that you don’t have to fumble around when you need that radio the most!

Some of the terms we may hear on the emergency weather broadcasts may be found in the The Weather Channel’s Encyclopedia of Weather Terms. It is a great read.

weather.com – Storm Encyclopedia – Weather Terms – The Weather Channel.

Maya calendar – Is This The End?

Maya Calendar

Maya Calendar (Photo credit: Turinboy)

The Maya Calendar (Mayan) will be cycling to an end on December 21, 2012 just a few days away.

Is it the end of our days or is it simply the end of a cycle recorded in ancient times?

I am sure there are individuals set in panic mode for this date’s arrival, similar to the Y2K event in the year roll-over from the 1900’s to the 2000’s, but is it a major disaster in the making?

According to the Wiki article misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is the basis for a popular belief that a cataclysm will take place on December 21, 2012.

From this author’s opinion, I am not sure this is a total world wipe out event. Planning for this event as the end of the world may not be a practical matter. Doing so would be like being a prisoner on death row and counting days to an execution. What would you prep for? Why make the effort of gathering goods and foods if it’s ending anyway? Who’s going to be around to make use of the supply anyhow if it’s coming to an end? Just some thoughts to ponder.

Go about business as usual. The true key to preparedness is to face disasters and  emergencies calmly, demonstrate a cool head in catastrophe and try to make our situation as normal as possible.

There is a cartoon out there that shows the calendar creator talking to his buddy about running out of room on the stone he carved said calendar on. The friend responds along the line of, “That’s going to mess people up!”

The point is, go through your routines as business as usual. Prepared mentally we can face this day without panic. Maybe try cleaning up some of your spiritual baggage and attempt to have a clear conscience upon this day’s arrival. Meditation and prayer costs only a little time. That’s probably the best area you can prepare for on this day’s arrival.

Perhaps this is the day that we finally become aware that we have a beautiful life and are grateful for the opportunity to do good and great things that will impact us in positive ways setting aside the anger, the wars, and the anguish that are experienced by so many here on earth. Maybe this is the day peace finally rules our planet?

Just some thoughts. Anyhow, I have some Christmas shopping to do and some decorating

Maya calendar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Magnesium Fire Starters Review

Magnesium fire starters are a popular way to create an emergency fire for heat and cooking in wilderness settings.

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Photographic capture of a flame created by thr...

Photographic capture of a flame created by throwing flint sparks onto a small pile of magnesium shavings from a common emergency fire starter and pocketknife (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are easy to use and depending on the style of fire-starter you choose creating a fire is only minutes away!

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In the following video there are several fire starters reviewed.

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The title of the video is “How To Use A Ferro Rod.”

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Ferro  is short for Ferrocerium which is a man-made metallic material that gives off a large number of hot sparks at temperatures at 3,000 °F (1,650 °C) when scraped against a rough surface. (see more…Wikipedia)

Please be very careful when using magnesium firestarters.

NEVER NEVER toss them into a fire as they will explode!

For More Videos see: www.youtube.com/user/Survive2prep360

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Which magnesium fire starters do you have ready to go in your 72 hour kit?

Preparedness IS – Readiness IS

English: Food storage area of the San Diego Fo...

English: Food storage area of the San Diego Fort in Acapulco, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preparedness is a list of foods and  goods gathered for emergencies!

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Readiness is understanding how to use said goods and the knowledge of how to adapt in the middle of said crisis.

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Like the cartoons I used to read that said “Happiness is…”

I wanted to share a few of the things that mean to me

Preparedness and Readiness

Preparedness is… Food Storage, 72 hour kits, and Water

Readiness is… having  food, water, and shelter no matter what

Preparedness is… A couple of pair of warm, clean socks!

Readiness is… A fire drill plan and practice

Preparedness is… A 72 hour kit (again YES! Do You Have Yours Yet?)

Readiness is… Knowing when to evacuate safely

Preparedness is… The food storage list being checked off

Readiness is… Baking your own bread ANYWHERE!

Preparedness is… Making sure you have some emergency supplies and tools in your car!

Readiness is…–> Survival Skills: Hunting, fishing, foraging, building shelters (everything they taught you in scouting!)

Preparedness is… A Full tank of gas when fueling stations are either dry or lined up for miles!!!

Amusing Video On Disaster Preparedness:

I am sure there are a lot more things we could add to this list!

What is on your list for Preparedness and Readiness?

Tornado Dreams and Mental Preparedness

A tornado near Seymour, Texas

A tornado near Seymour, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are our dreams indicators of our mental preparedness?

In the middle of sleeping last night I experienced a vivid dream about a tornado, again. This I am sure has certain meanings if you look it up in a dream dictionary, but I was very interested in the actions that were taken in the dream itself.

I was holding my baby niece in the dream and was talking to my aunt about the baby when I noticed a very dark and menacing cloud lurking from our view of a large window. I watched it for about a minute until it started our way and calmly mentioned we needed to get somewhere safe. In the dream we step into a large tub that was in the next room and we sat down and waited. In the dream, the tornado cut the edge of the house and knocked some bricks out of the wall on the side of the home. At this point I woke up but was curious about it all day.

What was really neat about the dream was the fact that in my subconscious I was able to do exactly what you are supposed to do in the event a real tornado  is threatening your home. You take refuge in a tub because they are a more sturdy construction than most of the other areas of the home. If you are lucky enough to have a storm cellar that would be even better.

I am still not sure what the dream meant but I am glad that in dream state I knew what to do. Is this mental preparedness? I would think so at least for a storm of this nature.

Do you dream about disasters? If so what are they?

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