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    The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    So...its that time of the year (what time? Hurricane time!!!) where we try to make sure that we have all our little rubber duckies lined up in a row...

    Disaster kits are often what divide the "wow, that wasn't so bad" experience from the totally ska-rooooooooooo-ed (read that phonetically) crowd. Its the difference between having enough of your meds to last til the pharmacy opens and being able to patch up your boo boo til you can get medical help and not getting dysentary from drinking bad water.

    The American Red Cross suggests at least 3 days suppiles for every person in your family (and don't forget Fido and Fluffy!); but it can often be longer before help can get to you. And, in a SHTF scenario, you might have a long wait for services like electricity to be restored.

    So---whats in your disaster kit?

    Share ideas or tricks or advice here!
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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    Lots of guns and ammo.

    Not so much for defense against people, although depending on the nature of the disaster and the duration, it may be necessary.

    Primarily because the type of disaster I am likely to face out here in the boonies will mostly require protection from animals. Wild animals and people will seek out the same places for shelter, making those places somewhat dangerous (bears, wild cats), but also good places for hunting food.

    Water usually isn't a problem here, as long as you build a fire (lots of wood here) and boil it.

    An advanced med kit would be wise, but I don't have one...
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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    Some resources:

    How to make your own dental first aid kit

    What The Man says (@ ready.gov)-- http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

    The ASPCA's take on pet disaster preparedness-- https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness

    Herbal first aid-- http://healthwyze.org/index.php/comp...t-aid-kit.html

    choosing a first aid kit-- http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advi...taid-kits.html

    first aid kid (this is a link for a wilderness kit, which I think it your better option in a disaster situation)-- http://www.wildmed.com/blog/building...first-aid-kit/

    the super hard core Mormon plan site--- https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency...dness?lang=eng
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    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    There are only two likely disaster scenarios likely to affect me here -

    1) snowbound. Unlikely to last more than three days. We're equipped for snow removal here, so the priorities are food and heat. Food's in cans and in the freezer, and a wood stove and wood pile are standard accessories in these parts.

    2) something that happens somewhere else and disrupts food distribution. That's where hunting becomes a survival skill.
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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    There are only two likely disaster scenarios likely to affect me here -

    1) snowbound. Unlikely to last more than three days. We're equipped for snow removal here, so the priorities are food and heat. Food's in cans and in the freezer, and a wood stove and wood pile are standard accessories in these parts.

    2) something that happens somewhere else and disrupts food distribution. That's where hunting becomes a survival skill.
    Here we have hurricanes and winter conditions. We don't usually get snowbound, and whatever we have usually melts quickly, but we often have ice and that causes major power issues because its an old grid with few underground lines (perhaps this has something to do with the tidal flooding issues, but I doubt it, since there are only a handful of areas with severe tidal flooding).

    Either way, since its urban, and since flooding is often involved (in a hurricane), hunting your own food isn't an option. Our family hurricanepolicy is to leave the day before a Cat 3 is predicted to make landfall. But even a Cat 1 can knock the power out in enough of the coverage area that it can take weeks to get everyone.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    Mine would be - some plasters, bandages, polidin (against wounds), some herbs such as melissa and majoran, sticky materia, and some pieces of sash.
    Thanks for the links, Thal! There is a lot I can take from those!
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    Last winter I was stuck in the house for over a week, a couple of times. My driveway's steep and we get ice/snow. (Usually, it warms up and melts within a day or so, so it's kinda wasteful to get someone in to clear, but of course, if I don't, it sticks around! And it's very hard to get people to work here.) During Sept. I chop lots of green peppers to freeze in packets. I stock up on paper goods, and stay a month ahead on my prescriptions. I always have a lot of canned salmon, beans, etc. and in Oct. I order 50 lbs. of Buddy's primary seed mix, so we're pertty much set for the winter. They're good here in town about fixing power outages quickly. I do need to get a bird-safe space heater this fall, though, since the furnace isn't getting any younger.

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    Re: The Ultimate Disaster Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfeathers View Post
    I always have a lot of canned salmon, beans, etc.
    Canned salmon? Please tell more!
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    Canned salmon? Please tell more!
    This is what I buy:

    cansalmon1color.jpg

    Not as good as fresh, but I like it better than tuna. They claim it's Alaskan wild-caught. I mix it up with chopped green pepper & a little mayonaise, and onion powder.

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    Canned salmon is good,but my favorite even before sardines is Kipper snacks..Herring sometimes pickled.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kipper
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