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Old 02-15-2012, 07:07 AM   #15
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I'm always ready for just about anything. been in the Boonies since 1984. end of the power line---off at least once a week.never know.
Be Prepaired---Good Boy Scout.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:34 AM   #16
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Fortunately we live in a pretty benign area...west Michigan. No hurricanes, tornados seem to go either north of us or south, no earthquakes, our property will never flood. We do have trees that could fall on the house. Our house is all electric in the country so we'd be in bad shape if the power would go out for very long. Going to get a whole house generator. And finally, I don't know where we'd bug out to that would be better.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:33 AM   #17
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thanks for the reply.
I have a portable Back up, Rope start (sometimes) 7K gas generator 220 volt that will run the whole place (except the electric heat) I heat with a wood stove/furnace, but it has a 1/2 HP electric fan in it---so if power is off i need the fan to run. I have a couple times Run the Motorhome Generator-and run extention cord just to That Fan circuit,
I have 12 volt light, (Battery) in the basement & (1) in the dining room.Charged by a Harbor Freight 45 watt Kit-#90599--works great.I can always cook in the Casita or the Motorhome, they Both have propane,Plus there is the cook stove too,
have a great winter (snowbirds) past 2 mornings here 12 degrees in southern Va.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:18 PM   #18
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I have an artesian well the runs out of the hill on the side of my driveway. Tastes like rust, but tested clean of chemicals and nasties. I have a jar of matches and lots of dead trees in my yard. Now if I can only remember how to set a snare.... I must say, a 'bug out' bag seems to be a good idea.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #19
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I used to teach (side job - not a career!) emergency preparedness courses.

Having a travel trailer or motor home is about the single best thing you can do in terms of readiness - IF:

1) You have water
2) and power and heat

In terms of generators - what size? A: the smaller, the better
(how much gas do you have on hand, and how old is it?)

A 3500 W gen will burn a humongous amount of gas compared to a 1,000 W unit.

What is the ESSENTIAL load? A: keep your fridge(s) and freezer(s) cold - spoiled food is a secondary disaster that can be as bad as or worse than the primary one. Figure what size gen you need to run a fridge or a freezer, Get that size genny. Rotate loads - power the fridge for an hour, then the freezer for an hour, then an hour of peace & quiet. Then the fridge again, then rest again. The freezer will stay cold for a few hours, the fridge not so much.

Now figure out how much gas you will need to keep this up for a bare minimum of 72 hours (actually double that to be sure!)

Now make sure you have that much fresh gas on hand.

Katrina demonstrated that FEMA has been emasculated by the Homeland Insecurity types, so in case of a disaster:

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:08 PM   #20
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Good points to consider BCDave!
Especially comparing the 3500 to the 1000 watt gen.
My problem there is my well runs off 220. The smallest gen. I could find with a 220V plug is 3500. I guess I need to get my 2000W gen. going again.
And, stabilize some gas!
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #21
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I'm not at all prepared. I don't even know where the duct tape is.
Jen, it's in my cabinet where the lightbulbs are. If you make it this far I'll give you a roll
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #22
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Good points to consider BCDave!
Especially comparing the 3500 to the 1000 watt gen.
My problem there is my well runs off 220. The smallest gen. I could find with a 220V plug is 3500. I guess I need to get my 2000W gen. going again.
And, stabilize some gas!
so you would then run the "big Dog" for long enough to fill a bunch of buckets and things with fresh well water - then go back to a smaller size one for just the fridges etc.

What's important is to separate "I NEED this to survive" from "I want to have...." stuff.

Water, a dry warm place to shelter from the elements, and a way to keep food from spoiling (as well as a way to cook it!) are the basics of "I NEED".

Yes it is nice to turn on a light and have something happen.

Yes it is nice to have the furnace kick in, to listen to the stereo or watch the boob tube. And if your emergency is a power failure, then yes, go for all the I WANT stuff in addition to the I NEED stuff. Somewhere (relatively) nearby you can get more gas for the generator

But if your emergency is a major earthquake, a major volcanic explosion, or any other scenario where it may not be possible to get more fuel for your genny anytime in the next 6-8 weeks, you better be prepared to live with only the "I NEED" stuff. And that's where your RV is now your 'lifeboat".
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #23
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nope,,,if i see a disaster comming my way i run right at it.

but in truth the most important preperation is your mind. you can't posibly have something that will cover every problem that comes up, you have to be able to think your way out of trouble.<_<
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:20 AM   #24
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so you would then run the "big Dog" for long enough to fill a bunch of buckets and things with fresh well water - then go back to a smaller size one for just the fridges etc.

What's important is to separate "I NEED this to survive" from "I want to have...." stuff.

Water, a dry warm place to shelter from the elements, and a way to keep food from spoiling (as well as a way to cook it!) are the basics of "I NEED".

Yes it is nice to turn on a light and have something happen.

Yes it is nice to have the furnace kick in, to listen to the stereo or watch the boob tube. And if your emergency is a power failure, then yes, go for all the I WANT stuff in addition to the I NEED stuff. Somewhere (relatively) nearby you can get more gas for the generator

But if your emergency is a major earthquake, a major volcanic explosion, or any other scenario where it may not be possible to get more fuel for your genny anytime in the next 6-8 weeks, you better be prepared to live with only the "I NEED" stuff. And that's where your RV is now your 'lifeboat".
I also have a propane 5000W that I've never even started up -shame on me!
I keep 30 gallons of drinking water at all times.
I do have a tip that I saw on you tube. If you buy the large (1 gal.) liquid detergent bottles, don't toss them when they are empty. Just fill them with water and you will have water for cleaning needs. Then you don't waste your drinking water washing your face/dishes/clothes.

Another- you can make a "washing machine" out of a 5 gallon bucket with a lid by cutting a hole in the lid big enough for a toilet plunger handle to to fit thru. Just use your detergent water you previously saved in those bottles. Put a few clothes in and start churning with the plunger (close the lid). Yes, you can buy a new plunger for the job .
You will need some rinse water. I think this is a good idea if you're boondocking, also.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #25
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For my part of Michigan tornado or power outage would be the most probable diaster. Have a reinforced room in basement with pantry and some supplies including TP and slop bucket, flashlights etc. Most important is pry bars (2), a small agressive hand saw, and small sledge hammer so I can get out after a tornado. And pet food. I fill water jugs when there is a weather alert.

Somehow I don't think my light weight FG camper is going to do better than house next to it in a tornado.

Last tornado in our county had looters show up that night, left promptly when asked by one of the homeowners with hunting rifle. So yes firearm and ammo are good. Don't need enough to stand off a zombie apocalypse but something for both wife and myself.

I tend to keep my camping stuff in canvas "kit" bags by purpose. Basic Cooking utensils is one bag, fuel, stove & lantern is another. First aid is another etc. I find the smaller packages easier to pack for camping than big plastic containers but I do have a couple of those too for things that need waterproof storage.

I figure it takes less than 10 minutes to transfer the kit bags to either basement or car from garage, but have been thinking about moving everything but fuel to basement. Longer to car but nothing but fuel to move for a tornado.

Something that is also in our diaster planning is "shrinking" the house. Shut off water at basement and drain so pipes won't freeze, then block off most of house and use kerosene heater to keep small area warm. Might be bedroom and kitchen, could be just basement. Either way we have plastic tarps and tape on hand to do the job.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #26
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If you really want to get crazy about it, start watching Doomsday Preppers on cable. Think it might be on National Geographic Channel. I'm waiting to see someone with a FGRV as part of their "bug out" kit. Those people are a bit over the top for me but if it makes them feel secure, so be it.

Saying a bit over the top, is saying it kindly! in most cases




But that being said, everyone should have enough supplies to carry them and their family thru a few weeks.......



Personally, if the world would come to a end tomorrow, I really don't think I would want to spend the next 5 years under ground with some of the character's on Doom'sday Preppers!



This last winter due to power failure so many times in a week, I bought a honda EU3000 and had the electircian put in totally seperate outlets that only the gen will run. I didn't like the idea of plugging into the box and all the issues that would bring up! So he put 2 different plugs in that are only supplied by the generator. With both my Dh and Mom on hospice, getting them out and to a evacuation center would be a joke. So this allows me to keep us home and going till help comes or I go stark raving mad! Which ever comes first............ Their on their own if it's the later! LOL But the Casita is my second line of disaster prep.
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I'm not at all prepared. I don't even know where the duct tape is.
LOL!!

Points for honesty!
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:57 PM   #28
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...the most important preperation is your mind. you can't posibly have something that will cover every problem that comes up, you have to be able to think your way out of trouble.
I totally agree, your brain (and a little prayer) are the best equipment you can have but I would add to have a plan for what you can anticipate.

In a diaster your brain is not in the best state to formulate a plan. Brain sort of grabs what it thinks is best match for situation. Half the people when a plane crash lands attempt to get their luggage because that is "what you do" when leaving a plane and they do know they should leave.

People call the front desk in hotel when the can smell smoke and the fire alarm goes off because they know there is a problem and calling front desk is again "what you do" by default for a problem in a hotel.

Folks who take a minute to plan how they will get out of a plane or hotel do much better at surviving. If brain already "knows" exit plan brain will pull that action up as best match for getting out of there.

When it comes to trailer camping the people who plan what to do for a blow out, brake failure, deer in the road or tornado warning while camping are going to have a better chance at coming through those diasters. Those people can do what John said, think about the unexpected and details because they already have a basic plan.
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