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TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 12

Day 12. The question for today is, “What do you need to feel “Normal” in an emergency and how much does “Normal” cost”?

We all have different capacities of how much shortage and or suffering we can deal with. I’m going to give you my basic list of what my wife and I need to […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 9

Day 9. I wanted to cover Rain Water collection and usage, since that has been the main preparedness event over the past 24 – 48 hours

I first have to admit I was wrong. In my post on Day 7, I said I might get 10 gallons of water from my little 9’ x 7’ […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 7

Day 7. We are only a good night’s sleep and a wake-up from being on the off-grid emergency preparedness test for 1 week. Honestly the first week has gone by pretty fast. Food, water and even power have not been a problem. Power has been something we have to watch. We are running everything off […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 5

Day 5. Thought I would catch you up on how much water we’ve used so far and how the propane and other fuels are doing. Also how the food supply is doing.

First a report on our first extended test of running our furnace off of a generator. In most emergencies natural gas will still […]

TWO WEEKS OFF GRID – DAY 1

It’s the first day of our trial 2-week preparedness test. Not many surprises. The biggest surprise was that our 2000 watt modified sine inverter would not run the microwave on a test run. I don’t think we would have used it all that often because it is such a big power hungry appliance but it […]

WATER – PART 5

Water Purification

Purified water is water with all living micro-organisms removed. This can be accomplished by either temperature or by chemical treatment.

In “Water – Part 4” we covered Water Filtration. Will filtration alone make water safe to drink? The answer is most of the time. As we discussed ceramic filters cannot filter out viruses […]

WATER – PART 4

Water Filtration Make no mistake contaminated water can make you sick and can kill you. There are three major organic contaminates of water; Protozoa, Bacteria, and Viruses. They are all microscopic. Protozoa and their cysts (eggs) are the largest in size at 1-15 microns, followed by bacteria at .2 – 2 microns in size. Viruses […]

WATER – PART 3

Long-Term Water Supply

Inside Water – In “Water – Parts 1 & 2” we talked about storing potable water. Usually everyone can find enough space to store an emergency 30 day supply of water. But what do you do if your apartment or condo just doesn’t have enough space to store an additional 60 -90 […]

WATER - PART 2

30 Days of Emergency Water

Everyone should have 30 days of emergency water stored. The average person living under average conditions needs one gallon of water per day. One gallon is just an average. People, who were completely sedentary in a lifeboat, have lasted weeks on only one quart of water per day. If you […]

WATER - PART 1

Just a reminder to get some water stored. Don’t count on the public water system or the water in your water heater. Start out with a week supply and build up to a 30 day supply.

You can die without water in only 3 days, but most people have more food in their house than […]