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Messages - Grog

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Your Survival Tales / Re: Just got Old
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:19:52 PM »
Question for everyone, which is the better gift on inheritance, Knowledge, skills, or physical items, Gold/Silver, hand tools, books, etc?

Oh, Yeah, Happy Prosperous and Healthy New Year, and if you celebrate, belated Merry Christmas and Hanukah?

Survival Reference / Re: Reference for soft survival skills
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:11:34 PM »
Technology thought, if you have a cell phone and the right apps, what about USB cables for flashdrive to phone powered by either crank light system or mini solar panel?

Granted Hurricanes are not good for solar power generation.

Other Items / Hygiene equipment a few thoughts
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:02:59 AM »
Consider a 5 gallon capacity bucket, scrub brush(Like vegetables, but for cleaning under your grunked up under your finger or toe nails.
Nail clippers, manually operated hair clippers(Admit dang hard to find) soap or detergent safe for babies (Lava Soap does not meet this criteria, however a few bars may be a very good thing).

At least one extra box of large reinforced trash bags, scrub board, and plunger, borax and powder not liquid detergent.
N-95 masks,Gloves, dish type, Goggles and N95 masks, if you need to conduct autopsy of animals.

Tyvek coveralls, and Wellington style boots (NOT FOR CBRNE Protection)

Make that 3 sets of surgical tools, and a pressure cooker (Improvised sterilizer)

Shovel, pick axe, quicklime, map of area and compass, build an outhouse at least 300 yards from the edge of running water. Cholera is an epic survival fail.

Rat/Mouse traps, Water Filters , while purification tablets will work after about 6 weeks of continuous use the good bacteria in your gut will start to die off.

Consider Vinegar and Orange oil for general cleaning of hard surfaces.

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:30:53 AM »
Anything that is useful, practical and earned through sweat equity, rather than FRNs has to be a rocking good deal.

Maybe with bolts and washers, you could make legs so the tripod could be packed up in that trailer of yours and you could still do some cooking.

Your Survival Tales / Re: Prep Fauilures
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:42:28 PM »
Canunk in denver,

Thanks, however this happened about 8 or more years ago, so not recent. I hoped this was going to be an interesting concept and discussion about what went wrong, so others do not have to pay the tuition in life for some of the education.

Your Survival Tales / Prep Fauilures
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:35:36 PM »
This is a NON blame post, more like a "Dang, I messed that up hardcore post.

I had Home Owners Insurance, fire boxes for the important papers and carriers for the two cats, at the time (NO, sorry No dogs).
I had an escape plan, a meet up plan ans had resourced places to shelter/house both humans and pets, or so I thought,

What I DID NOT think about, was  the event something happened, (House fire from a 2nd hand freezer) shorting out, burning the house and having two cats there, while I was at work and my spouse at the time being out of town.

The first cat was rescued by some nice neighbors, the second I had to locate, which i did. trying to confirm that , Yes pets could be co located in a motel , where I had previously, had checked before, revealed a big NO.
No, at that tome, I did not think to look elsewhere, offering to pay the folks who had rescued the first cat, to , for a 2 to 3 day period, take care of both cats. Thank you for having neighbors,as I had made friends with their dogs, Boomer and Luna.

I did mange , through insurance as a home owner at the time, to get the cats settled in a semi permanent place with then my wife and recover, along with the Fire boxes of important contacts and documents, with Insurance, we survived , although there were failures.

Hopefully you will all learn from my mistakes, avoiding the same stuff.

Tractors and Equipment / Re: A BIG EQUIPMENT SCORE
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:01:34 AM »
That brings up a good points. IF it is used equipment, know how to maintain it and if possible get someone you can trust to go in with you reducing costs.

One thing to consider, if you get it how ooften will you use it? No point in buying something if you are only using it once and then it gets rusty bemong something other than your treasure from anoter's trash as it were.

Granted, if you can repair/ refurbish things like farm equipment, you could have a good thing going on for either selling outright or for a barter ecomony, even if shtf does not happen.

For your edged hand tools. Files, stones and repair parts like axe handles, with safety gear like safety glassses, gloves and the like.

IN another post someone mentioned having a sharpening kit with 3 colored hanlded stones with guides. I strongly suspect he has a Lanksy brand sharpening set. I have owned one for manyh yearss. A to the file? That works great for keeping your shovel in top form.

WHen you get these tools, practice with them but be safe. Injuries now can be handled in the E.R, but if stuff hist the ffan, there may not be an E.R. to get to. An ounce of preventions is better than a pound of cure is not a cliche, it is a fact.

BTW what about those with special needs? Walkers or the like? IF traveling on foot say due to washed out roads ot the like, what plans or items would one stock up on? Caches might work, providing that one;s caches were along the intentded route of travel.

Jerry D Young mentions game carts and puts them to good use in his stories. LOcally I have seen young mothers with two kids and groceries using the public light rail systen to get basics done. Hoever the light rain uses electrical power. I can walk where ever I need to go as long as there is some infrastructure in tact.

YOur comments and thought are appreciated.

another thought crossed my mind, Data back ups. WIth the advancement of technology, consider putting more of your information files on to usb drives, the small ones. add these to your kit or stach, with the poptoinal data / power systmes, you could use a smallish solar charger to read the drive on you mobile and resouerce or reference the material sans a full blown computer.

Just a thought.

72 Hour / Grab & Go / Emergency Kits / Re: Kits and preparedness
« on: October 20, 2015, 12:39:08 PM »
I was going over my supplies and kits, like tools and first aid items. THis got me to thinking. (Okay alert claxon is now off after going Battle Stations) :)

Consider dual purpose items, eg Female hygiene pads, unscented for the original and secondary use as improvised dressings.
Duct tape or the like with a few trshbags, makes a good improvised dressing for sucking chest wounds.  Salt and sugar in maybe one ounce vials for emergency re hydration not just for flavoring. Additional 550 or para cord for lashing ot the tying of splints into position. Clean rags for cushioning, TP use or the like.

One thing that occured to me, The pool treatment chlorine tablets. IF you think about it, that will chorinate a large amunt of water so unless you are working on the 500 gallon level or better, remember that the concentration will be a hacke of a lot bigger than the typical water purifiation atabs.

Sewing kit, add heavier thread and canvas needles, No not for sutures, well okay maybe in a really bad situation, but clothing and equipment repair.

Quart and gallon sized zip locking bags. and more thantwo ways to make a fire. WHile it may sound odd a small shovel in the aid kit may be yuseful if you do not have  hazmat containers for blody or blooded insturments a truiple bagged and wel buried place to dispose of said material my be sueful.

Just my 2 cents Oh and sorry for being away for so long.

Not so much BOB, but transportation. For the young ones, Ponder a Gamr cart or the like,

Kids and gear to get where ever, may be a energy saver, when the kids get tired, load up and go.
Cabella store on line may be a resource, check with Jerry D. Young on the forum, he is a better knowledge source/SME on game carts.

May or may not fit your transport needs if the BOV fails,

First Aid and other Medical Kits / Re: Surgical / suture Kits
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:57:12 AM »
Per the video, do not forget antiseptics and clean cloths, maybe vac bagged with the surgical stuff to help reduce infection, Granted this is a time and condition consideratioin, The old adage an ounce of prevention being better to a pund of cure.

First Aid and other Medical Kits / Suturing, how to
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:21:25 PM »
With kits and other tools, we all are aware at some point, of training.

Here is a good resource, the gentleman is a retired MD, aka Dr. Bones of Dr Bones and  Nurse Amy, here is a URL that might be useful ,

First Aid and other Medical Kits / Re: Surgical / suture Kits
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:12:23 PM »

A link on how to suture

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