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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Long Term Water Storage, Getting Well Water Without Electric

Poor Man Survival

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"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."

-- A. A. Milne


   Where we live in MI all it seems to do is rain or snow…we experienced record amounts of snowfall this year and it is expected to rain every day for coming four days…just in time to put a damper on our annual community wide garage sale.


Ironically, despite being surrounded by the largest repository of fresh water on the planet, we pay some of the highest water rates in the nation, 110% more than what I paid in the desert Southwest!  Of course, crooked politicians are the blame here.  Really, this is what our local bureau-twits repeatedly tell me, after all, the water comes from the Detroit Water Works!  We’re blessed to have a well at our mini-farm but drilling a new well here in the ‘city’ would cost us nearly $10,000!


Considering that most disasters can cause serious disruptions in the water supply and the importance of water for survival, putting in a well is a great idea. Of all the possible sources for water, having a well on your own property is the most secure source you can have. Even so, if the grid goes down, that water could be out of your reach, if you don’t take the right precautions.

There are two basic types of wells — shallow wells and deep wells.


Long-term Water Storage for Survival

The Art of Manliness blog has a detailed article on long-term water storage options for disaster preparedness. This is a great piece to bookmark since water is one of those things that too many people neglect, but that’s critical in any kind of emergency. Back when I lived in California, we lived right the Hayward fault. The zone literally ran behind our house in Berkeley. We always had two full 55 gallon water storage barrels on-hand, which we picked up from Costco. Specifically, we had the BPA-free Nutristore Deluxe barrels, and while we thankfully never had to use them, they were worth if for peace of mind. I actually hate that we didn’t have room in the moving trailer for them, so we had to leave them behind — not that we need them here, as our new house has a 1,000 gallon rainwater catchment tank in the back, courtesy of the previous owners.




Hair Conditioner

I use vinegar as conditioner for my hair. It also controls my dandruff. I work a few ounces into my scalp and hair. Leave it in for a minute and then rinse well.



Does Your Family Have a Firearms Survival Plan?

As you know, the federal government has been trying enact tougher gun control laws since Obama took office. While those have mostly failed to get Congressional approval, the administration has turned to other tactics to make it more difficult to access guns and ammo. This means you need a firearms survival plan to protect your family and property after a crisis. You can learn more at:


The Pros and Cons of Ready-Made Survival Kits                  

Are they worth it?

Ready-made survival kits, in theory, seem like a smart idea. Usually created by established companies to appeal to the layperson or an amateur survivalist, survival kits are intended to be a one-stop-shop for everything you need in the event of a disaster or emergency. Common pre-made kits include first aid kits (FAKs) or bug-out bags (some are food-focused, whereas others are made specifically for vehicles). But there are some downsides to purchasing a kit that promises to cover all the bases for you.





In the summer of 2000, Les Stroud started something that would change the way people looked at documentary filmmaking, wilderness, and life. But before all that it changed him. Les knew there was only one true way to film survival experience if he wanted to share it...

He had to do it alone. This meant no camera crew, no safety line, taking himself far into remote area and left alone to his own devices, without water, no food, no survival gear, just a backpack full of camera equipment with which to record the survival ordeal.



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