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Berkey Light Water Filter Overview

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 31, 2010 Comments Off

Over the past few months I have been putting a lot of thought into the “safe drinking water after a disaster” topic. My personal solution is divided into 3 stages:

Short Term – this is your bottled water. Regardless if its 1 pint plastic bottles, or 55 gallon drums, this is your short term solution.

Mid Term – This is something like a berkey water filter system – where you can take water from a river, lake, pond, or steam, filter it and make it safe to drink.

Long Term – private well. You have your own private water supply of safe drinking water.

For this article we will be discussing the Berkey Light Water Filter, which was supplied by Red Barn Workshop.

Over the past few months I have been seeing people talk about the Berkey line of filters, now I understand what the hype is about. Overall, I am impressed with the unit, how simple it works and how simple the design is. The filters use gravity to pull the water through them. This means that no external pressure has to be applied – which is great for a survival situation. With any pressure system – something is required to supply the pressure, such as a pump, every pressure system has to have some kind of seal to hold the pressure in,,,, this all means there is more stuff to fail and break. One of the good things about the Berkey water filter system – the only moving part is the faucet.




Urban survival and safe drinking water

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 21, 2010 Comments Off

Over the past few weeks I have been putting a lot of thought into the availability of safe drinking water in an urban survival situation. Its not enough to have access to “water”, when its not safe to drink.

Its common knowledge that people require food, water and shelter to live. From those three points it breaks down into sub categories. Such as what kind of food, what kind of shelter and what kind of water.

I have decided to break my water preps into 3 simple phases based on the amount of safe drinking water you have access to – short term, mid term, long term.




Haiti and the 3 day food supply

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 17, 2010 Comments Off

On January 12th, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit about 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The Haitians are now 5 days into the disaster, and relief efforts are being stifled by damage done to the cities infrastructure. If we listen to FEMA, they suggest we keep 3 days of food and  [ Read More ]




Hybrid Shake Flashlight Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 15, 2010 Comments Off

One thing about a shake flashlight – you do not have to worry about the batteries going out. A few days ago I was watching one of those TV shows about survival. The guy in the show was talking about urban survival in a post apocalyptic world.

While scavenging through a building, the star of the show was talking about his flashlight, which was a maglight that used D sized batteries. There was a mention of looking out for batteries for the flashlight. My thought was – why not use a shake flashlight? That way your not dependent on batteries.

Instead of having to rely on disposable batteries, look into getting a few hand crank – shake flashlights. That way you do not have to worry about scavenging batteries.

Please post your comments in the Hybrid Shake Flashlight Review thread of the forums. Special thanks goes to ReadyPro.org for supplying the flashlight for this review.




Stockpiling food for SHTF

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 14, 2010 0 Comments

There is an interesting thread in the Survivalist Forum about Food Preps. Some of the topics being discussed are stockpiling canned goods, stockpiling dried or vacuum sealed foods, buying MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), canning your own food, stockpiling family sized or #10 cans of food, or something else.

Regardless of how much food you stockpile, its impossible to stockpile enough food for a lifetime.

Here is what my food preps look like:

Canned goods bought from local grocery store
Dried foods – dried beans, dried rice, and the such stored in mylar bags
MREs and Eversafe meals
Stockpiling as much seed as possible – beans, peas, corn, squash, okra, radishes,,, only to name a few.
Food stored in #10 cans
Freeze dried food in pouches with a 7 year life span




Food sources in a post apocalyptic world

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 13, 2010 0 Comments

Lets discuss food sources in a post apocalyptic world. Survivalist have a wide range of ideas on how to get food in a post apocalyptic world. Some of these ideas cover everything from living a hunter-gather lifestyle, to living off of food stocks until society recovers, to farming and gardening. Lets take a look at some of these ideas and make some comparisons.

The plans that each Survivalist has will vary widely depending on actual experience and training. The plans range from the very well thought out and tested plans, to spur of the moment ideas.




Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 12, 2010 0 Comments

When looking for a daypack, or lightweight pack for an overnight trip, there are 2 packs that should be seriously considered – and that is the Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II. This is not about which pack is the better between the two, but which one will suite your needs the best.

Each pack has something different to offer. So lets do an overview of each pack, look at what they have to offer, then compare tht to what the needs are.

Lets start out with a basic overview of the Maxpedition Falcon-II and Pygmy Falcon-II




Example of a Personal Survival Kit

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 11, 2010 Comments Off

A Personal Survival Kit is a kit that has been customized to what your personal needs are. The kit can be customized for urban survival, hiking and camping, or included in your get home bag. For backpacking, these kits are great for organizing your smaller items- such as extra batteries, memory cards, tape, pencil or pen, and paper. For urban survival, you can keep most of the same examples as for backpacking, but include some street maps, phone numbers, USB jump drive,,, and whatever else you want.




2012 and extinctions every 27,000 years

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 10, 2010 Comments Off

Before we begin, there is one issue that needs to be addressed – and that is the so called “scientific community” not being able to agree when early human species have gone extinct.  So look at this article as opinion and not as fact. In December 2012 there is supposed to be a “galactic alignment”  [ Read More ]




Vargo triad titanium alcohol stove review

Posted by Kevin Felts On January 9, 2010 Comments Off

Back in my teenage years (1982 – 1986), when I was camping in the woods and marshes of Southeast Texas, a typical meal on a camping trip was some Wolf brand chili, vienna sausages,,,,, canned goods which were bulky and heavy. This was mostly because the cans were opened, then warmed up over the coals of the camp fire.

In the 1990s I was getting a little tired of packing cans in and out of the woods – and so were my camping buddies. One of the guys in the group bought a single burner stove that used a 1 pound propane cylinder. It was a trade off, the weight of the propane bottle replaced the weight of the cans. But now we could carry dried foods, such as noodles.