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Survival Gear Preps Second Quarter 2012

Stockpiling SHTF Survival GearWhile stockpiling survival gear for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, I think it is important to pause, review, and then move forward. It does no good to stockpile the same thing over and over, while overlooking other essential preps. The changing of the seasons, a new year, or every 3 – 4 months are good times to do reviews.

January, February and March of 2012 were dedicated to buying a Remington 1911 R1, stockpiling 45acp, collecting some some books on chickens, buying some chicks and building my chicken coop. The 1911 is for personal / property defense, and the chickens are for a sustainable food source.

Related Forum ThreadMy Chicken Coop Project

April, May and June of 2012 were dedicated to expanding my ability to purify water, some new cooking gear, expanding my stockpile of brass cased 223, buying some 308 Winchester, diversifying my stockpile of 22 long rifle and expanding my first aid supplies.

Purifying Water

If water purification is not at the top of your long term survival plans, it should be. Without safe drinking water, life as we know it can not exist.

My recent additions were two Berkey black filters and a SteriPen Sidewinder.

The Royal Berkey I keep at the Bug Out Location has 2 black filters. Each filter has a life expectancy of around 3,000 gallons – depending on water quality. With the addition of 2 more filters, I can now filter an estimated 12,000 gallons of water.

Solar Dehydrator Project Part 1

Looking through woods with AR-15Earlier today (June 2, 2012) a buddy of mine and I were talking on the phone about long term food preps. Its one thing to plant a garden, harvest your crops, and have something to eat when the harvest is good. But what about when the garden is not producing, in-between seasons, or during the winter time?

The conversation turned to storing food. Once you harvest your crops, then what?

Pressure cooker are a viable option. For the “long” term you are going to have to stockpile a truckload of jars and extra seals for the jars. But lets not put all of our eggs in one basket.

Part of prepping for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, includes expanding our knowledge. There is the theory of survivalism, and then there is survivalism as an experience.

The purpose of this solar project to gain hands on, first hand experience. Its one thing to “talk” about building a solar dehydrator, its another thing to build and use a solar dehydrator.

After talking with my wife, and getting her opinion, we decided on a few things:

1 – The dehydrator will be built out of material we have at the house. The only thing we bought for the project was some clear plastic.

The purpose of only using material we already have was 1 – to save money, 2 – to see how a dehydrator could be made from basic building materials.

2 – My wife and I bought a couple of different types of fruit to test the dehydrator on: 2 peaches, 2 apples, strawberries and bananas.

On the first test we are going to do one of each type of fruit, just to see how it goes.

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