Man oh man, what a weekend. In a previous article we talked about survivalism as an experience and not a theory. Part of my prepping for SHTF / TEOTWAWKI includes going to the Bug Out Location for a couple of days, taking notes, figuring out what needs to be changed, and going from there.
Its one thing to say, “if the crap hits the fan, this is what I am going to do,,,,”.
Its another thing to put those plans to the test on a regular, or at the very least a semi-regular basis.
In this article we are going to be discussing my observations from the June 30 – July 1 trip. Feel free to share your questions and/or comments.
On Saturday, June 30, 2012 my wife and I loaded up the Tahoe with basic gear, and headed to the Bug Out Location. Some of the stuff we packed included change of clothes, food, ammunition, firearms,, drinks, laptop, cell phone,,, just your basic stuff.
A few hours after arriving at the camp, my wife and I were joined my a buddy of mine, his wife, and their daughter.
Safe Drinking Water – The main problem we faced over the weekend was access to safe drinking water. The water well is not used very often, so the water develops a sulfur smell and taste. Also, the well pump runs off electricity.
During a long term SHTF situation, the well would be pretty much useless.
The well itself was hand dug around 100 years ago. Over the past century soil sediment has been slowly filling the well up. Then there are the leaves that make their way into the well. One time a feral cat fell into the well and died. The cat carcass had to be fished out, then bleach poured into the well.
Sooner or later we will have to drive a new well, and at the very least have a hand pump.