I wanted to share some links.
It helps acquire supplies if we can get them cheap. Here are some things survival mom says keep an eye out for at garage sales.
With no law enforcement, society could deteriorate into chaos if we lack the physical ability to prevent it. Some people take advantage of situations to exploit others. Chaos and rampant misbehavior can even reign at garage sales. Too many people don’t think they must follow rules of civilization if no one enforces order. This is a horrible story of how miscreants ripped off a 93 year old lady at a garage sale. In WROL most people would be just like that poor lady. Incapable of protecting access to their home.
Speaking of cheap. There are Harbor Freight coupons in papers giving a free LED flashlight with any purchase. Get a 50 cent brush. These lights are nice. Just replace the batteries. HF ads/fliers appear in many newspapers.
Here’s a really good article about protecting your eyes. UV light is too easily overlooked.
I suspect the vast majority of serious preppers are big into Do It Yourself (DIY). Preppers want to be self reliant. Being able to maintain your own household systems is part of not being dependent upon others. It can save a ton of money.
Not everybody can repair their own systems. It’s not permitted by law. Here’s an example. In England residents aren’t permitted to do their own electrical wiring.
In America we’re allowed to do our own residential electrical wiring (there could be exceptions). If we own rental property where others live, we’re not allowed to work on those electrical systems unless we’re electricians.
The lawmakers will say this is to protect people from shoddy repairs and to enhance safety. Maybe. Trade groups push for these laws to drive up their profits. They don’t want people to be self sufficient. They want to feel loved and needed. And get us to cut them a big check.
Make no mistake, building code is partly based on safety and it’s partly based on special interest politics. In Minnesota we had a kerfuffle about AAVs for plumbing vents. Air Admittance Valves (AAV) are one-way check valves which allow air to enter a drain pipe. This keeps a vacuum from impeding the drain flow. The check valve prevents sewer gasses from backing up into the home.
The traditional way of venting is to run vent pipes through the roof. This lets gasses from the sewer vent above the home and it allows air to flow into the drain pipe to remove waste. No check valve is needed, just open pipe. Every home should have one vent which terminates above the roof.
What if you add a sink and drain somewhere and it needs venting? AAVs allow you to vent the fixture without running pipes through the roof or connecting into the existing vent system.
In Minnesota we have our own plumbing code. Many plumbing codes exist. There is a uniform plumbing code, an international plumbing code, and others. A maker of AAVs lobbied to allow these devices in Minnesota. The building code was changed. Not so fast. The pipefitters objected to the change. AAVs were disallowed. With AAVs there is less pipe to fit.
My point isn’t to argue the pros and cons of AAVs. Just to show industry politics plays a role in determining building code. The government deciders don’t always only care about your best interests. They care about pleasing the folks who butter their bread.
I could picture a future where no homeowner was ever allowed to do anything in their home. You’d need to call in the professionals.
What DIY things should a person learn?
2) Electrical Wiring
3) Appliance Repair
4) Basic Auto Repair
5) Understand the basics of your HVAC system
Look around your home and life. What systems do you rely on? The more you understand those systems and the more capable you are to fix and maintain them, the more self-sufficient you are.
The poor in America are eating less healthy.
This isn’t surprising. Made apple crisp last season with store-bought apples. Expensive! Makes me want to plant an apple tree. No room for one.
In times of trouble if you’re struggling with “food insecurity,” here’s my advice:
1) Shoot something. Anything. It’s likely edible. Seriously, go deer hunting and fill your freezer.
2) Plant a garden. You’ll have real “organic food.”
3) If allowed in your jurisdiction, look into raising chickens. You’ll eat better than most.
The good thing about these three things is that you’ll learn to secure food without needing to spend a lot of cash. They work even if paper money ceased to exist.
This takes my award for “Dumb Survival Product of the Year.”
I love the Apartment Prepper Blog and free giveaways are great. I had to laugh though with this free give away: A cardboard toilet. Yes, folks, it’s a commercially made cardboard toilet for disaster preppers.
To enter to win: Answer the following question: “What is your biggest concern about hygiene in a disaster?”
My biggest concern is that I wouldn’t have adequate toiletry supplies and would need to poop in a cardboard box. Far too few preppers take pooping seriously. Blog after blog writes about guns, guns, guns. Me too. I’m guilty. How many have made SERIOUS preparations for sewage?
In my book, I write extensively about the sanitation arrangements made by people who must live with their systems daily without the benefits of social infrastructure. Look to people who live on small boats and people who live in RVs. How do they deal with waste? They must maintain their own infrastructure. People who maintain their own septic systems are another source of information for survival retreats. In the woods bugging out, look to the practices of backpackers. They don’t carry cardboard toilets.
In a long-term disaster, chemical toilets won’t keep going forever, but in the short-term, they’re one of the best solutions. How many RV’ers would use a cardboard box?
If you want to bag and dispose of human waste at home, you can line your regular toilet with strong garbage bags. Seal and dispose of the bags. If water is plentiful and your sewer is intact, you can manually add water to the toilet and flush away. Even if water supply lines are damaged or turned off, sewers should keep working during most short-term disasters.
As urban preppers we can tap into the experience of other people, not just preppers, who deal with waste disposal on a regular basis. No need to reinvent the…ah…cardboard toilet.