“This is a guest post by Tom Tinker and entry in our non-fiction writing contest – where you could win $100 cash. (This contest ends on June 5 2011 so get busy)”
A stream of thought examination of the preparations I have made and skills I have, or truly hope I do.
Where to start? Ah yes…. I tend toward the run on sentence. Tag along… like I said its ‘stream o thought’. What are we talking about here! We are talking about the scary lack of.. or the actual ton of.. Food you’ve got stored away, the Camping Equipment, the extra 20 sets of cotton sweats in the closet, that hardware store we paid for and stuffed in our one care garage or.. the Mini-ER room you have tucked away in food saver bags.. The extra generator, Solar panels.. The cord of wood.. and you don’t have a fireplace.. Yea.. Need I say… the Guns & Ammo! We have this ‘stuff’. All this stuff… but can we put it to it’s intended uses? To start the argument off, lets limit the ‘stuff’ in question cause MD has limited space in here! Lets also agree… to disagree and cut and paste the general drift here to fit you.. Me.. and what we know.. Or don’t.
Not so much… ‘how much’ but What! Balanced basic food groups… Ok! Fine in the long run. Boring as all shucks up front. Long term, post-event, storage is a subject for a posting of it’s own. Here and now… ask yourself an honest question! Do you really think your going to jump from the standard American modified junk food diet to whole grain, freeze dried beans, powdered milk and Tang bliss? What will that do to your bowels and how big is you stock of TP.. clean water and ‘Handy Wipes’? Would stocking a growing supply of ‘wet packed’… canned… food be in order first? Freeze dried? Food you eat. Food the Kids eat….. Have you… we…. looked at the serving sizes on the labels of what we stock… the Calorie count per serving! What mix of protein, carbos, vitamins …. minerals are in the stuff? How many cans-o-what make a meal we will eat? Can I keep an Eight year old alive on what I have stored….. a healthy… brain active… burns calories like a firestorm ‘ 8 ‘ year old? Crappolla… calories! 2000, 2500, 3K a day… a week..a month. Oui.. Gotta get busy.
Get a load of the ‘food’ calculators at the web sites posted on your left and right. Find a Mormon Relief Society Sister. Is there going to be Chocolate if TEOTWAWKI comes to pass or you get laid off? You are right if you are thinking I’m talking about the preps of a city dweller. (Enter fracktured quote of the Bard here) ..We few.. we happy few… we happy band of.. preppers do not all own the dirt to grow much of anything do we? Me.. I build pine boxes, compost and stack old tires. (See the smiling lady with the carrots to your right) The right or wrong here is, if you know you cannot grow ‘it’ ….. are you storing what somebody told you to or what your Going To Eat when the Schumer is flung from the fan blades? Do you have three (3) methods of cooking, heating, baking what you have put in stock? The fuel(s)…? Is that what the cord of wood is for? ( see, Rocketstove.or! g Stovetec.net Treehugger.com )
This is the right blog and Choir box to ask….. How much? Where is it? How do I store that much? How do I filter, clean, boil, treat what I can get? Ask yerself, are you the one that has enough ‘Pool Shock’ on the back porch to sterilize Lake Erie…. but no extra coffee filters are ya? Do you own more than (1) bedded & scoped 300 Winchester Magnum but nothing called Britta or Berky? Can you Google “slow sand water filter systems of the third world”? ( Slowsandfilter.org, Shared-source-initiatives.com ) Do your down spouts cycle through a rain barrel? (see, Amazon.com TractorSupply.com google rain barrels. ) How many “WaterBricks” will fit under the bed in your apartment? There is a fella on the YouTube blogs that loves his Rum & Coke… and stores water in the empties along his wall! Water… the questions… What do I need? How many sources do I have? Filters, commercial or home made, 3 of em… humm? Do you have 3 sources and filter systems?! Why am I stuck on 3s? Cause you’ve heard this one before. “One is none and two will do but three will see you through.” or something like that.
Right where your at…. Few of us live in the location we know we would need to be…. Few of us could make it ‘there’ with even close to what it may take to be… allowed… to stay.. where.. we ran out of gas. And now for the good part. Some of us can only see the distant glow of the city. For those of us living in the glow… Shelter is what you live in now. Have you considered networking with in your church group? With your extended Family? Do you have room for the family that shows up at.. your door? There is a ‘self storage’ site east of my town that rents ‘man caves’ by the square foot, inside a chain link and barb wired fence….? Bugging in… is a prepper term for ‘shelter in place’. Bugging out… is a subject better covered in one of M.D.s older posts ( look to your right.. Yep MDs house trailer and Paladinpress.com )
Health and Sanitation
Yepper I bought M.D.s CD ( MDs TEOTWAWKI and I feel fine ) and I printed out the part on the what, where, when, why and how of… poop! (Have I mentioned the 36 roll packages of TP and CostCo. Nice deal!) I agree with M.D. Keep the poop as far away from the water as you can. What do you have in your stores to clean yourself… the kids… Grandmother! Do you wash before meals or when treating minor cuts? Ladies… Are you still… enrolled in Mother Natures, Gift of the month Club?
Did you know that many a Hollywood Actor and Actor..ess use “Preparation H” to subdue crows feet and… other things? Do you have an in depth first aid bag at the house? ( Z-medica.com Amazon.com see suture kits.) Heres a thought, In Ohio, EMT-1 training is twice a week, 4 hours a night for 16 weeks plus assorted ‘OJT’ as assigned. The Red Cross does not actually teach ‘first aid’ so much as they suggest who to call! Check it out for CPR for sure… You will… have to seek out true training and understanding of how and what to do to ‘treat’ yourself and others.
I have collected a fair selection of ‘instruments’ and learned what to do with them. I have ‘nurtured’ good relationships with my primary care givers and have somehow found a source for Rx ‘none pain’ meds. I have four Tractor Supply stores around the belt way of my town… they all have a fair supply of Vet grade meds. and equipment. Note: Ragnar Benson is not a Doctor or…an Idiot.. and Paladin press says so. (Again.. Look to your right.. Yep Paladinpress.com See “…Where there is no…” Dr. or DDS, etc. See also PatriotNurse.com on YouTube. TDIOhio.com Click logo, click courses, click EM MED ) Ask the Choir down in the comments below!
Ah yes me Orcs and Orcses…. the Guns&Ammo. When, in the course of human events, I hold this truth to be self evedent. That what you choose to arm yourself with is as personal a thing as are the reasons why you drive a GMC and not a Fiat, wear high top boots or paint your nails… odd colors! Do me a favor… please. Look to your left and boot up one of MDs old posts on the subject. Ask… Oh Gawd…for an opinion on ‘fire arms’ in here and yehaw… you will hear us up in the Choir loft sing out! Consider the advise that has been posted in here already… Hey now, this is me talking not Jeff Cooper’s ghoast… start simple… start when you can afford quality. Caution: A wasted… ‘choice’.. of arms can cover the cost of an entire years supply of rice, wheat, or canned spam for a good number of humans and pets. Get training… Here is a loaded… question: Would you say a half an hour every few weeks… 7 yards away from a nice …motionless… piece of paper.. is honest weapons training?
State mandated CCW classes have a point to them. They are.. designed to provide the minimum class and range training required by you State legislature to obtain the ‘Permit to Carry’. In no way should any of us begin to think or ‘feel’ we are trained in the use of deadly force having only completed CCW training. ( got endless cash, see Thunderranch.com TDIOhio.com Sigsaueracademy.com and should you have more time and money… Gunsite.com or google the folks that bought out Blackwater North.) Train with what you have chosen, then train some more. Yepper I hear ya…. Whozz got that kind of cash?? IDPA has you ‘covered’. Attend or Join an IDPA outfit in your state and practice with what you carry. Warm up to a two or three gun event! ( IDPA.com ) Train as you will fight and you will… fight as well as you trained.
Oh yes and ever so important… ‘know’ Yea understand… the legal ramifications of using the ‘arms’ you own… for the very reasons! you own them! SHTF means more than a break down of the social / economic order. Hear me now, believe me later… every time a round leaves the muzzle…. a lawyer’s cell phone rings. Why!? Cuz in the real world there is no free fire zone as long as there is one… Barney Fife that can call for back up. (Insert humorous one liners) … You have the right to remain silent… do that! You have the right to call the number on the back of the phone book in the holding cell… and you had better before you open your mouth. If you have any money now you will have much less of it if you need to call the smiling face on the back of the phone book. Don’t let my rye humor prevent you form aquiring the skills and tools you may need to save your skin or the skin of those you love…. Post event… or in a Wal-mart parking lot this week end.
Yes, I am somewhat abstract but M.D. said I could be.. and besides…. you guys in here are the ‘Choir’ for Gawds sake. If your new to this blog dare I Quoth the Bard… “… what is it thy would seek? If ought of woe or wonder cease thy search..” Relax…chill… You Are in the right place, read on, ask the question, no matter what, down in the comments section…. If I have not supplied a web link or a broad enough hint in my prose, beat me and kick me… twaz not my intent! Juz tryen to shake the bush.
This TEOTWAWKI / SHTF stuff can get serious. Prepping for what our perceptions of IT will demand of us, can be put down on paper.. and prepped for to the best of our budgets and abilities. Many a time the Host of this Blog has scribed to the effect..affect… “… if you’ve done only this ( see his old post, 10 things to do now) you are well ahead of the herd..” Nothing may happen but a prudent soul prepares…Or words to that end. Visit often. Take notes. Ask in here and ye shall likely get answer(s). Set your… ‘Nail’ in the prepping culture and lay on MacDuff.
And so ends this tome of Tom the Tinker. If there are any questions, comments, requests for resume or death threats, please feel free to list them all in the comments section below.
( Did I mention that in grade school I thought ‘grammar’ was a sweet brown cracker and that ‘Spelling’ was the last name of a TV producer in Burbank?:-) )