Posted by: L | October 19, 2009

Long Term Wool Storage


As most people who have wool items know, Moths love to eat wool. Protecting your wool clothing and other items is important, you may really need all those wool blankets come winter, only to find holey moth-eaten rags.

I came across this idea for “nitrogen packing” grain using airtight containers and Dry Ice, which i think will work for storing wool too. Moths can’t breathe without oxygen, just like us!

Wool is bulky, so you may want to use clean, air-tight-sealable 55 gallon drums. Put your blankets or clothing in then add your dry ice. You may want to set it on a plastic plate to avoid freeze-damaging your top items. Put the lid on loosely and wait for the evaporating Dry Ice to displace all the oxygen. Then quickly seal your container before the oxygen has a chance to get back in.

This is also good for Knitters and Spinners who want to preserve and protect some of their long-term yarn and wool stash.

Posted by: L | October 11, 2009

Earthbag Home Building


You’re gonna need to build some permanent housing once you’ve chosen a location. Can’t leave the kids out in the cold!

Earthbag home building is labor intensive, but not difficult, and doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment. At most you’s need bags, Sand bags or poly feed bags, shovels, buckets, a couple tampers to pack the bags down, and maybe some barbed wire to lay between the layers to prevent slipping. Easy enough to stash some where and the rest of the materials can be “dug up”.

You may also want an Earthbag building book or two, sealed in plastic, to help figure out construction.

Posted by: L | October 2, 2009

Knitting


Knitting is somewhat popular now, but it will be a necessity later when clothes are no longer available from the shops. Any yarn shop will be happy to help you choose some basic tools to learn with and even help you get started.

Most knitters end up stashing yarn whether they are preparing for the end of civilization or not, so no worries there. Large (like the ginormous ones) ziplock bags are recommended for storing your stash so it will survive AND be easy to load into your bug-out vehicle.

Wool and Alpaca yarns are recommended for their warmth even when wet, with the alpaca being the less allergenic of the two. Synthetics are ok, but go for the wool if you can. Cotton should only be used for summer as it does not hold heat when wet. Good for summer but bad for winter.

If you keep a few sheep or angora goats you’ll have a supply of fiber for making more yarn. An alpaca would be nice, but they are big and may be hard to keep fed.

Posted by: L | October 1, 2009

Storing fresh eggs


On Survival Blog there is a short post about how to store fresh eggs for up to 2 years. Lots of useful posts over there, but this one is very useful for those planning to keep chickens.

This, and petroleum jelly’s use as an aid in starting campfires, is a good reason to stock up on it. Won’t be any shops to go buy some in an emergency later.

Posted by: L | September 29, 2009

Electricity


Power plants and other public utilities are likely to be destroyed in the cataclysms and the employees who know how to run them won’t be worrying about going to work.

If you want electricity you’ll have to figure out how to produce it yourself. Some options are solar power, wind, and hydro-electric generators. There may be other ways that I don’t know of yet.

Solar is not likely to be a good option with all the gloom and low-flying clouds.

Wind Power could be a good option, if you set it up right. But you need to take it down in severe winds or risk yopur equipment breaking. So little or no power when there is no wind or too much wind.

Hydro-Electric is another idea that may work if you have a good strong current or a waterfall near by.

Of course, these all need to be researched and the necessary instructions and tool stored in your stash. Parts could possibly be scavenged, either from a dump, landfill, or abandoned vehicles.

Once you’re set up with some power you could run lights for an indoor hydroponics garden, an indoor tank for farming fish, or maybe a small fridge needed for storing medicines.

Posted by: L | September 25, 2009

Making Clothing


There will be no factories making clothes after worldwide disaster. People will have to learn how to make their own clothes. Spinning fiber, weaving, knitting, crochet, sewing, felting, and other ways of making cloth will need to be learned.

All these skills will be considered valuable again once the old clothes begin wearing out and falling apart.

If you already know some of these skills, teaching others will help. Also, you may want to learn other skills, as a teacher will be in demand at that time.

Tools that are needed for these crafts should also be stocked as they may be hard to find even now. Think about it, how many spinning wheels have you seen at Wal*Mart or hobby Lobby?

Books on these subjects need to be stashed too, visual materials are a big help and some show how to make the tools needed like hand spindles and weaving looms.

Posted by: L | September 25, 2009

Initial Shelter


The first thing you’ll want to do once the worst is over is travel to higher ground and set up camp while you regroup.

A small tent that is easy to carry should be with your bug-out bag. Somewhere near your planned safe area should be several stashed tents, GP smalls or GP mediums from a military surplus store are good. Don’t hide them all in one place in case looters find one of your stashes.

Set up your bug-out tent first to shelter your supplies, the children, the elderly, and the sick or injured. Then you can work on recovering one of your larger tents and setting it up.

Most people won’t have prepared, but be willing to take in survivors if they are willing to be productive members of your camp. There will be lots to do… keeping the children calm, taking care of the sick and those in shock, setting up camp, finding any supplies nearby.

Posted by: L | September 23, 2009

Goats


Considering the fact that goats will eat almost anything and they are small, they would be easy to keep. They would need to be herded around the area because keeping them penned in one place will not work. They would eat everything in their pen area.

However, I was thinking that crossing Dairy goats with angora goats might possibly result in hybrid goats that produce both milk and wool for making into clothing.

Cows are too big and you might not find enough food for one. Sheep could also be used, as they are currently milked in some parts of the world.

Posted by: L | September 23, 2009

Farming Mushrooms


I have found online that edible mushroom growing kits are available. Not only are they fun to try, but when your kit has finished producing mushrooms you can use what is left in the box to seed the area around your refuge area.

It is estimated to be dark, gloomy, and rainy for about 25 years after the cataclysm. Excellent mushroom growing weather. If you don’t know where you will end up, just save your used mushroom kit and take it with you.

Once you have chosen a spot to settle, find a nearby area to spread the stuff in the kit. Choose one you won’t build on or trample. The kit will seed the area with the mushrooms and after a while you will see them starting to sprout. Keeping the instructions from the kit will help.

Posted by: L | September 22, 2009

Hello world!


Recently I was awoken to the fact that the End of the World as We Know It is coming up soon. You know that stuff mentioned in Revelations in the Bible? Some of it has been happening and the rest will likely happen soon.

Are you going to prepare?

Or will you sit in shock waiting for rescue that isn’t coming?

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