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mikeschn



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PostPosted: Saturday 3-14-2009 6:56 am    Post subject: Bugout trailer Reply with quote

I put a few notes on my page here about bugging out, and supplies, etc...

http://www.mikenchell.com/weekender/bugout.html

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PostPosted: Saturday 3-14-2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Job Mike.....Alot of very good info. CG
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PostPosted: Sunday 3-15-2009 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a related topic, being prepared for an emergency is more than having food and water put away. A couple of years ago a friend of mine lost her house when wild fires swept through the mountains just west of Carson City. She was able to gather a few important things, but in the excitement didn't get all the items she really wanted and grabbed a few that she would have left behind.

With that in mind there are organizational steps that you can take BEFORE an event that will make recovering your life a bit easier. Consider starting a lit of items that you would absolutely want to take with you, keeping in mind that time and space are always precious in an emergency. On this list you should identify important documents like birth certificates and passports AND where you normally keep them. Some of the effects of high levels of stress can be confusion and perception narrowing. These effects can block you from remembering that your mom's pendant is sitting on the guest room dresser.

One of the things that always comes to mind as being irreplaceable is family photos. They are important and often impossible to replace. In this day of scanners and computers with DVD writers there is no reason to ever lose those images. Scanning your most important photos, writing them to a disk then storing them somewhere safe (like a safe deposit box or with a family member in a different city) just makes sense. Keeping the disks at home does NO good.

So when you start your effort to be prepared, don't just stock up on food and water, but take time to plan. Write out your plan and have it readily available. You won't have time to start up your computer, find some paper to print on...only to find out that your ink cartridge is empty. Frightened

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PostPosted: Sunday 3-15-2009 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joanne wrote:

One of the things that always comes to mind as being irreplaceable is family photos. They are important and often impossible to replace. In this day of scanners and computers with DVD writers there is no reason to ever lose those images. Scanning your most important photos, writing them to a disk then storing them somewhere safe (like a safe deposit box or with a family member in a different city) just makes sense. Keeping the disks at home does NO good.
Joanne


Very good point. the simplest way to deal with the photos and photo copies of papers is to pay for extra space on any of the photo sites. You can mark them private and not one can access them except you and someone you trust. If you are in a situation where you cannot access them, it is good to have a back up person.
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PostPosted: Monday 11-2-2009 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Bugout trailer Reply with quote

mikeschn wrote:
I put a few notes on my page here about bugging out, and supplies, etc...

http://www.mikenchell.com/weekender/bugout.html

Mike...


Great ideas Mike...this is the main reason I bought my teardrop. Have you added anything to this, or added thoughts for more than 3 days?
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mikeschn



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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-3-2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Bugout trailer Reply with quote

Sassy wrote:
mikeschn wrote:
I put a few notes on my page here about bugging out, and supplies, etc...

http://www.mikenchell.com/weekender/bugout.html

Mike...


Great ideas Mike...this is the main reason I bought my teardrop. Have you added anything to this, or added thoughts for more than 3 days?


No I have not yet...

I am planning a new build, which will be for rustic camping, as well as bugging out. That should give me some new material for the bugout page!

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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-3-2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Bugout trailer Reply with quote

Sassy wrote:
mikeschn wrote:
I put a few notes on my page here about bugging out, and supplies, etc...

http://www.mikenchell.com/weekender/bugout.html

Mike...


Great ideas Mike...this is the main reason I bought my teardrop. Have you added anything to this, or added thoughts for more than 3 days?


A lot of us camp for a week or more out of our little trailers. The two things I could see envision would be a shower/potty tent and a "pop up" type canopy with wall panels. I believe that those two items would help make life a bit more comfortable.

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PostPosted: Thursday 5-26-2011 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmb90260 wrote:


Very good point. the simplest way to deal with the photos and photo copies of papers is to pay for extra space on any of the photo sites. You can mark them private and not one can access them except you and someone you trust. If you are in a situation where you cannot access them, it is good to have a back up person.


Another thing you can do is put them on a zip drive or two. Easy to carry in a BOB. I'd also suggest putting them on a dvd and sending copies to relatives in different parts of the country. Unless wholesale devastation happens you'll have a copy.
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PostPosted: Saturday 5-28-2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, it reminded me that it is time to renew our possibles boxes. We live on the coast of SC with a large body of salt water (miles by miles) about 150 yards behind our house and our kitchen floor is 13 feet above mean high water. Are you thinking hurricanes? We do.

Even with a place to go, (one of the daughters, 3 1/2 hours away) we still keep supplies. One evacuation took 18 plus hours to make that same trip.
Don't plan on getting there and then loading up on supplies, you might need them, as we did, along the road.

We have tried to be prepared for well over 30 Years. One of the first mistakes I made was to make a box that was way to heavy. Now we have three good plastic boxes that stay packed and ready to go. We do an annual replacement of contents as necessary. Each box has specific contents, one box contains food. A real nice can opener, not a backpacking model is a must. Wrong time to cut yourself on a can.

With the wifes diabetes and the possibilities of being stranded along the road for a while, I always keep a five day cooler loaded with water, snacks, etc. The cooler helps protect from the hot vehicle, works well.

I would love to make (like I need something else to do) one of the tear drop trailers like some of you have made. That is not an option now.
Wife couldn't use it. I do have a custom utility trailer that will go with us
for addition supplies, chain saw, gas cans, propane tanks, etc. I have dutch oven firepans that mount on the sides.

One of the smarter moves was to buy a PETT, Portable Environmental Toilet and disposable supplies for it. This is a really well made device and works well.

Thanks to Camp-cook, I have added to my evac list. The first time I fired up the Discada I told my wife that it will go with us. Sometimes having community cooking equipment really helps. After Hurricane Hugo, I helped the Red Cross deliver supplies. I can't forget arriving at one school with food supplies for 300 and finding out we wern't told that they had no way of cooking. The school cafeteria did not have power. That still hurts.

That is one of the driving forces in collecting an otherwise ridiculous amount of cooking equipment.

At our last DO cookout, a lady said that she wanted to be near us when we have the next hurricane.

She will have to be ready to travel! Our evacuation plans go like this, watch the weather, gas up and load up, leave before ordered, stop at the end of the driveway and take down the sign to Old Field (our place) say a prayer for safety in travels and strengh to come back to nothing and start over again. So far we have returned and only needed repairs.

Sorry this is so long, hope I am the only wind bag any of us have to deal with this year. Laughing

Lostjohn




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PostPosted: Monday 12-29-2014 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catalytic heaters do not give off CO2. There is no flame in a catalytic heater. Yes you need an open flame for initial startup but the heat comes from a chemical reaction between propane an a piece of platinum metal.
this is why they are widely used in tents during camping trips.
I have been a disaster specialist and a disaster preparedness instructor since 1978.
If any one has any questions about disasters or disaster preparedness fell free to contact me.
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PostPosted: Thursday 1-1-2015 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hickorychip wrote:
Catalytic heaters do not give off CO2. There is no flame in a catalytic heater. Yes you need an open flame for initial startup but the heat comes from a chemical reaction between propane an a piece of platinum metal.
this is why they are widely used in tents during camping trips.
I have been a disaster specialist and a disaster preparedness instructor since 1978.
If any one has any questions about disasters or disaster preparedness fell free to contact me.


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It's good to have an experienced and knowledgeable person on board with us. Personally, I would love to hear more about the basics of being prepared. Not so much like the "end of the world" preppers we often see on TV, but more the common sense steps in case of a natural or man-made disaster.

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PostPosted: Friday 1-2-2015 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Joanie,
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I would love to hear more about the basics of being prepared.


hickorychip, how about some posts on the basic, a written reference for us

Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Sunday 1-4-2015 9:21 am    Post subject: Emergency Power Supply Reply with quote

We have a heavy duty generator here for inside to use during the power outages. I keep the teardrop packed up with many of the things we'd need if we had to live in the driveway, or leave town.

But, just this Christmas I bought Dean a gift of a " Power Dome ". It is a smaller, portable power source which has USB ports, regular plug in options, is an air compressor, voltage reader, etc. It is being charged up right now so it will be ready for it's first use. I thought it would be great to have for we often camp off the grid and now Dean can charge the cameras, cell phone, computer, and other stuff I always find plugged into the truck's cigarette lighter charging. Flirting
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