6 months ago
The unfortunate truth we must realize is that mudslides can occur theoretically anywhere there is elevated terrain. Some areas however are statistically more prone to Mudslides than others. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), locations in and around mountain areas like he Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, and also the Pacific coastal areas are far more susceptible to landslides than other areas of the country. The below map is from the USGS and is color coded so you can easily check to see if you live in an area or state prone to mudslides. Check to see if you live in a state or area prone to mudslides.
Never failing to be amazed when I perform research, there is an International Consortium on Landslides component of the USGS. According to them, the most prone states are California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska (The entire Pacific Coastal region) and Hawaii. It doesn’t take much to presume the heavier rains and some formula of the seasonal winds are why the Western half of the United States are more prone to mudslides than its Eastern half. Nevertheless, we must carefully assume that risk is lower but still existent wherever we have rain and elevated terrain.
As I continue to research I will be focusing on the types of things we can do to prepare once we’ve identified we are at risk. At the moment I’m scratching my head a bit. Mudslides is one disaster scenario I (sheepishly admit) I have applied zero planning and preparation for. That’s why we do this though I suppose. If we had it all figured out, well we probably wouldn’t be here talking about it. More to come. -Bharat
6 months ago
7 months ago
When I first began getting intent on food storage, I found myself experiencing an entirely new vocabulary of food storage terms. I kept running into “Oxygen Absorbers.” OK, I get the idea, but how do they work and how I get started?
Oxygen aka O2 absorbers are a mystery to many so today I’ll provide you with the basics – just enough to have you started on-the-road to saving your mass meals for your long-term.
Emergency Basics: What the Heck are Air/Oxygen Absorbers?
What/how are air absorbers manufactured?
Air absorbers are smallish packets (usually) that store an iron powder. Through the wonder of engineering –roughly it seems if you ask me – the outer wrapper enables air and humidity in. At the same moment, the outer wrapper is powerful enough to stop loss of the the powder back out in to the packaged food.
Long Term Food Storage
The light-bulb really got on as I was studying John Hill’s guide How-To Stay on WheatSurvival Principles: What the Heck are Oxygen Absorbers? Backdoor Survival. Backdoor Success, and yes, oxygen absorbersSurvival Essentials: What the Heck are Oxygen Absorbers? Backdoor Survival. Really, I wanted – no, I needed – to know the thing that was in these tiny packets and how might I learn to work with them properly for long haul food storage.
The initial product I ordered for my food-storage kitchen was a 25-pound sack of pinto beans. Needless to say back then, I thought I would just shop the large bag in the garage and let it stay there till I needed it – you realize, set it and forget it. Thankfully, I did so my research and discovered first and foremost that beans indeed have a shelf life and will turn as hard as stones or even correctly packaged and maintained in a very good, moisture-free atmosphere. Who knew?
Thus, essentially, the little packet sucks up most of the oxygen in the atmosphere within the box in which it is located.
Of drawing up moisture along the way, the iron in the absorber starts to rust. Oxidation is created by this and before you know it, in a well sealed package, 99.99% of the oxygen is used up. Any house or air left inside the jar is nitrogen – not oxygen – that is not a bad thing since insects can not thrive in natural nitrogen.
Random note: Air is about 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 1% other gasses. Are you aware that?
Still with me? We are addressing the challenging part. You will hear over and over again that oxygen absorbers should be used by you in covered Mylar bags, as you do your research. And yes, it’s correct they perform well when used in combination with closed Mylar bags.
Metal cans with sealed lids. Great if you have usage of a canner or perhaps a neighborhood kitchen. For some of us, nonetheless, this isn’t a realistic and affordable answer
Mason jars with proper canning lids. This is one of my favorites particularly because I’ve a particular connection for my food saver which allows me to vacuum seal the mason jars easily and rapidly. And, only a private thing, but I really like considering all of the items peeking out of those glass containers.
Mylar bags. These are heavy duty foil bags covered with an unique plastic.
But – and it is a huge but – they could be employed effectively to block out air with other types of presentation, too. All the following will continue to work:
Plastic buckets with gamma seals.
PETE plastic bottles with airtight, screw on lids. What’s the right way to work with air absorbers?
You’ll find just a couple steps that you might want to keep yourself updated of when working with oxygen absorbers.
A great rule of thumb is to use one 300 cc oxygen absorber for each gallon of product. For larger pots, you can aquire larger, 2000 cc oxygen absorbers that are ideal for 5 or 6-gallon buckets.
Take out just what you will used in the near term and seal the rest up in a jar using a screw-top cover. Don’t fit them in a zip lock bag since they become useless and can quickly suck-up the residual air.
Keep in mind the little pink pill. Most reputable distributors will include a little pick pill using their deal of absorbers. The absorbers are toast so don’t use them, if the pill is orange. However, if they’re beginning to flip – not quite green and not quite blue – they’re probably ok because the change of color can occur in as little as 10 or a quarter-hour.
It may feel warm. It’ll likewise experience smooth and powdery, like a small pillow. If it gets real hot and miserable, it is entirely out performing setting and has likely been subjected to the air for a long time to become functional. In this instance it might also start to feel tough and brick-like. Throw it.
Oxygen absorbers themselves have a limited shelf life, even when sealed. Merely obtain a quantity you will used in annually.
If you get lost..Don’t get Discouraged!
In the event that you begin to do some investigation on your own, make to become perplexed. You will discover that some places experience you must make use of a bigger level of oxygen absorbers when packaging dried pasta and beans versus packaging cereals, flours, and hemp. The explanation for this really is that the latter are more heavy so there is less air to eliminate.
You’ll be able to arrive at your personal conclusion nevertheless the frustrating guidance I received from respectable companies was that 300 cc’s per gallon or 2000 cc’s per ocean might work.
Using oxygen absorbers (or Mylar bags, a FoodSaver or actually buckets) does not need to be a huge puzzle. All you absolutely need is someone to describe it to you, right?
There is a sea of solid distributors out there, but Sorbent Systems is good for oxygen absorbers, dessicant, and mylar bags for food storage.
For an interesting technical discussion of Oxygen Absorbers, read A Guide to Oxygen Absorbers.
7 months ago
Here are fourteen Survival PDF Downloads that you might find useful – If you know of others please share with us in the comments below…
- It’s the End of the World As We Know It – and I Feel Fine – My free e-book covering, food storage, water, weapons etc. I put this together a few years ago…
7 months ago
From Twitter, wanted to post before I signed off because I’ve been waiting
*Emergency Prep* @*emergencyprep3*
Johns Hopkins launches emergency preparedness web apps
7 months ago
Ask yourself this question. Are you prepared to sustain yourself and family for three days without resupplying? Resupply is the key word. We take for granted how easy it is to make a Walmart or corner store run. But in the face of large disasters, that won’t be available for us and we will be forced to rely on our on-hand resources. I will be posting survival and preparedness related tips from now on because a few things have me pretty shaken up.
“Don’t go overboard, but think of it like insurance. We don’t expect to get in an accident, or have a house fire or health emergency, but it happens. It’s foolish to forego similar insurance on the simple things that sustain our ability to survive—literally.” -Badass Bharat (The Deaf Muslim Punk Star!)
Water. It’s not difficult to pick up extra water while shopping the market. Three days is the absolute bare minimum amount anyone should have on hand – preparedness minded or not. You should be mindful of your situation and formulate a plan to have much more on hand. Consider medical requirements, age, special needs, etc.
Everyone should have a means of filtering water as well. The Lifestraw seems to be the “best thing since sliced bread” here in the survival and preparedness community. Consider other, larger, much more expensive items that will filter more water for longer periods of time like the Big Berkey, Katadyn filters (assortments) and many other brands. Remember the “Golden Rule of Three” – we can survive three weeks without food, but only 3 days without water.
Check out the Katrina aftermath video I posted to get prep motivated. Do it!