September Is National Preparedness Month

This would be a good time to go over your preps and get things in order.

YOU DO have preps, right?

Things like checking for spoilage, tossing anything even remotely questionable, looking for holes in your preps, winterizing your car and your generator if you have one.

I have some vehicle repairs to tend to today but after that I believe I am going to go through my canned goods and check my battery supplies.

Those damn things tend to get used up because I don’t feel like driving to the store to get a few for whatever little gizmo died and I forget to resupply my cabinet.

I’m thinking one of those Little Buddy propane heaters needs to get knocked up in priority too. You can use those in the house and everything I have is a carbon monoxide generator in a big way.

Anyway, this is just a public service announcement and a reminder.

14 thoughts on “September Is National Preparedness Month

  1. To echo Anonymous at 1020, the time to get your preps in place is between love bug and hurricane seasons. Pretty much in May. Be prepared to be without power for anywhere from a few days to a month, depending on how far away from the population density you live. (And around here, there’s a second love bug season between the peak of hurricane season and tourist season, just in case the car wash businesses start getting slow).

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  2. I hate freaking Love-Bugs! I had them in Alabama. Hurricanes weren’t too big of a problem, I lived a 100 miles from the coast and usually their fury was spent, tornadoes were the problem… I used a Lil Buddy Heater in my 30′ travel trailer when I lived in Southern Idaho and using it during the day when I was up heated just fine. I don’t know if I would use it at night even if I had two or three CO monitors and the Low Oxygen monitor on the heater, would you trust your life?

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  3. Ladies And Gentlemen,
    First, I present this. A town prepared for whatever may come:

    http://jeppgroup.org/about-jepp/publicity-and-recognition/

    I recommend opening, and studying, all the links in the page listed above. Prepping. Some get it. Some don’t.

    x-x-x-x-x-x

    Annnd then there’s this. I don’t agree with everything the guy writes but, as a basic reference for those “on the fence with regards to prepping”, I think it’s a pretty decent handout.

    http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/prep/

    x-x-x-x-x-x

    “Just In Time Disaster Training Library” About 10,000 mostly YouTube hosted videos cataloged by topic.

    http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt.html

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    • Thanks a ton for those links. I saw your comment yesterday and had to approve it for some reason before it would post but I was on my damn phone at a stop light and didn’t get a chance to check any of them out. I just remembered about that and have opened them up in new tabs.
      I’ll grab a fresh cuppa and dive in.

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  4. Just “winterized” the cars the other day. New wiper blades, oil and filter and air cleaner changed, and earlier this year I laid in a supply of low temp washer fluid when it was on sale. The wiper blades are always “in stock” here as I buy them on sale.

    My generator is always ready!

    Other things were inventoried and restocked as required earlier in the year. That was one good thing about moving 1100 miles…..it *forced* me to go through all my stuff before we moved, and as I unpacked it.

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  5. I have found JP-8 with a shot of Prist* to stabilize it, is a great fuel for my diesel genset. just plug it into the hitch on the the back of the trailer and I’m outahere. amazing how there is diesel when gas is gone quite often. got away from canned goods-they freeze- and went with freezedry and irradiated product. even have mre for the away team. ammo. weapon parts. clothing, laundry products, water containers, babywipes, body wash-how many people forget that-the list is long..masks and filters. air,water,food,fuel,spares. got it covered.
    the predators will come for your genset in the dark. some years ago I took issue one night for that.. some places like homestead, they would come for everything you got. as in its not fair, you gotta share. not.

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  6. I’ll second several of the motions above: spare parts and organization. I’ve reached the point where the majors are done, now it’s the minors that are consuming time and money. AR parts, spares for the generators, a duplicate (used & fully rebuilt) chain saw, carb kits and extra chains for both, lots of spare batteries (including lithiums and rechargeables + solar gizmos to recharge them with), couple more kerosene lanterns (railroad type and Aladdin), add duplicate – and some “odd” specialty but extremely useful – tools, etc. More range time; sharpen everything that needs a good edge; test run everything that runs then “storage secure” it so it will start right up when needed; lay in surplus stocks of consumables (oil, filters (for everything that uses filters, don’t forget the fridge), spark plugs, wire & connectors, plumbing fittings) etc., etc., etc.

    Plus organization: If you know you have it and can’t find it it’s worse than not having it because the investment is not working for you, and not being able to lay hands on it (or them…) will deadline equipment, and it’s always at critical times.

    I lived in FL for 20+ years, and that was easier: hurricane season is 6 months and not-hurricane season is 6 months. Not-hurricane season was used to prep for hurricane season. In the mountains, every freaking day could become the local version of hurricane season, and to steal from the Starks, “winter is coming.”

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    • That is one thing I have done although the last time I looked for it it seems to have sprouted legs.
      I bought a 1 Terrabyte external hard drive and started filling it with all of those books. Where there is no doctor, dentist, midwife, etc., etc., etc.
      I’m wondering if Junior didn’t help himself to that hard drive because I always kept it right next to my recliner and it has been gone for a while now, coincidentally, so has he.
      For $75 it is worth every penny for me to go get another one and start over if necessary.

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  7. I’ve thought for decades now that the nation needs an emergency plan to include Nat, Guard security for grain silos, food warehouses, water reservoirs and other assets that will be on hand in any given emergency. Emp induced disasters, whether from the sun farting or intentional nuclear blast would be ameliorated with such forethought.

    We probably have such plans. I bet they’re not publicized because it would reveal how F’d us city people would be in any truly long term grid down situation.

    Good on you country fellas. My personal “plan” is to hunker down with some canned goods and remove any looters for a few weeks to a few months. That’ll leave fewer of them for the fortunate rural types to have to deal with.

    I’m old. May as well go out performing a service.

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    • There used to be a national plan for distributing grain and corn from storage but that went away years ago.
      320 million people in this country, well over a third of those own firearms.
      You can bet your ass that in a national emergency they will start dumping stuff ASAP.
      Thy know that if they don’t, it will get taken at gunpoint.

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