More than just food storage.

There are quite a few good lists and calculators on the web for figuring food storage. There are sites that recommend specific non-perishable staples along with a deep and diverse pantry of canned, short to medium-term examples of foods you and your family already like, and eat. Finding them is only an internet keyword search away. Additionally folks lay up MREs and Mountain House by the case, because they store well. There are diverse means of storing water, and purifying what one finds. All of this is smart. I just want to remind folks also to store consumables that aren’t food or water. There are many reasons to keep these nonperishable, nonfood items, job loss and other economic privation are among the most likely. These items are important to maintaining health in the event of a prolonged emergency.

The American Dental Association recommends a new toothbrush every three months. Using two years as our guideline, that’s eight new toothbrushes per family member for two years. What about toothpaste, floss, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene needs, deodorant, laundry soap, and dish washing detergent? Do you have adequate diapers, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream? What about pet food and other items needed for your pets care? These will require keeping track of how much you use in three months and again multiplying by eight. That will give you a solid two-years’ worth, assuming that your family dynamic doesn’t change (new children, leaving children, visiting relations, etc.). Why obtain two years’ worth of food and supplies? It’s just smart. Be smart.

Make a list of all of the consumables you use regularly. Those are the same things what you want to store. When you go to the store to purchase one of these items, get two instead, so as not to spend too much money all at once. There is no reason to try to purchase everything at the same time (unless you have the inclination and the financial means).

Preparedness and survivalism aren’t about living like a Mad Max post-apocalyptic refugee. It’s about maintaining a comfortable and civilized lifestyle in the event of a disaster, short or long-term. Play the “What if?” game. Condition, exercise, and engage your brain. What if you lose your job and every cent has to go to pay the mortgage or rent? You won’t need to direct limited resources to purchasing razor blades. What if a natural disaster leaves the stores closed for six months? You won’t need the Red Cross or LDS Church to bring you a hygiene kit because you already have soap and shampoo. Cleanliness promotes good health, and keeps one from looking like Joe the Ragman.

Procure the means to wash clothes and dishes by hand. Large washtubs are inexpensive. Find a place to run a clothesline. Invest in some cast iron cookware that can withstand heavy use. Store a good supply of disposable forks, spoons, plates, and cups, to conserve water in the event of its scarcity. Prepare to burn garbage if the emergency disrupts service for more than a day or two. Garbage accumulates quickly, attracting vermin and breeding disease.

Parents have the responsibility of providing for their children’s needs, both in times of plenty as well as times or privation. Foodstuffs are a priority, but one must take additional considerations in securing a family’s health and wellbeing. No one wants to see a starving child, just as no one wants to see a child plagued by head lice. Make preparations now, so that weathering a disaster is as complete, pleasant, and with as little disruption as possible.

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Martial arts or major hype?

Alrighty then. Let’s look at this from perspectives that the average gun board reader can understand. Filipino arts are not about tournaments. Folks are using them right this minute to kill Moros (you know, those Islamic terrorists?) in the Philippines. Kelly Worden taught variations on them to members of the 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis. Jared Wihongi is currently teaching Pekiti Tirsia to members of the 19th in Draper. Someone is seeing some benefit to it. Those folks are using those skills to kick ass all over the world.

Okay, maybe those names don’t ring a bell. How about Mike Janich? Yeah, that’s Serrada Eskrima. How about South Narc? That’s Pekiti Tirsia. I am not saying that these instructors are teaching a pure form. They’re not teaching tribalism in their Kali. They’re teaching folks how to make stabby-stabby in the most efficient way they can find. It’s not about belts, ranks, or tournaments. This is how to kill people with the blade. Unlike a lot of sanitized arts, these start with the most deadly attacks first. They don’t make you study forms for ten years before they introduce the weapons. They introduce the weapons on the first day. That’s it. As for blade designs, why is it that folks on gun boards will bloviate ad nauseum about the efficiency and ergonomics of a firearm, but a knife is just a knife? If it’s just about the ‘ol in-‘n’-out, why are firearms any different? I contend that they aren’t, and that are are advantages to be had; but if you feel that a piece of coat hanger is good enough, then I guess that a wheellock pistol is good enough, too.

My first guest essay.

I am pleased to be participating at Millennial Star. It’s a Mormon hodgepodge  of politics, Mormon living, and who knows what else. I discovered the blog after seeing an old friend on Facebook. Commenting there led folks like Hansel and Gretel back here. I have been getting a lot of traffic from that site, anyway, and Brian asked if I would write him something on emergency preparedness. I did, and am happy that he accepted it. I don’t want to republish it here yet (but may after it falls into their memory hole). Instead I am providing a link to the essay: http://www.millennialstar.org/guest-post-mindset-its-more-important-than-gear-or-skills/#more-2691

If readers respond well to the essay, I will post a more serious biography. Brian and I joke back and forth about the joys of fundamentalism.Mostly I hate blowing my own horn.

-Bo

Delays

Okay, sorry no meaningful post today. I am done with the magazine pull tutorial. I just want to retake a couple of the pictures that didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. I was super busy today, getting ready for the fall term. School is right around the corner.

Interesting to note that I am putting together a short essay for Millennial Star. I’ve gotten quite a bit of traffic from that site in the last month. Brian asked if I could put together a little something on the topic of preparedness. I can promise you that it won’t be the same ol’ bullets, band-aids, and beans BS. This is something that will make you think. I hope to have it to Brian by end of business Friday, and faster if I can catch a break.

Oh, and notice a new link on the left sidebar. I’ve included a link to Mr. Dale Williams’s Radio Free West site. It’s an excellent resource for people interested in the Free State movement. Dale hosts a two-hour show on AM 630 in the Salt Lake Valley. you can listen to it Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM mountain time online at his site or at http://k-talk.com/ . Dale is a diligent, prepared host, and a fiery Patriot. Give him a listen. He does not disappoint. I’ve been listening to him for years.

Monster Hunter International 2 patch contest!

So, my friend Larry Correia is hosting a pretty cool contest to promote the yet unreleased Monster Hunter International 2: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/monster-hunter-international-patch-contest/

It breaks down like this: design a military-style monochromatic patch in olive drab, tan, or brown. It can be any shape, but must feature “MHI” and “1895” on it (for “Monster Hunter International” and its founding year, 1895). Larry will mention the winning patch by name and description in MHI 2.

I’m really excited about this, and in researching ideas, came across this collection of cryptozoological critters sighted in Utah: http://www.aliendave.com/UUFOH_Creatures.html Fun stuff, for sure. I want to feature one of our own local baddies in my submission.

So hurry up. Like Larry says, millions will enter, one will win.

Sorry

Not much time to post anything lengthy or meaningful. I am in the process of applying to a couple of local universities, and it is taking all of my spare time. Additionally, my son and wife have both been ill. That can really soak up the time.

I’m writing something new on what to do with empty magazines if you haven’t the real estate on an LBV/LBE for a dump pouch. I’ve been meaning to get this one done for a while. I’ll probably be updating the old blowout and first aid kit posts too.

If any of you have any questions, or any topics you’d like to see me tackle, shoot me an email. My knowledge is broad, if not deep, and my Google-do is pretty good.

Monster Hunter International

Okay, I know that I have like two readers. That’s okay. I want you to do me a favor and check out this new book, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. It’s out soon from Baen Books. You can preorder it at Amazon, or pick it up real soon at a Barnes and Noble near you. Ask for it by name for best results.

This is Larry’s first work at fiction, and I must say that it’s a great beer-and-pretzels book, not necessarily deep reading, but fun. Plus, Larry is a gun guy, so there is lots o’ firearms goodness on every page (even if his character packs an STI instead of a Nowlin). It’s got, like the title says, all manner of monsters and even some very Cthulu-esque baddies.

If you like monsters, Lovecraft, guns, or all three, give it a read.

I’ll post a thorough review after the release of the Baen edition.