Emergencies and Very Important Considerations
Some emergency thoughts, and what you don’t know could kill you. Civil unrest, earthquakes, riots, hurricanes, and disasters are real possibilities; we should have already planned for such events but probably you haven’t. Here are some easy vitals you need to know and consider for your survival. I will try to make this is short but packed.
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Is it time to Panic?
No power, melting food, no communication, and very low comfort. At this stage, around here some of us get very grumpy. Here in crazy CA, the state has concentrated on power from green sources, yet we have failing infrastructure and it has frustrated many when there is even a minor challenge, some problem and there goes all the food in the freezer. The grid is constantly on the edge of failure and some of us just can’t wait for electric cars to go with those rolling brown outs. I am green, but lets be practical. Modern man/women and other genders of choice have big problems when we seriously lose electricity -way too many go into panic mode. This is not a lone ranger survival list for the woods-person; but know this, the little bunnies you are planning to eat may just prove smarter than you think. Even you outdoors type need to carefully think through what might be easy to overlook.
For example, take Fire- Those camping flints (Love This Fantastic kit! https://amzn.to/3nFLCMk Got to have one regardless) or https://amzn.to/2XSDZaL they are great but they can KILL YOU if you try to use them inattentively with propane, gas or other flammables. Bad things happen in challenging times. It goes like this in true emergency conditions, bad burn, no immediate treatment, lots of agony, infection, and then you could end up hoping to die and get it over with. The worse fact is, people often and regularly die from secondary issues… and this could happen to you or your loved ones in real life emergencies. Be a more prepared boy/girl scout. Here is a simple lighter you should have on hand. https://amzn.to/2XQAgux Always think twice about lighting a flame, any smells may be telling you that gases are in the air. When the situation is strained, do not take chances. Some people take the cooking out of the house to avoid buildup of CO2, it is a very deadly and odorless gas produced from the burning but engines are the real problem indoors especially without circulation. Also be aware that garages are potentially very unsafe places to have a fire because of paint, paint thinners, or leaking gas.
Here is a list of generators that are of good quality, I have selected a range but I’ve listed my favorite as best deal. Even the best machine needs appropriate care and maintenance to be dependable. A basic level involves about a 2–3000-watt unit that will run a kitchen, then use extensions to focus on tools or other needs. Running a generator inside the house, attic or even possibly the garage could indeed kill you, CO2 is very plentiful when engines run, again it is odorless and deadly.
Wattage for generators tends to be a concept that is hard to get, every kind of household item uses power it’s own way and each kind of item is different. Even lighting is different, an LED is maybe five time more efficient, always use them if you can. (CFL’s are a disaster waiting to happen even in regular times, toss those in the hazardous waste.) A refrigerator might use 800-1000 watts for just for one unit. An electric heater, even some hairdryers might use 1500 watts so you can see it adds up to the 3000 watt mark pretty quickly, but with a little balancing and using minimal extras, you can store food, and have some basics. The concept at this basic level is to do things minimally, some everyday luxuries will need to be skipped.
https://amzn.to/2LqL7Zo Honda 2200 watt CA OK Likely to last a long time
https://amzn.to/2XzcMK1 Generac 3500watt This one not for CA but may be among the most trusted names, Onan is another.
https://amzn.to/35yyvGz Solar power station 1000 watt w solar panels Silent supply, a great backup for unforeseen problems. If fuel becomes scarce the cooler mentioned later would be a perfect match.
https://amzn.to/39vxtft Champion, also has built in propane option which stores better than gas, *** best deal*** as a solid product 3400-watt dual fuel unit. Quiet operation, 3-year limited warranty
https://amzn.to/2LqMcjU Propane and Gas 12000 watt OK CA This unit looks very good for an entire house but read below.
Entire house generator– First it is unsafe to just wire a generator into your house, without precautions, people could die. Here is a transfer switching setup. https://amzn.to/2N3rGq0 The transfer switch turns off the power company connection so there is no back feed to anyone on the other end of the power line, it isolates then it allows the generator to replace the power company. You may note from reviews that some Do-it-yourself people have installed this, but my eyes quickly caught serious hazards in those notes. I’m a General Contractor; for my family, I would hire a licensed Electrician; save money on other things. Here is mid-sized generator like I have used, it works hard and runs a ton of things with ease https://amzn.to/2LuFbi0 you’ll probably use 2 or more gas refills a day to run this. Very easy to spend a couple hundred dollars to fuel an emergency of some proportions, but you’ll live like normal. (Without adjustments in our forest home, these things are still are herd from 100+ yards away) For not much more, a larger unit, the size that will run a big house with full AC, refrigerator, old chest freezer, water pump, the things you forgot to consider and regular appliances. https://amzn.to/2LqMcjU Propane and Gas 12000 watt generator. For hurricane zones a good investment might be the kind of unit that detects the power going off and has various automatic functions. https://amzn.to/38YEdDJ
https://amzn.to/3nNZkwM propane hose for cook-top very handy for larger tank instead of small wasteful 1lb cans
Propane tanks, BBQ size or 20 lb. similar to 5 gal of gas, these tanks can be purchased locally, Home D, Lowe’s or Walmart for under $40.00 and can be refilled at many gas stations for $15-20 Propane keeps well and stores better than gas especially gas in cheap plastic.
Regular gas does not really keep well, after a couple months, really should be traded (into car is OK, then new gas) or add stabilizer https://amzn.to/38Hgw2I (2yrs)
Don’t use ethanol gas in small engines, this will likely cause premature death of a machine you’re depending on for food and safety.
Steel gas cans are the most durable https://amzn.to/2XEGrS4 which is supposedly fine for CA but Amazon won’t ship to my CA location. This will ship, (EPA/CA) compliant designed for much safer, convince **best in my book https://amzn.to/3qlfgs2 but here are plastic ones too, you need at least 2 of each to feed the generator https://amzn.to/2XAmYly Nozzles today are unlike the great Jerry cans of old, you may want to look for spout/funnel options (a spill on a hot generator could go very badly.) Also you may run into problems if you try to fill a gas can that is not red, or otherwise approved.
Heavy extension cords are really vital. Notice plug type, consider a good layout for what you need to reach. https://amzn.to/3oUm9zS Usually two 50 footers are better than one 100 ft https://amzn.to/3i9zAcI Long runs of thin extension cords make everything work harder and create problems, and sometimes fires if taxed.
Cooler- 12 volt with a 120v extra converter comes in VERY handy. This exact model I have used for over 20 yrs., car or home, it still works great. https://amzn.to/35ESfYT Notice the add-ons on this page too.
Water, water! water! At a very miserly 10 gal a day for your household and only after 2 weeks it gets you pushing 200 gallons. Most people will not do that well, but remember 3 days without any water and you will be going to see your maker. Better make peace here and now . Plan for some worse case scenarios and then you can have some confidence. A basic minimum is .5 gal a day per person just for drinking water; water to wash and toilet duty is additional. Figure out places at home, in your car and such. How can extra water be stored? There are tons of options available I have listed some helpful ones. https://amzn.to/2XAPmUN to https://amzn.to/3i9RSL9. Last resort, don’t forget the water heater tank.
Did you know that alcohol is one of the worst things you can drink? Poor judgment and dehydration kill our kind when disaster happens. No, it will not make you warmer in the cold, but it might make you stupid-er. 1st hand experience, lost at least one classmate that way.
Cans, (manual openers https://amzn.to/35C3MII) and jars of stuff you like and will actually eat. Unless you are a true survivalist with a compound, don’t have much that will require hours of cooking, a cold can of chili is much more edible than beans and rice that are not cooked because fuel became scarce. Explore this https://amzn.to/3bBSdoq I like dog food for other reasons, but planning in the right ways will save you from panic and the dread of your next necessary nutrients. The worse the emergency, the more you need a sharp mind and healthy food. How do I say this artfully? Maybe I can’t. Making your last stand at the Alamo and needing to tend to diarrhea do not go well together.
More things to discuss later
Guns, a deeper, harder subject than you ever saw on TV
Medicine and emergency kits. A very nice one. https://amzn.to/3p166Rc
Pet food and health preparations
Personal medicines, prescriptions A key hint for long term issues.
Radio and communication
Peace at home and the challenges of disaster
Love thy neighbor
Wait, humankind made it 1000s of years without twitter or even a smartphone
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https://amzn.to/35R6FWb Burns hurt for a long time, they really limit your usefulness and productivity. I should have always worn these gloves just for the barbecue, burning oil drips hurt like heck!