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Storing medications

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Hello anyone.  There is so much out there today, that there is little that is new and useful, so you don’t see much of me, which would only add to the noise.  And I don’t suppose anyone is keeping up with my minor posts anymore, but I did say if I had something to add, something new, I would post it.  Well, I have something new.  If anyone cares to read (Please note, I am only speaking of my personal experience, seek a Dr.’s input for all things medical);

There is lots out there on storing drugs, antibiotics, fish drugs, and more.  But I have seen precious little on practical application.  So I wanted to share my experience.  Through the waves of life I have had some Percocet from past illnesses, and as I never throw anything away, it stayed in my medicine cabinet for a while.  And it also so happened that through my preparing, that I put some in the freezer as well.  So one day I was playing sports, and hurt myself quite badly, nothing in the way that Dr’s could do, but it included much pain.  So I went to my medicine cabinet, and tried out some of my stored pain killers.  I found that even taking 2 pills at 3 years old, it didnt work very well.  It took about 2-3 hours to start working, and it wasn’t as strong.  The pain was still intense, so after waiting the prescribed period of time, which was not easy, I tried some of my stuff from the freezer.  It worked MUCH better, almost as good as store bought (that I got later after the weekend, when I broke down to get an xray).

So the moral of my story I guess is that if you are going to be storing your medications, it is best to do it in cold storage.  From experience, after 3 years, there is a noticeable difference.

Still here

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Still here, just very little to add that’s not already out there.  Watching the news creeps me out, no doubt the NSA watches all our blogs and has lists.  Still, I am not convinced that that some calamity will remove government, the Bible does not speak of that.  The years to come should prove to be very interesting.

Something new

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

You will notice I don’t post much any more.  Not much worth posting.  BUT I have been ordering Freeze dried food lately, and would like to show what I found.

These numbers are for a #10 can of peas at current prices (Including sales)

Brand Cost oz Cost/oz Store Shipping
Alpine Aire 23.80 16 1.4875 readymaderesources
Thrive  19.59  19  1.0310  shelfreliance
Mountain house 20.99 16 1.3118 readymaderesources
Rainy Day 24.25 readymaderesources
17.45 18 .9694 rainyday
Augason 20.35 16 1.2718 readymaderesources
Provident 13.99 18 .7772 Emergency essintials
Homeyville 17.89 20 .9174 honeyville
Saratoga 22.75 24 .9479 Thereadystore
Harmony (dehydrated) 39.95 72 .5548 harmonyhousefoods

 

Todays Links

Friday, April 20th, 2012

A good homemade water filter

http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-make-a-homemade-water-filter.htm

Today

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

So no links today, same old same old.  But I was reading some stuff and had some thoughts.  I do not write up much stuff, because you all know how to google, and I don’t like repeating others work, just referencing it.

But I do have one tip.  Utilities.  You REALLY should be aware of where they come from; heat, water, gas, electricity.  even if you don’t manage them.   Should the need arise, you should know where they are and their basic operations so you can turn them on or off in an emergency.

Also, I do not consider a lot of things that don’t directly effect me, like utilities.  I would love some suggestions on things you are interested in.  Is there something you would like a researched answer to?  go ahead and ask, and I will see what I can come up with.

Todays Links

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Quick water filter over at Survival Mom

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2012/03/30/instant-survival-tip-improvised-water-filter/

Solar Flares

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

So, you have heard a lot about EMP’s and solar flares and you want to know more.  Over at SB they have told you how to get early warning from the Australian Government, but after you sign up, the emails look like gibberish.  Well let me help out;

So, after you go to HTTP://www.ips.gov.au you can sign up to receive their email alerts on solar flares.  What you will get are 3 emails for each event.  One saying it started, one saying it is in progress, and one saying it has ended.  The second two will give you the information you want.  The second one should have something like this (the highlighted part is what matters)

Current X-ray Flux : 1.33e-05 (M1.3)
Maximum X-ray Flux of 1.85e-05 (M1.9) at 07:52 UT
Estimated Flare End (below M1.0 level) at 08:08 UT

The third email should have something like this;

Approximate Flare Start  :  15-03-2012 0744 UT
Approximate Flare Maximum:  15-03-2012 0752 UT  at Flux M 1.9
Approximate Flare End    :  15-03-2012 0810 UT

The Magnetic Flux is the import thing here, and is measured by the chart below, courtesy of ips.  But the short of it is this.  There will be a Letter followed by a number.  What is important is that the most of the alerts can be ignored, and you need only be worried about Flux that is great then X1 or Y1, these are the big ones.   So if there is a big Flux of X, then it is time to start paying attention…

 

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Meaning of X-Ray Fluxes From the Sun

The Solar X-Ray flux arises from two factors. Firstly, there is flux coming from sunspot regions and other features – the background flux – and this varies slowly from day-to-day. Secondly, solar flares produce large amounts of X-ray flux, but this is concentrated to the duration of the flare which is usually from minutes to several hours.

Solar X-Ray Flux is described as follows:

 

 Level Flux (watts/sq meter) Description  
A less than 10-8 Very Low Background A between 10-8 and 10-7 Low Background 
B between 10-7 and 10-6 Moderate Background 
C between 10-6 and 10-5 High Background/Low Flare 
M between 10-5 and 10-4 Moderate Flare 
X between 10-4 and 10-3 High Flare 
Y greater than 10-3 Extreme Flare 

where ** indicates a power [e.g. 10-2 equals 0.01]. Within these levels, a number is used to specify the flux. Hence a value M3.2 indicates that the flux is 3.2 x 10-5watts/sq meter.

The Y classification of flares is new; and these extremely large flares are often still classed as X flares with a qualifying number greater than 10. Hence a Y1.6 flare is exactly the same as an X16 one.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_flare

http://www.ips.gov.au/

So

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

So,

Not to many links today, but I do have a comment.  Recently there was a post on APN, and the replies disturbed me.  I posted a question on the Christian sub forum, that is locked, but I will post it here also, and invite any comments.

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Recently, there was a discussion on the general forum about weather a gay or lesbian couples should be included in a prepper community.  I replied no, but that is beside the point.  What is the point, is that I found that the overwhelming number of responses were “Live and let live” mind set.  I find this truly disturbing, especially in a prepping community that is normally based in Christ.  Many profess a Christian faith.
I believe that this “Live and let live” mentality is a LARGE part of the problem in our society, everywhere.  This is why abortion is rampant, the family unit is under attack, our free speech is wasting away, and many many more examples (Is why I am prepping).  To see this attitude so prevalent in our forums, is a deep concern to me, and I want to know if I am alone.  No where in the Bible does it ever say that it is OK to continue to live in sin, and it never says I should accept others living in sin either.  Many times it says to love the sinner, but never the sin, and accepting someone who refuses to admit that sin is sin, is not a Christian or Christ like attitude.

So am I alone?  Am I wrong? Should I find a new forum to participate in?

Todays Links

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Going to keep this link around for gardening, next year though, making  planting soil bricks;

Heat

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

So you are going to need heat?  I have been researching this issue now for quite some time, and I have some bad news.  Just about any source of heat that will not require electricity, is going to cost 2 important things, 1) oxygen, and 2) give off CO2.  The point here, is if you are living in an apartment (probably why you are reading this site at all) that you are going to have to have some type of ventilation.  But there is some good news, it is possible.

Firstly lets look at the most obvious, your windows.  These are an obvious choice, but also present some serious drawbacks.  Opening a window breaks down your OPSEC, and this may not be acceptable.  Also, the opening can be so large, or long that controlling the flow of air will be difficult.  At the very least this may need an ‘adapter’ to fit on the window.

The truth is though, that just about everything I could think of would require an adapter of some form.  Recall, that when in the city, your OPSEC is critical.  You should do everything in your power to NOT draw attention to your self; so smoke, light, open windows, are all bad things.  As for ventilation, there are two other options that you may not have considered.  There is a stove vent in the kitchen, and likely a bathroom vent as well.

Here you can be creative.  I would say every situation will be different, and you will have to adapt to your apartment accordingly.  I have had some of these thoughts as far as ventilation (These are all ideas, and NOT vetted, use these at YOUR OWN RISK);

First is to run small piping to one of the vents as an in and out, to bring in air, and exhaust air and connect it as closely as you can to your heat source, perhaps a metal box. Benefits are no construction or damaging your unit.  Drawbacks, this could be complicated, you will have to circulate the air with one way valves, and account for the hot pipe going out to not burn your place down.

Second is using both vents.  Use say the kitchen vent to exhaust, and the bathroom for inlet.  Again, no construction, but you will have to find out how to circulate the air without power.  Then you don’t have to worry about where you place you power source.  This would probably work great with a alcohol stove.

Third is a Toyo heater.  You would have to drill a hole in the outer wall, but this would be a small 6inch hole.  You may be able to prep for this, and then only do the drilling after STHF, or better is to get your apartment landlords permission to added the small outer vent.  See Toyo.  For the money, this is the best option I am considering.  But there is still an issue of what to do with the fuel.

So, now there are some ideas about ventilation, what are you going to use for fuel?  This will impact the ventilation, and all these tie together, so you will again have to analyze your own situation, and adjust.  I will say a few things about fuels though.

Natural gas or propane are some of the more obvious choices.  They will both need ventilation, but also need special storage.  You will not want to store it in your unit, so you will have to find out how to put a tank outside, and get the fuel into the house and to the heater.

Fuel oil may be able to be stored inside in small amounts, but it is still fuel, and caution will need to be taken.  I would store the majority outside some how, and then have a small tank inside (for the Toyo) and refill it daily or nightly.

There is also alcohol.  This will server very small needs, but is probably the safest option, and may be the best way to go if you are only needing heat to last for a day or two.

Outside of ventilation and fuel type, you will also have to choose your heater.  I am not so concerned about that, because there are so many options.  I would answer the first two, ventilation and fuel, and then choose a heater that will fit your situation.  I would also make a fire detector, CO2 detector, and low O2 detector a priority in the choice, possibly bought separately.

One more separate note is a heat sink.  Surrounding you heater by sand, or some other heat absorbing material, can make your heat last much longer, as it will absorb the very hot heat, and release it over a long period.  This will probably require so innovative thinking though.  Add to this some heat shielding, and you can better control your limited heat to heat the unit, and not the walls or useless space.

Anyway, these are my thoughts on this, as heat can be pretty important.  Safety is the primary concern, you don’t want to burn down the building, or die of CO2 poisoning, so you have to be very careful.  Note, I am no expert, so you are taking your own risks, I assume no responsibility.  I couldn’t, as every situation is different.  This article is more to get you thinking about your own heat situation, and give you some ideas to move in the right direction.  If you want an experts advise, seek the fire marshal, they should be able to help you point out any dangers in your specific plans.

Be safe!