Surviving The Storm: Home Survival Pt 2
Have you prepared for a potential power outage?
What would you do about food and water?
What if cell towers went out?
How would you communicate?
Are you ready for the storm?
Join me with George Pittman tonight on Surviving The Storm on A Fistful of Truth as we continue our segment about home survival and how to be prepared for emergency situations.
I want to apologize for the connection issues that we have encountered today, most likely due to the extreme weather that has been affecting the digital airwaves. I have posted a preliminary warning on the podcast that it will be difficult to hear George speaking and it cuts out here and there.
But don’t worry! Next week (weather permitting), we will resume this segment and recap everything that we went over today.
Additionally, George has been so kind to prepare and provide a document for us that entails the details which he is discussing in these episodes. As promised, when this segment of the series is complete, we will be publishing George’s PDF in completion for your easy reference.
Until then, please kindly make sure that you are listening to this series in order as this segment marks the second episode of this series. You can locate the previous segment here:
Surviving The Storm Episode 1:
The links to today’s episode is listed below this article as are George’s Home Survival Guide for listeners and readers. Please feel free to pass this information along to others and share what you find valuable.
Thank you for tuning into the show and make sure to review the last article as well which provides important information for your preparation for your and your loved ones: Surviving The Storm with George Pittman: Home Survival Part 1.
George Pittman’s Surviving The Storm Guide Notes: Home Survival Part 2
Disclaimer: I do not have any sponsors. I make recommendations based on personal experience, but try to provide options rather than endorsing only 1 product or business. My training is a culmination of military & civilian experience over 55 years. My preferences are based on actual use, but opinions vary. I’m just trying to help, but it’s incumbent upon you to do your own research, review safety information & choose wisely.
Introduction: Ideally, your home or residence should be the primary place where you (and your immediate family) can shelter in a survival situation. At a minimum, you should be able to shelter in place at your residence for 2 weeks, but I recommend planning for 1 month or more. The amount of room you have available to store certain things will vary, so your focus may vary depending on urban versus a rural setting, local laws, and other conditions.
When circumstances force you to leave your home, you’ll have to choose what you take with you. That will be discussed in a separate segment.
This is intended for people who may not have much experience. If you are a prepper or have your own garden/greenhouse, are well versed in edible plants, hunting, fishing, raise animals (chickens, rabbits, cattle, goats, etc.), active in aquaponics, or simply can your own food, you may not benefit as much from the information. However, there may be a few things anyone could find helpful. Choose what is best for you and your circumstances.
Conditions Affecting Survival:
- Environment. Depending on the country, region, state or city you live in/near & the climate, you will need to be prepared for the types of problems you could encounter. Also consider the terrain and indigenous wildlife. Focus on the most common risks for your area.
- Emergencies. Extreme weather (storms), natural disasters (earthquake, wildfire, hurricane, tornado, volcanic eruptions, landslide/avalanche, tsunami, etc.), & man-made disasters (terrorism, nuclear, biological, chemical).
- Socio-Political. Blue versus Red state, level of crime, civil unrest, tyrannical government actions, etc. Basically, is it more friendly or hostile?
- Duration. Short, moderate or long term. It might be as simple as a temporary power outage or something that lasts much longer.
- Survivor(s) Condition. The physical or health condition (injuries, illness, medical conditions), psychological (state of mind), material (what items/materials are immediately available to you), & legal/moral obligations (babies/young children, extended family, neighbors, etc.). Conditions can worsen or improve based on the duration, so it’s important to continually assess these as time goes on.
Much of survival is common sense, but many don’t take the time to plan for things that would drastically alter their way of life. During the ‘Plandemic’, many people experienced hardships that they were unprepared for. Simply asking yourself questions and/or considering how you would deal with certain situations can be helpful. For example, knowing what you know now, what items did you need during the initial lockdown? If a different type of emergency happened, what would you need that is not on hand? What would you need during a prolonged power outage, if there was no safe drinking water, or you can’t get to any stores in your vehicle, etc.? If you want to learn more about general or specific survival skills, take the time to do your own research. Some of the skills might need to be practiced. You don’t have to be a prepper or an expert to get through a difficult situation. Being prepared will only make things easier.
Basic Survival Checklist: These items are included in most emergency preparation checklists. Following the list, more detailed tips will be provided.
- Water. Plan for 1 gallon per person, per day of safe drinking water.
- Food. Non-perishable (canned goods, MREs, survival foods, etc.). 1 month supply.
- Flashlight/light source.
- Emergency Radio.
- Power Source(s).
- Family First Aid Kit.
- Medications & Medical Supplies. Prescription and OTC (over the counter).
- Multi-Purpose Tool.
- Sanitation & Personal Hygiene.
- Personal Documents.
- Emergency Contact Info.
- Emergency Blanket(s).
- Water. Bottled water that is distilled or purified will last the longest, as long as it remains unopened and stored properly. You can store water in clean, used plastic containers, but tap water may need to be treated or be filtered if stored for very long, prior to drinking. Most in home filters use charcoal or similar to remove most contaminants, so these can be used if you have running water, etc. If you collect water from rain, a stream, river or lake, it should be treated, boiled or filtered before use. I don’t recommend in home filters for this unless you have nothing else. Dirty water can be slowly poured through some type of cloth to remove visible particles & debris, but it still needs to be boiled, filtered or treated in order to remove/kill dangerous bacteria & parasites. Most in home filters are not designed to do this, and may not last long in a survival situation. Boiling clear water for 10 minutes kills most bacteria. There are several different options for purchasing filters. I like the Sawyer brand, because they have different options, they’re relatively inexpensive & can filter several thousand gallons of water. Katadyn, Lifestraw, etc. all make good products. You should read the descriptions, reviews & understand how each one works. Decide which one(s) you like the best. You can purchase iodine tablets, but the most cost-effective means of treating water is by using plain, liquid chlorine bleach (unscented). Add 1 drop of bleach per quart/liter of water and wait 30 minutes before drinking. Chlorine bleach kills all bacteria, including giardia. 1 gallon would require 4 drops and so on. If an eye dropper or similar is not available, you can carefully pour bleach into an empty, clean bottle of nasal spray. This will allow you to dispense drops. I have used bleach to treat water even when traveling to a foreign country to prevent traveler’s diarrhea. Caution: Bleach can burn your skin and damage clothing, etc. Use nitrile or similar gloves if possible & follow safety recommendations provided on the container of bleach. Make sure you clearly mark the container so nobody accidentally sprays bleach up their nose. I keep mine in a sealed Ziploc bag as well.
- Food. Purchase whatever you and your family like to eat. Even if you run out of bread, peanut butter and a spoon is better than nothing. Some canned goods, like certain meats don’t even need to be cooked (tuna, chicken, sardines, etc.). Whatever you have, check the shelf life to be safe. MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) can be expensive, but 2 per day will be sufficient for most active adults. They tend to have shorter shelf life than other survival food, but are convenient for travel. The survival food I purchased has a 25 year shelf life. There are many options and companies to choose from. I purchased a 6 month supply, but for 2 people it would be a 3 month supply. Choose what you like & can afford. Doing some research will give you ideas of survival foods that you can purchase from most any grocery store, so there are many options.
- Flashlight(s). I have several with different levels of brightness, etc. LED bulbs use less power, so should last longer in most cases. A 2-3 cell Mag-Lite (it holds 2-3 x D cell batteries) can also be used for self-defense. Head lamps are convenient when you need both hands. A lantern or candles can illuminate a room, but do not use citronella oil in an oil lamp indoors. Citronella oil can be toxic when burned indoors without proper ventilation. Be careful with any open flame. Using the flashlight on your cellphone reduces the battery life, so unless you have an alternate means of charging your phone during a power outage, I recommend minimizing the use of your phone until you really need it.
- Emergency Radio. Battery powered, hand crank, solar with NOAA weather access. These are helpful when there’s no electricity, Internet or cell service. Ham (amateur) radios can also be helpful, but a license is required in the US to transmit. Some 2 way radios also provide access to NOAA weather. The have models that can be used to charge your phone, etc. using the hand crank, etc.
- Power Source(s). Extra batteries, rechargeable batteries (with charger), generator, battery bank, power inverter for a vehicle, solar power, etc. Don’t forget the special or uncommon types of batteries you might need for electronic devices such as hearing aids, optics for firearms, etc. Be very careful using gas or diesel generators, including the storage of fuel. Adequate ventilation is required in addition to the risk of working with flammable liquids. Understand what appliances your generator can power and for approximately how long. Whole house generators are nice to have, but may not be affordable for some. They still need adequate fuel, so understand how to use whatever you have properly & safely. Small battery banks can be used to charge your cell phone, etc. Some include the means of charging with solar power, a hand crank, etc. If using any type of wet cell batteries (like vehicle batteries) to store power, understand the dangers associated with fumes. Do not store inside your home without adequate ventilation. If your vehicle runs & has adequate fuel, you can charge certain items. Different vehicles have different means of charging, (e.g.: cigarette lighter port, USB port, power inverter with outlet, direct battery connection). A power inverter can be purchased that connects to whatever your vehicle offers. Your vehicle owner’s manual will provide additional information if you need it. Also consider how you will heat/cook without electricity or natural gas. Be sure to have adequate ventilation or cook outside to be safe. Do not use charcoal grills to heat your home. The fumes from charcoal and other fuels are toxic. Be safe whether you are using a wood burning stove/fireplace, propane heater(s), camping stove(s), rocket stoves, Sterno, fuel tablets, etc. Read & understand the safety information.
[** This list is not complete and will be continued on the next episode of Surviving The Storm with George Pittman on A Fistful of Truth podcast. ** Check back next week for a continuation of this topic.]
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