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Preparedness Nuggets

A Cyberbook of Practical Wisdom for Daily Living

Part the Second

More Preparedness Lists one families' lists regarding food, camping gear, shelter, water, garbage, evacuation, and many other categories.

Basic Wheat Cereal Recipe

Dry Potatoes

Hard Candy, Canned Meat

Sources for bulk grains and beans

Pop Bottle Greenhouse





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AND MORE PREPAREDNESS LISTS! TOP

From: <Hausmutti@aol.com>

If you haven't seen this, here is a good list and planning guide. The theology of these guys is a little weird, but this is useful.

http://www.millennium-ark.net/News_Files/Hollys.html

Look at the Long Term storage at the Mormon 12 month and 52 week lists. Here is the list we have drawn up so far. Some has been implemented. Much of it still needs work. God bless all of you, Jeff Ottle,

jaggedrock@aol.com:

Preparation List

SPIRITUAL PREPARATION & ITEMS

Pray in all manner of ways constantly

Prayer with every preparation performed

Prayer for continuous discernment

Rosaries, Scapulars, Medals, Prayer cards

Devotions, Novenas

PRIMARY FOODS

Wheat

Oats

Other grains

Corn meal

Canned foods

Bulk dehydrated fruits/vegetables

Powdered milk

Pastas

Kool aid

Cocoa

Coffee

Creamer

Wine

Top Ramen

Pallet Red Dog

FOOD ENHANCEMENTS TOP

Honey

Peanut butter

Vitamins

Herbs/spices (fight blandness)

Dried tomato powder

Dried cheese powder

Staple cooking items; sugar, salt, pepper, flower, corn meal, brown rice,

various beans, white rice

Sugar

Salt

Pepper

Chili powder

Various spices

Pallets of cigarettes/Drum/Rolling papers

COOKING/FOOD PREPARATION SUPPLIES

Need to coordinate

Cooking oil

Shortening

Baking soda

Yeast

CLEANERS

Dish/pot/pan cleaners

Laundry soap

Scour powder

COOKING HARDWARE TOP

Charcoal top Dutch oven/regular Dutch oven

Frying pan

Cast iron cook set - all items including coffee pot

Utensils

DISHES/EATING THINGS

Paper plates

Cups

Silverware

FOOD STORAGE HARDWARE & RELATED

Food storage bags

Variety of Tupperware's

ENERGY ITEMS

Alternative power

Generator, batteries

Candles

Extra car battery for 12V power; rotate them

Solar battery re-charger/NiCad-cads

Variety of alkaline cells/NiCad-cad cells

Calculator batteries

LIGHTING PLAN TOP

Candles

Oil lamps

Kerosene lamps

Flashlights

HEAT PLAN

Blankets

Warm clothing

Wood stoves/pallets

SURVIVAL ITEMS

Make list from Family Survival handbook

Military quality survival knife

Campus/instructions

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

Pencils

Paper

Markers

Plastic bags

Paper bags

FUEL ITEMS

Gasoline

Propane, gas cans for cars

5 gallon propane bottles

Gas cans

White gas

Motor oil

WATER STRATEGY ITEMS TOP

Pool kit for water

Cover of some type

Water filtration system plan (Jason)

Silver tablets

Iodine tablets

Water jugs

MEDICAL/FIRST AID ITEMS

Medicine

Complete first aid kit

Various shelf medicines

Prescription drugs just to have them (ampicillin, etc.)

Aspirin

Excedrin

Antacid

Alcohol

Hydrogen Peroxide

Ointment

HUNTING EQUIPMENT (we live in deer country)

Rifle

Ammunition

Cleaning/care items

Certification/training to use them

Butcher knives

Hide tanning supplies

SHARING POLICY

We will share. We will rely on the Lord to multiply supplies as they run down via sharing

EXIT SCENARIO

Keep cars gassed up. Make contingency plan to get out (cars, trailer, gas plan for that, etc.). All camp gear rigged and ready. Need small utility trailer, loaded. Need large gas tank trailer (150 to 300 gallons). Have emergency bags packed and ready to go. Have quick exit scenario - primary and secondary routes planned.

Maps

Atlas

VEHICLE ASSETS

Get trailer and connection

PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS TOP

Feminine pads

Toothpaste

Soap

Shampoo

Deodorant

Razors

Shaving Cream

After Shaves/Cologne/Perfume

Personal packs

Junk wood, pallets (to burn and build with)

COMMUNICATIONS

Power 895XLT from car and other equipment too

Cobra's, ATS 803A, SSB, mobile antennae, 895XLT

Tape recorder to tape monitoring

Baygen radio/solar cell/light

Frequency lists/books

Power plan for 895XLT, replace XLT100 battery

Replacement cobra antenna

Roof antenna for SSB/cables

Mobile antenna for 895XLT/cables

Order 895XLT mobile mounting kit

Save box for scantenna

Take down dipole SW antenna

Get new SW coax/connectors

Handheld AM/FM from work

LAUNDRY STRATEGY

Wash boards

Wringer

Tubs

GARBAGE STRATEGY

Garbage bags

Burning

TOILET STRATEGY

Toilet paper

Lime

Picks

Shovels

GAMES

Dice

Cards

Chess, Checkers, Cards, Scrabble, 5 in a row, Chips, Puzzles

Hoyle game rule book

PERSONAL RECORDS/PAPERWORK TOP

Taxes and major financial events boxes

Family member/Assets/Warranties/Insurance file box

Social security cards

Birth certificates

Vaccination records

Medical records

LIBRARY

Bibles

Spiritual books

Spiritual booklet/pamphlet box

Survival handbook

Medical

Gardening

Water storage

Food storage

Family preparedness handbook

BARTER STRATEGY

Make rosaries

Make sacrifice beads

Supplies for above

TOOL ITEMS

Have tool kit packed

NEIGHBOR STRATEGY

Who can we partner with

UTILITY STRATEGY

Get utility deposits back

EFT/BANKING DISCONNECT STRATEGY

Withdraw money timely

Disconnect from use of Quicken timely

Cut off EFT of paycheck timely, or would it work better than US mail for

checks?

Have supply of checks on hand

GARDEN PLAN TOP

Watering plan

Fertilizer

Non hybrid seeds

Garden sticks

CAMPING EQUIPMENT & RELATED ITEMS

Rope

Bungies

Tarps

Tents

Sleeping bags

Stoves

Lanterns

Mantles

White gas

Complete tent stake bag fully loaded up

Ax

Hatchet

CONTINGENCY PLANS

Stop pay EFT paycheck to checking account and payment EFT's

Get inoculations ahead of time

Bankruptcy

Plans for extended family???

All cash out of bank and in hand

THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG TOP

Car chip problems

Job loss

Continuing income loss

No mail service for paychecks

How do I pay bills?

No electricity, gas lights, running water

No phone, PC net, scanner out, no lights

No heat, no hot water, no laundry, no TV, no wall power only radios

No refrigerator/freezer

Chaos in neighborhood, entire city, state, country, the world = get out?

Unable to leave as planned

Problems on the road

Government/military goes wacky on us

PDD's/EO's implemented

From: Jeff Ottle jaggedrock@aol.com

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BASIC WHEAT CEREAL RECIPE TOP

Simmer a cup of wheat in about one and a half cups of water (from your stored water supply, for a little realism) until some of the kernels start to burst. If the cooked cereal is too strong for your taste, discard the cooking water and rinse wheat kernels; a little sugar, butter or margarine will make them more enjoyable. If you soak the wheat kernels in the water overnight, they will start to burst after about forty minutes of simmering.

If you soak them for a few days, they will soften to the point where you can even eat them without cooking them. But remember that a given quantity of seeds will expand to about double its original volume after absorbing water, so don't soak them in a too-small container.

Although I have never had a problem eating whole kernels of wheat, there have been experiments where people ate nothing but boiled whole kernels of wheat for 2 days and wound up with loose bowels. Further experimentation revealed that cracking the wheat into small pieces before boiling it got rid of the problem. A pepper mill or even stones can be used to crack wheat if necessary.

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POP BOTTLE GREEN HOUSE TOP

You can cut some of your empty soda bottles in half, put dirt in the bottoms, plant wheat seeds, and put them on the dashboard of your vehicle, and park so that the windshield faces south and acts as a greenhouse; you can even push the bottoms back into the tops (with the caps off, for ventilation) to make individual greenhouses and put them on the roof or hood of your vehicle if you have no more room on your dashboard! Just make sure you secure them by surrounding them with rocks or tying them together so that the wind does not blow them over.

My own experience with greenhouses is that how cold your plants get at night is not nearly so critical as whether it gets warm enough during the day, and if the sun is shining, the interior of a vehicle is much warmer than outside. If growing some wheat for greens seems like a good idea, also store garden seeds and use the same method to plant Swiss Chard, a fast-growing leafy vegetable whose leaves you can keep harvesting over a period of months; Collard Greens are similar, and grow better in hot conditions (like behind a south-facing windshield in summer).

But wouldn't it be a good idea to try this method out now? We all know that garlic cloves keep well for months; they will grow into plants when planted small end up; the green shoots are edible and garlic is beneficial for health.

If these last two paragraphs on sprouting and growing inside a vehicle seem far-fetched, consider the psychological benefits of causing something to grow that can be eaten, instead of just living off dwindling stored supplies. And if you have to move your vehicle again, your sprouters and planters are portable!

I once heard a nutritionist on the radio say that when you eat white rice instead of brown rice, YOU THROW AWAY FORTY NUTRIENTS. I guess a good analogy would be eating white-flour products instead of whole-wheat products

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LOCAL SOURCES FOR BULK GRAINS AND BEANS: TOP

FOR SEVERAL YEARS, I milled and made bread and pancakes with whole yellow corn that I purchased from a local feed store because it was not available anywhere else, including my bulk food supplier.

I recently asked another local feed store if they could supply me with wheat, and they indicated that I could purchase a FIFTY-POUND BAG OF WHEAT FOR ABOUT EIGHT DOLLARS, although at the bulk food supplier that I use, a 50 lb bag is about $15. The difference is that the cheaper variety is mainly used for planting and to feed animals; however, the same feed store said that they sell this kind of wheat as well as corn and beans to people from Mexico all the time, who cook it and eat it themselves.

I understand that such food might not be subject to all the inspections required for human consumption, and might not have been transported in food-grade containers. + the storage facilities in feed stores may not conform to regulations for storage of foods for human consumption.

In any case, the corn that I used to get from the feed store was very clean, and any invisible pathogens must have been destroyed by cooking anyway. If you have no other way to obtain grains and beans at a reasonable cost in the very near future, you may want to consider a feed store. You can upgrade to higher quality grains and beans later, if the opportunity arises.

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HARD CANDY, CANNED MEAT TOP

Consider a supply of hard candy, especially the "sour" kind that has ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to provide energy without your having to use up your more valuable protein foods for body fuel.

In August 1998, small cans of Libby's Vienna Sausage have an expiration date of October 2000, and are not expensive. Neither are small cans of sardines, and they have a good storage life as well; the ones packed in oil would probably be a better choice than those packed in sauce. A recent telephone call to Hormel Foods revealed that their SPAM AND OTHER HORMEL CANNED PRODUCTS HAVE A SHELF LIFE OF FOUR TO SIX YEARS because they are cooked in the can. Again, consider these items for bugout packs, in addition to tabouleh.

Surely, you have opened a jar of peanut butter and left it in the cupboard for a close to a year at some point; it kept pretty well, didn't it? It's inexpensive enough to buy several jars. Ordinary canned vegetables (but not all fruits) are generally edible for about two years.

My own experience with everyday cooking oils has been that after opening, they were still quite usable two years later. Some olive oil I opened was good three years after I opened it. A manufacturer of vegetable shortening has told me that their product has an indefinite shelf life if left unopened.


DRY POTATOES TOP

I found this in my dehydrater book.

Preparation; Peel, wash and slice 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick or shoestring

3/16 inch thick , or grate or dice depending on how the dried potato is

to be used. Pretreatment: Steam blanch over water containing 1 tsp. sodium

bisulfite per cup of water 4 to 6 min or until translucent but still firm.

Rinse well in cold water to remove gelled starch.

Drying Temperature: 160F for 1 to 2 hours, or until done.

How to use: Grate slices and rehydreate for hash brown potatoes.

For much greater detail about my plans for adapting my "urban homestead" to meet the looming challenges of peak oil, climate instability, and economic irrationality, see Gatewood Urban Homestead, the permaculture design for my home.







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