“Grab-and-Go” Binder – Make One Now!

The tornado that went through last night leveling several houses in the area reminded me of this.  In these types of disasters some of the most difficult items to replace are important personal documents.  For the most part insurance will replace homes & cars and the community will help with clothes, food, etc.  One of the most difficult items to replace are important personal documents.  Titles, property deeds, insurance policies, account numbers and information, etc.

Many emergencies displace families from their homes or make retrieval of important, personal documents difficult or impossible. Before a crisis hits, gather together your most important documents and store them in a three-ring binder. Use dividers to organize your papers; you can use the headings in my list or create your own. For the best protection of these documents, use plastic page protectors. As you assemble your binder, make copies of each document and, if possible, scan the documents so they can be stored on a portable zip drive or even a CD. Place one copy of your binder’s contents in a safety deposit box or store it with trusted friends or family members.

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How to Use a Barometer to Forecast the Weather

Do you have a barometer in your preps?


Finding out the weather forecast these days is as easy as turning on the TV or checking your phone. That wasn’t always the case, though. In the hundreds of years before television and even radio, people used more rudimentary devices to predict what the skies would bring in the coming days.

One of those tools was the barometer. Once common in aircraft, ships, and ordinary households across the world, it predicts approaching weather by measuring changes in air pressure.

complete article: Fair or Foul? How to Use a Barometer to Forecast the Weather | The Art of Manliness

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Distillation Method for Drinkable Water

This simple, brilliant still requires only a stainless steel water bottle, copper tubing, a cork, and a catch container. Make sure to listen to Kenneth Kramm’s lessons learned as he experimented with this practical distillation method.  He practices on sea (salt) water.

He also mentions the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

original post: Simple Bushcraft Distillation Method for Drinkable Water

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The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States

US Drought Monitor May 5 2015What are we going to do once all the water is gone?  Thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years, the western third of the country is facing the greatest water crisis that the United States has ever seen.  Lake Mead is now the lowest that it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, mandatory water restrictions have already been implemented in the state of California, and there are already widespread reports of people stealing water in some of the worst hit areas.  But this is just the beginning.  Right now, in a desperate attempt to maintain somewhat “normal” levels of activity, water is being pumped out of the ground in the western half of the nation at an absolutely staggering pace.  Once that irreplaceable groundwater is gone, that is when the real crisis will begin.  If this multi-year drought stretches on and becomes the “megadrought” that a lot of scientists are now warning about, life as we know it in much of the country is going to be fundamentally transformed and millions of Americans may be forced to find somewhere else to live.

full article: The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States

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Build Your Own Bicycle-Powered Battery for Emergency Power

At some point, you’ll be caught without power. If you’re lucky, it’ll come back, but if you’re stuck in a situation like last year’s Hurricane Sandy, it might be a while, and you’ll need another way to keep your gear powered. This deep-cycle battery, charged by a bicycle-powered generator, will do the trick.

The video above is a brilliant walkthrough of how the whole thing works and what it takes to build it. You’ll definitely need some components and some time to make this happen (not to mention some skill with electronics projects), like a magnetic DC motor (the kind you’d find in an electric wheelchair) and a charge controller based on this 555 controller design that keeps the battery from overcharging and turns the charging back on once it’s been discharged a given amount.

Once it’s all up and running, you can attach a bike and use it to charge the battery any time you need to. The beauty of the setup is that it uses pedal power to charge the battery, not to power the devices, so the lights don’t go out right after you get off the bike—you can charge the battery a bit every day, get some exercise, and still use your emergency radio, keep the TV turned on, or use your phone to let everyone know you’re okay.

Hackett’s Bike Generator | YouTube via Hack a Day

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