Short-term Emergency Power in a Disaster

Localized or even regional disasters have a shelf life. After a while, they aren’t such a big deal any more. But while they are here, the loss of power that sometimes comes with them should be something you include in your planning.

The news reports leading up to expected trouble, such as we see with oncoming hurricanes, usually include notes on generators flying off the shelves and quickly becoming scarce. No matter how many hurricanes come through an area, there

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The RV Bug Out Practice Run

Each bug out plan needs to be run on occasion. For the RVer, this is little more than doing what you do for a snap shot trip, with some modifications. Going over RV BOVs, we can quickly see that they take the form of:

Motor Homes of all classes Truck /camper rigs Travel and Fifth Wheel trailers Tent trailers and small tear-drop type trailers

Each of these has its own pre-trip readiness requirements. I believe that most owners have their

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Observations Regarding Hurricane Sandy

Plan A will generally require the assistance of Plan B. But what if there is no Plan B?

Or, in the meaning-laden question of a friend of mine, “Are you ready?”

News feeds from the Sandy Theater of Operations illustrate the reality of conditions that live large and powerful within internet PAW fiction and prepper guru predictions. It can get ugly, even with FEMA preparations and promises. Words, fliers and official FAQs are useless when it comes to providing disaster

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Jerry Cans = FUEL

NATO fuel cans, or as some call them, Jerry cans, carry just about 5 gallons each. There are not the easiest things to handle when refueling, but their uniform shape makes them easy to store and move about in preparation for refueling. Our recent trip with The Rig was made without the use of our stored fuel. I’d like to say that doing it that way was part of the plan, but I’d be lying. I forgot to load them.

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Bug Out Test

Been thin on posts because we are on a bug out trip /test. We hooked up the trailer, loaded some supplies (and a pair of cats) and hit the road. More information when it is available, but we have been experimenting with different camp setups, testing our rig on grades, and getting to know some territory on the way to the “Far End”, our most extreme BOL.

One big surprise was the lack of fuel efficiency of our diesel rig.

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Periodic Reminder to Check your Preps

This is a reminder for those of you that manage your preps by the season changes. Over at FaceBook I wrote this tonight, and thought I’d re-post here in case some of you don’t use FB.

I’d like to remind everyone that with the oncoming heat in the US, it is important to take stock of your vulnerable preps and where they are stored. Please check that items kept in garages, sheds and storage units are of the type not

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$5 per Gallon - Fond Memories?

What would you say if I were to ask you, “Would you ever wish for gas at $5 per gallon? Well, I’m asking. I heard a report today that described the fuel needs present in China and India. It stated that by next year, they very well could be demanding the importation of oil at a rate larger than what the world can provide to them.

From “Fueling the Dragon – China’s Race into the Oil Market”

With 1.3 billion

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Gas Prices Going Up. Now What?

Here’s a link to a AAA gas price site. The Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Prices momentarily topped $5 /gallon in southern California. The trend is up. The L.A. Times wrote in January that….

“Not only are we worrying about the end of the world in 2012 — thanks, Maya calendar makers — but this also may be the year of the gas-pocalypse, analysts warn. That’s because gasoline prices are the highest ever for the start of the year, and they’re

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BOL (Bug Out Locations) - How Far Away?

As with just about any question an inquisitive prepper poses, the answer often begins with yet another question. “How far away from what, exactly?” The underlying expectation of most asking this question is an answer that will help them decide how far away from everything, everyone, is safe. Grid down, TEOTWAWKI, ______ collapse, you name it…. the disaster of each person’s dreams is the foundation for their preparations.

“….from what?” Answer that first. In general, a BOL is positioned such

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