posted on Mar, 19 2008 @ 07:02 PM
My philosophy is to Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst.
Stock as much non-pareshable foods and canned goods as you can, don't stop at 4 months worth if you don't have to.
Stock up on ammo, and maybe learn how to reload or make your own (Arrows). Take a camping trip to the closest State Land and put up a lean-too
shelter, Remember to take it down when you are done, and try to leave no trace when you leave.
As always Practice, practice, practice --- Turn the power off for a weekend and see how you do --- Guarentee the kids will want to spend that weekend
with friends --- don't let them, or invite the friends over to stay with you for that weekend LOL.
Don't forget entertainment -- Books, Board Games, Dice, in most situations there will be alot of down time eventually.
If you lose the water supply to your toilet, you can use your waste water (from cooking or bathing) to flush the toilet once or twice a day (only as
needed). Keeping the lid closed between flushings will help avoid odors and germs.
To use the toilet without any flushing, you can line the toilet with a medium size trash bag for easy disposal. These bags will need to be tied
tightly and stored as far from the home as possible.
You can also make a "toilet" outdoors with a bucket or by digging a hole or trench. Lime or powdered bleach can be used to cover the waste to keep
odors down. Or, you can use RV-Trine Bacterial Formula, which eliminates odor and digests waste with good bacteria (and is all natural and
biodegradable) from toilets of all kinds or from holes. Your toilet hole could be very deep, and you could throw a layer of dirt in after each use in
place of or addition to lime, bleach, or bacterial additive. A good precaution is to dig the hole at least two feet deep and to cover it completely
when the waste is one foot from the top. A bucket toilet could be sealed with its own lid. They also make self-contained camping toilets, or folding
toilets that hold bags.
Obviously, you can hang clothes on the line to dry in the sun. Washing them is a different story.
Purchase a washboard while you can.
1.) It is okay to wash laundry in cold water, its the modern dryer that shrinks cloths.
2.) Put water in a tub until ¾ full, this does not have to be drinking quality water.
3.) Put underwear into the water to soak
4.) Rest a bar of soap at the top of the board
5.) Rub underwear (garment), over soap and then rub item vigorously on the metal rub surface
Repeat until item is clean
Put shirts in water and repeat until clean
Wash pants the same way
Last item to wash would be your socks. Allow them to soak and then use step 5 many times.
Hint --- Do not discard water. Soak your feet for 20 minutes; it will feel sooo good!
Dry your feet; apply foot powder, clean socks and boots.
Discard dirty water, or save to flush the toilet with, refill bucket and rinse rinse until no soap remainsthis is a key point.
Wring out clothing items and pin on clothesline to dry
The washboard could be replaced by a large rock in the river or creek.