Originally posted by getreadyalready
This isn't SHTF preparation, this is just good common sense. For the SHTF preparation, you have to go much further and deeper and really evaluate
your intentions, but having a month of reserve food, water, medicine, batteries, blankets, and candles is really just common sense for any responsible
This is why I spend so much time chewing willow bark from the headaches from banging my head into said tree.
People plan for retirement, plan for the weekend, plan for future education, what is so difficult about planning ahead in case something terrible
should happen. All you need to do is watch the news for 5 minutes and you will see a situation where just the smallest bit of forsight and prepation
could have saved a whole lot of problems down the road. Seriously, a running generator, a cup of warm ramen, listening to the radio is a whole lot
better than beating on your neighbor for that last box of rice in your supermarket.
Plan ahead, even if it is just short term stuff, a week, a month. You dont need to go crazy about this, granted some of us do, but its a personal
thing. I dont want to rely on handouts should something REALLY bad happen, if you want to, your decision.
About the ice. Keep a pile of sawdust or wood ash handy. Should the power stay off for awhile, bury your ice blocks in it and keep in shady, cool
area (basement, under your porch) When you need some to cook with or to drink, chip a piece off, and simply melt and run through a sieve, sand, or
I did a test a few years ago, put my wood ash on a pile of ice behind a cabin of mine. Come the next fall, I shoveled off the ash, and there was
still a good pile of ice, kind of like making your own permafrost.
Also to note, the bag wrapped around the tree leaves does work, albeit not as well as you would hope. The more leaves, the better, and yes, move the
bag around from day to day. Make sure that the trees leaves arent poisonus, yes, should be common sense, but that is dying off lately. Another good
idea, if you have maple or birch trees is a simple tap. Its sap, not water, but can be used to keep you hydrated. Best time is obviously in the
spring, but sap does flow to some extent any growing month.