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Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-14-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 27,241
Posted By cchardwick
I live in the Rocky Mountains. If they are...

I live in the Rocky Mountains. If they are looking for a lost hiker there's a reason they call off the search after one week. Between exposure to the elements and dangerous big game most people...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 08-09-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18,902
Views: 2,582,540
Posted By cchardwick
Here's the latest head count: 1,779 infected...

Here's the latest head count:

1,779 infected
959 dead

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28723977

Infected have been shipped to US as well as Spain (that's just crazy).

The CDC warns...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 08-09-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18,902
Views: 2,582,540
Posted By cchardwick
Thanks for the link! Looks like there has been...

Thanks for the link! Looks like there has been some activity there, I'll have to read all the posts!
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 08-09-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 18,902
Views: 2,582,540
Posted By cchardwick
The next big one is coming: EBOLA!

I'm not sure how many people have been watching the e-bola outbreak, and I'm surprised that I haven't seen anything on this board about it yet. I don't think theres any stopping this one, it's out...
Forum: Food and water 04-12-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,113
Posted By cchardwick
I've posted this here a few times in the past, I...

I've posted this here a few times in the past, I use all mason jars, mainly quart jars but a few half gallons and a few smaller jars. I have about 1000 quart jars now which is over 2000 pounds of...
Forum: Food and water 03-24-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,721
Posted By cchardwick
I have over 1000 jars and I bought them all brand...

I have over 1000 jars and I bought them all brand new, mostly at Walmart for about $10 a dozen which includes the bands, rings, and a nice cardboard box that holds them and stacks easily. Personally...
Forum: Food and water 03-23-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,140
Posted By cchardwick
You better do your research. According to the...

You better do your research. According to the EPA Giardia is bad stuff:

http://water.epa.gov/action/advisories/drinking/upload/2009_02_03_criteria_humanhealth_microbial_giardiafs.pdf

In...
Forum: Food and water 03-23-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,441
Posted By cchardwick
If you are thinking about gardening for the first...

If you are thinking about gardening for the first time the first thing you have to consider is your climate and what type of wildlife you have. I started with a small garden, the first year I had a...
Forum: Food and water 03-23-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,140
Posted By cchardwick
I totally disagree with this post, clean water is...

I totally disagree with this post, clean water is the foundation of survival. If you trust tap water you're crazy. I've seen tap water come out almost black, like a brown mud spigot that never...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-22-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,722
Posted By cchardwick
I think I was only in panic mode once, and that...

I think I was only in panic mode once, and that was when suddenly I realized that I had absolutely nothing in terms of preps, no food, water, guns, ammo, bug out bag, generator, Geiger counter, no...
Forum: Food and water 03-22-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,441
Posted By cchardwick
Up here in the mountains potatoes grow the best...

Up here in the mountains potatoes grow the best and give you the best bang for your buck. This year I'm planting all potatoes! I'm actually going to can most of them for use throughout the year. I...
Forum: Food and water 03-22-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,140
Posted By cchardwick
Where did you get it tested and what did it test...

Where did you get it tested and what did it test for? I'd like to see the results.
Forum: Food and water 03-22-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,140
Posted By cchardwick
I'm a chemist and I don't trust most water at...

I'm a chemist and I don't trust most water at all. Our house is on a well and I refuse to drink it because to properly test it would cost hundreds of dollars, and then that could change in a few...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-22-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,381
Posted By cchardwick
Actually the Aladdin lamps aren't that much...

Actually the Aladdin lamps aren't that much brighter, especially for the cost. They typically put out 50 CP. I have a bunch of Dietz Jupiter lamps and they put out 18 CP, almost half of the Aladdin...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-22-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,381
Posted By cchardwick
I never really considered the Aladdin lamps, but...

I never really considered the Aladdin lamps, but I do like this one, except for the fact that it's almost $500 OUCH! The tall glass chimney scares me, but this one seems bullet proof.
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 03-18-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,198
Posted By cchardwick
Our local government offers a free emergency...

Our local government offers a free emergency alert service. It's worked fantastic for local emergencies such as forest fires and school shootings / lockdowns. Here's the link:
...
Forum: Food and water 03-16-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,819
Posted By cchardwick
Canned water, excellent idea! I've always...

Canned water, excellent idea! I've always wondered how to store water long term without having to rotate all the time. I typically buy my water in gallon jugs and have about two dozen max and...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 02-01-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,577
Posted By cchardwick
That guy is pretty extreme LOL. I think he was...

That guy is pretty extreme LOL. I think he was living the stock market crash of 2008 when he filmed this. If we were smart we would have invested in stocks right after the crash. He talks like the...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-04-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,585
Posted By cchardwick
All you preppers are hoarders and have mental...

All you preppers are hoarders and have mental issues, admit it!

OK, now that I have pointed out the elephant in the room that everyone is tip toeing around we can move on!

:D:

Everyone seems...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-01-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 38,647
Views: 5,436,931
Posted By cchardwick
Just an FYI, if we have a forest fire or other...

Just an FYI, if we have a forest fire or other emergency we always get a reverse 911 call on our land line to let us know when to evacuate. Not sure you'll get the same service with your cell...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-31-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 14,965
Posted By cchardwick
My mother in law wears watches that aren't even...

My mother in law wears watches that aren't even water proof. Talk about cheap LOL and knowing a person by the watch they wear, I didn't even know they made watches anymore that weren't waterproof.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-28-2013, 11:46 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,422
Posted By cchardwick
I can tell you exactly what the ratio is. For me...

I can tell you exactly what the ratio is. For me it's 100% prepping, for my significant other it's zero percent.

When I have extra cash I buy batteries, generators, food for storage, guns, ammo,...
Forum: Reviews and questions 12-26-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 876
Posted By cchardwick
Are you prepared to defend against the silent killer in your tent?

I'm talking about Carbon Monoxide. This has really been on my mind lately, 12% of all CO deaths occur in tents, and 79% occur in homes. I found this handy pocket CO detector that you can carry...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-26-2013, 01:05 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 14,965
Posted By cchardwick
Am I in the right place?

OMG This is the survivalist board, right? This thread shocks me, I can't believe people say that they will rely on their cell phone for the time. This assumes you can still plug it into a power...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 11-16-2013, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,081
Posted By cchardwick
I recently hosted a camping trip on my property...

I recently hosted a camping trip on my property up here in the mountains and everyone forgot to bring a lantern! So I pulled out about a dozen of my Dietz Jupiter lanterns, I believe it's the same...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-23-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,209
Posted By cchardwick
I use 'Kleen Heat' as well. The cost isn't...

I use 'Kleen Heat' as well. The cost isn't really an issue, even at ten bucks a gallon, with ten gallons you can burn one lamp about six months using it six hours a night, at least I can with my...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 07-06-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,469
Posted By cchardwick
If I were you I'd dump the rechargables, they are...

If I were you I'd dump the rechargables, they are not worth the trouble. Most rechargeables lose 1% of their charger per day! So in 100 days they are all 100% discharged. I was charging batteries...
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2013, 08:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,621
Posted By cchardwick
This is called 'PSEUDO-SCIENCE'. They take a few...

This is called 'PSEUDO-SCIENCE'. They take a few facts like in this case, plants absorb CO2 from the air for everything they need for life, then they twist it around and say its good for people too....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-04-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,666
Posted By cchardwick
Well I've thought long and hard about precious...

Well I've thought long and hard about precious metals, especially gold, and at first I was agreeing with everyone here, but now that I've had a chance to think about it I have to strongly disagree,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-20-2013, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,491
Posted By cchardwick
I don't have the type of mill you are talking...

I don't have the type of mill you are talking about but I do have an electric mill and a bunch of different size sieves. I tried making bread with fine sifted flour and compared it to courser grain...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-20-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,907
Posted By cchardwick
Honestly, I don't think this question is fair. ...

Honestly, I don't think this question is fair. It's like saying, "how long can you survive with the money in your bank account?". The question should be, "how long can you survive on your...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
Actually this thread is about new prepping. I...

Actually this thread is about new prepping. I think we are getting side tracked. In fact I'd like to point out that many people will mislead you because of a financial interest. For example, if...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
Actually that's not totally correct. If they...

Actually that's not totally correct. If they don't can it right a very small amount of bad bacteria (i.e. Botulism) may be present. At that point it's probably OK to eat (the poison is in the dose)....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I buy them at Lowes or Home Depot. They are the...

I buy them at Lowes or Home Depot. They are the ones that hold 360 pounds per shelf. I was paying $99 but the price came down to $69 just recently.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
Are you serious or are you kidding me? You are...

Are you serious or are you kidding me? You are playing Russian Roulette with your canned goods. These are just the FDA observations. Do you know how often the FDA inspects these places? Not very...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
OK, here are some facts. Do you keep checking...

OK, here are some facts. Do you keep checking the FDA website for improperly processed can foods and do you check all your cans against the FDA warning letters? I doubt that anyone does. I agree...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
Well I have to admit there is a lot of debate on...

Well I have to admit there is a lot of debate on the topic of the safety of 20 year old canned food. You can do a Google search and you will find a 50:50 split down the middle, those that say it is...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,822
Posted By cchardwick
As a newbie I would do a lot of research before...

As a newbie I would do a lot of research before jumping in. For example, the mainstream way to prep is with buckets and mylar bags. After doing lots of in depth research I found that buckets and...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,057
Posted By cchardwick
That's a great list and it gives me some ideas. ...

That's a great list and it gives me some ideas. If you get lost in the mountains a fire starter is going to be your most valuable piece of equipment. I alway carry a Nano Striker as a backup just...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-09-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,582
Posted By cchardwick
I store my dry dog food the way I store all my...

I store my dry dog food the way I store all my other dry food items, vacuum sealed in quart jars with an oxygen absorber. So far I've had dog food over a year old and it smells as good as the day I...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,245
Posted By cchardwick
Well if you are like me with over 2000 pounds of...

Well if you are like me with over 2000 pounds of food on your shelves and a gun safe filled to the brim with ammo you'll never have to worry about either problem!

I do notice that my local King...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-08-2013, 08:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,586
Posted By cchardwick
I keep an old truck parked in the barn full of...

I keep an old truck parked in the barn full of gas. That's about 20 gallons of gas basically hidden in plain sight. I also have about a dozen plastic five gallon cans that I keep in a flammable...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-07-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 14,333
Posted By cchardwick
In reality it's so easy to start prepping. Just...

In reality it's so easy to start prepping. Just buy a few extra cans of food every time you go to the store. Mix it up each time, some extra pasta, dehydrated milk, things that will last a long...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-07-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 14,333
Posted By cchardwick
I think the problem is that most people have...

I think the problem is that most people have never been without a Walmart, fast food, or a shopping mall. How could those things ever go away? It's impossible, or so they all think.

I prep at...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I have to increase my time by 20 minutes? WOW I...

I have to increase my time by 20 minutes? WOW I didn't know it was that much longer.

I like the idea of canning with dry beans to start, in fact I may try a pint or two just to see how it comes...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 01:30 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I put O2 absorbers in everything. Vaccum sealing...

I put O2 absorbers in everything. Vaccum sealing takes out probably 95% of the oxygen, but as you can see in the cracker example there is still oxygen in the jars. I even put them in with my rice...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 01:28 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I love my dehydrator. I can buy a large bag of...

I love my dehydrator. I can buy a large bag of onions and dehydrate them down to about two quart jars. It really is compact food storage.

I'm guessing the seals failed because it wasn't...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 01:23 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I think both, can and dehydrate. Can for the...

I think both, can and dehydrate. Can for the short term, up to one year, and dehydrate for the long term, up to 20 years! I dehydrate a lot with my Excalibur 9-tray!
...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
I've tried vaccum sealing crackers without the...

I've tried vaccum sealing crackers without the oxygen absorbers and the crackers get stale in a few months. With the O2 absorbers I can take them out years after sealing and they still taste fresh. ...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 04-06-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,641
Posted By cchardwick
Canning scares the heck out of me. My mother in...

Canning scares the heck out of me. My mother in law had some stuff canned, her whole basement was full and it was there for 20+ years and the jars started exploding! I later found out that if you...
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