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I use my flashlights all day, everyday and a lot of the night. I originally got one for working on stuff but it works so well for EDC that it lives in my pocket.  It also helps me look at things, and not have to turn all the lights on at night when I have to go to the bathroom. The little flashlight lamp I have gets used to keep bugs off me at night when I’m surfing the net as well. I also used to use my camping knife sharpeners for my shop tools and kitchen knives. Now I just use some ceramic dog bones, but everything is pretty sharp now at least. Last year we also bought some rechargeable fans in case the power goes out but where I hang out there’s little air movement so it’s on almost all the time. Does great at keeping me cool even when we do have power. We also recently used the mesh veil I’ve mentioned in another thread this last heat dome to great effect; my mom was having issues with the heat cuz it’s just so hot and no AC, so I pulled the veil out, soaked it with hot water, and waving it around cooled it off in a minute. Gave it to her and her temp was stabilized in 30 minutes with just that. She just gets it wet now, throws it over her legs while sleeping with the fan on, and immediately was able to sleep even with the house barely cooling down. We ordered like 5 more, one for her, a handful for my siblings family who live down in the hot and spicy Texas, cuz they just work so well. Originally I started buying Soylent as a snack, and then it rolled over into being an accidental prep food/liquid since I started hanging on to 3 cases at a time. A case is 12×400 calories, 4,800 altogether, so like two days of active food that needs no prep or water a case. I used it a lot when we had a rodent in the kitchen and my brain problems were very high. Would hate to have 6 days straight of it, but it’s quick easy calories. Granted it only has a 6 month or so shelf life, but a case only sits for two or three months before I use it up. Still a neat snack. I think another thing that’s nice is the honing of my critical thinking and research skills from trying to prep better. I got really good at deep diving things and aggregating information, then picking the most important things from it, then utilizing it. The veil is an example, I saw it on a B Thomas video and he was talking about how it worked and it seemed reasonable enough and when there was a sale, I was able to grab a manufactured alcohol stove,a tarp, cords and other things to round out the preps I had, and the veil on sale. It’s results speak for themselves, my mom was able to sleep through the last 95 plus F days easily and wake up refreshed and cool. 

AC? What’s that? I kid, but I live in old adobe so it’s one of the modern amenities I live without, along with a microwave, bed and automatic ice maker. Normally keeping the house cool involves keeping all the windows closed but the mother, as always cannot handle keeping the windows closed because “the air isn’t moving”. So it’s usually hot,, but a nice passive heat reduction is that IR and heat blocking film you can stick or soap seal to the windows. In another forum post about the heat, I mentioned the sniper veil, a coarse cotton mesh that cools extremely well in dryer conditions. Cooling centers while wearing n95 or p100 respirators would probably be a reasonable last ditch, but damn. Maybe keeping a cheap or empty Styrofoam cooler specially for small snacks and daily drinking water so it actually stays cool when the heat is up would be helpful, even in Nalgenes my water can be lukewarm in hot weather even if it’s sitting right next to me. Grab a bag of ice from the gas station if the power goes out and toss it in there and it’ll keep water icey without having to let the cold out of the fridge.maybe a few plastic covered ice cream snacks too to keep up the energy. Otherwise I personally enjoy the modern convenience of lithium rechargeable batteries. Multiple battery packs for my phone with wireless, one for lights and small size rechargeable batteries. And the other for recharging the rechargeable fans over night and during use. Solar panels are a given. I was considering this fan for pulling air in at night.  I think it would work but I’m not sure because it’s a bit steep for my budget. My mom and I both have 8 inch fans from Opolar, hers ossilates, has a timer and has a removable battery pack. Mine is on its second summer and it runs almost constantly,I run it at night over my legs cuz where I sleep has zero air movement, and during the day. It runs while charging so I run it off battery during the day and charge at night, conceptually when the power is less likely to go out, so it’ll be full the next day if the power goes out.Quiet and effective. Plus dollar store hand fans, they work great after you glue the fabric back on. We also have tape on the side of the fridge prepped to tape it closed so we don’t open it when the power is out. It saved us the last time making dinner when the power went out. I need to get some wireless fridge thermometers, there’s some relatively cheap that seem to be a good balance, and run a long time on accessible batteries. There was another forum post about it, but staying used to the heat is also important

I hope I’m allowed to reboot this thread in 2022. First off, I adore Children of Men. It was one of my favorite movies until I realized it was essentially happening. I think a lot of the vibe of everyone in that movie is mostly from a sense of hopelessness, dread; there aren’t any more kids so things may not go on. Nobody young to work and nobody young to pass the torch too, which is just eroding everything away. Thankfully, we haven’t hit that point, I don’t think zika is being as wide spread and I hope it stays that way, but everything else is happening. But we do have less people able to work and more don’t want to work for garbage pay. Skill trades are aging out or getting sick. I don’t remember where I read it, but it was basically that, yes, there’s a war/collapse on. You go to work. You go home. You party. There is still a war on. Outside of the U.S., there are so many places that are war torn or already declining. Mexico. A lot of the middle east. The Balkans. Ireland I think. Ukraine. Cuba. Sri Lanka is in the midst of a lot of things. While I don’t think they were able to have a solid read a few years ago, with COVID running everything down even faster, they may have had some time to plan and prepare. I think looking to them for reference and inspiration would probably be the most informing step. You’d see The next step after what’s happening in the US now, and many steps farther. The solutions and short comings. You could probably reference older declines like Rome and such, but there are modern problems and modern solutions. Like directional long range Wi-Fi antennas in the Amazon rainforest that throw signals hundreds of kilometers without wire. I’m sure in all declines, people were thinking what to do, what to prepare for. They must’ve been successful enough that things continued. It will suck, but I think we can figure out how to at least make it suck less.. I think my great aunt lived through the tail end of the depression, and war rationing. If you have things half decent, and don’t expect everything gold plated, it can be sufficient. She’s still around, she said her favorite food is beans and tortillas and chili. I think the only thing that would be the worst is medical care. What’s not having everything fancy and comfortable to just making do? But without medical care, eeeehhh. Have to bring back the plague doctors.

A few weeks ago, I had fallen into a deep nap, as it happens when you’re not optimized on your food intake. My mom stomps up and tells me to get up! The power went out. Normally we’d just sit around and chat, wait till it comes back on, have a snack. But my mom, not a few minutes before had pulled out a good portion of ground beef. Our stove range is electric, so we couldn’t cook it. Not knowing how long it would last, we didn’t open the fridge either. So I go, oh I have exactly the right thing for this. Maybe last year? I picked up a Gas One camping stove, with all the BTUs. It was kinda silly how we were trying to dig out the 1 pound propane tanks in the dark, flicking the light switch before remembering oh yeah,, no power. I’m afraid of the dark, so verily my light came up and gave us what we needed. I picked up an aluminum camping table precisely for this specific use as well, and we pulled the stove, propane, table, wind shield out. Wiped down the door handles cuz they have store germs on them and we are making food, had a stock of clean wipes right there just for that. Good thing I sprung for the wind screen, it was very windy. Staying in the porch kept it manageable, but with the open grate on the table, it could’ve been too much. Out comes the pot we were making the meat in, and it’s the first time I’ve used the stove which is not ideal as a prepper, but it worked so that’s the test now. I hear a door slam close and the neighbor we don’t know is trotting down to his car. He leaves. I’ve never cooked ground beef so fast. Then in goes the seasoning,  beans and tomatoes. Turn down to a simmer and let it relax. This is maybe the fifth time I’ve ever cooked on gas, camp stove or house stove. It starts to bubble and it’s ready to go back inside. The stove is still very hot so I wait outside with it, as things often grow legs even in the porch. I see the neighbor come back. The has a fast food bag with him and he goes up and in. He probably had to use cash, the power outages always mess with the card things. I take the stove back in and bring all the other parts back in. It only took maybe 30 minutes to assess the situation, react and finish cooking dinner. The power turned back on, so we could have our Texas chili with cheese. We ate happily, and put the cheese away. The power went out again long enough for the food to cool so when it came back on later, we were able to put it in the fridge. It was very cool to have things work immediately and effectively. And we didn’t have to run out to buy food while groceries spoiled. I might need to catch up on my stress training cuz that was stressful, but we were pretty excited after the first bowl. I figure with the power supply issues coming in my area this summer, it’ll be a bit more of that with more fans

Hey hey I just picked one of those up too! I also made the mistake of getting the basic one without the volt meter, but less parts to break down if we’re keeping them. They seem to charge half decent. They do make USB voltage checkers that are like 20 to 30 dollars that even have Bluetooth so you can check the power through it on your phone. My budget was tight this semester cuz I needed some other items, so I would also recommend the android app Ampere. It tracks how much milliamps your phone or tablet is able to draw. It’s helped me figure out when cords are bad, and when I didn’t plug something in properly. It’s not going to help you figure out what your power bank is getting, but you can get a good idea of What’s coming down and what weather works well enough. I think using mobile solar chargers is also a soft skill that takes time to learn optimizing. The way I’m using my battery packs and panels, we have fans with rechargeable batteries that we use for air conditioning, cuz the old house doesn’t have central. It’s very likely power goes out here in summer, even more so with the weird power supply issues now, so those can get topped off by the batteries at night, while rotating the packs to be charged during the day. Then they also charge the tablets, phones, any flashlight batteries,  and the emergency radio. Though the last time the power went out, I was mad needing some noise, so one of my old phones that doubles as a SDR scanner rig with a USB c hub, I downloaded a bunch of my music playlists. I’m also going to look into some shows, movies, and copies of where there is no doctor and other books hopefully. Off loading media to the phone that won’t have data connecting will save my regular phone battery to get texts and alerts, and I can use the data for any info finding. I’d also suggest magnetic plug charging cables, battery packs are heavy and a broken micro usb port will barely charge. Plus it saves wear and tear on the cables. The ones I use won’t fast charge, but they don’t need to

Where I live, there’s already a decent amount of heavy metals in the water as it’s mostly deep well water and there are mines all over. I would expect it to get worse if grid down in summer and winter, and extra low water table in winter a la Texas freeze 2021. Everything is in water tanks but I’m not sure how much it’s processed before being put there. I’m also not sure if I would trust surface water out here anymore (think Church Rock tailings spill, among other things). Ideally I think the Alexapur gravity would be optimal, even for a built set up instead of factory. But like, that capability in a portable package that isn’t an absurd cost isn’t available with lab confirmation. It’s also not portable enough. I would like to start with a portable device that would do heavy metals at least, but all the carbon filters aren’t specific about what they can and can’t do.II figure the recommended with the carbon filter, and the PNG purifier of water powder seems to be the only practical solution, but there are also no specifics on the purifier of water capabilities. So does the recommended gravity kit, purifier of water mix and just investing in way more water storage seem more realistic? I could also use the recommended kit on the stored water if there was any contamination as well. I’m just frazzled trying to find the better solution for what I need and stay in budget, black outs are happening more and I want to round out my preps while I can


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I use my flashlights all day, everyday and a lot of the night. I originally got one for working on stuff but it works so well for EDC that it lives in my pocket.  It also helps me look at things, and not have to turn all the lights on at night when I have to go to the bathroom. The little flashlight lamp I have gets used to keep bugs off me at night when I’m surfing the net as well. I also used to use my camping knife sharpeners for my shop tools and kitchen knives. Now I just use some ceramic dog bones, but everything is pretty sharp now at least. Last year we also bought some rechargeable fans in case the power goes out but where I hang out there’s little air movement so it’s on almost all the time. Does great at keeping me cool even when we do have power. We also recently used the mesh veil I’ve mentioned in another thread this last heat dome to great effect; my mom was having issues with the heat cuz it’s just so hot and no AC, so I pulled the veil out, soaked it with hot water, and waving it around cooled it off in a minute. Gave it to her and her temp was stabilized in 30 minutes with just that. She just gets it wet now, throws it over her legs while sleeping with the fan on, and immediately was able to sleep even with the house barely cooling down. We ordered like 5 more, one for her, a handful for my siblings family who live down in the hot and spicy Texas, cuz they just work so well. Originally I started buying Soylent as a snack, and then it rolled over into being an accidental prep food/liquid since I started hanging on to 3 cases at a time. A case is 12×400 calories, 4,800 altogether, so like two days of active food that needs no prep or water a case. I used it a lot when we had a rodent in the kitchen and my brain problems were very high. Would hate to have 6 days straight of it, but it’s quick easy calories. Granted it only has a 6 month or so shelf life, but a case only sits for two or three months before I use it up. Still a neat snack. I think another thing that’s nice is the honing of my critical thinking and research skills from trying to prep better. I got really good at deep diving things and aggregating information, then picking the most important things from it, then utilizing it. The veil is an example, I saw it on a B Thomas video and he was talking about how it worked and it seemed reasonable enough and when there was a sale, I was able to grab a manufactured alcohol stove,a tarp, cords and other things to round out the preps I had, and the veil on sale. It’s results speak for themselves, my mom was able to sleep through the last 95 plus F days easily and wake up refreshed and cool. 

AC? What’s that? I kid, but I live in old adobe so it’s one of the modern amenities I live without, along with a microwave, bed and automatic ice maker. Normally keeping the house cool involves keeping all the windows closed but the mother, as always cannot handle keeping the windows closed because “the air isn’t moving”. So it’s usually hot,, but a nice passive heat reduction is that IR and heat blocking film you can stick or soap seal to the windows. In another forum post about the heat, I mentioned the sniper veil, a coarse cotton mesh that cools extremely well in dryer conditions. Cooling centers while wearing n95 or p100 respirators would probably be a reasonable last ditch, but damn. Maybe keeping a cheap or empty Styrofoam cooler specially for small snacks and daily drinking water so it actually stays cool when the heat is up would be helpful, even in Nalgenes my water can be lukewarm in hot weather even if it’s sitting right next to me. Grab a bag of ice from the gas station if the power goes out and toss it in there and it’ll keep water icey without having to let the cold out of the fridge.maybe a few plastic covered ice cream snacks too to keep up the energy. Otherwise I personally enjoy the modern convenience of lithium rechargeable batteries. Multiple battery packs for my phone with wireless, one for lights and small size rechargeable batteries. And the other for recharging the rechargeable fans over night and during use. Solar panels are a given. I was considering this fan for pulling air in at night.  I think it would work but I’m not sure because it’s a bit steep for my budget. My mom and I both have 8 inch fans from Opolar, hers ossilates, has a timer and has a removable battery pack. Mine is on its second summer and it runs almost constantly,I run it at night over my legs cuz where I sleep has zero air movement, and during the day. It runs while charging so I run it off battery during the day and charge at night, conceptually when the power is less likely to go out, so it’ll be full the next day if the power goes out.Quiet and effective. Plus dollar store hand fans, they work great after you glue the fabric back on. We also have tape on the side of the fridge prepped to tape it closed so we don’t open it when the power is out. It saved us the last time making dinner when the power went out. I need to get some wireless fridge thermometers, there’s some relatively cheap that seem to be a good balance, and run a long time on accessible batteries. There was another forum post about it, but staying used to the heat is also important

I hope I’m allowed to reboot this thread in 2022. First off, I adore Children of Men. It was one of my favorite movies until I realized it was essentially happening. I think a lot of the vibe of everyone in that movie is mostly from a sense of hopelessness, dread; there aren’t any more kids so things may not go on. Nobody young to work and nobody young to pass the torch too, which is just eroding everything away. Thankfully, we haven’t hit that point, I don’t think zika is being as wide spread and I hope it stays that way, but everything else is happening. But we do have less people able to work and more don’t want to work for garbage pay. Skill trades are aging out or getting sick. I don’t remember where I read it, but it was basically that, yes, there’s a war/collapse on. You go to work. You go home. You party. There is still a war on. Outside of the U.S., there are so many places that are war torn or already declining. Mexico. A lot of the middle east. The Balkans. Ireland I think. Ukraine. Cuba. Sri Lanka is in the midst of a lot of things. While I don’t think they were able to have a solid read a few years ago, with COVID running everything down even faster, they may have had some time to plan and prepare. I think looking to them for reference and inspiration would probably be the most informing step. You’d see The next step after what’s happening in the US now, and many steps farther. The solutions and short comings. You could probably reference older declines like Rome and such, but there are modern problems and modern solutions. Like directional long range Wi-Fi antennas in the Amazon rainforest that throw signals hundreds of kilometers without wire. I’m sure in all declines, people were thinking what to do, what to prepare for. They must’ve been successful enough that things continued. It will suck, but I think we can figure out how to at least make it suck less.. I think my great aunt lived through the tail end of the depression, and war rationing. If you have things half decent, and don’t expect everything gold plated, it can be sufficient. She’s still around, she said her favorite food is beans and tortillas and chili. I think the only thing that would be the worst is medical care. What’s not having everything fancy and comfortable to just making do? But without medical care, eeeehhh. Have to bring back the plague doctors.

A few weeks ago, I had fallen into a deep nap, as it happens when you’re not optimized on your food intake. My mom stomps up and tells me to get up! The power went out. Normally we’d just sit around and chat, wait till it comes back on, have a snack. But my mom, not a few minutes before had pulled out a good portion of ground beef. Our stove range is electric, so we couldn’t cook it. Not knowing how long it would last, we didn’t open the fridge either. So I go, oh I have exactly the right thing for this. Maybe last year? I picked up a Gas One camping stove, with all the BTUs. It was kinda silly how we were trying to dig out the 1 pound propane tanks in the dark, flicking the light switch before remembering oh yeah,, no power. I’m afraid of the dark, so verily my light came up and gave us what we needed. I picked up an aluminum camping table precisely for this specific use as well, and we pulled the stove, propane, table, wind shield out. Wiped down the door handles cuz they have store germs on them and we are making food, had a stock of clean wipes right there just for that. Good thing I sprung for the wind screen, it was very windy. Staying in the porch kept it manageable, but with the open grate on the table, it could’ve been too much. Out comes the pot we were making the meat in, and it’s the first time I’ve used the stove which is not ideal as a prepper, but it worked so that’s the test now. I hear a door slam close and the neighbor we don’t know is trotting down to his car. He leaves. I’ve never cooked ground beef so fast. Then in goes the seasoning,  beans and tomatoes. Turn down to a simmer and let it relax. This is maybe the fifth time I’ve ever cooked on gas, camp stove or house stove. It starts to bubble and it’s ready to go back inside. The stove is still very hot so I wait outside with it, as things often grow legs even in the porch. I see the neighbor come back. The has a fast food bag with him and he goes up and in. He probably had to use cash, the power outages always mess with the card things. I take the stove back in and bring all the other parts back in. It only took maybe 30 minutes to assess the situation, react and finish cooking dinner. The power turned back on, so we could have our Texas chili with cheese. We ate happily, and put the cheese away. The power went out again long enough for the food to cool so when it came back on later, we were able to put it in the fridge. It was very cool to have things work immediately and effectively. And we didn’t have to run out to buy food while groceries spoiled. I might need to catch up on my stress training cuz that was stressful, but we were pretty excited after the first bowl. I figure with the power supply issues coming in my area this summer, it’ll be a bit more of that with more fans

Hey hey I just picked one of those up too! I also made the mistake of getting the basic one without the volt meter, but less parts to break down if we’re keeping them. They seem to charge half decent. They do make USB voltage checkers that are like 20 to 30 dollars that even have Bluetooth so you can check the power through it on your phone. My budget was tight this semester cuz I needed some other items, so I would also recommend the android app Ampere. It tracks how much milliamps your phone or tablet is able to draw. It’s helped me figure out when cords are bad, and when I didn’t plug something in properly. It’s not going to help you figure out what your power bank is getting, but you can get a good idea of What’s coming down and what weather works well enough. I think using mobile solar chargers is also a soft skill that takes time to learn optimizing. The way I’m using my battery packs and panels, we have fans with rechargeable batteries that we use for air conditioning, cuz the old house doesn’t have central. It’s very likely power goes out here in summer, even more so with the weird power supply issues now, so those can get topped off by the batteries at night, while rotating the packs to be charged during the day. Then they also charge the tablets, phones, any flashlight batteries,  and the emergency radio. Though the last time the power went out, I was mad needing some noise, so one of my old phones that doubles as a SDR scanner rig with a USB c hub, I downloaded a bunch of my music playlists. I’m also going to look into some shows, movies, and copies of where there is no doctor and other books hopefully. Off loading media to the phone that won’t have data connecting will save my regular phone battery to get texts and alerts, and I can use the data for any info finding. I’d also suggest magnetic plug charging cables, battery packs are heavy and a broken micro usb port will barely charge. Plus it saves wear and tear on the cables. The ones I use won’t fast charge, but they don’t need to

Where I live, there’s already a decent amount of heavy metals in the water as it’s mostly deep well water and there are mines all over. I would expect it to get worse if grid down in summer and winter, and extra low water table in winter a la Texas freeze 2021. Everything is in water tanks but I’m not sure how much it’s processed before being put there. I’m also not sure if I would trust surface water out here anymore (think Church Rock tailings spill, among other things). Ideally I think the Alexapur gravity would be optimal, even for a built set up instead of factory. But like, that capability in a portable package that isn’t an absurd cost isn’t available with lab confirmation. It’s also not portable enough. I would like to start with a portable device that would do heavy metals at least, but all the carbon filters aren’t specific about what they can and can’t do.II figure the recommended with the carbon filter, and the PNG purifier of water powder seems to be the only practical solution, but there are also no specifics on the purifier of water capabilities. So does the recommended gravity kit, purifier of water mix and just investing in way more water storage seem more realistic? I could also use the recommended kit on the stored water if there was any contamination as well. I’m just frazzled trying to find the better solution for what I need and stay in budget, black outs are happening more and I want to round out my preps while I can


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