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  •  How To Survive the Coming Nukagedon!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Seneca Doane


    oh.  sorry.  fell asleep on my key board.

    They don't sell condoms that way.  They sell them with sex and/or death.

    Now matter how sexy words like "preparedness" and "primer" are to some of us, the general public just does not get hot for learning about prep.

    At the very least we need some teaser-excerpts to pique the current areas of interest like:

    Scenario 3 - Earthquake

    Description: A magnitude 7.4 earthquake centered on the Hayward fault strikes the San Francisco Bay Area at 1630PDT (4:30pm) on a weekday in October. One adult from the household is at work on the Peninsula, 20 miles away, when the quake occurs. The other adult is at home in Fremont. One child is at the elementary school walking distance from the house. The other is at preschool 10 miles from home.

    The home suffers minor structural damage, but appears fit to occupy. Bay Area bridges are declared unsafe pending inspection; extensive damage to overpasses and roadway make highway travel hazardous or impossible.

    And other than the nuke threat, what are they saying are the looming problems:  Getting drinking water and food and keeping warm.

    Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink
    Water is heavy, bulky, and absolutely vital to human survival.  The so-called "standard human" can survive for up to 30 days without food, but even under the most favorable conditions will die after 5-7 days without water.  That number decreases precipitously in adverse circumstances such as high heat and/or high levels of exertion.  In a crisis, safe drinking water is a precious commodity, more valuable than you can imagine.
    OK, we're not going to die of thirst - got anything to eat?

    As the machines said to Neo in The Matrix: Revolutions, "There are levels of survival we are willing to accept."  You need to decide what your priorities are when it comes to emergency nutrition.  In a nutshell: long shelf life, tastes good, cheap... pick any two.  Dehydrated food generally tastes much better than long-shelf-life MRE-type food.

    As with water supplies, there are different trade-offs for stored food vs. portable rations.  The storage space required, increased weight, and decreased packaging efficiency of stored food can be a good trade-off for lower per-meal costs and better-tasting meals.  On the other hand, portable food needs to be light, resource-efficient (no dehydrated stuff!) and extremely convenient.

    Rough order of priority for consuming food stores

    Environment -- keeping warm, keeping cool
    Human beings have a remarkably narrow range of "comfortable" temperatures, compared to many other organisms.  Get us outside that comfort zone for too long, and things start to get ugly, not to mention smelly and/or hypothermic.  We'll focus on keeping warm, since Part 3 included quite a bit of information on how to survive a heat wave.

    Keeping warm and healthy in weather which is cold, wet, or both is a life-threatening challenge.  The two easiest ways to make the best of an available heat source are (1) contain the heat in a smaller space, and (2) keep more of the heat in that space by blocking absorption or escape.

    I also posted some specific official guidance on Sheltering In Place (SIP) here:

    Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you should throw them back.

    by Into The Woods on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 05:07:01 PM PDT

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