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CERT • TX – Denton County CERT – Monthly Meetings

October 4, 2017 woodchipper518 0

Denton County, TX has monthly meetings at the Emergency Operations Center on Teasley drive. It’s hard to miss as there is a 150ft tower next to it. They also have a monthly meeting in Little Elm typically at the Administrative buildings on El Dorado.

https://sites.google.com/site/dentoncountycert/

They hold CERT trainings twice a year. It is a multi-day training program typically over Fri-Sun for two weeks. If interested check the schedule.

These folks are well led and active in the community supporting preparedness fairs, training, etc. They coordinate with the other major DFW counties: Dallas, Collin and Tarrant….on actual and training deployments. There a lots of HAM folks involved and they have a monthly muster to keep everyone connected and familiar with their handheld operations.

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Books • Re: 3 of my favorite authors

October 4, 2017 woodchipper518 0

in prepper/post apocalyptic genre…

Bobby Akart
Darrell Maloney
Mark Goodwin

There are lots of other authors but since these guys participate in Kindle Unlimited, I am happy to plug them. Bobby Akart has 3 non-fiction books that are stellar reads in his Prepping for Tomorrow series: EMP, Cyber Warfare and Economic Collapse.

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Books • Re: 3 of my favorite authors

October 4, 2017 woodchipper518 0

in prepper/post apocalyptic genre…

Bobby Akart
Darrell Maloney
Mark Goodwin

There are lots of other authors but since these guys participate in Kindle Unlimited, I am happy to plug them. Bobby Akart has 3 non-fiction books that are stellar reads in his Prepping for Tomorrow series: EMP, Cyber Warfare and Economic Collapse.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: October 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

October 3, 2017 woodchipper518 0

I had a very focused weekend with the wife and daughter out of town. Took over the kitchen and breakfast room to do a full inventory of my medical and hygiene preps. Identified some gaps and shortfalls and started purchasing needed items to fill those gaps. Enhanced my off-grid cooking capabilities with a grill, briquettes, etc. Increased my knowledge and skills by learning to make 1) bread without yeast 2) naan from my prepped supplies 3) briquettes from shredded paper 4) how to make IV saline and lactated rings solutions. I meet with some newbies at a urban cooperative group a friend started. Most folks were all bluster but one guy was quiet, reserved and dropped some knowledgeable comments that make me think he’s a bit more progressed in preparedness thinking.

Added 2 more 5 gal water containters. Added 2 more 5 gal gas containers. Rotated out another 5gal gas into my car’s tank. Mylar bagged more rice, flour, beans, etc….that I had been procrastinating on doing. Vac-sealed a few things to extend shelf-life. Bought more buckets and gamma lids.

Started on a presentation for a prepper meetup group on SHTF diseases, prevention and how to change one’ thinking about prepping for disease scenarios.
Baught more food & supplies for my preps. Need to rotate out more food this month.

Did not buy any more guns or ammo. Haven’t been to the range yet either.

Added content to my eJournal and reorganized it some. File and organized my printed prepping/homesteading materials.

That’s about it.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: October 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

October 3, 2017 woodchipper518 0

I had a very focused weekend with the wife and daughter out of town. Took over the kitchen and breakfast room to do a full inventory of my medical and hygiene preps. Identified some gaps and shortfalls and started purchasing needed items to fill those gaps. Enhanced my off-grid cooking capabilities with a grill, briquettes, etc. Increased my knowledge and skills by learning to make 1) bread without yeast 2) naan from my prepped supplies 3) briquettes from shredded paper 4) how to make IV saline and lactated rings solutions. I meet with some newbies at a urban cooperative group a friend started. Most folks were all bluster but one guy was quiet, reserved and dropped some knowledgeable comments that make me think he’s a bit more progressed in preparedness thinking.

Added 2 more 5 gal water containters. Added 2 more 5 gal gas containers. Rotated out another 5gal gas into my car’s tank. Mylar bagged more rice, flour, beans, etc….that I had been procrastinating on doing. Vac-sealed a few things to extend shelf-life. Bought more buckets and gamma lids.

Started on a presentation for a prepper meetup group on SHTF diseases, prevention and how to change one’ thinking about prepping for disease scenarios.
Baught more food & supplies for my preps. Need to rotate out more food this month.

Did not buy any more guns or ammo. Haven’t been to the range yet either.

Added content to my eJournal and reorganized it some. File and organized my printed prepping/homesteading materials.

That’s about it.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: June 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

June 19, 2017 woodchipper518 0

As always, added, food to the inve6ntory. Rotated out and restocked. Moved to a new job only 6 miles from home versus 40+ miles. Now I will be walking thru and around upper middle class areas only. The previous walk was through light industrial, barrios and less than desirable areas. Still kept the same EDC/Car bag as it was designed for a 3-4 day trek. Married off my oldest to a good man with like-minded thinking so my food supply timeframe just increased. Oh the preps I could have bought with the price of her wedding,

One of my water sources was a local lake about 600ft away. Unfortunately, my subdivision bought the parcel and is developing it for more houses so my walk through the woods is no more. For now, I’ll have to buy some more 5gal jugs and think about putting up the rain catchment system I currently have mothballed from the prying eyes of neighbors.

bought some bulk ammo. Started taking some tactical training classes.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: June 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

June 19, 2017 woodchipper518 0

As always, added, food to the inve6ntory. Rotated out and restocked. Moved to a new job only 6 miles from home versus 40+ miles. Now I will be walking thru and around upper middle class areas only. The previous walk was through light industrial, barrios and less than desirable areas. Still kept the same EDC/Car bag as it was designed for a 3-4 day trek. Married off my oldest to a good man with like-minded thinking so my food supply timeframe just increased. Oh the preps I could have bought with the price of her wedding,

One of my water sources was a local lake about 600ft away. Unfortunately, my subdivision bought the parcel and is developing it for more houses so my walk through the woods is no more. For now, I’ll have to buy some more 5gal jugs and think about putting up the rain catchment system I currently have mothballed from the prying eyes of neighbors.

bought some bulk ammo. Started taking some tactical training classes.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: My experience in a city without water

May 3, 2017 woodchipper518 0

I just spent the several hours cleaning out containers for future water storage but that does not help when it is a ‘Do Not Use’ situation. I need to rethink this scenario and start storing more 5 gallon jugs and cases of water. I am 100 yards from a 100K gal neighborhood pool…at least that can be boiled and used for cleaning purposes. And I’m only 300 yards from a big lake. But I’m NOT setup for a large boiling effort….something to rethink, too.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: April 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep Todayhis Week?

May 1, 2017 woodchipper518 0

It has not been a stellar couple of months but I found my preparedness mojo in April. Doubled my supply of ammo in all my calibers. Rotated out my stored/stabilized gasoline. I didn’t have any problems dumping 5gal of year old gas into my tank at a time but I usually topped it off with fresh gas, too. Rotated out my stored water re-purposing it in the wife’s fountains. Caught up on a bunch of paper work for my knowledge library. Added more food. Mylar bagged rice, corn meal, pasta, etc. Moved food in temporary storage to long-term storage which makes room for more foods. Rotated out canned and frozen foods based on Use Dates on several occasions. Of course, range practice. That’s all I remember.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Patriot Nurse

March 20, 2017 woodchipper518 0
Cast Iron wrote:
You can get your EMT-B for about $600.
Two nights a week, for six months.

Then, take the NOLS Wilderness EMT course.
One week. Prices vary.

In a SHTF situation, that is what everyone will be pretty much reduced to.
Including doctors. I had two in my NOLS class.

I would probably do better in a 6 month class rather than a crash 2-3 day course. But after 2 master degrees, I mentally toast for attending ‘class’ again. I have checked out the NOLS classes thru REI several times. Just need to commit.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 20, 2017 woodchipper518 0
dmwalsh568 wrote:
I point out the FEMA and CDC websites that suggest being prepared and if they aren’t convince I go the insurance route…everyone has home insurance, car insurance, fire insurance, etc. why not food insurance with some freeze dried foods? My father still didn’t get it so I gave him 3 days of FD food he has stuck in the basement. At least he has something now…

I generally don’t talk about it. But I follow the above approach when pressed. I also work with my local CERT & MRC which preaches being prepared for at least a week and NOT to count on FEMA (which is 11 miles from my house). It helped that my county MRC team did an exercise in a local city to ascertain the level of preparedness in statistically chosen areas. So I had a lot of friends asking what my Facebook status update that day. They were inquisitive but they were sheeple. The exercise was very successful and helped that city complete some federal grants for emergency management equipment and funding.

For my kids, they all have road emergency kits which are basically Get Home bags. I have to remind them to keep water and snacks in the car and weather appropriate clothes but they are not interested in prepping. My wife doesn’t want to know but trusts that I’m doing it for a good reason. She thinks writing MM/YY on all our canned foods is really weird but I told her it helps ensure we use those in date order…..food rotation theory is not interesting to her.

So basically, screw everyone else.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Patriot Nurse

March 20, 2017 woodchipper518 0

I follow her videos. Many have good information. I do watch her political rant videos but not immediately with some not being watched for weeks. I need to hear her rants but I don’t have to act on them. I just evaluate her perspective vs mine and my values. Take what you like and leave the rest. Same goes for Yeager. Frankly I like Reid at Valor Ridge more anyway because he is less arrogant AND has a history teaching background I have found informative. I’m hoping she comes to the DFW area instead of Houston. I have other sources for firearms training and medical skills locally that are easier to afford. But..If I had the $$$ I would take classes from both of them…preferably in Tenn.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Great Augason Farms LTS Food SALE!

March 6, 2017 woodchipper518 0
LetsPrep11 wrote:
Woodchipper, below is a site I’ve been using for years. It has a ton of information about prepping. For Meals-in-a-Jar recipes-go down to the ‘Index’ on the right side then click on ‘365 Days of Premade Meals’. There are other recipes peppered throughout the site and a Cookbook you can download. I have to tell you, I prefer freshly assembled to Meals-in-a-Jar. I found that the tomato powder turned into a solid block that stuck to the bottom or the jar, plus the spices reacted with the onions. I guess you could seal or bag everything separately then stuff it all in the jar.

Site:
http://preparednessnibblesandbits.blogspot.com/

Cookbook:
http://preparednessnibblesandbits.blogspot.com/2009/05/basic-food-storage-cookbook-now.html

You can click on the individual items or download the cookbook.

Thanks for the info. I’ll try out a few with tomato powder and see if it’s worthy of eating. If I bag separately I’ll try platic snack bags inside the Mylar bag. Never done that but with an O2 absorber maybe it’ll work.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Great Augason Farms LTS Food SALE!

March 5, 2017 woodchipper518 0

Yep….I broke the bank on the last sale they had. Mostly bought the ‘add-on’ stuff: pepper mix, spinach flakes, stew mix, cheese powder, butter powder. I used the Walmart PIckup at Store feature to avoid shipping costs plus WM is just 2.5 miles down the road. The wife finally caught on but it was my $$$ so she couldn’t complain except that it took up more storage space.

Prompted me to find some meal-in-a-jar recipes (Honeyville farms, Thrive, etc) to try using just LTS ingredients except I’ll probably go with mylar bags instead. Anybody got a resource for more recipes?

For the life of me, I don’t know why Augason Farms does not have any recipes on their website….unless they are located in some Member Area (which would be idiotic marketing).

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General Preparedness Discussion • Any Friends of Bill W….doing preparedness?

February 27, 2017 woodchipper518 0

After seeing the post about ‘less than legal crops”…I started wondering if there were any friends of Bill Wilson on this forum.

I have little opinion on any crop/plant that can contribute positively to the survival process. I have a definite opinion that weed dulls the senses so I don’t want anyone on my watch/group/family protecting me that imbides in it for recreational uses. But I have the same opinions about alcohol. It has medicinal and cooking purposes but dulls the senses, too. Poppy….same thought stream. Are there poppy fields in the US? (rhetorical question, don’t answer!)

I cannot afford to do anything that makes me less valuable to my group/family. I do have alcohol in my preps but they are sealed in liquid rubber. I have them strictly for medicinal and trading value.

PM me if you are a friend of Bill W. me – 6/26/1987

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: FEBRUARY 2017- What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

February 22, 2017 woodchipper518 0

I had lost my preparedness mojo for the last couple of months. Distracted with business, complacent, etc. I had stopped watching the news, stopped looking at Facebook, etc. Something switched back on and now I am back evaluating and preparing….

– Improved my vehicle emergency preps and reorganized things I had forgotten I even had.

– Re-building 2 INCH bags and actually asked my future SIL to participate to challenge my thinking and prep items. (also I transferring my daughter’s survival responsibility to him…he needs to change his lone wolf survival thinking)

– switched out a AR pistol upper in 300BO to be chambered in .223 which makes more sense. I’ll either keep the 300BO upper or sell it. It’s relegated to a play thing now but still has value as a backup weapon.

– started saving $$ aside so I can buy preps that complete existing gaps. Mostly antibiotics and additional ammo to replace what I’ve been shooting up since Thanksgiving. The AR upper was not a great use of my $$ but it’s done and I don’t have any regrets except lack of antibiotics

– swapped out my 5 gal water cans with fresh water

– started pouring my year old stabilized gas into my car’s gas tank and replacing it. This will take a several tanks to do as I am only adding 2.5gal of stored gas to my tank. I’m a bit paranoid about the impact to my engine.

– Presented to a small group of like-minded preparedness folks the concept of personal security away from home. Two other guys covered: home security and general security concepts without emphasis on guns. Yep, even in Texas we have folks that are biggots about guns…geez.

– working on another hands-on meeting for this weekend with the same group on firestarting skills and tarp setups. This could be embarrassing since I have not played with these topics in a very long time. My shelter bag looks solid so it’ll be a test of it, too.

– started back on my family e-journal – preparedness manual for our specific preps. I print updated pages so it’s generally current in printed form most of the time.

– Planned:
– clean out frozen meats, eat and replace.
– store some beans, rice that need to be mylar’d
– redistribute my medical and hygiene preps into a red bucket for immediate grab & run
– Food, water, food, water….knowledge.
– re-learn my very aged skills in leather-working
– plan my get-home and bug-out routes, get maps, mark, laminate and distribute to friends. Having these in my head is useless to all (duh!)

I guess I did get my mojo back afterall!

Statistics: Posted by woodchipper518 — Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:57 am