Preparedness for when

edited 8 November 2012 at 8:54AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 8 November 2012 at 8:54AM in Old Style MoneySaving
the boy scouts among us will be prepared, but are the rest of us ready?

IMPORTANT NOTE: this thread is a resource for those who want to prepare in an old style way for a variety of scenarios - anything from c0-0p running out of milk to a full scale breakdown in society as we know it - if you don't think you can cope with this sort of discussion please don't read any further! it is not meant to alarm or ridicule, just allow open discussion in a frank but sometimes lighthearted way - that said, all constructive view points are welcome so please join in!

please see a great post from GQ about some thoughts of a home without water and what we would need http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=57006775&highlight=#post57006775

we've got the storecupboard thread and I can see many people talk about Grab and Go (GAG)/bail/bug out bags (BOB) and getting ready for when the proverbial hits the fan
this is what got me thinking - cross posting sorry but thanks to pugsley
pugsley29 wrote: »
this guy on ebay seems to have it all sorted regarding food storage and bug out bags, I would get a better water filter though and more meds
pugsley29 wrote: »
I wondered if it would be good to have a more detailed thread not just about store cupboards for food but for other items, perhaps (to keep it old style), along the lines of air raid shelter/WWII preparedness, with the necessary modern additions

apologies if this has already been done, feel free to merge but I'd rather stay old style if possible to keep it real! :A
useful links and items
calculator for stores http://www.p2snetwork.co.uk/psclite.html
http://www.readyscotland.org/at-home/create-an-emergency-plan/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamo_torch
http://www.silvacompass.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Collins_GEM_books
http://www.mothprevention.com/clothes-moths/moth-balls.html
http://72hours.org/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Moneyless-Man-Freeconomic-Living/dp/1851687548
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30190857/ - torch
http://www.tesco.com/direct/search-results/results.page?catId=4294967294&searchquery=wind+up&SrchId=4294967294&_requestid=1775502 - tesco wind up stuff
http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/torches/uni-com-wind-up-torch/invt/0255402/?htxt=PsAGyAqy%2FDSGVBgOHPBfATKVETOKIWHcwqoICuDrG%2FxTcDPfxIrYzUvEu76RzzM6wutKTeo9AOCB%0AtDs76aYYKg%3D%3D - wilko wind up torch
http://www.millets.co.uk/category/camping/camping-accessories.html?showAll=true millets wind up stuff
cheap portable homemade hobo stove http://www.mungosaysbah.com/2009/02/bushcraft-hobo-wood-stove.html
some other OS threads
There are a number of other threads with advice that may help:
learning how to forage http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....php?t=4050903
having a storecupboard http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....php?t=4031559
preparing for winter 4 http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....php?t=3519771
http://www.rsgb.org/ radio society of great britain
This is agreat site for cooking gear - http://wildstoves.co.uk/rocket-stoves/
foundanother great thread elsewhere on the site htttp://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...d.php?t=510311
with a flylady updated link http://www.flylady.net/d/getting-sta...sons/prepared/
flood plan http://cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/geho0709bqpu-e-e.pdf
http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37283

do we need a catchphrase?
P for protecting our assets
R for ratiation of stock
O for originals - inventive, crazy, eccentric....
T for teaching skills/knowledge to others, teaching ourselves
E for education and awareness of what's going on locally, nationally, globally
C for er, seCret, as in our secret CRAPOLLZ club, secret prepping, 'cetera
T is for 'Told you so!'
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  • edited 17 October 2014 at 8:07AM
    vanoonoovanoonoo Forumite
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    edited 17 October 2014 at 8:07AM
    for anyone that would like to join our membership clan
    known as C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z
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    C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z members so far:

    (secret password for members only: TOPSECRET OLDSTYLE PARANOID DUNGBEETLE MAD MUTANT ZOMBIE EEGITS. Emergency alternate password: brrraaaaaaiiiiiins backup emergency password: safety pins!)

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  • vanoonoovanoonoo Forumite
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    oooh yes i much prefer that!
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  • adelightadelight Forumite
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    I only consider high probability scenarios such as stranded car, minor flood (where i live anyway), house evacuation due to gas leak, rushing to see injured family etc. So I do have a bag ready containing spare clothes, water, pain killers, money, some food, torch. Maybe a few other bits I can't think of right now. And keep a similar bag in OH's car + blankets and car bits.
    Living cheap in central London :rotfl:
  • DebtFree2012DebtFree2012 Forumite
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    Interesting - how often do you change the bag to refresh it? Kids outgrow clothes, moth eaten, food goes off, water stales, check batteries etc?

    I have a car winter bag so may extend..
    Debt - CCV £3792
    CCB £1383 (took a hit for a holiday)
    Loan 1 £1787

    Loan 2 £1683
    Total £8601 Was £39302
  • sonastinsonastin Forumite
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    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.
  • vanoonoovanoonoo Forumite
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    debtFree2012 - you could stick a couple of those mothball cedar wood balls in the bag, the main trick, along with rotating your food is to swap out the clothes and rotate them too - monthly or seasonally maybe? I used to keep a bag of clothes and essentials in the car when I travelled for work at short notice quite often and I used to change the bag every time the car got serviced (company car so it was a couple of times a year minimum).
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  • vanoonoovanoonoo Forumite
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    sonastin wrote: »
    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.
    I agree sonastin - I'd like to use this thread as a resource for this sort of thing. The video that made me think of this thread suggested a collins gem book, so links to things like that would be great - I'll get started by editing the first post to add resources.
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  • j.e.j.j.e.j. Forumite
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    sonastin wrote: »
    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it.
    apropos torches, does anyone know if those wind-up ones are any good? They're expensive in camping shops but they pop up 2nd hand from time to time.
  • vanoonoovanoonoo Forumite
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    we've got a wind up lantern and that is brilliant and has a long charge from very little winding. I bought a windup torch radio combi for my mum a few years ago from robert dyas and that was really good but had the old style bulb which I am sure now would have been superceded by the LED style ones.
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  • PopperwellPopperwell Forumite
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    sonastin wrote: »
    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.

    Just bought a wind up lcd torch so no batteries required...thinking about some wind up laterns, even a wind up radio.
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