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Flood waters have covered my food storage. What can I keep?

Do not eat any food that has come in contact with flood water. Products properly sealed in cans or foil pouches can be used after the container is rinsed with clean water and immersed for 15 minutes in a freshly made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of clean drinking water. The containers should be completely air-dried before opening or storing.


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A Review of the Platypus Gravityworks Water Filtration System

The other day I got a change to test a Platypus Gravityworks pump free water system.  It is a simple almost foolproof system.  It consists of two well made plastic bags one marked clean, the other dirty, the filter and two hoses.  One hose connects to the clean water bag, the other to the dirty bag.  It is impossible to connect the wrong hose to a bag.  The fittings are different.  The only place you could make a mistake is to install the filter the wrong way around.  But even this would be hard to do; the filter is well marked with the direction of water flow. …

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A review of the Sweetwater Microfilter Purifier System

I recently had the chance to use a Sweetwater Microfilter Purifier System.  At first glance I was a bit skeptical, but as I used it, I fell in love with it.  It is an impressive, easy to use filter.  It was simple and quick to assemble or disassemble.

When I first removed it from the box, I found the instructions easy to understand. The first step is to run a brush through the filter element to remove any debris left from the factory.  Next you assemble the unit and run a little clean water through it.  This removes anything you stirred loose with the brush.…

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A Review of the Frontier Pro Water Filter by Aquamira

The Frontier Pro Ultralight Water Filter provides the benefits of a bigger filter in a compact size.  It will filter up to 50 gallons. Light in weight, only 2 ounces, it will fit in the palm of your hand. It measures less than six inch in length and about 1 ¼ inch in diameter.  It has a replaceable pre-filter to take out the larger particles.  It comes with four extra pre-filters .

It consists of four parts, the body of the filter, a pre-filter, a ring that retains the pre-filter and adapts to any 28mm threads, and a drinking tube.

The filter can be used in two ways, one to suck water through or two as a gravity flow filter. …

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A new look at bug out bags

This post will introduce Wyoming Steve, who will from time to time submit articles.  He is very knowledgeable on preparedness  and survival.  Sometimes our opinions will differ slightly, but that’s ok it doesn’t mean either one of us is wrong.  It just means we might approach a problem from different directions and it gives you another view point.  The following is his list for a bug out bag or seventy-two hour kit.



72 Hour Kit Checklist

Warmth and Shelter


(   ) Mylar Bags, sleeping bags (   ) First Aid Kit
(   ) Metalized Thermal Blankets (   )  First Aid Handbook
(   ) 20 Hour Hand Warmer Packets (   ) Bug Spray
(   ) Rain Ponchos (   ) Sunscreen
(   ) (   ) Dust Masks
(   ) (   ) Safety glass’   (wind)

Food & Water

Personal Needs/Sanitation

(   ) per day MRE’s (   ) Toothbrush
(   ) Water Containers (   ) Toilet Paper
(   ) Dehydrated food (   ) Diapers & (1) Wipes
(   ) Well bucket, PVC (   ) Women Personal Hygiene
(   ) Water purification (   ) Bar of Soap
(   ) Plastic bags  (large black) (   ) Comb and Gel
(   ) Mess kit (   ) Aspirin etc.
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Sodis an inexpensive method of water purification

Solar water disinfection, also known as SODIS is a free method of disinfecting water using only sunlight and plastic PET bottles. SODIS is recommended by the World Health Organization (not my favorite people) as a viable method for household water treatment and safe storage.  SODIS is in use in many third world countries.

To use Sodis you fill Pet plastic bottles with contaminated water, and then lay them in the sun.  The best place is a corrugated metal roof.  Be sure to shake your bottles before placing in sun.  Pet plastic bottles can be identified by the recycling number 1, usually located on the bottom.   …

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Purify your water with the Sidewinder by SteriPEN

I recently received a relatively new product the Sidewinder manufactured by SteriPEN.  SteriPEN has been producing water purification devices using ultra violet light for some time.  The difference between the Sidewinder and previous models is that it uses no batteries.

Ultra Violet light is a well proved method of water purification; it is used by many large municipal water districts.   The Sidewinder destroys waterborne bacteria, protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium and viruses that could make you sick.

Ninety seconds cranking will purify one liter of water.  It is simple to use, merely fill the one liter Tritan™ BPA-free water bottle with clear water, and screw it on to the Sidewinder.…

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