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by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Nashville, TN
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: New Member from Nashville, TN

Greetings from the PNW. Welcome to ZS!
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 6
Views: 125

Re: Introduction

Welcome from the PNW!
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: No Zombies shall walk in WA State.
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: No Zombies shall walk in WA State.

Greetings from the PDX area! Welcome to ZS.
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from "sunny" Kodiak, Alaska!
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Greetings from "sunny" Kodiak, Alaska!

Thank you for your service. Welcome to ZS! Put your feet up and stay a while.
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Olympia, WA singing in.
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Olympia, WA singing in.

Greetings from the PDX area! Glad you decided to de-lurk!

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Fresh fish! Fresh fish!
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Washington
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Washington

I think we've probably met you at one of the emergency prep fairs. Welcome to the zoo!
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

I respect your opinion, but I do not agree with the tinfoil hattery aspect. Keep in mind that this test has been in the planning stages for close to two years now.
by Apollo-11
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: How much water? I think I have a clue.
Replies: 74
Views: 6269

Re: How much water? I think I have a clue.

My rule is, take whatever you think you need and double it. I know the rule is 1 gal per person per day, but no one is used to rationing like that. Face it, we're a water wasteful society, we don't think about how much we're using. I think you'll find you'll need more water than you stored once you...
by Apollo-11
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

Apollo, as you seem to be our inside man in this-is there an android app, that you are aware of, that is something smartphone users could DL? To be honest, my TV is rarely on-and my radio is usually on Pandora, so I wouldnt get alerts such as this-and, I think there are a LOT of folks who feel simi...
by Apollo-11
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

If a test that had never been performed before suddenly and unexpectedly occured it could cause people to freak. I could easily see traffic accidents because everyone simultaneously looked at their phones. Yes we know because we are here discussing it, but how many wont know about the test? We disc...
by Apollo-11
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

Strangely enough, the info that I received showed that there was no mechanism to relay the alert from the Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations to the NWS. The NWS doesn't have any way to receive the alert, and if it could, the alert will be longer than the max 2 minutes that their machines can handle....
by Apollo-11
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:29 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: How much water? I think I have a clue.
Replies: 74
Views: 6269

Re: How much water? I think I have a clue.

I think the OP is on the right track. We have about 250 gallons. Some in 55 gallon drums and some in 1 gallon containers. It's also important to be able to collect and purify more water for the long term. There is a thread about using powdered pool chlorine (pool shock). It's very concentrated and i...
by Apollo-11
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

I work in the biz. The scuttlebutt is that they want to make sure the system works as it is, then they will begin incrementally adding on to it in order to be able to reach the public in an effective manner. They are also testing the Tsunami alert network in the US Marshall Islands and doing other s...
by Apollo-11
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

I just found out that NOAA and National Weather Service will not be participating in the test. So this will be TV & Radio broadcasters, cable TV, DBS satellite providers, and satellite radio. So if you have a NOAA weather radio that turns on during the Required Weekly Test, it will NOT be activated ...
by Apollo-11
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from WA
Replies: 13
Views: 132

Re: Hello from WA

Greetings from the Portland, OR area! Put your feet up and stay awhile.
by Apollo-11
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from the PacNW
Replies: 12
Views: 223

Re: Greetings from the PacNW

Greetings from a couple of hours to the south! Welcome to the zoo.
by Apollo-11
Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The Observer's 24 Ration Pack Mk I
Replies: 25
Views: 2093

Re: The Observer's 24 Ration Pack Mk I

I have some ideas in mind on how to improve on this pack but it will involve hitting the grocery store for a specific shop this time. I had originally set out on the concept of doing this with what was at hand but have shown that what I have in the house for daily consumption is not the same as wou...
by Apollo-11
Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: First test of National Alert System
Replies: 131
Views: 5841

Re: First test of National Alert System

This is a nationwide test of the EAS Emergency Action Notification (SAME code: EAN). There has never before been an end-to-end test of EAS, all the way from Washington DC, all the way through the system to the radio and TV broadcasters and NOAA weather stations. FYI, broadcasters and state emergency...
by Apollo-11
Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:37 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The Observer's 24 Ration Pack Mk I
Replies: 25
Views: 2093

Re: The Observer's 24 Ration Pack Mk I

Yes, to amplify on the calorie problem, be aware that soldiers in the field used to commonly lose weight because they couldn't/wouldn't eat enough calories. (Until MREs came along.) This won't be too much of a critical problem unless you are eating your emergency rations for days/weeks. You can burn...
by Apollo-11
Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:04 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Lessons Learned From Irene
Replies: 51
Views: 5430

Re: Lessons Learned From Irene

I have a story, even though it happened on the other side of the country. It did happen the same weekend as Irene, and it had some common elements... what the heck. Here goes. Some of this will apply to others here, as this is somewhat IT job-related. Sorry, this is kinda long. I got a call from one...
by Apollo-11
Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Canning Recipes (aka, Yes, you can can)
Replies: 132
Views: 5091

Re: Canning Recipes (aka, Yes, you can can)

It turns out that her pickle crisp recipe is simply Calcium Chloride that she purchased in bulk from a home brewing supply store. It comes in a 5 LB bag for about $10. That's a lifetime supply, so you should plan on repackaging it and giving some to your friends. (You have to seal it and package it ...
by Apollo-11
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: Canning Recipes (aka, Yes, you can can)
Replies: 132
Views: 5091

Re: Canning Recipes (aka, Yes, you can can)

Awesome pickles, NoAmnesty! I should get The Wife to post on here. She has purchased pickle crisp in the past, and decided that we make enough pickles that it would be cheaper to purchase the bulk chemicals and make her own mix instead of buying the envelopes. If I can get her to take a break from h...
by Apollo-11
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Security System - Pinnacle Security
Replies: 11
Views: 902

Re: Security System - Pinnacle Security

The 50% off in return for "advertising in a new area" is a gimmick that is older than I am. As I recall, aluminum siding salesmen used it in the '50s. I'd shop around. I make it a point to never buy anything door to door. Investigate on your own, get prices for a system that will work best for your ...
by Apollo-11
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My custom made M.eal [A.lmost]R.eady to E.at's "UPDATED"
Replies: 58
Views: 9480

Re: My custom made M.eal [A.lmost]R.eady to E.at's "UPDATED"

As far as shelf life goes, I figure that I'm going to go camping at least once a year, even as busy as I am. So I bring along my old homemade MRE and eat it while camping. Write down what you liked/didn't like, if anything had spoiled, if you were missing anything important, how it filled you up, et...

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