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by Maeklos
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Municipal H2O Safety during Power Outage
Replies: 29
Views: 2966

Re: Municipal H2O Safety during Power Outage

I've been wondering if the mini water straws (Lifestraw, Sawyer Mini, etc) would be much good in city flood water if you are on the move escaping the flood. I see people saving stranded people in floods and I figure the stranded people must be pretty thirsty. Water, water, every where, nor any drop...
by Maeklos
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Wildfires in the Southwest
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Re: Wildfires in the Southwest

Just saw a forecast on the news predicting temps in the 110+ range for most of the area, along with winds and low humidity. Definitely not good. Temps are supposed to peak over 120 in the deserts. Also said more than 40 homes have been destroyed in New Mexico, and more than 250 are threatened by the...
by Maeklos
Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Wildfires in the Southwest
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Re: Wildfires in the Southwest

What's the current status of the drought in the western US? There's notbene an update here for a while and I don't knwon where to look for the data :? From what friends east of the Rockies tell me, states like Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma have been doing okay this year for water - in fact, Oklaho...
by Maeklos
Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Zombie Survival/Combat Simulations
Topic: State of Decay 2
Replies: 17
Views: 6165

Re: State of Decay 2

Wow, that's awesome. State of Decay was, indeed, one of the best zombie survival games ever. If they can tweak a few of the issues (better and more sensible management of resources, better survivor actions and AI, better NPC interaction), this will shape up to be a phenomenal game.
by Maeklos
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Wildfires in the Southwest
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Wildfires in the Southwest

Looks like wildfires have broken out and are burning through large tracts of land in California, New Mexico, and Arizona. Looks like a few thousand people have been evacuated across the states, but dry, windy conditions are making the fires tough to wrangle at the moment. http://gma.yahoo.com/hundre...
by Maeklos
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours
Replies: 39
Views: 6128

Re: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours

How about pots of finger paints or tempera paints? Dip some onto your fingers, slap the stencil on a wall, smear the paint over the stencil, done. Most wash off with a bit of scrubbing, but a mark made with them should hold up for a while under regular rain.

(And those brownies look AMAZING...)
by Maeklos
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours
Replies: 39
Views: 6128

Re: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours

Unfortunately, chalk can get washed away fairly easily, and it's often hard to tell chalk marks from dirt, brick dust, oil smears - all sorts of things. Picking up a rock and scratching it against a concrete surface will also produce a white line as the uppermost dirty layers of concrete are scraped...
by Maeklos
Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours
Replies: 39
Views: 6128

Re: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours

Surveyor's flagging tape and a Sharpie? Not a bad idea. Easy to see, cheap, and plentiful. Though if you're wanting something a bit more low-visibility and under-the-radar, can pick up some reels of ribbon material in dark green, burgundy, and navy at your local Walmart, Jo-Ann's, or other craft st...
by Maeklos
Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours
Replies: 39
Views: 6128

Re: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours

Why not strips of cloth, colored for each person/group? A thumb tack might be hard to shove into concrete, can come out, etc, but a length of colored cloth tied to a nearby bit of scenery or even a rock or branch and dropped on the ground can act as a marker - and one that'll probably be missed by p...
by Maeklos
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours
Replies: 39
Views: 6128

Re: Some Hobo/Fema Signs for you and yours

Not a bad idea - having a set of recognized tags for your group is always useful. But I'd like to point out that the double O and double diamond look remarkably similar. You might consider a broader idea of signs before narrowing in, such as any symbol containing an X meaning something negative (X -...
by Maeklos
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Zombie Survival/Combat Simulations
Topic: Fallout 4......
Replies: 440
Views: 55717

Re: Fallout 4......

Alright, found a couple of mods that make Survival Mode fun and interesting: Unlimited Companion Framework: Lets you have as many companions as you want. I've found the optimal number is 2 or 3, depending. In Survival Mode, one hit from a deathclaw will probably kill you - but it takes them a while ...
by Maeklos
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Critique my BoL Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: Critique my BoL Plans

Two other viable sources of easy-to-raise protein once you're on-site for longer periods of time: crickets and field mice. We Americans tend to pooh-pooh these things, but field mice can grow pretty darn big (almost as big as squirrels), are cleaner than city mice and rats, and can subsist on just a...
by Maeklos
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert
Replies: 207
Views: 24217

Re: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert

Smart railgun munitions would be a massive technology boost on par with smart bombs and guided missiles. As it is, a conventional 'dumb' round from a naval-class railgun can hit targets more than a hundred miles inland. If you become able to add the sort of technology seen in the current generation ...
by Maeklos
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert
Replies: 207
Views: 24217

Re: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert

After reading the blurbs coming out of the Pentagon, it seems like China is more interested in pushing ahead in the field of hypervelocity missiles. China knows that NATO won't initiate a nuclear first strike on it, and probably doesn't believe that Russia will, either. So they maintain a modest "st...
by Maeklos
Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Critique my BoL Plans
Replies: 21
Views: 2970

Re: Critique my BoL Plans

I'd also purchase a dozen or so pear, apple, and cherry trees that are a few years mature to start gaining a little fruit in a few years. You might look into trying to get some raspberry or blackberry bushes started. I grew up with wild blackberries in Oklahoma, and here in Vermont, the entire hill...
by Maeklos
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: First BOB, looking for feedback, if you're willing:)
Replies: 21
Views: 4572

Re: First BOB, looking for feedback, if you're willing:)

Looking over your kit, a few things stick out to me: 1. 3L of water - This is about average for an average-weight person, sitting around all day to consume. If you're looking to support 2 people in a stressful situation that may also include heavy work (walking, running, climbing over rubble, trekki...
by Maeklos
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Municipal H2O Safety during Power Outage
Replies: 29
Views: 2966

Re: Municipal H2O Safety during Power Outage

So far as I'm aware, water quality shouldn't suffer simply because of power outages. Many water plants have back-up power, or even produce their own power through natural gas, biofuel, and so on. But, this is a case-by-case basis, and probably merits a call to your local municipal water supply to le...
by Maeklos
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: So I made a smoker today...
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: So I made a smoker today...

Using an old filing cabinet is not a bad idea. And as for using an electric hotplate, that's actually what Alton Brown does on an episode of Good Eats. He uses a hotplate for the heat and has it topped with a pie tin full of hardwood sawdust. I thought that was a rather ingenious way to go about it.
by Maeklos
Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?
Replies: 59
Views: 16681

Re: Would you eat canned dog or cat food?

This is one of those situations where everyone's mind should have a splinter of thought saying "food" all the time, and each have several dump pouches to put anything that can be eaten. Dog food by itself might not be good; but add the other stuff to it and it might not need to be "choked down", or...
by Maeklos
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert
Replies: 207
Views: 24217

Re: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert

It'll be interesting to see what happens when the International Court of Law hands down its ruling this month. China seems dead set on thumbing its nose at the world. This seems like an 'annexing of the Sudetenland' moment.
by Maeklos
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert
Replies: 207
Views: 24217

Re: China MAY Put its Nuclear Weapons on High Alert

The French defense minister has come out and called for active patrolling of the South China Sea to ensure the law of the sea and freedom of navigation. The article I read cited the possibility the France was looking to keep access to its own Pacific holdings secure, but it doesn't look like the SCS...
by Maeklos
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: So I made a smoker today...
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: So I made a smoker today...

I gave some thought to a plastic bucket since I've used the pickle buckets from Firehouse Subs for all kinds of things, but I'm always leery about kit that can potentially melt if I'm not keeping a close eye on it. Plus I'm unsure how plastic buckets of that nature will handle being heated and coole...
by Maeklos
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: So I made a smoker today...
Replies: 9
Views: 1611

Re: So I made a smoker today...

The leftover fish tastes just as awesome as it did yesterday - no fishy taste at all, just the sweet, smoky, salty flavor. Texture hasn't changed at all, either. I broke some up today, mixed it with a bit of mayo, relish, coarse-ground brown mustard, and dill and had it on a sandwich with a couple s...
by Maeklos
Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My BOB/Emergency Bag - opinions needed.
Replies: 40
Views: 5285

Re: My BOB/Emergency Bag - opinions needed.

I personally think you'll get way more bang for your buck by going with MH or some alternative to that. It's price is doable. The weight is far less. And you can cram a lot of that dried out stuff in your bag without feeling to much of a weight/size penalty. Far more nutritious. And your family wil...

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