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by norcalprep
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Building a Battery Bank
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: Building a Battery Bank

What about concerns such as cost? Is weight a factor (the range can be from a few ounces to, say, 20-30lbs of lead acid batteries)? Do you wish to use solar panels to help extend the battery pack's capacity for your 5 day goal? What kind of equipment are you plugging in? Big difference between phone...
by norcalprep
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: 14 choke points for transport of the world's food supply
Replies: 20
Views: 1543

Re: 14 choke points for transport of the world's food supply

Maybe this is a little off topic as the original topic is regarding worldwide food transport, but what about internally within the US (or wherever you may be in the world)? I wonder what kind of chokepoints are in the continental US? No need to imagine a scenario as extreme as Forstchen's "One Secon...
by norcalprep
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Medical coverage experience
Replies: 10
Views: 2223

Re: Medical coverage experience

Wow, thank you for writing this up. I'm pretty sure I need to go back and re-read your post a few times when I get off of work, but some things I was wondering about: I know that it's always better to have-and-not-need than have-not-and-do-need, but is there anything that you packed or prepared that...
by norcalprep
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Launching Them Into the World
Replies: 19
Views: 5377

Re: Launching Them Into the World

I lived in the dorms when I studied Mechanical Engineering at a university very famous for protests. I hope I don't come across as facetious, but seriously: 1) the female:male ratio is very very skewed in engineering; there really isn't too much of a concern there. And 2) there generally is very lit...
by norcalprep
Mon May 22, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosions at Manchester Arena
Replies: 45
Views: 3473

Re: Explosions at Manchester Arena

Events such as a concert usually have security to prevent weapons being brought into the event. What is currently suspected, however, is that this occurred just outside, while people are leaving after the show, and likely squeezing through the exit chokepoint, all massed together. Damn, how do you d...
by norcalprep
Wed May 17, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: RVs
Replies: 62
Views: 14517

Re: RVs

Hopefully not derailing the thread, but to the RV owners, what is the fuel economy / range like for an RV? Would you carry extra fuel inside the RV as a reserve? What is it like (fuel-wise) if just idling in traffic? A scenario that I get concerned about is if there is an evacuation order and you ha...
by norcalprep
Tue May 02, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Converting a walk-in closet into safe room
Replies: 10
Views: 2925

Re: Converting a walk-in closet into safe room

I've thought about making a panic room before in a previous home. I never did it as I sold the house and moved on, but, if I remember correctly from my research, 'bulletproof drywall' may be an option to make it a little more protective. The whole 'wall of ammo cans with sand' sounds like a decent o...
by norcalprep
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: preppers choice for Antibiotics?
Replies: 51
Views: 8346

Re: preppers choice for Antibiotics?

Expiration dates on medication are bogus provided the medication is kept in a cool dark place. This is not opinion, it's a verified fact. The reasons they have expiration dates is not because the medications go "bad" (though in extended storage they may gradually decline in potency, requiring large...
by norcalprep
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Sometimes you can do nothing
Replies: 13
Views: 4592

Re: Sometimes you can do nothing

You absolutely did what you could. My friend's little brother died last year when the car he was in crashed. They were in a residential area in the evening when everybody was home. About a dozen people stood around recording with their phones, and only one person trying to get into the car, but it w...
by norcalprep
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: I Love Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: I Love Christmas

Yep. Actually it's a whole season of shopping from Nov 1 to Dec 26 (day after Christmas sales FTW!).
by norcalprep
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Clown Madness
Replies: 29
Views: 3210

Re: Clown Madness

That map needs to be updated. :x :x :x

"Concord clown attempts to snatch 1-year-old girl from mother’s arms"
http://kron4.com/2016/10/05/concord-clo ... hers-arms/
by norcalprep
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 123,000 Venezuelans cross border shopping for scarc
Replies: 19
Views: 2275

Re: 123,000 Venezuelans cross border shopping for scarc

The locals call these military convoys Dracula trucks. If I was Venezuelan I would try to leave. I honestly think the only thing Maduro can do to stay in power is make an excuse and invade a neighboring country. . They wont' invade Columbia because the US is there, they would lose to Brazil, they d...
by norcalprep
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: CAT or SOFT-W tourniquets
Replies: 19
Views: 2216

Re: CAT or SOFT-W tourniquets

Use whatever you are comfortable AND have trained with......if it's a CAT , use the CAT if it's your "work" TQ. Don't project that a product sucks until you've bought one, tried it in training, and found it doesn't work for you. I use the RATS, there are other units here, deployed, that use it ofte...
by norcalprep
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 5.3 "Earthquake" in NK.
Replies: 14
Views: 1222

Re: 5.3 "Earthquake" in NK.

Seems like the NK's have got this hydrogen bomb thing figured out. I don't know what they estimate the yield is on this, but a 5.3 quake from the detonation seems pretty substantial to me. The estimate is 10kt ( https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/north-korea-nuclear-test-earthquake ). No...
by norcalprep
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 5.3 "Earthquake" in NK.
Replies: 14
Views: 1222

Re: 5.3 "Earthquake" in NK.

Seems like the NK's have got this hydrogen bomb thing figured out. I don't know what they estimate the yield is on this, but a 5.3 quake from the detonation seems pretty substantial to me. The estimate is 10kt ( https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/north-korea-nuclear-test-earthquake ). No...
by norcalprep
Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: CAT or SOFT-W tourniquets
Replies: 19
Views: 2216

Re: CAT or SOFT-W tourniquets

As I understand it, any of the top-tier stuff is all good, just depends on your training. You really can't go wrong. Personal preference: my wife and I pack the SOFTT-W for the wide strap feature (the -W indicates the wide version). Supposedly the wider the strap the more comfortable it would be. Pu...
by norcalprep
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Bug-IN Water Filtration
Replies: 27
Views: 3285

Re: Bug-IN Water Filtration

Also the pore size is much larger then the sawyer, something to keep in mind. That is actually a good thing. The pore size is enough to catch protozoa and bacteria without being unnecessarily smaller to get clogged and reduce water flow. There is no need to have a smaller pore size than the .2 micr...
by norcalprep
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Bug-IN Water Filtration
Replies: 27
Views: 3285

Re: Bug-IN Water Filtration

Also the pore size is much larger then the sawyer, something to keep in mind. That is actually a good thing. The pore size is enough to catch protozoa and bacteria without being unnecessarily smaller to get clogged and reduce water flow. There is no need to have a smaller pore size than the .2 micr...
by norcalprep
Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Underwater shelter
Replies: 23
Views: 2665

Re: Underwater shelter

This reminds me of the airship BOL thread. While a nice fantasy, an underwater or in the air BOL just doesn't seem practical unless your ultra wealthy and can afford some of those billion dollar toys. I did enjoy looking through the Migaloo site, amazing there are people wealthy enough for a compan...
by norcalprep
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Underwater shelter
Replies: 23
Views: 2665

Re: Underwater shelter

There's always the Migaloo http://www.migaloo-submarines.com

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by norcalprep
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Bug-IN Water Filtration
Replies: 27
Views: 3285

Re: Bug-IN Water Filtration

Do you know what kind of issues in that lake water you need to be wary of? The links you provided are all 0.20 micron filters, which will not filter out any viruses. The slow drip sand filters are wonderful, but if you simply want merely buy a product for now, you can try the Lifestraw Family (NOT t...
by norcalprep
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Military gear versus Civilian gear
Replies: 21
Views: 3050

Re: Military gear versus Civilian gear

Why don't you listen to the Canadian military? They have gone with: Internal frame backpacks ala civy style. Ditches the coated nylon rain gear for Goretex ala civy style. Ditched the cotton thermals for Polyester and fleece ala civy style. Adopted the poly sock liner with wool/nylon sock ala civy ...
by norcalprep
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Military coup d'etat in Turkey
Replies: 136
Views: 9780

Re: Military coup d'etat in Turkey

On the BBC live feed, it seems to indicate that the coup failed. It named 104 soldiers who took part in the uprising, led by a Col Muharrem Kose.

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