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  2. Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) List

    Also would manufactures please cut the cost of Celox gosh is it expensive.
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  4. Training and experience can show you how much can be improv'ed with what you have laying around.... Glad/Cling wrap is an excellent example.
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    @Critter got in pictures of your contraption?
  7. Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) List

    @zackmars Nice breakdown.
  8. Your list is great, and encompassing, though depending on how you have your gear set up, keeping it all in one kit might not be the beat idea For more "tactical" use, your list is best broken into separate layers Shears, chest seals, a TQ, gloves, clotting agent, gauze, saline, Israeli bandages go in your primary IFAK, typically carried on a belt. Most keep a spare TQ and shears on their chest rig/armor so it's immediately available. Things like bandaids, pain relievers, alcohol swabs, and antibiotic ointment are often kept in a smaller pouch or tin. Since space is at a premium, and these things don't serve much use against GSW's, most keep them seperate from an IFAK. Typically this tin (aka boo boo kit) is stored in an admin pouch, or kept in an assault pack or ruck, depending on how you are rigged up. I keep baindaids, alcohol swabs, OTC meds, and antibiotic ointment in mine, along with burn cream and some chap stick, so it's pretty full, and needs to be secured with tape. You can probably get a similar amount of stuff in an altoids tin or something. Lots of guys keep personalized care items (like an epipen) in their primary IFAK, but will often have "standard" IFAKs for aid to others kept in their packs. Lots of people who I've talked to also have a sort of "+1" kit, to supplement their primary, and will include the more esoteric and in depth items (cpr masks, decompression needle, airway tubes), along with refills for their regular IFAK, should they get used, or damaged. I ran a lot of stuff in my IFAK, which was a pretty big pouch (6.5"×6"×2") but even then it was STUFFED. Moving the alcohol pads, antibiotics, medication, bandaids, extra rolls of gauze, and a smaller israeli bandage to other areas gave me enough room to add more urgent use items, like a larger Israeli bandage, and 2 celox applicators, with some room to spare. Since the IFAK on my belt is primarily ment for self care, the TQ and Shears are kept up front, but the other full IFAK and the +1 kit in my pack have spares Obviously it a pack in the only line of gear you're running, you aren't going to be super concerned with space, or which line of gear gets you the quickest access, but if you do have a belt, or plate carrier, moving stuff around makes a massive difference.
  9. Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    Heres a few commonly avalible masks you can find without much hassle, for around $60 All have hydation tube adapters for bladders or canteens (you will need to buy special connecters though) all of these have 2 filter adapters, so you can have the filter on whichever side you want, so you won't have to do yoga to aim a rifle Mcu-2, has the best FOV of any mask I've played with This one has a polycarbonate shield over the visor, so it looks a bit off, but it can be removed. Most examples have yellowed with age, but they are still functional, if ugly. New ones have a blueish color M40, ok FOV, but well built. This is an original M40, but you can find more recent models Both the M40 and MCU are venerable to some nerve agents, but you can find "second skins that can protect the mask Scott M95. Lot of these being sold by CA police departments. Good masks No idea how these hold up under nerve agents, but these masks are pretty well built. These were designed with Finnish people in mind, so they may not fit westerners well. Mcu's can go for some sweet coin, unless you luck out, so I'd look into an M40 a1 or a2. The original M40's like mine are perfectly functional, but the hydro tube sticks out a bit too far, and can be annoying. Most NBC filters last about 24 hours, so be sure to think out how much you'll need
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    I started "Winter Sowing" this year. I used gallon milk jugs, cut them so there is a hinged top. Take of the lid, tape them up with duck tape. I've started in the middle of January. It froze, snowed, of course warmer in the daytime, but I've have pretty good success with kale, brocolli, lettuce, peas, and several herbs. I started my beans the end of Feb and they are coming up great. It does work, regardless of snow, ice or rain. The seeds sprout when it's warm enough.
  11. Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    I have some 2 mil stuff for things like vents and I use 6 mil for doors and windows. Good ideas all, so much knowledge in this place.
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    On a separate note, I’m making a move out of the city (I’m in a suburb of Toronto) into the countryside...2.5 acres....can’t wait! I’ve slowed my preps a bit but also that (with the move) I’ll be focusing much more on shelter in place preps. Have to start again on gardens etc but will have way more room to grow (pun intended). Anyone worked on a permaculture or ‘food forest ‘ set up?
  13. Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    Looks good. How thick is the plastic sheeting? Is there a recommended thickness?
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    Nuke prep is a whole field of it's own. While I do have scintillometers and a personal dosimeter ( if you can find them, the old static discharge units are pen sized, can be read any time by just looking in the end, and very robust. Do need to find a charger too. ) I don't really put any effort into that one. Most of the bases are covered in the storm/flood/drought/systemic collapse/ visiting friends, preps. If we get a full out exchange, and I am still around, it will be a few days before the fallout hits and the loss of plants and animals for a few years will be much like an extended snowed in event, good time to have granarys full of wheat, oats and barley or at least be on good terms with a farmer. After that the lung cancer etc. takes on average 20 years to set in. Well past my personal best before date. Not the best pictures of a dosimeter but I just had my watch for a camera.
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    I'd look into some gas masks, plenty of good ones, both milsurp (m40's and MCU2's) and civilian ones out there. Get some new CBRN filters. I prefer the MCU, better fov. You can get things like Gp-5's and the Israeli masks pretty cheap, and will serve in a pinch, but might not be as comfortable, and condition can be hit or miss. I've seen lots of old CD geiger counters on ebay in good condition for 60-100 USD, all you'd need to do is send it off to get calibrated. Some places still do calibration, you just need to look for them. I have no experience with modern counters, so i can't help there. Civilian duct tape is ok, but if you're looking to step up, polyken 231 (aka 100 mph tape) is absolutely nuts. Avalible on Amazon, HERE. Yes it's expensive, but i think it's well worth the price. You get a good bit of tape, so it's not a total ripoff. Lots of different widths as well, up to 4", which can be real handy for securing tarps. If you haven't already, get a box of contractor grade garbage bags. Very useful for almost anything. Keep bleach, soap, and lots of clean water on hand to clean people/gear, etc Some m8 chemical test strips are a good idea, there are a few places that look like they sell them, but I've never delt with them. I'd also look into getting some canned water, if you haven't already. Keeps very well. While not the same animal as current canned water, I've had 2 of the old CD water rations both from the 50's. This was like 5 years ago, and they were perfectly fine. Don't know how much of this stuff you already have, but remember, it's good to have spares! Lots of great stuff on this subject from the 50s-60s, they knew their stuff back then. This is a handy little picture, should you consider hardening a part of your home
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  17. My shelter in place kit for the house is really taking shape, right now I have it all gathered in a really good heavy duty cardboard box but will be transferring it into a good plastic container soon. Look a picture of my mix tapes: The outside of the box has a small instruction graphic to show how to seal off the windows, vents, and doors. I used this check list to gather my supplies, it's in word format if you need another format let me know I'll be happy to convert it. Shelter-in-Place Supplies Checklist.docx While I have extensive prepping items including a medial dispensary I decided to include a first aid kit centered around nuclear, chemical, and biological events in the kit. Inside of the kit starting to take shape. Next I pre-cut to size of the windows, doors, and vents plastic sheeting and place them in bags and label them. This was very time consuming and for me I think a must, in an emergency I sure will be glad I spent an afternoon doing this. I still have a long way to go to have every thing I need and want in our kit but it's a good start, you got any ideas that your doing? And I just keeping adding things, if you look close you will see a gas and water shut off tool, go get you one of those right now. More to come.
  18. The old AUWC pavilion

    Uss Texas/San Jacinto monument I wish i vould have gotten more pics of the Texas, but 99% of the ship was cordoned off. I am not joking, there wasn't a single area you could fully explore. This was made worse by the amount of people walking around. I had to wait up to 5 minutes some times to get through a bulkhead. Yes, the tub is 100 years old, and it isn't cheap to keep up to shape, but i think its a bit scummy to charge full price tickets to an attraction that doesn't have a single full fledged deck to tour. All the construction stuff also made it hard to get nice pictures, but oh well, such is life The monument still looks great, no masses of dead birds this time, but i wasn't crazy about paying $6 to go to a super crowded observation deck. I get they want to have the battleground look like it would have way back when, but it makes it real hard to get any idea about the scope of the battle. It's not like there were any trenches or bunkers to alert you to some military history. I do have to admit, the resto work they're doing on the Texas is nice.
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    @Gary_Gough man that was odd!
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    What you are used to.... I've been allowed to drive through closed roads in New Mexico after the state troopers looked at the 20 inch snow tires on the bus I was driving and maybe caught the surprise in my voice at 15 cm finger snow drifts every quarter mile being considered a problem ( well I said "I just drove out of three feet of this stuff" ). It's also much like a power outage now being a life threatening problem where they "don't happen" , really can be critical with oxygen equipment, heat, air conditioning. If it goes out several times a week then you adapt and put systems in place to cover.
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    Just wrote an article about this here, interested to hear what you think of this phenomenon.
  25. The old AUWC pavilion

    I think its kind of illegal, but definitely not enforced. The last bunker had tons of trash in it. Both had lots of graffiti, but the first one was in pretty good condition, since it wasn't as easy to get into. There was at one point a fence that surrounded the last bunker, but sections had been removed. The first bunker was still pretty secure, we got in by going from the top, down some stairs, through a pulled back chain link fence They had grounds keepers watching us explore the bunkers, but they didn't care. My friend needed to relive himself, but their toilets weren't working. They told us to "get creative", so that kinda shows you how little they care. As long as you aren't destroying, stealing, or smoking drugs/drinking, most people don't care. It's not wise to just look around any old building here though, castle doctrine is quite strong in this state, so make sure nobody cares about the property, or get permission. I plan on going to the USS Texas/San Jacinto battleground this thurs, hopefully 2ill get some cool pics
  26. Much easier if you can share with others. For instance it's the same amount of work to raise 25 chickens or 75 , but if three neighbors go in on 75 then the care taking can also be split. Any livestock is a commitment to be there. As small farmers we used to share some infrequently used equipment, only problematic issue with shared equipment is who is responsible for maintenance? Has to be everyone, and with a list of what to check after each use, preferably with a log book and manuals on the machine. Of course as a group expands it tends to prevent it's own functioning ( what is a city other then a large group after all ) and on technical issues democracy doesn't work all that well ( the people who understand how a process works and what it takes to maintain it are out voted by those who don't ). If people understand that competent people need to be allowed to make decisions in the area of their competence it can grow to a large organization, if it turns into a matter of immediate efficiency then you get interlocked, just in time, systems that work great until they don't. It takes stored resources to bootstrap any repairs, but they are "dead" assets as far as book keeping goes. Seen far too many examples of spare parts, manuals and log books thrown away because "Do we need these right now? No. Get rid of them, they are taking up space!" Then again I'm still getting parts from a collection of those from 40 years ago, boss said "this all goes to the trash." well I'm as trashy as they come. ( about 4 cubic feet of nuts, bolts, screws, washers, motors, brackets, DC plugs and sockets .... )
  27. The old AUWC pavilion

    Whats the law on properties like this? Can you legally walk around? If a door is closed and easy enough to force (and the building is abandoned) can you give it a hard shove and take a look? Or is it one of those- its illegal but not enforced?

    Politics are a bad idea on every forum in my experience. too easy to take things personally.
  29. Holy mother of Bob that really shines a different light on things.
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