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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:

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The outside of the box has a small instruction graphic to show how to seal off the windows, vents, and doors.

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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.

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Inside of the kit starting to take shape.

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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.  cutsheet.png.e49d46177892a8fe7afcc628ac2c0a89.png

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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.

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More to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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! :P

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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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.

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Not the best pictures of a dosimeter but I just had my watch for a camera.

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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Your preps are so far ahead of my own, eek. Been working on my first aid & go bags recently, Elise and I are more or less set with food (6 months to 1 year with heavy rationing)- the biggest risk for us was always financial in nature hence our downsizing from Toronto- we may make a big move (and hopefully final) this year (fingers crossed) that will really help us in that regard but we shall see.

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@Thomas yep that financial thing is a killer, we are trying very hard to have at least 6 months of expenses that we have on hand just in case, it's not been easy but it can be done you put a little back here and there and before you know it you have it. I looked at what happened in Greece and now in Venezuela and it got me thinking what good is money if you can't get at it. Of course I always got booze and toilet paper to barter with.

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Time frame and prevailing common sense plays into finance too. After inventing paper money China outlawed it until forced at gun point to accept it again. Right now, walk into a store with a $5 one ounce silver coin and odds on they will not even accept it as $5 , let alone $13, but a piece of paper is fine, even if it's certain to loose value with time, possibly all at once.  So credit cards and bank accounts are fine unless the banks and / or power fail. Cash is king until devalued or outlawed ( might recover, my 100 trillion Zim note is back up to $75 from about $0.75 ) or just not accepted ( can't pay the Canadian Govt. in cash now... maybe they know something? ). Probably best to have some stored in multiple forms, bank for immediate use, cash for emergency use, silver and gold for long emergencies or state failures. Food and trade goods for practicality, because at least you don't need to retrain people for them to understand that is worth something.

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I agree Gary...spread it around as best you can to cover all options. I’ve said before - you can’t eat gold/silver and doesn’t make for a good hat in the rain...that said I’ve got some should that become what’s needed.

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