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Vic Biorseth, Saturday, September 07, 2013
All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance. Right?
It's always a good idea to be prepared; you should have learned that in boy scouts. If you didn't, well - you should always be prepared for whatever contingency might arise, because lots of other people are not going to be prepared. They will need help. When an emergency occurs, be it storm, flood, whatever - you may not have electricity, you may not have the availability of Kroger's for some time, fuel may not be available, etc., etc., etc. This "temporary emergency" situation could go on for weeks or months.
Food is the first and perhaps most primary thing you should think about storing, and not just for calamity situations. If you are not good at keeping and living within a budget, as many are not, you may live just week to week or even day to day on what's in the cupboard and in the refrigerator. What happens if you lose your job or source of income? How long can you feed yourself? Do you have a wife and kids?
Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29, 2012. Don't look now, but Staten Island residents have still not recovered; they're still in a "temporary state of emergency". They've been left on their own by the government. Could you hold out that long?
Learn the lesson of the squirrel and store up food.
The idea of a 2-week "bug-out bag" intrigued me. It's supposed to contain enough food for one man for two weeks, all contained in a back pack, along with a bunch of other survival stuff. But the food - a 2-week supply - is what got my attention. That's a heck of a lot of food for one back pack.
As an old Army puke, I had to carry my own food a lot, and let me tell you - I never carried any two weeks worth at any one time. Of course, that was in the old C-Ration days, when most of it was canned. I got to where I actually liked it. Especially pound cake, except for all the work you had to go through just to get it out of the can in one big cylinder. You had to open both ends of the can with your trusty P38 and push it out. But it was worth it.
Bottom line, two weeks worth of C-Rations, number one, would be hard to lift; and, number two, it wouldn't leave any room for your other equipment, ammo and gear. We seldom carried more than one or two meals, rarely one or two day's food, and that was about it. If we stayed in one spot for some time, we would get boxes of five-in-ones (five day's food for one man), or five-in-twos, (for two men) or sometimes 10-in-twos. But these would be delivered by chopper or jeep or truck. Certainly not in back packs.
So the idea of a 2-week bug-out bag got my attention. Theoretically, when an emergency occurred, depending on the circumstances, you could throw it in your truck, or in your wheelbarrow, or on your back, and bug out, if you had to.
So, I ordered one, to find out about this stuff. Ultimately, we got three, because there are three of us in the house. It works. It has a lot of useful gimmicky stuff; there's a flimsy little stove and some fuel pellets for it. It works; I have a better little ultra-light camping stove I've used for bicycle camping that I really prefer. Add some long-nose butane lighters to the kit; they're always better than matches, at least until they run dry. There are some do-everything kind of all-in-one tools, but if you already have any of those you will probably prefer them to what comes in this kit.
The first aid kit is very good. I would only add plenty of large and various shaped band-aids. Mostly what I remember worrying about in the boonies is blisters and abrasions from wet boots, and wet, hard rubbing web gear and shoulder harness for gear and back packs. You put appropriate band-aids on the raw spots, abrasions or blisters, suit up again and get on with business.
There is a little wind-up radio that works with no batteries. Like most other stuff, it's trying to be multipurpose and multifunction, so it's also a flashlight, map light, yada, yada, yada. You might be tempted to toss it; but you should keep it. It works. You don't know if or when or for how long you might one day be without electricity and without a source of batteries. Keep it in the pack.
The neatest thing in the whole kit, for me, is the plastic water bottle. It has a good carbon filter attached to the lid that fits down inside the bottle when you screw it on. You take the lid-filter off, scoop up some river water or whatever water is available in the bottle, put the lid back on, and take a drink. Whatever comes out to top has been filtered, and is good drinking water. We could use a bunch of these.
The pack itself is quite good; the various pockets are well laid out and convenient, it's very well padded and well put together. It should hold up really well. And it ain't all that heavy with everything in it.
That's what I was looking for.
As to the food, which is what this is supposed to be all about, it's a damned sight better than C-Rations. Each meal comes in a little flat-bottomed, stand-up semi-metallic package containing a freeze-dried meal of some kind. (There's beef stew, lasagna, etc.) The top of the package has a zip-seal; above the zip-seal is a tear notch. To prepare, you tear the top off at the tear notch, and it will still be sealed at the zip seal.
You put one cup of your filtered water into your little supplied metal cup, and put it on your little stove. You light your little fuel pellet in the stove to boil the water in the cup. When it's boiling good, you open the zip seal on the bag and pour one cup of boiling water into the bag with the freeze-dried stuff in it. You stir it around with a fork, and then seal the zip seal, and let it stand for ten minutes. After ten minutes, you open it, stir it again, and eat it right out of the bag.
I have to say the beef stew was pretty good. A little loose for stew, but still quite good. More of a soup than a stew. Beats the hell out of cold C-Ration beans, or even hot C-Ration beans. The chunks of beef are very small, but there are a lot of them. Too many peas for my taste, but I don't like peas much. Everything - beef, peas, corn, potatoes - everything seemed as good as fresh. Hard to believe, but true. The water became a very tasty broth. Overall I would say it was a very good meal, in quality and in quantity. Not mama's cooking, but then, nothing but mama's cooking is mama's cooking.
I was tempted to try everything, but, this is supposed to be stored for emergency. Now I know it works as advertised, so I'll keep the rest as is.
One little problem I noticed is that there are some larger packages of food that go beyond the one meal for one man philosophy. For instance, there's a large package of macaroni and cheese that is too big for your little one cup cup. It says on the package to add the contents to five cups of boiling water. Now, where, in this pack, is a there any five cup pot?
A small point, perhaps, but if this is supposed to be a real bug-out bag for one man, then one man should be able to prepare each meal, one meal at a time, with what's in this one bag. In nine out of ten emergency scenarios, you would be cooking in or very near your own premises, and a pot would be available. But, in that tenth one, you would be out in the boonies with your little cup and your little stove, and I guess you would be trying to portion out one fifth of your mac and cheese and reseal the bag. If I were the chief designer of this thing, each bug-out meal would be a stand-alone one-bag meal.
If you get multiple bug-out bags for multiple people in the house, as we did, after you go over everything, there are some things you ought to do with everyone old enough to understand present and participating.
You should pack each individual bag exactly the same way, with every one knowing where things go in each pack. When you need something in a real emergency, the last thing you need to do is to start fumbling around dumping things out to find that one thing you need. Pick a spot for every item, and put it in the exact same place in every single back pack, no exceptions. Pay particular attention to the first aid kits. Put them where you can get them quick, and make sure all members of the family know exactly where to go to get a specific item out of any of the back packs. Make sure everyone understands that whenever they take out and use any item, when they are finished, they are to put it exactly back where they got it. Every time.
In any real emergency, in the dark, in utter confusion, you need to be able to get whatever you need quickly without fumbling around and wasting time. Odds are that's never going to happen, but you are supposed to be prepared. It is your duty.
This stuff keeps for 25 years, as is, without refrigeration or any special care. The bug-out bags are only good for emergencies of two weeks, or however long you can space it out. You really need more. If you can't afford a year's supply, buy what you can afford. Seriously, you need to do this. Don't buy it all at once if you can't afford it. Once a month, get a one week supply. Any month you can't afford it, don't buy it. If you can afford more, buy more. Start building up a supply.
It's light; it's good; it's nutritious; it keeps. You don't have to be a doomsday-preper like me. All you need is common sense, and a proper sense of preparedness.
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Date: Tue Sep 10 12:10:05 2013
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I'm interested in being prepared for emergencies & have thought about a bug-out bag. Care to share where you got yours? Thanks in advance!
Date: Tue Sep 10 18:51:46 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
Put food insurance in your favorite search engine and it will pop up in the list.
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The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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