December 30, 2020 at 10:08 pm #31803Letia JohnsonParticipant
I’m reading about lawmakers rejecting the electoral votes and protests and chaos. I keep canning stuff. There’s talk that if POTUS succeeds in his legal challenges the other side would pull down the grid. I’m working on a whole house generator but it’s not in the budget right now. What can I be doing to prep?
December 31, 2020 at 8:29 am #31806Crow BarKeymaster
Well, keep canning.
Do an brutally honest, objective inventory of the pantry. Be realistic. How long could you and yours survive on what is in there?
What can you do within the budget to be able to cook (and heat??) meals.
Or meals that do not require heating.
Are you in an area where you can plant a garden, or even container garden indoors?
December 31, 2020 at 8:43 am #31807Letia JohnsonParticipant
I do have gas so I can cook thankfully. I am concerned about warmth. We did buy some kerosene heaters a few winters ago. I also have a gas grill. I can plant a garden. Hubs cleared a spot but fire ants moved in. We’re at the end of our growing season.
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December 31, 2020 at 1:11 pm #31812Atypical SapienParticipant
Water, food, shelter-
Make sure that your home is as insulated and sealed as possible. Some things I learned from my BPI Building Analyst Certification: Many old homes have a complete air volume exchange every hour. That means that you are heating or cooling the entire volume of air dozens of times a day. This is due to holes in your Building Envelope: The living space inside your home.The Stack or Chimney effect means that if the total combined volume of small holes ( around can lights, electrical runs, plumbing, duct work, etc. ) that penetrates your Building Envelope is equal to the size of a compact disc, it is the leakage equivalent of having a window open. Dirty fiberglass attic insulation is an indication of air flow. Seal up any attic holes with spray foam (Not around can lights! they make kits for that). Or better yet hire a professional. If you have an HVAC unit have the duct work looked at for leakage.
Get a Carbon Monoxide detector especially if you are going to run un-vented heat like kerosene heaters.
Ensure that you have good seals around your doors. You can also purchase window insulation kits.
A FLIR thermal camera attached to a cell phone is a very nifty device that can show you where there are cold spots and bad to no insulation.
December 31, 2020 at 2:10 pm #31816Matt In OklahomaModerator
Whole house gens are nice but not always the way to go.
Make a list of areas your short. Sometimes that requires a list of what ya have.
Make a second list of what you will do in order IF IT happens. Whatever your IF scenario is. When the stress hits it’s hard to remember everything.
Start really talking and planning with anyone who might be in your circle.
Stay calm. Gather intelligence but don’t overload. Don’t let your mind eat your lunch.
December 31, 2020 at 9:48 pm #31831LittlesisterParticipant
I have done a bit of canning this year, but not as much. I am going to start canning everything in freezer after the first of the year. I do have a whole house generator that we have had for several years. It is loud and that will not be good in an SHTF situation. I think now they do have quieter ones, but I don’t know how quiet. We have several ways for cooking including solar. The windows are well insulated but work on the patio door needs to be better insulated. I have the stuff to do it, but been really busy taken care of DH and no time to get it done right now. If the grid does go down. There will be plumbing issues. Back up of sewer if you are on city sewage. Which we are now on. Though the septic tank is still in tack, but not connected to the house now and I think the lines will have to be replaced in order to reconnect.
Things I will be looking at in the new year, will be if the grid does go down. I need to get fireplace repaired. I am saving up to get that done now and get a couple or more cords of wood. Need to get more propane. Would like to get more containers for that, but not going to fully depend on them for cooking. I already have several ways to cook. Propane will be more for my canning. natural gas may not work. It has to be delivered through the pipelines. Not sure how they do that. Will be talking with DH about that as he retired from the gas company. This house is set up for gas right down to having our grill on natural gas instead of propane. So ways to keep warm in winter, cooler in summer without any air conditioner and water. These right now are the most important for us. Food situation is pretty much just to keep up on. Need to make sure about the a backflow valve for both sewage and water also. These are going to be my 2021 things to get done. We may have a sewage backup valve but not sure of the water yet. will check on both. We have solar showers, and 5 gal. buckets with toilet seats for our back up bathroom issues. Just need to get more of the kitty litter or sand as well as the bags for them. I have some but need to add more to that. Will be working on my water source as well. I know what I am going to do. It’s just a matter of getting it all set up as well as getting that hand pump for the well. I am also going to have the well looked at for a solar pump as well as hand pump. Hope I can get all this done by years end next year. Will be a very busy year for me. DH can only tell me what needs to be done and how to go about it since he will not be able to help me do anything now.
January 2, 2021 at 12:05 pm #31843TolikParticipant
I predict Nothing will happen . Business as usual . I think the real problems will start after mid terms
January 6, 2021 at 8:17 pm #31884LittlesisterParticipant
Tolik, you could be right, but after today I am not sure what might happen. We live about 5 hours from DC. That for me is to close for comfort. From the looks of things the Dems have control of house, senate and the white house. So it will go down hill within the first 100 days of Biden. They will take away our freedoms more so than they are doing now.
We have had helicopters running all over the place around here today. Thinking it could be because of what happened in DC today. But also might be military doing practice runs. That’s fine as long as they don’t land in my front yard again. We had that happen a few years ago. Don’t think they were suppose to do that. This is a neighborhood.
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