February 4, 2012 at 11:39 am #513500fruitfulMember
very interesting thread, never thought to stockpile things we don’t need/use as barter items. Must have put my single minded blinkers on. They have been rightfully removed, thanks for the advices people.
:tup:February 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm #513501
Our water filter is one that is stone but we do have a couple of spares. I saw on a survival show thsi gadget the guy had you can turn dirty water into clean with this pump machine he had. It hasn’t been on again so I don’t know what it was called. Also you can clean water with hot rocks thrown into the water. Maybe we should use this method in SA the water is dreadful.February 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm #513502missy71Member
We stockpile to some extent in preparation for the yearly cyclone season and we really ought to do this more seriously. I think that if the worst really did happen you would have to seriously consider taking steps to protect what you do have. We have made our stockpile available to share with some neighbours so hopefully they will be an extra ‘line of defence’ should anything happen.
Here is another site that has a pretty comprehensive list. Much of it has already been mentioned on this thread but I do like the idea of dental floss, it comes in handy for more than cleaning teeth.
[February 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm #513503missy71MemberFebruary 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm #513504
Good show on the cable TV last night called Survivors its about a flu that goes around the world and kills most of the prople but he ones who are left have to learn to live without shops etc.
There are some bad people in it with guns but one of the main people said about learning to live off the land with animals and learning to live together again.
For those who don’t have it its on 103 BBC you might be able to down load itFebruary 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm #513505HTMember
Boy I wish Steve was around to find the link to this show so I didn’t have to struggle with my stupid computer to find it.
Cooeee Steve :wave:
HT :kiss:February 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm #513506SteveKeymaster
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Not sure if this is the show you were after. This is only a promo video for it..February 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm #513507HTMember
You are right up there with Lassie as being my hero 😛 ta for the link
HTFebruary 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm #513508mistyhollowsMember
🙁 Think my lunch just went down the wrong way :jawdrop: Scary thing is the other week I saw a report in one of the UK papers about a bug which is spreading over from the US and how it could be spread really easily on public transport etc and it wasn’t a nice bug either. Wish I could remember the name of it. I was hunting for the article and will post it when I find it.
Here we go, it was a strain of MRSA:February 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm #513509DaylaMember
Thats one scary scenario.
I think perhaps those that die are the lucky ones.
DaylaFebruary 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm #513510mistyhollowsMember
The ABC shop has the series for sale in their online shop.February 8, 2012 at 11:24 am #513511
Bit scary, I watched a show on the Health show on the cable about germs spreading across the US from Africa through the wind. Some of the diseases are the real bad ones that we don’t want here.
Measels are the one to watch in SA at the moment for adults 2 cases so far and the 1st brought it back from OSFebruary 8, 2012 at 11:55 am #513512TropicalRoseParticipant
Interesting thread, though its not always war that you need to stockpile for. I had a good taste of what it would be like just over 12 months ago when Yasi hit FNQ. I live about 15 minutes out of Tully so we were not a priority for any help or to get services resumed. I spent months without power and clean drinking water and no physical help, it wasn’t like the Brisbane floods where everyone pitched in. We were flooded 3 times so what the cyclone didn’t take from the garden, the floods did. The roads were cut from the flooding so often that the supermarkets had very little to sell.
My recommendations would be to get solar power and forget about the grid, don’t worry as much about freezing foodstuff, you are better off doing preserves as much as you can. Don’t forget foodstuffs for animals and poultry and have tanks for water. Stockpile soap and washing powder. Remember stockpiled fuel has a use by date. Have a pile of old newspapers, they can be used for so much, loo paper, mulching, mopping up spills, cleaning up animal mishaps, etc then onto the compost heap.
I had experience living like this because I had lived on a isolated block in the NT without power or water for several years and was just so over it and didn’t expect to have to do it again, but the experience was valuable.
Lets just hope that the worst never happens with war and the best minds keep working on ways to make us less dependent on oil.February 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm #513513
Excellent tips :tup: you never think about water and fuel running out but in times of problems they will be the first to dissappear, but power is something people find it hard to live without it, Solar panels are the way to go.
Preserving is a really good tip as there is just so much you can eat before the freezer stuff is just no good anymore.
I am stocking up on tins of dog food and cat food. Woolies has chum out this week, for $1.69 for 750g, I am not a great lover of tinned dog food but in the crunch they will have food.
Select cat food in pouches are 69c each but I am not sure if they will last like tinned food does. Son bought 30 for his cat this week. Chooks can live on scraps and green grass but if it is flooded they do need wheat to top them up, don’t forget the budgies and guinea pigs need food as wellFebruary 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm #513514caddieParticipant
Last winter I put in a new tank to replace the leaky, rusted one that was here when I came, this water is for chooks and dogs.
Gravity fed to thier yards.
This is not connected to the house.
I got the biggest tank we could fit in the space and put a tap as well for easy access.
I did this because all the other water from the tanks is done by pressure pump so if the power is off no water.
Now I can get water albiet I need to bucket it to the house, but at least there is drinking water available
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