There are many people finding themselves NOT in the best position. Many are homeless, many are hungry, many have no electricity, and many are cold. We can go around and around and feel good about ourselves because WE are preppers and survivalists, and are prepared.
BUT, what are these people to do as they find themselves in quite a predicament? Many are browsing the internet on their phone hoping to find help. If some of the victims of Hurricane Sandy happen to stumble across ModernSurvivalOnline, here are a few ideas:
- Candles – use a mirror behind it/them to double the light.
- Many people have solar lights in their yard, during the night bring in from outside and then take out in morning to recharge.
- Flashlights of course. Many modern LED lights have low and high settings. Use the low setting as much as possible to extend battery life. For regular lights turn off when not needed.
- Need batteries? Many wall clocks have AA batteries in them. Look for other devices around that may have batteries in them that can run your flashlights.
- Lanterns can provide great illumination.
- Be very cautious using anything with a flame!!!! A candle can be made using vegetable oil and some cloth as a wick.Fire:
- Fire can provide warmth as well as assist in cooking.
- How to make fire? Matches and/or a Bic lighter work great.
- Newspaper or other paper can be crumbled up and placed underneath that which you want to burn.
- Stack twigs and sticks in the shape of a pyramid, Tiny and small twigs at the bottom, on top of paper, followed by larger but small sticks, and finally some larger ones on top.
- Cover some cotton balls or rolled up paper towel in common Vaseline and use as a fire starter. This works great.
- Do NOT use gasoline to start a fire unless there is no other option. Do NOT pour gasoline on a smoldering fire or open flame as the flame can follow the fuel stream to its source and KA-BOOM!!!
- If gasoline must be used place a very small amount(1/2 – 1 teaspoon) in aluminum foil folded like a cup and light under your wood. A small metal or other non-flammable cup can work also.Heat:
- Create a “warm” room. A south facing room if you are collecting solar heat during the day and a basement room at night. The basement will not get as cold, plus, once it is warm the concrete or rock walls will hold the heat much longer.
- Use some form of plastic sheeting to cover walls and windows to keep heat in.
- Sources of plastic sheeting -sheets of plastic, tarps, garbage bags, plastic bags, plastic wardrobes, plastic ponchos, shower curtains, car cover, furniture covers, mattress protectors, tyvek, those inflatable beds are made of vinyl, as are stored pool toys and pool liners. Think of all the things you have that may be plastic or vinyl that you can duct tape–scotch tape, staple, sew, shipping tape, silicone– together.
- Try to have everyone in one room – preferably not too large. Several people in ne room can generate a lot of heat. The basement will be the easiest to retain heat in. Don’t forget to plastic or tarp the ceiling! Heat rises! Create a double door, so the heat can’t escape. People and pets in a confined area will keep it above freezing and, confined enough, will keep it comfortable.
- No plastic? Consider blankets, throws, sheets, curtains, etc. hung from the walls, doorways, and over the windows. Solar heat from a south facing room will often heat the room enough to be comfortable during the day if the windows are then covered in blankets at night, or tinfoil with the shiny side facing in to reflect body heat back at you during the night.
- Candles in tin cans will generate a lot of heat. Why tin cans? Because they will also heat the tin which will radiate twice as much heat and stay hot longer when the candle burns out.
- An alcohol heater can be made by stuffing toilet paper into something like a paint can then soaking the paper with rubbing alcohol. Simply light the toilet paper and the flame will burn for hours. Make sure there is some ventilation so you so not use up all the oxygen.
- If you have a yard, consider creating a campfire in back and heat rocks, any rocks, bricks, anything cement, anything that won’t burn you can find, and bring them in to your warm room, sit them on the floor and put your feet on them, hold them in your lap, warm your hands on them. If you set the on tinfoil facing up it will also reflect the heat toward you.
- Do you have a camping tent? Pitch it and throw plastic and blankets over it. Body heat alone will keep you warm if the temperature is above 20 degrees. The more bodies, the better. Break out your sleeping bags and camp in your living room or basement. Put tin foil shiny side up under the tent to reflect body heat back to you.
- Check your vehicle emergency kit or first aid kit to see if you have any of those cheap little emergency blankets around, they reflect back 90% of your body heat.
- If you have a grill, heat bricks, stones, etc. on the grill.
- Heat up a room with a stove or grill then take it out! Carbon monoxide is your enemy!Dress:
- Dress in layers!
- Put a hat on! 90% of your body heat leaves through your head! Sleep in a hat!
- Feet cold? Put bread bags over your socks but in the boots–toasty feet! Plastic rain suits, ponchos, garbage bags with head and arm slits work, etc. are great for retaining heat.
- Plastic wrap over a layer of clothes then add another layer of clothes to stay warmer! Plastic baggies on your hands and head.Water:
- Use 8 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of generally clear water. Up to 16 drops if the water is not clear.
- For disinfectant cleaning – 9 parts water to 1 part bleach.
- Look to your water heater for drinkable water.
- The water in the BACK of your toilet is drinkable, NOT in the bowl!
- Snow should be treated.Food/Cooking:
- Create a simple stove out of a can and a candle and you can heat your food and water.
- A simple brick rocket stove,–multiple uses cook and heat!
- No manual can opener? You can open your cans how? Screwdriver and a hammer or a knife and a hammer. No hammer? Use a rock or brick.
- Cold outside? Put your refrigerator food outside!
- Freezing? Put your freezer food in coolers outside.
- Someone in the neighborhood has a grill and your food is going to go bad, have a party! Meet your neighbors!Sanitation:
- No water to flush the toilet? Put your best quality (or double them) garbage bag in the toilet, fold over and put the seat down. When not in use, use a twist tie to close it. When full, close tightly and sit outside.
- Out of TP? Catalogs, newspapers and telephone books all work.
- Put a wastepaper basket next to the toilet, line it with a garbage bag and put the used “paper” in it, that way the toilet won’t fill up as fast.
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