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How to be a Prepper…But Not One of Those Crazy Ones

by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Did you ever think about dipping your big toe into the waters of “prepping” but it just all sounded so “out there” that you weren’t quite sure it was something you wanted to be involved in? Then this is the guide for you.

Maybe it made sense in principle, but then you watched that guy and his wife filter and drink their own pee on Doomsday Preppers and you said, “Oh, heck no.”

Maybe you were considering the wisdom of storing some extra supplies when you read about the survivalist who holed up in a fully stocked bunker with a little boy he had kidnapped, and you thought, “That’s way too much crazy for me. No way.”

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1 comment to How to be a Prepper…But Not One of Those Crazy Ones

  • Ed_B

    “Maybe it made sense in principle, but then you watched that guy and his wife filter and drink their own pee on Doomsday Preppers and you said, “Oh, heck no.””

    Actually, I saw that episode when it 1st aired. My wife was watching it with me, which was unusual. When she saw what they were doing, her comment was, “ICK! We’re not doing that!”. I assured her that we weren’t going that way and that in my mind anyone prepared to drink pee was already admitting to a major planning failure. Those who have really prepped will have a water source or two that they can use and some purification methods to ensure that even contaminated water can be consumed safely.

    Level 1: this is the water that we have and will have stored if the SHTF. It comes in the form of 2 bath tub WaterBobs (large food grade plastic bags with a valve and hand pump) that can each store 100 gallons of drinking water in each of our two bath tubs. It also includes about 100 gallons of water that is stored in cleaned plastic milk jugs plus two 7 gallon plastic camping water containers. This is enough water to get the 2 of us through about 6 weeks of careful consumption.

    Level 2: our house sits on a hill with numerous other homes. There are springs on this hill that over-flow through pipes even in summer, empty onto the streets, and then flow down some street drains. It should be possible to dig wells on the property of any home-owner who has one of these drains and there are a couple of dozen of these. This would be a community effort with everyone sharing in the labor, building, and maintenance of the wells for a share of the water.

    Level 3: we live in SW Washington state, which receives about 45-50″ of rainfall each year. By setting up some tarps with parachord, we can make some sloping fan-shaped water capture devices that will collect rainwater and drain it into buckets or other containers.

    Once we have the water, it will then be filtered through one of those micro-pore ceramic filters. I bought a filter parts kit and then built one of these from plans on You Tube. It uses 2 food grade plastic buckets for filtering and catching the filtrate plus a 3rd bucket as a stand to make taking filtered water out much easier than if it was just sitting on the floor. It has a cloth sock filter that covers the ceramic filter to remove small debris so that it does not clog the ceramic filter prematurely. I would, of course, pre-filter any water through cloth, such as a cotton hand-towel, that contained sticks, leaves, seeds, other plant debris, or bugs. Mud is more difficult to remove but some can be removed via paper coffee filters.

    It also is not difficult to make a sand filter from a 6-8″ diameter PVC pipe about 6 feet long, filled with layers of coarse gravel, fine gravel, and sand with cloth at the top and bottom of the filter to remove coarse debris and to help hold the filter media in place. This is removed, cleaned, and either reused or replaced as it becomes clogged. Measuring the flow rate gives a good indication of whether or not the filter needs cleaning and/or media replacement.

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