How To Use Swimming Pool Water In An Emergency

Posted By on October 24, 2014

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A person new to preparedness recently contacted me with a bunch of questions about how they could better prepare for a disaster or SHTF.  One of the questions was concerning the pool they had in their backyard, namely, was the water safe to drink.  Pools are wonderful preparedness items.  How else can you efficiently store ten thousand or more gallons of water?  Yet, there are many questions that need to be answered in some folks mind’s.  Let’s take a nice logical look at why a pool is a good water storage device for SHTF, as long as you understand a few things.

The first question is, what about the chemicals?  That is a good question, but I want to back things up a bit further, to the source of the water, to put things in perspective.  When you originally filled your pool the water probably came from one of a few places, a municipal source or a well.  You could have easily dipped a cup in the water and taken a swig with no ill effects, right?  Keep that in mind.  The only things that change the composition of the water are things you put in it or things that fall in.  Ok, back to the chemicals. Anyone who owns a pool is very familiar with chemicals.  We spend countless hours trying to balance PH and chlorine levels for nice sparkly water.  If you keep up with regular maintenance and keep the chlorine levels in spec, that is about all you ever have to do..but you don’t ever drink the water because it has chlorine present.

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Rest assured folks, the very same mechanism that makes chlorine keep your pool free from bacteria and algae is also chlorine’s downfall.  Without getting into too much of that there “science”, the chlorine reacts with water to form Hypochlorus Acid.  Think of Hypochlorus Acid as your cougar aunt that is always on the hunt to join with any stable man.  She will lure just about any man, join with him, and the two become one and bug off to Vegas.  Same thing happens in the pool.  Except the Hypochlorous acid ends up as salts, carbon dioxide, nitrogen gases, and even water.  The long and short is that most of the chlorine is gone rather quickly from a pool, hence the reason why we keep having to add chlorine to swimming pools.  To boot, there is so much water in relation to any bad stuff that is left over that it won’t be harmful to ingest the water anyways.  Once the chlorine has left the pool we are left with…water.

The water soon feels the effects of not having chlorine, Algae, bacteria,and protozoa will begin to grow.  Why?  Because a backyard pool is the perfect petrie dish to grow these little nasties.  Your backyard water storage can soon become a swamp.  If an event takes place and you find yourself looking towards your pool as a source of water the first thing you are going to want to do is cover it.  Covering your pool will benefit you in two ways. First, it will slow evaporation.  Second, it will limit the growth of the nasties as sunlight can accelerate their growth.

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At some point you are going to need start using your water and here is the key;  treat the pool as you would treat any water in an emergency situation (see our “Understanding SHTF Water Purification” video).  Remember, you know a few things about your water.  The water isn’t tainted by agriculture or industrial run off, so you don’t have to treat it with carbon based filters to rid it of dangerous chemicals.  What you need to watch out for in your pool water are the bacteria and protozoa.  Simple and inexpensive filters, will work to clean the water from bacteria and protozoa  Both will serve you well for drinking water.  If you need something a bit larger, say for cleaning gallons at a time.  It is possible for the water to contain viruses, neither of which are effectively removed by the aforementioned filters, but it is highly unlikely for North America.  If in doubt, boiling will take care of viruses as well.  If the water is really cloudy or algae infested, remember to “pre-filter” the water by placing an old T-shirt over a 5 gallon bucket.  Pour the dirty pool water through the T-Shirt, then filter it using one of the mentioned filters.  The key here is you know your water isn’t contaminated with dangerous chemicals, it only needs to be filtered of bacteria and protozoa.

Depending on your area of the country you may or may not have to add water to your pool periodically during normal use.  I am fortunate that in my area I rarely have to add water.  Then again, I am only lucky to be able to swim from June to the middle of September,it is too cold any other times of the year.  Only during the hottest months do I have to add water, the rainfall generally replenishes it.  Over the years I think I have pumped out more excess water than I’ve added.  Even so, if the water begins to run low, I plan to run one of the downspouts directly onto the cover.  My cover is semi-porous, so it will act as a filter to get any large particulates out.  You may or may not be so lucky.  Either way, if you have a swimming pool or have access to a one, surviving a grid down event is much easier.

Check out our guide on how to build yourself the ultimate living food bank that will give you lots of fresh vegetables, meat and water in case of emergency.

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Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Alternative power source DIY)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Sold Out After Crisis (Learn how to purify water, grow food for survival, and create your own energy and so much more.)

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How to tie the most useful knots for survival and camping [videos]

Posted By on October 24, 2014

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As of late I have been getting a lot of requests for knot videos.  I have already done several so I thought would put them together in one place to make it easy to share with you and your outdoor friends.

Knot tying is one of those things that is incredibly valuable to any outdoor pursuit.  On a deer hunt this weekend I used 3 seperate knots to make a lot of things easier for me.  I was actually sitting in my deer stand and thinking wondering how people get things done with out knowing knots.  If you are one of those people then watch this series of videos.

In this first video we talk about a timber hitch, clove hitch, half hitches.

In this video we take a look at the classic figure 8 as well as a bowline.

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In this video I show you how to put these knots to use.  Tieing gear down to a vehicle, making a tripod, and more.

In this one I show you a couple of methods on joining rope together.

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In this last one I show you five different methods for coiling and storing rope.

So that was a lot of rope.  I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have any questions then leave them in the comments below this blog piece or in the comments section of the videos.  You will probably get a lot of answers from our community of followers as well as us.

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By Craig Caudill, at Dan’s Depot

 

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Good News/Bad News

Posted By on October 24, 2014

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Which one do you want first? The good news? Okay. The good news is we’ve switched over to Libsyn for our podcast host. This should put an end to the issues we’ve been having for the past two weeks with Blubrry. They provided reliable service for about a year and a half, but they seem to not be able to address the recurring issues we’ve been having with media files not playing since last week. At this time, all the shows should be playing properly if you’ve missed any.

The bad news is that our shows uploaded prior to the switch won’t be available once the Blubrry account is closed out. If you’ve been meaning to download some old favorites from the show archives, do it now becuase they won’t be available much longer.

I’ll try to upload some of the best show periodically once the account is closed, but I have a quota as to how much data I can upload each month.

Thanks for your patience with the podcast playback glitches.

Happy prepping!

MDG

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Good News/Bad News

Posted By on October 24, 2014

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Which one do you want first? The good news? Okay. The good news is we’ve switched over to Libsyn for our podcast host. This should put an end to the issues we’ve been having for the past two weeks with Blubrry. They provided reliable service for about a year and a half, but they seem to not be able to address the recurring issues we’ve been having with media files not playing since last week. At this time, all the shows should be playing properly if you’ve missed any.

The bad news is that our shows uploaded prior to the switch won’t be available once the Blubrry account is closed out. If you’ve been meaning to download some old favorites from the show archives, do it now becuase they won’t be available much longer.

I’ll try to upload some of the best show periodically once the account is closed, but I have a quota as to how much data I can upload each month.

Thanks for your patience with the podcast playback glitches.

Happy prepping!

MDG

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DIY Home Defense: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home From Burglars

Posted By on October 23, 2014

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Based on numbers from the FBI’s annual crime report, there were an estimated 2.1 million burglaries in the United States in 2012. What’s more, nearly 75% of those crimes took place at residential properties. And, while those statistics reflect a slight drop in burglary rates, the numbers are still a wake-up call for every safety-conscious renter and homeowner in the country.

Surprisingly, most burglaries aren’t random. Rather, thieves use an active and careful selection process to target homes with specific vulnerabilities. Since the best defense is a good offense, now is the time to do a security check of your own home and look for weaknesses that might make it attractive in all the wrong ways. And as you do, keep in mind these 10 DIY ways to protect your home from burglary.

1. Beef Up Doors

As a rule, all exterior doors should be solid wood or metal-clad with a wood core. Anything less doesn’t offer protection against break-ins. Burglars can easily kick in hollow-core or thinner wood-panel doors, completely compromising your home’s security. Refer to the The Family Handyman’s step-by-step guide on replacing an exterior door for details on installing a more secure exterior door.

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2. Deadbolt It

A quality door deserves a quality lock, and that starts with a deadbolt. Deadbolts are more difficult to tamper with and offer an essential first line of defense against intruders gaining access to your home. According to home security tips from The Blog by Allstate, homeowners should install a deadbolt to each exterior door and make sure that the bolt portion of the lock has at least a one inch reach inside the door frame.

3. Reinforce Glass Near Entry Points

Doorways framed by narrow and tall windows are an attractive design feature in many contemporary homes, but they’re not great for home defense. Glass near entryways can be broken and provide easy access to locks and other security devices. Security professionals suggest bulking up these types of windows by adding quarter-inch clear Plexiglas panels attached securely to the wall or solid window frame.

A safety note here: Reserve the Plexiglass shields for windows around doorways or other non-essential decorative windows. Installing them throughout your home can interfere with exit points if there’s a fire.

4. Add Motion-Sensitive Lighting

Take away burglars’ biggest advantage — the cover of darkness. Motion-sensitive exterior lighting is activated by even the slightest movement, serving to surprise intruders and provide a visual alarm to the rest of the neighborhood.

5. Landscape Defensively

Make your home less appealing to burglars by keeping vegetation trimmed. Trees, shrubbery, and tall grasses close to your home provide the perfect camouflage for intruders — offering ideal places to hide and cover the traces of a break-in. Pruning shrubs is a free offensive move and the results are immediate. Reserve a few hours next weekend to strategically cut back overgrown hedges, trees, and other greenery.

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6. Cover It Up

Burglars often shop their targets before break-ins, peeking in windows to gauge the value of what’s inside. Shutting blinds and drawing drapes, especially when no one’s home, can help keep the contents of your home away from prying eyes.

7. Stash the Trash

One of the burglary prevention tips from Houselogic.com urges homeowners to be more aware of the trash they set at the curbside. Burglars are busy on trash day, scouting for boxes and other packaging that may signal expensive new purchases. Don’t advertise that new 50″ flat screen TV you bought by displaying the box curbside. Instead, break packages down, seal in garbage bags, and mix with other refuse.

8. Add Interior Timers

Again, home security advice from The Blog by Allstate stresses the importance of making your home look occupied at all times. Typically, burglars want to avoid a face-to-face confrontation, instead targeting homes where there’s an obvious vacancy. Connect timers to interior lights, TVs, and radios. Set lights to come on about hour before sunset and have TVs and radios activate periodically throughout the day.

9. Watch Your Paper Trail

Just as boxes from big ticket items advertise what’s inside your home, mail and newspapers piling up advertise that you’re out of town. Keep your comings and goings low-profile by holding your mail and stopping and newspaper delivery while you’re out of town. If you have a sudden trip and don’t have time to prepare, ask a trusted neighbor to collect these deliveries for you and hold them until you return.

10. Get to Know Your Neighbors

There’s safety in numbers. Work to build a sense of community between your neighbors. Without being intrusive, get to know names, recognize faces, identify cars, and become familiar with general schedules, etc. Understanding the pattern and flow of your neighborhood can help everyone notice the anomalies that sometimes indicate trouble.

Home defense doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are some simple and valuable measures every homeowner can take to make their spaces more secure. With a critical eye, some basic planning, and a few weekend projects, you can make your home safer and build a bit more peace-of-mind in the process.

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We recommend you to read the free eBook we have to offer on our website, Beyond Collapse.  Beyond Collapse is an extensive guide, covering everything from why we should prepare, how a collapse may happen, what civilization may look like in its aftermath, and what steps you can take to not only prepare ahead of time, but how you’ll survive and thrive during the reconstruction and rebuilding that follow. Download Beyond Collapse here and subscribe to our newsletter .

Other Survival Solutions:

Backyard Innovator (Special Discount) (Hidden, Self-Renewing Supply of Fresh Meat, Produce, and Water!)

Darkest Days - Free Shipping (Limited Time Special) (Understanding EMP and how to guard against it )

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Alternative power source DIY)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Sold Out After Crisis (Learn how to purify water, grow food for survival, and create your own energy and so much more.)

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