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    Getting started again!

    Hi everyone!

    Years ago we were hit with 2 natural disasters back to back that took out our power for over a week each. I was not prepared at all for the first one which is why I started to prepare. When the second one hit, in the dead of winter, I had everything I needed on hand to make it through. By then I was hooked on being prepared for anything and everything.

    Slowly I lost my momentum. While out hiking a few weeks ago I realized there was no way I would be able to hike 7 miles into the woods with a 50 lb. backpack and spend 3 days there like I did just a couple of years ago. Then I looked at my emergency supplies...they are all over the place. My food hasn't been rotated in a year, my water bottles have leaked all over the basement floor. etc. etc. Nothing is in order. Even my emergency backpack is missing the most basic things now, like water.

    So here I am, ready to focus again. Last time I didn't join a forum. I'm looking forward to reading all of the posts and learning from everyone.

    This past weekend I bought 2 7 gallon water containers and a gallon of bleach. My plan is to empty and refill the water and replace the gallon of bleach in the spring and fall when the clocks spring forward and fall back. That will be easy to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker View Post
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    This past weekend I bought 2 7 gallon water containers and a gallon of bleach. My plan is to empty and refill the water and replace the gallon of bleach in the spring and fall when the clocks spring forward and fall back. That will be easy to remember.
    Don't just 'empty' the water out. USE it. That said, properly stored, water should last a lifetime. No real need to 'rotate' it.

    Bleach will also last for several years, so there's no need to rotate it either, especially twice a year. Yes, bleach does lose it's potency over time, but it doesn't become useless in 6 months. Another option is to ditch liquid bleach (like Clorox) and go with powdered pool shock instead. Mix the powder up in small batches as needed and a package will last a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back Pack Hack View Post
    Don't just 'empty' the water out. USE it. That said, properly stored, water should last a lifetime. No real need to 'rotate' it.

    Bleach will also last for several years, so there's no need to rotate it either, especially twice a year. Yes, bleach does lose it's potency over time, but it doesn't become useless in 6 months. Another option is to ditch liquid bleach (like Clorox) and go with powdered pool shock instead. Mix the powder up in small batches as needed and a package will last a long time.
    Its perfectly OK to take a break from anything every now and then! Enjoy life! Do a little here and there, then switch things up.

    In 2018 we didn't rotate our food as consistently as in the past but over the past few weeks we are catching up. I haven't been buying by usual box or three of ammo ever month, but I make up for it with bulk purchases. For some reason I thought we had stopped stocking up on toilet paper until I went to clean and organize the attic and saw that Mrs Slippy had been true to to old habits of an extra pack of TP every month or so. Can't have too much Ass-Wipers what I say!

    Well enough of me babbling on, you got me thinking so its time for me to check on the gas, diesel and propane tanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiker View Post
    Hi everyone!

    Years ago we were hit with 2 natural disasters back to back that took out our power for over a week each. I was not prepared at all for the first one which is why I started to prepare. When the second one hit, in the dead of winter, I had everything I needed on hand to make it through. By then I was hooked on being prepared for anything and everything.

    Slowly I lost my momentum. While out hiking a few weeks ago I realized there was no way I would be able to hike 7 miles into the woods with a 50 lb. backpack and spend 3 days there like I did just a couple of years ago. Then I looked at my emergency supplies...they are all over the place. My food hasn't been rotated in a year, my water bottles have leaked all over the basement floor. etc. etc. Nothing is in order. Even my emergency backpack is missing the most basic things now, like water.

    So here I am, ready to focus again. Last time I didn't join a forum. I'm looking forward to reading all of the posts and learning from everyone.

    This past weekend I bought 2 7 gallon water containers and a gallon of bleach. My plan is to empty and refill the water and replace the gallon of bleach in the spring and fall when the clocks spring forward and fall back. That will be easy to remember.
    It’s nice to see someone who is comfortable to show their flaws.

    I have been lazy on the water front lately too...I need to follow suit and get better situated. I like about 2 months of water on hand for two people and two dogs... currently I don’t have that.
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