Monthly Archives: January 2015

BOB food more

All of the above [the last post ] can be eaten on the run without cooking or heating. The following needs to be cooked for best use.

Ramen noodle soup comes in packages that contain 2 servings – sure it does and the tooth fairy is fake too.- each serving is 190 calories [so the package actually contains 380 calories]. 5 packages a day gets you about 1900 calories. The best way that I have found to cook this is to break the noodle puck into quarters into a canteen cup, add the flvor packet, water to cover. If available and desired add table spoon each of dry carrots, onions and maybe garlic. Bring to a simmer stirring often, by now your meal is ready. Cooking it this way saves fuel and time. This also encourages you to consume more fluids which your body needs. A friend years ago subsisted on ramen noodles and chicken patties for 2 years.

Home made Rice packets aka rice a roni. ½ cup rice [or brown rice] 1 tablespoon each of dry carrots, onions and instant beans. Seasonings to taste. Store in a snack sized baggy until ready to cook. Add packet to 1.5 cups water in a canteen cup and place covered on to fire, bring to boil x 5 – 10 minutes set near fire to finish cooking, stir and eat. This is about 400 calories. IF you have some jerky or other meat you can add some to this meal if you want.

You can buy or make similar meal packages like Knorr sides or great value brand. These provide between 400 – 500 calories per package as is. Follow the directions. Cost is about $1.00 each.

This covers rice and pasta; potatoes go good for this application too.

Seasonings which may come in handy are the normal ones of salt, pepper and ketchup. Grated parmesan cheese, salt free seasoning kinda like Mrs Dash, Chili powder are all great and each one costs $1.00 from Dollar Tree.

BOB food

There is another school of thought for short term and bug out bags. This school of thought goes that the most important thing for the short term is calories. . Basically fuel to keep you going. On the one hand it is nice to have ‘normal’ types of food. This more normal food typically requires cooking or at least warming up. If on the other hand you are on the run [which is more likely going to be the case] you will need things that you can consume as is, weather walking or driving without cooking nor heating.

Examples of such foods include Austin cheese crackers with peanut butter, at 1. 38 OZ with 190 calories per 6 cracker package which is one serving. 3 packages per ‘meal’, gives you 570 calories per meal. So you will need between 9 & 12 packages a day if this were the only food you had with you. At the time of this writing Wal-Mart had a bulk pack of 27 packages [or servings] for under $6.00.

Pop tarts [especially Strawberry] are great ;] each foil pack has 2 tarts. Each tart is 200 calories so each package from the store has six tarts and 1,200 calories. As of a few years ago watching a documentary about efficient companies in this episode Wal-Mart was the example. They have statistics on sales so they can send supplies which are in demand. They also monitor the weather and prior to hurricanes hitting they send extra pop tarts [strawberry] to the areas as those in high demand. Pop tarts would make a great desert item. Each package is $1.00 at Dollar Tree.

Cookies – Lance Lem-O lunch cookies for this example come 4 cookies per packet, 6 packets per package from the store. Each packet of 4 cookies is 150 calories. These would make a good desert item. Each package is $1.00 at Dollar Tree.

Dry roasted peanuts – salted, 7.5 OZ jars have ‘about 8’ servings of 1 oz each – so really 7 servings per jar. Each serving is 160 calories X 7 = 1,120. you would need 6 jars for your 3 day supply if this were the only food you had. Dollar Tree had this at $1.00 per jar.

Granola bars. In this example Quaker variety pack is discussed. There 8 bars / servings per box from the store. Each bar is about 100 calories. They make good desert bars.

Most kids will be mostly happy eating all this stuff.

Years ago one of the guys that I worked search and rescue with used nothing but saltine crackers as his food supply. Think back to the War of Northern Aggression, Yankees refer to this as the Civil War ;] back in those days “hard Tack” was a normal field ration. Of course most of those ‘kids’ knew how to hunt and forage wild food. Another guy carried kibbles N bits for his food.

Calorie count during a SHTF situation, your need for calories can go from a normal world need of 1,600 to 2,000 calories a day to over 6,000 a day. WHAT !?!? Six thousand calories a day!?… YUP! And even at 6,000 + calories a day you can lose weight. Soldiers, expedition mountain climbers, and walking to the North or South pole are some examples from contemporary life.

Capitol punishment

Capitol punishment

This morning on one of the local talk shows they were arguing about capitol punishment. There were many pros and cons on the morale correctness and effectiveness as a deterrent of the state killing people. The efficiency of gas chambers V firing squads V hanging V ‘lethal’ inject. In all of that, they were ruminating about the ‘botched’ executions over the last several months / year of some of the lethal injections and how hard it was to get the drugs used in the process.

I’ll address the most likely reason that some of those executions were ‘botched’. The prisoner died after awhile….. How is that botched?

It took longer than expected for the prisoner to die. Was it more unpleasant to watch? Most likely, yes.

Why did it take longer for the prisoner to die? The most likely reason is that whoever was administering the lethal cocktail did not give the prisoner enough of the medications to get it over with faster. They most likely followed the book on doses with nobody considering that sometimes it simply takes more to achieve the desired effect – in this case death.

What is the process for lethal inject? First – WASH your hands. You don’t want the condemned to get an infection. Assemble the needed supplies and explain to the patient that it won’t hurt and that you have done this procedure many times. [Ok, so that was a bit of medical humor].

After the prisoner is strapped to the table an IV line is established. IVs can go in the hand or arm which is common or they can be inserted into the neck, feet or legs, all work well to deliver the payload of medications.

The first medication administered relaxes or sedates the person – er I mean the subject, we don’t want to get too personal on this. Common drugs used for this would include barbital, amatol, and valium or versed. Pick whichever one you would like as they all work well for this.

The next drug paralyzes the ‘subject’ so that they don’t show outward signs of the death process. Sucanectine or the older curare works well for this step.

The final ‘drug’ to be administered is KCL aka potassium chloride, this stops the heart and is what actually kills the subject. This ingredient is commonly known as salt substitute and is found next to table salt in the food section of the store.

How hard is it to get this stuff? Not very hard at all.
All of the supplies and medications are readily available in your local hospital.

So what gives?!? Why are the states having such a hard time getting the stuff? It all boils down to marketing / branding and Public Relations. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies spend a ton of money convincing the public that they are making and delivering a product to ‘make them better”. If it gets out that the same things we use in healthcare to make you better can also be used to kill you, then people will trust the medical industry even less than they already do.

All things considered, IF the state is going to make use of capitol punishment, it is hard to beat a firing squad.

Extra petrol

Extra petrol

As I write this regular unleaded gas is under $1.75 a gallon. The friend that I was talking with commented that he hoped that the prices would stay down for the trip he has planned for this summer. I asked him if he had his fuel storage as well setup as he had his food and water storage. [He has a full year of food and water put up.] He said he did not and asked what I meant.

The following is the gist of what we discussed. Once this system is set up, it will not cost you any more to maintain it as what you would normally spend on fuel for your vehicle. Start off with 5 gallon fuel cans [gas or diesel whatever your vehicle uses]. Given the about half off what we are used to paying for fuel I would think that you could start off with 12 fuel cans. If you want to get more cans great, if you want to get fewer fuel cans… whatever… that is up to you. Number the cans 1 to 12 so that you can rotate them. Depending on how much you drive, you can use one can a month and you will have rotated all of your fuel out in one year. The procedure for this would be to transfer the fuel from the can to your vehicle prior to heading to the filling station and then filling both your fuel tank and the can.

If you have the space to safely store the extra fuel you have and depending on how many vehicles you are storing for, you may want to store more than 12 cans.

When it comes time for the trip, load up the extra fuel cans and take them [all] with you. During the trip or at least the first part of it, use the stored fuel. When he gets home from the trip or during the extended lay over he can start refilling the gas cans and place them back into the rotation cycle.

To make transferring the fuel consider having either a large funnel or siphon pump OR both. It is way easier to transfer the fuel if you have a helper. Given that 5 gallons of fuel weighs about 40 lbs you may want to consider 2.5 gallon cans. Also the transfer pump is easier to use than a funnel.

Are there safety concerns with storing fuel? Well.. DUH, of course there are. Keep in a well ventilated space away from sources of ignition and avoid breathing the fumes. Also, I would not want to transport it inside the passenger compartment of your vehicle. Check with your local fire department for the rules on storing and transporting fuel.