We want to make our communities more resilient: if a certain system (one that we usually take for granted) fails, we want to find ways around it. Some pieces of equipment may help us. As Corky52 puts it: “People the stuff is out there all we need to do is look for it!”
This page would hold the “gadgets” needed for Anticipated Problems (which would hold the “plans”). So under “energy” we would have “solarcookers” with the apropriate link.
If you want to help:
- Look for Needed and see what’s needed. Maybe you can provide that piece of information!
- To chat about How to build this page, click here and go to the end of the page.
- emotional - coping with bad feelings, denial and apathy
- cognitive - thinking rationally, accurately and fast
- priority - what has to be done first now, what’s really important, what can be done later?
- timescale - making a realistic agenda before undertaking actions
- practical - getting your own measures done
- community - involving with other likeminded people
It’s ultimately all about building a resilient mental attitude, and obtaining knowledge of the needed practical skills, solidly based on a good understanding of human nature. For example, read Al Siebert’s book The Survivor Personality.
Yes, and having some gadgets around may help, too.
- Water filter: Put this after a Bio Sand filter powered by solar panels and either an inverter or a 12vdc fluorescent ballast for really clean and safe water!
- Another DIY filter: “all you need is terracota clay, a compliant cow, and a match”.
- Harvesting rainwater.
- Solarcone (evaporate salty water, condense fresh water)
- http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/pubs/energynotes/en3-distill.pdf shows a simple design. 5 l/m^2 per day. So 4 m^2 for a family of 4. (Some say 3 times as much in the summer.)
- http://www.ehow.com/how_12584_make-solar-still.html works if you have land to dig a hole in
- http://www.i4at.org/surv/sstill.htm doesn’t need that. http://www.txses.org/epsea/const.html
- http://www.watercone.com/product.html looks nice. It may produce more water if cold water is run on the outside.
- Harvesting rainwater (search for “Eccles – at 08:29″ in this link)?
- biogas from digesters as in “cow power”: http://www.cvps.com/cowpower/
Food (including refrigeration)
- Evaporative cooler: Very cheap and easy evaporative cooler made from sand and clay flower pots, great for medicines, beverages, fruits and veggies.
- A solar-powered icemaker: How cool is that!
- A wood-burning refrigerator, based on the Crosley Icy Ball.
- The famous Crosley IcyBall for refrigeration, includes plans to build
- More IcyBall plans (for sale, purchase price seems reasonable).
- Humanure (inexpensive portable toilets)
Not sorted yet
- Electric pump unit: Way, way over priced, but a great Idea! Parts from RV places, Home Depot and the net can do this for half the price!
- Maintenance for a Biosand water filter
- Background and construction of the Biosand filter above
- Build a subterranean root cellar
- Suggested contents of a medical kit
Chat about this page
- (lugon) Hi, this is the beginning of the conversation area. It will be deleted from time to time, after important content has been placed in the upper part of this page.
- (Broncobill) Eccles posted a really inexpensive and clever way to harvest rainwater using tarps and buckets or tubs.
- (lugon) Now we only have to find it.
- (European) Why not compile all the basic information into a printable book (field survival manual) for a pandemic period, that can be downloaded and printed by anyone. It could contain information we build up on this page, together with other useful information.
- (lugon) We might want to build on at least these two pages, or maybe we can create a PDF file somewhere. I think the idea is to have something that would make things easier for many people who are not “prepping” right now. Is that the idea?
- (European) Somewhat - but I believe preparing is covered fairly thoroughly a lot of other places, amongst them here. What I thought could be useful is a manual for the period after the pandemic starts. A kind of field survival guide. Maybe also include a minimal preparedness guide (quick guide or last minute preparedness guide). Collect information, like the solar own, how to distill water, etc. Put it into this guide, in one place. Target audience is people that are late in preparing, which is the wast majority of people. Basically help them survive. Maybe call the guide “Zen and the art of pandemic survival” :-)
- (lugon) Which of course is “zaps”. Yes, the huge majority of late-comers is a very important focus. And we may want to include “cooperative survival” stuff: how to pool resources from several different people.
- (Hillbilly Bill) I know how the rainwater harvesting is done with tarps and tubs, I just want to make sure Eccles gets the credit. If I do find the info I will post the link.
- (MaMa) Hi guys! I did a search and I think the place you’re looking for where Eccles posted about harvesting rainwater with tarps is here?. I hope that’s the right one and that I did the link thing correctly :-) * (lugon) Ok, pasted “upstairs” - thanks!
- (gs) why not (temporarily ?) meet at a mailing list, google-group or another forum ?
you know, I set up http://www.setbb.com/fluwiki2/ for this purpose some time ago, but people apparantly didn’t want it at that time. Well another forum is also good, we just have to agree on one place where to meet Awaiting your suggestions. sterten(at]aol.com