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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NJ Emergency Management Links

Listed for your use, New Jersey Emergency Management Links:

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Salem County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County

Some sites are more robust than others depending on budgets and politics. But all have good information you can use. Please email me with corrections.

Month Long Supplies

The amount you prepare is based on you and only you. But a good place to begin is with enough supplies to last you one month. that should be enough to get anyone through a specific crisis such as an Earthquake or flood. Remember that you can't count on anyone to be there for you and your family other than YOU and your family.

As you purchase your regular stores, buy a few extra things every week and soon you will have that month long supply. If you can you should stretch that to a three month supply over time.

Things to consider:
  • Food should provide 2,000 calories per day per person
  • Water should be a minimum of 1 gallon per day per person for drinking and hygiene. More for cooking.
  • Water Purification tablets or filters.
  • Don't forget things like condiments. Purchase these in large lots of individual packets to minimize storage needs.
  • Hygiene supplies like toilet paper and soap.
  • A Weapon and any supplies needed to maintain and use it.
I know this is all redundant and you've read it before but in the face of disasters like the Haiti Earthquake we all need to make sure that we can survive on our own until order is restored.

Links: MRE's, Water Storage, Portable Power, Can Storage

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello, I'm A New NJ Prepper

Hi all,

I've always been interested in preparedness and I've made being prepared a New Year's resolution. I'd like to say Happy New Year you all and it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

I'll make my bio really short...I was a fishing boat deckhand for years and have now retired from the industry and settled into a suburban existence. As I was always prepared for anything out on the ocean, I guess I need an outlet here on land.

I've been reading all of your posts and the ideas are excellent. I have gotten started on prepping from reading your posts, and I'm finally feeling a sense of accomplishment concerning what I consider important to me.

My Google bio will give you a bit more information as far as my preparedness training is concerned. I can answer question concerning things that could hopefully be useful to the preppers here( ie. how to read a barometer, how to tie knots, how to catch, skin and fillet pretty much any type of fish, how to handle someone who has been recovered from cold water and has hypothermia, how to handle someone who has sunstroke etc.) I'm most willing to answer any questions.

I have a question that I hope one of you can answer:

I know one of the members posted a list of cold weather car emergency supplies (I have already outfitted my car with the supplies after reading the post). My father's pickup truck is getting old and his birthday is coming up. I'd like to get him an emergency kit as this winter here in NJ is turning out to be a bit of a nasty one so far. I know some places that have some pretty nice ones (ie Home Depot, Lowes etc.) and cost is not an issue. I was just wondering what supplies are essential in a car emergency kit; what should I be looking for? I'd like to get him a kit with the most useful and reliable supplies.

Best regards and thanks,



BOAT - Bug Out Altoids Tin. Cool Idea right? So how much "stuff" can you shove into a used Altoids tin? I entered a contest and found that other people put much much more stuff in theirs. Take a look at mine and try one for yourself. They can be handy when you backpack, or to keep in the car or stashed around where ever.

This Kit includes as numbered in the photo:
(1) Tin - Also usable for Reflecting
(2) Surgical Razor
(3) Hacksaw
(4) Pencil
(5) Mini Prybar
(6) Peanut Lighter - uses lighter fluid, has a flint, and is sealed watertight when the lid is screwed on.
(7) P-38 Can Opener
(8) Compass
(9) Strike anywhere matches x7 and Cotton swab x7 on a wooden stick, inside waterproof bag
(10) Large Band aids
(11) Butterfly Band aids
(12) Single Use Burn Gel x 2
(13) Single Use Anitbiotic
(14) LED Light
(15) Wire Aircraft Key Ring
(16) Flat and Cross head screw drivers
(17) Post it notes
(18) Nylon Velcro carry case for the tin. Once the tin is in there there is stil a little room at both ends for other things. The case Velcros to your belt of backpack and stays pretty dry.
(19) Cash

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