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Tim Woolf Fireside – Part Two – Heat and Light

Bro. Woolf spoke a bit concerning 72-hour kits and described them as ‘grab and go’.  These are a good idea and help you to get through probably the most traumatic time of an emergency.  He stressed that you really need to make sure that you pack into these kits foods and stuff that will make you feel good.  An emergency that would make you leave your home is going to be very traumatic and a couple of granola bars and a liter of water may not help you too much in the psychological area… especially with the kids.  Put into your 72-hour kits stuff that will make you feel good.  think about it and do the right thing.

Tim counseled that we should have a 90 day supply of heat and eat food.  That’s stuff you don’t need to prepare, but can just be eaten after heating.  His example of the family where perhaps an earthquake has happened, there is no water service, no electrical, it’s cold outside, the kids are frightened and upset and Dad comes up from the basement with a double-handful of raw wheat, hands it to Mom and says, “Here’s dinner, make something”.  As time progresses, you become more acclimated to the situation and are better able to cope with what is happening.  Three-months of already prepared food takes a LOT of pressure off.

During this emergency time, diets are off!  Store the stuff you want to eat.  He mentioned that his wife loves popcorn and so he has stored powdered butter, and 13 five-gallon buckets of popcorn so she’ll have that comfort food.  He has supplied 90 days of each of his children’s favorite foods and feels confident that at least for those first three months, at least everyone will eat what they like. His motto – “If I’m going to suffer, I’ll suffer in comfort”.

In the Utah area, our most likely disaster emergency will be earthquake.  The most common damage, even in smaller quakes is that windows are simply shattered.  Murphy’s law tells us that if we have a quake, it probably won’t be in July and August where we can camp out in the backyard, but will probably hit in November so we face the coming winter without heat or windows.  It’s important to have several rolls of 6mil clear plastic sheeting to put over windows and keep the weather out.  He stressed putting plastic on both the outside and the inside of the window to create a dead-air space to act as insulation.  You’ll also need to make sure you have the proper tools to repair what you can.

Now comes the subject of heat.  How do you heat your home so that your family can stay warm and comfortable.  Tim stressed that when you have patched the windows, that goes a long way to keeping the home warm.  Initially you can use those candles you have, but to be better prepared, he suggested a kerosene heater.  Kerosene is good in that when kerosene burns it gives off carbon dioxide and not the deadly carbon monoxide that is given off from propane and other combustibles.  So, it’s essential that we locate and purchase a kerosene heater for our storage plan.

Kerosene heater – flat top so can double as a cook top and should generate 23,000 BTU.  You want the latest and best technology and make sure it has an immediate cut-off valve. New kerosene heaters are 99.9% efficient and should run you around $150.  Bro.  Woolf heated his home all winter with 110 gals.

Our lives now center around electricity and should we suffer an ‘event’, our lives will change drastically.  When the power goes out, it will be dark at night.  No street lights, no lights from our neighbors homes, only the moon and the stars up above.  To provide light, we’ll need to have something such as a candle or a lantern, both of which consume some type of fuel and also may produce (especially in the case of a white gas type lantern) carbon-monoxide which is toxic.  So, what do we do for light?

Tim suggested that we look into a couple of items for our disaster relief projects.  One is a solar charger.  This item generates enough electricity from sunlight to recharge all types of batteries.  With a solar charger, our lives come a little back into normal as batteries can be recharged which means that CD players, radios, DVD players, games, lanterns and all sorts of other ‘normal’ activities come back to us.  Our investment would be the charger and the re-chargeable batteries of the sizes we’d need.  This charger would also allow us to run that electric lantern all night long if needed in stressful times and not worry as when the sun came up, the batteries could be recharged.

Another suggestion was a solar generator.  This devise produces enough electrical energy to operate a standard appliance such as a mixer, a blender or even a microwave.  You can’t run them all together, but you could grind some wheat or whip up a cake mix.   Good idea – makes things more normal.

Now, when it comes to cooking, especially if you cannot store a year’s supply of fuel, the answer would be the solar oven. Get more information from Kristi on this.

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