myrrph: but does mainstay taste good tho? I watched the urban prepper taste test.. I think same thing over 72 hours is a baaaaaaaaaaaad idea.
Jul 16, 2021 15:16:25 GMT 10
survivalstorehouse: We did a lot of taste tests - its all vanilla shortbread taste - Mainstay was good because it held moisture and so wasn't thirst provoking - but yeah you had to be pretty hungry to enjoy it :-)
Jul 16, 2021 18:08:28 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: I lived off it for a week no dramas. But im also the person who has noodles for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week.
Jul 16, 2021 18:34:30 GMT 10
Joey: I've still got a bunch of the sample food biscuits from survivalstorehouse for members to try, please PM if interested
Jul 16, 2021 18:38:32 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, it's cold, wet, windy here in SA - more to come - welcome to winter!
Jul 16, 2021 19:56:35 GMT 10
myrrph: I have been thinking about savoury long life survival food coz I am not a big fan of sweet stuff. but you're right, the thirst factor is a major point. I've tried making pemmican (and failed) now gonna try hard tack (like at last!).
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:01 GMT 10
myrrph: One good thing about this pandemic, is that it allows me to try all these nice prepping things ^_^
Jul 19, 2021 13:29:24 GMT 10
malewithatail: Also enables one to go over the preps and tidy up the shed.
Jul 19, 2021 14:50:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Well, SA going into a "not a lockdown" lockdown. Yay!
Jul 19, 2021 19:47:28 GMT 10
spinifex: And now SA is in a full Lockdown for 7 days ... toilet paper sold out within hours!! LMAO What the heck is with that behavior??
Jul 20, 2021 17:01:57 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: Plenty of time to do some weeding, since i spent an hour today and barely made a dent. But QLD, so no lockdown. But if we did, ammunition supply is essential, thus still going to work.
Jul 20, 2021 18:23:37 GMT 10
SA Hunter: We've got up to 40mm rain coming next 7 days - another shed clean up is on the cards.
Jul 20, 2021 22:21:35 GMT 10
SA Hunter: People on social media whinging that the shelves at supermarket empty, nothing for them to buy - lessons not being learnt!
Jul 20, 2021 22:23:04 GMT 10
malewithatail: Went shopping today, holes appearing in shelves at wollies. Amazing. get prepped people.
Jul 21, 2021 18:09:12 GMT 10
Joey: Anyone with mates in Talisman Sabre that can hook us up with a box or 2 of US MRE's?
Jul 22, 2021 13:52:51 GMT 10
SA Hunter: 22mm rain so far-more to come.
Jul 22, 2021 22:45:03 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: We been getting the yanks in the shop here, they think the games are some secret hush hush thing.
Jul 23, 2021 19:30:43 GMT 10
Tri-Polar: What an afternoon. 4 hours of trying to set up and position my 4g directional antenna (1hour to drive into town for fittings and back). Sealed up hole and roof. Then realize i forgot to re run my VHF/UHF antenna wire.
Jul 24, 2021 17:49:20 GMT 10
I have decided that next year I am going to try some low level attempts to make some of friends more preparedness minded.
Most don’t know my views and if they do only at a very mild level. I want to start gently and am looking for a very basic preparedness book - short term problems,nothing big and scary - predominantly natural disasters - but a book I can use as a starter.
I got my Mrs somewhat around just by watching the news. When there was a Natural disaster, I'd discuss ways to prepare ( ie earthquake ), then move onto a handout the Govt put out telling people to have 2 weeks minimum emergency supplies.
Whilst discussing, you could ask them what would they do, what would they need to be prepared, and what do they have, then how to get those supplies to be ready.
It's no magic formula, and be ready for those who are happy to have their heads in the sand.
Let us know how you get on.
Oh, and now the Mrs sometimes suggests we buy more food when we can, and has even helped make more storage in the house. It's a start.
Not sure if you mean a book that might get someone interested in being prepared or a basic how-to, but often the fiction books can do a bit of both - imagining yourself in situations can help you with how to prepare as well as motivate you.
Many of the typical prepper fiction books can do that, but perhaps they can seem too unlikely when they are very extreme events.
I picked up a book from the bargain table at a local bookshop last year that was an interesting read, and one I could hand around family and friends without them wondering about my taste in books. It’s “An Ordinary Epidemic” by Amanda Hickie. It’s set in Sydney and the people are very regular people. Probably, just to generalise, a fairly “female” book, although it’s been a while since I read it.
I wrote a bit of a review of the book in a thread here a little while back if you do a search.
And not a book, but if that series is still on iview “This is not a drill” it could also get people thinking (which of course is its purpose).
Thanks. I had decided to give the same book to 4-5 people this year - I just didn’t know which to get - was looking for an intro to prepping - but not to hard core - more grid up than grid down. Was planning on non-fiction but not adverse to fiction. It wasn’t a great campaign to convert them - it was just a hope they might see something that grabbed their interest.
I got Mrs Frostbite to watch American Blackout to get her thinking about how quickly things can turn bad.
I'd like to nominate a little known, yet classic film titled "The Postman" as being a truly inspiring introduction to the complexities of modern prepping. The "Laws of Eight" as prescribed by one of the main characters I found to be particularly insightful and quite possibly a very useful training template for entry level preppers.
I got my sister started a bit by talking about our national petrol stash and how we have a 3 day supply, "so if a small war happened a long way away but our petrol got cut off, what do you think the implications would be...?"
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