Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Preparing for and Surviving Natural Disasters by Walt Barrett

    I have decided to do a series of short pieces about surviving natural disasters. I'll keep them short so you won't get bored.  I'm not trying to frighten anyone, but it seems that we have been having more than our share of natural disasters in the world lately.  We seem to be in some kind of a cycle.  I think that we should all take steps to prepare for bad storms and earth quakes etc.  I'm not basing my suggestions on superstition, but just on the hard facts.  It doesn't cost a fortune to put aside a stash of water that you can bottle yourself for instance, or some kind of food supplies that do not require refrigeration etc.  Home security will also be much more important if those hard times ever do come.     Again, if you live in a cold climate you better find some alternate ways to heat your home.  The heating projects can all be DIY (Do It Yourself) utilizing salvaged materials.   
   We have a lot of diesel generators in stock for our business and always keep one fully serviced on hand.  We use diesel because if we have to we can run it from our fuel oil tank.  We also stock gasoline units but prefer diesel.  We have a well so it's nice to be able to run the water pump and also to have electric lights. We are going to talk a lot more about emergency lighting in another piece. 
We'll also be talking about all the various uses of solar for survival in the very near future.
 The 5000 watt generator we use is pictured below.  
Stay tuned