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52 Prepper Projects: A Project a Week to Help You Prepare for the Unpredictable Paperback – November 6, 2013
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About the Author
David Nash is a verifiable preparedness MacGyver. He is both an academically trained professional emergency manager as well as a personal prepper. Nash is also an urban homesteader who raises a variety of animals, bees, and plants in a small suburban yard. He runs the popular prepper’s blog www.tngun.com.
James Talmage Stevens, also known as “Dr. Prepper,” is the author of the bestselling Making the Best of Basics. Originally self-published in 1974, it has since gone through thirteen different editions and has sold more than eight hundred thousand copies.
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"Fill your container with clean water, the purer the better. Add bleach. I follow the FEMA guidelines of 1 teaspoon of non-scented bleach per gallon of water. The bleach and water mix should smell slightly of chlorine. It’s safe, since the chlorine looses its effectiveness over time and will eventually degrade. When filling and capping, make sure you don’t recontaminate the container with your hands.
Store your water in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight to protect the plastic."
NO NO NO. 1 tsp per gallon is for the sanitizing solution, not to be actually drunk! From the FEMA website:
Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.
Additionally, for plastic soft drink bottles, sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart (1/4 gallon) of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.) If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water"
That's from page 11 of http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf (if the link doesn't show up, google FEMA water storage)
TWO DROPS PER GALLON, not 1 tsp per quart for what you will drink.
If an unsuspecting person were to simply follow the author's mistaken guidelines, he would end up in the hospital. Because of this very grievous error, I can't give this book higher stars. It makes me wonder if the information for those projects that I don't know as well is inaccuarte, too.
It is presented in a way that does not try to convince you to become a full out-and-out "prepper" but it does make you think about living with no preparations in mind, and gives an unprepared person a very easy system to achieve a level of preparedness without breaking the bank. Some excellent time and cost saving projects will help anyone new to the idea of self reliance get started in the best ways and help prevent oversights in your planning.
I Highly recommend this book.
Most of his instructions are vague and hard to follow; the vast majority of them refer you to other books or websites. If you want to start prepping and are looking for a base to start, this is an alright book to give you some leads. If you are looking for real knowledge, I suggest "Naked into the Wilderness" by John McPherson or the "SAS Survival Guide" by John 'Lofty' Wiseman.