Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (Evacuation Kits)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Moldy U.S Navy Uniform

Drip, Drip, Drip
Many years ago, I bought a Zarges shipping and storage case to use as a rugged foot locker. Fast forward a few years, I was married and needed to store some family 'heirlooms,' so into the aluminum case they go.

Well, ... The basement's sump pump failed while we were away and the case's interior got wet, just a little.

I was devastated. Katniss' grandmother's quilt was destroyed. Katniss' doll blanket, from her childhood, was destroyed. Katniss's 2nd grade class present, to her, was destroyed. (It was a cloth mural of all the favorite books the class had read). My father's Navy uniform was destroyed (You can't tell in the above picture, but the wool was rotting), and the list goes on. Plus, Katniss was devastated too.

So, ... Why do I tell you this.

First, "If" your cache (buried or unburied) leaks one drop a year, the items in the cache will soon be destroyed.

So, ... Double or triple waterproof the contents of your cache.

Second, place moisture absorber in with your items, to absorb any water that does get in with the items.

You can do this by purchasing moisture absorbing packets, or you can build your own by placing moisture absorber in a coffee filter then tying with a rubber band.

Third, don't rely on plastic bags that you tied or tapped the tops shut, use mylar bags that have been heat sealed. Just like your food storage.

Fourth, think about adding oxygen absorbers in with your items, too

That's it, until I have more for you and your family since I'll be setting up a cache, this year.

E-How - How to Make Your Own Moisture Absorbing Packets

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