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Title: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 23, 2008, 11:37:52 PM
Here is a link to my survival summary (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/) created with Google docs.

There is also a storage food (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p19dmjhRt0lCp4GlSuGisAw) link in the food section where it links to a spread sheet.

I always feel that I need to read hundreds of pages in books and pages on pages of forums to get to the “meat and potatoes” of ideas and concepts. I work better from lists with small descriptions next to them.

I would be interested in seeing your survival summary.

GigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Braden on November 23, 2008, 11:49:23 PM
That's one excellent list, when I get more time i'll go through it in more detail, but great work  :)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: John Q Public on November 23, 2008, 11:52:25 PM
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!

I have been thinking about putting something like this together. You did a great job. +1

Welcome to TSP.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Tycoon on November 24, 2008, 11:19:13 AM
Nice, very well prepared!!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: edhand on November 24, 2008, 11:43:32 AM
GigaJack,

Incredible list and spreadsheet.  I'll be studying it for the next week, at least ...  :D

When you mark some food containers as "LDS", I'm assuming that it's food canned at the local LDS cannery?  Are they in standard #10 cans?

Thanks,
Ed
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Beetle on November 24, 2008, 12:24:42 PM
    Awesome!!! I am curious have you walked through your Evac plan and how long did it take until you were leaving? Also one small suggestion, you should get into ham radio and install a couple mobile radio's in the suburban's. You would be able to talk between your work (25miles ) and home no problem. If you were heading home and she had a HT(walkie talkie) you could keep in touch while she was getting the kids and supplies ready. Plus Ham is really not that expensive.
Great job!!!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Jwatt on November 24, 2008, 03:31:49 PM
Wow,
Amazing!  I will be referencing this frequently while I am building up my survival supplies!  I think you undercalculated your daily calorie needs.  2000 calories a day for a man of your size is too little - especially if you are going to be doing anything other than sitting and watching t.v. at your bug-out location.  You should recalculate and stock up for a higher amount and then use less if you are able to. 
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 24, 2008, 04:02:34 PM
GigaJack,

Incredible list and spreadsheet.  I'll be studying it for the next week, at least ...  :D

When you mark some food containers as "LDS", I'm assuming that it's food canned at the local LDS cannery?  Are they in standard #10 cans?

Thanks,
Ed

They are the #10 cans. I initially bought a couple of cases through their online site (https://www.ldscatalog.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10151&langId=-1&storeId=10151&krypto=1uSEhjcmQDusd5Cn9kbBQgu8ChFvq1tWNK6FIV8mLmFdFR3yam08q2l%2Fx0S02pE4P0a%2FsZgvVpHt%0AHNSxqGZTQ%2FZsIB2xn%2BV%2FOmnZEamqAnlc7FpslYerMqw%2F%2FzpDmS0K&ddkey=http:ClickInfo) at a great price including shipping. Then I found out there was a Home Storage Center (http://www.providentliving.org/location/display/1,12568,2026-1-4-39315,00.html) in Minnesota. I printed out their Home Storage Center Order Form (http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,8133-1-4352-1,00.html) and contacted them to setup a time to meet at the warehouse. They had enough inventory for what I wanted for the prepackaged cases of 6 #10 cans but other items where ala carte meaning what ever they had available after he last weekend canning. I am not a member, but they didn't ask. He did ask for the Ward and Stake (http://www.lds.org/units/find/0,12831,2311-1,00.html). I just gave him the one nearest me.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 24, 2008, 04:22:01 PM
    Awesome!!! I am curious have you walked through your Evac plan and how long did it take until you were leaving? Also one small suggestion, you should get into ham radio and install a couple mobile radio's in the suburban's. You would be able to talk between your work (25miles ) and home no problem. If you were heading home and she had a HT(walkie talkie) you could keep in touch while she was getting the kids and supplies ready. Plus Ham is really not that expensive.
Great job!!!

We haven't walked through our evac plan yet. My wife has been bugging me about it for the last month or so. I presume we will have some kinks to work out when we do. I would guess it would take a good 2 hours the first time. I don't know how we would arrange items for the roof racks. I will update the plan online in the next month after we give it a go.

I have been meaning to research other radios. That would be cool if it would reach between home and work.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 24, 2008, 04:38:51 PM
Wow,
Amazing!  I will be referencing this frequently while I am building up my survival supplies!  I think you undercalculated your daily calorie needs.  2000 calories a day for a man of your size is too little - especially if you are going to be doing anything other than sitting and watching t.v. at your bug-out location.  You should recalculate and stock up for a higher amount and then use less if you are able to. 

Yup,

Good catch. I always use the recommended daily 2,000 on the back of the cereal box. What a bunch of crap.

Calories per Day Calculator (http://www.webcalcsolutions.com/Nutrition-Calculators/Daily-Metabolism.asp?AcctNum=3)

For me Male | 200 lbs | 5'10" | 35 yrs | Moderately Active = 3,043 calories per day.
For wife Female | 120 lbs | 5'6" | 29 yrs | Moderately Active = 2,094 calories per day.

My wife is at her ideal weight but I am on the bigger side. It says I should weight 180 lbs.

If I plug 180 lbs into the calculator it says I need:
Average Actual Metabolism 2,849 calories per day.
Resting Metabolism 1,838 calories per day

I am going to change mine to 2,800, wifie's to 2,000, 10 year old child to 1,500 and 7 year old child to 1,200.

Damn, I am now down to 9.5 months.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Lowdown3 on November 25, 2008, 07:20:56 AM
"I would be interested in seeing your survival summary."


LMAO.

Here's mine-

1. Opsec
2. Opsec
3. Opsec

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 25, 2008, 09:09:42 AM
"I would be interested in seeing your survival summary."

LMAO.

Here's mine-

1. Opsec
2. Opsec
3. Opsec

I hesitated posting all this information in summary form but I figured given enough time I would have posted all this in single threads on this forum. Try to find anything that resembles personal information in the summary. Not a single person on this forum knows me (I don't go camping with 36 of them). Oh wait, I narrowed the search for me down to Minnesota.  ;)  If I want to learn other peoples opsec then I need to post mine.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Beetle on November 25, 2008, 09:25:42 AM
I wouldn't worry about it. I posted my call sign and you could use it to look up my address if you wanted to. I did have a friend from Minneota Mn.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Lowdown3 on November 25, 2008, 11:39:00 AM
"I would be interested in seeing your survival summary."

LMAO.

Here's mine-

1. Opsec
2. Opsec
3. Opsec

I hesitated posting all this information in summary form but I figured given enough time I would have posted all this in single threads on this forum. Try to find anything that resembles personal information in the summary. Not a single person on this forum knows me (I don't go camping with 36 of them). Oh wait, I narrowed the search for me down to Minnesota.  ;)  If I want to learn other peoples opsec then I need to post mine.

gigaJack

Your prerogative of course.

I guarantee you "camping with 36 people" would not net you half of the personal info that IS shown in those lists.

As I said, your prerogative.

Folks that weren't around in the early to mid 90's typically lack of sense of OPSEC in regards to talking about what all they have, etc. Those of us that were around in that time period realize the importance of FALSE TRAILS, a little psy ops and in general keeping your mouth shut about the quantities involved in your preps.

Most folks would assume someone even remotely serious about prepping would have some storage food, but this being a general thing could mean 2 months to one person or 7 years to another.

Ditto with firearms- some might think a .22lr pistol is sufficient, others want a battery of firearms for each family member, one each for the dogs and 2 backups.

You can talk in GENERALITIES, set some FALSE TRAILS, use a little psy-ops and be a lot safer in the days to come. You can also put yourself a little "out front" teaching and use some of these techniques to mask yourself to a degree.

As I said, your prerogative.  ;)  Good luck!
Lowdown3
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Beetle on November 25, 2008, 12:39:13 PM
I wouldn't worry about it. I posted my call sign and you could use it to look up my address if you wanted to. I did have a friend from Minneota Mn.

Wow I just checked my call sign and I used my PO Box. Guess I'm not giving up the ranch...
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 17, 2009, 11:18:58 PM
Anyone mind if I bump my survival summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) thread back to the top of the heap for any newcomers every now and again?

Here is a link to my survival summary created with Google docs.
http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on February 03, 2009, 11:33:52 PM
Bump...
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Roswell on February 03, 2009, 11:40:47 PM
great list please keep updating it as you work out your kinks
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on March 02, 2009, 11:56:37 AM
BTT
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Heavy G on March 15, 2009, 09:05:11 PM
(This thread has been selected as a “best of” thread by Heavy G.  You can search for “best of” threads by using that term in the search mode.  Everyone on the forum is encouraged to reply to a post they think is “best of” worthy so we can all search for them.  For more information on the “best of” thing, see  http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0  (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0))
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: PaCoTx on March 16, 2009, 07:58:34 PM
Thanks for adding it to the "Best of"

The link to CodeReady is great.  Gives you a quick list of 3 day, 1 month, and 1 year "kits".  Also allows you to prepare a plan.

I tried the TX site, and it requires an e-mail address to get started.  Too Big Brother like for me.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: eph2 on March 16, 2009, 10:10:15 PM
Really enjoyed looking at your list.  You've inspired me to go into much more detail in my plan. :)
Title: Store Closing Purchases
Post by: gigaJack on March 20, 2009, 12:13:26 PM
Instead of double posting here and "What did you do today to prep..." I will just add them here...

I have added the following to my Survival Summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx).

Sportsman's Warehouse Store Closing Purchases
1 Kelty Corona 20° Double Sleeping Bag (http://www.kelty.com/kelty/products.php?terms=Corona&id=453)
1 Kelty Eclipse 20° Single Sleeping Bag (http://www.kelty.com/kelty/products.php?terms=eclipse&id=447)
1 Columbia Yorkstone II 30° Double Sleeping Bag (http://www.columbia.com/product.aspx?p=7647&cat=750&top=7&keyword=yorkstone+ii&topCatSearchName=&topCatSearchId=0&viewAll=False&currPage=1&searchType=keyword&activityId=0&activityName=&currFilterType=&allFilters=catFilterId%3d0|catFilterName%3d)
1 ALPS Mountaineering Crescent Lake 20° Single Sleeping Bag (http://www.alpsmountaineering.com/ALPSMountaineeringCrescentLake.htm)
1 Kelty Cosmic 20º Single Sleeping Bag (http://www.kelty.com/kelty/products.php?terms=cosmic&id=566)
1 Danner Striker II GTX Uniform Boots (http://www.danner.com/product/striker%26trade-+ii+gtx+uniform+boots.do?search=basic&keyword=striker+II+GTX&sortby=price&asc=false&page=1)
1 Vasque Switchback GTX 7470 Hiking Boots (http://www.vasque.com/products/m-switchbackgtx.cfm)
1 55 gallon water containers (http://www.amazon.com/55-Gallon-Water-Storage-Barrel/dp/B0007VSMES)
1 Hand bulb pumps (http://www.amazon.com/2EQK-Siphon-Pump/dp/B0007VYMUQ/ref=pd_bxgy_misc_img_b)
1 Open Country Sportsman Kitchen Electric Food Grinder (http://www.opencountrycampware.com/category_edb365345337/subcategory_94ae270bb5e3/product_3b5c1e767ef2/session_cc70bbe9d642/)
1 Open Country Sportsman Kitchen 150 Watt Food Slicer (http://www.opencountrycampware.com/category_907836fd6e5d/product_2767cad40211/session_cc70bbe9d642/)
1 Smith's DFPK - Diamond Field Precision Knife Sharpening System (http://smithsedge.com/products/product.asp?id=32&cid=21)
1 Lodge Logic Camp 12" Dutch Oven (http://www.lodgemfg.com/Logic-camp-dutch-ovens.asp)
1 Lodge Logic Camp 14" Dutch Oven (http://www.lodgemfg.com/Logic-camp-dutch-ovens.asp)
1 Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter (https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?menu=gear&idProduct=4018)
1 Camp Dutch Oven Gloves (https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?menu=gear&idProduct=4020)
1 Fireplace Ash Shovel (http://www.amazon.com/UniFlame-C-1707-Fireplace-Shovel-19-25/dp/B001B196V6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1237502560&sr=8-4)

Garden Store Purchases
1 Hydrofarm Seedling Heat Mat 48" x 20" ~ 107W (http://www.hydrofarm.com/pb_detail.php?itemid=3352)
1 Hydrofarm Electronic Temperature Controller for Heat Mat (http://www.hydrofarm.com/pb_detail.php?itemid=3372)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on March 31, 2009, 10:20:18 AM
Bought PEX plumbing repair parts and tools (http://www.pexinfo.com/). I already had the tool and crimp rings but I also bought some adapters to copper tubing and some extra tubing.

Bought 1 OnGuard Beast (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00186CEFY) chain and lock to lock up the generator when used outside.

Bought 1 Explorer Pro Comp 330000 3""X30' Towstrap-30,000 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CN9ZTW) - This towstrap is a snatch strap. Snatch straps are better for tugging a vehicle out.

Bought 10 4lbs. Morton Salt (http://www.mortonsalt.com/products/foodservice/tablesalt2.html) boxes - 40lbs.

Bought 1 Excalibur Dehydrator 9-Tray Large-Excalibur with 26 hour Timer #3926T (https://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/9-Tray-Large-Excalibur-with-26-hour-Timer-3926T-28-37-regular-prod.htm). We just finished our first batch of broccoli. We are going to put our first few batches in canning jars. We still need to buy some oxygen suckers but we have the

Bought 1 Back To Basics Apple and Potato Peeler (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DE2SS) - Used to process before dehydrating

Bought 1 FoodSaver Professional III Plus Vacuum Sealer (http://www.foodsaver.com/Product.aspx?id=c&cid=87&pid=247)

Bought 1 Chamberlain Wireless Pedestrian & Vehicle Alert System with 2-Way Voice Communication and Remote Control (http://www2.northerntool.com/security-equipment/security-alarms/item-331704.htm) - One for the front and back doors.

Bought 1 LED flashlight for the back of wife's truck to replace a D cell flashlight.
Title: New basement layout...
Post by: gigaJack on April 13, 2009, 12:38:11 AM
(http://docs.google.com/File?id=dfhfncbq_17d2jtjgx2_b)
New basement layout. Wifey has been doubling up on items we use regularly that can store for 1-2 years. Then we made a run to Sam's Club (warehouse store). Whenever I go with her we end up switching from the shopping cart to the big flat bed cart. When we got home she asked where were we going to put it. So we bought two more metal shelving and reorganized the basement again. Found a mouse in a trap only a day or two dead. Updated the amount of traps to 5.

The long term storage food is behind the right front rack and stacked to the ceiling. This actually helps in more than one way - now the cat doesn't hop up in the ceiling space to the next room. ;-)

The three 55 gallon water barrels are behind the right second rack. We will buy one more barrel because we have found they stack good and we will screw it down to the wall with the perforated metal roll tape.

Dog & cat food is on the side of the rack on the left. We currently have 5 44 lbs bags of dog food (9~ months). We will be updating the dog and cat food this week to have 1 years worth.

(http://docs.google.com/File?id=dfhfncbq_18gnpgjxf4_b)
Strapped the tower of food to the wall with the perforated metal roll tape. We hopefully will not need to access the long term food thus putting the racks in front of them.

Damn I love pop tarts...

(http://docs.google.com/File?id=dfhfncbq_20cxxh6pcj_b)
This last view shows a bit of the 55 gallon water barrel and also my box opener...
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Beetle on April 13, 2009, 01:36:17 AM
Wow Giga that is frickin' awesome....Good job.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: dhallftworth on April 13, 2009, 01:41:35 AM
I would go out on a limb and say he might be prepared...
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on April 13, 2009, 01:43:23 AM
Tacked this to the top so we can all be inspired.

Congrats GJ, you've earned your very own stickied thread... :P ;D
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: ebonearth on April 13, 2009, 01:57:56 AM
This is very VERY awesome. Your level of organization inspires me. Definitely something to work towards. Thank you for sharing! +1
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: archer on April 13, 2009, 01:18:32 PM
Very Impressive GigaJack!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: The Wilderness on April 13, 2009, 01:24:43 PM
Awesome! +1
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Zombie187 on April 13, 2009, 06:53:39 PM
how much would you say that much food adds up to in terms of cost if you were to buy it all at once?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: TJ on April 13, 2009, 07:02:22 PM
As for the cost im going to guess 3,000+/- few hundred

I'm going to make one of those survival summary things, and I need to inventory my medical gear again, i lost the papers i have detailing it. I'm going to guess it's about a $100 kit now that i've added some things to it, i'd like 3 packages of quik-clot and a few cpr mouthguards though.

But man nice preps there, wouldnt even think of coming near your house after shtf haha.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Roswell on April 13, 2009, 07:31:54 PM
that pantry is serious!  Good job man, that is awesome.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on April 13, 2009, 11:56:17 PM
how much would you say that much food adds up to in terms of cost if you were to buy it all at once?

One Mountain House purchase of $700
Another Mountain House purchase of $400
LDS purchase of $1,200
The rest would be either warehouse purchases of $300-$500 a pop and doubling up regular grocery store purchases.

Wifey guesses $5k and I would guess around $3k (but I have never came close to guessing the gumballs in a jar either). Now that we have a years worth we can just keep our supplies up and rotating.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Harold J. Forbes on April 14, 2009, 02:06:16 PM
Awesome stuff!

As for the question of non-members using LDS cannery facilities, there is no requirement that you have to be LDS to use the cannery. It is open to all. Just make sure you call ahead and make an appointment, and you may need to give them a general summary of what you need so they can have it available.

FYI, as long as you are willing to can it yourself and there is the manpower there to work everything, you typically aren't limited to leftovers from prior cannings or prepackaged, provided you are taking a decent amount of the bag that will be opened. Groups of about 8-12 from LDS wards usually go for a canning session so that it doesn't take forever. It may be worthwhile to schedule to go the same night a ward group is coming in so there is enough manpower for things to run smoothly.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on April 14, 2009, 11:00:59 PM
I have modified the following to my Survival Summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx).

Bought 3 months of cat litter and now have 6 months worth
Added more everyday food to make it 11-12 months of Storage Food (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p19dmjhRt0lCp4GlSuGisAw)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Chris Redfield on April 15, 2009, 07:09:03 AM
Amazing summary, spreadsheet - I've just been able to breeze through this, but it looks like an amazing setup. Consider my mind blown; and once I get it back together, I'll have to look at it for some indicators and suggestions. I've got a dog and two cats myself (but no kids at the moment) so I have to consider them in prepping as well.

And those pictures? Put my jaw on the floor.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Rhino on April 15, 2009, 06:49:32 PM
Thanks for sharing such a great and comprehensive list.  I look forward to going through it more fully.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on April 24, 2009, 11:44:40 PM
hey GJ......you LDS? i am and if you're not you took a great page outta our book man. AWESOME FOOD STORAGE!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on April 24, 2009, 11:59:32 PM
Not LDS, but I learned a lot from the website and pdf's. We bought about half of our storage food from our local stake to put us at the 1 years worth however. We bought a bunch of the staple cases and then they said we can take our pick of the recently cans from the last canning. They said they appreciated it because it helps them out also.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on April 26, 2009, 01:38:36 AM
yeah man. it's a pretty sweet thing we got going at the Store house. and the good thing is that anyone can go and buy stuff and donate activity
Title: We are not "Survivalists" we are "Risk Management Specialists".
Post by: gigaJack on April 28, 2009, 11:00:29 AM
We are not "Survivalists" we are "Risk Management Specialists".

Risk management is the discipline of identifying, monitoring and limiting risks. In some cases the acceptable risk may be near zero. Risks can come from accidents, natural causes and disasters as well as deliberate attacks from an adversary. Read more about Risk Management here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_management.

Potential Risk Treatments
Once risks have been identified and assessed, all techniques to manage the risk fall into one or more of these four major categories: (See below for details)

• Avoidance (eliminate)
• Reduction (mitigate)
• Transfer (outsource or insure)
• Retention (accept and budget)

My Risk Mitigation Strategies

Restaurant
   • Sitting Position (Reduction)
      • I think just facing the door is not enough.
      • Facing the door is assuming a crazed gunman will come running through the front door and start shooting up the place. I think there is just as much if not more of a chance of someone already in the restaurant gets a bug up their ass and goes postal.
      • The place that I have found to have the most tactical advantage is by the rear of the dining area where there is a back exit.
      • Oh yeah, and me facing the front or the bulk of people.
   • Dining Times (Reduction)
      • If we are going to go out to eat I get off work early to make it to the restaurant to ensure we arrive before 5pm.
      • This aids in a couple of ways.
      • There is always a table available.
      • There is not wait time.
      • We are done eating by the time others are arriving and ordering.
Driving
   • Road Rage (Avoidance)
      • I use to be the “tough guy”. I would not take any crap from anyone. I figured I had many years of fighting and could at least hold my own with most. After I got my CCW my outlook changed. I figured if I was carrying then the jackass in the car next to me might be. I don’t get sucked in to others rage by aggravating them anymore then they currently are. If I were to get into a shooting match with another would I thought it was worth it if I were dead and couldn’t support my family or if I were under investigation for illegally using my firearm being a willing participant.
   • Lane Choices (Reduction)
      • If there is three lanes to choose from I will choose the lane that allows me to jump the curb and utilize my 4X4.
   • Parking Lots (Avoidance)
      • I park in a lighted part of parking lots almost in the back away from most of the parked cars.
      • I always park in the same location at each store I frequent and I never have to walk around to look for my vehicle.
   • Accidents (Transfer & Retention)
      • We carry insurance for damage caused to others property.
      • We don’t carry replacement insurance on our vehicles because we could use the other vehicle until we could by another used 4x4.
      • Window hammer
      • Seat belt cutter
      • First aid
      • Camera
      • Pen & paper
      • Flares
   • Car Jacking (Reduction)
      • I pocket all my CCW and don’t have a good access to them while sitting in a vehicle.
      • I velcroed a holster to my driver’s seat by my right knee. Each time I get in my vehicle I take my CCW out and holster it at the ready.
Death (Transfer)
   • Life insurance policies
Food Storage
   • Food (Reduction)
      • We have 1 years worth of food on hand.
      • We have 500 square feet of garden to grow more food.
   • Water (Reduction)
      • We have over 1 month water on hand. With the means to make as much as we need.
   • Cooking (Reduction)
      • We have the means to cook food other than the stove.
Computers
   • Virus (Reduction)
      • Run anti-virus programs on all computers.
   • Privacy (Avoidance)
      • Use proxy software when needed.
Health
   • Get Sick (Reduction)
      • We have a Health Savings Account HSA with enough of a balance to cover our out of pocket maximum.
      • Long term disability.
   • Swine Flu/Et Cetera  (Avoidance)
      • We stay at home until I am sure we won’t catch anything.
   • Medications (Reduction)
      • Have prescribed medication stored up.
      • Have amoxicillin and other antibiotics stored up.
Financial
   • Dollar Becomes Worthless (Reduction)
      • Have metals on hand.
   • Lose Job (Reduction)
      • Have cash and metals on hand.
   • 401k (Avoidance)   
      • Currently keeping money in the cash account.
Home
   • Theft (Transfer & Reduction)
      • Home owners insurance provides the risk transfer.
      • Fortified Home: The security system, security window film & upgraded locks provide the risk reduction.
      • Guns to protect while we are home.
      • Police scanner.
   • Damage (Transfer)
      • Home owners insurance provides the risk transfer.
      • We can also load up our vehicles and bug out.
   • Heating (Reduction)
      • We have means to heat our house for 1 month in the winter.
   • Cooling (Retention)
      • We live in the north so cooling is not so critical so we can deal with the heat in summer.
Work
   • Fire (Reduction)
      • Fire escape hood
      • Fire extinguisher
   • Civil Unrest (Reduction)
      • Get home bag
      • CCW
Cannot Go To Work (Avoidance)
   • Work from home
   • Eat/drink reserves

Risk Avoidance
Includes not performing an activity that could carry risk. An example would be not buying a property or business in order to not take on the liability that comes with it. Another would be not flying in order to not take the risk that the airplane was to be hijacked. Avoidance may seem the answer to all risks, but avoiding risks also means losing out on the potential gain that accepting (retaining) the risk may have allowed.

Risk Reduction
Involves methods that reduce the severity of the loss or the likelihood of the loss from occurring. For example, sprinklers are designed to put out a fire to reduce the risk of loss by fire. This method may cause a greater loss by water damage and therefore may not be suitable. Halon fire suppression systems may mitigate that risk, but the cost may be prohibitive as a strategy.

Risk Retention
Involves accepting the loss when it occurs. True self insurance falls in this category. Risk retention is a viable strategy for small risks where the cost of insuring against the risk would be greater over time than the total losses sustained. All risks that are not avoided or transferred are retained by default. This includes risks that are so large or catastrophic that they either cannot be insured against or the premiums would be infeasible. War is an example since most property and risks are not insured against war, so the loss attributed by war is retained by the insured. Also any amounts of potential loss (risk) over the amount insured is retained risk. This may also be acceptable if the chance of a very large loss is small or if the cost to insure for greater coverage amounts is so great it would hinder the goals of the organization too much.

Risk Transfer
In the terminology of practitioners and scholars alike, the purchase of an insurance contract is often described as a "transfer of risk." However, technically speaking, the buyer of the contract generally retains legal responsibility for the losses "transferred", meaning that insurance may be described more accurately as a post-event compensatory mechanism. For example, a personal injuries insurance policy does not transfer the risk of a car accident to the insurance company. The risk still lies with the policy holder namely the person who has been in the accident. The insurance policy simply provides that if an accident (the event) occurs involving the policy holder then some compensation may be payable to the policy holder that is commensurate to the suffering/damage.

Limitations
If risks are improperly assessed and prioritized, time can be wasted in dealing with risk of losses that are not likely to occur. Spending too much time assessing and managing unlikely risks can divert resources that could be used more profitably. Unlikely events do occur but if the risk is unlikely enough to occur it may be better to simply retain the risk and deal with the result if the loss does in fact occur. Qualitative risk assessment is subjective and lack consistency.
Prioritizing too highly the risk management processes could keep an individual from ever completing a project/preparations or even getting started.

It is also important to keep in mind the distinction between risk and uncertainty. Risk can be measured by impacts x probability.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Heavy G on April 28, 2009, 11:56:37 AM
Great post, gigaJack. +1.
Title: Survival Summary Updated
Post by: gigaJack on May 03, 2009, 12:37:46 AM
I have modified the following to my Survival Summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx).

• Used up $1k from savings.
• Bought 1 Sunforce 50056 Solar Accessory Kit (http://www.amazon.com/Sunforce-50056-Solar-Accessory-Kit/dp/B001D6GYWS).
• Bought 1 55 gallon water containers (http://www.uline.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?model=S-10757&ref=8154) to make it 4 containers now.
• Bought a Wayne Portable Pump — 1450 GPH, 1/2 HP, 3/4in., Model# PC4 (http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_7736_7736) after our last pump "broke" it helps if I don't lubricate the wrong hole.
• Bought 300 LDS Oxygen Absorbers (their site is down and cannot get the link)
• Bought 250 LDS 1 gallon 7mil Mylar bags (their site is down and cannot get the link)
• While testing our dehydrator we had dried enough (green beans, corn, strawberries, apples, pears, bananas, broccoli, mushrooms, peas, carrots) to make our own guinea pig food. We bought the cheaper pellets and mixed in a 1 to 2 ration of fruit/veggie to pellet mix to make 64 cups. We put our new Mylar bags and O2 suckers to the test. So far after one day they have not completely sucked all the air out. I will give it till tomorrow then I will crack them open and use two O2 sucker.
• We figured out it was waaay too much work to till up the steep front hill to put in a huge strawberry patch. Landscapers wanted too much for the task. We will only be installing a 10'x10' to go along with the backyard 4'x20' patch.
• Broke the Open Country Sportsman Kitchen Electric Food Grinder (http://www.opencountrycampware.com/category_737f93ec43ef/product_3b5c1e767ef2/session_a33f436e5451/). What a piece of crap. I got what I paid for. The piece where the drive shaft connects to the food auger is a crappy little piece of plastic. When the auger cannot chew the food good enough and it locks up it rips the plastic part to shreds. I threw it in the trash. If I need another in the future I will spend more money for a better one.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: The Wilderness on May 17, 2009, 06:42:40 PM
After all this time of admiring you summary I finally copied it to a word file and am modifying it to fit our situation, It is without a doubt the best I have ever seen and I read a lot. Great job and thank you very much.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: TNDadx4 on May 18, 2009, 10:35:31 AM
I would like to through in my congratulations, also! You have put a lot of time and effort into it and should be very proud!

It sets some high standards to shoot for!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: jarhead1857 on May 24, 2009, 01:48:24 AM
Inspiring!!!!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: yrone on May 24, 2009, 07:30:34 AM
Looks goooooooooood!
Title: Antibiotics...
Post by: gigaJack on May 27, 2009, 08:56:44 PM
I have modified the following to my Survival Summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx).

My folks have another place near the Mexico border and they buy two year supply each year for us. We don't self medicate. They will only be used if directed by a doctor and regular medications cannot be obtained via a pharmacy.

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: pac1911 on June 05, 2009, 11:13:16 PM
Wow - very impressive.  I feel like I have along way to go, but we all do in one way or another.

I have a thought on one of your to do items.  ou have listed a sthil ms290 chain saw.  Consider instead the sthil ms260 or ms260 pro.  The 260 is just a touch less powerful than the 290 but it is 3 pounds lighter.  this weight makes a big difference after a day of cutting.  I run my 260 with an 18" bar and six chains.  At any time 3 can be waiting to get sharpened while 3 are ready to go.  I choose the 260 over the 260 pro because it was cheaper and the only valuble difference was the pro starts a bit easier.  260 starts just fine.  Don't forget your safety gear!
I hope this info is helpful.
pac
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on June 07, 2009, 12:20:22 PM
Thanks for the feedback on the Stihl.

We are going to buy a wood burning stove before the cold this year and we will be needing all the tools that accompany it. I really just pick a model at semi-random but I knew I needed to dig a little deeper into the product details.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: jackiebeans on June 20, 2009, 08:46:31 AM
Hey guys thanks for sharing... See lots of lists on different forums and when I get to see one in function, it helps me to re-evaluate my own and make mods...

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: SLOHomemaker on July 13, 2009, 05:19:57 PM
I am,  like, totally in AWE of gigaJack!

Something to aspire to. Well prepped basement and family.

I just decided that for grandkids' b'day, they will be getting #10 cans from ProvidentLiving. Not as much fun as a toy, but they can build forts or something after tshtf.

And #1 son will be pleased that I'm helping him and DIL prep.

 ;D
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Ragzilla on July 19, 2009, 02:39:24 PM
You have a great set-up.  I do have one observation tho.
On the left hand side of your first picture you have cleaning supplies on a shelf above food products.  This is generally not advisable.  If one of your liquid cleaners were to leak it would contaminate the food below.
We have a separate shelf for cleaning supplies and also keep any food liquids on the bottom shelves.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on July 20, 2009, 12:48:11 AM
We have the cleaning products up top due to our dumb ass animals that try to eat anything they think might be food. But I think they should be smart enough not to eat anything that smells as bad as cleaning supplies.

Thanks for the tip. We will implement.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Artos on July 20, 2009, 05:44:50 AM
EXCELLENT!  I just finished an huge Excel sheet to help me focus and track my prep purchases but this is much more comprehensive in less concrete preps, plus those are really well done as well.

Ive copied it to use as a model for my own, though Ill probably do mine in Excel for ease of use for me.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Klonus on August 30, 2009, 01:29:20 PM
A summary is a great idea. It actually inspired me to start a prep journal documenting my days of becoming an ant from a grasshopper and the many trials and errors over the months.  Its really helped put a focus on what I have and what I need.  Staying vigilant and not becoming complacent with what preps we do have can be a challenge so I hope this will solve that.  Thanks for the great post!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: mxitman on September 06, 2009, 02:21:47 PM
wow, great setup, do you know what service or parent company the Kajeet phone service goes through?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: idelphic on September 14, 2009, 03:41:48 PM
EXCELLENT!  I just finished an huge Excel sheet to help me focus and track my prep purchases but this is much more comprehensive in less concrete preps, plus those are really well done as well.

Ive copied it to use as a model for my own, though Ill probably do mine in Excel for ease of use for me.
I agree with you Cpt - Excel,.. Even Access (GASP!) would be a great point to keep track of, run reports to see where you have limitations, and run some comparisons..  I am working towards managing my Equipment and items in Excel so tracking is easier,..  It's also a resource that is irreplaceable should your home or other location be broken into or destroyed by fire or etc.  If you know what you had,.. then it's easier to report to the insurance company so that you can get your investment 'returned'.

Survival Summary's may want to include copies of documents and inventory of items - Serial Numbers and etc for the same purpose.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: tburda on September 25, 2009, 12:37:32 PM
here is a very specific question for gigajack:
Kel-tec PF9?  Do you like yours, and how were/are your factory sights?  I dont mind the gun, but my factory sights are down/right approximately 4" at 5 yards.  farther than that and you're not hitting your target.  My glock .45 i can put 2" groups consistently at 25 yards. 

Did you have to order a new dovetail for your kel-tec?  A friend bought a pf9, and had the same problem....  Kel-tec has a form you can send them along with 15 dollars and they will send you a corrected sight dovetail.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Maverick68 on September 30, 2009, 10:32:09 PM
Very impressive.

How do you rotate your stock?  In other words, let's say you have 12 jars of Ragu and you use 1 per month currently.  Do you let your stock get down to 6 and then buy another case of 12?  How far down do you let your inventory go before you hit your "reorder point"?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Dadgumit on October 04, 2009, 05:01:27 PM
Great thread. As someone who is new to an organized application of this mentality, I am grateful.  This is a huge leap for me.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: bubtech on October 04, 2009, 08:42:39 PM
great thread, I want to do this but frankly my ADD stops me after the first page.
B
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: shadowalker_returns on October 08, 2009, 07:37:38 PM
great thread, I want to do this but frankly my ADD stops me after the first page.
B

If you want to get organized but suffer terminal distraction syndrome... Get a pocket digital voice recorder and record your notes to yourself as you think them. Then transfer the recordings to your computer and transcribe them as time allows. This system works for me. It allows me to multi-task (uh..the other word for ADD) and still record my thoughts, ideas, and notes on various projects. It does require a certain amout of self-discipline but does everything else we desire to accomplish.

Regards,
Shadowalker
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Heavy G on October 09, 2009, 06:45:46 AM

If you want to get organized but suffer terminal distraction syndrome... Get a pocket digital voice recorder and record your notes to yourself as you think them.


Yep.  I do the same thing.  The recorder costs about $40 - $50.  I've used it to remember things that have saved me far more than that.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on October 09, 2009, 12:46:01 PM
We will grab the latest date on the shelf but they mostly all have the same date in the flat we purchase. We will put the new stuff on the bottom and stack the new on top or in the back of the older items. Wifey keeps a list of items that are "getting low". Up to this point we just fill-up the shelf as much as possible. Last week we bought two more 4' shelves. We new have a total of 2 x 4' and 4 x 3'. As I speak, wifey and the kids are out filling up a Sam's Club flatbed. We will get some updated pics.

Very impressive.

How do you rotate your stock?  In other words, let's say you have 12 jars of Ragu and you use 1 per month currently.  Do you let your stock get down to 6 and then buy another case of 12?  How far down do you let your inventory go before you hit your "reorder point"?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on October 09, 2009, 12:50:12 PM
I like that it is a semi-small 9mm that I keep in my from pocket (non-chambered). It is kill accurate for me with my sights adjusted almost all the way to the right side. I also have a Crimson Trace laser. Hell, my Ruger LCP is more accurate with almost no sights to speak of.

gigaJack

here is a very specific question for gigajack:
Kel-tec PF9?  Do you like yours, and how were/are your factory sights?  I dont mind the gun, but my factory sights are down/right approximately 4" at 5 yards.  farther than that and you're not hitting your target.  My glock .45 i can put 2" groups consistently at 25 yards. 

Did you have to order a new dovetail for your kel-tec?  A friend bought a pf9, and had the same problem....  Kel-tec has a form you can send them along with 15 dollars and they will send you a corrected sight dovetail.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on October 09, 2009, 12:51:19 PM
If I had to guess - it would be Boost Mobile.

gigaJack

wow, great setup, do you know what service or parent company the Kajeet phone service goes through?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on October 09, 2009, 12:58:32 PM
I have been away from the survival community for a couple of months now. The reason for the break was Jack began to irritate me to the point where I didn't want anything to do with even the forum. I think I will start to frequent the forum but stay away from his show.

So any unanswered question were because of my absence.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: simpleguy on October 09, 2009, 02:19:42 PM
Regardless of your feelings for Jack, your posts and the accessibility of your plan are amazing!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Ian Adams on October 12, 2009, 09:26:29 AM
What a great link.  Your survival summary has been very helpful in the redesign of my kit.

Many thanks.
.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: madcap1one on October 21, 2009, 04:26:42 PM
In the above list of antibiotics, does anyone have the dosages that would be prescribed?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 20, 2009, 08:53:11 PM
The Survival Summary has a new home. The reason for this change is a blog will allow me to post more detailed information.

http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: sassiesmom on November 23, 2009, 03:50:34 PM
This is an amazing list, and maybe a bit more advanced for someone like me to 'copy'.  When you were starting out, what things did you focus on and work toward?  The guns/ammo, water. food?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 24, 2009, 09:30:28 AM
This is an amazing list, and maybe a bit more advanced for someone like me to 'copy'.  When you were starting out, what things did you focus on and work toward?  The guns/ammo, water. food?
Thanks!

When we started we focused on guns and camping supplies. If I had to do over again, I would focus on food and water first. After years of thinking about it, we will most likely not bug out. There would be no way we could survive in the woods with my wife and two daughters. The only bug out plan would be to go to my folks cabin in WI, but their place would not even sustain them let along my family and the other kids/grandkids.

My view is that we will not have an extended SHTF period. I have enough food/water/guns & ammo to suffice for 2+ years holed up in my primary home. I believe that a SHTF would be a little worse than the 1930's depression. I think there would be more looters now then the 1930's.

I look back at all the time and money I spent focusing in maps/compasses, starting fires with out matches or lighters and think most of that time and treasure could have been spent on food and fortifying my house.

We plant to shelter-in-place and make our stand at home then in the wild.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Heavy G on November 24, 2009, 02:38:52 PM

We plant to shelter-in-place and make our stand at home then in the wild.


Yep.  I'll be at my house or my BOL, not the woods.  My wife and kids couldn't handle the woods, and I probably couldn't either for more than a few days.  If it's summer, maybe a couple of weeks but that's pushing it.

I've focused on stored food, guns, and the BOL.  Next phase is more self-reliance with repairing my own stuff and the phase after that is to try to be as self-sufficient as possible with water sources and growing food. 
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on November 25, 2009, 10:43:55 PM
Posted a video displaying our battery backup system.

The details can be found at:

http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/backup-battery-system/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/backup-battery-system/)

Battery Backup System (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-wNJDLnJ0k#normal)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Antibiotics...
Post by: wtcreaux on December 07, 2009, 06:44:20 PM
I have modified the following to my Survival Summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx)).

My folks have another place near the Mexico border and they buy two year supply each year for us. We don't self medicate. They will only be used if directed by a doctor and regular medications cannot be obtained via a pharmacy.

  • Amoxicillin (http://www.drugs.com/amoxicillin.html) - treats many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as ear infections, bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and E. coli or salmonella infection
  • Roxidolin (Doxiciclina/Doxycycline (http://www.drugs.com/ingredient/doxycycline.html)) - Anthrax, Bacterial Infection, Bronchitis, Cholera, Common Cold, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Plague, Pneumonia, Skin Infection, Urinary Tract Infection
  • Genoflox (Ciprofloxacino/Ciprofloxacin (http://www.drugs.com/ingredient/ciprofloxacin.html)) - Anthrax, Bacterial Infection, Bladder Infection, Bone infection, Bronchitis, Cholera, Infectious Diarrhea, Intraabdominal Infection, Joint Infection, Kidney Infections, Meningitis, Plague, Pneumonia, Salmonella, Sinusitis, Skin Infection, Traveler's Diarrhea, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Urinary Tract Infection
  • Azitromicina/Azithromycin (http://www.drugs.com/ingredient/azithromycin.html) - Bronchitis,Common Cold, Lyme Disease, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, Skin Infection, Tonsillitis, Typhoid Fever

just as an FYI -  antibiotics do NOT work against viruses (listed as "common cold" above).  This is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis ..............so you can have the proper treatment  :o.

Otherwise, GREAT posts!
Title: Re: Antibiotics...
Post by: gigaJack on December 07, 2009, 11:14:10 PM
just as an FYI -  antibiotics do NOT work against viruses (listed as "common cold" above).  This is why it is so important to get a proper diagnosis ..............so you can have the proper treatment  :o.

Otherwise, GREAT posts!

I cannot find where I copied the original text on the treatments from. It might have been a Mexican RX site that has ceases to exists. My parents said that whenever the folks from south of the border get a cold they start popping 'cillin...

My neighbor is my doctor and I only reason I would use any of our stash is if I were prescribed it but it wasn't available in stores...\

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: idelphic on December 08, 2009, 07:07:54 PM
Regarding your Xantrex XPower Powerpack 1500 and using the Cigarette adapters to power your lights.  You *may* wish to look into the Anderson Power poles. 

While it's personal preference as to if you wish to use them or not, they are a bit cheaper and are just as easy to use.  You can make "break out box's" using the larger (30-80amp) connectors and using longer power cords and plug in more.  Yes I did notice the splitter, but they are also more bulky.

While not the same I have a Vector ElectroMate that has a 80amp Powerpole for charging - it's direct connect to the battery so is a nice tap. It also has a 1000w invertor and two accessory plugs.  But I've added other plugs so that it works with my Ham radio gear.

Just an idea,..
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: jaegersapper on December 10, 2009, 10:31:59 PM
Here is a link to my survival summary (http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfhfncbq_4cdd482fx) created with Google docs.
There is also a storage food (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p19dmjhRt0lCp4GlSuGisAw) link in the food section where it links to a spread sheet.

I always feel that I need to read hundreds of pages in books and pages on pages of forums to get to the “meat and potatoes” of ideas and concepts. I work better from lists with small descriptions next to them.

I would be interested in seeing your survival summary.

GigaJack

Outstanding, great job
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: endurance on December 23, 2009, 04:07:09 PM
I just wanted to say, as someone who's been prepping since the mid-1980s, starting much the same way, I couldn't agree more.  While I really do value the wildcraft skills that I obtained in my 20s and wouldn't give them up for the world, looking back, I realize how woefully unprepared I was for even the most basic of emergencies until the last couple of years, as I rounded out my food storage and purchased some boring, but necessary items for health and comfort.  While there's little doubt that a well equipped backpacker will survive most short term disasters with their basic ruck, the comfort of someone who's planned by storing what they eat, finding sources and securing alternative energy that's off the grid, and doing simple things like rain barrels is way ahead of the curve. 

I also agree that the most likely SHTF is going to be more Great Depression-like than zombie hordes, nuclear war, or FEMA death camps.  I see the long emergency on the horizon of Peak Oil production meeting increasing demand from Asian countries as the trigger for the gradual decline into a prolonged depression.  When oil prices stay fixed over $100/barrel, the cheap production of food and cheap transportation are over, and that's when we'll have to pay the price for our lifestyles.

Great thread.

When we started we focused on guns and camping supplies. If I had to do over again, I would focus on food and water first. After years of thinking about it, we will most likely not bug out. There would be no way we could survive in the woods with my wife and two daughters. The only bug out plan would be to go to my folks cabin in WI, but their place would not even sustain them let along my family and the other kids/grandkids.

My view is that we will not have an extended SHTF period. I have enough food/water/guns & ammo to suffice for 2+ years holed up in my primary home. I believe that a SHTF would be a little worse than the 1930's depression. I think there would be more looters now then the 1930's.

I look back at all the time and money I spent focusing in maps/compasses, starting fires with out matches or lighters and think most of that time and treasure could have been spent on food and fortifying my house.

We plant to shelter-in-place and make our stand at home then in the wild.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary - SOG Flash II
Post by: gigaJack on January 05, 2010, 09:03:00 PM
Posted a video displaying & sharpening my SOG Flash II knives.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

SOG Flash II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqg4qWDBqb8#normal)

The details of the video can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/sog-flash-ii/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/sog-flash-ii/)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 08, 2010, 01:29:00 PM
Posted a video displaying & sharpening my Surefire Z2 LED.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

Surefire Z2 LED (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgSf4n3rDI8#normal)

The details of the video can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/surefire-z2-led/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/surefire-z2-led/)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: daemonpi on January 08, 2010, 02:56:43 PM
I am impressed with your preparations and look forward to reviewing (not in the outloud to others kind of review) the lists posted.  I saw in your pictures of the storage area that some shelves are in front of other things that you may want to get to.  Might I suggest you get some locking wheels for those shelves in order to get to the things in the back and to make restocking easier.  Just take from the the top front then bottom front and move to the back, then when restocking you pull the shelf out, get behind it and push everything to the front and then stack new to the back of the shelf.  Plus access to the stored water and long term foodstuffs would be easier.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 09, 2010, 11:31:49 PM
I am impressed with your preparations and look forward to reviewing (not in the outloud to others kind of review) the lists posted.  I saw in your pictures of the storage area that some shelves are in front of other things that you may want to get to.  Might I suggest you get some locking wheels for those shelves in order to get to the things in the back and to make restocking easier.  Just take from the the top front then bottom front and move to the back, then when restocking you pull the shelf out, get behind it and push everything to the front and then stack new to the back of the shelf.  Plus access to the stored water and long term foodstuffs would be easier.

We have been using excel to look for a better layout that will afford us more shelves. We found a layout that will allow us to add 4 more 18"x48" shelving units. Crap, just when I though we couldn't possible have any more room for preps - I go and figure out how to cram more goodies...

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 09, 2010, 11:35:52 PM
Posted 4 new videos on every day carry (EDC). I added them to a YouTube playlist. I think it will let you view them here back to back. If not you can view them on my YouTube channel.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EFF9D97D2C2D9649 (http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EFF9D97D2C2D9649)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: idelphic on January 11, 2010, 08:28:19 AM
Question on the 511's -

Would you consider them business casual? 
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: ncjeeper on January 11, 2010, 09:36:14 AM
Question on the 511's -

Would you consider them business casual? 
For me they are.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 11, 2010, 09:39:03 AM
Question on the 511's -

Would you consider them business casual? 

I wear the tan pant color mostly at work and I pair it with a nice shirt. No one has ever said anything to me but I am director level at my company. The only one that would say anything is the CEO. Somehow we had a discussion on it once and he said he never noticed that they weren't slacks.

There are a couple of employees that wear other types of a cargo pant. So at least at our office it would be considered business casual.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on January 11, 2010, 01:29:18 PM
I have create a blog post detailing my food storage inventory spreadsheet.

http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/food-storage-inventory-spreadsheet/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/food-storage-inventory-spreadsheet/)

I have only linked to my food storage spreadsheet before but now I have made an in dept blog post at "The Survival Summary" with pretty pictures for all to see.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on February 07, 2010, 04:39:25 PM
Got bored today so I did a bunch of videos and linked them into "The Survival Summary" site.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

Tiny Split Pea Peanut Lighter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI_Z1_N30qM#normal)
Medeco Double Cylinder High Security Locks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxMMB8fgXPI#normal)
Visonic Powermax Security System (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOzWqjZ9mOc#normal)
Title: Re: Survival Summary New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on February 07, 2010, 04:40:04 PM
Got bored today so I did a bunch of videos and linked them into "The Survival Summary" site.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

German Bred German Shepherd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI14EtVhqtM#normal)
Chamberlain Wireless Pedestrian & Vehicle Alert System with 2 Way Voice Communication (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPHN5d9_Bco#normal)
Bushmaster AR15 .223 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIbEqluSWFE#normal)
Title: Re: Survival Summary New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on February 07, 2010, 04:40:45 PM
Got bored today so I did a bunch of videos and linked them into "The Survival Summary" site.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Home Defender (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jufYtRBsIms#normal)
Marlin Model 925 Micro Groove Barrel .22 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uar4lA1fY20#normal)
Winchester Model 70 Shadow 270 WSM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwSxvex3ZU#normal)
Title: Re: Survival Summary New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on February 07, 2010, 04:41:45 PM
Got bored today so I did a bunch of videos and linked them into "The Survival Summary" site.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

Beretta U22 Neos .22 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNNg38H5pho#normal)
Stack On GC-908-5 8-Gun Steel Security Cabinet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iHmhR4ZSH0#normal)
Plano 1612 Deep Water Resistant Field Box (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbLu-kR4lI0#normal)
Title: Re: Survival Summary New Video
Post by: gigaJack on February 07, 2010, 04:42:31 PM
Got bored today so I did a bunch of videos and linked them into "The Survival Summary" site.

The Survival Summary can be found at:
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

My YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/TheSurvivalSummary)

Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHW5nPe4ZJA#normal)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: cpf240 on February 07, 2010, 10:56:43 PM
Thanks gigaJack, these videos are awesome! I've subscribed to your YouTube channel and look forward to more great things to come!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Timbeau on February 26, 2010, 02:42:37 AM
Sometimes Jack says there's a PhD in prepping to be had on the forum; I think there could be a bachelor's just on this thread.  For a guy who's still working on his BOB and his first 30 this is both information and inspiration.  Thanks a lot gigaJack!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: plastics_guy on March 09, 2010, 08:36:06 PM
New here to this forum and was looking over your list, extensive to say the least and a massive investment for sure. Have you ever tried to load all this stuff and make a dry run to your place in WI to see how long it takes and what might not fit? It looks like it would take a long time to load up everything in your trucks.

What's your plan on getting those water drums out of your basement? I'd thought about doing something similar in my basement but I have no idea how I'd get it out if I need to move them in a hurry. I know the empty drum is about 50# and then 55 gal of H2O at 8 lbs to the gal makes a weight per barrel of about 500 lbs. I've tried thinking a way to winch it out but I think it'd take me forever and all kinds of energy and take away from all the other things I need to be doing at that time.

As I scanned over the list I see you have a chain saw on the list but unless I missed it I didn't see 2 cycle oil, bar oil, or a spare chain, bar, or plug for it. Also trying to be safe might through in a set of saw chaps and make sure some safety glasses. After all in a SHTF situation a "minor" injury could turn fatal.

Thanks for all the work you've obviously put into this.

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: hillbilly on March 11, 2010, 06:31:54 PM
Thanks for a great list and all the info.  We've been prepping for almost two years and are no where near as ready as you are.  I saved the list so we could go over it from time to time.  Again, thanks.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on March 15, 2010, 11:05:38 PM
New here to this forum and was looking over your list, extensive to say the least and a massive investment for sure. Have you ever tried to load all this stuff and make a dry run to your place in WI to see how long it takes and what might not fit? It looks like it would take a long time to load up everything in your trucks.

What's your plan on getting those water drums out of your basement? I'd thought about doing something similar in my basement but I have no idea how I'd get it out if I need to move them in a hurry. I know the empty drum is about 50# and then 55 gal of H2O at 8 lbs to the gal makes a weight per barrel of about 500 lbs. I've tried thinking a way to winch it out but I think it'd take me forever and all kinds of energy and take away from all the other things I need to be doing at that time.

As I scanned over the list I see you have a chain saw on the list but unless I missed it I didn't see 2 cycle oil, bar oil, or a spare chain, bar, or plug for it. Also trying to be safe might through in a set of saw chaps and make sure some safety glasses. After all in a SHTF situation a "minor" injury could turn fatal.

Thanks for all the work you've obviously put into this.
We haven't done a dry run to see how long it will take. We have two plans: a "Gota go now" and a "Let's finish watching a show first, we have 1-2 hours to get out of dodge". I might have to rethink the name of the second one - it is a bit long ;-).

We won't take the 55 gallon barrels along for the ride we will only take the 5 gallon container and our berkey water filter system. We also have a small compact camping water filter.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Docwatmo on March 16, 2010, 06:23:57 AM
I finally bookmarked this link because I keep coming back to it :).  Amazing job and great reference source for us. 

Thanks
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: steeltownknight on March 18, 2010, 11:52:23 AM
Scored some Ammo   ( 7.62x51mm NATO )    for my  almost completed H&K PSG 1 

SHHHHHHHHH... fairly sure NO one has one in my city  8)

Through mail order i saved over $7000.00  A lot of patience helps too.
Mine is the original style NOT the new PSG1A1  Variant or the MSG90  Military model.

Oh and it helps to have a uncle in the German military. ;)
Title: Am I even a survivalist?
Post by: gigaJack on April 03, 2010, 12:58:26 AM
I have read definitions between prepper and survivalist but I don't think it hit home until reading another forum based around "The Ultimate Prepper". Cool I got a new nick name ;-)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/showthread.php?t=19903 (http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/vb/showthread.php?t=19903)

I think my family may only be preparers, we might even be posers.

Their forum posts started off good but quickly went downhill from there. How I see it is that the good people on the other forum have a different take on life then my family does. I think their way of life (back woods home) is so vastly different then our suburban living that they don't get us.

All most all of their assertions were false and further reading on most of them would have answered most of their questions. It almost took on a mob mentality where even the first person who started the thread  on a positive note was also beating me up before the second page. I didn't see a point to joining their forum just to defend our way of preps. It would have been an uphill challenge. What a huge contrast between our forum and theirs. I have received nothing except encouragement from here.

I think that if they knew we had groceries deliver to us in a large yellow truck they would think we were crazy. In our city you cannot drive 3 blocks without seeing one of the trucks. I would love to have some acreage out in the country where we were more self-sufficient. If we lived that far out I would not be able to have the excellent income stream I provide for my family now. There are good and bad points to both living conditions.

The main thing we prepare for is loss of income. So what we do is store the amount of food our family eats (yes, that includes soda pop, fruit snacks, breakfast cereal with *gasp* sugar in it) in the time it cannot go bad. We also have long term storage food also (rice, wheat, beans & Mountain House).

It is almost like I need to put a disclaimer on the top of my blog that reads: "By survival summary I mean all the crap I can purchase now that we use on a daily basis that I might not be able to afford (or get) if I lose my job." This is how we live now and all of our preps are for continuing to live the same way if times get tough. If my survival summary was put into that context then the folks can take it for what it is. I am not one of those guys that blogs about telling you that you need to live like Little House on the Prairie or hunker in a bunker.

Personally we find it hard to think of a scenario of when the power company will cease to exist, or farmers will stop growing food, or dentist and doctors will just disappear. We believe it will only ever get as bad as the great depression. Yeah sure, it really sucked for the 25% of people who didn't have jobs but everyone had food, water & gas if they could pay for it. Perhaps I am too optimistic but I cannot envision an America where a society could collapse or disaster happen so bad that after 3-6 months things wouldn't be back to some normalcy (excluding zombies, nuclear war & [INSERT ANYTHING I MISSED HERE]). Up to 2-3 years ago I though the opposite. I was preparing for the Russians to invade as portrayed in the Rawles type books.


So what I am really asking is: Can I still call myself a survivalist? Or am I just one of those yuppies poser  with too much money. If your answer is yes that I am just a poser, why? Is it because I have the money to buy all the "crap gadgets" they called it on the other forum? I think my mindset is the same as most other survivalist but am I a poser because I have the means to buy stuff?

I would like to think by providing the survival summary people would see the good in it. But getting slammed makes me wonder if it is worth it.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: bartsdad on April 03, 2010, 01:28:11 AM
Based on YOUR disaster plan, you've planned for the things that YOU feel are most likely to happen. It is your plan.

You are doing the right thing for you, as I am doing the right thing for me, as other members are doing the right thing for themselves. We all have different plans, but we also have a respect for each other.

Don't let them get to you. If you do they win.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: RacinRob on April 03, 2010, 07:42:37 AM
Wow, I am glad that they are all perfect over there and have it all figured out. 
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Docwatmo on April 03, 2010, 07:44:36 AM
Bartsdad said it well.  Everyone is different.  Everyones situation and comfort levels are different.  I tend to agree to an extent the great depression is a good baseline for what could happen.  I think that the higher population density and the greater dependency on electric and other modern conveniences and systems will make it worse by a several degrees but I don't see a total lawless "Postman" type future.  I could be way off and I understand that.  Personally I believe the single greatest threat we face is a major long term power failure.  But that is my own personal opinion.

Nobody knows what the future holds.  All we can do is our best to prepare for it in the best ways we can.  

I know I look to you for inspiration at times, Your level of organization and lists etc are a major help to me in working on my pepperations.  Keep on Keepin on.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: RacinRob on April 03, 2010, 08:08:43 AM
I should have thought my response through before hitting post However, I would like to say that I have learned a lot from your summery.  I agree with some of it, I disagree with some of it.  The organization is outstanding and I took a lot from it.  It is worth while especially to us that are just getting started
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: jcody on April 03, 2010, 09:31:26 AM
I agree with the other posts.  Keep up the good work.  You are doing what you want to do and your family is living the way they want to.
You have set a great example of a highly organised system of prepping. It gives us, less than so well organised people, a guide and you have undertaken a lot of the work for us.  I would like to say thanks and keep up the great work
Jason
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Komodo on April 08, 2010, 01:37:45 PM
Thanks, gigaJack.  Your Survival Summary is really helpful.  I've only been working prepping and self-sufficiency for a little more than a year, and your list is helping me to find the holes I need to fill.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: OKGranny on April 13, 2010, 11:28:34 AM
I've been to a few other boards. Most of the sort of scared me. I love the fact that TSP accepts that all of us are individuals and we are all preparing for what we see as a possible future and in our own ways. Anyone who gets all bent out of shape because you have sugared cereal in your short term preps is way too fanatical for my tastes.
Title: New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on April 16, 2010, 11:48:20 PM
I posted some new videos on "The Survival Summary" site.

Springfield Armory XD(m) 9mm 3.8
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/springfield-armory-xdm-9mm-3-8/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/springfield-armory-xdm-9mm-3-8/)

Fobus Paddle Magazine Pouch
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/fobus-paddle-magazine-pouch/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/fobus-paddle-magazine-pouch/)

5.11 Covert Casual Shirt
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/5-11-covert-casual-shirt/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/5-11-covert-casual-shirt/)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: m6996j23 on May 19, 2010, 10:50:12 AM
l think that the powers that be , will wait untill late 2012 before the tshf happens. . one gets ready, then it does not happen, then does it again and again.,.. just be ready for bullets blo0dshed and bad people.... have food and water as much as you can put up///be ready this will go on for a year or so.  .. .love and peace hillbilly mik
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: volwest on May 30, 2010, 11:04:35 AM
GigaJack,

The work you have put forth speaks for itself.
As Nietzsche would say : "the actions of a man are either praised or condemned, but rarely understood."

The intention is shared by all, but the expression of this intention can only be a personal affair. Your survival summary is the fruit of that intention...its appreciation is dependent upon personal taste, conditions, "schooling", direction, point of view, beliefs and anticipations.

I wouldn't beat myself up about it.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: The Wilderness on June 01, 2010, 01:41:45 PM
gigaJack.

I would not worry about what those people say about your preps. You have done a great job with your summary and a lot of TSP Ants have gained a lot from your time and effort to bring it to us.  I thank you for what you have done.

What a bunch of snobbish pricks, with their better than you attitude. Who are they to judge what you or anyone else has done?

Please keep it up, do not get discouraged.

TW
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 01, 2010, 01:52:19 PM
As Hunter S. Thomspon would say, "Don't take any guff from these f***ing swine"

;)  Don't base your opinion of yourself on what others think.  Allowing you and your family to be defined by what a bunch of ass hats on a forum think is downright silly.

My initial reaction to them is that it sounds like they're jealous. 

Also, people typically speak differently when they're responding to a screen name than they do when they're responding to a human being who is standing in front of them.  Especially when they think they're taking pot-shots at somebody who isn't there to defend themselves.

They talk big, but chances are more than half of them live in the city, in an apartment, and can barely make the payments on their "keeping up with the Jones'" lifestyle, let alone prepare in a way that YOU think is necessary.

The bottom line is that if TSHTF, you have a serious plan.  Don't worry about anybody else.  That's their problem, not yours.

Still, I am pissed off for you.  This is a good lesson in forum and internet etiquette.  If you find a plan that you don't agree with, how about a little civility toward the creator, rather than throwing them into the mud and deciding that they're a bunch of posers before you actually speak to them?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Andy44 on June 01, 2010, 03:06:49 PM
GigaJack,

I spotted your site in it's original form sometime ago and have been back a few times to check it out. I've also followed some of your posted on the TSP forum where I am a regular reader and a seldom poster. I've just been over and checked the forum you linked too and frankly my attitude was F*** 'em. You've done what you felt you had to do, had the means to do, and the motivation to do, in order to protect your familty.

GOOD FOR YOU MY FRIEND!

I read some of  the comments on the other site and I detect the big green eyed jealousy monster! Anyone who ever did anything worthwhile attracted criticism and negative comments (I'm sure Jack would confirm that) . I always figure it's one of the ways you know you're succeeding!

Stick with your plan and ignore the "negheads". Keep it up - a lot of us are learning a lot! THANK YOU!

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on June 13, 2010, 12:23:28 AM
I posted some new videos on "The Survival Summary" site.

Precious Metals Coins For Survival (Gold, Silver, Junk Silver, Nickel & Copper)
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/precious-metals-junk-silver-coins-for-survival/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/precious-metals-junk-silver-coins-for-survival/)

Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/diamond-strike-anywhere-matches/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/diamond-strike-anywhere-matches/)

Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern (Family Size)
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/coleman-rugged-battery-powered-lantern-family-size/ (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/coleman-rugged-battery-powered-lantern-family-size/)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Goatdog62 on June 13, 2010, 12:38:59 AM
Gigajack, you are one of the most prepped persons I know of. Outstanding. +1
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Docwatmo on June 13, 2010, 11:51:47 AM
Nice job Gigajack.  I just saw that Coleman lantern for the first time last night at a friends house.  (the kids were using it for their "Hideout" in the house).  Your review is right on the mark. 

Title: Get Home Bag
Post by: gigaJack on June 15, 2010, 05:34:59 PM
I added a video on my site about my get home bag. The video is at the bottom of the post after the bullet points of the included items.

http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/get-home-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/get-home-bag)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Blu on June 15, 2010, 07:42:03 PM
I saw it today, nice work
Title: More Bags...
Post by: gigaJack on June 16, 2010, 12:25:02 AM
Kid’s Bug Out Bag
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/kids-bug-out-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/kids-bug-out-bag)

Wife’s Bug Out Bag
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/wifes-bug-out-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/wifes-bug-out-bag)

Emergency Vehicle Bag
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/emergency-vehicle-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/emergency-vehicle-bag)

Dog’s Bug Out Bag
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/dogs-bug-out-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/dogs-bug-out-bag)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Heavy G on June 16, 2010, 08:44:13 AM
You rule, gigaJack.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gonnathrive on July 15, 2010, 11:04:42 PM
Wow that was great, raises the bar on my plan for sure, thanks.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: wolfracer on August 26, 2010, 10:53:42 AM
Most impressive! Great work gigaJack .
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: endurance on August 26, 2010, 11:12:18 AM
Now that I've had to move every single pound of food that I have stored in the process of moving over the last six weeks, I'm convinced it's time I need to use your spreadsheet as I build the shelves and start putting things up and really figure out just what I have for calories.  I suspect somewhere on the order of 18 months for two people, but I could easily be off by 25% in either direction.  I also need to do a better job of rotating my 'store what you eat, eat what you store' food than I did in the last place.  I'm definitely getting some can racks into the picture.  After tossing out at least two cases of expired canned fruits that I didn't even recall buying (in 2007), I have to change my ways.

thanks again for sharing so much of your methods.  Sure beats trying to re-invent the wheel!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: OffTheGidReady on September 23, 2010, 09:34:50 PM
I'm a big fan of the Nitrogen packed Wise Foods. 25 year shelf life is hard to beat.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: phuttan on September 23, 2010, 11:58:14 PM
Nice. I love the site. Don't listen to negative people on other sight. When I read their comment about your preps, I kept thinking "Wait a minute. He has 1-2 years of food for his family." I'm actually jealeous.

Pat
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: NeWt on September 30, 2010, 09:26:25 PM
Here is a link to my survival summary (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/) created with Google docs.

There is also a storage food (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=p19dmjhRt0lCp4GlSuGisAw) link in the food section where it links to a spread sheet.

I always feel that I need to read hundreds of pages in books and pages on pages of forums to get to the “meat and potatoes” of ideas and concepts. I work better from lists with small descriptions next to them.

I would be interested in seeing your survival summary.

GigaJack



OMG!!!!

I just started listening to Jack's podcasts and found the forums pretty neat.  I started reading through the "survival summary" and realized I'm way out of touch from where I want to be.   :o  Dude...you have OPENED my eyes on how to be prepared.  I'm making my own list in my head as I type this.  

I'm going to be spending a LOT of time on this site methinks.

-NeWt


Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Roswell on October 07, 2010, 09:30:40 AM
Welcome to the forum NeWt.  When you get the chance, please stop over at the Intro Thread (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=89.0) and introduce yourself.
Title: New Videos
Post by: gigaJack on October 10, 2010, 12:01:54 PM
Couple more videos:

A Survivalist Canned Butter and Cheese For When SHTF
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/a-survivalist-canned-butter-and-cheese-for-when-shtf (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/a-survivalist-canned-butter-and-cheese-for-when-shtf)

Emergency Power – Honda EU2000i Generator
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/emergency-power-honda-eu2000i-generator (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/emergency-power-honda-eu2000i-generator)

The Survival Summary
http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com)

YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSurvivalSummary (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSurvivalSummary)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: PAGUY on October 10, 2010, 05:53:27 PM
Gigajack about the respirator in your get home bag video.  A particulate filter (P95 or P1000) is not meant for use in a chemical spill area.  Even if they are CBRN filters they are not meant for chemical spills.  Each filter is mean for certain chemicals and will only get you injured in an area with low oxygen or a chemical that the filter is not rated for.  P95 or P1000 respirators are a great item to have just use caution using them when you do not know what it is that you are up against. 
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: PAGUY on October 10, 2010, 07:10:51 PM
Typo on that N95 and N1000 not P
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on October 11, 2010, 07:00:06 PM
Gigajack about the respirator in your get home bag video.  A particulate filter (P95 or P1000) is not meant for use in a chemical spill area.  Even if they are CBRN filters they are not meant for chemical spills.  Each filter is mean for certain chemicals and will only get you injured in an area with low oxygen or a chemical that the filter is not rated for.  P95 or P1000 respirators are a great item to have just use caution using them when you do not know what it is that you are up against. 
Do you know if my smoke hood kept at work will protect from chemical spills? It looks like it will protect from some (Carbon Monoxide (CO) Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) Acrolein (CH 2 CHCHO) Anthrax) says their directions.

Safe Escape Fire Smoke Hood ASE60A Hard Case 60 min:

Safe Escape, Smoke and Fire Safety Hood This fire hood is a fire safety necessity for persons living, working or vacationing in high rise buildings. Safe Escape Fire Escape Smoke Hood protects against smoke inhalation and falling hot ash. This emergency smoke hood is guaranteed to provide up to 60 minutes of breathable air, the Safe Escape smoke hood gives you enough time to escape any burning building, home, apartment, hotel, office, hospital or school. Without using this smoke mask, you have less than 60 seconds to escape the deadly effects of Smoke Inhalation (SI). Safe Escape protects your head completely from toxic smoke and falling hot ash. Safe Escape Fire Escape Smoke Hood Components: Oversized Hood: Fits entire head completely. Covers a full head of hair, facial hair and glasses. Extra Large Clear Vision Window: Provides wearer with clear view. Reduces chances of claustrophobia. High Capacity Filter Cartridge: Stainless steel cartridge shell. Allows up to 60 minutes of filtered safe air. Elastomeric cotton neck dam seals out polluted air. Adjustable two-point belt button helps fit mask securely to face. A 3 Part System Protects Against: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) Acrolein (CH 2 CHCHO) Anthrax And many other toxic gases and smoke.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QZ6ANA?ie=UTF8&tag=thesurvsumm-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000QZ6ANA (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QZ6ANA?ie=UTF8&tag=thesurvsumm-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000QZ6ANA)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: PAGUY on October 11, 2010, 07:10:48 PM
This is an escape hood that is meant to help you get out of a building.  It does not supply oxygen and is meant for only low levels of these products.  It probably has a fifteen minute or less rating and says that it is not to be used in oxygen deficient atmospheres.  These type of hoods are meant to be used in places like office buildings for people to have an easier time going through light smoke and get out of the building.  A respirator is a great idea I just do not want you to get yourself in trouble using the hood for something that it is not meant to be used for.  By the way the videos are great.  If I ever get the time I plan on doing similar videos of out equipment.  Stay safe.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: 264Win on November 18, 2010, 12:34:32 PM
  Great organizer really gets to the point and covers every thing necessary.  Great tool for inventory use and resupply
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: 40caliberMikey on December 26, 2010, 01:07:07 PM
I stumbled on your site a few weeks ago before signing up for TSP. You motivated me to make some security improvements that were way overdue.
Title: Re: Get Home Bag
Post by: paleo_prep on January 12, 2011, 07:53:02 AM
I added a video on my site about my get home bag. The video is at the bottom of the post after the bullet points of the included items.

http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/get-home-bag (http://survivalsummary.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/get-home-bag)

gigaJack

Sorry that this input is coming so many months after your original post, but I just watched this video (AMAZING get-home bag, by the way!), and I was wondering if you wanted to include one of those water-purifier straws. You mentioned that you live 22 miles from home and are prepared to walk, and that you have 2-days'-worth of water. I'm just thinking that all that walking might make a person more thirsty than normal, so it could be good to have a fall-back method for obtaining additional hydration. If you take the straw out of its packaging, it could easily fit into your first aid kit. Just a thought....
Title: Re: Get Home Bag
Post by: paleo_prep on January 12, 2011, 01:19:54 PM
...I was wondering if you wanted to include one of those water-purifier straws.

Doh! As I was driving around campus today, it popped into my head that you have iodine tablets as part of your kit. Sounds like the addition of a filter straw would be superfluous. When I watch videos while on the treadmill, apparently my conscious mind sometimes takes a little vacation....
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gusty1 on January 22, 2011, 03:45:08 PM
Stumbled upon your site while looking up food storage on youtube.  I loved it very detailed look at a suburban prepper, very good do you plan on doing more at any point? Just curious, thanks for all the info and inspiration.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: MrThirteen on March 10, 2011, 02:52:58 PM
gigaJack, thank you for taking the time not only to do an inventory of what you have and what you are doing, but also to post that inventory online for those of us just starting out to aspire to. As Jack from TSP says, "it has to be your plan" I will not be coping from yours verbatum however I will be using it as a guide to point out major and even minor holes in my plan.

I took the liberty of Evernoting (not a word but neither was googling when it started) your entire survival summary just in case your site ever goes down.  (With evernote.com you can clip an entire web page.)

I did not read through all 5 pages of this post, but have done a few pages. 

One note of caution for those looking at the video / photo's of his basement food preps.  Consider securing the shelving and stuff on the shelves in case the ground shakes.   Earthquakes can happen anywhere.  (They are just more likely to happen here in So. Cal where I am from)

Again thanks posting your work.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on June 22, 2011, 05:45:30 PM
The Survival Summary moved to a new server. It now has its own domain name http://survivalsummary.com.

I have the old Wordpress website redirecting to the new hosting site. You should update any bookmarks you have nonetheless.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Shaunypoo on November 03, 2011, 03:05:30 PM
Great work, gigaJack, very impressive.  I have looked at the site and read some of the posts here: do you have any kind of document package that you would put together for a bug out situation.  If so, what did you include?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on December 03, 2011, 11:56:05 AM
Great work, gigaJack, very impressive.  I have looked at the site and read some of the posts here: do you have any kind of document package that you would put together for a bug out situation.  If so, what did you include?

We have all of our documents in the safe in a gallon zip top bag. We keep vehicle titles, marriage certificates, insurance policies, old driver licenses, expired CCW permits, birth certificates, social security cards, pet microchip information.

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: idelphic on December 03, 2011, 12:00:28 PM
We have all of our documents in the safe in a gallon zip top bag. We keep vehicle titles, marriage certificates, insurance policies, old driver licenses, expired CCW permits, birth certificates, social security cards, pet microchip information.

gigaJack
I have to ask - Old Drivers licenses..  We have to surrender ours upon renewal.  Does your state not require this?
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: GeorgiaBoy on December 06, 2011, 07:35:12 PM
Folks that weren't around in the early to mid 90's typically lack of sense of OPSEC in regards to talking about what all they have, etc. Those of us that were around in that time period realize the importance of FALSE TRAILS, a little psy ops and in general keeping your mouth shut about the quantities involved in your preps.


So what happened in the mid 90's to make OPSEC even more important than now?

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: newsur on December 11, 2011, 06:46:48 PM
   Dear gigaJack.  I Consider Myself Extremely Well Prepaired For Any Bugout, Bio Attack And Just About Any Other Type Of Bad Sittuation...  But I Must Say You Take The Cake.  Im More Prepaired In The Sence Of Short Term Collamity.  Your In It For The Long Haul.  You Opened My Eyes To A Lot Of Possabilities.  I Consider Myself A Survivalist But You Have The Urban Homestead Survival Down Pat.  I Watched All Your Vids And Every1 Of Them Tought Me Something Or A Nother.  Keep Up The Good Prep.  Thank You For All Your Reviews.  They Are Savin Me $$$$$.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: newsur on December 11, 2011, 07:20:26 PM
   Dear gigaJack.  I Have A Question And Comment For You.  I Noticed You Said You Have Gasmasks In One Of Your Vids,  Its Not On The List.  What About CBR Suits,  Plastic Tarp And Duct Tape For Windows N Such?  I Have An Interstate Close To My House So I Am Prepaired For Chem Spills And Such.  11 Gasmasks And Cbr Suits, One For Every1 In The Fam And 6 Extras For If Company Is Over At The Time.  Master Bedroom Is ChemSaferoom For Access To Water After Shuting Off The Intake Valve To The Waterheater.  Stay Safe gigaJack.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Thom on January 02, 2012, 08:15:44 AM
This is awesome!  Thanks for putting this out there for those of us that are starting, or re-starting, have something to use as a guide.  We all forget little things.  Hell, I had a buddy a while back that had tons of canned goods in his store room for Y2K.  When I, jokingly, asked him about his can opener, he pulled out his notepad and wrote "buy can opener"
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: doublehelix on January 14, 2012, 12:35:24 PM
PAPR like these is better than a gas mask if you an afford it.
http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/powered-air-respirators-papr.html

Can't sleep in a gas mask.

Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: newsur on January 15, 2012, 11:45:19 PM
  True.  I'm gonna stock up asap.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Roswell on January 16, 2012, 01:22:40 PM
PAPR like these is better than a gas mask if you an afford it.
http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/powered-air-respirators-papr.html

Can't sleep in a gas mask.

There is a slight price difference though   :o
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: jreb357 on January 24, 2012, 03:46:52 PM
I really like that food storage spreadsheet. I'm gonna start one like it tonight!

jreb357
SurvivalDisasterPlan.com
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Victory1 on March 15, 2012, 04:24:37 PM
Hello, I am Victory1  I am a newbe to this site, but not to survival. I am submitting a list thst I have put togeather over the last ten years. probably not right for everyone, but a real start in the right direction:

                                                                         Survival List :-X
Be debit free.
Go to church. Believe in YOUR God.
Have your own private water source.
Live near like-minded people where God still plays a role in real life and be ready to protect them.
Align with people to share skills and labor. Better than money!!
Know who your friends are. Keep your friend’s close, your enemy’s closer and your guns closest.
Raise your own food. Know how to process it. Pressure canning preferred.
I have a 1979 non-computerized pickup. We also have bicycles, plus two motorcycles that get over 45 mpg.
Have a good chainsaw. Know how to use and repair it.
Have wood heat backup.
Have a solar/wind-up radio, have extra light bulbs, batteries, bee's wax candles and a way to make more.
Use non-hybrid garden seeds only. Save harvested seeds for next year and for bartering.
Have some guns and ammo HIDDEN.  Know how to use and repair. Have supplies needed for reloading.
Have a good security system. (Make it public, even if you DON'T have a Security system).
      (A good dog & a good gun is your BEST security system, let your feelings be known publicly).
Have 1 year of survival food at 1 good meal per day per person. 25-year shelf life.
Have medicine and First-Aid knowledge (books) plus medical supplies. Do NOT rely on the Internet.
Have the basic trade books. Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tooling etc.
Have a lath, mill, welder and variety of hand tools if possible.
Collect & save assorted metal stock.
Learn engine repair, also any other skills that will benefit.
Have a good 6000 watt + gas generator. Will take care of water pump, freezer etc. (The essentials).
Have 100 gallons + of gas with additives for longevity
Have copies of important documents in a safe place.  (Sealed container in the ground, PVC is good).
Buy quality if possible.
Sharpen your outdoor survival skills.
Get skillful at bartering, worth more than money.
Have 6-month cash on hand. Use money as last resort, (if that will be worth anything)!!
Value all you learn by what you can earn.
Be willing to protect your own first, your neigbhors second.
________________________________________________________

     My daughter is a doctor in San Diego. When it all goes south and IF she can get home she will be bringing emergency meds home by the bag full.  I ‘ve also been getting additional meds that she has perscribed.
      I am a retired Toolmaker and Process Engineer and have all the tools to make about anything and I can, which will help us if/when our economy goes in the crapper. Except for my wife, who is still working, we pretty much live like this. We raise two beef critters each year. We eat one and sell the other, plus venison and other wild game)!!
     For pistols I have a .380 Auto and a Colt 357 Mag/.38 Special. I also have a .270  and a 22.250 Rifle both zeroed at 300 yds.  I handload for all my guns and have enough to handle any situation.  I also have a Browning 12 gage that I reload both shot and a killer sabot slug of my own design. I have made 9 black powder flintlock guns (not Kits) and have about 15 lbs of powder and 200 lbs of lead.  I also have many different die sets for other calibers for barter value.
     I have a good Security System and a mean-ass dog. Couple that with my guns and my Viet Nam background, I wouldn't want to break into MY house. (people around here know that)!! If anyone ever wants any advice feel free to ask.


Victory1
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Roswell on March 21, 2012, 05:28:20 PM
Awesome list Victory1!  Welcome to the forum.  When you get the chance, please stop over at the Intro Thread (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=89.0) and introduce yourself.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Deerfield Prepper on June 14, 2012, 06:31:42 PM
Absolutely Awesome!!! :)
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: cbowseriii on November 04, 2012, 07:53:38 PM
You guys have alot of great information!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: cbowseriii on November 16, 2012, 04:36:41 PM
 Now that looks like a good store room!
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Kayakmom on December 09, 2012, 03:22:56 PM
I love the cat code word! We are totally going to use that!
Title: I am back with more videos...
Post by: gigaJack on December 10, 2012, 11:31:38 AM
I ran out of videos to post and didn't want to do commentary. There are enough preppers out there handling that area.

We now have a renewed reason to put up more YouTube videos now. We moved to a farm!

Here is a list of the recent videos we have done:

A Survivalists Farm Cattle and Cow, Bull and Steer - Part 1 - Introduction and Barn Layout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMh3hb0mNAI

A Survivalists Farm Cattle and Cow, Bull and Steer - Part 2 - Frozen Water, Hay, Feeding Area
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQLd9JxXVMo

A Survivalists Farm Chicks - Part 1 - Mail Ordered Baby Chickens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SYz39xrylc

A Survivalists Farm Chicks - Part 2 - New Home (OUTSIDE)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjpEF7bhn3U

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 1 - Laying Hens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2UH5xpG3aw

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 2 - First Eggs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZxNPmOuaRw

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 3 - Daily Chores
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OofbPYlNMsQ

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 4 - Dust Bath & Egg Laid on Camera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-REnNU8q4w

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 5 - Huge Egg Surprise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S27JVzwVW4A

A Survivalists Farm Chickens - Part 6 - Harvesting our first chicken (rooster)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKmXGpWtdOA

Enjoy!
gigaJack
Title: One more video...
Post by: gigaJack on December 10, 2012, 11:34:01 AM
Who can forget the classic.

Christmas snowballs hit the fan (SHTF) at the North Pole with Survival Funny Santa Claus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om6VEKUeYkQ


I also show my face in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKmXGpWtdOA. It was that I wanted to remain secretive, I just thought my pretty looks weren't germane to the info ;-)

gigaJack
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: Sulla on December 10, 2012, 09:17:03 PM
gigaJack,
Congrats on the move to a farm, I hope you plan on sharing the 'details' with us as well as updating the Survival Summary. My wife and I have always found you very inspirational and always look forward to your videos and posts.
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: gigaJack on March 23, 2013, 11:34:36 PM
I have more videos but my computer has been on the fritz... :-(
Title: Re: Survival Summary
Post by: newsur on May 12, 2013, 03:25:43 PM
  Victory1, sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders.
  GigaJack, wow, spent a couple of hours catching up on your vids, congrats on taking a large step closer to self reliance.  Did you lose the white rock that bled as a chick?  Keep up with the vidz and hope the farm life works out for ya.